2011 Watchlist: Shortstops

Danny Espinosa Danny Espinosa
DOB: 4/25/87
Ht. 6′
Wt. 190
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
While he played 2B in his September
callup, Espinosa’s true position is shortstop
and he is the organization’s best. His wiry
build and quick wrists give him solid power
but scouts have perennially worried that his
aggressive approach would equal low BA
and lots of strikeouts. Has the eye to be
more selective (74BB in ’09) and could
potentially become a league-average hitter
and an above-average defender. A good
baserunner with average speed.
Rick Hague Rick Hague
DOB: 9/18/88
Ht. 6′ 2″
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Hague was the first of the GCL “graduates”
in the 2010 season and actually hit better at
Hagerstown than in the GCL. Currently a
shortstop, a thin position in the org-
anization, Hague suffered a spate of errors,
which both our spies and draft guru Andy
Seiler predict will result in a move to 3B,
a position that’s basically blocked at the
top. Thus, as our spy said: “Washington
will give Hague every chance to prove he
can play short.”
Jason Martinson Jason Martinson
DOB: 10/15/88
Ht. 6′ 1″
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Another SS that scouts believe will have to
shift to 3B, citing a lack of range but also
believe he could be a “solid four corners
utility player” with his arm and athleticism.
Offensively, he’s described as fringe-
average as both a batter and a power hitter,
and average as a baserunner.

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Wilmer Difo
DOB: 4/2/92
Ht. 6′
Wt. 175
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Difo spent most of his playing time at one
position, which was unusual for the DSL. At
a premier infield spot, and at the age of 18,
the inference is that he’s worth keeping an
eye on. Offensively, his numbers were
below-average but he did steal 12 bases in
16 attempts.

One comment

  1. The Nats gave Hague $430K for a reason, and I’m looking forward to seeing what he has.

    Sanchez could be truly an exciting part of the Nats system, one of the many reasons to book multiple trips to Hagerstown in 2011. His numbers & youth spell potential star.

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