February 22, 2020

Washington Nationals Top 25 Prospects: No. 16-20

Over the next two weeks, District Sports Page will provide detailed scouting reports on our list of Top 25 Washington Nationals prospects. You can find our overview with the entire list here.

Here’s our scouting reports on prospects Nos. 21-15.

With no further ado, here are prospects Nos. 16-20:


16. Tony Renda, 2B
Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 5′ 10″, Weight: 170 lb.
Born: January  24, 1991 in Santa Rosa, California, US (Age 23)
Draft: 2nd Round, 2012

Hitting Ability Raw Power Power Frequency Plate Discipline Speed Baserunning Fielding Range Arm Strength Arm Accuracy Future Potential
50/65 30/40 30/35 55/60 55/55 50/60 45/55 45/55 40/40 50/55 Fringe Starter

A short, stocky overachiever with a vicious swing and a knack for line-drive contact, Renda naturally hears a lot of Dustin Pedroia comparisons. That may be going a little bit far, but Renda has the ingredients of a solid big league starter nonetheless. He has some of best hitter’s hands and bat control in the system, and enjoys superb plate coverage. During his three-year Cal Golden Bears career, Renda totaled a .347 average, with 11 homers and 68 extra-base hits in 169 games. A headache to retire when he’s in the box, Renda drew 29 walks and struck out just 18 times in his final college season. In 2013 with the Hagerstown Suns, his first full-season in pro ball, he hit an impressive .294/.380/.405 and walked more times (68) than he struck out (65) en route to his well-above-average on-base percentage.

Like Pedroia, Renda works the count, gets on base and doesn’t strike out. Power isn’t as much a part of his game, and he doesn’t generate home-run loft in his flat, handsy swing. But he puts the ball in play, advances runners and uses the whole field. Plus, he has more than enough strength and feel for the barrel to hit a few balls out of the park each season, while racking up doubles and triples at an above-average clip. Defensively, he’s outperformed expectations and has better range and body control than he showed in college. The arm is short, and he’s not a smooth athlete, but he has good balance, a low center of gravity and he makes accurate throws and turns the double-play nicely. The overall package makes him a solid bet to be a utilityman like Ryan Theriot or Mark Loretta but not a whole lot more.


17. Felipe Rivero, LHP
Bats: Left, Throws: Left Height: 6′ 0″, Weight: 150 lb.
Born: July  5, 1991 in San Felipe, Yaracuy, VE (Age 22)

Fastball Velocity FB Movement FB Command Slider Change Off Speed Command Delivery Future Potential
55/60 50/60 40/50 40/50 40/50 35/45 35/45 MLB Starter

The Nationals snagged Rivero via the Nate Karns/Jose Lobaton trade. GM Mike Rizzo raved that Rivero has “huge upside” after completing the deal. The clubs believes he’s a viable replacement for departed southpaw prospect Robbie Ray, who was sent to Detroit in the Doug Fister deal. In reality, Rivero has solid potential but he isn’t the pitcher that Robbie Ray is–not yet anyway.

Rivero has a nice fastball for a lefty, hurling a four-seamer that sits around 91 mph and climbs to 94 mph in his best starts. He throws a lot of two-seamers in the 89-91 mph range right now, and he gets solid tail and sink out of his low three-quarters delivery. He’ll raise him arm slot at times to max-out his velocity. The natural run on his fastball makes it difficult for opposing batters to loft his pitches and drive the ball. As a result, he allowed only 5 home runs in 113.1 innings spent in the hitter-friendly Midwest League in 2012, and then only 7 homers in the 127 innings in the Florida State League last season.

