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By Tom Fitton
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Brian Goodwin
Brian Goodwin is a top prospect in the Nats organization and could reach the majors in 2014, how ready is he for the The Show?
The Nationals' roster doesn't have many weak spots heading into the 2013 season, but the front office always keeps an eye on the future. Here are some players in Washington's farm system who could fill key roles in upcoming seasons.
Rendon, Sandy Leon and Nate Karns head to Double-A Harrisburg and Eury Perez to Triple-A Syracuse. The Nats also re-assigned Matt Skole, Will Rhymes and Pat McCoy to minor league camp.
Zimmerman said on Wednesday, his third consecutive day of throwing, he will most likely progress to playing catch from 90 feet. He expects to be hitting on the field with the rest of his teammates by the end of the week.
For years, the questions surrounding the Washington Nationals' long-term answers in center field and at leadoff were the most pressing. Each season, it seemed, they would cycle through center-field options and try out player after player atop the lineup. The start of this one wasn't wholly different.
The Nationals' farm system, ranked No. 1 over the winter by Baseball America, fell to No. 12 when it was re-ranked in March in the wake of the Gio Gonzalez trade. Outside of outfielder Bryce Harper, there are more prospects at Single-A and Double-A this year than those who are near major league-ready.
When Baseball America's 2011 draft preview was sent off in late May, it projected Anthony Rendon and Alex Meyer would be off the board after the sixth pick. It listed Brian Goodwin as the sixth-best center fielder available. Many thought Rendon would be the first-overall selection, and there wasn't much hope that if Meyer made it past the Washington Nationals' first pick at six, he'd still be there at No. 23.
This year, there was no Bryce Harper and no Stephen Strasburg. There was no No. 1 overall pick deemed once-in-a-generation waiting until the clock struck midnight to relent, get paid record sums and join the Washington Nationals.
On the first day of the 2011 Major League Baseball draft, the Washington Nationals sent a message for their strategy this year: We're not afraid to take a risk.
Major League Baseball’s amateur draft is typically more predictable than those of its professional football and basketball brethren for the simple fact that baseball teams are not allowed to trade draft picks. There’s no chance of a team causing chaos by jumping ahead of another to snag a coveted prospect at the last moment.
He noted his favorite players as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones but when asked to describe his latest outfield signee, Boras chose another comparison.