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Friday, March 02, 2007
 
top prospects: nationals
omar minaya used the nationals as an opportunity to further his career. he left a wasteland.


1. Collin Balester, rhp
2. Chris Marrero, of
3. Colton Willems, rhp
4. Kory Casto, 3b/of
5. Esmailyn Gonzalez, ss
6. Zech Zinicola, rhp
7. Glenn Gibson, lhp
8. Matt Chico, lhp
9. Stephen King, ss
10. Ian Desmond, ss


the talent they have is young. so they're trying, but they're behind the curve of the other four teams, so their timing is not good.


Career Pitching Statistics for Collin Balester:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 GCL Expos GCL 18 Mtl Rk 24.2 20 0 5 21 .051 .777 .000 2.19
2005 Savannah SAL 19 Wan A 125.0 105 11 42 95 .080 .802 .029 3.67
2006 Potomac Caro 20 Wan A+ 118.0 126 12 53 87 .099 .819 .031 5.19
2006 Harrisburg East 20 Wan AA 19.2 15 0 6 10 .075 .865 .000 1.83


collin balester will probably pitch in the majors, but he's the worst top prospect of any team.


Career Batting Statistics for Christopher Marrero:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2006 GCL Nats GCL 18 Wan Rk 82 9 19 0 9 .099 .768 .143 .309
2006 great flls Pio 18 Chw Rk 244 32 37 3 17 .116 .848 .097 .252


chris marrero has very good skills with the bat.


Career Pitching Statistics for Colton Willems:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 GCL Nats GCL 18 Wan Rk 16.0 23 1 3 8 .041 .887 .016 3.38


colton willems is a pitcher.


Career Batting Statistics for Kory Casto:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 Portland NCAA 20 NCA 206 22 27 10 12 .096 .869 .123 .322
2003 Portland NCAA 21 NCA 208 43 34 14 19 .171 .837 .190 .338
2003 Vermont NYPL 21 Mtl A- 260 32 47 4 16 .110 .819 .094 .239
2004 Savannah SAL 22 Mtl A 486 39 70 16 39 .074 .856 .132 .286
2005 Potomac Caro 23 Wan A+ 505 89 98 22 40 .150 .806 .152 .290
2006 Harrisburg East 24 Wan AA 497 89 104 20 30 .152 .791 .127 .272


kory casto has patience and power, and good enough contact to play in the major leagues.

the next guy is esmailyn gonzalez, the 1.4 million dollar 16-year-old shortstop. we have no data, but i will say this: most analysts underrate this type of player. a switch hitter who can field and run is almost a lock to make the bigs.


Career Pitching Statistics for Zechry Zinicola:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2004 Arizona St NCAA 19 NCA 56.1 52 3 20 57 .083 .742 .018 3.36
2005 Arizona St NCAA 20 NCA 64.0 56 6 38 55 .133 .778 .031 5.48
2006 Arizona St NCAA 21 NCA 43.1 40 2 21 45 .110 .735 .016 3.95
2006 Vermont NYPL 21 Wan A- 9.0 6 0 1 10 .029 .697 .000 0.00
2006 Potomac Caro 21 Wan A+ 13.2 11 0 3 13 .055 .750 .000 1.98
2006 Harrisburg East 21 Wan AA 10.0 11 0 11 8 .212 .805 .000 2.70


zech zinicola is the college-closer type that we've seen in recent years. he's moved quickly, and has a good slider. he should be in the majors soon.


Career Pitching Statistics for Glenn Gibson:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 Vermont NYPL 18 Wan A- 6.0 2 0 0 7 .000 .650 .000 0.00


glenn gibson is a young left-handed pitcher.


Career Pitching Statistics for Matt Chico:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2002 USC NCAA 19 NCA 69.0 81 11 47 69 .140 .760 .050 5.48
2003 Yakima Nwes 20 Ari A- 71.1 75 4 25 71 .080 .754 .018 3.53
2004 South Bend Midw 21 Ari A 87.2 59 9 27 89 .077 .724 .039 2.57
2004 El Paso Tex 21 Ari AA 62.1 82 7 36 59 .118 .781 .033 5.78
2005 Lancaster Cali 22 Ari A+ 110.0 101 13 39 102 .083 .763 .040 3.76
2005 Tennessee Sou 22 Ari AA 52.2 75 8 15 35 .060 .850 .040 5.98
2006 Lancaster Cali 23 Ari A+ 50.1 48 5 11 49 .052 .754 .033 3.75
2006 Tennessee Sou 23 Ari AA 81.0 62 6 21 63 .064 .793 .025 2.22
2006 Harrisburg East 23 Wan AA 22.0 28 3 8 13 .078 .862 .037 3.27


matt chico is a typical lefty with good control and mojo.

stephen king hasn't played yet.


