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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Washington Nationals – Outfielders

During the 2017-2018 offseason, we here at LOD are putting together a different kind of prospect list than you’re used to seeing. As opposed to typical prospect rankings, we are going position by position to give you the names to look out for in the upcoming season. Keep checking back to see if your favorite player makes our 2018 Top Prospect Team. You can view previous team previews by Clicking Here.

Washington Nationals

Outfield – Victor Robles – 2017 Teams: Washington (MLB), Harrisburg (Double-A), Potomac (Advanced-A)

2017 MLB Statistics: .250/.308/.458, .766 OPS, 0 HR, 4 RBI

2017 MiLB Statistics: .300/.382/.493, .875 OPS, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 27 SB

Robles’ potential has been well-documented. He is a consensus top 10 prospect in all of baseball and will be making an impact consistently at the big league level in the very near future. He has flown through the Nationals system, for good reason, and made his big league debut in 2017 at just 20 years old.

The Dominican Republic native is already viewed as a five tool player and someone that could step in and be an effective everyday big leaguer right now. An outstanding athlete, Robles has great speed that translates well in the field and on the bases. He has the ability to be a top center fielder defensively while being a 20/30 guy at the plate.
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Outfield – Juan Soto– 2017 Teams: Hagerstown (Single-A), GCL Nationals (Rookie)

2017 Statistics: .351/.415/.505, .919 OPS, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 1 SB

Soto may be on a similar path as Robles. While they posses two different skill sets, Soto is already turning heads at just age 19. He is young, but his approach at the plate is extremely developed. Soto possesses a powerful, consistent left handed swing and you can bet the opposing pitchers always know where he is penciled in the lineup. There are many people that think Soto already has a major league ready bat, me being one of those people, with just 83 minor league games under his belt.

While Soto may not be outstanding with all five tools, he has a plus bat and will be at least average everywhere else. He will play a solid corner outfield in the show some day with good enough speed and arm strength while slotting into the middle of the lineup.

Outfield – Daniel Johnson– 2017 Teams: Potomac (Advanced-A), Hagerstown (Single-A)

2017 Statistics: .298/.356/.505, .861 OPS, 22 HR, 72 RBI, 22 SB

A 2016 fifth round pick out of New Mexico State, Johnson turned heads in 2017. The former Aggie posted a 20/20 season over two levels while slugging .505. The extra base hit machine earned himself an aggressive call up to High-A after 88 games with Hagerstown. 55 of his 148 hits went for extra bases while the Vallejo, CA native struck out 20% of the time during last year’s campaign.

The majority of Johnson’s time defensively has come in right field, but he has shown the ability to play everywhere in the outfield. He profiles best in Center due to his exceptional speed and arm strength. Johnson is a prospect that I am extremely high on and if there wasn’t so much outfield talent around him in the system, he would be getting way more attention.

 

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Jake Berry

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Jake resides in Carrollton, GA and loves everything baseball. He is a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan and enjoys traveling to watch their Minor League teams. He graduated from the University of West Georgia with a Bachelor's Degree in Sport Management. Jake is also a certified personal trainer and has a passion for fitness and weight lifting. You can find his personal site at berrysbaseball.com

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