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Giolito leads four Nats on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list

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Giolito leads four Nats on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list

When it comes to the Nationals' farm system, the rich get richer, as the Nats have plenty more talent on the way coming up through their minor league ranks. 

That is demonstrated well by MLB.com's 2016 list of the top 100 prospects in baseball. Four different Nationals prospects appeared in the rankings, including Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner, who both placed in the top 11.

Giolito was third overall, behind only Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager and Twins outfielder Byron Buxton. Giolito was the highest-ranked pitcher on the list.

Turner came in at 11th as the fifth-ranked shortstop, amazingly enough. There are a lot of talented shortstops on the cusp of stardom in MLB.com's eyes.

The other two Nationals players on the list were outfielder Victor Robles, who came in at 63rd and starting pitcher Erick Fedde, who placed 78th. Those two are not nearly as close to the majors as Giolito and Turner are.

Giolito headlines the Nats' farm system and MLB.com has high praise for the right-hander:

"Giolito has the highest ceiling among Minor League pitchers... The sky is the limit for Giolito, who has the stuff, physicality and command to develop into an ace."

Turner has already debuted at the big league level and is expected to play plenty in Washington 2016, as well. For Giolito, it is not yet clear whether he will debut in 2016, or whether 2017 is more realistic.

For more on the Nats' farm system, check out our 'Baseball in the District' prospects special from last week where we talked to assistant GM Doug Harris and Teddy Cahill of Baseball America.

[RELATED: Nats assistant GM Doug Harris joins 'Baseball in the District']

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.