Future Watch: Washington Nationals Baseball Cards, trio to collect

Future Watch: Washington Nationals Baseball Cards, trio to collectThe Washington Nationals are always competitive. They always have stars and stars on the horizon. What’s their secret? It’s their scouting and their farm system. They have won one World Series in their history, and the only way to win another is to build from within, and they are doing just that. The Nationals have always had a lot of home-grown talent, and this trio of young prospects is no exception.

Yasel Antuna was signed by the Washington Nationals as an international prospect in 2016. This switch-hitting infielder came with a lot of promise since he had some power to go along with his other talents.

In 2017, Antuna played in Rookie Ball and hit eight doubles, three triples, one home run, and 17 RBI with five steals. This prospect could fill the stat sheet. In 2018, in A-Ball playing for the Hagerstown Suns, he slugged 14 doubles, two triples, six home runs, and 27 RBI with eight steals. In 2019, Antuna only played three games because of impending Tommy John surgery. He made a full recovery. Antuna is currently with the Wilmington Blue Rocks in A+ ball.

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Jeremy De La Rosa signed as an international free agent in 2018. Once again, the Nationals were going to search in other places as a way to bolster their young talent base. They did just that with this athletic outfielder, who was 17 at the time.

In 2019, while playing Rookie Ball, he played in every outfield position. In 99 at-bats, this prospect hit one double, two triples, two home runs, and 10 RBI with three steals. He was off to a great start, and then COVID-19 stepped in, and 2020 was spent playing at the Nationals alternate training site. De La Rosa is the top outfield prospect for the Nationals.

Their current star, Juan Soto has taken him under his wing. De La Rosa has the ability to hit to all fields, and his power is expected to grow. He’s a lefty, and if he can hit with power, he can be a big-time talent for them in the future.

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Armando Cruz was signed as an international free agent in 2021. He was 16 getting ready to turn 17. He is the Nationals shortstop of the future. Cruz is still filling out and developing muscle mass and strength that comes with maturity. Nobody is sure if he will have major league power but top scouts aren’t betting against the young man.

He does have a great glove, speed and he makes contact, and there’s always a place for that kind of player on a team. 2021 will be a year of development for him, and wherever he plays collectors should follow him. Cruz is a showman, and that along with his skill set could make him a big star.

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