ACES IN WAITING?
The Nationals have no shortage of promising pitching prospects in their farm system. History says most of these guys won’t pan out, but here’s a look at those young arms who have a chance to one day be staff ace:
Throws: R | Ht/Wt: 6-5, 190 | Age: 21
Acquired: Fourth-round pick in 2004 draft
Last year: 4-10, 3.89 ERA at Harrisburg and Columbus
The lowdown: With a complete arsenal that includes a mid-90s fastball and a hard curveball, Balester has moved quickly through the Nats’ system. He impressed team officials this spring and could be the first starter promoted from Columbus.
Throws: L | Ht/Wt: 6-5, 185 | Age: 22
Acquired: First-round pick in 2007 draft
Last year: 2-2, 3.51 ERA at GCL and Potomac
The lowdown: Probably has the best pure stuff of anyone in the system, including a “plus” fastball, curveball and change-up. Has only nine games of minor-league experience, but he’s on the fast track to the big leagues.
Throws: L | Ht/Wt: 6-3, 195 | Age: 19
Acquired: Sixth-round pick in 2007 draftView Entire Story
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