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Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 12/22/2010

Bryce Harper tops Baseball America's top 10 Nationals prospects

By Adam Kilgore

One of the highlights of any offseason for the seamheads out there comes when Baseball America publishes its list of top prospects by team. Today was the Nationals' turn, and there was no surprise about the top spot.

Baseball America's Aaron Fitt believes the Nationals' remain thin in terms of top prospects, but believes there is more to be excited about than at any time in their past. The entire post is well worth your time. And here's their full Nationals top 10:

1. Bryce Harper, OF
2. Derek Norris, C
3. Danny Espinosa, SS/2B
4. A.J. Cole, SP
5. Wilson Ramos, C
6. Sammy Solis, SP
7. Cole Kimball, RP
8. Eury Perez, OF
9. Chris Marrero, 1B
10. Brad Peacock, SP

Of the top 10, Harper, Cole and Solis were all drafted last season. The Nationals Cole in the fourth round and signed him for well over slot, and Solis was a second-round choice who also signed over slot. Espinosa and Ramos will assuredly begin the season in Washington, and Kimball, Peacock and Marrero could all see time in the majors at some point this year.

Baseball America also puts compiles the best individual "tools" within a farm system, which is fun. Here's their list for the Nationals, dominated by Harper.

Best Hitter for Average: Bryce Harper
Best Power Hitter: Bryce Harper
Best Strike-Zone Discipline: Derek Norris
Fastest Baserunner: Eury Perez
Best Athlete: Bryce Harper
Best Fastball: Cole Kimball
Best Curveball: Brad Peacocok
Best Slider: A.J. Morris
Best Changeup: Josh Wilkie
Best Control: Tommy Milone
Best Defensive Catcher: Wilson Ramos
Best Defensive Infielder: Danny Espinosa
Best Infield Arm: Danny Espinosa
Best Defensive Outfielder: Eury Perez
Best Outfield Arm: Bryce Harper

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Comments

That's not a bad looking list...

For all the negative comments I see, you can't tell me that this organization isn't making strides toward respectability and beyond.

Posted by: sollazo | December 22, 2010 11:34 AM | Report abuse

You compare this list to three/four years ago and you see we are making progress. Snail like but progress nonetheless. Still, without Stras and Harper there doesn't seem to be a star in the bunch (crosses fingers for Cole/Solis/Kimball).

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 22, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

Love the farm report, but I want more news on Phase 2.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 22, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I don't want news on phase 2; I want to see some action that it is actually being implemented instead of just being a sound bite.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 22, 2010 12:26 PM | Report abuse

(crosses fingers for Cole/Solis/Kimball).

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 22, 2010 11:46 AM

Yep - a breakout star from that group would be really, really nice.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2010 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Buster Olney's got some interesting comments on the O's negotiations with D.Lee and A.Laroche, particularly saying that if O's sign laroche they will be taking over a Reynolds/Laroche combo from AZ that struck out a combined 400 times last year.

http://insider.espn.go.com/mlb/blog?name=olney_buster&id=5946049

Posted by: GiterDunn | December 22, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

Just noticed that Brad Peacock, #10, best curveball in the system, was a 41st round pick in 2006 out of Palm Beach Central High School. There were 1,230 players selected before him.

Good for him to make it this far.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 12:54 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that list is young. This is exactly why payroll flexibility is so vital...rizzo knows when the window is, and is putting pieces in place that will hopefully breakout at the right time, together...

Posted by: WrongDog | December 22, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Those of us who watched Potomac win 2 Carolina League Championships in 3 years know the future is getting brighter... Congrats to those that made the list and hears hoping some of the one's near the bottom and left off the list continue to improve.

After seeing Marrero in Potomac I'm not as down on him as others... The kid is young and is clutch.

Posted by: PNatsFan | December 22, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

*here's not Hear...
Too much eggnog.. :)

Posted by: PNatsFan | December 22, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Give him a chance to make the team Pants!!!!! Put him in CF on Opening Day Pants!!!!!!! Go Pants Go! Go Pants Go! Show us you care Pants!!!! No more theories Pants!!!!! No more #1 draft picks Pants!!!!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 22, 2010 1:25 PM | Report abuse

Bring on April 15th!

http://web.minorleaguebaseball.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t563

Gonna be a big night in Hagerstown!

