|Skole hit more HR in 2015 than 2014 but drew fewer walks and hit
six less doubles, resulting in a slight rise in OPS from .751 to .757.
That’s not exactly great for a corner infielder who was old for the
level (AA). He remains on the watchlist because the Nats are still
hurting for legitimate 1B prospects and lefthanded power (or power,
period). If he doesn’t start 2016 as an everyday AAA player, his
chances of making it to DC fall from nil to none.
|The “Orange” had a fruitful 2015, leading the farm in hits and RBI
and finishing fifth in batting avg. (Robles), which garnered him the
2015 Organizational Player of the Year Award. As hoped, his on-base
and slugging percentages improved from 2014 to 2015, with the latter
improving 100 points. The defense is fringe-average, taking a slight
dip from 2014. He’ll begin 2016 in Potomac, continuing his steady
climb up the ladder, with really no one blocking him.
|Twice-drafted (42nd Rd., 2011; 9th Rd., 2015), Kerian makes the
list as one of the Top 5 hitters on the last summer’s Auburn entry,
though he was old for the level thanks to the Nats’ penchant for draft-
ing college seniors. Runs well for corner infielder, which leads many
scouts to project him as a possible corner outfielder. Seems likely to
start 2016 in Low-A Hagerstown.
|Though he was repeating the level, the 19-y.o. Ortiz was one of
the Top 5 hitters on the 2015 GCL Nationals. He’s actually spent
more time on defense as an outfielder, but as noted above, the Nats
are short on 1B prospects. Best bet for 2016: a stint in Auburn, as
the Nats are often slow-but-steady with promoting IFAs.