Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Community Top Prospect List: #16

There was a three-way battle in poll #15, with Brad Meyers (36%) eventually emerging over Tyler Moore (25% and Danny Rosenbaum (21%). New to the list is OF Kevin Keyes.

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%)
14. 1B Chris Marrero (52%)
15. RHP Brad Meyers (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:

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 Kevin Keyes - Awful in his 39 game campaign last year after being drafted in the 7th round (.175/.321/.278), but rebounded to hit .263/.336/.510 in 2011. Plate discipline and defensive ability are two major question marks, but at this point he looks like a Michael Burgess-type hitter (albeit without the arm).
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 Tyler Moore - The power is real; Moore has 31 HR in each of the past 2 seasons. The negatives: he's old for his level and has a lot more K's than BB's (30 BB and 139 K this year, 123/441 for his career). Still, the power is real. Really real.
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. Many people will say Wily Mo Pena is the strongest guy in baseball. However, strength and power isn't everything. Pena couldn't buy a walk, and couldn't do much else than strikeout or hit a homerun.

    Moore isn't too dissimilar. His walk rate (6.5%) is worse than Pena's (7%), which dropped to 5.9% in the majors, and his strikeout rate is 23.6%, compared to Pena's 27.2% (30.3% in the majors).
    It also doesn't help that Moore's walk rate has dropped each season, and will likely continue as he faces better pitching more in line with his age group. Unless Moore can find some plate patience, I can't see how Moore will be any different from the Larry Broadways or Bill Rhineharts- career AAAer. Good player, but not MLB material.

    I'd love to be proven completely wrong, but I don't see it.

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