The Nationals at one point had the highest rated farm system in all of baseball, but a lot can change in a year. Baseball America released their top 50 prospect rankings on Thursday and not a single Nationals' player is on the list.
The Nationals' farm system of course took a hit when they traded four of their top young players to the Oakland Athletics for Gio Gonzalez. They also saw their standing suffer when their top prospect Bryce Harper, the top rated prospect overall last July, was called up to the big leagues for good.
But not having a top 50 prospect is a little unsettling when looking towards the future. The Nationals would like to restock their minor league teams and it may just be time that they need. They have drafted several players in recent years who project as top prospects, they just haven't shown enough to be included on the list quite yet.
2011 first round picks Anthony Rendon and Alex Meyer could be in the next top 50 list for instance. Rendon has been hurt this season after being picked sixth overall and Meyer has pitched well enough to be picked for the Futures Game, but only at the Single-A level. Left-hander Matt Purke is also expected to move fast through the minor leagues but has had a slow start to his professional career.
The big league Nationals aren't hurting for young talent at the moment as the team possesses one of the best young rosters in the majors. But as their young draft picks develop, don't be surprised to see a few future Nats on these lists in the future.
WASHINGTON -- The Nationals have agreed to a $7 million, two-year contract with outfielder Howie Kendrick, a deal subject to a successful physical.
Agent Pat Murphy confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on Monday. USA Today was first to report the deal.
Kendrick, 34, hit .293 with seven home runs and RBIs in 52 games with Washington after he was acquired from Philadelphia. The versatile right-handed hitter got just three plate appearances off the bench in the playoffs.
In 12 major league seasons with the Los Angeles Angels, Dodgers, Phillies and Nationals, Kendrick is a .291 hitter with a .755 OPS. He's now primarily an outfielder for Washington after playing left field, second base, first base and other positions throughout his career.
Ever wonder how you can become one of the Washington Nationals' Racing Presidents or what it takes to get the job?
The team recently detailed the requirements and held tryouts on Sunday for the next group of presidents to carry on the 12-season tradition.
RELATED: Ranking best and worst of MLB logos
While the basic requirements are pretty standard — be at least 18 years old, have a high school diploma, etc. — the specifics are quite unusual compared with a typical job. Among them, presidential candidates need to be at least 5-foot-7 but no taller than 6-foot-6 and able to run from centerfield to first base in a 50-pound costume. Needless to say, those who were invited to try out had to be in pretty good physical shape.
So in bitter cold temperatures, participants raced against each other in a 40-yard dash with the 50-pound costume on. They also danced.
Here are some of the highlights from Sunday’s Racing Presidents tryouts.
RELATED: Bryce Harper enjoyed story of Alex Luey, Ovechkin's hat trick for young cancer survivor