Baseball Prospectus' Top 20 Nationals Prospect Rankings

Earlier this week, Kevin Goldstein of Baseball Prospectus – easily one of the more authoritative voices on minor league prospects – released his 2012 Top 20 Nationals rankings. Goldstein is usually one of the later sources to release their rankings – as we’ve seen and covered those from Baseball America,, FanGraphs, Seedlings to Stars, and of course, introduced our first annual DoD Top Prospect list (which I’ll conveniently remind you can be found using the “Featured Posts” page atop our home page). Goldstein delves into scouting reports after listing his Top 20 prospects, but those are behind BaseballPro’s Insider wall – so you’ll need an account to read them.

One of the best parts of Goldstein’s annual rankings is the very beginning, where he sums up the team’s farm system in 20 words or less:

Thinned out by the Gio Gonzalez deal, but a strong 2011 draft has the potential to make up for it.

Five Star Prospects

1. Bryce Harper, OF

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B/2B

Four Star Prospects

3. Matt Purke, LHP

Three Star Prospects

4. Brian Goodwin, OF

5. Alex Meyer, RHP

6. Destin Hood, OF

7. Michael Taylor, OF

8. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B

9. Robbie Ray, LHP

10. Sammy Solis, LHP

Two Star Prospects

11. Tyler Moore, 1B

Nine More

12. Chris Marrero, 1B

13. Eury Perez, OF

14. Zach Walters, SS

15. Taylor Jordan, RHP

16. Josh Smoker, LHP

17. Jason Martinson, SS

18. Matt Skole, 3B

19. Sandy Leon, C

20. David Freitas, C

Tags: Alex Meyer Anthony Rendon Brian Goodwin Bryce Harper Chris Marrero David Freitas Destin Hood Eury Perez Gio Gonzalez Jason Martinson Josh Smoker Matt Purke Matt Skole Michael Taylor Robbie Ray Sammy Solis Sandy Leon Steve Lombardozzi Taylor Jordan Tyler Moore Washington Nationals Zach Walters

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