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Federal Reserve: Nationals Top Prospects 10–6

For the second straight year, The Nats Blog presents its countdown of the Washington Nationals’ Top-10 Prospects.

There are some changes from last year’s list, and Part One is the most reflective of that trend. One player from this list was not ranked last year, while another was only drafted in June. Part Two—which will cover players five through one—is truly the cream of the crop, but this section has its points of interest, yielding the Nationals some potential rotation insurance and a trio of promising position players. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Arizona Fall League Player Reports

On Monday, some of the Washington Nationals’ notable prospects took the field for the Salt River Rafters for the beginning of the Arizona Fall League. The hype surrounding this group has been reduced, as top infield prospects Wilmer Difo and Trea Turner were pulled from the league this past week. Difo will not play after fracturing a bone in his left hand at the end of the regular season, and the Nationals have opted to give Turner some rest after his career-high 143 games played between the minors and the majors this year.

The remaining prospects in this year’s AFL season offer plenty of intrigue. To preview the Nationals’ prospects, this Federal Reserve will offer player-by-player reports.  Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Hitter And Pitcher Of The Year

The time has come for the Federal Reserve to hand out its biggest honors of the season—the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year awards. With several of the Washington Nationals’ best prospects standing out this season, it was a tough decision in both categories. Hitter of the Year proved to be a tight battle, but seemed easy in comparison to the extremely close race for Pitcher of the Year.

When the dust settled, the hitting honor went to one of the farm system’s surging stars, while the year’s best hurler once again matched his hype. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Updates on the Midseason Top 10

Before this season, the Federal Reserve delivered its own Top-10 Prospect List for the Washington Nationals. Since July’s mid-season update, there have been some interesting developments among the top-10—including Joe Ross’ graduation to the majors, late-season surges from a few players, and surprising seasons from those who failed to crack the list. To explain what it means for 2016, I have sorted the original list into four categories—staying in, in the running, dropping, and who to watch.

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Federal Reserve: Recapping The Nationals’ MiLB Seasons

The end of Minor League Baseball’s regular season brings about the Federal Reserve’s recaps of the year in the Washington Nationals’ farm system. From Triple-A Syracuse to the Dominican Summer League, this week’s feature provides a team-by-team breakdown of the season. Continue reading…

Mar 12, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole (69) throws against the New York Mets during the game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Federal Reserve: August Hitter And Pitcher Of The Month Awards

The final full month of the minor league season is in the books, meaning that the Federal Reserve’s last monthly awards are upon us. Several standouts emerged in the Washington Nationals’ system over the month of August, but in the end, Hitter of the Month went to a player who provided a strong finish to his already solid season. For Pitcher of the Month, the prize was claimed by a previously inconsistent prospect who found his rhythm. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Lucas Giolito On The Road To Nationals Stardom

As the season winds down, top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito is only getting stronger. On Tuesday night at Richmond (San Francisco Giants), the right-hander had one of his best starts yet for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, as he struck out eight batters over 6 2/3 innings pitched, while surrendering just one walk and allowing two runs on five hits.

Though he received the loss, Giolito continued his recent hot streak, as he has now allowed just four runs (three earned) in 18 2/3 innings over his past three starts. Within that span, he has struck out 24 and walked five, slashing his ERA at Harrisburg from 5.94 to 3.57. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Joe Ross Is No Longer A Prospect, He’s The Real Deal

His early exit on Tuesday night left Washington Nationals starter Joe Ross just short of a career milestone. Had the right-hander gone another one-third of an inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers, his innings total on the season would have risen to 50—a number that would make 2015 his official rookie season, effectively ending his prospect status.

When he arrived in December’s three-team trade that also netted Trea Turner, Ross looked like a good pickup—in fact, he ranked sixth on TNB’s Top-10 Prospect List—but he faced the same problem as every other hurler in the farm system: With a stacked rotation, he was seemingly blocked from the majors for at least a full season. Continue reading…