Previewing the 2017 Kannapolis Intimidators

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Alec Hansen, courtesy of http://www.baseballamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Alec-Hansen-2016-bm.jpg

Hey guys, welcome to another round of the SAL team preview series.  I’m excited to get these going again.  Today I’ll be talking about the Kannapolis Intimidators as I continue alphabetically around the league.  The Intimidators are the Chicago White Sox, single-A, full season affiliate.

Previously I’ve covered the:

Asheville Tourists (Rockies)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/01/previewing-the-2017-asheville-tourists/

Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/13/previewing-the-2017-augusta-greenjackets/

Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/31/previewing-the-2017-charleston-riverdogs/

Columbia Fireflies (Mets)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/03/previewing-the-2017-columbia-fireflies/

Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/09/previewing-the-2017-delmarva-shorebirds/

Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/23/previewing-the-2017-greensboro-grasshoppers/

Greenville Drive (Red Sox)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/31/previewing-the-2017-greenville-drive/

Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/02/07/previewing-the-2017-hagerstown-suns/

Hickory Crawdads (Rangers)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/02/13/previewing-the-2017-hickory-crawdads/

For those not familiar with the SAL team preview series, I scour the lower levels of each organization and speculate on who might be coming to the Sally in 2017 and whenever possible I try to include  scouting report.  It’s a lengthy process but I enjoy it and I learn a ton.

For the purpose of this piece I studied the 2016 Kannapolis Intimidators, Great Falls Voyagers and AZL White Sox.

A big shoutout to Matt from Future Sox (on Twitter @FutureSox)  http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/.

He was  big help in assembling this piece, he’s a good guy and he knows the White Sox system as well as anybody.

At “Notes From The Sally” it’s all about live look scouting.  Once I see the Intimidators you can expect write ups on many of the players listed below.  I set a goal to see every team in the Sally twice in the 1st half (April 7th – June 18th).  I expect to see Kannapolis in the 2nd week of the season when they come west for 7 games and again in late May in Hickory.  I’ll get more into this later.

 

Lets meet the notables

 

Alec Hansen, courtesy of http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/stories/hansen.jpg

RHP) Alec Hansen- Age 22, listed 6’7″ 235 lbs, bats and throws right.  Hansen was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Oklahoma.  Hansen started 2 games with the Intimidators last Summer post draft.  He seems like a candidate to open in Winston-Salem (A+) but Matt thinks he’ll be back which is good enough for me.  I’m looking forward to seeing him.

Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs recently listed his top 27 White Sox prospects, here’s a snippet from what he wrote of Hansen:

“Hansen’s fastball will climb into the upper 90s and back down into the 92-94 range later in starts. He has some drop and drive to his delivery but still generates downhill plane because of his height. Chicago worked to break his hands earlier and prevent arm drag. His slider, a late-breaking 85-88 mph dart, projects to plus. When I saw Hansen’s first pro appearance, he was working more frequently with his curveball, currently average, with moderate depth and bite. It should at least be an effective change of pace and will help Hansen negotiate opposing lineups multiple times, but some scouts think it will be his best secondary.”

“Hansen’s changeup is way behind right now because he very rarely got himself into changeup counts in college. He shows some nascent feel for it, but it’s clearly below average, and its development is heavily dependent on Hansen’s future ability to throw strikes.”

“The volatile nature of Hansen’s health, stuff and performance makes him incredibly risky for a college draftee, but the upside here is obviously huge. He could be a No. 2 starter if everything comes together, and the chances of that occurring are much better now than they were in April.”

For much more on Hansen and many other White Sox prospects click here:  http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/top-21-prospects-chicago-white-sox/

 

 

Bernard Flores, courtesy of https://pbs.twimg.com/media/CknfYriVEAIEq00.jpg

LHP) Bernardo Flores- Age 21, listed 6’3″ 170 lbs, bats and throws left.  Flores was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Southern California.

Future Sox put together a detailed scouting report here:  http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/bernardo-flores/

 

 

Micker Adolfo, courtesy of http://m.mlb.com/assets/images/7/1/0/143120710/cuts/Micker_Adolfo_1280_8l687hnd_2100ctqv.jpg

RF) Micker Adolfo- Age 20, listed 6’3″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  Adolfo was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2013.  He’s toolsy with big time raw power but the approach is raw.  Still young though.  Worth noting that Matt thinks Adolfo will start in Winston-Salem.

 

 

Corey Zangari, courtesy of http://www.milb.com/assets/images/1/6/8/180188168/cuts/Zangari_it3f9hjh_07zc3z9v.jpg

1B) Corey Zangari- Age 19, listed 6’4″ 240 lbs, bats and throws right.  Zangari was drafted in the 6th round of the 2015 draft out of High School in Midwest City, OK (Oklahoma City metro).

“Phil Goyette” of Prospects 1500 released his top 50 White Sox prospects recently and had this to say of Zangari:

For the rest of the White Sox top 50 click here:  http://prospects1500.com/top-50-lists/chicago-white-sox-top-50-prospects-2017/

 

Dane Dunning, courtesy of https://img.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/files/2016/06/AP_3792508374461465660081.jpg

RHP) Dane Dunning- Age 22, listed 6’4″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  Dunning was drafted by the Washington Nationals 29th overall in the 2016 and was traded to the White Sox in the Adm Eaton trade.  Matt thinks he skips Kannapolis which is perfectly reasonable for a highly thought of college arm. If I thought he was coming here I would list him 1st but wanted to include him here just in case.

John Sickles of Minor League Ball released his top 20 White Sox prospects list back in early January and had this to say of Dunning:

Age 22, first round pick in 2016 from University of Florida by the Nationals, another segment of the Eaton deal; posted 2.02 ERA with 32/7 K/BB in 36 innings between GCL and NY-P; primarily a reliever in college but has arsenal to start including 90-95 sinker, plus slider, and a change-up with average potential; throws strikes; path forward will depend on how quickly the change-up develops but could be a fine workhorse. ETA 2019.”

