Baseball America is rolling out its draft report cards, and the Nationals report came out yesterday. It requires an online subscription (which I highly recommend anyways), but here are some of the highlights (without giving away everything because I really do respect the fine work that the folks over at BA do):
1. The Nationals did it big in 2011- According to BA, “The Nationals spent big—and it was worth it. They had baseball’s best draft, getting the top hitter (Rendon), an electric arm (Meyer) and a top athlete (Goodwin) in the top 34 picks, then signing Purke.” If that doesn’t get your juices going Nats fans, I don’t know what will. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
2. Anthony Rendon is a stud- According to BA, Rendon is the best pure hitter, the best power hitter and the best fielder out of all of the Nats picks. That’s a pretty impressive haul, and just gives more credence to the belief that Rendon was, in fact, the No. 1 player in this year’s draft and a future All-Star.
3. Alex Meyer has some serious upside- According to BA, Meyer has a fastball that sits mid-90s and a slider that, when thrown correctly, is a “plus-plus” pitch (scouting lingo for the best of the best. For reference, Strasburg has a plus-plus fastball and plus-plus breaking ball). This isn’t really a surprise as we knew that Meyer had the stuff to be a frontine starter, he just needs the control to go with it. It’s not a stretch to think that Meyer has top-five pick stuff, when he is on. But that’s always the problem for tall hurlers like Meyer, who checks in at 6-foot-9. The nice thing for the Nationals is that, with Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg already entrenched at the top of the rotation, they merely need Meyer to be a No. 3 or No. 4 starter, something you would have to believe he is more than capable of.
Get excited Nats fans, the future is bright.