Somebody Should Sign Telvin Nash
Telvin Nash is a 25-year old slugger playing for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League, the best of the Independent-A leagues. His 1.047 OPS leads the league by a bunch. The next closest player with at least 100 plate appearances 34 games into the 2016 season is at an even .900.
Nash spent seven seasons in the Houston Astros organization, where he showed a lot of power. He hit 29 home runs for the Lancaster JetHawks in the Class A+ California League at age 21, and he hit 22 HRs for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the AA Texas League in 2014 at age 23.
The problem is Nash didn’t hit for much of an average, and he strikes out an enormous amount, 198 times in 449 plate appearance in 2012 and 112 times in 321 plate appearances in 2014, the two years he hit all those home runs. Still, his career minor league slash line of .241/.336/.479, suggests that Nash had some potential as a hitter.
Nash didn’t improve in 2015 back at Corpus Christi, batting .228, but with a .774 OPS, and the Astros cut him after he had played in 30 games. Nash also appears either to have missed a lot of time with injury, or he was being platooned in several of his minor league seasons. I also have to assume that his defense is not very good.
Nash hit well in 64 games for the Revolution last season after getting cut by the Astros. However, he’s hitting a lot better this year more than 30 games into the 2016 season.
Nash is still young enough to have an MLB future, and his power is very real. Somebody should sign him soon and give him another shot at AA ball, the sooner the better.