Washington Nationals Outlook Countdown: # 5 – Andry Lara
[ed. note – “With interest in the Washington Nationals’ farm system at a high level, Federal Baseball has begun a series featuring the top 30 prospects in the system as of late last season, according to Baseball America. We will start with No. 30 and work our way to the top over the next few weeks, with one prospect highlighted each weekday.”]
WASHINGTON – It might be several years away from seeing the majors, but the Nationals are very high on right-hander Andry Lara.
He started the 2021 season in the Florida Complex League under Jake Lowery, the former Washington system wide receiver.
After going 3-2 with a 4.54 ERA in nine games with seven starts, Lara went to a weak Single-A Fredericksburg, VA.
There he introduced manager Mario Lisson, who had the same role for Surprise in the Arizona Fall League.
Lara started two games for Fredericksburg and was 0-1 with a 5.19 ERA in 8.2 innings.
“After being stuck in a Florida hotel for much of last summer due to the pandemic, Lara has started well in the Florida Complex League,” Baseball America scouts wrote the Nationals’ 18-year-old prospect, who signed for $ 1.25 million from Venezuela in 2019.
“The 6-foot-5 Venezuelan recorded 16 strikeouts in 12.2 innings and was throwing a fast 97-98 mph ball with an evolving break ball and a change. He’s got a smooth delivery, and the Nationals believe he can be a frontline starter. “
Lara expects to start 2022 in Fredericksburg with a chance to move to Wilmington by the end of the year.