Washington Nationals: Top 40 Prospects
By Frank Ellis
26. Jordy Barley
SS Jordy Barley was the other addition in the Daniel Hudson trade. He is a lottery ticket type of prospect, but so far he is hitting. In his first four games with the FredNats, the 21-year-old had 4 steals, a home run, and 4 hits. He likely will regress toward what he has been as a hitter so far, but he is an elite athlete and if he can get on base a little more he will find a role with the big league club somewhere.
27. Gabe Klobosits
This relievers stock has shot to the moon the past few years. Klobotsits is 26 but the 6 foot 7, 270-pound relief pitcher gave up two runs total from 2019-2021 in the minors. He is intimidating, to say the least. He uses his 96 MPH fastball along with a solid slider to get hitters out. Klobotsits debuted in the bullpen for the Nationals recently and looks like he will be there to stay.
28. Jake Alu
Alu has been a pleasant surprise this year for the Nationals. He has made hard contact almost all year and played a pretty solid third base as well. He has the pedigree coming from Boston College, but at 24 years old he will have to move a little quicker if he wants to make an impact in the bigs. I expect Alu to head to AAA before the end of 2021.
29. Israel Pineda
Not too long ago the catching depth in the Nationals system consisted of Barrara and Pineda. That is not the case anymore as now those two are just two of many. Pineda was signed in 2016 along with Luis Garcia and Yasel Antuna. Thankfully he was not picked in the Rule 5 draft and hopefully can put the pieces of his potential together for the Nationals. He has yet to show the offensive promise he once had in 2021, but being only 21 years old he has time and the Nationals expect him to continue to grow.
30. Branden Boissiere
Branden Boissiere was drafted out of Arizona in the 3rd round of the 2021 draft. He has spent time at both first base and left field. The promising part of his game is his bat. He consistently hit for a high average at Arizona and in 2021 his power potential started to show. Both he and fellow 2021 draft pick Will Frizzell have good offensive potential but Boissiere gets the nod here as he has less swing and miss in his approach.