Prospect Rankings Team Top 10 Prospects 2015 Washington Nationals Top Prospects By mlbtopprospects Washington Nationals Top Prospects Below are the 2015 Washington Nationals Top Prospects. Washington Nationals Farm System Review – HERE Get full scouting reports on the Washington Nationals Top Prospects with the Prospect Handbook Opening Day payrolls (Major League contracts plus signing bonuses): 2014: 2014: $137,356,579 2013: $118,289,679 2012: $ 92,534,929 A Look Back… Last 5 Years Draft Picks Year Name/Position School/HometownPick 2014 Erik Fedde/RHP UNLV 18 2012 Lucas Giolito/RHP Harvard-Westlake H.S., Studio City, Calif. 16 2011 Alex Meyer/RHP Kentucky 23 2011 Anthony Rendon/3B Rice 6 2010 Bryce Harper/C College of Southern Nevada 1 2015 Washington Nationals Top Prospects Rank/Overall Name Position 1/8 Lucas Giolito RHP Get Lucas Giolito Autograph: HERE Top Position Prospect : RHP SCOUTING REPORT Lucas Giolito The #1 pitching prospect in all of baseball has an unbelievable feel for pitching and command at just 20 years old. With 3+ MLB average or better offerings, makes Giolito a special talent. 2/56 A.J. Cole RHP Get A.J. Cole Autograph: HERE The Nats must really like Cole as they drafted him, traded him for Gio Gonzalez and then traded to get him back. A powerful fastball that he works down in the zone and average breaking pitches make him an intriguing prospect that should make his MLB debut in 2015. 3/65 Michael Taylor OF Get Michael Taylor Autograph: HERE Taylor a shortstop converted to an outfield flashes unreal athleticism. His aggressive tendencies result in a high-k rate but he flashes impressive pop and speed. The move to the outfield was a was choice for Taylor as he has a great arm and covers a ton of realty in the field 4/96 Trea Turner SS Get Trea Turner Autograph: HERE Turner is a very consistent defender with impressive speed. He was part of the Wil Myer trade to SD but will not be head to Washington until June. Turner has a great eye for the strike zone and is a keen understanding of what he is trying to accomplish at the plate. 5 Reynaldo Lopez RHP Get Reynaldo Lopez Autograph: HERE Lopez has a big time arm and may end up the Nats closer before long. He manhandled hitters in Low-A last season posting a 1.08ERA over 16 starts. Flashing a 94+ fastball, Lopez is one guy you that will start climbing the rankings during the 2015 season. 6 Erick Feede RHP Get Erick Fedde Autograph: HERE Similar to Giolito, Fedde is a physically imposing pitcher recovering from Tommy John surgery before he begins his pro career. He was a first round pick in the 2014 draft and is a ground ball inducing machine. His command is impressive and should move quickly once healthy. 7 Wilmer Difo SS/2B Get Wilmer Difo Autograph: HERE A true-five tool player. Difo is a impressive talent that truly shocked people with his 2014 campaign. His ability to get on base and wreck havoc is his calling card. His maturity was a big question mark heading in to 2014 but he quieted the doubters and is out to prove his campaign was no flash in the pan. 8 Joe Ross RHP Get Joe Ross Autograph: HERE A highly touted pitcher out of Bishop-Gorman in Northern California. Ross was part of the Wil Myers deal because of his potential. A 94-96 fastball and a average slider gives him a higher ceiling than his brother Tyson. 9 Drew Ward 3B Get Drew Ward Autograph: HERE Ward was a third round pick by the Nats in 2014 and they like what they have seen so far from this youngster. Ward’s power from the left side makes him a quality prospect that profiles as a first baseman in the bigs. With his raw power and composure at the plate, he should develop into a .275-.285 hitter. 10 Brian Goodwin OF Get Brian Goodwin Autograph: HERE The expected heir apparent to Denard Span suffered a season ending injury in July that cut short his horrific season. He is expected to return to Triple-A this year and with a regain in confidence should develop into a quality leadoff hitter. 11 Nick Pivetta RHP Get Nick Pivetta’s Autograph: HERE Armed with a big time fastball and a ideal pitchers body (6’5″ 220LBS), Pivetta is a raw talent that is similar to Nats righty Blake Treinen. Impressive fastball, decent command and improving secondary pitches. His mechanics are a work in progress, as repeating his delivery has not been one of his positive attributes.