For the rest of Sickles White Sox top 20 click here:  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2017/1/3/14156566/chicago-white-sox-top-20-prospects-for-2017

 

Jameson Fisher, courtesy of https://cdn.d1baseball.com/uploads/2016/04/16125548/JamesonFisher1-1.jpg

LF) Jameson Fisher- Age 23, listed 6’2″ 200 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Fisher was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 out of the Southern Louisiana Univ.  Fisher could be another candidate to skip up to A+.

 

My friend “Joshua Schwager” and his team from Baseball Ranks (on Twitter @BaseballRanks) do a great job of scouting the minors.  I know they watch a ton of video over there. Recently one of the writers”Andy Sroka” released his top 25 White Sox prospects and had this to say of Fisher:

“It’ll be interesting to see how the career of Jameson Fisher plays out, considering he was one of NCAA Division-I’s very best hitters all while getting on base 56 percent of the time as a senior. Even as a sophomore, Fisher developed this reputation for taking his walks and mashing the ball, finishing the season in the top 20 of all eligible D-I hitters with a .389 batting average. It’s about what happened in between that kept him off draft boards as a true junior in 2015.”

“A torn labrum in his shoulder took away his position – catcher – and stuck him in left field and eventually first base. Right now he doesn’t have a position, but he can still hit a lot, though, he’s never hit for much power and has always seemed to be a little pull-happy, according to scouting reports. It remains to be seen if his prolific eye and contact abilities were a product of his competition in a historically weak Southland Conference. South Side optimists can be excited, however, that he hit .342/.436/.487 in 50 games in the Pioneer League a part of the White Sox’s rookie ball squad.”

“Fisher’s knack for hitting makes it seem like he can cut it in the pros as a useful bat off the bench, at least, but without any real noticeable feel for left field or first base coupled with a below-average arm, his hopes of hitting his way into the lineup every single day are slim.”

For more on the White Sox and many other prospect lists and scouting reports click here:  http://www.baseballranks.com/2017/02/14/chicago-white-sox-top-prospects-2017/

 

Around the diamond

 

Catcher

Nate Nolan- Age 22, listed 6’1″ 210, bats and throws right.  Nolan was drafted in the 8th round of the 2016 draft out of St Mary’s College of California (Moraga, CA)

“Southside Sox” (SB Nations White Sox affiliate) had a write up for every player taken in day 2 of the draft including Nolan:  http://www.southsidesox.com/2016/6/11/11908424/mlb-draft-2016-day-2-recap

 

Casey Schroeder- Age 23, listed 6’2″ 210 lbs, bats both and throws right.  Schroeder was drafted in the 8th round of the 2015 draft out of Coastal Carolina Univ (Conway, SC).

 

A tag team of Nate Nolan and Casey Schroeder seems likely but there’s also 13th rounder Michael Hickman in the mix, Age 20, listed 6’1″ 215 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Signed out of Chipola Junior College in Marianna, FL.

 

“Rob Ozga” of the “Baseball Draft Report” does a terrific job breaking down the draft every year.  One of my go to sites for draft coverage.  He went round by round through the White Sox 2016 draft and had this to say of Hickman:

“Michael Hickman is living proof that sometimes players fall through the cracks here. That’s the downside of this being a one-man show. Hickman went from being ranked 242 out of high school in 2015 to being unranked after a solid junior college season (.345/.442/.610 with 17 BB/38 K in 177 AB) at powerhouse Chipola in 2016. Technically he was only unranked nationally on the final board; he came in 48th on my college catcher list. Buying Hickman is buying his lefthanded power and impressive bat speed while living with some swing-and-miss and rough defensive edges. At this point in the draft, that trade-off is well worth a shot.”

For more coverage of the White Sox draft click here:  2016 MLB Draft Reviews – Chicago White Sox

 

Others who could see time at catcher: Carlos Perez, Joxelier Garcia, Daniel Gonzalez,

 

Corner Infield

1B) Corey Zangari

 

3B) Zach Remillard- Age 23, listed 6’1″ 200, bats and throws right.  Remillard was drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 draft out of Coastal Carolina Univ.  He got into 31 games with Kannapolis in 2016 so no guarantee  he’ll be back.

 

3B) Brady Conlan- Age 23, listed 6’1″ 207 lbs, bats and throws right.  Conlan was drafted in the 24th round of the 2016 draft out of Cal State Dominguez hills (Carson, CA)

 

 

1B, 3B) Anthony Villa- Age on opening day 23, listed 6’3″ 220 lbs, bats and throws right.  Villa was drafted in the 19th round of the 2016 draft out of St Mary’s College of California (Moraga, CA).

 

Zangari should be the starter at 1B, probably Conlan at 3rd and Remillard in Winston-Salem, with Villa spelling the starters.

 

Other corner Infield candidates: Felix Mercedes (1B-3B),

 

Middle Infield

SS, 2B) Mitch Roman- Age on opening day 22, listed 6′ 161 lbs, bats and throws right.  Roman was drafted in the 12th round of the 2016 draft out of Wright St Univ (Dayton, OH)

 

2B, SS) Max Dutto- Age 23, listed 6′ 205 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Dutto was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 draft out of Menlo College (Atherton, CA)

 

2B, SS, 3B) Sam Dexter- Age on opening day 23, listed 5’11” 185 lbs, bats and throws right.  Dexter was drafted in the 23rd round out of the Univ of Southern Maine.

 

I think Dutto will be the starting 2B and Roman will start at SS.  Dexter will be spelling both as well as seeing time at 3B.  SS) Amado Nunez and 2B, SS) Luis Curbelo both sound interesting but seem ticketed toward Great Falls.

 

Other options in the middle infield: JJ Franco (2B)

 

Outfield

 

CF) Joel Booker- Age 23, listed 6’1″ 190 lbs, bats and throws right.  Booker was drafted in the 22nd round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Iowa.

 

RF, CF) Aaron Schnurbusch- Age 23, listed 6’5″ 235 lbs, bats and throws left.  Schnurbusch was drafted in the 28th round of the  2016 draft out of the Univ of Pittsburgh.

 

RF) Antonio Rodriguez- Age 21, listed 6’4″ 230 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Rodriguez was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2011.

