Arizona Fall League: Breaking down Nationals Minor Leaguers

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Catcher Pedro Severino: Severino is the second Nats catcher on the roster and he is very young. He is only 21 and has been in pro ball since he was 17. He is not an offensive weapon, but has gotten better each year at the plate.

His 2013 season showed promise as he made the All-Star team and caught 40% of potential base stealers.

His average climbed up to .247 this season for Potomac and he broke out with nine home runs, more than his first three years combined.

Behind the plate he was at about league average catching 36% of base runners in 2014. He is the top ranked prospect for the ones playing in the AFL at number 11 on MLB.com.

MLB.com praised him in their scouting report saying:

"Severino’s plus arm and athleticism behind the plate leave no doubt he has the skills necessary to stick at catcher. He already shows an aptitude for pitch framing and is making progress as a game-caller."

They went on to say that he is a long way off, but his defense will give the Nationals the ability to take their time as his bat continues to develop.

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