10 Washington Nationals Prospects To Know Beyond The Top 30 in 2024


Baseball America’s Top 30 Washington Nationals Prospects entering 2024 are here exclusively for subscribers. The list includes updated scouting reports, BA grades and tool grade projections every player.

Inevitably, there are players every year who barely miss the cut when we narrow down the list. These players are all worth monitoring for various reasons and it’s likely some will either reach the big leagues in 2024 or enjoy breakout seasons lower in the minors.

Here are next 10 players to know in the Nationals system beyond their Top 30.

31. Andry Lara, RHP

Lara signed for $1.25 million in 2019 but has struggled to get on track over the last two years. He has shown above-average velocity in the past, hitting 98 mph at peak, but his velo backed up to sit 92-93 mph in 2023. His fastball was hit hard and lacks ideal shape. Lara has a mid-80s slider that flashes plus, but has yet to develop much feel for his changeup, heightening concerns he’s ultimately ticketed for a relief role. 

32. Israel Pineda, C

Pineda enjoyed a breakout 2022 season that ultimately led to his big league debut, but injuries and ineffectiveness scuttled his 2023 campaign. At his best, he has a quick swing and above-average power potential that punishes fastballs. But Pineda’s approach and strike zone discipline has wavered throughout his development, and his defensive framing remains a work-in-progress. Once considered a viable backup catching option, the Nats designated Pineda for assignment this winter and outrighted him to Triple-A Rochester in February. 

33. Matt Cronin, RHP

Cronin could jump back into the Top 30 with a return from injury. However, that timetable is still uncertain after having late-season surgery. This injury answers questions about his struggles last season. 

34. Tyler Schoff, RHP  

He had a great year jumping from High-A to Triple-A this season. His cutter and curveball both played well, earning some extra looks within the organization. He’s a player the Nationals are excited to watch and develop. 

35. Matt Suggs, C

Suggs impressed during the spring, showcasing some sneaky power. While the Nationals have a ton of depth at the catching position, Suggs is a player to watch. He is slightly older – 23 years old at High-A this season – but impressed thus far.

36. Kyle Luckham, RHP

Luckham has the ability to put the ball where he wants it, and was in contention for best control in the system. While his numbers haven’t jumped off the page yet, if he can hone in on that control, he has the ability to move quickly and help the Nationals bullpen. 

37. Nick Peoples, OF

Peoples had a tough season at the complex league, but the Nationals are working with him to redevelop his swing. He has massive power upside and wants to improve – a quality the Nationals love about him. 

38. Jorgelys Mota, SS

Mota had a great showing in 28 games at the complex level, however he struggled at Low-A. He was shut down for the month of September when he found himself on the IL. 

39. Onix Vega, C

The Nationals have yet another catching prospect with potential power upside. While he struggled at the plate, his defense was near perfect – .997 fielding percentage across three levels. 

40. Aldo Ramirez, RHP

Ramirez did not pitch this season as he recovered from spring 2022 Tommy John surgery. He has not pitched in a professional game since September 9, 2021. The organization believes he will return this summer and could be fast tracked as a reliever.

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