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.
There is also the prospects special we did on 'Baseball the District' featuring Nats assistant GM Doug Harris.