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3 Nationals Prospects Who Should be Untouchable in Trade Talks

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Carter Kieboom #8 of the Washington Nationals bats against the St. Louis Cardinals at Nationals Park on April 29, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
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With the July 31 trade deadline looming, contending teams are looking to add talent to their roster in order to better their chances come October. While the Washington Nationals—currently second in the NL East—have a plethora of young talent, they may want to think twice before giving up any of their top prospects in a deadline deal.

1. Carter Kieboom, SS

Already a former Minor League Player of the Year, Kieboom has all the tools necessary to become a great MLB shortstop. Kieboom's bat speed and ability to hit to all fields is unique, and his patience as a hitter for his age is unparalleled. The Nationals can expect Kieboom to hit for both average and power for years to come.

2. Wil Crowe RHP

WEST PALM BEACH, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 22:  Wil Crowe #72 of the Washington Nationals poses for a portrait on Photo Day at FITTEAM Ballpark of The Palm Beaches during on February 22, 2019 in West Palm Beach, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Washington Nationals Photo Day | Michael Reaves/Getty Images

Crowe was the Nats' second round pick in 2017 and is working his way through the minor leagues. The 24-year-old should be in the MLB in 2020, and through 16 Double-A starts this season, he's logged a 3.87 ERA with 89 strikeouts in 95.1 innings of work. His arrival in the big leagues was delayed by a 2015 Tommy John surgery, but he's back on track to debut next season.

3. Mason Denaburg, RHP

MIAMI, FL - APRIL 21: A detailed view of a Washington Nationals batting helmet in the dugout before the start of the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on April 21, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Eric Espada/Getty Images)
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After being recommended to the Nationals by former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer, Mason Denaburg enters the organization with impressive velocity and durability for his age. Only 19 years old, Denaburg will refine his raw talent alongside the Nationals' elite pitching staff and remain a rotation staple for the future. He won't be in the bigs for a few years, but with uncertainty clouding Washington's future, Denaburg is a piece they must hold onto.