National’s top position player prospect Brady House is already raking at Low-A and just added a walk-off to his resume. The sky is the limit for the kid.
In a farm system that lacks elite position player prospects, all eyes are on Brady House. Drafted by Washington 11th overall last year, MLB Pipeline has him ranked as the Nationals’ number two prospect (behind only Cade Cavalli), and as the 48th prospect in baseball.
Projected to go in the top eight, many were surprised to see the high-school standout slip to the Nats at 11. Washington was ecstatic at the opportunity to land the infielder and is already reaping the benefits. Last year, the 18-year-old gave the organization a glimpse of what is to come, slashing .322/.394/.576, with four homers, 12 RBIs, and an OPS of .970 at the Rookie Level.
This season Washington started him at Low-A Fredricksburg and House has already acclimated to the increase in competition. From the second he stepped on the Fredricksburg diamond, his ability to hit for both average and power has been on full display.
In his Low-A debut, he went 2-4 and was hit by a pitch and followed this up by going 3-4, with a homer, and four RBIs. This was just the beginning with the highlight of his season occurring earlier tonight. House was struggling against the Carolina Mudcats, entering the ninth inning 0-3, with a strikeout. Not fazed, the righty came through when it mattered — walking off the Mudcats with a two-run single.
Across six games, he’s hitting a blazing .462, with a homer, nine RBIs, and an OPS of 1.148. It’s still early into the season, but he’s yet to show any signs of being overwhelmed. This shouldn’t come as a total surprise because he was one of the more polished high-school bats in his class.
Something to keep an eye on is the swing and miss in his swing — having already struck out eight times in 26 ABs. This issue plagued him during his showcases last year, which played a part in him sliding to 11. For now, this has yet to affect his overall game, and don’t be surprised if his stay at Low-A is relatively short.