As mentioned in my penultimate post, now that the Rule 5 Draft Deadline has come and gone we can go another lap in the 2019-?? offseason with the discussion of the next iteration of the Watchlist.
But just like everything else the past 8½ months, it’s an outlier of an exception of a caveat. There was no 2020 season on which to base any decisions. There were only:
- Graduations – Carter Kieboom, Luis Garcia
- Releases – Nick Raquet, Eric Senior
- Surgeries (that we know of) – Jake Irvin
- The abbreviated 2021 Draft
Yes, I am aware there were a few
sons and nephews of Nationals employees NDFAs and a couple of IFAs, but I think we can safely skip over them. Sorry, if that sounds harsh, but we probably wouldn’t be discussing (or considering) them in a so-called normal offseason.
So what does that leave us? Unfortunately, as you might’ve already guessed, I don’t have much choice but to punt.
Now some of the caveats remain the same, though there are some new qualifiers. For example, It’s not a depth chart, it’s ordered top-to-bottom by the highest level played in regular-season games. With no 2020 data and no independent assessments, we’re stuck with 2019 presumptions regarding usage, etc.
Finally, in creating three of the four this-year-only-we-hope categories (’19 DSL Guys, ’19 IFAs, and Aged Out?) I alphabetized them since they either haven’t played yet or they’ve all played at so close of a level that it would almost look like this anyway.
Without further ado, here’s my first (you’re on) crack at the 11th NationalsProspects.com Watchlist:
|De La Rosa||Dyson|
|LHPs||’19 DSL Guys||’19 IFAs||’20 Draft Picks||Aged Out?||Notables|
|Cate||De La Cruz||Ju. Garcia||Henry||Barrera||Schaller|
|A. Hernandez||R. Gomez||D. Martinez||Lindsly||Crowe|
|E. Lee||Marte||E. Santana||A. Lee|