First Basemen

Leandro Emiliani   Leandro Emiliani
Born: 3/22/00
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 180
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
Emiliani returns to the watchlist after a disastrous 2021, which was not uncommon for a lot of the shorties who might’ve spent 2020 at Auburn. It’s tempting to lump him with De La Rosa as faltering at High-A, but a closer look shows that the dropoff was not that bad – .738 to .701 OPS. A return to the First State seems likely for ’23.
Will Frizzell   Will Frizzell
Born: 2/21/99
Ht. 6’5″
Wt. 225
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
There is no DH on the Watchlist, given that the position is used differently in the minors than the majors. But it’s rather telling that Frizzell was benched in favor of subpar-to-mediocre 1B (Branden Bosserie) with the glove. It’s also not clear why Frizzell did not start ’22 at Low-A in April vs. repeating the FCL. He’ll need to begin (and excel) in High-A to not slide into O.G. status for ’24.
Erick Tejeda   Erick Tejeda
Born: 12/26/01
Ht. 6’4″
Wt. 162
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
How thin is this position for the Nationals? A 20-y.o. who batted just a tick above Lg. Avg. (.717 vs. .691 OPS) in just 32 games makes the cut. Like most IFAs who weren’t big-money signs, there’s very little to be found about the now-21-y.o. Given Tejeda’s youth and the cluster of older 1B at both Low-A and High-A, he could end up repeating the FCL.