February 19, 2020

Baseball America ranks Nationals’ minor league prospects

For serious Washington Nationals fans, the names on Baseball America’s list of top ten prospects in the organization should not be unfamiliar.  Several have been on the list before, several more were part of 2011’s draft class, two of them made their MLB debuts last season and one of them happens for be completely tearing up the Arizona Fall League currently.  You may have heard of him, a kid named Harper.

Bryce Harper does indeed fill the No. 1 spot on BA’s top Nats prospects.  The left-handed outfielder is hitting .311/.381/.622 with six homers and 24 RBIs in 74 at bats for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the AFL.  His AFL teammate, catcher Derek Norris, comes in at No. 9 on the list, which is based on projections of a player’s long-term worth after discussions with scouting and player-development personnel.  Norris is hitting .328/.427/.459 with two home runs as 11 RBIs in 61 at bats, following a somewhat disappointing year where he hit just .210 at Double-A Harrisburg.

Here’s the complete list:

1. Bryce Harper, OF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B

3. Brad Peacock, RHP

4. A.J. Cole, RHP

5. Brian Goodwin, OF

6. Alex Meyer, RHP

7. Matt Purke, LHP

8. Sammy Solis, LHP

9. Derek Norris, C

10.  Steve Lombardozzi, UTL

It’s interesting that of the Nats top ten prospects, seven have come out of the last two draft classes.  The Nats have recently graduated several players out of the “prospect” category, such as SP Stephen Strasburg, 2B Danny Espinosa and C Wilson Ramos, so the Nats best players in the system are still at the lowest levels.   But draft experts everywhere think Harper, Rendon and perhaps Purke will be quick movers once they get their professional careers started.  The narrative in the report speaks glowingly of the talent the Nats are accumulating in their minor league system though, and BA named the Nats as their “top rated draft” of 2011 with the additions of Rendon, Meyer, Goodwin and Purke.

Baseball America’s article also list the Nats minor leaguers with the “Best Tools” and a projected 2015 lineup. 

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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