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

"The farm system remains thin in premium prospects" is what the Baseball America report said. Having more to be excited about than in the past is not exactly like saying there is a lot to be excited about. We simply cannot count on the cavalry showing up to save us from the farm.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 22, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

The farm is getting a little better

The Dominican academy is getting a little better (two years after being rebuilt)

Nats scouting department is getting a little better

These are baby steps towards becoming a respectable club. Rome wasn't built in a day (especially after the Barbarians *cough cough BOWDEN cough* raids).

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2010 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Brue, might be time to retire the Pants label, the kneeS are getting a little worn.

Happy Holidays

Posted by: 3B11 | December 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

@Brue,

Howzabout no more toten hosen dude? Its getting moronic and wearying. Back to Redskins Insider for you!

Posted by: periculum | December 22, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

"The farm system remains thin in premium prospects" is what the Baseball America report said.

Posted by: dfh21

No wonder every team is asking for the same thing in a trade. There's nothing down there. The #3 prospect went 12 for 78 or something after a hot week or two. I guess that's why Desmond's name was coming up a lot more. Solis might be alright. Hard to find any offense down there though. Norris isn't aggressive enough, and that'll backfire on him when they throw him strikes in the majors. Of course, there's always Bryce The Mick Harper. LET HIM MAKE THE TEAM PANTS YOU BLUBBERING MASS OF CONTRADICTIONS!!!!!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 22, 2010 1:52 PM | Report abuse

Strasburg should still be on this list. Dom Brown is still on Phillies list

Posted by: JDB1 | December 22, 2010 1:55 PM | Report abuse

I for one would like for one of Brue's wishes to come true: Playing center field and batting 6th for the Washington Nationals, Bryce Harper.
No one has yet put him in front of a pitcher he can hit. The AFL seemed to indicate he can hit good AA pitching. Putting Bryce in Hagerstown or Potomac seems like a waste. How many other guys get put into the AFL, hit .343, slug .629, then get sent to low A ball???

Yeah, he's 18.
He'll be 18 whether he's in Harrisburg or Syracuse or DC. And he been mentally grooming for this all his life.
He also went to JuCo after his sophmore year of HS, got straight A's and completely dominated. He's an unusual kid for sure, but he's shown over the past couple years that physically and mentally, he's ready for this.
If they would put him in Harrisburg till June, to delay the FA clock, fine, I get it.
But A ball? A waste.

Give Bryce the same shot at making this team as everyone else.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

No one has yet put him in front of a pitcher he can hit...

Posted by: Sunderland
==========================================
I think no one has yet put Harper in front of a pitcher that he CAN'T hit.

But what do I know?

(Eggnog...)

Posted by: gilbertbp | December 22, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

Well, last year we graduated Strasburg, Desmond, Bernadina, and Storen. The year before J-Zimmermann. This year Espinoza and Ramos. The Nats may not have a depth of premium players and their organization rank will suffer again accordingly, but in terms of productivity the system has been pretty good. Remember all grades are based on future projections, not history.

BTW, the 2009 draft (other than SS and Storen) is looking a little weak. Everyone roundly criticized 3rd round pick Holder at the time, but the other top ten round picks are - as a whole - not looking that good at the moment either. Kobernus needs to step up this year and I have not noticed any other 2009 prospects out performing their round either.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 22, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

I a not so sure that Ramos is in DC on Opening Day -- he needs to beat out Flores first.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 22, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

>Howzabout no more toten hosen dude? Its getting moronic and wearying.

Posted by: periculum

You know why I never respond to any of your posts? Because I don't care what you think. I don't even read the damned things anymore. But this was too easy periculum panties pantalones pud

CAMPAIGN TO FREE HARPER!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: Brue | December 22, 2010 2:31 PM | Report abuse

Kobernus needs to step up this year and I have not noticed any other 2009 prospects out performing their round either.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 22, 2010 2:20 PM

Outside the top ten...