 

RF, DH) Micker Adolfo

 

The outfield looks to be a highlight for the team.  Booker and his electric speed plus Schnurbusch and Rodriguez are intriguing as well.  And Adolfo if he’s back with his premium power potential.   It will be interesting to see if one of Schnurbusch or Rodriguez slides over and gets the bulk of the playing time in left or if Glines or Fincher get significant run.

 

Other outfield options: Jackson Glines (LF, CF, RF), Jake Fincher (RF, LF), Trevin Sonnier (CF, LF, RF, 2B), Louis Silverio (RF)

 

Starting Pitching

RHP) Alec Hansen

LHP) Bernardo Flores

RHP) Yosmer Solorzano- Age 20, listed 6’2″ 181 lbs, bats and throws right.  Solorzano was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014.  He was a player that made last years Kannapolis preview too: http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/02/24/previewing-the-2016-kannapolis-intimidators/

But the White Sox sent him to Great Falls instead. Giving teenage arms another season of rookie ball is never a bad idea.  Still just 20 I’m looking forward to seeing him.

Future Sox has a detailed scouting report:
http://www.chicagonow.com/future-sox/yosmer-solorzano/

 

Other options at SP:  RHP) Christopher Comito could be back and Aron McRee should be up from Great Falls.

 

This piece came in about about a week later than I anticipated.  My daughter totaled her car last week, she was hit from behind and fortunately wasn’t hurt but I spent quite a bit of time dealing with insurance companies and researching cars.  Fun stuff, I apologize to those who were waiting for this.

I enjoyed my deep dive into the White Sox system, there is some talent headed our way.  Particularly at SP, OF and 1st base and Catcher.

I want to give a quick shout out to Future Sox this is not because Matt helped me.  I do a lot of research for these pieces and when I come across a site like Future Sox (and they’re rare) it makes the whole process easier.  They had something on every player I listed.

Up next is a preview of the Lakewood Blueclaws (Phillies)

 

50 names I’m already excited to see in the 2017 Sally

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Jason Groome, courtesy of https://c.o0bg.com/rf/image_1200w/Boston/2011-2020/2016/08/23/BostonGlobe.com/Sports/Images/groome_debut1-10368.jpg?uuid=bec-VmjKEea-91JAsaAaWw

Hey guys, I’ve completed 9 of the 14 SAL team previews at this point and the talent is really stock piling.  With Kannapolis (White Sox), Lakewood (Phillies), Lexington (Royals), Rome (Braves) and West Virginia (Pirates) still to come here’s 50 players I’m already excited to see in the Sally this year.

 

LHP) Jason Groome- Greenville

RHP) Riley Pint- Asheville

CF) Blake Rutherford- Charleston

RF) Juan Soto- Hagerstown

RF) Estevan Florial- Charleston

CF) Desmond Lindsay- Columbia

LHP) Braxton Garrett- Greensboro

CF) Leody Taveras- Hickory

LHP) Thomas Szapucki- Columbia

RHP) Alex Speas- Hickory

CF) Pedro Gonzalez- Asheville

RF) Sandro Fabian- Augusta

RHP) Justin Dunn- Columbia

LHP) Cole Ragans- Hickory

RHP) Michael Matuella- Hickory

SS) Carter Kieboom- Hagerstown

CF) Thomas Jones- Greensboro

3B) Colton Welker- Asheville

RF) Austin Hays- Delmarva

C) Donny Sands- Charleston

CF-RF-LF) Manuel Melendez- Asheville

SS) Anderson Tejeda- Hickory

SS) CJ Chatham- Greenville

CF) Stone Garrett- Greensboro

3B) Tyler Nevin- Asheville

CF) Leonardo Molina- Charleston

3B) Sheldon Neuse- Hagerstown

RHP) Cody Sedlock- Delmarva

LHP) Keegan Akin- Delmarva

LHP) Tyler Watson- Hagerstown

RHP) Merandy Gonzalez- Columbia

RHP) Melvin Adon- Augusta

LHP) Matt Krook- Augusta

RHP) Ofelky Perlata- Delmarva

3B) Kelvin Beltre- Augusta

RF) Isael Soto- Greensboro

CF) Yoan Aybar- Greenville

CF) Lorenzo Cedrola- Greenville

RHP) Freicer Perez- Charleston

CF) Blake Perkins- Hagerstown

RHP) Tyler Kolek- Greensboro

RHP) Austin DeCarr- Charleston

RHP) Drew Finley- Charleston

2B, 3B) Kole Enright- Hickory

CF/RF) Dalton Wheat- Greensboro

3B) Charles Leblanc- Hickory

3B) Anderson Franco- Hagerstown

RHP) Tyler Phillips- Hickory

RHP) Edward Cabrera- Greensboro

CF) Ryan McKenna- Delmarva

RHP) Alex Wells- Delmarva

 

The Sally looks like it will be loaded in 2017.  Other names who could be coming our way, the #1 pick in the 2016 draft Mickey Moniak, the three headed monster of Ian Anderson, Joey Wentz and Kyle Mueller and a whole lot more.

Up next at Notes is a Kannapolis Intimidators team preview.  Cheers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Previewing the 2017 Hickory Crawdads

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Cole Ragans, courtesy of http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2016/06/10/images/mlbf_794771583_th_45.jpg

Hey guys, welcome to another round of the SAL team preview series.  I’m excited to get these going again.  Today I’ll be talking about the Hickory Crawdads as I continue alphabetically around the league.  The Crawdads are the Texas Rangers, single-A, full season affiliate.

Previously I’ve covered the:

Asheville Tourists (Rockies)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/01/previewing-the-2017-asheville-tourists/

Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/13/previewing-the-2017-augusta-greenjackets/

Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/31/previewing-the-2017-charleston-riverdogs/

Columbia Fireflies (Mets)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/03/previewing-the-2017-columbia-fireflies/

Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/09/previewing-the-2017-delmarva-shorebirds/

Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/23/previewing-the-2017-greensboro-grasshoppers/

Greenville Drive (Red Sox)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/31/previewing-the-2017-greenville-drive/

Hagerstown Suns (Nationals)- http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/02/07/previewing-the-2017-hagerstown-suns/

For those not familiar with the SAL team preview series, I scour the lower levels of each organization and speculate on who might be coming to the Sally in 2017 and whenever possible I try to include  scouting report.  It’s a lengthy process but I enjoy it and I learn a ton.

