Best Hitter For Average: Sean Rooney - Often overlooked with the presence of other high upside hitting prospects like Chris Marrero and Stephen Englund, Sean Rooney has caught the attention of the Nationals' who view him as a potential "three-hole" hitter in the future.
Best Hitter For Power: Chris Marrero - Many prospects in the GCL have a lot of raw power and despite the fact that he didn't hit a home run in 2006, he has shown game ready power that should show in a big way next season. He was the potential to hit over 30 home runs annually at the big league level.
Best Plate Discipline: Jean Alvarez - It is always surprising to see a teenage hitter that shows plate discipline early in his career, and by leading the team in walks in 2006, Alvarez did just that.
Best Base Runner: Robert Jacobsen - By stealing 14 bases, Jacobsen proved to be the GCL Nationals' top base stealer in 2006, but by being caught only once, he also proved to be the smartest base runner.
Best Raw Speed: Stephen Englund - The speedy Englund covered center field with ease in his first taste of pro ball and will eventually master the art of base stealing. His raw speed stacks up pretty well with just about anyone.
Best Athlete: Stephen Englund - A second round draft pick, Englund was coveted by many scouts leading up to the 2006 draft not just because of his high school performance, but because of his tools and pure athleticism. He might be the best athlete in the entire Washington farm system.
Best Untapped Talent: Richard Hidalgo - Recognized by Assistant Director of Player Development, Nick Manno as perhaps the best "raw talent" on the GCL Nationals, the 19-year-old outfielder has upside that is through the rough. He's flashed plus power potential and ability to play the outfield.
Deepest Repertoire: Wuillys Bravo - For a 19-year-old to have such depth in his repertoire at this stage in his career is remarkable in itself, but the young southpaw also has outstanding command and a feel for all his pitches.
Best Fastball For Starting Pitcher: Colton Willems - The Nationals' 2006 first round selection has a fastball that sits in the 92-94 MPH range, touching as high as 97 MPH. He figures to add a couple MPH to that fastball as well.
Best Fastball For Relief Pitcher: Adam Carr - With a fastball that has, in certain appearances, sat in the 95-96 MPH range, the 22-year-old righty could be a dominating force in a big league bullpen in a very short time.
Best Curveball: Wuillys Bravo - The 19-year-old commands all of his pitches and the same goes for his solid curveball, which he showed he was not afraid to use is any situation or in any count.
Best Slider: Desmond Jones - Washington is very excited about the relief pitching prospect they may have in Desmond Jones, who not only has a plus fastball, but a nasty, hard breaking slider as well. It is already a plus pitch and could be a legit out pitch at the big league level.
Best Changeup: Colton Willems - Although he doesn't use it as his primary strikeout pitch just yet, Colton has displayed an excellent feel for his changeup and it could become that out pitch he's looking for over the next couple years.
Best Control: Jose Sanchez - Anyone who walks just five batters in 35 2/3 innings of work obviously possesses pinpoint control and that was the primary reason that the 24-year-old Sanchez had such an outstanding 2006 campaign.
Best Raw Arm: Desmond Jones - The Nationals' 11th round pick in the 2006 draft usually sits at 92-94 MPH working out of the bullpen, but some scouts believe he could pitch consistently in the mid to high-90's with some mechanical refinement.
Best Defensive Outfielder: Stephen Englund - Englund is simply "oozing with tools" as scouts like to say and his outfield play was excellent in 2006. He played a lot of shortstop in high school, but it looks like his future lies in the outfield.
Best Defensive Infielder: Jean Alvarez - The 19-year-old shortstop not only showed pure athleticism in 2006, but also the smooth infield actions that Washington hoped he would develop as he matured. That maturation has happened quickly, but he still needs some refinement.
Best Defensive Catcher: Jhonatan Solano - Pitchers rave about how the 21-year-old backstop handles the staff and his outstanding receiving skills. He's also flashed good arm strength and a quick release.
Best Outfield Arm: Stephen Englund - One of the Washington native's plus tools include his plus throwing arm which proved to also be very accurate in his first taste of professional baseball.
Best Infield Arm: Chris Marrero - With at least average tools across the board, arm strength is the Nationals' top pick's second best attribute other than power. He has the arm strength to stick at third base if he is able to consistently make the routine plays.
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