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LOD’s 2018 Top Prospects: Washington Nationals – Pitchers

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.

We have already covered both the NL West and NL Central champions in our offseason prospect preview series. Today, we turn our attention to the NL East champion, Washington Nationals. There have been a few changes this offseason at the major league level in the Nation’s capital, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the pitching depth. The Nationals have one of the best rotations in baseball and today we take a look at a few guys that could be joining that great staff in the near future.

RHP– Erick Fedde – 2017 Teams: Washington (MLB), Syracuse (Triple-A), Harrisburg (Double-A)

2017 Minor League Statistics: 90.1 IP, 4-5, 3.69 ERA, 79 SO, 23 BB, 1.16 WHIP

2017 Major League Statistics: 15.1 IP, 0-1, 9.39 ERA, 15 SO, 8 BB, 2.15 WHIP

Fedde made his major league debut in 2017 and it was not the performance the former first round pick was hoping for. Despite the struggles at the big league level, the club is still excited about what Fedde can add to the roster in the near future.

The UNLV product started and came out of the bullpen in both Triple-A and Double-A last season, but the Nationals are still looking at him as a starter. Fedde made seven starts at Double-A Harrisburg to start the 2017 campaign before being moved to the bullpen. Four of those seven starts were quality starts and he went at least five innings in all but one of them. He was streaky coming out of the bullpen and when he finally made his next start of the season, this time with Triple-A Syracuse, he didn’t get a single out before allowing six runs and getting pulled.  

Fedde has a nice Fastball/Slider combo that he can hide relatively well in his three quarters arm slot. He will fill up the strike zone and typically use his slider as an out pitch. He has a solid changeup as well, so the stuff is all there, at this point it may just be about continuing to learn to mix locations against big league hitters. Fedde turns 25 this offseason and he may find himself battling for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring.  
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LHP– Nick Raquet – 2017 Teams: Auburn (Short Season), GCL Nats (Rookie)

2017 Statistics: 53.1 IP, 3-2, 2.36 ERA, 24 SO, 7 BB, 1.22 WHIP

Raquet was taken in the third round of last year’s draft out of William & Mary. Despite hitters batting a combined .282 against the southpaw, Raquet impressed in his first pro season. He allowed more contact than you’d like to see, but the amount of hard contact was very limited. That is thanks in large to a healthy mid 90’s fastball and above average changeup combination.

At 6’0 215 pounds, Raquet has pretty deceptive stuff. The aforementioned fastball and changeup are the highlights of his repertoire, but he also has two different breaking balls to back it up. As soon as he can learn how to consistently throw all of his secondary stuff for strikes, he will more than likely begin making strides towards the big leagues.

 

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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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