At Notes from the Sally it’s all about live look scouting, once I see the Hickory Crawdads in 2017 I’ll post reports on many of the players listed below.  Hickory is one of my home teams so I’ll see them a lot,  beginning in week 2 of the season when they host Kannapolis for 4 games and West Virginia for 3.

 

Lets meet the notables:

 

Leodys Taveras, courtesy of http://www.baseballamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/07/Leodys-Taveras-2015-bm.gif

CF) Leody Taveras– Age 18, listed 6’1″ 170 lbs, bats both and throws right.  Taveras was a high profile signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2015 receiving a $2.1 Mil signing bonus.  Taveras  skipped the Dominican Summer league (DSL) and headed straight to Arizona League rookie ball (AZL).  Which is pretty aggressive and the fact that he earned a mid season promotion to Spokane is very impressive.  He’s high on my list of players to see this season.

Rich Wilson of “Prospect 361” counted down his top 10 Rangers prospects in mid January, here’s some of what he wrote about Taveras:

Taveras’ scouting report contains a lot of plus grades.  It starts with a great looking swing that is short to the ball with enough bat speed when combined with his physicality to have plus future power.  Again, it’s future power as the swing lacks loft and he still has yet to develop man-strength.  However in a few years, that will change with a chance to hit for 20 plus home run power.

He’s also a plus runner but still needs work on his base running skills.  However with instruction, 20 stolen bases are definitely in the cards.   He also has the speed and arm to play any outfield position.

For more on Taveras and the rest of the Rangers top 10 click here:  Texas Rangers

 

 

Anderson Tejeda, courtesy of https://pbs.twimg.com/profile_images/795446446577303553/6FZwfquQ.jpg

SS) Anderson Tejada- Age 18, listed 5’11” 160 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Tejeda was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2014.

John Sickles of “Minor League Ball” released his top 20 Rangers list near the end of December and had this to say about Tejeda:

“Age 18, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2014 for just $100,000; looks like a bargain at that price; hit .283/.326/.520 between DSL, AZL, and NWL; combined for 10 homers, 18 walks, 73 strikeouts in 269 at-bats; whiffed 33 times in 94 at-bats in NWL but also hit eight homers in just 23 games; lefty hitter with bat speed, 55 power despite 5-11, 160 build; wiry strong; aggressive hitter and contact will be a concern at higher levels but production was remarkable overall; good throwing arm, average speed; range stretched at shortstop, fielding at second needs work too; not as athletic as Taveras but has more present power. ETA 2021”

For more of the Rangers top 20 prospects click here:  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2016/12/23/14064042/texas-rangers-top-20-prospects-for-2017

 

 

Cole Ragans, courtesy of https://2080baseball.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Ragans-Cole-1503-Mitchell.jpg

LHP) Cole Ragans- Age 19, listed 6’4″ 190 lbs, bats and throws left.  Ragans was drafted 30th overall in the 2016 draft out of High School in Tallahassee, FL.

mlb,com last updated there Rangers top 30 prospects last Summer after the draft and had this to say about Ragans:

“North Florida Christian High (Tallahassee, Fla.) has produced four quality prospects in the last three Drafts, starting with Diamondbacks third-round outfielder Matt Railey and Cubs fourth-round left-hander Carson Sands in 2014. Right-hander Cole Sands (Carson’s brother) fell to the Astros in the 22nd round in 2015 only because he was intent on attending Florida State, while Ragans became the highest pick of them all — 30th overall as a first-rounder this June. He turned down the Seminoles to sign for $2,003,400.

Ragans works with three pitches, all of which should become at least solid offerings. His 89-91 mph fastball tops out at 93 and plays better than its radar-gun readings because he commands it well and delivers it on a steep downhill plane. His curveball has downer action when he stays on top of it and could become a plus pitch if it adds more power as he gains strength, while he’s improving the quality of and his trust in his changeup.

His athletic frame still has a lot of projection remaining it and garners him comparisons to a young Cole Hamels. Ragans has a sound delivery that he repeats easily. With his stuff, savvy and mound presence, he has what it takes to become a mid-rotation starter.”

For more of the Rangers top 30 prospects click here: http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tex

 

 

Alex Spies, courtesy of http://imgix.scout.com/151/1513857.jpg

RHP) Alex Speas- Age on opening day 19, listed 6’4″ 180 lbs, bats and throws right.  Speas was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft out of High School in Powder Springs, GA (Atlanta Metro).

Adam J. Morris of Lone Star Ball, did a write up on Speas at the dawn of the draft while speculating he might be the Rangers target at 30.  In the piece he quotes a lot of draft experts that acknowledge there’s work to be done while at the same time were drooling over the possibilities.  Good read, I’m looking forward to seeing him.

http://www.lonestarball.com/2016/6/7/11876436/2016-texas-rangers-draft-preview-alex-speas

 

 

Michael Matuella, courtesy of http://www.baseballamerica.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/Michael-Matuella-2016-bm.gif

Michael Matuella- Age 22, listed 6’6″ 220 lbs, bats and throws right.  Matuella was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2015 draft out of Duke Univ.  Matuella was in the running for the 1st overall pick in 2015 but he had Tommy John surgery two months before the draft and fell to the Rangers in the 3rd round. He got back on the mound in June of 2016 and Eric Longenhagen of Fangraphs got to see him in extended ST and wrote about him here: http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/instagraphs/scouting-the-rangers-mike-matuella-against-first-pro-batters/

Unfortunately Matuella was only able to make one official start in 2016 due to  ligament strain in his throwing elbow.   That sounds scary, even more so for a player attempting to come back from TJ.  Baseball America gave a recent update on his status and you can find that here (not behind a pay wall) :  http://www.baseballamerica.com/majors/spring-training-looming-top-players-mend/#8VDfmLILYkjtZRXD.97

 

 

Kole Enright, courtesy of http://m.mlb.com/assets/images/9/6/0/183301960/cuts/enright_article_6f7a0nxh_5d3g6rxo.jpg

2B, 3B, SS) Kole Enright- Age 19, listed 6’1″ 175 lbs, bats both and throws right. Enright was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2016 draft out of High School in Winter Garden, FL (Orlando Metro).   I’m not finding a whole lot out there right now on Enright that I didn’t already link to.

