The Watchlist

These are the guys we got our eye on for 2011

It’s not supposed to be a depth chart, but if you choose to see it that way… I’d understand because I did arrange the top-to-bottom based on where they finished in the regular season, with the rather obvious exception of Bryce Harper. Then, I slotted guys based on either their usage in 2010 or their expected roles in 2011 (I’m not making predictions about where they will start… just yet).

This methodology also makes for two tables of five columns, which lays out better on the page. I’ve bolded the Top 10 position players and pitchers, italicized the Nigels and Honorable Mentions. Eventually, these names will be highlighted on the big board — green for the Top 10s, yellow for the rest.

C 1B 2B SS 3B
Wilson Ramos Chris Marrero Josh Johnson Danny Espinosa Stephen King
Derek Norris Tyler Moore Steve Lombardozzi Rick Hague Steven Souza
Sandy Leon Justin Bloxom Jeff Kobernus Adrian Sanchez Blake Kelso
David Freitas Mills Rogers Michael Taylor Jason Martinson Bienvenido Valdez
Jeremy Mayo Jean Carlos Valdez Roberto Perez Wilmer Difo
Paul Chacin “Fred” Ortega
Adderling Ruiz
Michael Burgess Yunesky Maya Josh Wilkie Tom Milone Joe Testa
Bryce Harper Brad Peacock Adam Carr Danny Rosenbaum Paul Applebee
Chris Curran Ryan Tatusko Cole Kimball Evan Bronson Josh Smoker
J.P. Ramirez Tanner Roark Rafael Martin Jack McGeary Ryan Demmin
Eury Perez Brad Meyers A.J. Morris Sammy Solis Christian Meza
Destin Hood Adrian Alaniz Rob Wort Graham Hicks Nick Serino
J.R. Higley Marcos Frias Dean Weaver Matt Grace Jesus Guzman
Randolph Oduber Trevor Holder Ben Graham Robbie Ray
Wade Moore Pat Lehman Mark Herrera Chris Manno
Russell Moldenhauer Paul Demny Neil Holland
Rick Hughes Billy Ott Wander Suero
Victor Chavez A.J. Cole Andy Santana
Chad Jenkins
Taylor Jordan
Tyler Hanks
Wirkin Estevez
Anthony Marcelino

Sickels Releases Preliminary Nats Prospect List

Taking a preliminary stab at laying out the list o’ prospects

As some of you may have commented, John Sickels has posted a preliminary prospect list for the Washington Nationals, which I’ll recreate here by position:

Catchers Corner IF Middle IF Outfielders Pitchers
David Freitas Chris Marrero Danny Espinosa Michael Burgess Adrian Alaniz
Derek Norris Tyler Moore Rick Hague Bryce Harper Adam Carr
Wilson Ramos Blake Kelso Destin Hood A.J. Cole
Jeff Kobernus Randolph Oduber Paul Demny
Steve Lombardozzi Eury Perez Tyler Hanks
Adrian Sanchez J.P. Ramirez Cole Kimball
Yunesky Maya
Jack McGeary
Brad Meyers
Tom Milone
A.J. Morris
Brad Peacock
Robby Ray
Tanner Roark
Danny Rosenbaum
Josh Smoker
Sammy Solis
Josh Wilkie
Rob Wort

Bear in mind, that Sickels is looking for more names and to pare the list down to an overall Top 20. This is going to lead to some biases at the extremes: young draftees, and older guys that were named because they’ve been named before (can we call that the “Emmy effect?”).

As it so happens, I’m starting to crunch the names listed from my season reviews into two Top 20 lists: one for the hitters, one for the pitchers. Naturally, this is going to overlook guys that were hurt, guys that were suspended, and guys that signed late. I’ll admit that the DSL guys are getting placed lower because only a handful are young enough to be considered prospects and none really put up the “WOW” kind of numbers. Doesn’t mean they’re not viable, but I’m admitting my wait-and-see (them in the GCL) bias.

Thus far, these are the names that appeared on my season-review watchlists that aren’t listed above, adding in the notable suspended players, which I think we can agree were once considered prospects and are still on our radar. I’m interested in any other candidates that folks may want to make a case for, and for the sake of discussion I’m adding the other two prospects that came on deadline deals in here, too. I’m not making the case for any of these to be added to Sickels’s list, nor am I making the case that we ought to rank ’em all (ugh) – I’m just looking for some suggestions and some oversight.

Catchers Corner IF Middle IF Outfielders Pitchers
Paul Chacin Justin Bloxom Wilmer Difo Chris Curran Ryan Demmin
Adderling Ruiz Stephen King Josh Johnson J.R. Higley Wirkin Estevez
Mills Rogers Jason Martinson Wade Moore Marcos Frias
Steven Souza “Fred” Ortega Russell Moldenhauer Matthew Grace
Jean Carlos Valdez Michael Taylor Jesus Guzman
Neil Holland
Trevor Holder
Mark Herrera
Chad Jenkins
Taylor Jordan
Christopher Manno
Anthony Marcelino
Christian Meza
Andy Santana
Nick Serino
Wander Suero
Ryan Tatusko
Joe Testa
Dean Weaver