|Claimed off waivers from Philadelphia in
Dec. 2011, Rivero had a comeback season
that could land him on an MLB roster.
He’s out of options, which is why it might
not be with the Nats. His lack of pro exp-
erience at 2B is another strike against him,
especially if he’s competing against Steve
Lombardozzi for a bench spot in D.C.
|You can believe the hype about Rendon’s
bona fides as a hitter — the patient eye,
the line-drive swing, the gap power. All
were spotted in his brief stint in Potomac
last summer. He ran well for someone
with his injury history, but it’s a lot to ask
for him not to lose a step. Reports are
mixed on his defense (from merely good
to great) but what he really needs to do
in ’13 is stay on the field, as the Texan
hasn’t played more than 63 games in a
single season yet.
|Let’s get this out of the way: first — that’s
where Skole belongs on defense. The Nats
however are still claiming his 1B switch in
the AFL was not permanent. Despite the
knock that he’s been a level behind where
he should be since Day 1, both BA and
Sickels have improved their outlook, with
the latter tagging him as a “productive
power/patience slugger” though unlikely
to hit for a high average.
|Eusebio’s sophomore season in ’12 wasn’t
as impressive as his debut season in ’11,
as his numbers fell slightly in nearly cat-
egory. He is, however, just 20 and has
been playing the position almost exclu-
sively since he entered the organization
in 2011 as a high-profile IFA.