Rivero has so-so command for his age. He throws strikes with his fastball consistently, but he doesn’t show the feel and accuracy to move it around and throw quality strikes confidently. His off-speed command comes and goes, and is generally below average. He can get his secondary pitches over the plate for strikes, but has to sacrifice movement and quality. The biggest issues holding him back lay in his technique. He throws across his body and needs work mechanically, not only for the sake of his command but because his arm action has some red flags in it. On the bright side, his delivery makes him difficult for left-handed hitters to pick up, and righties don’t seem comfortable against him either despite getting a longer look. If he irons out his mechanics, and strengthens his base, he could develop average overall command.

In terms of secondary stuff, Rivero is a work in progress but he offers some promising tools for coaches to work with. Though it flashes solid-average potential, his slider is short and is prone to flattening out. He gets plus spin when he throws it with confidence.   His change is developing into his better off-speed pitch, and he can get it over the plate more consistently. He throws the pitch off the inside of the ball (nice pronation), allowing him to throw it with fastball arm speed.

Overall, Rivero’s profile probably falls short of a starter in a first-tier rotation. He has the stuff from the left side, but the consistency and feel aren’t there. He could exceed that forecast if he makes significant strides with his command, and his velocity develops like it has the potential to. The more likely scenario is him ending up in the bullpen, where his stuff would make him a potentially dominant late-inning southpaw.


18. Christian Garcia, RHP
Bats: Right, Throws: Right Height: 6′ 5″, Weight: 230 lb.
Born: August  24, 1985 in Miami, Florida, US (Age 28)
Draft: 3rd Round, 2004, New York Yankees

Fastball Velocity FB Movement FB Command Slider Change Off Speed Command Delivery Future Potential
70/70 50/50 55/55 55/55 70/70 50/50 40/40 MLB Bullpen

The 28-year-old Garcia is old for a prospect and is hoping to finally make it over the hump and into the Nats’ bullpen full time. For him, talent and performance aren’t the problem. It’s health. He has survived multiple Tommy John surgeries and a slew of other arm ailments. He looked like one of the best bullpen prospects in the game during his brief 12-inning MLB debut in 2012, lighting up 96’s and 97’s on the radar gun and allowing only 10 of the 48 batters he faced to reach base, while setting down 15 on strikes. He earned the favor of Davey Johnson with his dominant performance, but was unfortunately pushed into an ill-advised competition for the back-end of the rotation during the following spring. Not surprisingly, injuries derailed him last spring yet again, and he ended up missing most of the season with wrist and hamstring issues.

Before his most recent DL stint, Garcia pitched with mid-90’s heat, a nasty split changeup and a solid curveball. His delivery and arm action were still ugly, but his command was there. There’s no telling if his stuff will come back yet again, but he’ll get every opportunity to prove himself once more this spring.


19. Sandy Leon, C
Bats: Both, Throws: Right Height: 5′ 11″, Weight: 215 lb.
Born: March  13, 1989 in Maracaibo, Zuila, VE (Age 24)

Hitting Ability Raw Power Power Frequency Plate Discipline Speed Baserunning Fielding Framing Arm Strength Arm Accuracy Future Potential
35/45 40/40 35/35 55/55 25/25 35/35 50/55 60/70 65/65 60/65 Fringe Starter

A premium defensive catcher, Leon turned a major corner in 2011 when he started to hit the ball with enough authority to legitimize his prospect status. By no means a slugger, he posted a solid .674 OPS while his glove took the spotlight. Leon gunned down an incredible 53% (60/113) of attempted base stealers in 2011, putting him atop the Carolina League while other premium defensive catchers like Christian Bethancourt and Brian Ward were starting there as well.

Leon put together a breakout season in 2012, when a high BABIP led him to setting career bests in batting average, slugging and on-base percentage. A slew of injuries in front of him on the organization’s depth chart pushed him into making an early MLB debut that May, but he promptly went down with a sprained ankle in his first game on the job. The hitting magic seemed to disappear a bit in 2013 and he slumped through most of the season. He did seem to regain some steam during his Dominican Winter League stint this offseason, though. Regardless, his defense has been consistently impressive and that’s what will get him back to the MLB.

