Baseball Prospectus No. 3 Nats prospect: Michael A. Taylor

A few of the prospects on the Nationals' top 10 list by Baseball Prospectus got a chance to showcase their talents on the biggest stage this past season. Steven Souza Jr. made an impact with a couple of mammoth home runs and an unforgettable no-hitter-saving catch. Michael A. Taylor also made his presence known with a home run early in his first week at the ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 4 Nats prospect: Reynaldo Lopez

There has been a lot of offseason buzz regarding right-hander Reynaldo Lopez. A lot of people had not heard much of the Dominican hurler, but he made a big splash at the end of the season with low Single-A Hagerstown. Lopez went 5-1 with a 0.63 ERA in his final 10 starts, nine of them with the Suns. He is the No. 4 Nationals prospect, ... read more

Matt Purke begins his throwing program

Left-hander Matt Purke has started his throwing program as he rehabilitates from Tommy John surgery. The 24-year-old says the program commenced Tuesday and started with soft tosses. "I felt really good and (am) excited to be back out on the field," the southpaw reported via text message. Purke said he will gradually build up his throwing over time. He still has plenty of time before ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 5 Nats prospect: Erick Fedde

For the second consecutive draft, the Nationals' top selection underwent successful Tommy John surgery within a few weeks of being selected. This time, it was former UNLV right-hander Erick Fedde, who was so tough he pitched for Team USA while fighting through an injury. His college coach, Tim Chambers, said the right-hander "really sold out for (him)" while with the Runnin' Rebels. Now, as my ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 6 Nats prospect: Steven Souza Jr.

The next name on the list of Nationals top 10 prospects according to Baseball Prospectus is outfielder Steven Souza Jr., who already has etched his name in organization's history books with one of the most amazing catches of the season to end the final regular season game. His over-the-shoulder dive toward center field near the warning track in left not only won the Sept. 28 ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 7 Nats prospect: Jakson Reetz

The Nationals have made it a mandate: Build from pitching and catching. Their organization is filled with outstanding hurlers and backstops that have played well for the Nationals or have brought fruit in trades over the years. Derek Norris, who was traded in a blockbuster 2011 deal for left-hander Gio Gonzalez, has become a starter for the Oakland A's, helping to guide them to a ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 8 Nats prospect: Jake Johansen

It is intriguing to watch the progress of one of the top Nationals pitching prospects as he gains experience and also gets to work with first-rounder Lucas Giolito. At 6-foot-6 and 235 lbs., Jake Johansen is an imposing fixture on the mound. It had to be little fun for South Atlantic League batters to face a one-two punch of a pair of 6-foot-6 hurlers in ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 9 Nats prospect: Rafael Bautista

Our next Nationals farmhand on the Baseball Prospectus top 10 organizational prospects list brings us to great speed in the outfield and a steady bat. No. 9: Center fielder Rafael Bautista Bautista had an impressive season for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. In 134 games, Bautista stole 69 stolen bases, which ranked first in the South Atlantic League by a wide margin. The 69 stolen ... read more