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Jackson Rutledge, the team’s 2019 first-rounder out of San Jacinto (Texas) JC, is an eye-opening inclusion with just 37 innings of pro ball to his name. He’s likely to spend the whole summer at the team’s Alternate Training Site, but even being included on the initial 60-man roster gives him a chance to make his big league debut earlier than expected. The same goes for lefthander Seth Romero, whose 2019 season was limited to one inning at the club’s instructional league as he returned from 2018 Tommy John surgery. Romero has always had tantalizing stuff from the left side, which could be very valuable in a shortened season. The Nationals took the top half of their Top 10 prospects and also added lefty Matt Cronin, their 2019 fourth-rounder out of Arkansas.
It’s a little surprising not to see 2018 first-round righthander Mason Denaburg on this list, considering how prospect-heavy the Nationals chose to go when assembling this roster. Ditto for newly drafted righthander Cade Cavalli, a power pitcher out of Oklahoma. Cavalli was later added to the site in July.
Overall, the Nationals added 15 of their Top 30 Prospects to the 60-man roster, with an emphasis on lefthanders. Of the team’s five ranked southpaws, Washington included four.