The future is bright for the Washington Nationals, whose farm system was ranked fifth by Baseball America this week in their annual list of the best organizations by minor league talent.
The only teams ahead of them are the Dodgers, Astros, Braves and Red Sox. A good reason for that is the Nats' depth of top prospects. Five of their players made BA's 2016 list of the top 100 prospects in baseball.
Lucas Giolito and Trea Turner, in fact, placed in the top 10. Outfielder Victor Robles was not far behind at 33rd, while pitchers Erick Fedde and Reynaldo Lopez were 82nd and 92nd, respectively.
For Giolito and Turner, their rankings of fifth and 10th overall were pretty close to where they landed on other lists around the baseball world. For Robles, however, his 33rd overall ranking is 30 spots ahead of where MLB.com had him on their list released earlier in the month. Lopez made BA's list despite being left off MLB.com's.
One part of these rankings that is always interesting is their prediction for when players still in the minors will make their MLB debuts. For example, they have Giolito making the majors this season.
Click here for the full list of top prospects. And click here for BA's organizational rankings.
There is also the prospects special we did on 'Baseball the District' featuring Nats assistant GM Doug Harris.
We know you're already counting down the seconds until the Washington Nationals square off with the Houston Astros in the World Series. It's constantly on your mind, in your dreams at night and the hype is unmatched.
Twitter user @PoolBoyTV seems to be in the same boat, and they have a video that will take that excitement to a new level.
Fusing the all-time classic intro scene from the television show 'Friends' with the infectious personalities in the Nationals clubhouse, we have ourselves a masterpiece.
The video captures the fun-loving attitude that the Nationals have carried throughout the season, part of the reason the team rebounded from a 19-31 record in May all the way to the Fall Classic. And of course, it wouldn't truly represent the 2019 Washington Nationals without some 'Baby Shark' in the mix.
From Trea Turner to Kurt Suzuki, this cast of stars will try to keep the party going against the Astros.
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With Game 1 of the World Series set for Houston on Tuesday, the Nationals had limited free time in the District.
But that didn't stop Gerardo Parra on using his last free day to visit pediatric cancer patients with his wife, Tania, and the Nats mascot, Screech, at Children's National Hospital.
Parra and company handed out, what else, plush Baby Sharks to the patients, a nod to Parra's new walk-up song and Nats fans new anthem that has provided plenty of shark-clapping in arenas across DC and has even made its way to a local orchestra.
"Any time we have a chance to come here, I wanna come," Parra said of the visit. "I think the more important (thing) is the Baby Shark bring a lot of smile to the kids. So when I come here today, we see everybody when taking the Baby Shark happy, like smiling, dance to the Baby Shark, that's the point."
Parra also handed out "Stay in the Fight" t-shirts to parents and kids, an ode to the Nats' slogan throughout their playoff run.
Clearly, there will be some Baby Shark chomping action coming from Children's Hospital this World Series.
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