Instructional League Roster & Schedule

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Pitchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Baez, Gregori 17 LHSP DSL 09 IFA
Brazoban, Cleto 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Crane, Dustin 22 RHRP GCL, Vermont 09D (24th)
Demny, Paul 19 RHSP Hagerstown 08D (6th)
Encarnacion, Pedro 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Fabian, Robinson 23 RHRP Asheville, Hagerstown 09 Trd (COL)
Frias, Marcos 20 RHSP Hagerstown 07 IFA
Garcia, Luis 22 RHRP Grat Lakes, Potomac 09 Trd (LAD)
Gonzalez, Danubio 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Hansen, Bobby 19 LHSP GCL 08D (18th)
Hicks, Graham 19 LHSP GCL, Vermont 08D (4th)
Jaime, Juan 21 RHSP Vermont, Hagerstown 04 IFA
Jenkins, Chad 21 LHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (17th)
Jordan, Taylor 20 RHSP GCL 09D (9th)
Karns, Nathan 21 RHSP GCL 09D (12th)
King, Brandon 18 RHSP GCL 09D (27th)
McCoy, Pat 20 LHRP Hagerstown, Potomac 07D (10th)
Morris, A.J. 22 RHSP GCL, Hagerstown 09D (4th)
Rosenbaum, Dan 21 LHSP GCL 09D (22nd)
Smoker, Josh 20 LHSP GCL 07D (1st Sup)
Storen, Drew 21 RHRP Hagerstown, Potomac, Harrisburg 09D (1st)
Strasburg, Stephen 21 RHSP - 09D (1st)
Swynenberg, Matt 20 RHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (28th)
Vasquez, Wanel 21 RHSP GCL 06 IFA
Weaver, Dean 21 RHRP GCL 09D (7th)
Catchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Killian, Dan* 20 CA Vermont 08D (7th)
Leon, Sandy# 20 CA Vermont, Hagerstown 07 IFA
Martinez, Ricardo 20 CA GCL 07 IFA
Nieto, Adrian# 19 CA GCL 08D (5th)
Pena, Bill 17 CA DSL 09 IFA
Infielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Bloxom, Justin# 21 CIF Vermont 09D (11th)
King, Stephen 21 3B/SS Potomac 06D (3rd)
Kobernus, Jeff 20 2B Vermont 09D (2nd)
Lombardozzi, Stephen# 20 2B Hagerstown 08D (19th)
Moore, Tyler 22 1B Hagerstown 09D (16th)
Perez, Roberto 18 SS GCL 09D (8th)
Sanchez, Adrian# 19 2B GCL 07 IFA
Souza, Steven 20 SS/3B Hagerstown 07D (3rd)
Taylor, Michael 18 SS GCL 09D (6th)
Valdez, Jean 17 SS - 09 IFA
Outfielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Burgess, Michael* 20 RF Potomac 07D (1st Sup)
Higley, J.R. 21 OF Vermont, Hagerstown 08D (9th)
Hood, Destin 19 LF GCL, Vermont 08D (2nd)
Morales, Jesus 19 CF DSL 07 IFA
Perez, Eury 19 CF GCL 07 IFA
Phillips, Derrick 18 OF GCL 08D (23rd)
Ramirez, J.P.* 19 RF Vermont 08D (15th)
Ramos, Wander 19 OF DSL 09 IFA
Rodriguez, Aridio 20 OF DSL 09 IFA
Whiting, Boomer 25 OF Potomac 07D (24th)
Date Schedule Time
18-Sep Report Date
19-Sep 1st Workout
24-Sep DET 1PM
25-Sep ATL 1PM
26-Sep at HOU 10AM
27-Sep Camp Day 1PM
28-Sep at ATL 1PM
29-Sep HOU 1PM
30-Sep Camp Day 1PM
1-Oct ATL 1PM
2-Oct at HOU 1PM
3-Oct Camp Day 10AM
4-Oct Camp Day 1PM
5-Oct DET 1PM
6-Oct at ATL 1PM
7-Oct HOU 1PM
8-Oct Canada @ Disney 1PM
9-Oct at DET 1PM
10-Oct at HOU 10AM
11-Oct Camp Day 1PM
12-Oct ATL 1PM
13-Oct HOU 1PM
  1. #1 by Marcus - September 15th, 2009 at 09:46

    Any idea why Norris, Wilkie, & Espinosa are missing from the roster…it probably has something to do with AZL

  2. #2 by Brian Oliver - September 15th, 2009 at 09:48

    Marcus – Exactly. Marrero is not listed either. All of them played a full regular season and will participate in the AFL. Storen seems likely to get only a few appearances

  3. #3 by John - September 15th, 2009 at 10:35

    It’s good to see Michael Taylor and Jeff Kobernus on there, but I’m disappointed not to see Marcus Jones. I guess he’s still injured.

