THE NatsGM 2018 Washington Nationals Top Prospect List #20-#11

Let’s not waste time – Building off Monday’s article listing the Washington Nationals Top-10 prospects, here are numbers 11-20!

#11        Kelvin Gutierrez 3B

Signed as a 2013 international free agent for $30,000, the 23-year-old Gutierrez is an intriguing athlete with fringe-average speed and a projectable 6-3 185lbs frame.  Gutierrez is quite impressive at third base, flashing soft hands, good quickness and a plus arm, which allows him to profile as a future above-average defender.  Offensively the right-handed hitter has a lengthy swing and flashes raw power in batting practice that has yet to translate in game action.  His power is likely to be light for the position, but Gutierrez could develop into a below-average starter at the hot corner.

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#12        Andrew Stevenson OF

Stevenson was Washington’s top pick in 2015, 58th overall, based on an impressive package of tools including plus or better speed, outstanding defense in center field and natural barrel skills.  In the field Stevenson utilizes his excellent quickness and speed to flash outstanding defensive range.  His arm strength is mediocre, but he profiles as an above-average defender in center field and a plus in left field.  Offensively Stevenson understands his role as a table-setter, working counts, getting on-base and utilizing his speed to disrupt the opposition.  Stevenson is a high-floor, medium ceiling outfield prospect with the potential for three average or better tools and has a ceiling as a 2nd division starter, with his likely outcome being a valuable reserve.

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#13        Blake Perkins OF

Drafted in the 2nd round, 69th overall in 2015, Washington chose Perkins from an Arizona high school based on his impressive athleticism, plus speed, and potential to be a switch-hitting center fielder.  On defense Perkins appears born to play center field, as his speed, lengthy strides and impressive instincts give him outstanding range and plus potential.  Perkins is a natural right-handed hitter who committed to switch-hitting as a professional, and while he is raw, the results have been solid so far.  He has the potential for three above-average tools and if his offensive skills continue to improve, he has a ceiling as a 2nd division defensive-first center fielder.

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#14        Jose Sanchez  SS

Washington signed Sanchez for $950,000 in July 2016 as an international free agent, yet he has been slightly overshadowed by fellow international acquisitions Yasel Antuna and Luis Garcia.  But as his bonus indicates, Sanchez is an interesting prospect in his own right, possessing a strong arm, excellent speed and the ability to stay in the middle infield defensively.  The 17-year-old struggled offensively in the GCL last summer, hitting only .209/.280/.247 over 48 games played.  However, scouts like his compact swing, approach at the plate and feel for the barrel, giving them hope he will develop as a hitter.  He should return to the GCL to begin 2018 and could gain significant prospect helium if his offense blossoms.

#15        Taylor Gushue Catcher

Acquired in September 2016 from Pittsburgh for Chris Bostick, the 24-year-old Gushue has an ideal catcher’s frame, solid athleticism and below-average (but good for a catcher) speed.  Behind the dish he has a solid-average throwing arm, blocks and frames pitches well, which allows him to outproduce his natural skills and profile as a fringe-average major league defender.  Offensively the switch-hitter possesses average bat speed and utilizes his lower half to generate average home run power.  He struggles with strikeouts and lacks an above-average tool, which limits his ceiling, but he profiles as a solid backup.

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#16        Austin Adams RHP

Acquired as part of the Danny Espinosa trade to Anaheim in December 2016, the 26-year-old Adams is a pure right-handed relief prospect, possessing a 93-97mph fastball and an easy plus slider.  This allowed him to overwhelm Triple-A hitters last season, posting a 2.14 ERA with 91 strikeouts against 37 walks over 59 innings pitched.  He has well-below average command, which limits his ceiling, but he profiles nicely as a whiff-inducing 7th inning reliever.

#17        Nick Raquet LHP

Washington’s 3rd round pick, 103rd overall, this past June from the College of William & Mary, the diminutive lefty has a fastball that sits 92-94mph and can reach 97mph, an intriguing changeup and occasionally will flash a decent slider.  His command in college was woeful, yet he only allowed 7 walks over 51 innings in pro ball last summer.  Washington will develop Raquet as a starter in hopes his breaking ball improves and he develops into a back-end starter, with the most likely outcome being a future shift to the bullpen.

#18        Jefry Rodriguez RHP

Originally signed from the Dominican Republic in 2011, Washington added Rodriguez to the 40-man roster this offseason in spite of missing 80 games last season due to PED suspension.  When on the mound, Rodriguez utilizes a 93-95mph fastball, a power curveball and a mediocre changeup to post a 3.32 ERA with 51 strikeouts against 19 walks over 57 innings pitched in 2017.  The 24-year-old has struggled with various injuries and wayward command since signing, but the potential still exists for him to develop into a quality 7th inning reliever.

#19        Pedro Severino Catcher

Washington signed Severino from the Dominican Republic in 2010 and he has diligently climbed the organizational ladder ever since, playing at Triple-A the past two seasons and reaching the majors the past three.  Still only 24-years-old Severino is a tremendous defensive catcher, with excellent arm strength, solid accuracy and good athleticism for blocking pitches.  Offensively Severino shows some bat speed from the right side and will work the count, but unfortunately he has failed to produce in game action, as his career .244/.294/.339 batting line indicates.  Some scouts still believe he will develop offensively, but unless this happens, Severino projects as a defensive-first backup catcher.

#20        Jose Marmolejos 1B / LF

Marmolejos signed with Washington for $55,000 in June 2011 as an international free agent.  The 24-year-old is a stocky 6-1 185lbs with fringy tools across the board, except a keen ability to hit.  A left-handed hitter, Marmolejos has solid bat speed, good awareness of the strike zone and a knack for spraying line drives all over the field.  He shows some power during batting practice, but projects as a “55 hit / 40 power” hitter.

Defensively Marmolejos has split time between first base and left field, in an effort to be more valuable.  He has a fringe arm and below-average speed, and in spite of his effort, he profiles as a fringe defender in left field.  He is an interesting prospect because he can flat out hit, but the lack of another average tool limits him to a future backup role.

3 thoughts on “THE NatsGM 2018 Washington Nationals Top Prospect List #20-#11

  1. Ryan. Do you agree that the catching depth
    Could cause Knorr and LeCroy to play some catchers @ DH/1b to get ABs spread around ?
    I like the Perkins photo in list
    I still say that the Twins are still the most interesting rebuild in MLB ahead of Cincy

    • I will be dropping #21-#30 on Friday, unless a transaction occurs. My rankings honestly change every time I see them so it will be fun to see what Friday brings.

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