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TRACK RECORD: Carter became the second Kieboom to play for the Nationals when he made his debut on April 26 and homered in his first major league game. His older brother Spencer is a catcher who played for the Nationals in 2016 and 2018. The younger Kieboom spent two weeks in the majors when Trea Turner was injured before returning to Triple-A Fresno for the rest of the season, where he ranked in the top 10 in the Pacific Coast League in on-base percentage (.405) despite being one of the circuit's youngest players. He was a Futures Game selection for the second straight year. SCOUTING REPORT: Nationals manager Davey Martinez noted that all the skills are there for Kieboom to succeed and that it's just a matter of time until the game slows down enough for him to succeed in the majors. Kieboom is a patient hitter who habitually gets into good counts and punishes fastballs over the plate. He has a steady, consistent approach and never seems overwhelmed. He hits to all fields and recognizes breaking pitches well, grading as a future plus hitter with blossoming power that will be average or better. He has a steady heartbeat and flourishes in big situations. Kieboom is a fringe-average runner, but he has the hands and range to be an average defensive shortstop. He pushes the ball on his throws due to an irregular arm action, affecting his accuracy just enough for most evaluators to prefer him at second base. He played a career-high 41 games at second base with Fresno and is still learning the angles and shifts for the position. He plays under control at second base and could have above-average arm strength for the position, with the reflexes, hands and arm to handle third base as well. THE FUTURE: Where Kieboom plays in Washington depends largely on need, but his ability to play all over the infield has put him in a good position. He projects as a No. 2 hitter with the potential to grow into enough power to hit in the middle of a lineup one day. He should get his first extended exposure to the big leagues in 2020, where the Nationals could have openings at second base and possibly third base now that Anthony Rendon has departed as a free agent.
TRACK RECORD: Garcia, whose father Luis played in the majors, was born in New York and moved to the Dominican Republic when he was 3. He grew into one of the top international prospects for his age and signed for $1.3 million in 2016. After hitting nearly .300 at both Class A levels in 2018, Garcia struggled to handle a tough assignment at Double-A. He did hit .278 in August and he also hit .276/.345/.382 in an impressive stint in the Arizona Fall League. SCOUTING REPORT: Garcia was a teenager in a man's league in 2019, but he never wavered. He has solid bat-to-ball skills but needs to improve his strikezone knowledge and connect his upper and lower half in his swing. He shows hints of fringe-average power but the lefthanded batter primarily is a contact hitter. Garcia makes all the plays at shortstop laterally with a precise internal clock. His plus, accurate arm gives him the chance to be a plus shortstop. Garcia is an above-average runner now but will likely slow down to average as he becomes older and more physical. THE FUTURE: Even if Garcia returns to the Eastern League in 2020, he would be one of the youngest players on the field each night. He'll get another crack at Double-A in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Rutledge began his college career at Arkansas, but he barely pitched and suffered a season-ending hip injury before transferring to San Jacinto JC. He experienced a velocity bump after rehabbing, touching 101 mph, and became one of the top pitching prospects in the 2019 draft class. The Nationals drafted him No. 17 overall and signed for $3.45 million. SCOUTING REPORT: Though Rutledge is 6-foot-8, he has a short arm action and a shorter stride than expected. His arm action, reminiscent of former Nationals prospect Lucas Giolito, helps Rutledge maintain command of his 94-98 mph fastball. Rutledge also has good present secondary stuff, especially his plus slider. He's athletic for his size and is capable of throwing four aboveaverage pitches, with his curveball and changeup showing above-average to plus. Rutledge is still honing in on his control and shows average strike-throwing potential, though he will occasionally get wild. He has shown an interest in analytics and takes a studious approach to his starts. THE FUTURE: Rutledge was dominant in his six low Class A starts, and his next test could be at high Class A Fredericksburg. His biggest task will be adapting to a five-day schedule.
