The wait is over. The minor league season is here and rosters have been announced. Here is my personal watch list:
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA):
Hitters – Pedro Severino, Pitchers- A.J. Cole, Trevor Gott, Joe Ross, and Austin Voth
The Senators roster is mainly filled with older prospects and MLB bench filler. I do not expect Ross to be here long. He has to stay on the roster for at least 10 days and the Nationals do not need a fifth starter until April 19th. Austin Voth returns to AAA, where he pitched 157 innings to a 3.15 ERA and 22% K rate. Outside of Ross, I think he will be the first pitcher called up if someone gets hurt.
Harrisburg Senators (AA):
Hitters – Raudy Read and Andrew Stevenson (my personal cheeseball 🙂 ), Pitchers – Erick Fedde
Raudy Read is a glove first catcher and gets the call up from A+. He batted .262/.324/.415. I see him a future back up catcher. Andrew Stevenson is my favorite player (outside of the obvious, Victor Robles) in the system. He played really well this spring. He does not have much power but can slap the ball around. I love players who can hit. Erick Fedde is also a guy to keep an eye on. He had a 24% K rate and a 6% walk rate last year. Scouts say he has a decent 3 pitch mix and I see him as a 4th or 5th starter.
Potomac Nationals (A+):
Hitters – Telmito Agustin and Victor Robles (!!!), Pitchers – Joan Baez
Victor Robles! That is all.
In all seriousness, keep your eye on Telmito Agustin as well. He is another decent slap hitter but plays great corner defense. Joan Baez gets the call up to Potomac this year. I’m excited to how he progresses in A+. He is currently a starter but most scouts see him as a reliever in the bigs.
Hagerstown Suns (A):
Hitters – Juan Soto, Sheldon Neuse, and Carter Kieboom
If Andrew Stevenson is my favorite player, Juan Soto is running a close second. He hit .360/.410/.550 in A- and had a 16% K rate with a 12% BB rate. An outfield consisiting of Robles, Soto, and Harper(dreaming here) would be so great to see in Washington in the future. Sheldon Neuse is an interesting infielder and was drafted from Oklahoma last year. Carter Kieboom also drafted out of high school last year. According to scouts, he has great bat to ball skills and a decent arm to play 3B.
Article featured image of Juan Soto – courtesy MLB.com
Shelly Verougstraete is the Nationals writer here at Prospects1500. Even as a diehard Red Sox fan, and author of sabermetric based Red Sox blog greenmonsterbb.wordpress.com, the goal here is to keep you up to date with all the happenings down on the Nats farm. Shelly lives in Virginia and has many minor league parks (A to AA) close by. Let's Go Nats!