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Bryce Harper tops the Nationals' highly ranked farm system.
-- Do the Nationals have the best farm system in baseball? Or, to be more precise, did they have the best farm system in baseball as of one month ago? Yes, according to the industry leader in such matters.
Baseball America's annual Prospect Handbook came out last week. And lo and behold, look which organization took the top ranking: Your Washington Nationals.
There is, however, a caveat. The book went to print prior to the Gio Gonzalez trade. You know, the one that sent four of the Nats' top 13 prospects to the A's: Brad Peacock (No. 3), A.J. Cole (No. 4), Derek Norris (No. 9) and Tommy Milone (No. 13).
Had Baseball America waited until after the trade went down, it seems clear the Nationals would have ceded the top ranking to the Royals (who checked in at No. 2). How far would the Nats have fallen? Probably not more than a couple of spots. So it's still an impressive reflection of how far the organization has come in recent years.
-- The Nationals have added a game to their spring training slate. They'll host Georgetown University on March 2 in Viera, a tune-up of sorts before they officially open Grapefruit League play.
Proceeds from the game against the Hoyas, scheduled to start at noon, will go to the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.
This marks the second time Georgetown has made the trek to Space Coast Stadium. The Nats hosted their local college counterparts in 2008. The final score that afternoon: Nationals 16, Hoyas 0.
So don't expect an especially competitive ballgame when the two meet again this spring.
-- Speaking of spring training, both the TV and radio broadcast schedules have been released. Here you go...
DATE OPP TIME TV RADIO
3/3 @Hou 1:05 None 106.7 FM
3/4 HOU 1:05 MASN 106.7 FM
3/5 @NYM 6:10 None 106.7 FM
3/13 DET 6:05 MASN None
3/14 @Atl 6:05 None 106.7 FM
3/15 NYY 1:05 MASN 1580 AM
3/17 MIA 1:05 None 106.7 FM
3/18 DET 1:05 None 106.7 FM
3/21 ATL 1:05 MASN None
3/24 @Bal 1:05 MASN* 106.7 FM
3/25 NYM 1:05 None 106.7 FM
3/30 MIA 6:05 MASN None
4/3 BOS 3:05 MASN 106.7 FM
*Game called by Orioles broadcasters