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  1. 1. Keibert Ruiz | C
    Keibert Ruiz
    Born: Jul 20, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 225
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela 2014.
    Signed By: Francisco Cartaya/Pedro Avila.
    Minors: .310/.377/.616 | 21 HR | 0 SB | 284 AB

    Hitting: 60. Power: 45. Running: 30. Fielding: 55. Arm: 50.

    TRACK RECORD: Ruiz trained at the academy run by former all-star shortstop Carlos Guillen in Venezuela as an amateur and signed with the Dodgers for $140,000 when he turned 16. He was known for his defense when he signed, but his offense quickly became his calling card. Ruiz hit .300 or better at each of his first four stops and zoomed up the minors to play a full season at Double-A at age 19 in 2018, when he ranked as the Texas League's No. 3 prospect. He hit his first speed bump in 2019 when an organizational catching logjam forced him back to Double-A, and he struggled to stay motivated. He looked re-energized after a promotion to Triple-A, but suffered a season-ending injury when a foul tip fractured his right pinkie finger. Ruiz rode out the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in 2020 at the Dodgers' complex in Arizona, where he improved his physique and worked extensively with Dodgers hitting coach Brant Brown. Ruiz contracted Covid-19 and arrived late to summer camp, but he recovered to make his major league debut on Aug. 16 and homered in his first at-bat. He was dealt to Washington in the Max Scherzer-Trea Turner trade at the 2021 deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The switch-hitting Ruiz has a preternatural ability to put the bat on the ball. He has elite hand-eye coordination, can manipulate the barrel to cover all parts of the strike zone and rarely swings and misses. Those traits have long given Ruiz the potential to be a plus hitter, but his quality of contact was often lacking. The Dodgers made adjustments in 2020 to get him more upright in his stance and keep his hands closer to his body, and the result was a more direct path that helped him stay inside the ball and produce consistently harder contact. Ruiz is much stronger batting lefthanded and shows average power from that side. His righthanded swing is visually similar but lacks strength and largely produces weak contact. Ruiz is an aggressive hitter who is still learning to pick out pitches he can drive rather than swinging at the first pitch near the strike zone. Once he improves his pitch selection, he has a chance to hit .280 or higher with double-digit home runs. Ruiz is a potentially above-average receiver who blocks well and received positive reviews from the big leaguers who threw to him at the alternate training site. His game-planning and game-calling still have room to grow. Ruiz's arm strength is fringy to average, which was an issue in the majors when opponents went 3-for-3 on stolen bases against him in just 17 innings.

    THE FUTURE: With Will Smith entrenched at catcher, the best Ruiz could have hoped for was a timeshare with the Dodgers. His offensive abilities and improving defensive skills make him the catcher of the future for the Nationals.

  2. 2. Cade Cavalli | RHP
    Cade Cavalli
    Born: Aug 14, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 226
    Drafted/Signed: Oklahoma, 2020 (1st round).
    Signed By: Jerad Head.
    Minors: 7-8 | 3.08 ERA | 174 SO | 57 BB | 123 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 55. Control: 50
    TRACK RECORD: After two seasons in a two-way role for Oklahoma, Cavalli focused on pitching as a junior in 2020. He quickly asserted himself as a first-round talent in a deep class of college pitchers. The former USA Baseball Collegiate National Team member already was a known commodity to Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo and the entire scouting community. Washington took him 22nd overall and signed him for $3.027 million. Cavalli fit right into a spot in the club's 60-man player pool and impressed the big leaguers with his performance in a simulated game at Nationals Park before the start of the delayed major league season. Cavalli had back issues in high school and a stress reaction in his arm in college, but he was healthy all summer while adjusting to pitching every sixth day instead of once a week. One of his off-the-field interests has helped him get to know teammates better. He estimates he has given more than 500 haircuts.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cavalli accurately described himself on draft night as a blend of power and pitchability. His fastball sits in the mid 90s with ease and touches 98 mph. More than just a thrower, he complements his heater with an array of impressive secondaries. His slider is a devastating offering at 87-90 mph with impressive tilt and gets swings and misses against both lefties and righties. His curveball is a hard downer that hitters don't see well, and he can manipulate his changeup to throw it with diving action and either sink or run. He has an efficient delivery and elite makeup. As a former Big 12 Conference first baseman, he has plenty of athleticism and good body control. Cavalli's father Brian was a catcher at Oklahoma and in the Angels' system, so Cade has also seen the game from the other side of the battery. The reason he was still available at No. 22 overall is he got hit more in college than his raw stuff would suggest, in part because he lacks deception and his control can be erratic. The Nationals like the work Cavalli did with coach Skip Johnson and the rest of the Sooners staff, so any tweaks they've made have been minor. Cavalli has a strong work ethic and a desire to not just make the majors but to become a regular all-star.

