Washington Nationals Farm System Report 2015

Washington Nationals Farm System Report

Rank #14 heading into the 2015 season
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Washington Nationals Farm System Report

Let me go ahead and get this out of the way; RHP Lucas Giolito is the real deal. His return from Tommy John surgery has been impressive and posted eye-popping numbers in Low-A in 2014. 2.20 ERA over 20 starts, 98IP, 110K and 28BB. Opposing batters his a paltry .197 against him. Armed with an electric fastball and his physically imposing figure (6’6″ 255) Giolito has the makings of a true #1. The Nats traded AJ Cole to the A’s in a package for Gio Gonzalez in late 2011. Cole took his lumps during his time in High-A Stockton (California League) prompting a demotion mid-season. A little over one year later Cole is dealt back to the Nats in the John Jason/Michael Morse package. The Nats have high hopes for this right-hander. Cole is a tall drink of water, standing in at 6’5″ and 200 lbs. He throws a 94-97 fastball and a solid curve. He ended up with a great 2014 campaign splitting time in Double-A and Triple-A last year and is poised to make his debut sometime this season. He needs to continue to trust his stuff as he relies to much on his fastball. Double-A and Triple-A hitters can hit fastballs out of the park, i.e. his 10 homers he gave up last year needs to go down.

The Nationals have a fascination with tall, power pitchers as they drafted Erick Fedde in the first round of the 2014 draft out of UNLV. Fedde is recovering from Tommy John surgery after an impressive junior season with the Rebels. Fedde throws a sinker 93-95 range with great late life which induces a ton of ground balls. Down expect him to light up the strike out category this season.

They selected one of the top amateur catchers available in the third round with Jakson Reetz. Reetz is a solid backstop with a little pop. 2015 might be Brian Goodwin’s year to debut in the Washington. Goodwin has been known his entire career as aggressive hitter with stolen base potential. His aggression sometimes gets the best of him as he routinely posts a high strike out rate but the potential of a .280 average in the bigs with 20 stolen bases and 15-25 doubles is very enticing. The Nats system is headed in the right direction. With a good draft in 2015 it will make them one of the top 10 farm systems in baseball.