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Nationals prospect Wilmer Difo on hot streak in Double-A

Wilmer Difo
Wilmer Difo
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Washington Nationals shortstop prospect Wilmer Difo has been quite hot lately for the Harrisburg Senators in the Double-A Eastern League. He's hitting .455 in his last 10 games and .310/.348/.440 over his last 20 contests. On the season he is hitting .293/.332/.390 through 259 at-bats, with 10 walks and 53 strikeouts in 259 at-bats. He is using his speed on the bases especially well, swiping 21 bases in 22 attempts for the Senators.

As you'll likely recall, Difo spent some time in the majors earlier this season though he was used in a bench role, seeing eight at-bats in eight games with a single and a strikeout on the resume. He's obviously doing well enough in the minors to earn further trials for the Nationals.

Difo was originally signed back in 2011 from the Dominican Republic. He broke out in 2014 with a .315/.360/.470 campaign for Low-A Hagerstown with 14 homers and 49 steals. He is not showing as much power against advanced pitching but has had no trouble bringing his speed and ability to make contact forward. He has sufficient range, arm strength, and reliability to be workable at shortstop and is very good when used at second base.

His ultimate role (utility or regular) will depend on his offensive development but his speed should make him an attractive fantasy asset either way.