As the Major League Baseball season winds down, the Nationals find themselves in the thick of a tight National League wild card race.
As October approaches, Anthony Rendon, Juan Soto, and Max Scherzer look to reverse the Nats' playoff woes in the first season of Washington's post-Bryce Harper era. This should be fun.
But let's skip all of that and look to the future.
As exciting as the Nats' current core is, the team has several young players on the way. Every season, MLB.com publishes its Pipeline Top 100 Prospect rankings.
With the final rankings for 2019 just released, here's a look at the Nationals' top prospects.
Way back in the spring, the Nationals entered the season with three top 100 prospects: outfielder Victor Robles at No. 4, middle infielder Carter Kieboom at No. 25, and infielder Luis Garcia at No. 75. With Robles exhausting his status as a prospect, the Nats are left with just two top 100 prospects.
Carter Kieboom (No. 21)
Kieboom made his major league debut in April after Trea Turner went down with a broken finger. In just 11 big league games, Kieboom hit a measly .128 but showed off his immense power with two home runs.
But have no fear, because Kieboom went off for a .333/.409/.493 slash line with 79 runs, 79 RBI and 16 home runs over 109 Triple-A games. Kieboom's success in the minor leagues this season helped him rise four spots to No. 21 in the Top 100 rankings.
The Nationals drafted Kieboom in the first round of the 2016 MLB Draft, and he has shot through the Nats system since. Look for Kieboom to continue being one of the best hitters in the minors.
Luis Garcia (No. 92)
Falling almost 20 spots in the rankings is certainly a bad look, and a .302/.330/.387 slash line does not exactly offer much of a defense for the Nats' young infielder.
The upside? Garcia is only 19 years old.
Playing in Double-A at 19 years old is not easy, so expect to see Garcia begin to climb these rankings next season. His strong defensive play in the middle infield will keep him in the Double-A lineups, and his hitting is bound to improve after hitting .297 in A ball.
Garcia primarily plays short, so with Turner and Kieboom in front of him Garcia will have plenty of time to develop. Garcia also has some pretty high aspirations.
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