    THE FUTURE: Cavalli logged more than 50 innings combined between the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., and instructional league in Florida, so he should be ready to go in 2021. Health and control will dictate how fast he moves through the system.

  3. 3. Josiah Gray | RHP
    Josiah Gray
    Born: Dec 21, 1997
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Le Moyne (N.Y), 2018 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Lee Seras (Reds).
    Minors: 1-1 | 2.87 ERA | 22 SO | 2 BB | 16 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 55. Changeup: 45. Control: 55.

    TRACK RECORD: Gray began his career at Division II Le Moyne as a shortstop but converted to the mound and became one of the top pitchers in the 2018 draft. The Reds selected him 72nd overall and traded him to the Dodgers in the deal for Yasiel Puig and Matt Kemp. Gray jumped three levels to Double-A in 2019, his first season with the Dodgers, and was named the organization's minor league pitcher of the year. He spent 2020 at the alternate training site, and was dealt to the Nationals in the blockbuster Max Scherzer-Trea Turner trade at the 2021 trade deadline.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Gray is a power pitcher with a strong, athletic physique. He overpowers hitters with a plus fastball that sits 93-96 mph with running life and touches 97-98 in short bursts. Other pitchers throw harder, but Gray's fastball gets more swings and misses with his life and ability to hold his velocity and command deep into games. Gray focused on his secondary pitches at the alternate site and increased the depth and horizontal movement of his mid-80s slider to cement it as an above-average, swing-and-miss pitch. His changeup added tail and drop but remains a fringe-average pitch that's often too firm in the upper-80s. Gray pounds the strike zone with above-average control. He is highly intelligent and an elite competitor who thrives when the lights are brightest.

    THE FUTURE: Gray has the stuff and intangibles of a mid-rotation starter. If his changeup improves, he could be more.

  4. 4. Brady House | SS
    Brady House
    Born: Jun 4, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 215
    Minors: .322/.394/.576 | 4 HR | 0 SB | 59 AB

    House entered the 2021 draft cycle as the top high school prospect in the class thanks to an impressive combination of physicality, explosive tools and a lengthy track record of hitting at a high level. Listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds, House stands out for his impressive bat speed and natural strength, with many scouts believing he will grow into 70-grade raw power at physical maturity. He pairs that power with an advanced offensive approach that includes solid pitch recognition and the ability to turn around velocity and recognize spin out of the hand. House wasn't quite as explosive as scouts wanted him to be offensively over the showcase circuit, showing more swing and miss than desired, but he more than flashed his upside and skill set. While he does have a tendency to swing through pitches, when he makes contact it's frequently hard with standout exit velocities. Outside of his power, House's arm strength is likely his loudest tool, with a true howitzer of an arm that has been up into the mid 90s when he's gotten on the mound and would easily play at third base or right field if necessary. A shortstop now, House has proven to be a better defender than scouts anticipated considering his size. Most expect that he'll move off the position in the long run, but he has solid hands and reactions, as well as an impressive internal clock, body control and athleticism that allow him to make difficult plays. He does have the tools to be a solid defender at shortstop or a very good one at third base, but there's no reason to move him off short until a superior defender forces him off or until his lack of elite quick-twitch mobility becomes prohibitive. House projects as an average runner in the future, though he has turned in above-average run times. The Tennessee commit has some of the loudest offensive upside in the class.

  5. 5. Andry Lara | RHP
    Andry Lara
    Born: Jan 6, 2003
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 235
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2019.
    Signed By: Ronald Morillo.
    Minors: 3-3 | 4.66 ERA | 52 SO | 21 BB | 49 IP

    Fastball: 60. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Control: 50
    TRACK RECORD: Lara was the Nationals' top signing in the 2019 international class and received a $1.25 million bonus. He was set to make his debut in 2020, but was delayed after the coronavirus pandemic canceled the minor league season. Lara spent the summer working out at the Nationals' facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., and impressed the strength and conditioning staff with his dedication in the weight room. He showed the same dedication in the classroom and completed the club's Rosetta Stone language program.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Lara is a 6-foot-5 righthander who throws his 92-96 mph fastball downhill with little effort. He has a quick arm and still has room to get stronger and add more velocity to his fastball. His slider is developing and shows the potential to be a swing-and-miss pitch. He also shows a feel for a nascent sinking changeup. Lara has a big frame he will have to maintain, but he has generally been a solid-strike thrower to this point in his career.

    THE FUTURE: After experience in instructional leagues in both the United States and the Dominican Republic, Lara may jump straight to low Class A as an 18-year-old. He has the potential to be a solid starter and shows the aptitude to move quickly for his age.