A Venezuelan native like Wilson Ramos, Leon calls a good game and is an excellent receiver. His blocking may lag behind the rest of his glove work, but he’s still developing into a solid-average back-stop in that regard, earning the confidence of his pitchers by using his quick reflexes to smother pitches in the dirt. He allowed a solid 9 passed balls in 96 starts behind the plate last season and he looked at least average during his brief MLB stint. He’s used to catching premium velocity in the Nationals system, getting paired with flamethrowers like Blake Treinen, Ryan Perry, AJ Cole, Nate Karns and Taylor Jordan.

Leon is one of the best pitch-framing catcher in the minors. According to Retrosheet, he saved an unbelievable 24 runs with his wizardry behind the dish in 2013, outperforming more widely acclaimed prospects like JR Murphy and Jacob Realmuto. Topping it all off, his arm strength is outstanding. It’s so good that he is capable of eliminating the opposing team’s running game–even when he’s paired with mules (pitchers that are slow to the plate) and soft-tossers.

Like Jose Lobaton, defense is Leon’s ticket. If he can block the dirt better and continue to develop his overall toolset he’ll be a first-rate back-up catcher or a glove-first starter.


20. Drew Vettleson, OF
Bats: Left, Throws: Right Height: 6′ 1″, Weight: 185 lb.
Born: July  19, 1991 in Bremerton, Washington, US (Age 22)
Draft: 1st Round, 2010, Tampa Bay

Hitting Ability Raw Power Power Frequency Plate Discipline Speed Baserunning Fielding Range Arm Strength Arm Accuracy Future Potential
40/55 40/45 35/45 45/50 50/50 50/55 40/50 40/50 70/70 50/60 Fringe Starter

The Nationals plucked Vettleson from the Rays in the Karns/Lobaton trade. A flashy hitter and switch pitcher in high school, Vettleson was a highly regarded supplemental first-round pick by the Rays in 2010. He’s performed solidly in the low minors during his first few seasons, but hasn’t shown the ability that got him drafted so high.

Pre-draft, he was touted as a borderline five-tool player with the swing and hitting prowess to bat .300 and hit 30 homers one day. He continues to show one of the better hit tools at his position and level, as well as a cannon arm, but his power has regressed with wooden bats and his swing’s unorthodox moving parts don’t generate back spin. He still has the upside to be a Mark Kotsay-type right fielder, but the projected plus hit and plus power scouting reports that were common a few years ago should be much more tempered now. Vettleson will look to take a step forward this season in Harrisburg, and get himself on the organization’s map.

2014 Washington Nationals Top 25 Prospects: Scouting Prospects 11-25


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Prospects #11-20

Matt Skole

Hitting Ability Raw Power Power Frequency Plate Discipline Speed Baserunning Fielding Range Arm Strength Arm Accuracy Overall Future Potential
35/45 65/70 55/60 65/65 35/35 40/40 40/45 35/35 55/55 40/50 MLB Starter

Skole’s plus raw power and hulking build got him drafted in the 5th round of the 2011 draft, and he immediately made the Nationals look wise for signing him by mashing throughout his superb full-season debut in 2012. He hit a monster .286/.438/.574 for the Hagerstown Suns, and raked 27 homers. His performance earned him South Atlantic MVP honors and he was named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year. There wasn’t an encore however, as he injured his elbow while fielding last spring and was forced to get reconstructive elbow surgery, wiping out his season.

Skole is now healthy and showing off his plus left-handed power and plate discipline in front of the big club’s coaching staff in spring training. Matt Williams likes what he sees, and even compared him to Jim Thome.

Skole’s bat is almost ready to do damage in the Majors, and his home-run power will translate. He’s a very disciplined hitter, showing superb pitch selection and feel for the strikezone. His power and batting eye might even be enough to make him an average or better hitter, though his long, pull-oriented swing makes that a stretch to project. His lack of other tools and poor fielding will be a tough sell until there’s an opening at first base, as he doesn’t have the tools to man any other position in the MLB effectively. He could carve out a nice career for himself as a Raul Ibanez  type player or a left-handed Mike Morse.