 

 

Around the diamond

Catcher

Alex Kowalczyk- Age 23, listed 6’3″ 205 lbs, bats and throws right.  Kowalczyk was drafted in the 12th round of the 2016 draft out the Univ of Pittsburgh.

 

C, 1B) Carlos Garay- Age 22, listed 6′ 210 lbs, bats and throws right.  Garay was signed out of Venezuela in 2011.

 

These next two players are interesting but they both seem ticketed toward Spokane.  It’s possible we see one or both in the 2nd half, unlikely though as teams don’t typically rush teenage catchers.

 

C, 1B) Yohel Pozo- Age 19, listed 6′ 175 lbs, bats and throws right.  Pozo was signed out of Venezuela in 2013.  He made his stateside debut in 2016 and had  a 6% BB and 5% K rate and a .105 ISO.

Grant Schiller of “Shut Down Inning” wrote up Pozo late in the AZL season, sounds promising.

http://www.shutdowninning.com/yohel-pozos-ridiculous-stateside-debut/

 

Sam Huff- Age 19, listed 6’4″ 215 lbs, bats and throws right.  Huff was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 draft out of high school in Phoenix, AZ.

Rob Ozga of the “Baseball Draft Report” does a terrific job breaking down the draft every year.  He went round by round through the the Rangers 2016 draft and had this to say about Huff:

“It would be easy to write off the 6-4, 200 pound Sam Huff (433) as a prime candidate to move out from behind the plate sooner rather than later, but the big guy from Arizona is a far more advanced and natural defender than his size might otherwise suggest. He’s not a total slam dunk to remain a catcher over the long haul — few teenager catchers are, after all — but he’s got a better than 50/50 shot to remain a backstop going forward. If that’s the case, then the upside for a potentially above-average regular is very clearly here. Huff’s calling card is his average to above-average raw power, but he’s also shown impressive plate coverage and disciplined approach as a hitter. Much of the feedback I’ve gotten on Huff this past offseason has been of the “pump the breaks” variety (equal parts concern about his ability to make enough contact and his defense holding up long-term), but my instinctual lean here has me ignoring that and going all-in on Huff as a future big leaguer.”

For more Rangers draft coverage click here:  2016 MLB Draft Reviews – Texas Rangers

 

Other options at catcher:  Clay Middleton and Isaias Quiroz

 

 

Corner Infield

1B) Curtis Terry- Age 20, listed 6’2″ 255 lbs, bats and throws right.  Terry was drafted in the 13th round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Lawrenceville, GA (Atlanta Metro).

Here’s a fun piece on Curtis “Big Rig” Terry from Tepid Participation of Lone Star Ball

http://www.lonestarball.com/2016/8/29/12684794/curtis-terry-baby-big-rig-with-a-big-bat

 

3B, SS, 2B) Kole Enright-

 

3B, SS) Charles Leblanc- Age 20, listed 6’3″ 195 lbs, bats and throws right.  Leblanc was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Pittsburgh.

More from he Baseball Draft Reports review of the Rangers 2016 draft:

 

“I’ve probably said this too often that it doesn’t quite carry quite the same meaning as it would otherwise, but, man, Charles Leblanc (111) to Texas in the fourth round might be my favorite pick in the draft. This is in part because I saw Leblanc this past spring and was incredibly impressed in my short three game view, but I think my love of the big infielder from Pittsburgh goes beyond the small sample size eye test. Leblanc checks every box for me: ultra-productive draft year (.405/.494/.513 with 30 BB/29 K), great size and strength (6-4, 200 pounds), clear carrying tools (power and arm), no obvious weaknesses (solid athlete with decent wheels), young for his class (won’t be 21-years-old until next June)…the list goes on and on. His eventual defensive transition to third base will be one to watch closely as the college shortstop has the ability to man the hot corner but not yet the experience. If that goes off without a hitch, I think Leblanc could be the above-average regular at third that so many (myself included) thought Mike Olt could once be. I’m all-in on Leblanc.

(For the record, a quick check of published draft reviews so far for the terms “favorite pick” and “best pick” only turned up two names so far. Those are far from the most conclusive search terms I could use, but my hyperbole still wasn’t quite as bad as I feared. Jake Elliott and Jon Duplantier were the recipients of that praise, FWIW. I didn’t come right out and say it, but Alex Speas in the second round is another one of my favorite picks. Nice work by Texas here.)”

For much more Rangers draft coverage click here:  2016 MLB Draft Reviews – Texas Rangers

 

1B, 2B, 3B, LF, RF) Luis Terrero-  Age 21, listed 6′ 215 lbs, bats and throws right.  Terrero was signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2012.  Terrero played 5 position in 2016.

 

Other options at the infield corners: Todd McDonald (1B), Stephen Lohr (3B, 1B), Xavier Turner (3B, 1B), Willy Diaz (3B, 1B), Kelvin Fajardo (3B, 2B)

 

Middle Infield

2B- Blane Prescott- Age 21, listed 5’10” 175 lbs, bats and throws right.  Prescott was drafted in the 28th round of the 2015 draft out of Midland College.

 

SS) Anderson Tejeda-

 

 

Other options in the middle infield: Brallan Perez (2B, 3B, SS), Elio Castillo (2B, 3B, SS), Luis Silva (2B, 1B, 3B), Jonah McReynolds (SS, 2B, 3B)

 

Outfield

 

RF, LF) Chad Smith- Age 19, listed 6’2″ 200 lbs, bats and throws left.  Smith was drafted in the 5th round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Snellville, GA (Atlanta Metro).

 

CF) Leody Taveras

 

CF) Eric Jenkins-  Age 20, listed 6’1″ 170 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Jenkins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Cerro Gordo, NC.  I think there’s a chance he repeats.  There’s a lot to like with Jenkins, the double plus speed, the glove in center.  Has to tighten up the bat to ball and the pitch recognition but he’s young.

