Jonathan Mayo at MLB.com has his list of top 50 prospects out. Not a single National on the list. Not Jordan Zimmermann, not Mike Burgess, not Chris Marrero. In a separate column analyzing the list, we also get his numbers 51-60. No Nationals there either. Only the Nationals and the Astros have no prospects at all on these lists. Ouch. Let's hope the other propects lists due to come out soon like us more.
On the flip side, some of you might have noticed this list published last month at Baseball America ranking the top 100 prospects available in the 2009 draft. Right there at the top is our friend Stephen Strasburg. But also making the list at number 5 is Aaron Crow. And not to be missed down at 93... Sean Black, the Nationals second round pick from 2006 whom we failed to sign who is now pitching at that renowned baseball powerhouse Seton Hall.
Re: Crow, I'm sticking to the prediction I made at the time that unless he has an injury Crow will in the end sign for at least one million more than the Nationals offered, enough to financially justify his decision to walk away from the Nationals. If he's a top 5 pick, that'll surely be true.
Re: Black, being the #93 prospect in a pre-draft list is a long way from being in the Hall of Fame, but as I've said over and over, the way to develop pitching is to stockpile live arms with potential. It's not right to say "there's no such thing as a pitching prospect" as some people say (even those people mostly don't mean it exactly like that), but between injuries and the rest it is true that there's no such thing as a sure-fire prospect. But that's why every time we ship off or fail to sign a great young arm--whether that's Black or Crow or Jhonny Nunez or Armando Galarraga or Daryl Thompson or Darrell Rasner or Bill Bray or Seung Song--it's a step back from getting where we want to be.