|While this is hardly is most likely destination if he makes it to “The
Show,” it is where he played the most in 2013. Dykstra is also the most
visible example of a player making his way back, having last been a full
watchlist player in 2011, with a .308/.459/.456 second half in Potomac.
Yes, he was old for the level, but he’s the most accomplished 3B not
named Matt Skole in the system.
|Jean Carlos Valdez
|Like Dykstra, Valdez is another former watchlist player (2012) to drop
off and return while benefiting from graduation (Rendon), ageing out
(Rivero), and position shifts (Skole, Eusebio). Whether he’ll move on or
repeat is dependent on the other two guys listed below, unless he returns
to 1B, where he’s played slightly more thus far (82G vs. 62).
|The Nats made Gunter their 6th Rd. pick of ’13 and signed him for $600
more than the Marlins’ top offer as a 19th Rd. HS pick in ’12. He also
pitched as a closer for Grayson County College, but he wanted to play 3B
as pro (some scouts said he was a better fit as a RHP) which may have
been a factor, too. Didn’t show the power or patience for Auburn that he
did for GCC which is not uncommon for many collegiate players. Strong arm
but there’s some concern that his range will eventually force a move to 1B.
|Ward is probably the best Nats prospect the casual fan has never heard of,
which of course, is our raison d’être. Ward hails from a small town in OK,
thus there was some doubt as to his numbers relative to his competition
though he performed well in showcases. The Nats shifted him from SS to
3B and he put up CI numbers (.292/.402/.387) as an 18-y.o. in the GCL.
Scouts believe if he doesn’t sell out for power (he’s been compared to
Joey Gallo) he can develop into a .280, 25HR, 100RBI hitter.