  6. 6. Jackson Rutledge | RHP
    Jackson Rutledge
    Born: Apr 1, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'8" Wt.: 250
    Drafted/Signed: San Jacinto (Texas) JC, 2019 (1st round).
    Signed By: Brandon Larson.
    Minors: 1-6 | 7.68 ERA | 41 SO | 20 BB | 37 IP

    Fastball: 70. Slider: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 50. Control: 50
    TRACK RECORD: The imposing, 6-foot-8 Rutledge hit 101 mph at San Jacinto (Texas) JC, where he became the fourth junior college player ever nominated as a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist. The Nationals drafted him 17th overall and signed him for $3.45 million. Rutledge then dominated hitters at three stops, culminating in the low Class A South Atlantic League in his pro debut. The Nationals brought him to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Rutledge is an intimidating, aggressive pitcher with a high-90s fastball and a wipeout slider. Both are plus pitches that draw swings and misses, and he complements them with a curveball and changeup that are average, usable offerings. Rutledge stays tall on the mound and uses a compact arm action. The ball appears to come out of his shoulder and gets on hitters quickly with explosive life. He's a decent athlete who improved in 2020 at slowing things down and pitching under control, helping him throw more strikes. Rutledge does a good job of holding baserunners. He prides himself on his craft and eagerly studies analytics.

    THE FUTURE: Rutledge benefited from facing more experienced hitters at the alternate site. He is part of the Nationals' future rotation plans and may see the upper minors in 2021.

  7. 7. Gerardo Carrillo | RHP
    Gerardo Carrillo
    Born: Sep 3, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2016.
    Signed By: Mike Brito/Roman Barinas/Juvenal Soto.
    Minors: 3-7 | 4.76 ERA | 108 SO | 50 BB | 97 IP

    Carrillo was the Dodgers No. 22 prospect in their midseason rankings. He is an undersized rigthander with a huge arm but very little control. He went 3-2, 4.25 in 15 appearances (14 starts) with Double-A Tulsa this year. He had 70 strikeouts in 59.1 innings, but also 29 walks and 16 hit batters. Carrillo generates huge run and sink on his 94-97 mph fastball and can reach 99. His short, 89-91 mph slider is another swing-and-miss pitch that moves in the opposite direction and he'll flash an average changeup. Carrillo generates his velocity with remarkable ease for his size, but often has no idea where the ball is going from one pitch to the next. He's completed five innings only three times in 14 starts this year and has a habit of looking great for one inning and falling apart the next. Carrillo doesn't have the control to start, but his power stuff should play even better in one-inning stints. If he shows he can throw strikes more consistently in one-inning bursts, he has a chance to be a high-leverage reliever.

  8. 8. Armando Cruz | SS
    Armando Cruz
    Born: Jan 16, 2004
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 165
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2021.

    TRACK RECORD: Dominican shortstop Armando Cruz received the biggest bonus for a 16-year-old player in the 2020-21 class, signing for $3.9 million on Jan. 15, the day before his 17th birthday.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cruz is one of the best defensive shortstops that many international scouts said they have ever seen his age in Latin America. He fields the ball like a magician, with extremely quick, secure hands and a quick transfer to his plus arm. Cruz is light on his feet, charges well on the slow roller and has a knack for making the flashy play look routine, getting quick reads off the bat with the ability to react to bad hops. He fields grounders between his legs and does other similar ball tricks on the run for fun in practice, but beyond the flash is an extremely instinctive player who makes the routine plays and the ones with a higher degree of difficulty. Cruz earns consistent future projections as a plus defender and a player who could develop into a truly elite fielder. His speed has also improved, going from below-average wheels when a lot of teams were scouting him to a slightly above-average runner now. While there's strong consensus on Cruz's glove, there's less certainty on him at the plate. Many scouts viewed Cruz as a hitter who would likely hit toward the bottom of a lineup, but the Nationals were, obviously, on the higher end, seeing his hitting ability trend up over time. Getting stronger has helped Cruz drive the ball with more authority than he was early on, though he doesn't project to be a big power threat. His instincts for the game assist him at the plate, with some of the best baseball smarts in the class.

    THE FUTURE: Cruz's defensive tools could carry him up the minor league ladder, but he'll look to develop his offensive game as he makes his professional debut this summer.

  9. 9. Cole Henry | RHP
    Cole Henry
    Born: Jul 15, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 214
    Drafted/Signed: Louisiana State, 2020 (2nd round).
    Signed By: Brandon Larson.
    Minors: 3-5 | 2.30 ERA | 70 SO | 12 BB | 47 IP

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 50. Control: 50
    TRACK RECORD: Henry touched 97 mph in high school but fell to the 38th round due to his strong commitment to Louisiana State. He became the Tigers' Friday night starter immediately as a freshman and was off to another excellent start in 2020 before the season shut down. The Nationals drafted the eligible sophomore in the second round, No. 55 overall, and signed him for $2 million.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Henry is a big, physical righthander with power stuff. His plus four-seam fastball sits at 94 mph and touches 97. He also has a two-seamer with solid sink in the mid 90s. Henry's curveball flashes the depth and power to be an above-average pitch as a top-to-bottom, 12-to-6 offering. His fading changeup has flashed plus as well. Henry flashes premium stuff, but it's not consistent and he has outings where he can't put hitters away. He struggles to land his secondaries in the strike zone, allowing batters to sit on his fastball and drive it. Henry is a fiery competitor who goes right after hitters. The Nationals are excited about the tall pitcher's frame and how his arm works.