 

LF, CF, RF) Josh Merrigan- Age 23, listed 6’2″ 172 lbs, bats left and throws right.  Merrigan was drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 draft out of Georgia Gwinnett College.

 

The outfield is kind of thin, if Jenkins comes back he’ll be seeing some time in the corners which I guess seems unlikely.  But that might mean LeDarious Clark comes back. Or they may decide Taveras, Smith, Merrigan with (Day and Lacrus is enough).  We’ll find out soon enough.

 

Other options in the outfield

Sherman Lacrus (RF) and Darius Day (LF, CF, RF) could be back, Travis Bolin (LF, RF), Preston Scott (LF, RF), London Lindley (LF, RF, CF), Austin O’Banion (RF, LF), Marcus Mack (LF, RF)

 

 

 

Starting Pitching

LHP) Cole Ragans

RHP) Alex Speas

RHP) Michael Matuella

RHP) Tyler Phillips- Age 19, listed 6’5″ 200 lbs, bats and throws right.  Phillips was drafted in the 15th round out of high school in

mlb.com wrote about Phillips last Summer when they released there Rangers top 30 prospects list:

“Heading into his 2015 senior season at Bishop Eustace Prep (Pennsauken Township, N.J.), scouts viewed Phillips as a classic projection arm who would be best off with some development time in college. Once his fastball velocity surged from the upper 80s to the low 90s, however, the Rangers paid him $160,000 in the 16th round to buy him away from his commitment to State JC of Florida Manatee-Sarasota.

Phillips has an athletic 6-foot-5, 200-pound frame and a loose, quick arm that works extremely well. He currently operates at 91-94 mph with downhill plane plus tail and sink on his fastball, and he should continue to add velocity as he gets stronger. Both his slider and changeup are works in progress with the potential to become average or better offerings as he gains experience.

Phillips’ athleticism and easy delivery should enable him to throw plenty of strikes. While he’s a project who will need time to develop, his ceiling is higher than most of the starters in the Texas system.”

For the rest of the Rangers top 30 prospects click here:  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=tex

 

RHP) Kyle Cody- Age 22, listed 6’7″ 245 lbs, bats and throws right.  Cody was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Kentucky (Lexington).

John Sickles did a piece on Cody leading into the draft and he sounds intriguing as well.  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2016/6/8/11862416/2016-mlb-draft-kyle-cody-rhp-university-of-kentucky

 

That’s a hell of a top 5 if we get them all, obviously Matuella is the biggest question mark.

 

 

Other Starting Pitching options

Luke Lanphere could be back, and Sal Mendez and Demarcus Evans could see time as well.

 

I enjoyed deep diving into the Rangers system, there’s more talent here than I imagined there would be.

Obviously led by the pitching, the Hickory staff has a chance to be among the best and deepest in the 2017 Sally.

There will be some intriguing hitters as well led by the talented CF Leody Taveras.  But also infielders Anderson Tejeda, Cole Enright and Charles Leblanc all sound interesting as well as masher Curtis Terry.  We’ll see who else breaks out.

I hope you got as much out of this as I did, I’ll be back soon with a Kannapolis Intimidators (White Sox) team preview. Cheers!

Previewing the 2017 Hagerstown Suns

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Jun Soto, courtesy of http://mediadownloads.mlb.com/mlbam/2016/02/16/images/mlbf_543268383_th_43.jpg

Hey guys, welcome to another round of the SAL team preview series, I’m excited to get these going again.  Today I’ll be talking about the 2017 Hagerstown Suns as I continue alphabetically around the league.  The Suns are the single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals.

Previously I covered:

The Asheville Tourists (Rockies)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/01/previewing-the-2017-asheville-tourists/

The Augusta Greenjackets (Giants)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/13/previewing-the-2017-augusta-greenjackets/

The Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2016/12/31/previewing-the-2017-charleston-riverdogs/

The Columbia Fireflies (Mets)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/03/previewing-the-2017-columbia-fireflies/

The Delmarva Shorebirds (Orioles)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/09/previewing-the-2017-delmarva-shorebirds/

The Greensboro Grasshoppers (Marlins)  http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/23/previewing-the-2017-greensboro-grasshoppers/

The Greenville Drive (Red Sox) http://notesfromthesally.com/2017/01/31/previewing-the-2017-greenville-drive/

 

For those not familiar with the SAL team preview series, I scour the lower levels of each organization and speculate on who might be coming to the Sally in 2017 and whenever possible I try to include a scouting report. It’s a lengthy process but I enjoy it and I learn a ton from it.

For the purpose of this piece I studied the 2016 Hagerstown Suns, Auburn Tigers and the GCL Nationals.

At Notes From The Sally it’s all about live look scouting.  Once I see the Hagerstown Suns you can expect write ups on many of the players listed below.  I have a goal to see every team in the Sally twice in the 1st half (April 7-June 18).  I plan to see the Suns when they come to Asheville in mid May and in Greensboro in early June.  But I’ll get more into that as we get closer to the season.

 

Lets meet the notables

 

Juan Soto, courtesy of http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/juan-soto-of-the-nationals-during-the-florida-instructional-league-picture-id596927726

RF) Juan Soto- Age 18, listed 6’1″ 185 lbs, bats and throws left.  Soto was a high profile signee out of the Dominican Republic in 2015.  He skipped the Dominican Summer League and came straight to the Gulf Coast League which is pretty aggressive but he excelled there and won the league MVP award. He also got a cup of coffee in Auburn and smacked 9 hits in 21 at bats.  Soto is high on the list of position players I’m looking forward to seeing in 2017.

mlb.com wrote this last Summer about Soto when they last updated there top 30 Nationals prospects list:

“Soto opened eyes in the Dominican Prospect League, endearing himself tao scouts with some of the best natural hitting ability in the 2015 international class. The Nationals made signing the then-16-year-old a top priority and gave him a $1.5 million bonus, a franchise record for Latin American teenager. After receiving his first taste of pro last fall during instructional league, Soto has rewarded the Nationals with a strong start in 2016.”

