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BBA Sally League

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

Roster Expansion

Posted by admin | Players,Washington (MLB)

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 Justin Maxwell, minor league free agent LHRP Arnie Munoz, minor league free agent RHRP Jon Albaladejo, and CF Ryan Langerhans(they are also activating LHRP Micah Bowie from the 15-day DL). Most people are aware of who Chico, Langerhans and Bowie are so I’ll give the quick recap on the other five players: (more…)

Weakness throughout MLB’s stewardship of the Expos

Posted by admin | Players,Vermont

Willems had an inconsistent season but remains the most projectable of the arms in Vermont. From reports, the Nationals have tinkered with Willems’ delivery in order to allow him to more easily repeat his delivery. If this is the case, it will bear watching whether he can adapt to the changes and regain the fastball velocity he had (mid-90s) while at the same time gain more command on his secondary pitches (a curve and slider). Willems is the definition of high risk/high reward. Of all of the pitchers in the Nationals organization, he is the most likely to develop into the frontline #1 starter that the Nationals need to develop. I’d expect the Nationals to pair him with Gibson in Hagerstown to begin the 2008 season with the chance of a promotion to Potomac if the results dictate.

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More Minor League Movement

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Courtesy of Baseball America

Signed OF Ender Chavez, RHP Daniel Foli, RHP Juan Ovalles, SS Marcos Cabral, and SS Melvin Dorta.

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Free Agent Compensation – Digging Deeper

Posted by admin | Draft,Management,Players

For those interested, I will be keeping track of the compensation for Alfonso Soriano in the top right corner. Updates will be made as Type A and B free agents sign.

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Minor League Transactions

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Baseball America has some signings we knew about as well as some signings/releases of which we were previously unaware

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MLB/MLBPA Agree on CBA

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The worst kept secret of the last week became official today when MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Major League Baseball Players Association Executive Director Donald Fehr announced this evening that “MLB and the MLBPA have agreed to a five-year labor contract that will allow play to continue uninterrupted through the 2011 season.”

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Arizona Fall League Rosters Announced

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The news just keeps on coming. Baseball America has the rosters for the 2006 Arizona Fall League.The following Nationals have been selected to play:

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September Call-Ups

On Friday September 1, major league teams are permitted to expand their rosters from 25 players to any number up to 40. Only players on the 40-man roster are eligible to be recalled, and it’s typically the opportunity for teams to add extra depth to their bench/bullpen or give younger players their first chance in the major leagues. Teams will also activate injured players from the disabled list.

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Nowhere to Go But Up – Pitching

Posted by admin | Draft,Players

Yesterday, I presented a view of the Nationals’ draft picks from the offensive side. Today, I’ll take a look at the pitching (ages and statistics through 7/15/06).

The Nationals drafted and signed 13 pitchers in 2005.

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