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Posted at 11:01 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Washington Nationals’ top 20 prospects from Baseball Prospectus

Bryce Harper is No. 1 (Christian Petersen - GETTY IMAGES)
The Nationals’ farm system received a dent when the team traded four prospects in December for Gio Gonzalez, but it remains a strong system, especially in the lower levels. Today at Baseball Prospectus, Kevin Goldstein, one of the leading – and certainly the most entertaining – prospect experts takes stock of what remains, ranking the Nationals’ Top 20 prospects.

Goldstein has full scouting reports and more information on the Baseball Prospectus site, which is worth a read. I’ll post his Top 20 below. For what it’s worth, I think A.J. Cole would have been in the top 5 and Brad Peacock would have been in the top 10 for sure. Derek Norris and Tom Milone each would have probably made the top 10 as well. Anyway, here’s Goldstein’s list, with some quick notes of mine in parenthesis:

Five-Star Prospects

1. Bryce Harper, OF (40-man roster)

2. Anthony Rendon, 3B (40-man roster)

Four-Star Prospects

3. Matt Purke, LHP (40-man roster)

Three-Star Prospects

4. Brian Goodwin, OF

5. Alex Meyer, RHP

6. Destin Hood, OF

7. Michael Taylor, OF

8. Steve Lombardozzi, 2B (40-man roster, 2011 call-up)

9. Robbie Ray, LHP

10. Sammy Solis, LHP

Two-Star Prospects

11. Tyler Moore, 1B (40-man roster)

Nine More:

12. Chris Marrero, 1B (40-man roster)

13. Eury Perez, OF (40-man roster)

14. Zach Walters, SS (Acquired from the Diamondbacks for Jason Marquis.)

15. Taylor Jordan, RHP

16. Josh Smoker, LHP (One of the picks the Nationals received when Alfonso Soriano signed with the Cubs. Failed as a starter, but has really impressed in relief.)

17. Jason Martinson, SS

18. Matt Skole, 3B

19. Sandy Leon, C (Invited to big-league camp)

20. David Freitas, C

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