Three Nationals minor leaguers landed on Baseball America’s list of Top 100 prospects, which is the closest thing the industry has to a definitive ranking.
Anthony Rendon came in at No. 30 overall, the highest of any Nationals player. Chosen with the No. 6 pick in the 2011 draft, Rendon played in only 43 games last year between Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg after he broke his ankle in the first week of the season. Rendon, 22, is in major league spring training and could challenge for a call-up this season if he stays healthy. Nationals officials rave about his effortless, powerful swing and quick hands on defense.
The magazine ranked right-handed starter Lucas Giolito as the No. 67 overall prosect. Giolito, regarded as perhaps the most talented pitcher in last year’s draft, fell to the Nationals at the 16th pick because of concerns about the cost to sign him and his health. Shortly after the Nationals gave him a $2.925 million signing bonus, he underwent Tommy John surgery. He is still recovering, but he’s only 18.
Outfielder Brian Goodwin ranked No. 70 on the list. The Nationals signed Goodwin with a $3 million signing bonus after taking him with the 34th overall pick in 2011. Goodwin hit .280/.384/.469 last season between Class A Hagerstown and Class AA Harrisburg, then excelled in the Arizona Fall League.
Starting pitcher Alex Meyer, whom the Nationals traded to the Twins to acquire center fielder Denard Span, ranked No. 59.