The Nationals have promoted quite a few guys over the last couple of years, but it doesn’t appear that the system has taken the nose dive that a lot of others have seen after promotions.
Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically is a ranking of the averages.
Also, all rankings were completed before the beginning of the season; any regular season performances have not impacted the rankings.
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Sites Used (14): Baseball America, Bullpen Banter, Baseball Instinct, Baseball Prospect Nation, Baseball Prospectus, Bleacher Report, Fan Graphs, Minor League Ball, MLB.com, MLB Prospect Portal, Prospect 361, Razz Ball, Top Prospect Alert.
Nothing to knock a system down promoting guys like Strasburg, Harper, Desmond, and Espinosa. I will say that this system still has some good players though.
Rendon made a strong impression this spring with the big league club; the question of position and durability is really what is hampering him right now. He can hit, there is no question though. Goodwin isn’t quite as good, but he’s no slouch either; he’s raw and has a good ways to go, but he’s definitely taken steps over the last year.
There are some good pitchers too. Giolito was the top prep arm before getting hurt last spring; he drop to the Nationals, who will be very cautious with the pitcher. He’s a top of the rotation guy, but he’s going to miss the season. The team also reacquired Cole during the off-season; originally drafted by the Nationals, he was part of the Gio Gonzalez deal. Washington needed the minor league depth after trading Alex Meyer to the Twins for Denard Span. Meyer profiles to be a better pitcher, but Cole does figure to be a #3 starter.
My sleeper is Mooneyham; the 2012 drafteed is a pretty safe pick but has a shot to really become a good pitcher. I see him becoming a #3, if he developes like I think he will.