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.