2013 Watchlist: Outfielders

Eury Perez Eury Perez
DOB: 5/30/90
Ht. 6′
Wt. 180
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
There’s not much to change from the pre-
vious reports. Still has 80 speed, above-
average defensive skills, below-average
power and doesn’t take nearly enough BBs.
With Denard Span ahead of him and Brian
Goodwin behind him on the ladder, Perez’s
best-case scenario is to beat out the
competition for a bench job. More likely:
back to Syracuse for more seasoning.
Brian Goodwin Brian Goodwin
DOB: 11/2/90
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 190
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
Goodwin’s 2012 season was really an am-
azing ascent, given the injury that side-
lined him for five weeks and the jump from
Low-A to AA. Southpaws still give him fits
and folks who watch him daily have noted
that he’s still raw defensively. Look for
him to return to Harrisburg to refine his
game (and await an opportunity with CF/LF
“taken” by Span & Harper).
Destin Hood Destin Hood
DOB: 4/3/90
Ht. 6′ 1″
Wt. 225
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Hood’s 2012 season was a mixed bag. Off-
ensively, his numbers took a hit as scouts
noticed an adjustment to shorten his swing
that cost him some power. Defensively, they
noted his routes and arm have improved to
average, though they believe (as I did) LF
is his best OF spot. At 23, the expectation
is that now is the time for his production
to match his raw talent.
Michael Taylor Michael Taylor
DOB: 3/26/91
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 190
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Taylor was given a lot of praise in the pre-
vious offseason, thus the disparity between
his performance and that hype has fostered
disappointment. The reality is that he was
a 21-y.o. at High-A that struggled to make
some adjustments. He also showed some
real promise, especially on defense. The
high K rate is troublesome, but if/when he
cuts it down, the power will come back.
Randolph Oduber Randolph Oduber
DOB: 3/18/89
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 186
Bats: R
Throws: L
Career Stats
Oduber has been a watchlister three times,
in large part because when healthy, he’s
an all-around talent: gap power, good D,
decent arm, solid baserunner. The problem
is he’s yet to play 90 games in two full-
season years. He cut his K rate in ’12, but
also drew fewer BBs — plate discipline is
what scouts say he needs to improve to get
past High-A.
Steven Souza Steven Souza
DOB: 4/24/89
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 220
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Despite changing positions twice, Souza has
remained on the watchlist for three years
straight. After a power outage in ’11, Souza
hit 23HR and slugged .572 between Low- and
High-A while moving to the OF. At 24, he has
to make it to AA this year just to have the
chance of earning the backhanded compliment
of “late bloomer.”
Billy Burns Billy Burns
DOB: 8/30/89
Ht. 5’9″
Wt. 180
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Our Hagerstown guy says Burns reminds
him of former farmhand Boomer Whiting, a
slap hitter with plus-plus speed but corner
outfield “D.” After abandoning it in coll-
ege, Burns resumed switch-hitting in 2012,
which also maximizes his skillset. Unlike
Whiting, he’s a true CF, but will have to
show some doubles to make it past High-A.
Mike McQuillan Mike McQuillan
DOB: 10/02/89
Ht. 5’11”
Wt. 175
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
A 33rd Round pick out of the Univ. of Iowa,
McQuillan fits the stereotype of “gamer.”
He’s not big, but hits for more power than
his size suggests, and of course, he hustles
and gets dirty. Tore up the GCL and earned
a promotion to Auburn after just 19 games.
Could also be listed as a 2B, but so long as
he’s on the same roster as Tony Renda, he’ll
play elsewhere.
Brandon Miller Brandon Miller
DOB: 10/08/89
Ht. 6’2″
Wt. 215
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
A former catcher, Miller was moved to the
outfield to enable his plus-plus power to de-
velop, evidenced by his leading Div. I with
23HRs in 2012. A hip strain cost him six
weeks at Auburn, but at 23, he’ll have to be
pushed to Low-A and work on getting the
aluminum out of his swing while refining his
raw OF skills, particularly his arm (still throws
behind his ear), which is also a plus tool.
Estarlin Martinez Estarlin Martinez
DOB: 3/8/92
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
After bouncing around the IF in his first
three years, Martinez seems to have found a
home in LF while making some real progress
on offense. Scouts still note a tendency to
get pull-happy and swing at balls out of the
zone. Has power to all fields and “intriguing
tools that need refinement,” but should
make his full-season debut in 2013.
Wander Ramos
DOB: 4/26/90
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 192
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Like Martinez, Ramos’s ascent from the D.R.
has been slow, with 2012 his first year north
of Florida after repeating the GCL in 2011.
Has decent pop and a RF throwing arm, but
at 23, he’ll need to break through in 2013,
much like his age cohort (non-elite college
seniors) to avoid crossing the line between
prospect and “OG.”
Will Piwinca-Worms Will

DOB: 4/1/90
Ht. 6’3″
Wt. 215
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
Piwinca-Worms was signed as an non-
drafted free agent out of Duke Univ. who
made some noise in the GCL as a 22-year-
old. This is quite obviously a gut pick based
on his age and rate stats, but that’s how we
have to roll until we get some eyes on the
guys in Florida during the summer.

6 Commments

  1. Interesting. I recently read that Billy Burns not only had great speed, but showed a terrific arm and glove in the OF. Virtually no HR power, but is a high BA/OBP guy, that steals a ton of bases with a low CS rate.I wonder who is right?

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