#21 Telmito Agustin OF
Originally from the U.S. Virgin Islands, Agustin moved to the Dominican Republic and signed with Washington for $50,000 in October 2013. The 22-year-old Agustin has struggled with injuries since signing, but was beginning to breakout at the beginning of 2018 before yet another injury occurred. Listed at 5-10 160lbs, Agustin has above-average speed, good barrel skills and some sneaky pull power. He has a fringe-average arm, which causes him to profile best in left field. Agustin has a ceiling as a starting left fielder if the power continues to emerge, with his likely outcome being as a backup outfielder if he can stay healthy.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/10/05/prospect-spotlight-telmito-agustin/
#22 Tres Barrera Catcher
Barrera was Washington’s 6th round pick in 2016 after a strong career at the University of Texas. Behind the dish Barrera projects as an easy plus defender. He possesses a plus, accurate arm with a lightning fast release, allowing him to effectively shut down opposing runners. He is a quiet receiver and has a knack for blocking errant pitches. Offensively he has fringe-average bat speed and struggles with strikeouts, limiting his future potential as a hitter. However, he has a mature approach and has above-average raw power. Barrera has a ceiling as a quality, major league backup catcher.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/09/12/prospect-spotlight-tres-barrera/
#23 Sterling Sharp RHP
Drafted in the 22nd round in 2016 from Drury, Washington may have stumbled into a late blooming prospect in Sharp. Standing 6’4” 185lbs, Sharp utilizes his extremely long limbs to get tremendous extension and deception in his delivery. He features a 3-pitch mix, consisting of an 88-to-92mph sinker, a quality changeup with arm-side fade and a fringe-average slider. Sharp learned his sinker grip from watching former National Blake Treinen, and this pitch has helped generate a nearly 60% ground ball ratio the past two seasons. Sharp will be 24 in May and still needs minor league seasoning, but he has a ceiling as a #5 starter.
#24 Tomas Alastre RHP
Washington signed Alastre for a $350,000 bonus as an international free agent in July 2014. Alastre stands 6’4” 170lbs with long limbs and physical projection remaining. The 20-year-old features the traditional 3-pitch arsenal of an 89-91mph fastball with natural sink, a 75-78mph curveball and an 83-87mph changeup with arm-side sink. He has good feel for his off-speed pitches and should add velocity as his body matures. The risk is high due to his lack of elite velocity or a monster out-pitch, but Alastre has a ceiling of a future back-end starter.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/05/25/prospect-spotlight-tomas-alastre/
#25 Austen Williams RHP
Washington drafted Williams in the 6th round of the 2014 draft from Texas State University. After spending his first several years as a starter, Williams flourished working in relief in 2018. Williams utilizes a 3-pitch repertoire, featuring a 91-to-94mph fastball with arm-side run, a powerful low-80s curveball with excellent shape, and the occasional low-80s changeup. Williams pounds the lower part of the strike zone and can locate to all four quadrants with above-average command. He was added to Washington’s 40-man roster late in 2018, and could be a potential bullpen option this season. Williams has a ceiling as a league-average setup reliever.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/10/01/introducing-washington-nationals-austen-williams/
#26 Joan Baez RHP
The Nationals signed Baez as an international free agent in April 2014 from the Dominican Republic. Baez is blessed with a wiry, projectable 6’3” 190lbs body and excellent arm speed. He has a 3-pitch arsenal, featuring a 92-95mph fastball that can touch higher, a high-70s curveball with plus potential and a firm mid-80s changeup. Washington has developed the 24-year-old as a starter, but his lack of a changeup and below-average command should make him a reliever long-term. He profiles as a middle reliever, with a ceiling as a quality setup man.
#27 Steven Fuentes RHP
Another international free agent, Washington signed Fuentes for a $35,000 bonus out of Panama in July 2013. The 21-year-old owns a three-pitch repertoire, consisting of an 89-to-93mph fastball with heavy sink, an 81-to-84mph slider to sharp bite, along with the occasional mid-80s changeup. He is an intriguing prospect due to his sinking fastball and potentially above-average slider, yet his lack of premium velocity and his mediocre command limits his overall ceiling. Fuentes has a ceiling of a multi-inning reliever in the mold of former National Craig Stammen, with the likely outcome being a reliever who bounces between Triple-A and the majors.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/09/28/prospect-spotlight-steven-fuentes/
#28 Nick Raquet LHP
Raquet was Washington’s 3rd round pick in 2017 from the College of William & Mary. The 6’0” 215lbs lefty is powerfully built with thick legs. Raquet features a 4-pitch mix, including a low-90s fastball, a quality 82-to-84mph slider, changeup and curveball. His command and control of the strike zone can waver and is below-average, but has improved dramatically as a professional. Washington has developed Raquet as a starter, yet his future lies in the bullpen. He has a ceiling as a middle reliever that is particularly difficult against lefties.
Full Scouting Report -> http://natsgm.com/2018/09/21/prospect-spotlight-nick-raquet/
#29 Kyle McGowin RHP
McGowin was originally drafted by Anaheim in Round 5 of the 2013 draft, and Washington acquired him in December 2016, along with Austin Adams, in exchange for Danny Espinosa. A wiry 6’3” 195lbs, McGowin throws from a low three-quarters arm-slot and features a three-pitch repertoire. The fastball sits 89-to-92mph with quality sink, a slider that works at 81-to-84mph with slurvy shape, along with a low-80s changeup. McGowin was added to Washington’s 40-man roster late in the season based upon his success in 2018 and ability to locate three fringe-average pitches. He has a ceiling as a major league spot starter or long reliever and should see time in Washington this season.
Full Scouting Report ->http://natsgm.com/2018/10/08/introducing-washington-nationals-rhp-kyle-mcgowin/
#30 Brigham Hill RHP
Hill was Washington’s 5th round pick in 2017 after a distinguished career at Texas A&M. He is an undersized righty listed at 6’0” 185lbs (likely closer to 5’10”) who features the traditional 3-pitch mix of a fastball, curveball and changeup. Hill’s fastball sits 89-to-92mph with excellent sink, a nasty low-80s changeup and a fringy mid-70s curveball. He pounds the lower part of the strike zone and possesses above-average command. He has battled injuries since signing, pitching only 99 innings total innings. Still only 23-year-old, Hill should begin 2019 at High-A, and has a ceiling as a #5 starter or long reliever.