  4. #4 by Dick - September 15th, 2009 at 10:51

    Assume the # and * refer to switch-hitter and left-handed, respectively, right?

  5. #5 by Brian Oliver - September 15th, 2009 at 10:57

    Dick – Yes, apparently the html ate my legend

  6. #6 by cjrugger - September 15th, 2009 at 11:28

    I really like the agressiveness with Jean Valez and Cleto Brazoban coming over, i assume that means they’ll start in the GCL next year?

  7. #7 by Pilchard - September 15th, 2009 at 12:01

    Does Nieto make it to full-season baseball in 2010 or will go to Vermont?

  8. #8 by Berndaddy - September 15th, 2009 at 12:22

    Pilchard wasn’t Nieto playing hurt most of this year? It seemed by August he was hitting nicely…

  9. #9 by dd - September 15th, 2009 at 13:20

    Good info once again! Thanks Brian!

  10. #10 by Marc - September 15th, 2009 at 13:47

    You know, one thing that jumps out at me in looking at the list is the ages and levels of development – folks are pretty quick to label Smoker a bust and yet he’s a year younger than Strasburg or Storen – this would be his college junior year coming up.

    No wonder some folks can be drafted have some success, fall apart, put it back together slowly make their way and then all of a sudden put it together and be a phenom at 25-26.

    Happy to see Eury Perez – he’s my hope for Nyjer of the future. A good showing this year and hopefully in full-season ball next year, and he might be lining himself up nicely for 2012. The only question I have about him so far is defense – I like that his OPS has increased steadily every year. Looks pretty solid at 19. He’s not actually 23 is he?

  11. #11 by peric - September 15th, 2009 at 14:10

    Hood, Perez and Ramirez. An interesting potential starting outfield?

  12. #12 by dian - September 15th, 2009 at 14:30

    who is coaching this year?

  13. #13 by Brian Oliver - September 15th, 2009 at 14:33

    dian – You can find that information here

  14. #14 by cjrugger - September 15th, 2009 at 14:38

    Peric- unless Hood makes some big strides on defense, you have 2 LF’s there

  15. #15 by cjrugger - September 15th, 2009 at 14:49

    dont know if I missed that, but interesting article on possible new director of Latin American scouting. If the bonus allegations were unfounded, seems like he did a good job working with Rizzo before (and could get us back into Venezuela as well)

  16. #16 by Greg - September 15th, 2009 at 15:02

    No McGeary?

  17. #17 by Pilchard - September 15th, 2009 at 15:16

    I think that McGeary may be back at Stanford for the Fall semester. Pretty sure that he did not punt school altogether (considering the way he pitched, probably a good idea).

  18. #18 by chima - September 15th, 2009 at 15:24

    yes nieto was playing most of the year with a pulled hamstring.

  19. #19 by John - September 15th, 2009 at 15:25

    chima: Is Nieto strictly a RH batter now? I thought I saw on the videos that he was batting RH against a RHP.

  20. #20 by expo_ram - September 15th, 2009 at 16:16

    Couple of interesting links:


    Jesse English from a few years ago:

    Burgess (requires subscripion):

  21. #21 by BinM - September 15th, 2009 at 18:15

    Brian: Kind of suprised not to see Boekhouldt on the FIL roster. I thought he would have been added (like Taylor & Valdez) just to give him some game expierence.

  22. #22 by rukidding - September 15th, 2009 at 18:59

    Any idea why Boomer Whiting is on this list? He is 25 y/o and by far the oldest to attend the camp.

  23. #23 by chima - September 15th, 2009 at 22:07

    john: nieto is still switch hitting

  24. #24 by John - September 16th, 2009 at 09:08

    Thanks chima. My mistake.

  25. #25 by Sue Dinem - September 16th, 2009 at 10:02

    rukidding :

    Any idea why Boomer Whiting is on this list? He is 25 y/o and by far the oldest to attend the camp.

    Boomer was batting left-handed during the final series of the year – best guess: He’s attempting to become a switch-hitter and refine his bunting techniques.

  26. #26 by Berndaddy - September 16th, 2009 at 10:27

    Sue would you say Boomer is the fastest or one of the fastest players in the Farm system?

