21. Sammy Infante
Sammy Infante was picked with the 71st overall pick in 2020 as compensation for losing Anthony Rendon in free agency. Infante is still young and will have to find himself as a ball player in the Nationals system. I do not expect him to stay at shortstop, but he could be an above average defender at third.
22. Mason Denaburg
Mason Denaburg is the type of pitcher Mike Rizzo had to reach for with later picks during the team’s most successful years. He was selected with the 27th pick in the first round of the 2018 draft. The potential is certainly there, but he cannot stay healthy. He originally struggled with some bicep tendinitis and now his 2021 season is over due to Tommy John surgery. Hopefully, this is the final step to full health and he can be what the Nationals envisioned in 2018.
23. Tyler Dyson
Right now the Nationals are pushing Dyson as a starter, and he has shown at times in the minors and at Florida, he can do that successfully. He has a plus fastball and a plus slider meaning if he cannot stay as a starter he could have a role as a bullpen pitcher in the future.
24. Mitchell Parker
5th round pick Michell Parker took off in 2021. In Low A he had 85 strikeouts over 57 innings. He has slowed down a little bit since being promoted to Wilmington, but the strikeouts are still there. Not all of these pitchers are going to be top end of the rotation type guys, but this team has not had a lot of pitching depth in years… they do now.
If it’s not injuries it is personal issues for Seth Romero. He has one of the best sliders in the system but he just cannot seem to put it all together. 2021 has been his worst season as a pro and after making his big league debut in 2020 the climb back may be even more difficult. He still has a lot of potential, but a lot will have to go right for him to capitalize on it. First and foremost we hope he is okay personally and then can get back on track pitching.