The Nationals already came out ahead in the Michael Morse trade, acquiring two righties with upside in AJ Cole and Blake Treinen. On Wednesday, they added to the previous bounty when the player to be named later was named: LHP Ian Krol. The lefty, who was once lauded by prospect gurus Kevin Goldstein and Keith Law in 2010, has fought through some self-inflicted drama as well as some minor injuries since then; the Nationals are picking him up in hopes that he'll continue to be “a joy to watch” as Goldstein mentioned and will build upon his solid 2012 season.
Krol is a pitcher, not a thrower. His mechanics are excellent, throwing from a ¾ arm slot, and he has no issues locating his three pitches. Like former Nats prospects Tommy Milone and Danny Rosenbaum, Krol lacks velocity, topping out at 90-91 MPH. In order to keep climbing up the ladder, he must continue to exhibit excellent command on the hill and induce ground balls. Krol is mentioned all the time as being a fierce competitor with a feel for pitching that is much more mature than most others. He's not afraid to attack batters inside, and uses his above average changeup and excellent curveball (called “demoralizing” by the clever Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM) to make up for his fastball velocity deficiency.Read More