    THE FUTURE: Henry took part in instructional league and should open next year in full-season ball. How quickly he harnesses his command will determine how fast he rises.

  10. 10. Mason Thompson | RHP
    Mason Thompson
    Born: Feb 20, 1998
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'7" Wt.: 223
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Round Rock, Texas, 2016 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Matt Schaffner.
    Minors: 3-2 | 5.74 ERA | 24 SO | 8 BB | 27 IP

    Thompson was the Padres No. 15 prospect and made his major league debut this season. The 6-foot-7 righthander was a starter in the lower levels, but frequent injuries and poor control caused the Padres to move him to relief in instructional league last year. Thompson's fastball sits at 94-96 and touches 98 mph out of the bullpen and his 88-90 mph slider is an above-average weapon against righthanders. Lefties see Thompson well and he doesn't have an effective pitch against them. He held righthanded batters to a .685 OPS at Triple-A El Paso this season but surrendered an .892 OPS against lefties. Thompson's two-pitch mix, lack of a pitch for lefties and long injury history – he had Tommy John surgery in high school and has had separate injured list stints for biceps, triceps, shoulder and elbow injuries as a pro – will keep him in the bullpen moving forward, likely as a matchup specialist against righties. He should join the Nationals bullpen at some point during the season, if not immediately following the trade.

  11. 11. Yasel Antuna | SS
    Yasel Antuna
    Born: Oct 26, 1999
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 170
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2016.
    Signed By: Pablo Arias.
    Minors: .227/.307/.385 | 12 HR | 4 SB | 405 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 60. Run: 50. Fielding: 45. Arm: 50.
    TRACK RECORD: Antuna struggled with injuries after signing for $3.85 million in 2016, but he accrued hundreds of reps at the alternate training site against upper-level pitchers in 2020. He hit 11 home runs during one two-week period and showed arguably the best hitting ability and power potential in the Nationals' system.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Clear from the Tommy John surgery and leg injuries that kept him off the field for nearly two years, Antuna showed what he can do when healthy. The switch-hitter has plus bat speed, a relaxed approach and a repeatable swing from both sides of the plate. He hits home runs to all fields from both sides and has no problem catching up to upper-90s velocity. He has among the best strike-zone judgment in the system and an advanced two-strike approach. He also showed improved ability to recognize and hit offspeed pitches. Antuna's future positional home is up for question. He has improved his footwork and exchanges around second base to give him a better chance to stay in the middle infield. He'll remain a shortstop for now but may move to a corner as he gets bigger.

    THE FUTURE: Antuna's bat gives him a chance to move up the system quickly as long as he stays healthy. His fantastic summer gives him a chance to see the upper minors in 2021.

  12. 12. Jeremy De La Rosa | OF
    Jeremy De La Rosa
    Born: Jan 16, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 160
    Drafted/Signed: Dominican Republic, 2018.
    Signed By: Modesto Ulloa.
    Minors: .209/.279/.316 | 5 HR | 7 SB | 326 AB

    Hitting: 50. Power: 55. Run: 55. Fielding: 50. Arm: 50.
    TRACK RECORD: The Nationals signed de la Rosa for $300,000 in 2018 and challenged him by skipping him over the Dominican Summer League. He showed enough promise to get tested again in 2020 when he made Washington's 60-man player pool and competed well against upper-level minor leaguers at the alternate training site. He hit a couple of the longest home runs to center field of anyone in camp at the new ballpark in Fredericksburg, Va.

    SCOUTING REPORT: De la Rosa has already learned how to get into a good hitting position. He gets on plane early and looks to drive the ball on a line. Like several young hitters in the system, he has taken to imitating National League batting champion Juan Soto's two-strike approach. De la Rosa has juice in his bat and can hit high-velocity fastballs to all fields. He has made progress at laying off breaking balls out of the strike zone. He's a plus athlete who looks like an NFL wide receiver when he runs down fly balls. He's capable of playing all three outfield positions.

    THE FUTURE: Though de la Rosa has yet to play in a full-season league, he showed in 2020 that he's not afraid of facing older competition. With his bat speed and his power, he has a chance to be an impact hitter.