TRACK RECORD: Crowe had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and missed all of 2016 at South Carolina, but rebounded in 2017 to become the Nationals' second-round pick. He won high Class A Carolina League Pitcher of the Year honors in his first full season but struggled after being bumped to Double-A. He fared much better in his second Eastern League try in 2019, posting a 3.87 ERA, and finished the year at Triple-A Fresno. SCOUTING REPORT: Crowe is continuing to learn which of his four pitches works best at which times. His fastball velocity has increased each year and he now sits 92-93 mph with the ability to reach 95. His four-seam fastball plays up more than its raw velocity would suggest due to an elite spin rate that makes it an above-average pitch, and he can mix in a sinker to change hitters' eye levels. His changeup is a swing-and-miss pitch that draws above-average grades, and he shows feel to spin both an average curveball and slider. Crowe has the actions and durability to remain a starter, but his stuff would play up in the bullpen, too. THE FUTURE: Crowe will continue to see what his stuff can do against more advanced hitters. He's seen as a future major leaguer, but the question could be what role he'll play.
TRACK RECORD: When he was at Connecticut, Cate was famous for having one of the best curveballs in the nation, although his small stature raised some durability concerns. Cate is ambidextrous. He had Tommy John surgery on his left elbow in high school, but while he recovered, he just batted, pitched and played the outfield as a righthander. SCOUTING REPORT: When the Nationals drafted Cate, the hope was his 90-92 mph velocity would steadily tick up. Instead, he's struggled to maintain that, often dipping to 89-90 in starts. Even with only a fringe-average fastball at best, Cate transitioned smoothly to high Class A in 2019 after thriving at low A Hagerstown thanks to plus control. Cate's curveball has teeth and depth to it. A previously below-average changeup has improved, and he still had life on a fastball that he can cut, sink or run. At instructional league, he worked on his changeup and a small tweak to his delivery. He didn't pitch in any games but focused on preparing himself for 2020. He's a student of the game who has adjusted well to a five-day schedule in pro ball. THE FUTURE: Some scouts believe Cate needs to build more stamina, but he has the workings of a potential back-of-the-rotation starter if the improvement he's made with his changeup sticks. If not, his fastball and curveball should play up in shorter bullpen stints.
TRACK RECORD: Mendoza ranked as one of the top high school prospects in the 2016 draft but was strongly committed to Florida State, where both of his parents attended. After leading the Seminoles to two College World Series appearances in three years, he signed with the Nationals for $800,000 as their third-round pick in 2019. A college third baseman and shortstop, Mendoza moved to first base in his first summer as a professional with low Class A Hagerstown. SCOUTING REPORT: Mendoza has the tools to hit and is extremely knowledgeable of the strike zone, but at times he is overly passive. The Nationals are looking for more of a ready-to-hit mentality, which should get him into fewer two-strike counts. Mendoza hits drives to center field and the opposite field and is athletic for such a big man. He can be an average hitter with above-average power as he hones his approach. Mendoza's athleticism was on display defensively when he quickly took to playing first base, looking like a natural around the bag as he worked out with infield coordinator Jeff Garber. He has soft hands and an above-average arm for a first baseman. THE FUTURE: Mendoza is expected to take his calm hitting approach to high Class A in 2020. He has room to fill out and hit for more power.
TRACK RECORD: Scouts German Robles and Juan Indriago quickly identified Lara as a priority target for the Nationals in the 2019 international signing class, and international director Johnny DiPuglia liked what he saw in the loose-limbed power pitcher as well. The Nationals signed him for $1.25 million on July 2. Lara focused on a throwing program and drills before starting a mound progression in mid-August. He pitched in instructional league and then for seven weeks at Dominican instructs. SCOUTING REPORT: The 16-year-old Lara quickly won over club officials who saw him for the first time in Florida. His fastball was clocked at 92-95 mph. He has an advanced feel for pitching and repeats his delivery well for someone his age. He has a power curveball and can manipulate its depth and velocity. He has the makings of a changeup, and he throws all his pitches with a downhill angle. Lara has a strong and durable pitcher's frame. He's a confident young pitcher with a fluid delivery. THE FUTURE: It's easy to dream on Lara, who is slated to start his first pro season in extended spring training. He has a chance to pitch in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League before the end of the season and has the ingredients to emerge as a breakout prospect.
TRACK RECORD: Denaburg was the 27th overall pick in 2018 despite missing time in high school with biceps tendinitis. He signed for $3 million, some of which he used for a Christmas gift for his parents by paying off their loans. The video of his appreciative moment has more than 2,600 likes on Twitter. Denaburg pitched in instructional league during his draft year, but he didn't make his minor league debut until 2019, when he again wasn't healthy. He had minor shoulder surgery after the season and is expected to be back for the start of spring training. SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, Denaburg has a mid-90s fastball and an above-average curveball and changeup. The secondary stuff needs more consistency. The Nationals are hoping he can be a righthanded version of Robbie Ray, a 2010 Nationals draft pick who needed time to overcome injuries and reach the majors. Though Denaburg's velocity was down in the Gulf Coast League, he has a strong repertoire when healthy. He's also a good athlete capable of repeating his delivery. THE FUTURE: Denaburg will continue to learn the pro game. In 2019, he pitched through adversity, but he's still a young pitcher with a high upside.
