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BBA Sally League

Baseball America moves on to their South Atlantic League Top 20. Chris Marrero checks in at #5 and Justin Maxwell at #18. A sample …

Roster Expansion

As has been previously reported, the Nationals are adding an additional five players today, now that the minor league season has completed (for everyone except Vermont and the DSL Nationals1). After adding LHSP Matt Chico and RHRP Winston Abreu on Friday, the Nationals are adding 2007 first rounder LHSP Ross Detwiler, 2005 4th rounder CF [...]

It was a tough debut for the Nationals in Hagerstown

The Suns started the season with high expectations primarily driven by the presence of some of the top hitting prospects in the organization. Chris Marrero, Justin Maxwell, Stephen King, and Mike Daniel all started off their season with Hagerstown but a lack of consistent pitching and terrible defense put the Suns in an early hole [...]

BBA Carolina League Q&As

BBA held a chat yesterday to discuss Chris Kline’s Top 20 Carolina League prospect list. Here are the questions that involved the P-Nats

Minor Observations

The Nationals will be looking for at least two new managers for their minor league system as both Harrisburg manager Scott Little and Hagerstown manager Tom Herr have opted not to return to the organization in 2008. Little expressed frustration with his standing within the organization while Herr believed he was a better fit for [...]

The Potomac Nationals were a study in contrasts

After dropping fourteen of their last twenty-one games in early July to finish their first half with a disappointing 29-39 record, the P-Nats rebounded with a 40-29 second half which included a 13-2 close to the season, just missing a spot in the post-season. With an overall 69-68 record, Potomac was the only full season [...]

Vermont won a 12-7 slugfest in Hudson Valley

Vermont won a 12-7 slugfest in Hudson Valley, evening up their record at 37-37 (box gamer). RF Michael Burgess was 4/5 with a triple, two home runs and five RBI. Burgess hit a solo home run in the second and capped off his evening with a three-run shot in the ninth.

Your Pointless Fact of the Day: compensation for signing Type A free agents

With last night’s loss to the Phillies, the Nationals “clinched” a protected first round selection in the 2008 draft. According to the MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement, the first fifteen selections of the first round are protected from being used as compensation for signing Type A free agents. The Nationals fell to 68-85 on the season [...]

GCL Nats finished the season

Unlike last season where pitching was the primary area of strength (Colton Willems, Yunior Novoa, Adam Carr, Edulin Abreu, Marco Estrada) the 2007 GCL Nationals showed an strong menu of hitters primarily from the 2007 draft, especially power hitters.

Starting pitchers like Shawn Hill and Jason Bergmann

Pitching, pitching, pitching. It’s a mantra that Nationals GM Jim Bowden has repeated time and time again since joining the team in the winter of 2004. While the Nationals have managed to find a few serviceable arms from within, starting pitchers like Shawn Hill and Jason Bergmann, the organizational depth on the mound has been [...]