|Perhaps his shift to the bullpen came a year too late, but Grace put in a
solid 2014 season with a combined line of 1.17/2.97/1.10 split between
AA and AAA. He was added to the 40-man in Nov. 2014 and appears
poised to make the trip back and forth between AAA and MLB in 2015,
unless he can win a job in ST a la Aaron Barrett last year. Grace is now
a SI/SL guy who works both sides of the plate and induces grounders from
both LHBs and RHBs.
|Harper is probably best known for his mustache and being Bryce’s older
brother. But he can pitch some, too. The problem has been control — 5.3
BB/9IP in college, 6.2IP in his first three pro seasons. Last year, it was
down to 3.8 overall, but 4.7 in his 12-game stint at Harrisburg. That’s
where he’ll probably start 2015.
|Spann began 2014 in Hagerstown and worked in long relief in April
before moving up to Potomac. He started in his tenth appearance and
made 18 overall, finishing the regular season strong (2-0, 1.23 in Aug.).
Spann looks to be heavier than his listed 185 but despite his 6-6 frame,
he’s a ‘tweener — not a hard thrower, not a soft tosser. He tends to
induce a lot of contact, as he doesn’t walk or strikeout a lot of batters.
|One of the stalwarts of the 2013 G-Nats, Silvestre overcame a mid-
season slump (2-4, 6.54 in June) in Hagerstown to earn a callup to
Potomac in late July, where he won twice in the P-Nats playoff run.
Silvestre works with a low-to-mid-90s FB and complements it with a
workaday change. The challenge, scouts say, is the lack of a cons-
istent third pitch. His challenge for his return to Potomac in 2015 is
to develop that, as it’s currently somewhere between a SL and a SLV.
|In 2014, life was good for Jake Walsh as he went 4-2 with 12 saves
with a pitcher’s line of 1.56/2.59/0.83 between Low-A and High-A.
It’s doubtful that Walsh went to any parties until four, but his 12-6
curveball can make batters look like they did. Also throws a splitter
and a low-90s fastball. He’ll probably return to Potomac, but if he
continues to dominate, the 24-y.o. could see Harrisburg by May.
|A four-level pitcher in 2013 (though just one outing at High-A),
Thomas spent all of 2014 in Hagerstown, producing the kind of nos.
you’d expect from an old-for-the-level pitcher (2.78/3.01/1.08). He
can, however, go multiple innings (30 of 34 outings) and puts up
the kind of peripherals (1.4 BB, 8.1 K, 0.4 HR) that you’d like to
see (if you’re not distracted by his Lannan-esque eyelashes).
|If you’re guessing that a lot of these guys wouldn’t be listed if they
weren’t lefties… well, you’re not wrong. Reynoso was the No. 3
pitcher on the GCL Nationals when you scout by boxscore with a
very small sample size of 24IP over which he produced a line of
3.38/3.97/1.75. But he did this as an 18-y.o. in just his second
professional season and (because he had to) stranded almost 75%
of his baserunners and did not give up a HR.