Potomac Announces Its 2014 Opening Day Roster

The Potomac Nationals unveiled its 2014 Opening Day this afternoon, which as per usual, will return quite a few familiar names. Without further ado, here’s the rundown (watchlist players in bold, notables in italics):

Dakota Bacus Kevin Keyes Brandon Miller Cole Leonida
Robert Benincasa
Mike McQuillan Justin Miller Pedro Severino
Ian Dickson Stephen Perez
Randolph Oduber
Brian Dupra Tony Renda
Pedro Encarnacion Adrian Sanchez
Bryan Harper Oscar Tejeda
Travis Henke
Nick Lee
Gilberto Mendez
Brett Mooneyham
Ronald Pena
Brian Rauh
Derek Self

This more in line with past Potomac rosters, where there are some prospects, but not many high-profile ones (two Top 20 guys per BA in Renda and Severino) and a sizable chunk of guys repeating or returning — nine by my quick count here, with three (Keyes, Oduber, and Sanchez) coming back for their third season.

Eyeballing it, we’re looking at a (alphabetically) rotation of Bacus-Dickson-Encarnacion-Lee-Mooneyham unless Rauh and Pena are returned to a starting role, which is entirely possible since Bacus and Dickson have switched between starting and relieving.

As is always the case, if the Hagerstown core can pick up where they left off last season, the High-A veterans should offset any hiccups and make for a contender. If they can win the first half — a big IF, as it’s only happened twice in the last six seasons — a wave of callups from Western Maryland (especially the pitchers) could make for another fun summer and perhaps another title run.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. 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 “Potomac Announces Its 2014 Opening Day Roster”

  1. Here is a quick recap of the guys who will be facing a new level for the first time to start 2014
    Brian Goodwin
    Steven Souza
    Blake Treinen
    Gabriel Alfaro
    Colin Bates
    Matt Purke
    Felipe Rivero
    Blake Schwartz
    Cutter Dykstra
    Caleb Ramsey
    Michael Taylor
    Drew Vettleson
    Dakota Bacus
    Ian Dickson
    Pedro Encarnacion
    Bryan Harper
    Nick Lee
    Gilberto Mendez
    Ronald Pena
    Mike McQuillan
    Stephen Perez
    Tony Renda
    Pedro Severino
    Andrew Cooper
    Lucas Giolito
    Nick Pivetta
    Hector Silvestre
    John Simms
    Wander Suero
    David Masters
    Drew Ward
    James Yezzo
    Rafael Bautista
    Wilman Rodriguez
    Spencer Kieboom

  2. Speaking of, I don’t think most people realize just how much Sam Palace has jumped around the past two years. Clearly, he was in a role that a person either can embrace or will hate. I’m so happy that I won’t have to be moving him all around the Big Board this year, as he settles in to a new role: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/04/01/bullpen-catcher-sam-palace-finally-gets-his-major-league-opportunity-with-the-nats/

    1. Could he be held back at XST and debut in Hagerstown when one of the other starters is promoted to Potomac?

      1. Yes – Pedro Encarnacion got that treatment a couple of years ago when he was held back until mid-May.

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