Instructional League Roster Notes – Pitchers

A thumbnail sketch on who’s going to pitch in the Florida Instructional League

Player Pos. Age 2010 Team(s) 2009 Invite Notes
Gregory Baez LHSP 18 GCL Y Jumped from the DSL to GCL with limited
Aaron Barrett RHRP 22 VMT N 9th-rd pick in ’10 draft, hammered for
23H, 23R in last six appearances
A.J. Cole RHSP 18 VMT N 4th-rd HS pick in ’10 draft, late sign; pitched
a scoreless inning in his one appearance
Paul Demny RHSP 21 HAG Y Faded in Aug/Sep (0-7, 6.75) — a power arm
that’s likely headed to the bullpen in 2011
Pedro Encarnacion RHSP 19 GCL Y Jumped from the DSL to GCL with limited
Wirkin Estevez RHSP 18 DSL N Sleight (6-1, 170) righty that put up strong
numbers in DSL all year long
Matt Grace RHSP 21 GCL, VMT N 8th-rd ’10 Col Jr. pick that struggled early
before having some limited success at GCL
Tyler Hanks RHRP 20 GCL N 17th-rd ’10 JuCo pick that put up respectable
numbers (1.29WHIP, 25K in 33⅓IP)
Bobby Hansen LHSP 20 VMT Y Big (6-5, 220) lefty, HS pick in ’08; hittable
(72H in 56⅓ IP) but gets Ks (8.15K/9IP)
Mark Herrera RHRP 20 VMT N 16th-rd ’10 JuCo pick w/ good size (6-3, 230)
and the numbers s to match (.220 OBA)
Graham Hicks LHSP 20 VMT, HAG Y Lanky, long-limbed lefty that tends to get hit
on his 2nd pass through the opposing lineup
Trevor Holder RHSP 23 HAG, POT N Pitch-to-contact guy that can be effective
in lower third of the strike zone, will be even
better as his offspeed stuff develops.
Chad Jenkins LHSP 22 VMT Y Control is a little lacking (5.67BB/9) but has
the strikeouts to match (8.67K/9IP)
Taylor Jordan RHSP 21 VMT Y Struggled but survived when I saw him in late
June but didn’t fare so well in July and August
Anthony Marcelino RHSP 17 DSL N Venezuelan IFA that put up good numbers in
the DSL, never mind he turned 17 in March
A.J. Morris RHRP 23 GCL, POT Y Converted to relief in mid-season with limited
success, but had a noticeable uptick in velocity
upon his return from GCL
Miguel Navarro RHRP 17 DSL N Another IFA, but struggled at GCL —
20IP 19H 19R 21BB
Robbie Ray LHSP 18 VMT N 12th-rd HS pick in ’10 draft, late sign, pitched
a scoreless inning in his one appearance
Dan Rosenbaum LHSP 22 HAG, POT Y Big-bodied lefty that features a curve and a
cutter to go with fastball; command is
sometimes spotty but knows how to pitch
without his “A” game
Josh Smoker LHRP 21 HAG Y Conversion to relief was a huge success
(1.35ERA, .174OBA) and may have salvaged
his prospect status, if not career
Sammy Solis LHSP 22 HAG N #2 WAS pick in ’10 draft, made two
scoreless appearances late in season.
Expected to rise quickly a la Storen
Rob Wort RHRP 21 HAG, POT N Lanky righty (6’2, 170) that leapfrogged
Dean Weaver as bullpen star. Pitches better
with men on than with bases empty

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

6 thoughts on “Instructional League Roster Notes – Pitchers”

  1. Great stuff, Sue. You need to keep this info on a link for future use. It tells us who the Nats think are going places or not.

    This helped a lot because when I first saw the list on Nats Insider I didn’t recognize 5 or 6 names. Wow, a 17 year old that may be in the GCL next year, things are looking up for us seamheads.

  2. Thanks for the rundown, is it safe to say that the pitchers fall into one of three categories?

    1) very young (under 20) and need more work and would benefit from more professional instruction

    2) guys who have been or will be converted from starter to relief or vice versa

    3) guys who may need to develop another pitch in order to make the next step up the minor league ladder

  3. I questioned Navarro playing in the CGL at 17 with no DSL experience. He struggled but they must have seen something in this kid. If not, what is the story?

  4. I am going to be in Orlando/Daytona area for 4 days starting on the 30th….and am going to go see a game, thinking the one vs. Detroit. Where does Detroit play their games?

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