2018 Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

Nationals Top 10 Prospects
1. Victor Robles, OF
2. Juan Soto, OF
3. Erick Fedde, RHP
4. Carter Kieboom, SS
5. Seth Romero, LHP
6. Luis Garcia, 2B/SS
7. Wil Crowe, RHP
8. Daniel Johnson, OF
9. Raudy Read, C
10. Yasel Antuna, SS/3B

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We kick off division-by-division Top 10 Prospects rankings this year with the National League East. For each organization, we identify the 10 prospects with the highest ceilings, with consideration given to the likelihood of reaching those ceilings.

To qualify as a prospect, a position player cannot exceed 130 big league at-bats, while a pitcher cannot exceed 50 innings or 30 relief appearances. These thresholds mirror major league rookie qualifications, albeit without regard for major league service time.

Notable Graduations: SS Wilmer Difo (4) and OF Brian Goodwin (19) filled valuable bench roles.

Trending: ◀️▶️ Remains a top-heavy system.

 

SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Strengths: Few teams have produced more impact big leaguers than the Nationals over the past decade. High draft picks like Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon paved the way. Washington has a bevy of outfield options at the big league level, but they have more on the way, including Victor Robles and Juan Soto, the top two prospects in the system. Daniel Johnson isn't all that far behind.

Weaknesses: Trea Turner, Rendon and Wilmer Difo give the Nationals a trio of young big league infielders. That's good news because aside from Carter Kieboom, the system's next wave of middle infielders is years away. Additionally, trades of players like Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse have thinned the system.

 

BEST TOOLS

🔸Best Hitter for Average: Victor Robles.
🔸Best Power Hitter: Daniel Johnson.
🔸Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Juan Soto.
🔸Fastest Baserunner: Victor Robles.
🔸Best Athlete: Victor Robles.
🔸Best Fastball: Jefry Rodriguez.
🔸Best Curveball: Wil Crowe.
🔸Best Slider: Seth Romero.
🔸Best Changeup: Ryan Brinley.
🔸Best Control: Sterling Sharp.
🔸Best Defensive Catcher: Pedro Severino.
🔸Best Defensive INF: Jose Sanchez.
🔸Best INF Arm: Kelvin Gutierrez.
🔸Best Defensive OF: Blake Perkins.
🔸Best OF Arm: Daniel Johnson.

 

PROJECTED 2021 LINEUP

(Listed with 2021 season age)

🔸C Raudy Read (27)
🔸1B Daniel Murphy (36)
🔸2B Wilmer Difo (29)
🔸3B Anthony Rendon (31)
🔸SS Trea Turner (28)
🔸LF Adam Eaton (32)
🔸CF Victor Robles (24)
🔸RF Bryce Harper (28)
🔸SP Stephen Strasburg (32)
🔸SP Max Scherzer (36)
🔸SP Joe Ross (28)
🔸SP Erick Fedde (28)
🔸SP Wil Crowe (26)
🔸CL Seth Romero (25)

 

TOP PROSPECTS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: OF Chris Marrero (Japan) | WAR: -1.5
🔸2009: RHP Jordan Zimmermann (Tigers) | WAR: 21.6
🔸2010: RHP Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) | WAR: 24.9
🔸2011: OF Bryce Harper (Nationals) | WAR: 26.1
🔸2012: OF Bryce Harper (Nationals) | WAR: **
🔸2013: 3B Anthony Rendon (Nationals) | WAR: 17.0
🔸2014: RHP Lucas Giolito (White Sox) | WAR: 1.1
🔸2015: RHP Lucas Giolito (White Sox) | WAR: **
🔸2016: RHP Lucas Giolito (White Sox) | WAR: **
🔸2017: OF Victor Robles (Nationals) | Top 10

 

TOP DRAFT PICKS OF THE DECADE

(Listed with 2017 organization)

🔸2008: RHP Aaron Crow (DNP) | WAR: N/A
🔸2009: RHP Stephen Strasburg (Nationals) | WAR: 24.9
🔸2010: OF Bryce Harper (Nationals) | WAR: 26.1
🔸2011: 3B Anthony Rendon (Nationals) | WAR: 17.0
🔸2012: RHP Lucas Giolito (Nationals) | WAR: 1.1
🔸2013: RHP Jake Johansen (White Sox) | WAR: N/A
🔸2014: RHP Erick Fedde (Nationals) | Top 10
🔸2015: OF Andrew Stevenson (Nationals) | WAR: -0.4
🔸2016: SS Carter Kieboom (Nationals) | Top 10
🔸2017: LHP Seth Romero (Nationals) | Top 10


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