2014 Watchlist: First Basemen

Matt Skole Matt Skole
DOB: 7/30/89
Ht. 6’4″
Wt. 230
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
A freak injury in the first week of the season put Skole on the shelf
for the rest of the regular season with an injury to his wrist and elbow
of his left (non-throwing arm). His performance in the AFL was disappoint-
ing but not when you consider his lack of AA experience, not to mention
his health. Scouts love his power and still believe he’ll develop to be
an average hitter despite the K rate of about one per game for his career.
Look for him to return to Harrisburg in April.
Shawn Pleffner Shawn Pleffner
Born: 8/17/1989
Ht. 6’5″
Wt. 225
Bats: L
Throws: R
Career Stats
Injury-prone but has shown power and patience when healthy. That’s the
skinny on Pleffner who remains on the watchlist despite having not played
above Low-A. Having turned 24 late in the season, Pleffner will be expected
to produce as an “old” player for Potomac in 2014.
Jose Marmolejos-Diaz Jose Marmolejos-Diaz
Born: 1/2/1993
Ht. 6’1″
Wt. 185
Bats: L
Throws: L
Career Stats
“Orange” has been a watchlister for three years now after posting an
unusually strong OBP in 2011 as an 18-y.o. in the DSL. He then showed some
power in 2012 and maintained it for the most part in 2013, though his
playing time was cut into as he split time with Diomedes Eusebio (next).
Has also played some LF, which leads to the inference that he may be
slow of foot.
Diomedes Eusebio Diomedes Eusebio
DOB: 9/8/92
Ht. 6′
Wt. 185
Bats: R
Throws: R
Career Stats
After a sophomore slump in 2012, Eusebio repeated the GCL in 2013 and
substantially improved his rate stats (277/.315/.383 to .330/.382/.450)
while shifting across the diamond. What’s not clear is whether this was
a permanent move or one necessitated by the brass wanting Drew Ward to
get as much PT at 3B as possible, thus he could be moved back to 3B in the
event that he and Ward are not teammates in ’14.

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