Sunday, October 16, 2011

Community Top Prospect List: #20

Kevin Keyes won poll 19, gaining 41% of the votes. I think poll #20 will be the last one of the exercise, so rock the vote here!

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%)
16. LHP Danny Rosenbaum (34%)
17. OF Eury Perez (35%)
18. 1B Tyler Moore (25%)
19. OF Kevin Keyes (41%)

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.
SS Rick Hague - 2010 3rd round pick missed almost all of 2011 due to a shoulder injury suffered in the season's first week. Hague's bat is for real; he is career .319/.388/.493 hitter. Unfortunately, he's made 22 errors in just 191 total chances (.885 fielding percentage). How far will his bat take him?
2B Jeff Kobernus - His 2nd round draft pedigree was seen at the time as a minor overdraft, but John Sickels at the end of the 2009 season liked him enough to rate him as a B- prospect (although he downgraded it to C+ before the 2010 season started). Kobernus is generally called "athletic" and "versatile," suggesting that he has a future as a utility guy. His walk rate sucks (4%) but his baserunning ability is legit (53 SBs in 61 attempts this season). Not a sure thing due to his lack of plate patience, but intriguing tools nonetheless.
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.
RHP Rafael Martin - At 27, he's older than everyone else on the list, but the Nats' second biggest recent international signing behind Yuniesky Maya had an absurdly good year in AA this season: 1.77 ERA, 26 hits allowed, 1 HR allowed, 9 walks and 44 strikeouts in 35 and 2/3 innings. He's been clocked as high as 96 MPH and has relatively little mileage on his arm.
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.
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.

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