Alright, no sense in wasting time; here’s nos. 16-31:
|16. Kelvin Gutierrez||21. Osvaldo Abreu (15)||26. Jose Marmolejos|
|17. Sheldon Neuse||22. Raudy Read (22)||27. Tyler Watson|
|18. Jakson Reetz (14)||23. Edwin Lora (22)||28. Telmito Agustin|
|19. Brian Goodwin (31)||24. Jose Sanchez||29. Joan Baez (18)|
|20. Blake Perkins (12)||25. Yasel Antuna||30. Matt Skole|
|YOUR AD HERE||31. Nick Banks|
It’s worth noting that this year there are three IFAs who are ranked in the Top 31 without playing a single inning of affiliated baseball (Garica, Sanchez, and Antuna) and five total that cost the Nationals $900K or more in signing bonuses.
Good for them, but here’s the obligatory reminder of what it’s like for the other 99% of minor-leaguers. / steps off soapbox
As mentioned yesterday, the list is now tilted towards IFAs 16 of the 31. The past two drafts is still sizable portion (seven), though it falls off precipitously (not only that Skipper, it drops off pretty quick) after that: two from 2014, none from 2013.
Here’s a breakdown of the newcomers:
2016 Draft – Carter Kieboom (8), Jesus Luzardo (15), Sheldon Neuse (17), Nick Banks (31)
2015 Draft – Tyler Watson (27)
Int’l Free Agent – Luis Garcia (7), Kelvin Gutierrez (16), Jose Sanchez (24), Yasel Antuna (25), Jose Marmolejos (26), Telmito Agustin (28)
I suppose I could further break down the IFAs by their signing year, but I also think that would be really splitting hairs.
Finally, here’s BA 2020 projected Washington lineup, which ignores such things as free agency, injury, or a sudden decline in skills. BA didn’t project the 2017 lineup in the 2014 book, which I find a bit odd since they marketed it as a “secret weapon for fantasy league success” so we’ll miss out on seeing how wrong they were three years ago. (They brought it back in 2015).
C – Pedro Severino
1B – Daniel Murphy
2B – Wilmer Difo
SS – Trea Turner
3B – Anthony Rendon
LF – Adam Easton
CF – Victor Robles
RF – Bryce Harper
#1SP – Max Scherzer
#2SP – Stephen Strasburg
#3SP – Erick Fedde
#4SP – Joe Ross
#5SP – Austin Voth
CL – Koda Glover
Feel free to discuss in the comments. By the way, is there anything on TV tonight worth watching?