Washington Nationals: District On Deck’s 2017 Top 10 Prospects List
By Ricky Keeler
After Baseball America revealed their top ten Washington Nationals prospect list, I decided to share my own list
On Monday morning, Teddy Cahill of Baseball America unveiled his top ten Washington Nationals prospects for 2016-2017. The system has undergone some changes recently with Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez, and Dane Dunning being traded to the Chicago White Sox in the Adam Eaton deal.
Over the last couple of seasons, I have gotten to talk to numerous people in the minor league industry about some of the Washington Nationals top prospects from Syracuse all the way to Hagerstown. With that being said, I thought I would put together my own list of the top ten Nats prospects.
One of the surprises for me on Baseball America’s list was having shortstop Luis Garcia at number seven. The 16-year-old has yet to play a game, so it was tough for me to put him on my list without him playing in a game. However, the Nats have done a good job with their international signings.
Another name I want to mention that just missed making the top ten is first baseman Jose Marmolejos-Diaz. Marmolejos has been the Washington Nationals Minor League player of the year each of the last two seasons and had 74 RBI’s last season if you count both his numbers at high-A Potomac and double-A Harrisburg.
As a reminder, we have a couple of great prospect articles and podcasts in store for you over the next couple of days. Later today, I will be talking with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, one of the pitchers the Nats acquired in the Danny Espinosa trade with the Angels on Saturday.
Then, later tonight, Ron Juckett and I will be talking to Lacy Lusk of Baseball America on our live stream podcast (via Google Hangouts) to talk about the Nats farm system. You can watch the video live at 7 p.m ET.
Without further adieu, here is my list of the top ten prospects in the Washington Nationals farm system, starting with a familiar third baseman at number ten: