Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito

The image of top prospect right-hander Lucas Giolito pitching in a Washington Nationals uniform could become even clearer this summer. Giolito paved the way to that end with a very positive 2015 campaign in which he pitched in 21 games, 19 of them starts, for 117 innings. He fired 131 strikeouts and only 37 walks. As expected, Baseball America has him as their top Nationals ... read more

Baseball America No. 2 Nats prospect: Trea Turner

Trea Turner, 22, got his first taste of the majors last season with the Nationals. It was a season that saw him play for four different teams after beginning the year as property of the San Diego Padres organization and ending up in a Nationals uniform for 27 games. He is pegged as the future of the Nationals at shortstop, and has earned No. 2 ... read more

Nats prospect watch Part II: Jose Marmolejos

Almost making it into Baseball America's list of the top Nationals prospects was Jose Marmolejos, who smashed the baseball in 2015. The first baseman slashed .310/.363/.485 in 124 games for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. He hit 39 doubles, five triples, 11 homers and 87 RBIs. Marmolejos was so good he was honored as the Nationals organizational Offensive Player of the Year. Baseball America editor-in-chief ... read more

Baseball America No. 3 Nats prospect: Victor Robles

Being selected as one of the top three prospects in Nationals organization puts a player in elite company. Outfielder Victor Robles, 18, displayed his talents for the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays, slashing an impressive .343/.424/.479 in 38 games, drawing praise from scouts, managers, players and baseball publications. Baseball America believes he is one of the best prospects in the minor leagues. No. 3 Victor Robles ... read more

Baseball America No. 4 Nats prospect: Erick Fedde

Right-hander Erick Fedde, 22, made a solid return from Tommy John surgery to pitch well for 60-plus innings in the Nationals system in 2015. The 2014 first-round selection went 4-1 with a 2.57 ERA in eight starts for short-season Single-A Auburn. He also made six starts for low Single-A Hagerstown. The Nationals measured his work, keeping him at 64 combined innings just over a year ... read more

Baseball America No. 5 Nats prospect: Reynaldo Lopez

There is still a good buzz around right-hander Reynaldo Lopez, who accelerated onto the scene the last two seasons by displaying a 95-plus mph fastball from his 6-foot frame. Coupled with the 6-foot-6 Lucas Giolito, they provided a lethal one-two punch in the Nationals system. A slight back injury slowed Lopez down a bit as the 2015 season wore on, but he is still considered ... read more

Baseball America No. 6 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo

It was unfortunate to see second baseman Wilmer Difo go down with a hand injury in his first professional start when the Nationals took on the Mets in the final weekend series at Citi Field in 2015. Difo broke his left hand in the third inning of Max Scherzer's second no-hitter of the season and a Nationals 2-0 win. The 23-year-old Difo underwent hand surgery ... read more

Baseball America No. 7 Nats prospect: A.J. Cole

Right-hander A.J. Cole went 13-3 with a 3.16 ERA in 25 starts in 2014 with the Nationals organization. He then stepped up for his first major league start, which did not go well in Atlanta on April 28. He lasted two innings as the Braves pounded out nine hits and scored nine runs, with only four of those earned runs. He had only one strikeout, ... read more