  13. 13. Matt Cronin | LHP
    Matt Cronin
    Born: Sep 20, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: Arkansas, 2019 (4th round).
    Signed By: Jerad Head.
    Minors: 4-1 | 3.00 ERA | 50 SO | 16 BB | 30 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Cronin saved 14 games as a sophomore for Arkansas, helping lead the program to the College World Series finals. The next year, he had 12 saves as the Razorbacks returned to Omaha. He signed with the Nationals for $464,500 as a fourth-round pick in 2019 and struck out 16.8 batters per nine innings over 17 appearances at low Class A Hagerstown in his pro debut. The Nationals brought him to the alternate site in 2020 and he finished the year at instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cronin impresses with the spin on his 93-96 mph fastball and hammer 12-to-6 curveball, each of which grade as potential plus pitches. Cronin's fastball works at the top and bottom of the zone, and his curve has late break and good depth. Facing more experienced hitters at the alternate site taught him he needed to attack the strike zone earlier in counts. Cronin uses a split grip on his changeup, which has a chance to become a viable third--if below-average--pitch. His focus is on his big fastball, and he's not afraid to pitch inside to lefthanded and righthanded hitters.

    THE FUTURE: Cronin's final dozen outings or so left team officials believing he could be on a fast track to Washington. With the Nats short on lefthanded options with Sean Doolittle set to depart in free agency, Cronin's major league debut could come in 2021.

  14. 14. Donovan Casey | OF
    Donovan Casey
    Born: Feb 23, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 190
    Minors: .279/.338/.448 | 16 HR | 21 SB | 455 AB

    Casey did not rank on the Dodgers midseason Top 30 prospects, but he would have ranked in other, less-deep systems. Casey's game is simple: he has big power, a big arm and swings and misses a ton. He has a 31% strikeout rate in Double-A this year, which is actually a slight improvement from his strikeout rate in 2019. Casey makes loud contact when he connects though. He has plenty of bat speed, has above-average power and is a good athlete with enough speed to be an effective basestealer. Casey's best tool is his right arm. It's a plus-plus cannon that is strong and accurate and allows him to make jaw-dropping throws to nail runners at third base and at the plate. He had 15 outfield assists in 2019 and only has three this year because opponents have stopped trying to run on him. His power, speed and defense give him a chance to rise as an extra outfielder and automatically make him a Top 30 prospect in the Nationals system.

  15. 15. Tim Cate | LHP
    Tim Cate
    Born: Sep 30, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Connecticut, 2018 (2nd round).
    Signed By: John Malone.
    Minors: 2-10 | 5.31 ERA | 81 SO | 37 BB | 97 IP

    Fastball: 45. Changeup: 55. Curveball: 60. Control: 55
    TRACK RECORD: The lefthanded Cate had Tommy John surgery in high school but was so eager to continue playing that he pitched with his right arm. He went on to set UConn's career strikeout record and was drafted in the second round, No. 65 overall, by the Nationals in 2018. Cate went out and won the organization's minor league pitcher of the year award in 2019, then spent 2020 at the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cate is undersized but has shown moxie at each level he's pitched. He maintains a consistent effort level and has a smooth delivery. By moving the ball to all quadrants of the strike zone, he's able to stay away from hitters' barrels. That's important because his fastball is a fringy offering that lives in the 89-90 mph range. It plays up some with his ability to cut and sink it. Cate's curveball is his signature pitch as a hammer in the low 80s that he has an exceptional feel to command. His changeup made great strides at the alternate site and began flashing above-average. Cate is an excellent strike-thrower who can locate his pitches to both sides of the plate.

    THE FUTURE: Cate is set to see the upper minors in 2021. He has a shot to make it as a back-of-the-rotation lefthander.

  16. 16. Aldo Ramirez | RHP
    Aldo Ramirez
    Born: May 6, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 180
    Drafted/Signed: Mexico, 2018.
    Signed By: Sotero Torres/Eddie Romero/Todd Claus.
    Minors: 2-2 | 3.26 ERA | 35 SO | 12 BB | 39 IP

    Acquired from the Red Sox for Kyle Schwarber, Ramirez continues to get stronger and throw harder as he matures and was in the midst of a strong year at Low-A Salem before the trade. His fastball velocity still has a wide band from 90-98 mph, but he shows the potential for a plus fastball and a plus curveball in the future. He also has a firm changeup that shows average potential and has good fastball control for his age. Ramirez is a long way away and requires a lot of projection, but he has a chance to be a back of the rotation starter if everything clicks.

