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 – extra time for instruction, etc. And, of course, a chance for the Nats to make sure everyone’s moving in the right direction.
As I’ve previously noted, it’s difficult to make realistic inferences from who’s been invited or not, but I have marked up the list…
|Joan Baez||Grant Borne||Raudy Read||Osvaldo Abreu||Telmito Agustin|
|Ryan Brinley||Matt Crownover||Jakson Reetz||Zack Cox||Rafael Bautista|
|Weston Davis||Taylor Guilbeau||Matt Reistetter||Anderson Franco||Blake Perkins|
|Matt Derosier||Taylor Hearn||Jorge Tillero||Kelvin Gutierrez||Victor Robles|
|Wirkin Estevez||Tyler Watson||Edwin Lora||Andrew Stevenson|
|Erick Fedde||Bryan Mejia||Rhett Wiseman|
|Koda Glover||Jose Marmolejos-Diaz|
|Cody Gunter||Stephen Perez|
|Jake Johansen||Shawn Pleffner|
|Andrew Lee||Ian Sagdal|
|Reynaldo Lopez||Max Schrock|
|Tyler Mapes||Drew Ward|
|Mariano Rivera III|
… with red for guys not on the watchlist, blue for 2015 Draft picks, with purple for those are both, while resisting the urge to demarcate the surfeit of soap-opera first names (e.g. 80% of the LHPs. Just sayin’).
This time around perhaps the only unfamiliar name to the non-regulars is Zach Cox, who’s probably this year’s Mario Lisson – a veteran being asked to “plug and play” at either Harrisburg or Syracuse and probably both by year’s end.
Also, as usual, there are a couple of veteran names to remove a little bit of doubt as to who’s had their last gasp, which is also an unfortunate part of both spring training and the offseason.
Until next time — or when the games begin…