Matt Purke

Fastball Velocity Fb Movement Fb Command Cutter Slider Change Off Spd Cmd Delivery Overall Future Potential
55/60 60/60 45/55 50/55 55/60 40/45 40/50 Poor Timing MLB Starter

Purke was a big name coming out of Klein High School in Texas. He posted a 12-1 record and a 0.37 ERA as a senior, dominated on the showcase circuit and with Team USA, and he boasted a 92 mph heater and vicious slider from the left side. The Rangers drafted him 14th overall in 2009 and offered him a whopping $6 million to sign, but the MLB vetoed the deal. He fulfilled his commitment to Texas Christian University, and ended up dominating his competition to the tune of a 21-1 record, a 2.61 ERA and 203 strikeouts in 169 college innings between 2010 and 2011. Unfortunately, shoulder problems killed his draft stock and injury problems have continued to hamper his production in the pro’s.

Purke is a smart pitcher and has a plan on the mound. When he’s at his best, he has solid fastball command to go with a deceptive delivery, a nice feel for pitching and plus stuff. His fastball velocity, which was consistently plus before his shoulder problems, was back up to the low 90’s in the Arizona Fall League this winter, and some of the bite on his slider returned. That’s obviously a good sign, and he showed the Nationals what he can do when he’s healthy during his AFL stint, taking home Player of the Week honors at the end of October.

Purke is tough to project. When he’s healthy, his stuff is elite for a left-hander. His fastball sits 91-94 mph with movement, and his slider is one of the best among southpaw prospects. The problem is though, that he’s rarely been healthy these past few years, and his stuff has fluctuated. In some of his starts last season his heater was clocking mostly in the high 80’s, and his slider was flat. Despite his ability to repeat his delivery, and throw with a nice slide step, his mechanics and his arm action has a serious red flags. These issues may keep him out of the rotation ultimately, but if he stays healthy, his stuff would make him a dominant back-end reliever.

Austin Voth

Fastball Velocity Fb Movement Fb Command Cutter Slider Change Off Spd Cmd Delivery Overall Future Potential
55/60 55/60 45/60 45/55 40/50 35/40 40/50 Average MLB Starter

Undrafted out of high school, Voth improved steadily in each of his three seasons at the University of Washington. He posted a 5.19 ERA as a freshman, and then lowered his era to 4.28  over 69.1 innings in his sophomore season before putting together a sparkling 2.99 mark last spring. The muscular 6’1″ bulldog gained considerable muscle in his core and lower body during his college career, helping his fastball improve to the consistent 90-93 mph range. He ended up striking out 99 batters in 105.1 innings in 2013, second in the Pac-10 to Mark Appel. The Nationals in the 5th round of the draft, and watched him dominate opposing hitters in three stops between the rookie leagues and low-A ball later this summer.

Voth’s drop and drive delivery adds deception to his pitches, and his low 90’s fastball jumps at hitters as if it were even harder. He gets nice movement on his pitches and works low in the zone. He also throws a strong change and slurvy curveball. He has the stamina and efficient delivery to carry his velocity late into his starts. He’s not flashy, but he could be a very solid fourth or fifth starter. He may eventually be ticketed for bullpen, where he’s a potential Craig Stammen type, multi-inning guy.

Blake Treinen

Fastball Velocity Fb Movement Fb Command Slider Change Off Spd Cmd Delivery Overall Future Potential
70/70 60/65 55/60 45/50 40/45 40/50 Average MLB Starter

Treinen–who came to the Nationals as a through-in via the Mike Morse trade–is an oddity. While he has one of the best fastballs in the minors and is a top-shelf talent, he is largely obscure as a prospect due to an extraordinarily short resume–even when compared to late-round draft picks and top college players.