  17. 17. Daylen Lile | OF
    Daylen Lile
    Born: Nov 30, 2002
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 195
    Minors: .219/.362/.250 | 0 HR | 2 SB | 64 AB

    Lile has the exact sort of high school profile that terrifies many scouts, because you have to be all-in on his bat to feel comfortable about taking him. It's a credit to just how good Lile is in the batter's box that the industry views him as a potential top-two round sort of player. The 6-foot, 190-pound Louisville commit has always been a consistent performer on some of the better travel teams in the country, using a simple, direct bat path from the left side. He has very quiet motions at the plate, with little to no pre-pitch movement and an easy, repeatable load and bat path that lets his hands do the work. He has a solid approach, with an ability to use the entire field, though scouts have said his swing is more built for hard line drives than big-time power potential. Without a ton of strength, and with a frame that doesn't project to add a significant amount more, that could be difficult for his profile if he winds up in left field. There are some scouts who saw him this spring and reportedly think he can be a big league center fielder, but the general consensus puts him in left field, where his fringy arm strength and average running ability will fit best. Lile's profile has been one that teams prefer to send to college where he will have a chance to prove his hitting ability against ACC competition, but the Nationals were convinced by the hit tool.

  18. 18. Riley Adams | C
    Riley Adams
    Born: Jun 26, 1996
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 225
    Minors: .233/.372/.475 | 7 HR | 0 SB | 120 AB

    Acquired for Brad Hand at the trade deadline, Adams has plus-plus raw power and a plus arm behind the plate. He should hit enough to get to his power and is a good enough receiver to project to be the Nationals' long-term backup catcher behind Keibert Ruiz.

  19. 19. Sammy Infante | SS
    Sammy Infante
    Born: Jun 22, 2001
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 175
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Miami, 2020 (2nd round supplemental).
    Signed By: Alex Morales.
    Minors: .215/.329/.364 | 3 HR | 3 SB | 121 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Infante emerged early as one of the most well-rounded prep shortstops in the 2020 draft class and got off to a hot start in the spring before the coronavirus pandemic shut down the high school season. The Nationals drafted him 71st overall and signed him for an above-slot $1 million to forgo a Miami commitment. Infante made his organizational debut at instructional league, where he impressed team officials with his maturity.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Infante has average or above-average tools across the board as well as strong intangibles. He has soft hands, some pull-side power and a good head on his shoulders. Infante is advanced for a high school draftee, especially when it comes to defensive fundamentals. His plus arm is his strongest tool and he has dynamic infield actions to go with sound instincts. Infante tends to drift in his swing and he needs to show he can make more consistent contact, but he has the raw ingredients to be an average hitter in time. His passion for the game gives him a chance to be a quick learner.

    THE FUTURE: Infante's defense and intangibles make him arguably the most promising shortstop in the Nationals' system. How his bat comes along will determine if he reaches his everyday potential.

  20. 20. Jackson Cluff | SS
    Jackson Cluff
    Born: Dec 3, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: Brigham Young, 2019 (6th round).
    Signed By: Mitch Sokol.
    Minors: .214/.306/.289 | 2 HR | 7 SB | 159 AB

    TRACK RECORD: The Nationals' player development staff was pleased to add Cluff to the system as a 2019 sixth-round pick for just $200,000. The quick, twitchy athlete served a two-year Mormon mission but didn't miss a beat upon his return to Brigham Young, where he hit .327/.458/.518 in his draft year. Cluff made his pro debut at low Class A Hagerstown and chased too many pitches en route to batting .229/.320/.367 in 62 games. The Nationals made him a late addition to their alternate training site in 2020.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Cluff primarily worked on hitting to all fields at the alternate site, where he was challenged by more experienced pitchers. He has sneaky power in his bat and is improving at getting the barrel to the ball. He tends to get pull happy, which takes away his ability to line the ball to the gaps and rack up doubles and triples. Cluff is an advanced defender with a strong arm who is capable of sticking at shortstop. The Nationals rave about his makeup.

    THE FUTURE: Cluff should start at high Class A once the 2021 minor league season begins. The Nationals see him as at least a potential super-utility option.

  21. 21. Drew Mendoza | 1B
    Drew Mendoza
    Born: Oct 10, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'5" Wt.: 230
    Drafted/Signed: Florida State, 2019 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Alan Marr.
    Minors: .206/.316/.318 | 9 HR | 6 SB | 359 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Mendoza led the Atlantic Coast Conference in walks and on-base percentage in 2019 and helped lead Florida State to two College World Series trips in his three years in Tallahassee. He signed for $800,000 as a third-round pick in 2019 and immediately made the switch from third base to first base at low Class A Hagerstown. He reported to the alternate training site in August after what he called a "minimal" experience with Covid-19.

    SCOUTING REPORT: The Nationals would like Mendoza to take more early-count swings, but he's begun to show more power to his pull side and use his legs better. His swing tends to get too long, but he has as much power potential as anybody in the system and shows enough feel for the barrel to project as an average hitter. He needs to make more consistent contact. Mendoza returned to third base at the alternate site and showed soft hands, above-average arm strength and improving footwork. His size still makes him a likely first baseman long term.