TRACK RECORD: Antuna signed for $3.85 million on July 2 as the Nationals' top signee in the 2016 international class. While fellow 2016 signee Luis Garcia has played a full season in Double-A, Antuna has yet to reach high Class A. He was limited to just three games in 2019 due to Tommy John surgery and leg injuries. He has just 502 at-bats in three years. SCOUTING REPORT: When healthy, the switch-hitting Antuna has a smooth swing from both sides of the plate and the strength to impact the ball. He has shown plus raw power potential and an easy looseness to his swing. He flashed his potential at low Class A Hagerstown in the middle of 2018 before going down with an elbow injury that required surgery. Before Tommy John, Antuna had a plus arm from shortstop and the soft hands and body control to remain at the position. Antuna posted a .220/.293/.331 line before his surgery at low Class A Hagerstown of the South Atlantic League. THE FUTURE: Antuna got bigger and stronger during his rehab, so the organization expects to see a more physical player with line-drive power when he returns in 2020. He'll be just 20 years old all of next season and has time to get back on track.
TRACK RECORD: Romero had 290 strikeouts in 226.1 innings in his college career at Houston, but he was suspended his sophomore year and kicked off the team his junior year. The Nationals still took him 25th overall and signed him for $2.8 million. The next spring, he was sent home for violating team rules. Romero returned to strike out 34 in 25.1 innings at low Class A Hagerstown but then needed Tommy John surgery and missed the 2019 season. He was able to pitch one inning in instructional league, a dazzling outing in which he pumped strikes with all of his pitches. SCOUTING REPORT: On stuff alone, Romero is among the best pitchers in the Nationals' system. The ball comes out clean in his delivery, and he's a strike-thrower. Prior to surgery, Romero had feel for locating his 93-95 mph fastball, and his plus low-80s slider drew swings and misses from batters on both sides of the plate. He throws the best slider in the Nationals' system. His changeup flashed above-average as well, giving him the raw stuff of a mid-rotation starter. THE FUTURE: At 23, Romero can still set a positive course. His main goals will be building back up and staying out of trouble, two things he has yet to show he can do.
TRACK RECORD: Barrera, who signed for $210,000, has risen through the system one rung at a time, starting at short-season Auburn in his draft year. In 2019 at Double-A Harrisburg, he set a career high in home runs. He thought his season was over but was summoned to the major leagues when Nationals catcher Kurt Suzuki needed time to rest his elbow in September. SCOUTING REPORT: The Nationals see Barrera as someone who will eventually stick in the major leagues, and his bat will determine whether he's a regular or a backup. He found a consistent hitting position at Harrisburg and used the whole field. He kept his hands inside the ball and had a repeatable swing. Barrera has decent strike-zone knowledge as a hitter. He's slow on the bases, but scouts say he's athletic behind the plate. His receiving, blocking and throwing are all good, and his leadership skills are even better. One team official noted that “all he cares about is winning.” THE FUTURE: Triple-A Fresno is the next progression for Barrera, who now has his spot on the 40-man roster.
TRACK RECORD: Yean signed for $100,000 in 2017 and has since upped his fastball velocity to the 92-97 mph range. He earned a promotion to short-season Auburn for his final two starts of 2019. In his last outing, he threw just 73 pitches in a six-inning complete-game loss at Williamsport in the first game of a doubleheader on Aug. 28. He allowed two runs in that outing and two (one earned) in five innings in his other start with the Doubledays. SCOUTING REPORT: Yean's a physical athlete with a power pitcher's body. He has a clean delivery, and the ball jumps out of his hand. He has electric stuff and one of the highest ceilings among pitchers in the system. He has increased the depth on his slider, which is a swing-and-miss pitch for him. Yean is also improving the feel of his changeup. THE FUTURE: After closing the year with a strong showing in the instructional league, Yean has momentum going into 2020. He has only 90 career minor league innings, but he has quickly improved his stock.
