Nats’ top prospects - No. 10: Brad Peacock

In case you missed Ben Goessling’s outstanding update on Baseball America’s list of Top 10 prospects in Nationals organization, here it is again.

I spoke with Aaron Fitt of Baseball America who works to put together the prospect list each season and asked him to run down the Nats top prospects. We begin at number 10, right-handed pitcher Brad Peacock.

Peacock’s numbers were pretty impressive in 2010, as he was promoted from Single-A to Double-A. He finished 6-11 with a 4.50 ERA overall in 25 starts with 148 strikeouts and 47 walks. Peacock played for the Arizona Fall League champion Scottsdale Scorpions, appearing in nine games with 17 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched.

Fitt says the 22-year old Peacock is an interesting prospect for the Nats.

“He is one of those guys who has had arm strength and has had stuff,” Fitt said. “He has an above-average fastball, big curveball, nice changeup, nice three-pitch mix.”

Peacock is 6-foot-1 and 175 lbs. - not the biggest pitcher out there - but is the same size as a guy like Tim Hudson of the Braves. Will that play a major factor?

“He is one of those guys who is not really big,” Fitt said. “So there has been some questions about his future. If you like him, maybe he could be a poor man’s Tim Hudson or better than that, or closer to Hudson. I don’t think that’s quite going to happen, but he has a chance.”

Fitt says Peacock makes the list because he has the potential as a strikeout artist to do some damage at the major league level.

“Give him credit for putting up a real good season in the minor leagues,” Fitt said. “He led the organization in strikeouts. There is a lot to like there. He is not a slam-dunk prospect. He doesn’t have the high upside of A.J. Cole, but he is interesting.

Hear the complete interview with Fitt on all 10 prospects, as well as Matt Gelb from the Philadelphia Inquirer on Jayson Werth to D.C., available at and at 1 p.m. Saturday on Federal News Radio, 1500 AM.

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