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Washington Nationals Farm Report

by Glenn Kaplan
by Glenn Kaplan

The Washington Nationals record is 53-53 entering the final two months of the regular season. They are 5.5 games back of the Philadelphia Phillies for first place in the NL East and five games back of the Colorado Rockies and Los Angeles Dodgers for the second wild card spot in the National League.

If the Nationals can not sign Bryce Harper this offseason, they are going to need players in the farm system to step up in the near future.

Outfielder Victor Robles is the top ranked prospect in the Washington Nationals farm system and he is the fifth best prospect in baseball. Robles has speed, hits for power, and is very good defensively. His 2018 season has been plagued by an elbow injury. He is currently playing in Triple-A with the Syracuse Skychiefs. Victor Robles has only played in 21 games in the minor leagues this season. His batting average is .290 with one homer and eight RBI's, along with nine stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .417. Robles could possibly be a September call up. He is 21 years old and Victor Robles is a future everyday player at the major league level.

Shortstop Carter Kieboom is the second ranked prospect in Washington's system and 35th overall in baseball. He is 20 years old and the Washington Nationals currently have Trea Turner as the everyday shortstop. It will be interesting to see when the time comes who will be the shortstop come 2020. That is when Kieboom is projected to be in the majors. He is currently playing for the Harrisburg Senators in Double-A. Carter Kieboom was the 28th overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft. His batting average is .291 with 13 home runs and 55 RBI's, along with seven stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .364.

The third ranked prospect in the Nationals farm system is shortstop/third baseman Luis Garcia and 94th overall in baseball. He is only 18 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Garcia might be used as trade bait one day. He has tremendous range at shortstop, but Garcia might need to try and play more third base or second base. Anthony Rendon is 28 years old and Daniel Murphy is 33 years old. By the Garcia goes through the farm system, they will both be either two or three years older. He is currently playing for the Potomac Nationals in Advanced-A. His batting average is .295 with five homers and 39 RBI's, along with nine stolen bases. Luis Garcia's on-base percentage is .330.

Right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe is ranked sixth in their farm system. He is 23 years old and was the 65th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft. Crowe is projected to reach the majors in 2020. He is currently playing in High-A for the Potomac Nationals. His record is 10-0 with a 2.79 ERA. In 84 innings pitched, Crowe has given up 68 hits and 32 runs. He has walked 31 batters and has struck out 73. Wil Crowe throws in the mid to high 90's and he has a very good curve ball. Crowe can be a starting pitcher one day and he just needs to work on not giving up many walks.

Outfielder Daniel Johnson is the eighth ranked prospect in the Washington Nationals farm system. He is 23 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2019. Johnson is a very good defensive outfielder. He needs to develop his power, but it will come eventually. Daniel Johnson is currently playing for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. His batting average is .285 with two homers and 20 RBI's, along with 18 stolen bases. His on-base percentage is .351. Johnson right now at best would be a fourth outfielder, but his progression will decide whether or not he can become an everyday outfielder.

Left-handed pitcher Tim Cate is the 10th ranked prospect in Washington's system. He is 20 years old and Cate was the 65th overall pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. He has the potential to be a front line for the Washington Nationals. Tim Cate is projected to reach the Washington Nationals in 2021. He has a breaking ball that fools batters and Cate has a fastball that reaches the low 90's, but it will gain more velocity as he develops in the minor leagues. He is currently playing for short season-A Auburn Doubledays. His record is 2-2 with a 4.30 ERA. In 23 innings pitched, Cate has given up 25 hits and 13 runs. He has walked four batters and has struck out 19.

Catcher Raudy Read is the 12th ranked prospect in the Nationals farm system. He is 24 years old and is projected to reach the majors in 2018. He could be a September call up since he is on the 40-man roster, but it will be more likely in 2019 when he gets called up. Read is good defensively and is currently playing for Double-A Harrisburg. His power is down in 2018. Spencer Kieboom and Matt Weiters are the current catchers on the roster. Raudy Read's batting average is .291 with two homers and 13 RBI's. His on-base percentage is .341. He was suspended for 80 games earlier in the season for violating Major League Baseball's Join Drug Prevention and Treatment Program.

Outfielder Gage Canning is the 13th ranked prospect in their farm system. He is 21 years old and was a fifth-round pick in the 2018 MLB Draft. Canning could progress through the minor leagues quickly. He is projected to reach the majors in 2021. Gage Canning is currently playing for the Hagerstown Suns in Single-A. His batting average is .250 with six home runs and 18 RBI's, along with two stolen bases. Canning's on-base percentage is .327. He is a very good fundamental baseball player and it could help him have a long career at the major league level.

For more information on these prospects, visit MLB.com and click on the players tab and search top prospects.

This article was originally published on @gk18