Winter League Update

Our semi weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:59 a.m. on December 14, 2011.







The past few days have reminded me of what it was like to be a small-town sports reporter during mud season (March) in New England: nothin’ going on and nowhere to go. (Don’t ask about basketball; this was a football town that fielded a hoops team to keep the WRs and DBs in shape).

This, unfortunately, got lost in the holiday shuffle and doctor’s appointments (not to worry, Spike is fine).

A few names have gotten dropped, since it appears they’ve either gone home or been cut. One notable addition is the recent Rule 5 pickup Matt Buschmann, pitching in the Mexican Winter League.

I’m still hopeful to report on some new Nats signings and to get an announcement regarding the coaching staffs, which came last year almost immediately after the Winter Meetings wrapped up. Sickels, Baseball Prospectus, and Bullpen Banter have all yet to name the 2012 top prospects lists for the Nats, and as much as I hate the bickering over who got ranked higher than whom, it does light the proverbial hot stove.

And if the past is prologue, posting today will mean that a flurry of news items will surface in the next 12-24 hours 😉

UPDATE: Top Prospect Alert Minor League Blog has posted its Top 15 for the Nationals. It’s a curious list, but the disclaimer goes a long way towards explaining inclusions of Matt Skole and Taylor Hill.

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.

12 thoughts on “Winter League Update”

    1. If he weren’t so omnipresent in the prospect world, I’d have skipped this, but I’ve seen him on BA chats and he asks intelligent questions. That he put the disclaimer there is also to his benefit — a lot of other folks won’t admit to that.

    2. I actualy internet know him a bit, and I can tell you that he is a big draft guy, so that explains some of it. He does know what he is talking about though

  1. I am rooting for Matt Skole since the ’11 draft was the first one I ever followed, and he was our first of the top rounds draftee to sign, iirc.

    1. You can say the same about David Freitas in 2010. Signed on draft day and got almost a full season at Vermont. It’s helped him a lot and look forward to seeing him in Potomac in 2012.

      They say it takes a good 600 AB’s to get the aluminum out of your swing.

  2. There is some rationale to thinking that until you actually do something you can’t be critiqued. Just look at all the people running for political office. All their plans are surefire until they really have the job. Doing less is more on campaigning on your record and in getting ranked as a prospect! Lol

  3. Looks like the major prospect rating compilations are going to be a long wait this year – Sickels, BP (Goldstein), & MiLBA (Gordon/DeLoney) are all scheduled for February. Just in time for Spring Training, but still a couple of months away 🙁

    I’ll refrain from raking the list from Schwartz; He’s pretty much in-line with Fitt’s thinking from BA, he just went deeper. Those of us “in the know” realize he missed on a couple of good ones.

  4. Wow! Tatusko continues to dissapoint even in Venezuela. I guess winter league isn’t really helping. Why aren’t Peacock, Arnesen, and Mandel in winter ball?

    1. For a prospect like Peacock, it’s pretty obvious that they want him to rest after throwing nearly 160 innings. Arnesen also had 120+ IP, though I suspect being married with a newborn is more the reason he’s home for the winter.

      It bears repeating that no one should get too excited or too dismayed by these numbers; the sample sizes are simply too small to draw any meaningful conclusions.

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