Danny Rosenbaum - Round 22
Gulf to Hagerstown to Potomac in one year
2.19 ERA, 3 to 1 SO/BB
Monster outperform

His long term destination might not be in the majors, but he's providing some value in the system.

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2010 2:32 PM | Report abuse

BB America is one site, another is John Sickels sight on minorleagueball.com His conclusion to our system was "It isn't a bad system by any means, but an awful lot rides on the shoulders of Bryce Harper"

Posted by: 3B11 | December 22, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

"You know why I never respond to any of your posts?"

Another moronic diatribe?

Brue-er, sewer, you're full of manure.

Better now 10 year old toilet humor dude?

Posted by: periculum | December 22, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

Give Bryce the same shot at making this team as everyone else. Posted by: Sunderland

I think he will have the same chance as any prospect in the system, a long shot. Maybe he's another Mine That Bird

Posted by: 3B11 | December 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Interesting that they project Norris as our 2014 first baseman.

I'm usually a glass-half-full guy but it's worth pointing out that every team has a list of top-ten prospects that have enough upside to make some kind of contribution at the major league level. Most never make it.

To wit: The 2007 BA list of Nationals prospects (keep in mind that these get issued before the season starts so this really reflects performance through the 2006 season):

Collin Balester
Chris Marrero
Colton Willems
Kory Casto
Smiley Gonzalez
Zech Zinicola
Glenn Gibson
Matt Chico
Stephen King
Ian Desmond

Next up, the 2008 list:

Chris Marrero
Ross Detwiler
Collin Balester
Michael Burgess
Jack McGeary
Josh Smoker
Jordan Zimmermann
Justin Maxwell
Colton Willems
John Lannan

And 2009:

Jordan Zimmermann
Ross Detwiler
Chris Marrero
Michael Burgess
Jack McGeary
Derek Norris
Destin Hood
Adrian Nieto
J.P. Ramirez
Smiley Gonzalez

And 2010:

Stephen Strasburg
Derek Norris
Drew Storen
Ian Desmond
Danny Espinosa
Chris Marrero
Jeff Kobernus
Justin Maxwell
Michael Burgess
Destin Hood

In other words, the youngest guys with the highest upside tend to shoot to the top of the list and then fall back as they gradually prove that they will never reach that upside. Some others stay on the list for an extended period but if they are not starting in the majors by age 24 or 25 then they are not really prospects anymore (see Maxwell, Justin).

I suspect that Norris and Marrero and Burgess should probably be traded before they lose any more value (these are all potential high-impact bats with positional issues). But I also suspect that Rizzo knows this, and has offered them in deals, only to get counteroffers involving Desmond and Zimmermann, both of whom have already reached and shown promise in the majors.

Our best hope is that Desmond and Espinosa are the real deal and that Perez can join them to form a solid defense up the middle, with two of those three hitting in the top two spots in the order. Then we need Strasburg and Zimmermann to return to full health and fill the top two spots in the rotation. We can live with Lannan, Detwiler, Marquis, Maya and/or Wang at the back end for the moment, and time will tell whether Cole and Solis can fill out the middle of the rotation or whether they are McGeary and Smoker 2.0. Then we need either Ramos or Flores to emerge as a solid defensive backstop with average to above-average offense. We need Harper to arrive as a middle of the order bat and, perhaps above all, we need to fill the gaping hole at first base. For me, that would be the place to start. Along with filling the current and future gap in the middle of the rotation.

But then we all knew that already.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 22, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

It says a lot when adding Ramos and Corey Brown actually improved the outlook dramatically at the AA and AAA levels. Brown as a 25 year old "failed" A's prospect still looks far and away better than 24 year old Tyler Moore, 22 year old Burgess and Marerro.

Its in the low minors that most of the improvement can be seen. As welll as recent past dismal Bowden movements in Smoker and McGreary. Colton Willems and Glenn Gibson unsigned second rounder Sean Black a pitcher who is now with the Yankees. 2006 was a true Bowden movement (that's for Brue). Marerro, Englund, King, and Rooney where the top position players.

In 2007 there is some hope for Detwiler, Zimmermann and Meyers. Here is where I believe Rizzo's influence truly begins.

