|Difo broke his left hand in early October, which ended his 2015 and
kept him from going to the Arizona Fall League. While he primarily saw
time in the field at shortstop, it seems fairly obvious that his path
to D.C. is at 2B. Scouts attribute his breakthrough, which began in 2014,
to learning to cope with adversity. Difo is one of the rare switch-hitters
that doesn’t drop off dramatically when “turned around,” and actually has
more power as a RHB. His 2016 placement will likely be dictated by Turner.
|Bostick was the beneficiary of Difo’s injury as he got the call to replace
him on the AFL roster and impressed with an .883 OPS in 20 games.
This was somewhat of a surprise, given his AA rate was roughly league
average, albeit as a 22-y.o. Bostick has played primarily at 2B, but can
fill in at short and played LF without an error. Given the Nats’ love for
versatility, it would not be a surprise if he spends ’16 bouncing between
positions in the hopes that he can be a super-sub if/when the bat develops.
|I don’t think I can name a quieter .900+ OPS season than Mejia’s ’15.
The 21-y.o. led the Nationals farm system in slugging with a .567 mark
and trailed only Victor Robles in BA and OPS. About the only knock is
that he drew just five walks in 68 games. Our spy in Hagerstown says
the glove is iffy (13 errors), but chalks that up to Washington’s habit
of shifting infielders between 2B, 3B, and SS. Best bet is to spend most
of 2016 at Potomac, though he has yet to start a season in April.
|After trading Tony Renda, it looks like they re-drafted his prototype:
diminutive, low-power, high-speed, second-base-only infielder. But scouts
say Dulin makes consistent hard contact and sets up well on defense. He
split time at 2B with Max Schrock (listed at SS for aesthetics) at Auburn
but was still one of the Doubledays’ Top 5 hitters. Starting 2016 at Hag-
erstown seems the most likely destination for the 21-y.o.