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Washington Nationals Top 20 prospects for 2017: Mid-season review

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Let’s check the results of the pre-season Nationals prospect list.

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We continue our mid-season organization reviews with a look at the Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects from the beginning of 2017. The index for other team reviews can be found here.




This list was originally published December 9th 2016 and revised on February 6th 2017.

1) Victor Robles, OF, Grade B+/A-: Age 20, signed out of Dominican Republic for $225,000 in 2013; hitting combined .290/.372/.484 with nine homers, 23 steals in 386 at-bats between High-A and Double-A; although overshadowed in the press by guys like Ronald Acuna and Vlad Guerrero Jr, Robles is having a very impressive season.

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2) Erick Fedde, RHP, Grade B+: Age 24, first round pick in 2014 from UNLV; combined 3.63 ERA in 84 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 74/22 K/BB; hit hard in brief major league trial but more chances will come.

3) Juan Soto, OF, Grade B: Age 18, signed out of Dominican Republic in 2015 for $1,500,000; got off to blistering start in Low-A (.360/.427/.523 in 86 at-bats) then went down with significant ankle injury; played five rookie ball rehab games in July and went 1-for-13 then headed back to disabled list with a broken hamate; status unclear at the moment; an excellent prospect if healthy.

4) Carter Kieboom, SS, Grade B-: Age 19, first round pick in 2016 from high school in Georgia; another injury case (hamstring pull) but has hit well when healthy, .302/.376/.521 in 169 at-bats between Low-A and rehab work; very promising bat and can stick up the middle.

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5) Koda Glover, RHP, Grade B-: Age 24, eighth round pick in 2015 from Oklahoma State; 5.12 ERA in 19 major league innings with 17/4 K/BB, eight saves; went on disabled list in June with back injury and inflamed rotator cuff; effective when healthy.

6) Austin Voth, RHP, Grade B-: Age 25, fifth round pick in 2013 from University of Washington; 5.72 ERA in 107 innings between Double-A and Triple-A, 70/44 K/BB, 132 hits; first time in his career that he’s struggled; has missed time with injuries; could rebound next year if healthy.

7) Sheldon Neuse, 3B, Grade B-: Age 22, second round pick in 2016 from University of Oklahoma; hitting .309/.372/.503 between Low-A, High-A and Double-A; traded to Oakland Athletics in Ryan Madson/Sean Doolittle deal; good solid hitting prospect.

8) A.J. Cole, RHP, Grade B-/C+: Age 25: poor year in Triple-A with 5.82 ERA in 87 innings, 71/35 K/BB; 5.32 ERA in 22 major league innings; he is in his fourth Triple-A season and was better in past seasons, probably needs a change of scenery at this point.

9) Andrew Stevenson, OF, Grade B-/C+: Age 23, second round pick in 2015 out of Louisiana State; hitting .268/.324/.345 between Double-A and Triple-A with 10 steals, .162/.184/.162 in 37 major league at-bats with 15 strikeouts; future fourth outfielder.

10) Drew Ward, 3B, Grade C+: Age 22, third round pick in 2013 from high school in Oklahoma; hitting .240/.329/.373 with 10 homers, 49 walks, 116 strikeouts in 367 at-bats in Double-A; glove has shown impressive improvement and he has raw power but still trying to unlock it.

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11) Wilmer Difo, INF, Grade C+: Age 25, hitting .276/.339/.36 in 221 major league at-bats with versatile glove; this is his true level of talent and he should have a long career in this role.

12) Pedro Severino, C, Grade C+: Age 24, from the Dominican Republic, hitting .230/.275/.330 in 191 Triple-A at-bats; best skills remain on defense.

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13) Brian Goodwin, OF, Grade C+: Age 26, established in the majors now with power surge, .251/.313/.498 season, 13 homers in 251 at-bats; tools have always been there.

14) Tyler Watson, LHP, Grade C+: Age 20, 34th round pick in 2015 from high school in Gilbert, Arizona; would have gone 30 rounds higher except he was committed to Loyola Marymount; 4.61 ERA in 109 innings in Low-A, 106/29 K/BB; better potential than the ERA implies; traded to Minnesota Twins for Brandon Kintzler.

15) Rafael Bautista, OF, Grade C+: Age 24, has missed most of season with injuries; hitting .261/.314/.333 in 180 at-bats between Triple-A and rehab work; has the tools to do better.

16) Kelvin Gutierrez, 3B, Grade C+: Age 22, from the Dominican Republic, hit .288/.347/.414 in 222 at-bats in High-A before getting hurt with undisclosed injury in June; very good glove with a chance to hit.

17) Osvaldo Abreu, INF, Grade C+: Age 23, another product of Nationals Dominican program, hitting .245/.301/.345 in Double-A; has stolen just one base despite 18 swipes in 2016 and 30 in 2015; just not doing much with the bat.

18) Joan Baez, RHP, Grade C+: Age 22, another Dominican signed by the Nationals, 3.67 ERA in 81 innings with 71/58 K/BB between High-A and rookie ball injury rehab; throws quite hard but walks have to come down at higher levels, bullpen?

19) Yasel Antuna, SS, Grade C+: Age 17, signed out of Dominican Republic last summer for $3,900,000; hitting .306/.374/.385 in 144 rookie ball at-bats, a good start to his career as a hitter; defense needs a lot of work.

20) Rhett Wiseman, OF, Grade C+/C: Age 23, third round pick in 2015 out of Vanderbilt; hitting .236/.286/.400 in 390 at-bats in High-A, 11 homers, 29 walks, 86 strikeouts; bat seems stagnant.


Austin Adams, RHP: 2.38 ERA in 53 innings in Triple-A, 82/37 K/BB, ready for bullpen trial.

The 2018 list will look considerably different obviously.