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Nationally-Ranked Top Prospects

There isn’t a true consensus in the industry about where the Nats’ farm system ranks (some say upper tier, others say middle-of-the-pack), but there is little debate over who the top five prospects in the system are: RHP Lucas Giolito, SS Trea Turner, OF Victor Robles, RHP Erick Fedde, and RHP Reynaldo Lopez. Wilmer Difo makes an appearance amongst those names here and there, but the five aforementioned players have also earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the top 100 prospects in baseball by at least two of the major four publications who have released their rankings to date (Baseball America, Baseball Prospectus, ESPN, and MLB.com).

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A Look at the Nats' Minor League Disappointments

The year 2012 has been pretty awesome for the Washington Nationals at the major league level, but there were quite a few disappointments amongst their good prospects. Due to the trading of four top-15 prospects in the Gio Gonzalez deal and having Bryce Harper, Steve Lombardozzi and Tyler Moore graduate to the big leagues, the Nats’ top prospect list looks much weaker than it did in December.

Some players who I expected to fall into the places left by Harper, AJ Cole, Brad Peacock, etc. looked good this year; we’ll take a look at guys like Brian Goodwin and Alex Meyer in a few weeks. On the other hand, many other prospects that we’ll look at today underwhelmed in 2012 and will need to work hard this winter to bounce back in 2013. There are two categories that the disappointments fall into: injuries or poor performance. The prospects with the highest ceilings were generally the ones that had injury issues this year while the borderline guys fell into the wrong side of the border with poor performance.
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Breaking down the draft: NL East

A true draft analysis cannot take place until at least a few years after the draft has taken place. It also goes further than the top 5 rounds. This list is neither; instead, I've written this up as a snapshot of my post-draft reactions to the Nationals' rivals in the NL East and where I believe they'll end up. The top 5 rounds is an arbitrary selection (5 rounds sounds better than 6, I didn't have the time to do 10 rounds, etc.) so here goes!

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