Kiss 'Em Goodbye: Nationals

Stephen Strasburg's return and a deep farm system give Washington hope

Originally Published: September 10, 2011
By Baseball Prospectus, Jim Bowden and Dan Szymborski | ESPN Insider
Bryce HarperKim Klement/US PresswireThe Nationals are building a quality farm system, led by outfielder Bryce Harper.

Kiss 'Em Goodbye is a series focusing on MLB teams as their postseason dreams fade -- whether in September (or before), the League Division Series, League Championship Series or World Series. It combines a broad overview from Baseball Prospectus, a front-office take from former MLB GM Jim Bowden, a best- and worst-case scenario ZiPS projection for 2012 from Dan Szymborski and Kevin Goldstein's farm system overview.

Today we look at the Washington Nationals. It's time to kiss 'em goodbye.

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