Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball is back with scouting reports on all of the Washington Nationals’ prospects who participated in the Arizona Fall League.
Name: Taylor Guilbeau
Age (as of September 1, 2018): 25y, 3m
Present Role: 30
Future Role: 45 (7th Inning Reliever)
2018 Level: Potomac (A+)
Guilbeau wasn’t much on the prospect radar until his stuff ticked way up this fall for Salt River. He had already moved full-time to the ‘pen in 2018 but showed a fastball up +3-5 mph in Fall League. A funky delivery with a lot of moving parts is tough on same-side hitters, and Guilbeau’s newfound velocity forces opposing batters to commit early to a slider and changeup. He’ll need to cut down on the walks but has the tools of a middle reliever. The best-case ceiling is a 7th inning piece who faces mostly lefties.
Guilbeau will have to prove his AFL performance was no fluke in 2019. Washington left him off their 40-Man Roster and he is Rule 5 eligible. Despite not having pitched in Double-A yet, a team could take a chance on Guilbeau’s left-handed velocity and track record against same-side hitters (.184/.298/.194 during the regular season) this December in Rule 5. The Nationals will be watching him closely in the high-minors next year if he goes unselected.
A native of Washington, D.C., Adam will be periodically contributing scouting pieces on Nationals prospects for Federal Baseball. Currently, he’s the Assistant Director of Professional Evaluation at 2080 Baseball. Previously, Adam worked in the Baseball Operations departments of the Baltimore Orioles and Texas Rangers after serving as a Senior Prospect Writer for Baseball Prospectus. You can follow him on Twitter: @2080adam. Adam can be reached at email@example.com for all podcast and media requests.