Four Washington Nationals Top Prospects Off To A Hot Start

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 08: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a ground rule double scoring a run in the eighth inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 08: Luis Garcia #2 of the Washington Nationals reacts after hitting a ground rule double scoring a run in the eighth inning of an MLB game against the Atlanta Braves at Truist Park on September 8, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /
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Brady House

In a farm system that is lacking elite position player prospects, Brady House has emerged early on as the real deal. Drafted 11th overall last year, House got his first taste of the minors at the FCL, slashing .322./394/.576, with four homers, 12 RBIs, and an OPs of .970.

Earlier in the month, we wrote about House’s hot start stating:

"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."

On the season, he’s hitting a blistering .326, with two homers, 24 RBIs, and an OPS of .857. What stands out the most about House is that through his first 16 games at Low-A, his numbers are eerily similar to when superstar Juan Soto was at Low-A.

Something to keep an eye on is his alarming strikeout rate. Initially projected to go in the top eight of the 2021 draft, House slipped due to some swing and miss issues stemming from his swing becoming too long at times. This issue has been on full display in the minors, striking out 26 times in 89 ABs this year — capped off by a five strikeout night on April 29. Unfortunately, the youngster has currently been sidelined with an injury.

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