TRACK RECORD: De La Rosa signed for $300,000 and participated stateside in instructional league three months later. In 2019, he was back in Florida as a 17-year-old in the Gulf Coast League. He has the potential to have five above-average tools, especially in hitting, power and speed. SCOUTING REPORT: Leg issues limited De La Rosa in his debut professional season, but he still flashed his array of skills. He has an advanced feel for the strike zone and swings a quick bat. The compact, strong De La Rosa is capable of playing all three outfield spots. In the GCL, he improved the use of his bottom half in his swing. He gets into a good hitting position and has good power for a player his age. His bat-to-ball skills project to be among the best in the organization. De La Rosa may not be a burner, but he has good speed. THE FUTURE: De La Rosa is raw at this point, but he has a high ceiling and could be pushed quickly, perhaps to low Class A Hagerstown early in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: One of the top relievers in the Southeastern Conference, Cronin had 26 saves in his final two seasons at Arkansas, helping the Razorbacks reach the College World Series both years. He had a mild case of mononucleosis as a sophomore but still broke a single-season school record with 14 saves. He sharpened his curveball in his junior year, showing a 12-to-6 hammer that helped persuade the Nationals to sign him for $464,500. SCOUTING REPORT: Cronin has a plus fastball and curveball, and at times his slider is plus as well. He's working on dialing back his full-effort delivery. Even with the major leagues scheduled to go to a threebatter minimum in 2020, Cronin fills a dire need in a system short on lefthanded relievers. He has a chance to move quickly through the organization. THE FUTURE: Cronin held South Atlantic League hitters to a .153 average and probably could've thrived at a higher level. He should go to at least high Class A Fredericksburg to start his first full pro season.
TRACK RECORD: A Minnesota native, Irvin was a three-year starter at Oklahoma, including the last two as a Friday night ace. He won six games in each of his three seasons with the Sooners. In his draft year, he led the Big 12 with 115 strikeouts in 95 innings and was the conference's Scholar Athlete of the Year with a 3.83 GPA as a human resources major. He signed for $550,000. SCOUTING REPORT: Irvin was able to grind through a season that didn't come easy at Hagerstown. In April, he had an 8.24 ERA in five starts. But he shot up at the end of the year, showing a 94-96 mph fastball in instructional league with a plus curveball and at least an average changeup. After throwing a slider in college, he has developed a hard-breaking curve as a professional. Irvin is durable and athletic on the mound. THE FUTURE: Irvin had a 1.67 ERA with 29 strikeouts in 27 innings over his five August starts for the Suns. That finish has him on track to go to the high Class A Carolina League in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: Nationals player development officials believe the scouting department found a gem in Cluff, who served a two-year mission in Atlanta before returning to BYU in 2019. He hit in cages and off a tee once a week for those two years. In his first season with the Cougars since 2016, he hit .327/.458/.518 with 20 doubles in 199 at-bats while walking almost as many times (37) as he struck out (39). SCOUTING REPORT: Cluff has above-average running ability, an above-average arm and a short, line-drive stroke. He does have a tendency to chase fastballs, so he'll have to be more selective. He has sneaky pop but still needs to learn more about repeating his swing. Cluff held his own defensively and has a good internal clock. The Idaho native is a quick-twitch athlete who plays the game as hard as anyone in the organization. Over the course of the summer, he improved at driving balls to center field and left-center field for doubles and triples. THE FUTURE: Cluff will likely head to high Class A Fredericksburg. If he continues to adapt quickly, as he has since returning from his mission, he could be a fast riser through the system.
TRACK RECORD: Dyson played mostly infield in high school in Bradenton, Fla., before dominating on the mound as a senior. He adjusted well to pitching in the SEC, managing a 3.23 ERA in 39 innings as a freshman on Florida's 2017 national championship team. In 2019, he was projected as a possible first-round pick, but he had a 4.95 ERA and a 1.50 WHIP. Two of his college appearances as a junior were out of the bullpen, but the Nationals would like to use him as a starter as long as possible. Dyson signed for $500,000. SCOUTING REPORT: Scouts clocked Dyson's fastball as high as 99 mph in the SEC tournament. He was hitting 96 this summer with short-season Auburn. His slider needs work, but he has a pitcher's frame and a strong, quick arm. He has the ability to repeat his clean, easy delivery but struggles at times with his control. THE FUTURE: Dyson appears ready to make his full-season debut, likely at low Class A Hagerstown. He'll focus on gaining movement on his fastball and improving his secondary pitches while increasing his workload.
