The Boys in Durham reverted to the mean… hard as they released the first (of several, no doubt) Top 10 list for 2024. Just two of last year’s Top 10 dropped out, replaced by two draft picks:
- Dylan Crews, OF (’23 Draft pick)
- James Wood, OF (1)
- Brady House, 3B (5)
- Cade Cavalli, RHP (4)
- Yohandy Morales, 3B (’23 Draft pick)
- Jackson Rutledge, RHP(9)
- Robert Hassell, OF (2)
- Chrithian Vaquero, SS (6)
- Elijah Green, OF (3)
- Jarlin Susana, RHP (7)
As usual, incumbency (rather than performance or development) ruled the day. Cade Cavalli, who threw as many pitches as you did this past summer, somehow did not drop down or out. That’s not saying he shouldn’t be ranked. But this ain’t football
we do this shit every day: You should lose your spot if you get injured.
It is good, though, to see Brady House get some recognition after quietly having the best season in the Washington minors last summer. That’s not a dis against James Wood; in fact, you can make the argument that he’s the true #1 given he’s both younger and more experienced than Crews.
Likewise, Jackson Rutledge’s long-delayed ascension to The Show might’ve been better rewarded. But I can understand not getting too excited, given that he might not have gotten the callup were it not for Washington’s nothing-to-lose position and the need to rest its young starters.
I have no explanation for Elijah Green’s inclusion aside from incumbency. Yes, he has tremendous upside and the DOB is in his favor, but sorry BA, you can ignore those two things in favor of a K rate that looks like Randy Johnson in reverse.
Unfortunately, the MASN Commenters dominated the chat, with far too many of the questions focused on the big club and former prospects. As you might imagine, BA was loathe to criticize the new PD staff. About the only tidbit was that Andrew Alvarez and Kyle Lyckham are two names to watch for next year, which I supposed is useful if you’ve never been anywhere else to look for news about prospects 😉
Sorry guys, I’m at time… Feel free to discuss in the comments.