With the 2011 minor league season complete we check in on the progress of each of the Washington Nationals preseason Top 15 prospects as ranked by our prospect ranker J.P. Schwartz. The post season grading report was done by the publisher of Top Prospect Alert, not Mr. Schwartz, and reflects only the 2011 season and not future upside or downside of the individual prospect. Our 2012 preseason rankings will be published in the coming months.
#1 Bryce Harper GRADE: B
Harper batted a combined .297 with 24 Doubles, 2 Triples, 17 Home Runs and 58 RBI’s between the Low-A Hagerstown Suns and the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He walked 59 times and struck out 87 times in 109 games.
#2 Wilson Ramos GRADE: A-
Ramos batted .267 with 22 Doubles, 1 Triple, 15 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s for the Nationals. He walked 38 times and struck out 76 times in 113 games.
#3 Sammy Solis GRADE: B+
Solis went a combined 8-3 with a 3.26ERA between the High-A Potomac Nationals and Double-A Harrisburg. He walked 23 and struck out 93 in 96.2 innings. Opposing batters hit .268 against Solis on the year.
#4 Derek Norris GRADE: C+
Norris batted .210 with 17 Doubles, 1 Triple, 20 Home Runs and 46 RBI’s for Double-A Harrisburg. He walked 77 times and struck out 117 times in 104 games. He also stole 13 bases on the season.
#5 A.J. Cole GRADE: B
Cole went 4-7 with a 4.04ERA for Low-A Hagerstown. He walked 24 and struck out 108 in 89 innings. Opposing batters hit .251 off Cole on the season.
#6 Danny Espinosa GRADE: B
Espinosa batted .236 with 29 Doubles, 5 Triples, 21 Home Runs and 66 RBI’s for the Nationals. He also stole 17 bases. Espinosa walked 57 times and struck out 166 times in 158 big league games.
#7 Chris Marrero GRADE: A-
Marrero batted .300 with 30 Doubles, 14 Home Runs, and 69 RBI’s for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. He walked 58 times and struck out 97 times in 127 games. In the majors, Marrero hit .248 with 5 Doubles and 10 RBI’s in 31 big league games.
#8 Tyler Moore GRADE: A-
Moore batted .270 with 35 Doubles, 4 Triples, 31 Home Runs and 90 RBI’s for Double-A Harrisburg. He walked 30 times and struck out 139 times in 137 games.
#9 Eury Perez GRADE: B+
Perez batted .283 with 9 Doubles, 2 Triples, 1 Home Run and 41 RBI’s for High-A Potomac. He also stole 45 bases. Perez walked 22 times and struck out 63 times in 119 games.
#10 Brad Peacock GRADE: A+
Peacock went a combined 15-3 with a 2.39ERA between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He walked 47 times and struck out 177 in 146.2 innings of work. Opposing batters hit just .188 against Peacock. In 12 big league innings with the Nationals, Peacock went 2-0 with a 0.75ERA.
#11 Robbie Ray GRADE: A-
Ray went 2-3 with a 3.13ERA for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns. He walked 38 batters and struck out 95 in 89 innings. Opposing batters hit just .221 off Ray on the year.
#12 Destin Hood GRADE: B+
Hood batted .276 with 29 Doubles, 5 Triples, 13 Home Runs and 83 RBI’s for High-A Potomac. He also stole 21 bases on the season. He walked 58 times and struck out 96 times in 128 games.
#13 Steve Lombardozzi GRADE: A Lombardozzi batted a combined .309 with 25 Doubles, 9 Triples, 8 Home Runs and 52 RBI’s between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He also stole 30 bases. He walked 39 times and struck out 78 times in 134 games. In the majors, Lombardozzi batted .194 with 1 Double and 1 RBI in 31 at-bats with the Nationals.
#14 Rick Hague NO GRADE
Hague played just four games with the Potomac Nationals before a season ending shoulder injury.
#15 Yunesky Maya GRADE: C-
Maya went 4-9 with a 5.00ERA for Triple-A Syracuse. He walked 28 and struck out 98 in 129 innings. Opposing batters hit .265 off Maya. In the majors, Maya was 1-1 with a 5.23ERA in 32.2 innings. Major league hitters batted .323 against him.