Washington Nationals: District On Deck’s 2017 Top 10 Prospects List

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Mar 19, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; A view of Space Coast Stadium during the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 19, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; A view of Space Coast Stadium during the game between the Detroit Tigers and the Washington Nationals. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports /
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Oct 11, 2016; Glendale, AZ, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Austin Voth of the Glendale Desert Dogs during an Arizona Fall League game against the Scottsdale Scorpions at Camelback Ranch. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports /

7. Austin Voth

Voth didn’t get the call-up to the big leagues in 2016, but that shouldn’t take away from the good season he had at triple-A Syracuse. The fifth round pick back in 2013 went 7-9 with a 3.15 ERA in 27 games (25 starts). His strikeouts per nine went down to 7.6 (8.5 in 2016) while his walks per nine went up to 3.3 (2.3 in 2015).

Down the stretch, Voth did have a 3.02 ERA in his final ten starts. However, he gave up just nine earned runs over his final seven appearances of the season. That success continued into the fall as Voth got the chance to play in the Arizona Fall League.

During his time with the Desert Dogs, Voth got off to a rough start. However, the 24-year-old right-hander bounced back by not giving up a run over his final 15 innings (three starts). Heading into the 2017 season, Voth could get a chance to make the big league roster whether it is as a starter or the long man out of the bullpen.

Voth could’ve made his big league debut last year, but the team decided to call up Giolito. Now that Giolito and Lopez are with another organization, the spotlight will be on Voth in 2017 as he tries to make it to the Major Leagues. If Voth can fix the command issues he had with the high walk total in 2016 (57 walks tied for fifth in the International League), he can be a productive pitcher at the next level.

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