In 2009 and 2010 ALL top drafted pitchers signed with only one exception: Miguel Pena who was drafted 13th by San Diego in 2010. Huge progress for this franchise. Simply huge.

Posted by: periculum | December 22, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Good post, BobL

Posted by: Kev29 | December 22, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

JDB1 I agree with you.

Strasburg should be on the list -- Espinosa and Ramos probably appeared in more games, even though Strasburg may have been on the roster longer. I wonder what the criteria is?

With Strasburg, obviously the Nats top 10 prospects list is much better.

Posted by: rb-freedom-for-all | December 22, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

@JDB1 -- This list is limited to guys who pitched less than 50 innings or had less than 130 at bats. Dom Brown only had 62 ABs for the phillies while Stras pitched 68 innings.

Posted by: DavidandDonald1 | December 22, 2010 3:22 PM | Report abuse

>I think he will have the same chance as any prospect in the system, a long shot. Maybe he's another Mine That Bird

Posted by: 3B11

No he won't - Pants wants to look smart by 'moving him up when he proves he can handle that particular level'. Haven't you figured this guy out yet? When you give somebody mediocre - something exceptional, this is what happens. Harper's had thousands of ABs, they're just wasting them in the minors. But Pants don't care - because he's not trying to win, he's just trying to prove his theories of futility - therefore rewarding him with extremely high draft picks that not even he can screw up. Pants says, 'we've got Harper and Strasburg coming in '12'. This is what he does. He does last place. In the entire league.

Posted by: Brue | December 22, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

>Posted by: BobLHead

You got a list a mile long, and I don't see Lombardozzi on it. In fact, none of the geniuses here have mentioned him. I thought he was hot stuff. Maybe BA thinks differently. hmmmmmmmmm

Posted by: Brue | December 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

DavidandDonald1- Thats fair, but when you bring him into the equation, it changes the list in a dramatic way. Its semantics, but.................

Posted by: JDB1 | December 22, 2010 3:40 PM | Report abuse

>I think he will have the same chance as any prospect in the system, a long shot. Maybe he's another Mine That Bird

Posted by: 3B11

**********
You seriously think that Nyjer Morgan is a better baseball player than Bryce Harper?
Think Nyjer can hit for a 1.039 OPS in the AFL?
Harper's definitely got a much better arm than Nyjer, no question there.

Maybe Harper's not one of the best 4 outfielders we have, but I sure wouldn't call it a long shot.

But Brue's right. Rizzo won't let it happen.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Phase two relies on the success of phase I. Rizzo keep focused on top picks; Lerners please keep paying to bring in the top prospects.

Posted by: JamesFan2 | December 22, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats did not bring Stras direct to the bigs last year -- and he was dead-bolt lock as ready as any player has ever been in the last 20 years -- in order to keep him from obtaining Super Two status, then you can safely bet anything you want that they will not have Harper on the Opening Day roster, no matter how he may mash in ST.

Anyway, I am gonna go out on a limb and guess that the Nats sign LaRoche tomorrow. Three years, $22M (maybe like $6M, $7M, $9M). And that they go after Kevin Gregg on a 1 year deal too.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 22, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Sinderland, I have no idea how you arrived at those conclusions from my comments. If it were up to me, Morgan would not be on the roster. And whether you and Brue agree or not, the fact of the matter is you both are speculating at best.

If Harpers performs at a major league level against major league competition, something he has not yet done, then he will force the issue. I think this is a long shot based on what I saw of his performance in the AFL.

Posted by: 3B11 | December 22, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Brue --

Lombardozzi is #28 on the 2010 list. I suspect he will move up, perhaps substantially, after posting strong numbers at both Potomac (.293/.370/.409) and Harrisburg (.295/.373/.524) last year. BA tends to focus on tools and Lombardozzi's are not top of the line, but he apparently does all of the little things right and could have a major league career, just not as a star.

Posted by: BobLHead | December 22, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Part of the Nationals is recognizing that the Bowden years set this team back in time.

Rizzo is having to reconstitute the system and major league roster almost entirely.

None of those pitchers picked in 2006 in Detwiler, Smoker, McGeary, etc. look like they are going to ever be major leaguers.

