It’s been two years since we’ve done this exercise, back when Carter Kieboom and Luis García were both untouchable and the Nats were coming off a World Series title.
Well, much has changed since then.
Thanks to both time and trades, the latest Top 10 is almost completely different – just one holdover, who might not have been listed were it not for the cheerleading from the Alternate Training Site in 2020 by just about everyone in the traditional media… while being actually witnessed by almost no one.
The trend is here is pretty clear: players who can contribute now were valued more than those who may end up producing more later. To which I can only say: I get it. Kieboom and Garcia are, sadly, supports of that argument (while serving as examples of how the lost 2020 season may have irreparably damaged their careers).
Without further ado…
- Keibert Ruiz
- Brady House
- Armando Cruz
- T.J. White
- Riley Adams
- Yasel Antuna
- Donovan Casey
- Daylen Lile
- Jake Alu
- Jackson Cluff
Others receiving votes: Roismar Quintana, Ricardo Méndez, Jeremy De La Rosa, Drew Millas, Will Frizzell, Jacob Rhinesmith, Israel Pineda, Gilbert Lara, Branden Boissiere
Not much else to dwell on, since the list is almost completely new. Next up: the pitchers. This is usually much more interesting and wildly divergent. I expect to skew old and toward relievers, given both the audience and the candidates.