Andry Lara
17-Year-Old PitcherRP
2020 Fantasy Outlook
The top pitching prospect available in the July 2, 2019 international signing class, Lara signed with the Nationals for $1.25 million and immediately turned heads in the fall instructional league. Even with a low-effort delivery, he was sitting at 92-95 mph with his fastball as a 16-year-old. Other than the fact he is a pitching prospect set to make his pro debut as a 17-year-old, the biggest risk factor with Lara is his weight. He is already 6-foot-4, 217 pounds, and while he should eventually be sitting in the upper-90s with his heater, he could get too big to consistently repeat his delivery and command his electric arsenal. His slurvy breaking ball plays well off his fastball, and while no pitcher his age should be judged on the quality of their changeup, his is on the right track to be a quality offering. Look for him to debut as the youngest pitcher in the Gulf Coast League. He has frontline upside. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a contract with the Nationals in July of 2019 that includes a $1.25 million signing bonus.
Making progress with consistency
PWashington Nationals  R
April 1, 2020
Lara has made a good impression on Nationals minor-league pitching coordinator Brad Holman, Byron Kerr of MASN Sports reports. "His fastball is mid-90s mph and just once and a while he will like overthrow it a tick and catch a little misfire and yank it left," Holman said this week. "He's just learning how to make adjustments and how to get back on track when he's off. But he makes a lot of really good pitches, too. It's (all about) just becoming more consistent for him and, of course, he is just a baby. He just turned 17."
The Nats' top signing in the 2019 J-2 class, Lara has the makings of a No. 2 starter given his projectable frame, potentially plus-plus fastball and early feel for his changeup. He's a long way from the majors and hasn't even made his stateside pro debut yet, but his willingness to accept coaching can only help his development. Lara's already the No. 4 fantasy prospect in a Washington system that lacks depth, but if he makes an immediate splash as a teenager once he gets to rookie ball, his overall dynasty stock will skyrocket.
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Signs with Nationals
PWashington Nationals  R
July 2, 2019
Lara signed with the Nationals for $1.25 million, Jesse Sanchez of reports.
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