Washington Nationals Prospects
The Washington Nationals finished 2016 with a 95-67 record (.586 winning percentage). Washington won their third division title in the past five titles, but fell for the third time in the National League Divisional Series. Expectations remain high for an organization that has placed in the top two of the division since 2012. The team’s alternating nature would lead many to believe in a regression towards .500, but many others believe this is a true World Series contender. Washington is looking to live up to high hopes and not only make it to the postseason, but win the franchise’s first postseason series.
The team is carried by a slew of superstars as Max Scherzer, Bryce Harper, and Stephen Strasburgh are the blockbuster names on the lineup. However, it is the remarkable depth that has many believing in a deep run. Adam Eaton made his way over via trade and Matt Wieters signed on in free agency. The two veterans join a number of other tenured options like Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman, Daniel Murphy and Stephen Drew. While the team is certainly in a position to make a run in the short-term, they are also built for extended success. Harper’s future with the team remains questionable given looming free agency, but he stands at 24 years-old with no ceiling to his potential. Youngsters like Trea Turner and Joe Ross emerged as contributor’s in 2016 with possibly greater roles this upcoming season. Last year marked the fifth consecutive winning season for the Washington Nationals who will looked to extend that streak and become real contenders in the postseason.