Baseball America says Nats have strong power arms, catchers among top 30 prospects

As I continue to focus on the depth of the Nationals minor league system, we turn our attention to Baseball America's rundown of the club's top talent. We already listed the top 12 Nationals prospects according to the publication. But what is interesting is to look at how Baseball America perceives the Nationals' talent from 11 to 30. Editor-in-chief John Manuel says two things jump ... read more

Additions of Turner and Ross alter Baseball America's Nats top prospects list

The recent three-team trade that brought a pair of top prospects from the Padres organization has altered Baseball America's latest Nationals prospect list. Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel listed Trea Turner and Joe Ross in the top six. One spot was opened up when outfielder Steven Souza Jr. was shipped to Tampa Bay. But to have two brand-new prospects added to the Nationals' talent base ... read more

Williams not concerned about second base vacancy right now

The subject of the Nationals' possible vacancy at second base has been a top offseason story for the club. Ryan Zimmerman's move from third base to first base answers one infield question. But when Anthony Rendon took over third base and Asdrubal Cabrera was not immediately re-signed to play second, the question of who would fill the opening gained some traction. Then, from a purely ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito

Right-hander Lucas Giolito made tremendous progress in 2014 after recovering from Tommy John surgery. The 6-foot-6, 255-pound first-round selection from 2012 won 10 games and pitched 98 innings for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. Baseball Prospectus lists him as its No. 1 Nationals prospect. No. 1: right-hander Lucas Giolito Chris Mellen, co-director of the Baseball Prospectus prospect team, believes Giolito has the potential to be ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 2 Nats prospect: A.J. Cole

This shapes up to be a big season for right-hander A.J. Cole, who continues to excel in the Nationals minor league system and climb the ladder with outstanding pitching. Cole is the No. 2 Nationals prospect, according to Baseball Prospectus. It's amazing to consider he is at that slot with the Nationals when it looked just a few seasons back like he would continue his ... read more

Ripken understands Williams' transition from hot corner to hot seat

The Cal Ripken, Sr. Foundation held a star-studded fundraiser called "Beltway Baseball" Friday night at the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C. Former Orioles great, Hall of Famer and foundation co-founder Cal Ripken Jr. brought along Nationals manager Matt Williams to speak to fans and help raise funds to help at-risk youth across the country. Williams said he was thrilled to be a part of ... read more

Bostick and de Los Santos delivered versus P-Nats all season

The Nationals acquired second baseman Chris Bostick and right-handed reliever Abel de Los Santos from the Texas Rangers on Friday in exchange for left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler. The 21-year-old Bostick has a .270 career batting average and a .341 on-base percentage in four minor league seasons ranging from rookie ball to high Single-A. In 2014, with Single-A Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League, Bostick hit ... read more

Tony Renda named to the AFL Top Prospects Team

Hey, have we found the Nationals second baseman? Well, maybe not this season, but at least he's in the system. The Arizona Fall League named Mesa Solar Sox second baseman and Nats prospect Tony Renda to the 2014 AFL Top Prospects Team. The criteria laid out by the league was that "voters were asked to consider fall league performance and major league projectability." Here's the ... read more