Though he was an honorable-mention All-Area pick as a senior at Osage City high school (Kansas), Treinen was a non=prospect in high school and early college. He was in poor shape, with a short stature and as a type-II diabetic his non-existant weight training regiment kept his arm strength from developing. He played just two full seasons of varsity baseball in high school due to his health issues.

Treinen’s college baseball career started off similarly. By the time he was 18, he’d actually grown to over 6’1″, but he was actually cut to their JV team at NAIA Baker College. Very few pro players were cut from their  teams, especially as late as college and especially at a level where talent is so scarce. At the time though, Treinen’s fastball barely reached 80 mph, and when he transferred to Arkansas to play DI baseball, he was  passed over altogether.

Treinen set out to get in shape and get back to the game. He  re-tooled his delivery, committed himself to a rigorous weight-training routine and developed his mechanics under friend/coach Don Czyz, He was rewarded for his commitment, not only developing a powerful body and fluid delivery, but also growing nearly four more inches. Miraculously, Treinen stepped on the mound for the South Dakota State Jackrabbits a couple years later with a low 90’s fastball. The rest is history.

A couple of years after getting drafted by the A’s in the 7th round, Treinen has developed to the point where he’s looking like a future MLB ace or closer. He’s old for his development level, but Treinen performed nicely as a starter for Harrisburg last year–posting a 3.64 era, a 2.61 K/BB and a well above-average 3.22 G/F over 21 appearances. He simply keeps getting better and better, now pitching with a mid 90’s heater and excellent fastball command. He has already left a great first impression on new Nationals skipper Matt Williams in spring camp.

Treinen has electric stuff. His fastball sits firmly in the 93-95 mph range, touching 97 mph into the late innings, and he displays solid-average command of it. His best pitch is his heavy tailing 2-seamer, which grades out as plus-plus for velocity, movement and command. It’s a heavy bat-breaker, darting down and away to his arm side, and he trusts it enough to pound the strike zone with it.

While his sinker has developed into his go-to, Treinen isn’t a pure sinker/slider guy. He’s not afraid of straight balling. He likes to use his four-seamer to attack left-handed hitters by pitching them aggressively inside. Unfortunately, his tall, pop-and-drop delivery and heavy fastball reliance gives left-handed hitters a vastly better look at him. They’ve been able to pick up his arm and hit him like a vasty inferior pitcher throughout his pro career. His tendency to live on the white part of the plate limits his strikeouts, and lefties have shown the ability to punish his sinker as soon as he makes a mistake. To better neutralize southpaws that can turn on his velocity, he’s learning to make then uncomfortable–cutting his four-seam fastball on their knuckles, and then using his two-seamer and change off the outside to force them to slow their hands down.

Treinen’s off-speed stuff his most obvious improvement over the past two years. After relying almost solely on his fastball early in his career, he now has two decent off-speed pitches. He throws a fringy slider that shows above-average bite and depth when he’s feeling it. It has solid-average potential, clocking in the low-mid 80’s with disappearing break.  His command of the breaking pitch is behind his fastball and his tendency to under throw it makes it’s effectiveness inconsistent. His change remains below average despite the extra work he put into it last offseason, and there’s no telling how much he’ll trust it against MLB hitters. It’s clearly his third pitch, and he uses it mainly as a show-me against southpaws. But, it does have fastball arm-speed and it is good enough to round-out his game arsenal.

