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Three Nationals in Minor League Ball’s Top Prospects Review

John Sickels of Minor League Ball recently released a review of his pre-season ranking of the top 50 hitting and pitching prospects. Not surprisingly, it contained the Nats three biggest prospects entering the season, Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, and Derek Norris. This is what he had to say about them:

“Pitching:

1) Stephen Strasburg, RHP, Nationals: 2.91 ERA in the majors, 92/17 K/BB in 68 innings, 56 hits. Outstanding before his elbow blew out.

15) Drew Storen, RHP, Nationals: 3.58 ERA with 52/22 K/BB in 55 major league innings, 48 hits. Should have a very good career going forward.

Hitting:

22) Derek Norris, C, Nationals: Hit .235/.419/.419 in High-A Carolina League. Some injury issues, but drew 89 walks, and I still think he can remain at catcher.”

It’s good to see others still optimistic about Norris despite his troubling 2010 season. 2011 will be incredibly important in his development as he will need to prove that this season was just a road bump, not a indicator of future failure. Strasburg and Storen were cant miss prospects and they both performed tremendously in 2010.

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