Instructional League Roster Notes – Pitchers

Player Pos. Age 2011 Team(s) 2010 Invite Notes
Gregory Baez LHSP 19 DSL, GCL Y Repeated GCL with much better success, lowering ERA from 5.92 to 3.30
A.J. Cole RHSP 19 HAG Y First full season as a pro, thus his second-half fade is understandable
Paul Demny RHSP 22 POT Y Prone to longball, but throws hard. Predicted move to ‘pen for ’11 last Sept, but his age and stamina say he’s a candidate for the HBG rotation in ’12
Brian Dupra RHSP 22 HAG N 7th Rd. Pick in ’11 draft with a low-to-mid-90s FB and improving secondary pitches that scouts like.
Pedro Encarnacion RHSP 20 AUB, GCL Y Challenged with SS-A but dropped back to GCL where like Baez, he put up better numbers
Wirkin Estevez RHSP 19 AUB Y Accepted the challenge to skip GCL and put up decent numbers for a 19-y.o.
Christian Garcia RHRP 26 AUB, SYR N Former Yankee farmhand that’s undergone TJ surgery twice. A project, a la Ryan Mattheus.
Matt Grace LHSP 22 HAG Y Threw a lot of innings, gave up more hits. Decent peripheral numbers and respectable FIP. And then there’s that lefthanded thing.
Taylor Hill RHSP 22 AUB N 6th-rd pick in ’11 Draft with SI/SL/CU arsenal that scouts feel might be refined with a pro coach
Greg Holt RHRP 22 AUB, HAG N 8th Rd Pick in ’11 Draft. Average FB, but good CV — projects as a middle reliever
Taylor Jordan RHSP 22 HAG Y Didn’t pitch after July 9, so the presumption is he was shut down due to injury.
Nathan Karns RHSP 23 GCL, AUB N ’09 Draft Pick that finally surfaced in pro ball in ’11
Jack McGeary LHSP 22 GCL N Recovering from mid-2010 TJ surgery, put up decent numbers in five late-season GCL appearances
Chris McKenzie RHSP 21 HAG, POT N 13th Rd. Juco Pick in ’10 Draft. Spent two-plus mos. on DL with much better results upon return
Alex Meyer RHSP 21 N/A N Deadline-sign 1st Rd. ’11 Draft pick. Live arm, poor control likely due to 6’9″ frame that’s reportedly not finished filling out.
Blake Monar LHRP 22 GCL, AUB N 12th Rd Pick in ’11 Draft. Had just five appearances, but likely limited due to his injury history
Ivan Pineyro RHSP 19 DSL N Led DSL club in games started, innings pitched, and strikeouts.
Matt Purke LHSP 21 N/A N Another 1st Rd ’11 Draft deadline sign. Fell to the 3rd round due injury concerns, sophomore leverage but considered a great value play by stock jocks risk-reward pick by draft gurus.
Elvin Ramirez RHRP 23 N/A N Dec. ’10 Rule 5 Draft Pick that was alleged to have amped up his fastball in winter ball then never pitched in ’11
Robbie Ray LHSP 19 HAG Y Stronger results than Cole, but similar late-season fade
Manny Rodriguez RHRP 22 AUB N 10th Rd. Pick in ’11 Draft. Small-college convert from 3B that throws 90-95 and is still learning to pitch.
Cameron Selik RHSP 24 HAG, POT N Started with a bang at HAG, but faded in second half in POT of first full season as a pro.
Matt Swynenberg RHSP 21 HAG N Lean, long-limbed and a slow riser in the Nats system, having been drafted in ’09 and repeating SS-A in ’11
Kylin Turnbull LHRP 21 N/A N 4th Rd Pick in ’11 and another deadline sign. A hard-throwing lefty with a projectable frame that the Nats talked out of going to UOregon

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.

7 thoughts on “Instructional League Roster Notes – Pitchers”

  1. I was initially suprised by the number of SP’s on the FIL list (20 of 24), then realised that the FIL is more about working on a new skill or just stretching out arms than anything else.

  2. Also, getting some guys ready for winter ball or the AFL as well. Still wondering about the whereabouts of Harper? He isn’t with the playoff Senators?

  3. Any idea who the 5 starters in the normal rotation will be – assuming we go with a 5 man rotation? Cole and Ray may be the obvious choices, but we may not want them to pitch too many innings. I’d like to see the 3 new lefties in Purke, Turnbull, and Monar, but I’m not convinced Purke will throw much in this league either, and I’m not sure Turnbull profiles as a starter.

  4. I’m most excited for the 2 Indiana boys – Meyer and Monar – he of the fastball and he of the curve – and the only 2 high schoolers in Indiana drafted in 2008.

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