WASHINGTON – Many of the top pitching prospects in the Nationals’ system have yet to advance above the Single-A level.
Some of those on the roster to start Instructional League this fall in Florida that fit that bill include Tim Cate, Cade Cavalli, Mason Denaburg and Jackson Rutledge.
But two pitchers on the roster who reached Double-A Harrisburg in 2019 were right-handers Steven Fuentes and Jackson Tetreault.
Both were in Florida earlier this month but headed elsewhere, according to pitching coordinator Brad Holman.
Fuentes went five innings in a league in his native Panama on Wednesday and allowed one earned run.
“We have some young Dominicans who are over there as well,” Holman said Wednesday.
“We set parameters on these guys to make sure they are not” over-used. Fuentes threw 74 pitches.
Tetreault was in West Palm Beach through Wednesday and has headed home, according to Holman.
“He showed really, really well,” Holman said.
“I saw him pitch the other day against the Marlins. He really did a good job of pitching as the inning progressed.
“He took advantage of his time at home during the quarantine” before joining the Instructional League.
Tetreault was not part of the 60-player pool in Virginia this past summer.
Fuentes, 24, has been in the Nationals’ system since 2014 and was 5-4, 2.69 in 15 games with 11 starts for Harrisburg in 2019 after starting out in Potomac.
Tetreault, 24, was a seventh-round pick in 2017 out of a junior college in Florida. He was 4-5, 4.73 in 18 starts for the Senators last year.