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Giolito & Turner, Nats' farm system ranked highly by Baseball America

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Giolito & Turner, Nats' farm system ranked highly by Baseball America

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.

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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.