VIDEO: Top Nationals Prospect Throws Triple-Digit Heater in Single-A
It's taken some time, but Washington National fans are starting to get over the fact that Juan Soto is no longer on the team and buying into the prospects that are, instead. One prospect that came back in that deal was Jarlin Susana, a pitcher who is throwing triple-digit heaters on the daily in Single-A.
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Susana made his debut for the Fredericksburg Nationals on Wednesday and delighted the crowd by hitting 103 mph on the radar gun multiple times. The 18-year-old was able to send hitters back to the dugout with an effortless delivery that took advantage of his massive frame (6-foot-6, 235 pounds).
The night ended after 68 pitches (44 strikes) for Susana as he allowed one run on six hits and one walk across three innings of work. He also struck out three. Susana was called up from the rookie-level Florida Complex League after holding opponents to a .162 batting average across 34.2 innings
The performance was a sneak peek into why Susana is already ranked as the No. 8 prospect in the Nationals organization. It's going to be a few years before he makes his mark in the majors, but the combination of a stellar fastball and an overpowering slider gives the young hurler massive upside.
It may not be too long before outfield prospects James Wood and Robert Hassell start making their impact at the minor league level, too. Washington fans have already gotten a look at shortstop CJ Abrams and first baseman Luke Voit in the majors, two other players that were exchanged for Soto.
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