Burgess and Marrero are borderline.

Almost all of the guys on that list are Rizzo guys and were taken this year and last OR were guys that Rizzo traded for from other clubs.

Ramos for Capps is the type of trade that Bowden was never able to pull off.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | December 22, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

3B11, apologies. I presumed "a long shot", and "same chance as any prospect" was a comment on talent level.
Apparently it was not.

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

It is amazing that I find myself defending Jim Bowden in here occasionally, but I somehow do.

Bowden for all of his many faults and failures, managed to trade for Soriano and for Willingham and Clippard and he plucked Flores in the Rule 5. So, it is not like the guy was not able to grab a quality player.

Similar to the Ramos deal, his move for Lastings when made was seen as a big steal. We know that did not turn out well at all, but the jury is still out on Ramos too and neither Church nor Schneider did anything when they left, Capps is still a quality Closer who would have been under control for the club this season (and back of the bull pen help is a need Rizzo has stated).

I remember people in here going nuts over the D Cabrera signing for $1.5M under Bowden, but somehow people are less upset about the $2M for Wang to not throw even 1 pitch last year. Rizzo gets all of this love -- I don't get it. The guy was at least somewhat complicit, being a big player in the front office for years under Bowden -- his mentor, and he has not exactly been firing on all cylinders since he took over or even since Stan is gone.

Anyway, let's keep in mind that the GM's primary job is not to stock the farm, it is to stock the MLB roster and do so within a reasonable budget. The farm allows a club to get cheap talent to the big club, which is great -- but the players you develop are no better at baseball for having been home-grown than the ones you acquire via trade or FA signing.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 22, 2010 5:55 PM | Report abuse

Also, for those insisting that Harper be thrust immediately into the starting lineup -- be aware that having the physical abilities to be successful in the majors is not the only thing a player needs.
Stepping into a 162-game season, playing with and against the best there is, all as the youngest player in the league and when half the country already hates him because of something as stupid as eye-black -- it would take a special kind of person to NOT get caught up in the storm and be washed away.
Harper may be that kind of person; he has certainly answered every question asked of him to this point. However, it makes all the sense in the world for Rizzo and the Nats -- at least PUBLICLY -- to set up on a track where he can get his feet wet as a professional in the minors first. Bryce has all spring to change that.
Of course, there is always the chance that the Nationals aren't being 100 percent truthful in what they say to the media. Taking a front office person's attributed quotes as gospel is a sure way to get thrown off track in my experience.

Posted by: mjhoya12 | December 22, 2010 6:44 PM | Report abuse

A little food for thought for you "experts" who are pushing the idea that Harper should start the season with the big club next year (and for those who think Rizzo is stupid and gutless for not pushing the idea): name the last 18-year old to begin his career directly at the big league level.

I'll hang up and listen. Thanks.

Posted by: baltova1 | December 22, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

Lombardozi belongs on that list!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | December 22, 2010 8:14 PM | Report abuse

Fodder to keep all the Riggleman Roadkill gearheads......deluding themselves about the reality of 2011...... DEAD LAST !!!

Posted by: GRIMReaper55 | December 22, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Almost all the posts here are speculation, hope, naysaying and some sprinkles of ignorance. Predictions are only that...predictions. Who knows what will happen next year or even the next. Hot Stove season is full of speculation, but rarely reality. Sorry for being negative. I'm just ready for ST. To see where the chips really fall. Suffering from Season Depressive Disorder. [sigh]

Posted by: Mandy_M | December 22, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

Of course, there is always the chance that the Nationals aren't being 100 percent truthful in what they say to the media. Taking a front office person's attributed quotes as gospel is a sure way to get thrown off track in my experience.

Posted by: mjhoya12

Amen brother.
**************

baltova, you're obviously right. Since it hasn't happened, it never will.

Based on that, Herper never should have left high school after his sophmore year, never should have played JuCo during his his high school junior year, and absolutely never should have played AFL ball prior to what should be his high senior senior year. All of that, somewhere betweeen bad idea and impossible.