TRACK RECORD: Schaller lettered for four years in baseball and one in football at Lebanon (Ind.) Senior High before heading to Vanderbilt. He missed the 2017 season after having Tommy John surgery but was still picked 101st overall. Schaller recorded a 3.77 ERA with 39 strikeouts and nine walks in 28.2 innings as a draft-eligible redshirt freshman for the Commodores. He made 21 appearances in college that year, including two starts, before taking a starting role in pro ball. Schaller signed for $551,100. SCOUTING REPORT: Schaller's season at low Class A Hagerstown didn't begin until June 24 because of an injured oblique. He got off to a slow start but was extended to five innings in six of his final nine starts. Schaller has good carry on his mid-90s fastball, pitches to the top of the zone and has a short and quick pitching motion. In instructional league, he altered his motion a bit and focused on his slider. He has improved his changeup and will be asked to throw it more frequently. THE FUTURE: If he stays healthy, Schaller has a chance to move quickly, whether it's in a starting or relief role.
TRACK RECORD: Pineda, who signed for $450,000, hit .288/.323/.441 as a 17-year-old in the Rookielevel Gulf Coast League and .273/.341/.388 at age 18 in the short-season New York-Penn League, but he struggled offensively this past year in low A ball. His bat-to-ball skills dipped in full-season action, but he was one of the youngest players in the league. SCOUTING REPORT: Despite the drop-off at Hagerstown, Pineda has above-average future hit and power tools. He has a quick bat and hits fastballs in the strike zone. In the second half of the season, he improved at hitting the ball to the opposite field. The Nationals wanted to test Pineda by putting him in the middle of the order, and 358 of his at-bats were from the third, fourth or fifth spot. He tends to get overly aggressive and needs to better recognize off-speed pitches. Pineda is an average fielder with an above-average arm and little speed. THE FUTURE: After a good learning year in the South Atlantic League, Pineda may well return there in 2020
TRACK RECORD: A late-round find who pitched for one year out of Auburn's bullpen after transferring from junior college national champion Louisiana State-Eunice, Braymer was the organization's co-pitcher of the year in 2018 along with Wil Crowe. He made only 11 starts in 28 appearances in his breakout season and then was exclusively a starter this past year. SCOUTING REPORT: Braymer has a deceptive, low-90s fastball and an above-average power curveball. He also has improved the feel and action on his changeup, which gives him a chance to become a back-end starter in the major leagues. Braymer throws his change consistently out of the same slot and has improved the tunneling of the pitch. He hides the ball well and is able to pitch up in the zone. The Nationals believe his sparkling Double-A numbers are more representative of his stuff than the subpar statistics he put up in Triple-A. THE FUTURE: Scouts like Braymer's pitchability. His stuff isn't overwhelming, but he could serve as a long man or be a good emergency option for a big league start. His curveball, especially dangerous against lefthanded hitters, could serve him well if he's moved back to the bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Freeman helped lead LSU to the 2017 College World Series finals, but a right wrist injury limited him in Omaha and delayed his professional debut until the next season. He's a grinder who doesn't have much power but draws walks and steals bases. SCOUTING REPORT: Though Freeman was named the Carolina League's postseason all-star second baseman, he struggled with his throwing so much in the infield that he played mostly center field in the second half at Potomac. He's still working on his routes in the outfield, but he has plus running speed and the all-out drive needed to play in center with more time and reps. Freeman has impressive contact ability and bat-to-ball skills, which scouts like and believe could allow him to become a top-of-the-order, cataylst type hitter, but he has well below-average raw power and is unlikely to ever turn into a real home run threat. The extra-base hits he does get will come from line drives in the gap and his speed more than real power. THE FUTURE: The more versatility Freeman can show, the better. He'll have a shot at the major leagues, especially in a utility role. His fine season in the Carolina League has him on track to play at Double-A Harrisburg. He'll likely split time between second base and center field again but his throwing accuracy has to improve for him to stick in the infield.
