2011 Watchlist: Third Basemen

Stephen King Stephen King
DOB: 10/2/87
Ht. 6′ 2″
Wt. 195
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Four years removed from status as a Top
10 prospect, King spent the 2010 season
serving his 50-game PED suspension then
stepping back to SS-A Vermont and
working his way back to Low-A
Hagerstown. Injuries have dogged him
throughout his career, but he’s shown
flashes of brilliance that hint at the
five-tool label he was given out of H.S.
Likely to begin 2011 at Potomac.
Steven Souza Steven Souza
DOB: 4/24/89
Ht. 6′ 3″
Wt. 205
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Souza showed great promise early (5HR in
May), which earned him a trip to the Sally
League All-Star game but struggled in
June (.176/.247/.284) before starting to
recover in July. Unfortunately, that’s when
the PED suspension hit and the 21-year-
old’s season was over. His FIL invite puts
him on our watchlist and at just 22, he’s
too young to put the tines in the spine
and say he’s done.
Blake Kelso Blake Kelso
DOB: 3/28/89
Ht. 5′ 10″
Wt. 170
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Listed here as a 3B due to his usage in
Vermont, like most of the Nats’ left-side IF
prospects, he’s also played SS. Andy Seiler
described him as “a slick-fielding middle
infielder that has the tools of a utility
player, but [the] work ethic of a starting
shortstop [and] runs and fields well.” Hit
.309/.362/.373 for Vermont with 10 steals
in 61 games.

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Bienvenido Valdez
DOB: 4/2/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 180
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Like many of the Dominican prospects,
Valdez played multiple positions but 3B
was what he played the most. Makes our
watchlist for his walk rate and slugging
percentage, both of which were third-
best behind older (*ahem*) guys on the
team. Not to be confused with two-years
younger Jean Carlos, but I suspect the
tandem will be sent to the GCL in 2011.

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