“Soto has a smooth and balanced left-handed swing which enables him to barrel the ball and make hard contact consistently. He has good strength to his frame and room to tack on even more strength, while his feel for hitting should help him utilize his impressive raw power in games. Soto’s approach is advanced for his age, with scouts praising his pitching recognition and overall selectivity at the plate.”

“Soto shows good instincts in the outfield but is limited to a corner spot due to his below-average speed. His average arm strength makes him a cleaner fit in left field, though his bat profiles nicely at either position.”

For more of the Nationals top 30 prospects click here:  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=was

 

 

Carter Kieboom, courtesy of http://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnews.com/mdjonline.com/content/tncms/assets/v3/editorial/c/bc/cbcb2c08-2f81-11e6-890e-4bae44f40ddd/575b80fa6aa9d.image.jpg?resize=1200%2C1101

SS) Carter Kieboom – Age 19, listed 6’2″ 190 lbs, bats and throws right.  Kieboom was drafted 28th overall in the 2016 draft out of high school in Marietta, GA ( Atlanta Metro).

NatsGM.com did a piece called quoting the experts in regards to Carter Kieboom, it’s a good read and it’s nice to get so many opinions in one place.   http://natsgm.com/2016/06/15/quoting-the-experts-washington-nationals-1st-round-pick-carter-kieboom/ 

 

 

Sheldon Neuse, courtesy of http://img.scout.com/sites/default/files/2016/05/13/Sheldon%20Neuse%205.13.jpg

3B) Sheldon Neuse- Age 22, listed 6′ 195 lbs, bats and throws right.  Neuse was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2016 draft out of the Univ of Oklahoma.

Prospect Junkies put together a detailed scouting report on Neuse.  Not a monster ceiling player but a potential regular with a pretty high floor.

2016 MLB Draft Scouting Report: Sheldon Neuse

 

 

Blake Perkins, courtesy of http://pbs.twimg.com/media/ClreYXPWIAg7Tk4.jpg:medium

CF) Blake Perkins- Age 20, listed 6’1″ 165 lbs, bats and throws right.  Perkins was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Buckeye, AZ (Phoenix area).

Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM.com counted down his top Nationals prospects prior to the 2016 season and had this to say of Perkins:

“Washington’s second 2nd round pick, 69th overall last June, Perkins was selected from an Arizona high school with the reputation as an excellent athlete with terrific speed, but raw baseball skills. His speed, coupled with surprisingly good instincts and a good throwing arm make him a surefire future centerfielder. The present risk in his profile lies with his bat, as the 19-year-old has resumed switch-hitting after abandoning it in high school. The early returns were positive according to reports, but Perkins will need significant at-bats in the minors to refine each swing.

Perkins has a high floor as a prospect due to his base running and defensive value. The Nationals are gambling that with experience and physical maturation he can develop into a potential “45-50 hit / 40 power” batter while playing terrific defense up-the-middle. The risk is large but the reward could be substantial if the production ever matches his tools.”

For the rest of the top prospect list and for much more click here:  http://natsgm.com/2016/02/10/the-2016-washington-nationals-top-prospects-20-11/

 

 

Anderson Franco, courtesy of http://media.gettyimages.com/photos/anderson-franco-of-the-nationals-during-the-gulf-coast-league-game-picture-id579915862?s=594×594

3B) Anderson Franco- Age 19, listed 6’3″ 190 lbs, bats and throws right.  Franco was signed of the Dominican Republic in 2013.  I was hoping to see Franco last season but he was injured to start the year, surfaced in late July and just played out the season in the GCL.  The Nats may send him to Auburn this year so both he and Neuse can get full time reps at 3rd.

mlb.com wrote about Franco for there top 30 Nationals list last Summer here’s a snippet:

“Though already a physical specimen with tremendous upper-body strength, Anderson is just beginning to grow into his projectable frame. He has a quick bat and generates good power to his pull side, the combination of which could lead to at least average over-the-fence pop down the road. His pitch-recognition issues highlight his youth and inexperience, but the overall approach is advanced for his age and offers a solid foundation for offensive development.”

For more on Franco and the rest of the Nats top 30 click here:  http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=was

 

 

Nick Banks, courtesy of http://www.banditosbaseballclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Banks-Homerun-2.jpg

RF-LF) Nick Banks- Age 22, listed 6’1″ 215, bats and throws left.  Banks was drafted in the 4th round of the 2016 draft out of Texas A&M.

John Sickles wrote about Banks a couple of months before the draft last year, here’s a snippet from that:

“Performance is key for Banks since his physical tools aren’t spectacular. None of them are weak, either; hitting skills, raw power, speed, arm strength, all generate solid 50-55 grades with this throwing arm the best of the lot. He isn’t a strict pull hitter and can drive the ball the opposite way for distance, but on the other hand his swing is tailored more for line drives than home runs. At least that’s been the case up until this spring: although his overall 2016 slash line is weaker than 2015, his isolated power stats are actually the best of his career and at his current pace he would set career-best marks in doubles, triples, and homers.”

For more on Banks click here:  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2016/4/14/11327668/2016-mlb-draft-nick-banks-of-texas-a-m

 

 

Around the diamond

 

Catcher

Tres Barrera- Age 22, listed 6′ 215 lbs, bats and throws right.  Barrera was drafted in the 6th round of the 2016 draft out of Univ of Texas at Austin.

Striking out looking has a detailed report on Barrera:   Scouting Report: Tres Barrera (UT Austin)

 

Joey Harris- Age on opening day 23, listed 6′ 200 lbs, bats left and throws right. Harris was drafted in the 9th round of the 2016 draft out of Gonzaga Univ.  A senior sign, he handled the bat pretty well post draft albeit with no power in a small sample size.

 

Others who could see time at Catcher: Jorge Tillero , CJ Picerni, Luis Vilorio, Jeyner Biez,

 

Middle Infield

2B) Jake Noll- Age on opening day 23, listed 6’2″ 195 lbs, bats and throws right.  Noll was drafted in the 7th round of the 2016 draft out of Florida Gulf Coast Univ (Ft Myers, FL).

