Washington Nationals Outlook Countdown: No.17 – Daylen Lile

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WASHINGTON – The Nationals believe they have a good one at Daylen Lile, a 2021 second-round pick from his Louisville high school earlier this year.

“He’s got a chance to impact every game with his speed,” longtime Washington instructor Jeff Garber told Federal Baseball in September.

Lile, who turns 19 on November 30, has scored 0.233 in 43 batting appearances for the Florida Complex League team.

His manager was Jake Lowery, a native of Richmond, who, like Garber, is a former James Madison University player in Virginia.

“Daylen is a very good outfielder,” said Garber, an infielder at JMU and a former player and farm system manager for the Kansas City Royals.

“He’s been diving ever since he had a pain in his arm at the start. He’s a very exciting player; for me, he’s an impact player, ”Garber added in September.

Lile went to Trinity High and is originally from Louisville.

After signing with the Nationals, he had his photo taken with his family in front of the World Series trophy Washington won in 2019.

The Nationals are making a lot of changes in player development for next season and building for the future.

Lile is part of that future, and if things go really well – and the Nationals open the portfolio – he could one day be in the same field with Juan Soto at Nationals Park.

But it’s been brewing for several years, as Lile has yet to progress to perhaps a weak Single-A Fredericksburg in 2022.

“Daylen Lile, we’ve all seen him as the top hitter in high school in this draft,” said assistant general manager and vice president of scouting operations Kris Kline of the national championships when the team drafted him.

“2021 Gatorade Player of the Year in the State of Kentucky, and he was the National Player of the Year that year. “

“The other tools are average. He’s going to play left field, but it’s all about the bat with this kid, ”added Kline,“… it’s advanced, it’s polite. It’s a tidy, nice, quick, short, quick little shot, it has power and an exceptional feel to hit.

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