And just cause I espouse a viewpoint is no reason for you to disparage me with "expert". Anyone could lob that at anyone else on this site. You always in agreement with Rizzo and Riggleman or do you sometimes play "expert' too?

Posted by: Sunderland | December 22, 2010 9:21 PM | Report abuse

Actually, Sunderland, I didn't have you in mind. I respect your opinion. There are others who kinda get too big for their britches, if you know what I mean, who I had in mind. No offense intended.

Look, Harper's a special talent, I grant that. But the bit about leaving school early to go to college was as much a factor of the calendar and his family's wishes as his talent. He was old enough after his sophomore year to both get a GED and got to college. Not every sophomore is.

Also, do you really think he's the only guy who COULD have left HS early to play college ball or go pro? He's just the only one who DID. I'd wager Ken Griffey, Jr., A-Rod and Josh Hamilton could have done it, too, just to name a few. (We just paid our last respects to Bob Feller, who did it as a pitcher decades ago. But pitching's a lot simpler than hitting.) Do you really think he's better than them?

The "leaving HS early" thing is part gimmick. But Harper's talent is real. Let's just not get carried away with it. A year and a half or so in the minors won't hurt him, it'll help him.

Posted by: baltova1 | December 22, 2010 10:10 PM | Report abuse

I agree with baltova1, the only way to screw this up is to rush him. As much as I respect what the Braves did with Heyward last year, I say let the guy sort his game out as young as he is and learn the game. If he's good enough he'll rise thru the ranks quick enough; as this guys hasn't experience failure since about grade 2 he shouldn't be throw into water he may may - may not - be able to swim.

Posted by: SCNatsFan | December 22, 2010 10:50 PM | Report abuse

Thanks baltova.
It's pretty clear Rizzo's not going to rush Harper, it's the safe route and hard to argue against (and yet I try, huh?).

Posted by: Sunderland | December 23, 2010 5:15 AM | Report abuse

dfh21, your defense of Bowden was bold and nicely done.
Just as long as it doesn't happen too often.....

Posted by: Sunderland | December 23, 2010 5:19 AM | Report abuse

Yeah, he may have been a blind pig, but he still found his truffles ....

(Actually, he was a good choice for the MLB owned and operated Quikie Mart, but was probably an unwise keeper once the franchise was sold. At that point there should have been a full turnover of staff.)

The Soriano deal was a bold move and in the end, they essentially only gave up Armando Galaraga. The Milledge deal was indeed a good gamble - but they didn't get the card they needed. However, the Dukes thing was a bad play from the start. That was going to be a disaster even if it was a success. Should never have happened. LoDucca? Please. Just because your financially strapped, doesn't mean you have to spend your money unwisely.

Rizzo has much better judgement.

Posted by: natbiscuits | December 23, 2010 8:10 AM | Report abuse

They are the only DC sport team (with the exception of the Caps) moving in the right direction. Add a 1B and a quality starting pitcher and this will be a good team in the very near future.

Rizzo is doing a fine job. Just get us a 1B to replace Dunn!

Posted by: abar1 | December 23, 2010 9:10 AM | Report abuse

They extended Sean Burnett today. Good move.

Posted by: dfh21 | December 23, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

As BobLHead so accurately commented, Baseball America hasn't been very accurate. They seem to put the youngest prospects, at the top, then, as they find out they're not living up to the projection, they move down and out.

Personally, who wouldn't put Bryce Harper, at the top, for 2010? The rest, who knows. I'm underwhelmed, in general, by what the Nats ownership and GM have done, this off-season to improve the team. Werth is not going to turn the team around. We need starting pitchers; a power-hitting clean-up hitter; a solid lead-off hitter, a good first baseman; an upgraded outfield; and less errors, in general.

Who are the players who are going to accomplish this? How long are we fans going to have to wait to get a real Major League team, here, instead of a Minor League team, for which we're paying Major League prices to see. We were promised that once the new statium was built that ownership would make the team competitive. Do you really think they've given it their best effort, given their wealth, as probably the wealthiest owners in baseball?

I'm going to vote with my wallet, this year. If we don't have a good team and I'm not going to spend any more money. Suddenly, I'm from Missouri -- show me, first.

Posted by: mcjr | December 23, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

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