Watchlist Reports Are Finished

As promised, I’ve taken a pass through the 2017 watchlist filled in the unwritten reports while editing a handful.

The “donuts” have been made.

It also usually means that we’re almost at the beginning of spring training, which promises (again) to be pretty quiet for “our guys,” unless (until) there are injuries. There’s already angst over who the Nationals will use for the closer, which of course, longtime readers know is bullsh!t.

For those who like to obsess over Top XX lists, Baseball America has released its latest, which finds Victor Robles at #13 and Erick Fedde at #52.

Pitchers and catchers report on Tuesday – free to discuss in the comments.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

7 thoughts on “Watchlist Reports Are Finished”

    1. Luke. Did the dcbaseball nats
      Transaction list have a typo with AAron barrett being placed on 60 day retro to 2/13/17? Did Nsts ink him?

  1. I am chuckling about how the Lees
    Careers have gone . Nick rose then stalled then went to bullpen then injured , activated , performance now rewarded with NRI
    Andrew Lee was the matinee star here until TJ. Wait and see on Vol.
    Cool story on Nef Soto too

  2. FWIW, Giolito has fallen to #25 on the BA list, down from #5 this time last year. As I said at the time of the trade, he doesn’t have to fail for it to have been a successful trade for the Nats. The bloom does seem to be off the rose now that he’s gotten his feet wet in the majors, though. On the flip side, Lopez is at #31, up from #92 last year.

  3. For me, losing Lopez was the real negative of the Eaton trade. Lopez flashed dominant stuff at the end of last year. He would’ve given the Nats rotation depth as the likely next man in when Strasburg and/or Ross go on the DL again, and Reynaldo has an electric arm which made Lopez a back of the bullpen option as well.

    Hard to believe the Nats couldn’t close the Eaton deal with Giolito and Dunning (and maybe another lower rated prospect). Never heard that any other MLB team was going hard on Eaton; so, the White Sox would be hard press to reject an offer of a top 25 MLB prospect, and the Nats first pick from the 2016 draft.

  4. When Turner and Eaton are table setting like Jack rabbits deep through a long season. We will
    Forget the price paid. Plus we know brass knows how to see select and sign good young arms .

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