Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Community Top Prospect List: #14

Tom Milone, who has gotten at least 2 votes in every poll since he joined the group of hopefuls, has finally made the top prospects list, winning 36% of the votes to Chris Marrero's 24% and Brad Meyers' 18%.

Here's your list so far:
1. OF Bryce Harper (90%)
2. 3B Anthony Rendon (83%)
3. LHP Matt Purke (47%)
4. RHP Brad Peacock (39%)
5. RHP AJ Cole (44%)
6. RHP Alex Meyer (26%)
7. LHP Robbie Ray (31%)
8. C Derek Norris (41%)
9. 2B Steve Lombardozzi (50%)
10. OF Brian Goodwin (38%)
11. OF Destin Hood (44%)
12. LHP Sammy Solis (74%)
13. LHP Tom Milone (36%)

Here's your new list. Remember, argue for your player in the comments section and leave a new name as well!

Since we're getting deeper into the prospect pool, here are some quick write-ups for the 10 candidates:

C David Freitas - Bat is good; hit .288/.409/.450 this year and .307/.408/.450 last season. Defense is still shaky, however; as Nationals Prospects notes, he's still relatively new to the catching position, but he still gave up 115 stolen bases in 154 attempts this season.
OF Erik Komatsu - Komatsu is seen by most as a future 4th outfielder, with good defense in the corner positions. If he can play even average CF, his high-contact bat, good batter's eye and above average speed could turn him into a decent starter, though.
1B Chris Marrero - The 15th overall pick of the 2006 draft made it to the bigs recently and has hit to the tune of .241/.290/.241 in 31 PA. Chris is a good overall hitter, but likely doesn't have enough power to be a league-average first baseman.
RHP Brad Meyers - The 6'6" righty has excellent control (0.9 BB/9 this season) and has stuck around pretty well in AAA, throwing up a 3.46 ERA there this season (3.16 across all levels) despite missing almost all of the 2010 season due to injuries.
OF Eury Perez - Fell off the radar this season due to a .283/.319/.321 season in Potomac. Great speed and defense, but with poor patience, the question is can he get on base enough to be a big league player.
LHP Danny Rosenbaum - Rosenbaum doesn't have the greatest stuff or the pinpoint control that Milone does, but he has sparkling (and consistent) numbers from rookie ball to AA over three seasons: 2.35 career ERA, 7.6 H/9, 0.3 HR/9, 2.6 BB/9 and 7.4 K/9.
3B Matt Skole - The 2011 5th round pick is known for having a solid bat but a mediocre glove. Hit .290/.382/.438 in his pro debut, but where's the power? (2011 Nats Draft Info page).
OF Michael Taylor - Taylor is a mixed bag, with great power and speed potential but mediocre performance to date. His 2011 "breakout season" featured a .253/.310/.432 triple slash line with 32 walks and 120 strikeouts. His game has holes, but if he can patch them up, he'll rise quickly, similarly to how Destin Hood did this season.
LHP Kylin Turnbull - The 2011 4th rounder throws in the mid-90s with some projection left in his arm. Lack of secondary options probably will leave him in the bullpen, but he could be a dominant lefty reliever (2011 Nats Draft Info page).
SS Zach Walters - The Nats grabbed Walters from the Diamondbacks in the Jason Marquis trade. I'm all for shortstops who can hit, and Walters has a career .299/.356/.451 line from both sides. Whether or not he can stick at SS is a question mark, but at this point in his career, that's the plan.


  1. Marrero got my vote. Others to consider soon:
    Kevin Keyes
    Rick Hague
    Jack McGeary
    Josh Smoker
    Tyler Moore

    Will suggested Keyes in the last poll, and I think the next two should be him and Moore. Thoughts?

  2. I like both Keyes and Moore, but I think Hague is the best choice (and probably should have made the list earlier). He was a high 2010 draft pick, and had a fantastic season in the Sally league, showing patience and power to go with a plus hit tool. The glove is a concern, but out of everyone else on your list, he's the only prospect that has an offensive profile consistent with mlb success (though Keyes 2d half this year was quite good). Smoker's walk total is way too high for a 22 year old reliever in high A, and McGeary has never succeeded at any level above rookie ball.

    I think Hague is being overlooked right now b/c he's been out with an injury, but assuming he's 100% next year, he could rise very fast. Of course, if he has to move off of SS to 3d, then I'm not sure how he gets to the Show, but that's more of a 2013 concern.

  3. I stayed with Rosenbaum.

    Not sure that I know the remaining prospects well enough to help with who to add. How high are you going?

  4. At first I was thinking we'd go to 30, but I think 40 would be fun as long as we keep getting plenty of votes!