Continuing where we left off on Tuesday, here’s the rundown of the position players that have been announced as participating in the Florida Instructional League, a.k.a. “Instrux”:
|Player||Pos.||Age||2013 Team(s)||2012 Invite||Notes|
|Spencer Kieboom||C||22||GCL||Y||Missed most of 2013 due to TJ surgery on his throwing elbow.|
|Geoffrey Perrott||C||22||AUB||N||17th rd. pick out of Rice, where he was a backup to Craig Manuel
for three years, and a similar profile: glove-first, not much power.
|Cole Leonida||C||24||POT||N||Made decent gains across the board offensively, but seems
destined to be a backup unless he repeats Potomac.
|Matt Reistetter||C||21||AUB||N||Usually NDFAs are placeholders that rarely make it another
season, so this is quite an accomplishment.
|Pedro Severino||C||20||HAG||Y||Challenged with full-season ball at 19-going-on-20, the raw
defensive talent showed some signs of life on offense.
|Osvaldo Abreu||SS||19||GCL||N||Handled the GCL well while cutting his errors down. Having
played SS nearly exclusively, the gut says he may make it to
Low-A ahead of the Auburn guys…
|Wilmer Difo||SS||21||GCL, AUB,
|Y||…which includes Wilmer Difo, who played at three levels of A
ball plus the GCL. Showed flashes of brilliance w/ Potomac,
so his invite may mean he’s not topped out yet.
|Anderson Franco||3B||16||N/A||N||Franco was the big fish the Nats caught in the 2013 IFA derby.
Defense and power are his hallmarks so the big what-if is
whether he can hit. At 16 and a $900K bonus, he’ll get LOTS
|Cody Gunter||3B||19||AUB||N||6th rd. JuCo pick out of TX with a strong arm, raw power and
a patient plate approach, but 20E’s in 59G, subpar range
and speed could ticket him to 1B sooner rather than later.
|Jason Martinson||SS||24||POT, HBG||N||Still an intriguing combination of athleticism and power but
time is running out (turns 25 next month).
|David Masters||SS||20||AUB||N||14th rd. JuCo pick out of AZ, he’s said to have above-avg.
range and a strong arm (on a SS? how novel) but is below-
avg. on the basepaths and at the plate.
|Bryan Mejia||2B||19||GCL||N||Like Abreu, Mejia has played almost exclusively at 2B and
adjusted well going from the DSL to the GCL.
|Stephen Perez||SS||22||HAG||Y||First full, healthy season since 2011. If he’s made the strides
developmentally, he’ll be the SS for Potomac in 2014.
|Shawn Pleffner||1B||24||HAG||Y||Injuries have dogged Pleffner from Day 1 (missed all of ’11), but
when healthy he has produced.
|Tony Renda||2B||22||HAG||Y||2nd Rd. Pick in ’12 out of Univ. of California, Renda put up
another strong season and, along with Pleffner and Perez,
seems ticketed for Woodbridge next summer.
|Drew Ward||3B||18||GCL||N||3rd rd. pick out of Leedey, HS (Leedey, OK, pop. 440), Ward
transitioned from the preps to pros without skipping a beat.
|James Yezzo||1B||21||AUB||N||7th rd. pick from Univ. of Delaware, Yezzo is a 1B-only
lefthanded slugger with power and patience that the Nats
hope to develop to offset his lack of speed/range.
|Isaac Ballou||OF||23||AUB, HAG||N||15th rd. pick out of Marshall, Ballou was the sole first-year
position player to earn a promotion from Auburn to Hagerstown.
|Rafael Bautista||OF||20||GCL||N||One of the “DSL Guys” on the 2013 Watchlist, Bautista was a force
on the GCL squad with a 26 SB’s and a .791 OPS
|Billy Burns||OF||24||POT, HBG||Y||Nats 2013 POTY who’s gotten a lot of press early in the offseason.|
|Randy Encarnacion||OF||19||GCL||N||Played sparingly on a very talented GCL squad, but had tremendous
rate statistics of .349/.437/.523 while turning 19 in July.
|Destin Hood||OF||23||HBG||Y||Another injury-shortened season that fell short of expectations.|
|Hayden Jennings||OF||20||GCL||Y||Improved his nos. across the board from 2012 to 2013, most
notably in cutting his K rate from ~40% to ~30%.
|Brandon Miller||OF||23||HAG, POT||Y||Struck out 164 times in 2013, but hit 20 HR, second to Walters (29).
Still learning the nuances of playing OF and isn’t the fleetest of foot.
|Michael Taylor||OF||22||POT||Y||The brilliance that was only sporadic in ’12 became nearly everyday,
in ’13 — especially on defense, where he’s become an elite defender
with a cannon arm (21 assists easily led the Carolina League).