    THE FUTURE: Mendoza will be tested by pitchers with better command at the upper levels. He'll take his first crack against them in 2021.

  22. 22. Israel Pineda | C
    Israel Pineda
    Born: Apr 3, 2000
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 5'11" Wt.: 190
    Drafted/Signed: Venezuela, 2016.
    Signed By: German Robles.
    Minors: .208/.260/.389 | 14 HR | 0 SB | 293 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Pineda signed with the Nationals for $450,000 out of Venezuela in 2016 and impressed his first two years in short-season ball. He made the jump to low Class A Hagerstown in 2019 and struggled with strike zone discipline, batting .217/.278/.305. The Nationals still brought him to their alternate training site in 2020 and he finished the year in instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Pineda showed growth and maturity at the alternate site and at instructional league, providing hope his poor 2019 was a mirage. A bat-first catcher, Pineda has a quick swing, above-average raw power and crushes fastballs. He's been undone by breaking balls in the past, but he has learned to take more pitches and put himself in better counts. Pineda's size and strong arm give him a good foundation as a catcher. His mobility is limited and his defensive skills need polish, but he is making progress.

    THE FUTURE: Pineda should see high Class A in 2021. He has a chance to emerge as a part-time catcher if he can sustain his offensive improvements.

  23. 23. Tres Barrera | C
    Tres Barrera
    Born: Sep 15, 1994
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 215
    Drafted/Signed: Texas, 2016 (6th round).
    Signed By: Tyler Wilt.
    Minors: .208/.303/.296 | 3 HR | 0 SB | 159 AB

    TRACK RECORD: Barrera earned all-star honors at high Class A and Double-A en route to making his major league debut in 2019. He was in line for more big league time in 2020 but was suspended for the season after testing positive for an anabolic androgenic steroid on Major League Baseball's banned substance list. Barrera said he was wrongfully suspended based on "junk science" and filed a class action lawsuit against MLB, the commissioner's office, two testing labs and a director of one of the labs.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Barrera's strength is his defense. He's an excellent receiver, controls the running game with solid arm strength and a quick exchange and shows the requisite leadership skills for catching. He's a slow runner but makes up for it with good short-area quickness and athleticism behind the plate. Barrera is more of a contact hitter than a power bat offensively, but he has held his own at every stop. He keeps his hands inside the ball, has a repeatable swing and has decent strike-zone discipline.

    THE FUTURE: Barrera was reinstated from the restricted list at the end of the season and played in the Dominican League in the winter. He has a chance to be a backup catcher and should be ready to assume that role in 2021.

  24. 24. Evan Lee | LHP
    Evan Lee
    Born: Jun 18, 1997
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'1" Wt.: 200
    Signed By: Ed Gustafson
    Minors: 4-3 | 4.32 ERA | 104 SO | 32 BB | 77 IP

    Scouts were split on Lee as a hitter or as a pitcher when he was a draft-eligible sophomore out of Arkansas in 2018. Washington opted to develop Lee on the mound and he's rewarding their decision. Lee is now touching the mid-90s with his fastball and uses his curveball as a putaway pitch.

  25. 25. Mitchell Parker | LHP
    Mitchell Parker
    Born: Sep 27, 1999
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Minors: 4-12 | 4.87 ERA | 144 SO | 38 BB | 102 IP

    The 6-foot-4 Parker was taken in the last round of the shortened 2020 five-round draft, but he has been one of the organization's top performers. He led the Low-A East in strikeouts (85 in 57.1 innings) before his promotion to High-A Wilmington. Parker has shown plus ride with his fastball, which he pairs well with his curveball.

  26. 26. Mason Denaburg | RHP
    Mason Denaburg
    Born: Aug 8, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'4" Wt.: 195
    Drafted/Signed: HS--Merritt Island, Fla., 2018 (1st round).
    Signed By: Alan Marr.

    Fastball: 60. Changeup: 50. Curveball: 55. Control: 45
    TRACK RECORD: Denaburg was one of the top high school pitchers in the 2018 draft but was limited to eight starts his senior year by biceps tendinitis. The Nationals took him 27th overall and signed him for $3 million. Injuries have limited Denaburg in pro ball. He had shoulder surgery after a disappointing 2019 season and dealt with tenderness in 2020 before the pandemic shutdown. He began throwing with fewer restrictions at the start of instructional league.

    SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Denaburg has a 91-94 mph fastball that touches 97. He didn't show that velocity in his pro debut, but he impressed team officials with his progression during his recovery. Rehab pitching coordinator Mark Grater sent video to colleagues who say Denaburg has built up his body and is in the best shape he's been. Denaburg also has a high-spin, upper-70s curveball that shows above-average potential. His developing changeup has potential to be average. Denaburg is a good athlete who caught as well as pitched in high school and fields his position well. He has to prove he can get to fringe-average control.

