The Preliminary 2013 Watchlist, Part One

With the season reviews complete, the Arizona Fall League finished, and the Rule 5 draft upcoming, it’s time to start looking towards the next iteration of the watchlist. I use the word “iteration” because I prefer to see this as something that’s evolving; Last year, I decided to be more exclusive. This year, I decided to change some of the categorizations to balance both workload and utility.

The changes will be much more visible in part two and thus I’ll go into it in more detail then. In the meantime, here are some of the usual caveats…

It’s not a depth chart… Obviously, when you arrange it the way I have — by the highest level played to date — it’s going to look like it at first glance. But when there’s a “tie,” I can either go alphabetical order or (for the most part) list the player that played more games at the position/level.

It’s based on 2012 usage… Yes, there’s one rather big (6’3″, 225) exception at first base, but that’s more of an acknowledgment of the certainty I feel about Keyes’s position switch in instrux vs. Skole’s usage in the AFL (i.e. there’s a better chance of Skole still playing at 3B than Keyes returning to the OF).

It’s preliminary… I like how Sickels takes feedback with his prospect lists, so part of the purpose of these posts is to listen to your comments (the other part is to keep the traffic coming, *wink, wink*).

As I’ve written previously, let’s not forget players and their families (and their agents) are readers here, too. It’s okay to be critical, but let’s keep it as civil as we can and focused on what the players do (or don’t do) on the field.

C 1B 2B SS 3B OF
Leon Marrero Kobernus Walters Rivero E. Perez
Kieboom Bloxom Sanchez Hague Rendon Goodwin
Manuel Keyes Renda Martinson Skole Hood
P. Severino Pleffner Foat Difo D. Eusebio Taylor
    Lippincott     Oduber
          B. Miller
          E. Martinez
          W. Ramos

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.

16 thoughts on “The Preliminary 2013 Watchlist, Part One”

  1. I know, but I shortened it, a la “been there, done that” instead of “been there, done that, bought the t-shirt” — liked the way it laid out on the page.

    As for the Onion, I think you’ll find the new categories in part two have some appeal, so don’t cry just yet.

  2. The consideration Calem Ramsey, Souza, and Burns get speaks to how underwhelming Hood, Taylor, Oduber, JP Ramirez, and Keyes have been. While most were born in 88 & 89, Taylor wasn’t born until 91. That said a .242 hitting 21 year old (Taylor) isn’t of much more value than a 23 year old .294 Low A Batter (Ramsey).

    With Auburn having a good year and Hagerstown’s “older 23 ” OF producing it should be an interesting spring to see who lands in the OF of Harrisburg, Potomac, and Hagerstown this year. As a Potomac fan it’s been frustrating watching the guys in Potomac underperfom, while hearing about Goodwin, Skole, and others playing well most of the year in Hagerstown. The fact that Harper and Strasburg “bypassed” Potomac doesn’t help morale.

    1. Thank you. I’m glad to see someone else note how Taylor has profoundly underachieved. I hope the self proclaimed expert who posts on here all the time takes note of that. And BTW, the Harper and Strasburg bypasses were done to stick it to that idiot Silber more than anything else.

  3. I’m thinking Taylor, Ramsey, and Burns in the outfield at Potomac next year and Martinez, Ramos, and? at Hagerstown. Goodwin, Hood, and Souza at AA.


    McQuillan played a bit more in the infield than the OF this year across levels – is he listed as OF because he played more OF than infield once he hit Auburn?

    I’m glad to see Wander and Mike McQuillan on the list. 2 of the more intriguing lower level guys on my list.

    1. Roughly, on McQuillan. Loved the mock overreaction on “Not Wilson” (no? Thought it was better than “Help Me”)

    1. Yes, it looks like a depth chart to me when you place Rendon below Rivero because Rivero is on the 40-man and played in AAA. Talent-wise he’s not in the same league.

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