Baseball America No. 5 Nats prospect: Erick Fedde

The Nationals continue their connection to Las Vegas with the selection of right-hander Erick Fedde in last June's draft. Bryce Harper (hometown) and Matt Williams (UNLV) have obvious connections to the entertainment capital of the world. (More on baseball and Las Vegas later). Fedde is a 21-year-old, 6-foot-4, 180-lb. starting pitcher out of the UNLV. He went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA in 11 starts. ... read more

Baseball America No. 6 Nats prospect: Joe Ross

The Nationals were excited to be able to trade for 21-year-old right-hander Joe Ross. The brother of Padres hurler Tyson Ross, Joe Ross is a 6-foot-4, 205-pound starter from Oakland, Calif., who was the Padres' first-round pick in 2011. He arrived in the three-team December trade that sent Steven Souza Jr. to the Tampa Bay Rays. The deal also brought in shortstop Trea Turner to ... read more

Bloxom transitions from player to newest Nationals amateur scout

Former Nationals minor league first baseman Justin Bloxom has traded in his cleats and glove for an opportunity to find the top prospects in the country and sign them to the Nats. Bloxom has been hired by the Nationals to be their amateur scout for the Kentucky and Tennessee regions. The 26-year-old Bloxom played six seasons in the Nationals system, but realized the final couple ... read more

Ankiel, Milacki and Shields join Nats minor league staff, Menhart promoted

The Nationals announced their minor league coaching staff for the 2015 season. Veteran pitching coach Paul Menhart has been promoted to minor league pitching coordinator and the team named Spin Williams as senior advisor for player development. Gulf Coast Nationals manager Michael Barrett will return to the same position this season and also be the organization's catching coordinator. Newcomers include former major league pitcher Bob ... read more

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

The Nationals coveted right-hander A.J. Cole so much, they traded back for the right-hander in 2013 in the three-team deal that sent Michael Morse to the Mariners. Cole was drafted by the Nationals in 2010, but then traded in 2011 to the Athletics as part of the trade that sent Gio Gonzalez to Washington. Cole struggled at times with Oakland, but after being back with ... read more

Baseball America No. 8 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo

There are few Nationals prospects that get more buzz when I talk to coaches, scouts and baseball people in the know than infielder Wilmer Difo. He splashed on the scene for me last year when I interviewed strength and conditioning coordinator Landon Brandes on the Nationals prospects annual strength and conditioning camp. Brandes said Difo was the top total points leader in the camp in ... read more

Baseball America No. 9 Nats prospect: Drew Ward

This offseason is exciting as we look ahead to the potential of 20-year-old third baseman Drew Ward. He is a 6-foot-4, 210-lb. infielder from a town of about 440 in central Oklahoma. Ward hit 10 homers last year, after hitting one in 2013 for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Nationals, and added an impressive 73 RBIs. The 2013 third-rounder could be one of those future power ... read more

Baseball America No. 10 Nats prospect: Brian Goodwin

Outfielder Brian Goodwin played in 81 games last season for the Syracuse Chiefs. It was the 24-year-old's his first full season at Triple-A. The left-handed Rocky Mount, N.C., native is locked in Baseball America's Nationals prospects list at No. 10. No. 10: outfielder Brian Goodwin "I think right now he is in the fourth outfielder mode," Baseball America editor-in-chief John Manuel said. "I had a ... read more