TRACK RECORD: Mostly a reliever in college, Bourque began his professional career as a starter. He moved back to the bullpen in 2018 and has risen quickly since then. His two plus pitches helped him earn a promotion from Double-A Harrisburg to Washington on May 26 for his major league debut. But he allowed four runs in two-thirds of an inning in the Nationals' 9-6 win over Miami and then spent the rest of the season at Triple-A Fresno. SCOUTING REPORT: Bourque, who missed the 2015 season after having Tommy John surgery, throws at 96-98 mph with high-effort mechanics. He also has a hard, downer curveball thrown at 84-85 mph from an overhand delivery. Those two pitches can both wipe out hitters, but his control is lagging. He occasionally throws a below-average changeup. THE FUTURE: As a bet on pure stuff, Bourque has a chance to slide into the Nationals' bullpen as a seventh-inning option. His command, though, will have to get better for that to happen.
TRACK RECORD: Adon has risen faster than organization officials expected. He moved into a starting role for the first time in 2019, exceeding 100 innings in his age 20 season against mostly older players in the South Atlantic League. This fall and last, he impressed at instructional league with his eagerness to learn. SCOUTING REPORT: Hagerstown's top winner in 2019, Adon held his 95-96 mph fastball velocity for several innings in most of his starts. He also has a power slider and an improving changeup. Toward the end of the year, he used the changeup with more confidence. His mechanics could use refinement, but he does a good job of repeating his delivery and staying on line. One South Atlantic League reliever said Adon reminds him of big league reliever Pedro Strop, although Adon is a little bit better at this stage. THE FUTURE: The maximized innings will give Adon a chance to show what he can do as a starter, and then he could become a medium-leverage reliever if needed in the future.
TRACK RECORD: Tetreault signed for $300,000, the fourth-most of anyone in the Nationals' 2017 draft class. In his one year of junior college ball, he struck out 105 in 80.1 innings and had a 2.58 ERA. Tetreault has a plus fastball and reached Double-A Harrisburg in 2019, but he closed out the season where he started it—at high Class A Potomac. SCOUTING REPORT: Scouts like Tetreault's fastball, which touches the mid-90s thanks to a fast and whippy arm. It was a plus pitch in Harrisburg, but what continues to hold Tetreault back is the development of his secondaries. He made progress with a changeup last year but scouts who saw Tetreault thought all of his secondaries were below-average offerings this year. He has shown the ability to spin his curveball, but doesn't land the pitch for strike consistently, and without improvement of either his change or curve, more advanced hitters will be able to sit on his fastball. Tetreault walked 4.2 batters per nine innings in Double-A after walking just 2.8 per nine innings in both low Class A and high Class A in 2018. THE FUTURE: Tetreault's stuff is good enough to work at higher levels, perhaps in the bullpen. After allowing one run over 11 innings in his final two starts in the Carolina League, he appears ready for another go at the Eastern League. The Nationals hope to see more confidence out of Tetreault in the season ahead.
TRACK RECORD: Pena had a breakout year in 2018 at short-season Auburn and low Class A Hagerstown. His numbers didn't show it at high Class A Potomac, but he has enough stuff to keep rising through the system. He had Tommy John surgery and missed the entire 2015 season before making just two appearances in 2016. Pena's high point of this past season came in early June when he was named Carolina League pitcher of the week after allowing two hits over seven scoreless innings in a win over Lynchburg. SCOUTING REPORT: The biggest key for Pena will be the development of his secondary pitches. He throws a firm, 92-93 mph fastball that touches 95 at its best and also has good riding life. This season, Pena worked on improving a hard, power slider and increasing the consistency of his changeup, but both of those pitches need to get better to become even average. Pena has a deceptive delivery that he's able to repeat well. His walk rate spiked compared to the 2018 season, and while he does a decent job putting the ball in and around the zone, he's safely a control over command pitcher at this point and will need to make strides in that area to remain competitive as he climbs the minor league ladder barring improvement with his secondary offerings. THE FUTURE: Pena more than doubled his career high for innings in 2019, and he proved to be a tough competitor. The uptick in innings should help him, whether he continues to start or moves to a relief role.
