Baseball America has released their list of the top 100 prospects in baseball and the Nationals have a few notable names getting recognition. Coming in first for the Nats is Anthony Rendon who ranks 30th, with Lucas Giolito (67) and Brian Goodwin (70) also included. Pitcher A.J. Cole made the top 100 for MLB.com, but is not featured in the Baseball America version.
Rendon, an infielder, placed at the same spot he did at the end of the 2012 season, down from 19th overall at the end of 2011. The 22-year-old prospect is currently with the Nationals in spring training with a trip to the minors likely in his near future. He hit .233 in 43 minor league games last season.
Giolito comes in at 67th which is seven spots higher than his MLB.com slot. The 18-year-old is currently recovering from Tommy John surgery after being drafted in the first round by the Nationals last year. He appeared in one game with the Nats’ organization last season, a two-inning stint in the Gulf Coast League. He had Tommy John last August and is on track to return late in 2013.
Goodwin stays at number 70, right where he was at the end of 2012, but 18 ranks lower than Jonathan Mayo’s list at MLB.com. The Nationals took him in the sandwich round of the 2011 MLB Draft. Goodwin hit .280 in 100 games last season with time at Hagerstown and Harrisburg.