Shortstops

 
Stephen Perez Stephen Perez
DOB: 12/16/90
Ht. 5’11”
Wt. 185
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
While he faded some in the second half, 2014 was nevertheless a breakout
year for Perez. Displayed good range and a strong arm at short; the high
error total misleading because he got to balls that others might not have.
Unlike many switch hitters, the dropoff isn’t terribly severe when batting
righthanded — a little loss in power, but a better walk rate. Runs well
and showed a knack for hitting well in late-inning pressure situations.
Unless the Nats decide to leapfrog Difo, he should open 2015 in Harrisburg.
Wilmer Difo Wilmer Difo
DOB: 4/2/92
Ht. 6’0″
Wt. 175
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
A four-time watchlister, Difo also put together a career year in 2014,
winning the Sally League MVP and “forcing” the Nationals to add him to
the 40-man roster. Difo has average to above-average skills at every facet
of his game, highlighted by plus to plus-plus speed and power from both
sides. There’s some disagreement as to whether he profiles better as a SS,
where he’s played the most, or at 2B, where scouts believe he belongs.
Should open 2015 in Potomac, though there’s chatter — mostly from impatient
fans — that he’ll skip High-A and begin at AA.
Trea Turner Trea Turner
DOB: 4/23/93
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 175
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Report Not Yet Written
Edwin Lora Edwin Lora
DOB: 9/14/95
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 150
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Like Difo, Lora has been used at both second base and shortstop. However,
he’s a year ahead of him on the development curve, having had a strong year
at the GCL during his age-18 season with a line of .293/.333/.337 with 13
steals over 52 games last summer. Best bet for 2015: A trip to Auburn while
the Doubledays MIs fight for playing time in Hagerstown.

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