Career Batting Statistics for Ian Desmond:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 GCL Expos GCL 18 Mtl Rk 218 14 40 1 11 .060 .817 .067 .227
2004 Vermont NYPL 18 Mtl A- 12 1 2 1 0 .077 .833 .100 .250
2005 Savannah SAL 19 Wan A 297 19 60 4 12 .060 .798 .068 .247
2005 Potomac Caro 19 Wan A+ 220 23 53 3 16 .095 .759 .114 .256
2006 Potomac Caro 20 Wan A+ 368 38 79 9 22 .094 .785 .107 .244
2006 Harrisburg East 20 Wan AA 121 5 35 0 5 .040 .711 .058 .182


ian desmond has talent, but he's been rushed. he needs a chance to get confident with the bat.

kevin goldstein has jesus flores and shairon martis instead of desmond and gibson. he does list gibson as a sleeper. what the hell is a sleeper?


Career Batting Statistics for Jesus Flores:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2004 GC Mets GCL 19 Nym Rk 143 12 26 4 15 .077 .818 .162 .319
2004 Brooklyn NYPL 19 Nym A- 6 0 1 1 0 .000 .833 .200 .333
2005 Hagerstown SAL 20 Nym A 321 15 90 7 18 .045 .720 .108 .216
2006 St. Lucie FSL 21 Nym A+ 432 46 127 21 32 .096 .706 .174 .266


maybe jesus flores was left off the baseball america list because he's a rule five pick. he's got a lot of talent, especially in the power department. he's the kind of guy who could get lucky and make a splash, like matt kemp last year. also like matt kemp, he needs to learn to be patient.

i talk about matt kemp more than any other player, i think.


Career Pitching Statistics for Shairon Martis:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2005 Az Giants Ariz 18 Sf Rk 34.0 28 1 9 50 .065 .615 .013 1.85
2006 Augusta SAL 19 Sf A 76.2 76 3 21 66 .064 .784 .013 3.64
2006 Savannah SAL 19 Wan A 21.1 23 2 4 14 .044 .839 .027 3.80
2006 Potomac Caro 19 Wan A+ 12.0 9 0 3 7 .063 .844 .000 3.00
2006 Harrisburg East 19 Wan AA 5.0 8 4 3 1 .115 .957 .182 12.60


shairon martis is a young pitcher with good control who pitched well in the sally league.

couple more guys.


Career Batting Statistics for Frank Diaz:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2001 GCL Expos GCL 17 Mtl Rk 130 15 27 0 6 .103 .792 .058 .219
2002 GCL Expos GCL 18 Mtl Rk 174 26 28 5 10 .130 .839 .103 .277
2002 Brevard Ct FSL 18 Mtl A+ 31 6 4 0 2 .162 .871 .074 .226
2003 Savannah SAL 19 Mtl A 447 20 73 7 32 .043 .837 .104 .270
2004 Brevard Ct FSL 20 Mtl A+ 420 39 76 8 25 .085 .819 .096 .242
2005 Potomac Caro 21 Wan A+ 557 27 67 16 50 .046 .880 .135 .312
2006 Harrisburg East 22 Wan AA 404 22 59 9 18 .052 .854 .078 .259


with his contact skills, frank diaz could be a very useful player. if he took a pitch. as it is, it doesn't look like he wants to be a major leaguer.


Career Batting Statistics for Devin Ivany:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl AAB W K HR 23 WAL CON POW AVG
2002 s. florida NCAA 20 NCA 232 21 38 10 12 .083 .836 .113 .322
2003 s. florida NCAA 21 NCA 228 18 38 4 20 .073 .833 .126 .362
2004 s. florida NCAA 22 NCA 225 19 24 5 20 .078 .893 .124 .356
2004 Vermont NYPL 22 Mtl A- 48 1 5 0 0 .020 .896 .000 .125
2004 Savannah SAL 22 Mtl A 107 10 21 0 4 .085 .804 .047 .170
2005 Savannah SAL 23 Wan A 412 33 65 13 28 .074 .842 .118 .262
2006 Potomac Caro 24 Wan A+ 447 32 64 6 22 .067 .857 .073 .262


devin ivany plays good defense and makes good contact. it's likely that he will be a backup.

one more.


Career Pitching Statistics for Jhonny Nunez:
Year Team Lg. Age Org Lvl IP H HR BB SO WAL CON HRP ERA
2006 GCL Ddgers GCL 0 La Rk 57.0 35 0 19 56 .084 .728 .000 1.58


i don't know anything about this guy, but that's a good line.

and that's the nationals. maybe you wish i had said more, but there was nothing to say. most of these guys will be major leaguers, but almost everyone on every list will be a major leaguer. will any of them be stars? some of the young guys have a chance. we'll have to wait and see.
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