“cookiedabookie” does a lot of the draft coverage at Minor League Ball and had this to say about Noll when he broke down the top 2nd Basemen in the 2016 draft:

“Noll can hit, period. Over three years at FGC, he hit .361/.417/.493. He’s hitting .367/.427/.620 this year, with 20 walks to 29 strikeouts – a much better rate than he’s shown previously, and a good sign of growth at the plate. That followed up a stellar Cape Cod League stint, where he hit .326/.366/.452. He also has good speed, although his stolen base numbers dropped last summer and this spring. There’s some worry he won’t stick at second, which would push him to left field or first base, but I think those concerns are a bit overblown. He should go by the end of the fifth round.”

For more on the top 2nd basemen in last years draft plus a whole lot more draft and minor league coverage click here:  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2016/6/5/11848636/2016-mlb-draft-top-prospects-second-base-bichette-brigman-cortes-quintana

 

SS) Carter Kieboom

 

2B, 3B, SS) Paul Panaccione- Age 23, listed 5’10” 190 lbs, bats and throws right.  Panaccione was drafted in the 10th round of the 2016 draft out of Grand Canyon Univ (Phoenix, AZ)

The Baseball draft report as well as Prospect Junkies are two of my favorite sites for pre and post draft coverage.  Rob Ozga of the Baseball draft report wrote this about Paul Panaccione while listening his top players from the WAC to watch for:

“It’s fairly well-established by now that this year’s college shortstop class isn’t good. I’m about as positive a guy as you’ll find willing to do this for free and even I’ll admit that. That said…there are way more mid-major and small school types that can a) probably stay at shortstop in the pros, and b) hit frozen ropes even when dragged out of bed to do so. Paul Panaccione is one of the best of those types. In drafting Panaccione, you’d be getting a steadying influence in the middle infield, a hitter with a very clear plan with every trip to the plate, and an all-around solid performer with an increasingly intriguing track record of getting it done at the college level.”

For more on the WAC and much more draft coverage click here:  2016 MLB Draft Follow Lists – WAC

 

These players could also see time in the middle infield:  Dalton Dulin (2B), Jake Jeffries (2B, 3B, SS), Angelo La Bruna (2B, SS), Branden Boggetto (2B, LF)

 

Corner Infield

1B) Ryan Ripken- (Cal’s son) Age 23, listed 6’6″ 205, bats and throws left. Ripken was drafted in the 15th round of the 2014 draft out of Indian River Community College (Ft Pierce, FL).  He’s struggled so far in his young career offensively (.205/.248/.277) but he’s also amassed  just 517 AB’s in 3 seasons as a pro.  So he’s missed some pretty significant time too.

1B) Conner Simonetti– Age on opening day 22, listed 6’1″ 205 lbs, bats and throws left.  Simonetti was drafted in the 13th round of the 2016 draft out of Kent State Univ.

3B) Sheldon Neuse

3B) Anderson Franco

 

Others who could see time at the the infield corners:  Tyler Beckwith (3B, SS), Aldrem Corredor (1B, LF)

 

Outfield

LF) Nick Banks

CF) Blake Perkins

RF) Juan Soto

LF, CF, RF) Daniel Johnson- age 21, listed 5’10” 185 lbs, bats and throws left.  Johnson was drafted in the 5th round of the 2016 draft out of New Mexico State Univ.

I’m not finding a lot out there on Johnson scouting wise, but this is a good read:  http://www.nmstatesports.com/news/2016/6/10/baseball-johnson-drafted-by-the-washington-nationals-in-the-fifth-round.aspx?path=baseball

An intriguing power and speed combo, it’ll be interesting to see if all 4 of Soto, Banks, Perkins and Johnson come to the Sally and if they do, how they’ll disperse the playing time.  I can’t imagine Johnson’s a part time player.

 

Others who could see time in the OF:  Telmito Agustin (LF, CF) and Randy Encarnacion (LF, CF, RF) could both be back. Darryl Florentino (LF, RF, CF), Jack Sundberg (LF), Oliver Ortiz (LF, 1B), Armond Upshaw (CF)

 

Starting Pitching

LHP) Tyler Watson- Age 19, listed 6’5″ 200 lbs, bats right and throws left.  Watson was drafted in the 34th round of the 2015 draft out of high school in Gilbert, AZ (Mesa, AZ Metro).

John Sickles released his top 20 Nationals prospects recently and had this to say about Watson:

Age 19, 34th round pick in 2015 from high school in Gilbert, Arizona; would have gone 30 rounds higher except he was committed to Loyola Marymount; signed for $400,000; 6-5 southpaw with strong ’16 campaign, 2.64 ERA with 64/15 K/BB in 58 innings between NY-P and Low-A, 46 hits, just one homer; low-90s heat with more projectable; already throws strikes with strong curveball, change-up coming along; highly intriguing prospect with breakthrough potential. SLEEPER ALERT. ETA 2020.

For the rest of John Sickles top 20 Nationals prospects click here:  http://www.minorleagueball.com/2016/12/9/13903682/washington-nationals-top-20-prospects-for-2017

 

We could see any of the these starting pitchers return to Hagerstown:

Joan Baez, Jeffrey Rodriguez (these two seem the least likely), Pedro Avila, Matthew Derosier, James Bourque and Andrew Lee.

We may also see any of the following Starting Pitchers from Auburn:

LHP) McKenzie Mills, RH) Weston Davis and  Yonathan Ramirez.

 

 

Conclusion

Hagerstown should have an intriguing collection of highly thought of college bats surrounding a potential stud International signee (Soto) and a highly thought of prep bat (Kieboom).  As well as Perkins an excellent athlete who’s still developing baseball skills.  We’ll see who else takes a step forward.  This group should score a lot of runs.

On the pitching side, Watson sound very interesting.  Meckenzie Mills is 6’4″ and left handed that alone makes him interesting.  He threw a lot more strikes in 2016, we’ll see if he can continue to improve the strikeout to BB%.  We;ll see if anyone else steps up.

I enjoyed diving into the Nats system, there’s more here that I imagined.   I hope you got as much out of this as I did.

Up next is a look at the 2017 Hickory Crawdads (Rangers).