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Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper No.1 Overall On Minor League Ball's Top 120 Prospects List.

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February 26, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA;  Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) during spring training workouts at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE
February 26, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals right fielder Bryce Harper (34) during spring training workouts at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Minor League Ball's John Sickels had the Washington Nationals ranked as the 14th organization overall in baseball when he ranked farm systems in late January. "The big trade with Oakland tore the top off this farm system," Mr. Sickels wrote, referring to the six-player deal that sent RHPs Brad Peacock and A.J. Cole, LHP Tom Milone and C Derek Norris to the A's in return for lefty Gio Gonzalez and RHP Robert Gilliam. "You still have Bryce Harper and some interesting players in the B- range," the Minor League Ball writer continued, "Would have ranked much higher without the trade." If not for the deal, the Nats would have had five players on the list of Minor League Ball's "Top 120 Prospects for 2012", which was published this weekend...

All five made the Top 100, with new A's prospects Derek Norris (88th), Brad Peacock (84th) and A.J. Cole (52nd) making the list, while the Washington Nationals had 2011 1st Round pick Anthony Rendon (20th) and 2010 no.1 overall pick Bryce Harper finishing atop Minor League Ball's list as the no.1 prospect in baseball for 2012. The 19-year-old Harper, who was no.1 on Baseball America's Top 100, finished ahead of Rays' left-hander Matt Moore on Minor League Ball's list, after Moore was no.1 on MLB.com's Top 100, and Baseball Prospectus' Top 101, and Harper was the top-ranked outfielder, ahead of the Angels' Mike Trout, who finished no.1 on ESPN.com's Keith Law's Top 100 Prospect list. Tampa Bay's Moore was no.2 on Mr. Sickels' list, Trout no.3 overall.

Two other Nats' prospects received honorable mention though they didn't land in Minor League Ball's Top 120. 2011 Nats' 1st Round picks RHP Alex Meyer and OF Brian Goodwin were mentioned in Mr. Sickels' "Also Considered" list. That gives the Nationals four prospects in the Top 150 prospects in baseball on Mr. Sickels' estimation. Left-handers Sammy Solis and Matt Purke, whose names popped up on several other prospect lists, were nowhere to be found on Minor League Ball's Top 120.

Check out Minor League Ball's Top 120 Prospects List HERE and make sure to check out the conversation that takes place in the comments section.

• Here are the number of prospects by team on the list:

Team # Players
San Diego Padres 9
St. Louis Cardinals 8
Toronto Blue Jays 8
Boston Red Sox 6
Oakland Athletics 6
Colorado Rockies 5
Kansas City Royals 5
Pittsburgh Pirates 5
Seattle Mariners 5
Tampa Bay Rays 5
Texas Rangers 5
Atlanta Braves 4
Milwaukee Brewers 4
New York Mets 4
New York Yankees 4
Arizona Diamondbacks 3
Baltimore Orioles 3
Chicago Cubs 3
Cincinnati Reds 3
Houston Astros 3
Los Angeles Dodgers 3
Minnesota Twins 3
Chicago White Sox 2
Detroit Tigers 2
Los Angeles Angels 2
Philadelphia Phillies 2
San Francisco Giants 2
Washington Nationals 2
Cleveland Indians 1
Miami Marlins 1