27. Washington Nationals
Starting 5: Josiah Gray – Patrick Corbin – Trevor Williams – Cade Cavalli – MacKenzie Gore
This is a very interesting mix of high-upside guys along with some veterans. Gray and Gore both came over in high-profile trades from the NL West (the Dodgers and Padres). Gray might not have elite-level stuff, but his combination of an above-average breaking ball and a good-enough fastball should lead to a double-digit win total. Gore, once the jewel of San Diego’s farm system, is a hard-throwing lefty who likely will benefit from a change-of-scenery.
Speaking of which, expensive vet Patrick Corbin is coming off a year in which he went 6-19 with a 6.31 ERA. Things can’t get much worse, right? Williams was a solid journeyman pickup from the Mets, and Cavalli was a former first-round pick in 2020. At the very least, the team will get some much-needed data on its collection of three young yet talented prospects (Gray, Cavalli, Gore).
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