2013 Watchlist: First Basemen

Chris Marrero Chris Marrero
Born: 7/2/1988
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 210
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Marrero’s injury could not have possibly come
at a worse time, just a couple months after his
MLB debut. While it may be a stretch to say he
would have necessarily made it to D.C. because
Tyler Moore did, he might have hit enough to
become a trade chip, which is why he’s still
here. This is a make-or-break year, as the ’06
1st-Rd. pick turns 25 in July.
Justin Bloxom Justin Bloxom
DOB: 4/29/88
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 205
Bats: S
Throws: R
Career Stats
Older than Marrero and less accomplished (off-
ensively), Bloxom remains on the radar in part
because the position is so thin (even if Skole
is moved there). This is not to take away from
his ability to switch-hit and flashes of power.
Adequate defensively at 1B and can play the
outfield corners.
Kevin Keyes Kevin Keyes
Born: 3/15/1989
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 225
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Make no mistake: It’s Keyes’ power that keeps
him on the watchlist. It helps that the org is so
coy about their plans for Skole, too. The knock
on him are the whiffs (108 in 114G), but it’s
been intriguing to see his knack for driving in
runs despite the low BA (78RBI on 87H). It’s al-
most a given he’ll begin ’13 in Potomac; the
unknown is who will be across the diamond.
Shawn Pleffner Shawn Pleffner
Born: 8/17/1989
Ht. 6’5″
Wt. 225
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Drafted in 2011 but did not play due to a
sports hernia, Pleffner made the most of his
2012 in Auburn with a .329/.394/.458 line in
55 games, showing opposite-field power with
an eye for the strike zone. A convert from the
OF, he’s still learning the position, which also
fits his below-average speed.

Born: 9/26/89
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 210
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
A Division II standout at Concordia College,
Lippincott faces the usual dilemma for old
GCL standouts: how to move up while starting
so low. Posted a very solid line of .281/.361/
.374 albeit as a 22-year-old.

One comment

  1. Definately using in house options instead of Minor league FAs. Maybe Keyes could reach bigs as a versatile glove with bat carrying the way.
    You have to root for a guy with Lutheran Concordia background. Lol!

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