    THE FUTURE: It all comes down to health for Denaburg. He's thrown just 20 professional innings and needs development time to catch up.

  27. 27. Seth Romero | LHP
    Seth Romero
    Born: Apr 19, 1996
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'3" Wt.: 240
    Drafted/Signed: Houston, 2017 (1st round).
    Signed By: Tyler Wilt.
    Minors: 0-2 | 4.54 ERA | 55 SO | 15 BB | 36 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Romero's impressive slider and changeup helped make him the 25th overall pick in 2017, but off-the-field troubles and Tommy John surgery delayed his progress. He never pitched above low Class A until 2020, when the Nationals brought him to their alternate training site and called him up for his major league debut in August. Romero made only three relief appearances before he injured his non-pitching hand when he caught himself during a fall, ending his season.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Romero's fastball is a bit down from what he showed in college--he topped at 93 mph in his big league stint--but his low-80s, potentially plus slider has become even nastier. The development of his low-80s changeup, which he can throw well to both sides of the plate, is a separator. Romero is fearless and attacks the zone. He throws all of his pitches for strikes with average control.

    THE FUTURE: Romero will continue developing as a starter in the minors. His durability and health will determine if he can stay in that role or has to transition to relief.

  28. 28. Drew Millas | C
    Drew Millas
    Born: Jan 15, 1998
    Bats: B Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'2" Wt.: 205
    Drafted/Signed: Missouri State, 2019 (7th round).
    Signed By: Steve Abney.
    Minors: .264/.372/.348 | 3 HR | 15 SB | 322 AB

    Millas has long been touted for his catch-and-throw defensive ability dating back to before Oakland drafted him in the seventh round of the 2019 draft out of Missouri State. But a right elbow injury and blood clot issues delayed his debut, and the A's got their first extended look at Millas last fall in instructional league. The defensive tools remained evident: Millas has an above-average arm even after the elbow injury and is an agile defender, giving him the floor of a big league backup. Millas is a switch-hitter, although he looks more comfortable from the left side, and he has a very mature approach and average hitting ability. Millas' below-average in-game power is limiting, and he'll have to prove he can withstand the rigors of catching a full season, but he has second-division regular potential.

  29. 29. Holden Powell | RHP
    Holden Powell
    Born: Sep 9, 1999
    Bats: R Throws: R
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 185
    Drafted/Signed: UCLA, 2020 (3rd round).
    Signed By: Steve Leavitt.
    Minors: 0-0 | 7.71 ERA | 7 SO | 3 BB | 5 IP

    TRACK RECORD: Powell touched 93 mph with his fastball as a high school senior and immediately became UCLA's closer as a freshman. He won college baseball's Stopper of the Year award as the top closer in the nation as a sophomore and finished second all time in UCLA history with 26 career saves. After Powell looked particularly dominant during the abbreviated 2020 college season, the Nationals drafted him in the third round and signed him for $500,000.

    SCOUTING REPORT: Powell has the mix of power and poise that portends a future closer. His fastball comfortably averages 94-95 mph and touches 97 with solid sinking action. He backs his fastball up with a wipeout 82-86 mph slider that is at least a plus pitch and potentially more. He has better command of his slider than his fastball. Powell is not overly physical, but he's strong and adds some deception with his arm action. He had some trouble with control as an underclassmen but was lights-out in 2020 and pounded the strike zone.

    THE FUTURE: Powell has present stuff that should help him move quickly. As long as his control gains hold, he has a future in late relief.

  30. 30. Branden Boissiere | 1B/OF
    Branden Boissiere
    Born: Mar 23, 2000
    Bats: L Throws: L
    Ht.: 6'0" Wt.: 205
    Minors: .200/.299/.294 | 1 HR | 1 SB | 85 AB

    Boissiere has quietly been an excellent hitter throughout the entirety of his Arizona career, hitting well above .300 each season. This spring he started to tap into a bit more power, and his simple approach at the plate gives him an up-the-middle approach and good zone control, with 36 walks and 42 strikeouts through the regular season. While he increased his home run total in 2021 (five in 218 at-bats), he doesn't profile as a typical slugging first baseman and is more similar to former Wildcat Alfonso Rivas (drafted in fourth round by Oakland in 2018). Boissiere may go in a similar draft slot as his predecessor, especially to a club that appreciates his plate discipline and ability to pepper the gaps. It's a flat swing, but with good timing, and he uses all fields. Some scouts have Boissiere as a plus defender at first base, with good hands and feet. While he has some experience in the outfield and enough tools to be adequate, his below-average speed and arm will likely keep him on the dirt at the next level. While his teammate, Holgate, ranks above him on most draft boards, some teams prefer the certainty that comes with Boissiere's defense at first base and his better contact and pitch selection at the plate.

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