Thursday, October 15, 2009

First wave of minor league free agents

Last week, Baseball America released the names of the first wave of minor league free agents this year. Amongst the names I think the Nats should check out:

LHP R.J. Swindle-has always put up ridiculous minor league stats, but has only 11 and 1/3 innings of Major League experience to show for it.

2B Craig Stansberry-who wouldn't want to have the first Saudi Arabian-born ML player on their team? His minor league numbers are pretty good for a second baseman, showing both a little bit of pop and a little bit of speed. I have no clue whether or not his glove is up to par, but he could be worth a shot.

RHP Chris Schroder-remember me? The guy who put up a 3.18 ERA and 3.04 FIP in 45 and 1/3 innings for the Nats in 2007? Well, I was a little more lucky than good in 2009, but tell me I am not a better option than Mike MacDougal.

1B Chris Shelton-the AAAA label has been thrown at him lately, but a .347 wOBA in over 1000 career ML plate appearances is nothing to sneeze at. I don't see any harm to adding him to the bench.

LHP Royce Ring-lefthanded relief pitcher? Warm body? Sign him up.

RHP Joe Nelson-more lucky than good over his ML career, but I'm willing to sign him in hopes that his luck continues in 2010.

LHP Javier Lopez-track record of stability and relative success was blown up in 2009, but it was only in 11 and 2/3 innings.

LHP Geoff Geary-track record of stability and relative success was blown up in 2009, but it was only in 20 innings.

RHP Philip Humber-the key prospect in the Johan Santana trade. Arm seems to have fallen apart, but so did J.D. Martin's back in the day. Worth a glance at least.

RHP Bryan Bullington-rate stats looked really good in AAA this year, could be at least average out of the Bulling-pen.

RHP Vinnie Chulk-average at best, but wouldn't it have been nice to even call the 2009 bullpen average at best?

1 comment:

  1. Ah, the hapless Gnats! There's always next season, correctamundo? Ella Numera Dos is making noises about interning with a pro DC team next summer. You have any connections?


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