For the minors fans, the news is sparse this time of year, but thanks to MASN’s Byron Kerr, we can at least discuss the annual list of minor-leaguers who’ve been asked to come to camp early, a.k.a. “accelerated camp.”
This is the analog to the Fall Instrux, as prospects are given extra time for instruction and rehabbing players can be monitored. And, of course, it’s a chance for the coaches to make sure everyone’s moving in the right direction.
As much as you might want to draw inferences from who’s been selected and who hasn’t, you really can’t, beyond what’s usually true: almost all of these guys are on the latest watchlist…
|Dakota Bacus||Cole Leonida||Osvaldo Abreu||Isaac Ballou|
|Joan Baez||Raudy Read||Chris Bostick||Rafael Bautista|
|James Bourque||Jakson Reetz||Austin Davidson||D.K. Carey|
|Abel de los Santos||Jorge Tillero||Anderson Franco||Jeff Gardner|
|Robbie Dickey||Cody Gunter||Derrick Robinson|
|Ian Dickson||Kelvin Gutierrez||Victor Robles|
|Paolo Espino||Mario Lisson||Drew Vettleson|
|Erick Fedde||Edwin Lora|
|Lucas Giolito||Jose Marmolejos-Diaz|
|Jake Johansen||David Masters|
|Nick Lee||Stephen Perez|
|Reynaldo Lopez||Shawn Pleffner|
|Anderson Martinez||Tony Renda|
|Ronald Pena||Drew Ward|
Unlike past years, there aren’t really any unfamiliar names for regulars of this site. Maybe Mario Lisson or Derrick Robinson if you missed when the Nats signed them in December and January respectively.
The presence of some veteran names removes some doubt as to who will be back in 2015, though looking over previous rosters you can always spot one or two names that haven’t been seen much since.
Until the next time — or the games begin…