A few weeks ago, MLB.com released its list of the Top 100 Prospects in baseball. This weekend it was Baseball America’s turn to reveal their list. As was the case with MLB.com, the Baseball America Top 100 Prospects also included Washington Nationals Victor Robles and Erick Fedde. The difference between the two lists is that one fell a few spots while the other rose.
There is little arguing against Robles as the top Nationals farmhand. Within the next few seasons, the speedy outfielder is expected to become an impact big league player. He is well on his way there with Baseball America predicting the 2018 season as his estimated time of arrival.
Unlike the list MLB.com published, Robles fell outside of the top 10. His placement by Baseball America is an unlucky 13. MLB.com had him at No. 8.
It’s not uncommon to see players move up or down the list drastically. For instance, former Nationals farmhand Lucas Giolito will begin the 2017 season at No. 25 according to Baseball America. Last year, he began at No. 5. One really good or really bad year can make a huge difference in projections.
A positive from Robles’ placement is that he began last year at No. 33 on this list. So, although he is not as highly regarded as MLB.com thinks he is, Robles is climbing both charts.
On the other hand, Fedde seems to have more fans at Baseball America than at MLB.com. He will begin the year as the No. 60 prospect according to MLB.com. The Fedde fans at Baseball America have him at No. 52.
Fedde, who is about on the same trajectory toward the big leagues as Robles, is the last of the stud Nationals minor league pitchers with the organization. Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez were right there with Fedde before they were dealt this offseason to the Chicago White Sox. Their absence now leaves a lot of responsibility on Fedde to perform.
Like Robles, Fedde has also climbed up a number of spots on Baseball America’s list from last season. He began 2016 as the No. 82 prospect in baseball. While the No. 52 spot may not seem significant, Colorado Rockies slugger Nolan Arenado was placed there back at the start of the 2013 season.
If this is any indication of what the future holds for Fedde, the Nationals are in great shape.