Treinen’s nasty power sinker is one of the best pitches in the minors. Now that he’s developed a strong breaking pitch and a game-worthy slider to go with it, Treinen projects well as a top shelf mid-rotation starter. He could’ve been an even better prospect if not for his lack of high-level competitive pitching and his (still) short off-speed repertoire. Regardless, the Nationals rotation depth means they’ll probably put him in the bullpen–where his power sinker-slider combo could play up to a special level. In that role, he could scrap his change-up and focus on what he’s good at–bringing the heat and killing right-handed hitters. His ground-ball rates and ability to keep the ball in the park are extraordinary, while his efficiency and command are excellent as well. The combination makes him a perfect fit for the late innings when the margin for error is tight. His strikeout rate, while somewhat low pitching out of the rotation will also likely increase as his stuff will have more power, and he won’t have to focus on keeping his pitch counts low. He could even end up as a closer, with a profile similar to Jim Johnson’s.

Jefry Rodriguez

Fastball Velocity Fb Movement Fb Command Curve Split Off Spd Cmd Delivery Overall Future Potential
60/70 55/60 40/55 40/60 30/45 30/45 Very Good MLB Starter

Long, lanky and raw, Rodriguez impressed the Nationals last season as a part of a dominant young GCL staff.  A converted infielder, Rodriguez is only recently celebrated his 20th birthday and has only 90 innings of professional pitching under his belt. In those 90 innings however, he has shown tremendous potential.

Blessed with a long, lithe frame, he bears a strong resemblance to former MLB fireballer Jesus Colome. He whips fastballs like Colome, with a four-seamer that clocks 92-93 consistently and hits 97 mph on the radar gun. His delivery is loose, and so is his arm action–showing easy arm speed that indicates he has room for added velocity. He also spins a sharp downer curveball in the high 70’s that has nice potential. He also throws a low 80’s splitter that he has trouble releasing consistently. His delivery is fluid and he has remarkably consistent timing for his age, though his arm slot and release point waver.

Rodriguez has become a favorite of Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams–along with the rest of the organization–for his stuff and athleticism. He’s an aggressive pitcher with plus velocity and movement on his pitches, and his fastball has sink to it. The package is pretty much everything you need for a bright future on the mound, and though he has a long way to go, Rodriguez is the real deal.

Washington Nationals Top 25 Prospects Overview

For the Washington Nationals, the flip-side of  a decade-long losing streak is their extraordinarily talented, affordable roster. Their poor records came at the perfect time, just as baseball scouting was expanding and implementing new analytics methods to assess performance, and the big league draft was still unfettered by a hard-slotting system. As a result, their savvy front office accumulated a bevy of high draft picks and used them to rake in a gluttonous share of the baseball’s best athletes.

The Nationals were able to heist the franchise talents of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Lucas Giolito, Anthony Rendon and Ryan Zimmerman, along with a bounty of other blue-chip prospects. The injection of young, affordable star-power led them to put together the franchise’s best stretch over the past three years, and they managed to snap a 31-year playoff drought in 2012.

Despite a step back in Major League production in 2013, the Nationals are still looking stronger than ever heading into the 2014 season. Healthy and more polished versions of Strasburg and Harper lead a stacked 25-man roster that is looking almost unbeatable following the addition of Doug Fister and the maturation of Anthony Rendon.

The franchise’s farm system isn’t what it was a couple of years ago. Naturally, promoting so many stud prospects to the Major Leagues and competing with homegrown talent comes with a price. Over the past few seasons, the club’s farm system has graduated starting pitchers Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Ross Detwiler, Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, gifted relievers like Storen,  Stammen and Ian Krol (now with the Tigers), as well as a long list of position players that includes Harper, Zimmerman, Rendon, Ian Desmond, Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Derek Norris (with the Athletics). Two thirds of their projected opening day roster is comprised of homegrown players, or former prospects that spent their final seasons in the Nationals farm system.

Additionally, the cost of winning has dropped the club’s annual draft slot to the back of the line, and has forced the front office to play for the short term. They’ve traded away blue-chip prospects like Alex Meyer, Derek Norris and Robert Ray for short-run contributions, and have also parted ways with sure-fire contributors like Nate Karns, Tommy Milone, David Freitas and Steve Lombardozzi.