TRACK RECORD: After winning MVP of the 2016 Southeastern Conference tournament and helping Texas A&M reach super regionals that year, the athletic Banks joined the Nationals system with a $500,000 bonus. In 2019, he was MVP of the high Class A Carolina League All-Star Game, going 3-for-4 with a three-run homer to lead the Northern Division to a win in Frederick. SCOUTING REPORT: Banks has a calm stance at the plate and puts together quality at-bats. He's wellrounded enough to play all three outfield positions. He's an above-average runner who hasn't shown big power in games but is capable of improving his home run totals. The Nationals believe his future floor is as a good extra player in the major leagues, and that he could develop into something more than that. He played in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .250/.295/.464 with three home runs in 56 at-bats for the Surprise Saguaros. THE FUTURE: In the AFL, Banks struck out 20 times and drew three walks. He could use improvement in his strike-zone judgment, but he has an intriguing power/speed combination and at age 25 will be close to the big leagues.
TRACK RECORD: For the first time since Fuentes was an 18-year-old in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League, he was used primarily as a starter. He was having a breakout season at Double-A Harrisburg before he was suspended 50 games for testing positive for a stimulant. SCOUTING REPORT: Fuentes is a throwback. He's bigger than Anibal Sanchez but tries to get batters out in much the same way. He has a good changeup, commands his 90-95 mph fastball and has a tight slider that is at least average. Fuentes' fastball and slider both have good life. His sink on the ball led to a 55 percent groundball rate in Double-A, and he allowed only one home run in more than 80 innings between Harrisburg and high Class A Potomac. For his career, he has allowed 16 homers in 358 minor league innings. He has made 29 starts in 126 professional games. THE FUTURE: Fuentes will continue to work as a starter and has a chance to become a major leaguer in the back end of a rotation. His versatility also could help him find a spot in the bullpen.
TRACK RECORD: Reetz signed out of high school for $800,000 instead of playing baseball at Nebraska, where his father played linebacker in the football program. He's a hard worker who won the organization's Bob Boone Award in 2019 for playing the “Nationals Way.” SCOUTING REPORT: The question with Reetz has been his bat, and something clicked for him in the second half of the season at high Class A Potomac. He hit .282/.378/.563 in 174 at-bats after the Carolina League all-star break. He went 1-for-2 in the all-star game, but up to that point he was known more for his makeup and leadership skills than for his offense. Reetz has learned to relax more and let his ability take over. He threw out 41 percent of opposing base stealers last season and has soft hands and good blocking skills. He's also a decent runner. THE FUTURE: Reetz even hit well in his 27 at-bats for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League, putting up .333/.455/.519 numbers. After 2 1/2 seasons of high-A ball, there's a good chance he'll start 2020 at Double-A Harrisburg.
TRACK RECORD: Raquet started his college career at North Carolina before transferring to William & Mary, where he was able to play alongside his brother Brandon. He struck out 95 in 77 innings for the Tribe, impressing the Nationals enough for them to take him 103rd overall and give him a $475,000 bonus. He breezed up to high Class A within a year of being drafted, but he found the going tougher in the Carolina League. SCOUTING REPORT: After struggling to a 4.91 ERA and allowing 72 hits in 55 innings at Potomac in 2018, Raquet was more consistent last season. He held lefthanded batters to .209/.260/.338 numbers while starting each of the 25 games he appeared in before pitching in relief during the Arizona Fall League. Raquet throws a low- to mid-90s fastball that has heavy armside run and also features a slider, curveball and changeup. The slider has been the better of his two breaking balls, and he might be better off scrapping one and focusing on a simplified, three-pitch arsenal—especially if his future is in the bullpen. Raquet pitches with an up-tempo delivery that includes some funk that adds deception, particularly against same-sided hitters. THE FUTURE: Raquet has been a starter to get as many repetitions as possible, but his long-term role could be in the bullpen. He recorded an 8.49 ERA in 11.2 relief innings in the Arizona Fall League, so he'll have adjustments to make when he likely heads to Double-A Harrisburg for the first time in 2020.
TRACK RECORD: When German began his professional career, he had little ability to throw strikes. He walked eight in 4.1 innings in the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League in 2015, but Nationals pitching coaches have helped him move in the right direction with his big arm. It has been a sudden rise for German, who didn't sign until he was 20 and spent half of his age-23 season at short-season Auburn before finally reaching low Class A Hagerstown. SCOUTING REPORT: German throws a 95 mph fastball and a plus slider. He's working on mixing in changeups against lefthanded hitters. German's control has improved to the point where he averaged 1.93 walks per nine innings in 2019 and walked only one batter in 13 innings in Double-A, but he still needs to show more command. THE FUTURE: German saved 12 games over three levels last season. He'll be given late-inning opportunities again and has a chance to eventually work his way into a major league bullpen.
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