  27. #27 by Sue Dinem - September 16th, 2009 at 13:58

    Berndaddy – I haven’t seen Chris Curran much, but Boomer’s closest competitors are Roger Bernadina and Michael Martinez, and I think he’s just a tad faster than both of those two. He’s certainly the system’s best basestealer, and it would appear that somebody agrees. Unfortunately, he’s weak-armed and doesn’t go back well on deep flyballs to CF. It wouldn’t surprise me at all to see him being tried at 2B in an effort to find a position that suits his strengths.

  28. #28 by peric - September 16th, 2009 at 14:03

    Its good to see Karns out there. I hope he kicks off the way Storen did.

  29. #29 by Berndaddy - September 16th, 2009 at 16:05

    Peric, BA had Karns the best in the summer league he was playing in, so let’s hope the best for this kid…

  30. #30 by peric - September 16th, 2009 at 17:14

    You have to wonder if in Rizzo’s mind Karns looks like a near term SP in his rotation. He purportedly has the ability and just needs consistency?

  31. #31 by Sue Dinem - September 17th, 2009 at 06:52

    Brian – Do you know if anyone, anywhere will be broadcasting these games? I tend to doubt it, but thought I’d ask. I would imagine MLBN would televise some of the AFL.

  32. #32 by Brian Oliver - September 17th, 2009 at 07:09

    Sue – To my knowledge, no one broadcasts the Instructional League games.

    I’m with you on the AFL … especially games with Strasburg

  33. #33 by Berndaddy - September 17th, 2009 at 10:07

    AFL + Strasburg = Must see TV !!!

  34. #34 by TimDz - September 17th, 2009 at 13:38

    Brian, this is not on topic, but I wanted to pass along my thanks to you for running this site. I check it daily and it has really helped a neophyte like myself the ins and outs of a baseball team. My earliest memories of baseball are with my late father and I lost interest (mostly because there was no local coverage and there was no internet at the time) once the old Senators left for Texas. Being that I was only 9 years old in 1971, I never got to the point where I was able to follow and understand all the nuances of the game (rule 5, 25 and 40 man rosters etc.). Your site is concise enough for me to understand, yet detailed enough for me to get additional information. I can truly say that I understand most aspects of baseball now thanks to your efforts. Keep up the good work!

  35. #35 by peric - September 17th, 2009 at 15:45

    I agree with TimDz. Providing this sort of insight into the minor league system is something new and different for me. It gives one a leg up and the ability to almost see the “machinations” in the FO. Very well done and reasonably bug-free user-interface. My congratulations on the technical aspect of this web site as well as on the content.

  36. #36 by Dick - September 17th, 2009 at 15:47

    Tragic number at 12 now, right?

  37. #37 by Brian Oliver - September 17th, 2009 at 15:55

    Dick – Correct. I was going to provide an update before the Mets series starts

  38. #38 by dd - September 17th, 2009 at 16:22

    Instead of “tragic date” it should be called “inevitable date”!

  39. #39 by expo_ram - September 17th, 2009 at 17:29

    I will be giving regular updates as the Desert Dogs are about 20 minutes from my house and a buddy of mine scores the games.

  40. #40 by BinM - September 17th, 2009 at 18:17

    expo_ram: Excellent – An insider to the AFL. Thanks, in advance.

  41. #41 by Marcus - September 17th, 2009 at 21:41

    Sickels took a look at Ian Desmond in his latest prospect profile:

  42. #42 by nationals fan - September 18th, 2009 at 08:05

    Great article, and the reason I keep saying “patience” to those who want to give up on prospects who don’t jump to the forefront in the first few years…especially the high school guys. Until this year most had “written him off” as a “big prospect” because of his struggles, going so far as to even put high school newly drafted players in front of him. SOme even were critical of his success this year which is mind boggling considering his offensive number ALL YEAR. This young man is a great guy, and about to arrive now. Be patient, this is baseball!

  43. #43 by K - September 19th, 2009 at 11:44

    Destin Hood will be starting, McGeary decided to not go to insturcts because he went last year and it was really hard to catch up with school.

  44. #44 by RD - September 20th, 2009 at 14:52

    What are the odds of Burgess repeating Potomac next year?

    Honestly, that is the route I hope they take. He needs work. I don’t think its such a negative to repeat a level, when you obviously have the talent. You just need to work out some kinks. It’s not like he’s playing the exact same players as the year before, so hecan capitalize on the same mistakes. I think he needs to remain at a lower level to work on his game and swing. The jump to Harrisburg is going to be a big one, and if he struggles there, it will hit his confidence more to be demoted than to repeat initially IMO.

    Based on age, he’s still fine for the level. Had he gone to college, he would be drafted in June and likely would start at Hagerstown. By that time this year, he could be in Harrisburg if he makes some progress. I think putting him in a lineup with Norris would help also.


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