Since I've had a crazy amount of down time at work today, I've been reading up on the Chiefs players and decided to do my preview ahead of the series starting today.
Starting with the most interesting, former Major League pitcher Micah Owings is now a position player. This is interesting because in 219 career PA as a pitcher/pinch hitter, Owings owns a slash line of .283/.310/.502 and 9 HR. with all time dedicated to hitting, Owings could be an asset in the Majors.
The prospects in Syracuse aren't glamorous, but there are some future pieces here.
CF Eury Perez is a speed demon with ability to hit for average. He doesn't walk much, so his numbers rest solely on his ability to find holes and slap the ball through. John Sickels at Minor League Ball has Perez as the 10th best prospect.
IF Zach Walters is the 12th rank prospect and was acquired from the Diamondbacks for Jason Marquis in 2011. Walters is a utility type with a strong arm and good pop.
3B Carlos Rivero was claimed on waivers prior to 2012 and put up a .303/.347/.435 slash in 2012 earning a 40-man roster spot and adding intrigue as a prospect. He has a good glove and profiles as a utility type.
OF Corey Brown is getting old for a prospect at 27, but he boasts impressive tools. Brown could be considered a 4 tool player, with his ability to hit for patience and power, play good defense with a strong arm, and run. Brown is ranked #22 by Sickels and profiles as a 4th OF.
Chris Marrero is a 1B who was once a top 100 prospect in baseball. He came up for a cup of coffee with the Nats in 2011, but spent 2012 hurt and recovering at 5 levels. Still just 24, Marrero has the power/patient approach that could lead to still having a future in the Majors.
A couple of Nationals organizational players were selected by teams in the off season Rule V draft, but returned.
LHP Dan Rosenbaum was selected by the Rockies after posting a 3.61 ERA and 1.238 WHIP in 194.2 ip at AA in 2011/2012. He doesn't strike many people out (5.8 K/9) but shows good command. Dan started his 2013 with 5 scoreless innings.
UT Jeff Kobernus was selected by Boston and traded to Detroit, but returned during spring. He has progressed a level each season, playing a full season at each stop. He has showed consistent results as a decent average/low walk/low power hitter. The utility player is off to a torrid .556/594/.777 start.
Other notable players include Canadian 4-corner guy Jimmy Van Ostrand, ex-Blue Jay closer Jeremy Accardo, and MLB veterans Chris Young, JC Romero, Bill Bray, Ross Ohlendorf, and the now starting Ryan Perry, the former "closer is the future" for the Tigers and a personal favourite of mine.
Well, that's it for now. Should be a fun series with some familiar faces. Action kicks off at 6pm ET with Claudio Vargas vs Dan Rosenbaum. Should be a beauty.