So, the Nationals don’t have the prospect starpower they normally do. A couple of years ago, they had the best system in the minors. Now, though they’re still strong, they’ve faded to the middle of the pack.

The Nationals savvy amateur scouting, particularly out West, has helped Mike Rizzo maintain a competitive farm system in spite of the organizations determination to put a winning roster on the field annually.

The farm system lacks balance. It doesn’t have a stand-out prospect at the upper levels at the moment, and the losses of Nate Karns, Alex Meyer and Robbie Ray have depleted a lot of their pitching depth.  Their lack of left-handedness was also exacerbated by the Doug Fister trade, which sent the extremely underrated Robbie Ray to Detroit along with Ian Krol–who’s poised to be an elite-level left-handed setup man. To get a southpaw in the bullpen finally — a void that killed their bullpen effectiveness last year as opposing managers were able to stack their lineups with lefty sluggers — the front office had to deal Billy Burns to Oakland for Jerry Blevins. While Burns isn’t a star, the little speedster looks like a superb fourth outfielder and pinch runner.

On the bright side, the lower levels of the system do sport many of the game’s most gifted athletes. 2013 first-round pick Lucas Giolito, now recovered from Tommy John surgery, is an elite-level arm when healthy, and has the stuff, intangibles and command to be an ace in a few years. Brian Goodwin, Harrisburg’s center fielder in 2013, has gotten stuck in double-A over the past two years after rising quickly through single-A ball. Though Goodwin’s five-tool profile pretty much makes him a sure bet to be a valuable player in the MLB.

The Nats didn’t have a first-round pick last June, but still made the most of their resources by grabbing a pair of high-ceiling stars from cowboy country. Former Dallas Baptist right-hander Jake Johansen largely flew under the radar in college, but his mid 90’s fastball and NFL tight end frame bless him with intriguing upside. And farmboy Drew Ward, taken in the third round last year, profiles as a left-handed version of Nolan Arenado.

Over the next few weeks, we’ll post detailed scouting reports on the players that made District Sports Page’s list of Top 25 Prospects in the Nationals organization. Below, though, are the names of the Nats’ top prospects to watch this season.

Top 25 Prospects

1. Lucas Giolito, RHP

13. Blake Treinen, RHP

2. Brian Goodwin, OF

14. Austin Voth, RHP

Robert Ray, LHP

15. Jefry Rodriguez, RHP

3. AJ Cole, RHP

16. Tony Renda, 2B

Nate Karns, RHP

17. Felipe Rivero, LHP

4. Drew Ward, 3B

18. Christian Garcia, RHP

5. Steven Souza, OF

19. Sandy Leon, C

6. Zach Walters, SS

20. Drew Vettleson, OF

7. Michael Taylor, OF

Adrian Nieto, C, 

8. Sammy Solis, LHP

21. Cody Gunter, 3B

9. Jake Johansen, RHP

22. Nick Pivetta, RHP

10. Eury Perez, OF

23. Rafael Bautista, OF

11. Matt Skole, 3B

24. Brett Mooneyham, LHP

12. Matt Purke, LHP

25. Pedro Severino, C

Billy Burns, OF 

Honorable Mention: Dixon Anderson, Aaron Barrett, Cutter Dykstra, Randy Encarnacion, David Napoli, Travis Ott, Raudy Read, Danny Rosenbaum, Hector Silvestre, Maximo Valerio


Ryan Kelley is a Contributor to District Sports Page. He’s a web application developer by day and an aspiring sports journalist living in the D.C. area. He has lived in Washington since graduating from The George Washington University and has past experience working within Minor League Baseball and for Team USA. He is founder of BaseballNewsHound.com, and specializes in scouting prospects playing in leagues on the East Coast and in the Mid-Atlantic region. A life-long ballplayer himself, he enjoys hitting home runs with his writing and scouting reports. You can follow him on Twitter @BBNewsHound and @Ryan_S_Kelley.

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