Michael Taylor Michael Taylor
DOB: 3/26/91
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 210
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Taylor had another career year in 2014, earning a trip to the Futures
Game and the Eastern League’s Rookie of the Year award. The biggest
question for 2015 is whether he can hit enough to justify his K rate, which
scouts believe may always be on the high side. Defensively, Taylor features
plus-plus range thanks to his plus speed along with a cannon arm. He will
take some walks to get on base, where he becomes a threat to steal
(88 SBs in ’13-’14 combined). In spring training, they’ll prattle about him
making the big club as a backup, but the smart money is a return to AAA.
Brian Goodwin Brian Goodwin
DOB: 11/2/90
Ht. 6’0″
Wt. 200
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
A torn labrum ended Goodwin’s 2014 season in early July and casting
doubt on whether he’ll be ready and healthy for April 2015. The Nats
trotted out the bromide that he was starting to progress when he got
hurt, but scouts point to an inability to make adjustments, particularly
on soft and/or away stuff. While he doesn’t pile up the SBs, Goodwin is
considered a plus runner, which also translates to his skills as a CF.
Look for him to return to Syracuse if he’s able to swing without pain.
Drew Vettleson Drew Vettleson
DOB: 7/19/91
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
A broken left hand (not the hamate) limited Vettleson to just 83 games
last season, his first in the Nationals organization as part of the Karns-
for-Lobaton trade in February 2014. Vettleson features average power
to all fields, but has struggled with selectivity (just 14BB). As a former
pitcher (switch, if you’re into Greg Harris and Pat Venditte), he has an
above-average arm but is still learning the nuances of playing outfield.
Most likely, he’ll repeat Harrisburg to begin 2015.
Isaac Ballou Isaac Ballou
DOB: 3/17/90
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 205
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Ballou was drafted as a 23-y.o. out of Marshall University in 2013 and
has progressed accordingly — Auburn in 2013, split time between Low-A
(100 games) and High-A (33) in 2014. Because he’ll be 25, the knee-jerk
inference is he’ll start at AA in 2015. Age aside, Ballou has a good all-
around game, with both speed and power and decent defense. His walk
rate took a dip after his promotion, so if returns to Potomac, it’s likely
that the Nats want him to see more High-A pitching before heading to AA.
Rafael Bautista Rafael Bautista
DOB: 3/8/93
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 165
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Bautista led the South Atlantic League with 69 steals and was caught
just 15 times for an 82.1% success rate. Thus, it’s no surprise to learn
scouts rate his speed and baserunning skills as above-average, which
also translate to his defense. At the plate, he’s slasher who gets extra
bases with his feet due to well-below-average power. The Suns shifted
him from the bottom of the order to the top in the 2nd half without any
dropoff, but he’ll need to become more patient to remain there in 2015.
D.K. Carey D.K. Carey
DOB: 11/14/91
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Much like Ballou, the hope is that Carey is a late-blooming athlete who
will translate his raw ability into skills, which also describes his three
seasons at the University of Miami. The Marietta, GA native posted a
.710 OPS as 22-y.o. in the NYPL and was one of the top hitters on
a(nother) sub-.500 Auburn team.
Aldrem Corredor Aldrem Corredor
DOB: 10/27/95
Ht. 6’0″
Wt. 202
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Corredor makes the cut due to two factors — youth (turned 19 in Oct.) and
a strong on-base percentage (.411) that improved 50-plus points from his
2013 season (.352) in the DSL. His other offensive numbers are mediocre
(.235 BA, .271 SLG), so it’s possible that he’ll repeat the GCL but the hope
is that the Venezuelan teenager will head to upstate New York in 2015.