Instructional league wrap-up: three collegiate hurlers

Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart had some nice words on the progress of three pitchers fresh out of college: left-hander Tim Cate and right-handers Jake Irvin and Reid Schaller. Cate, 21, was a second-rounder from UConn. He appeared in 13 games with 12 starts for the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays and low Single-A Hagerstown Suns, going a combined 2-6 with a 5.02 ERA in 52 ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: Adon, Peguero, Tetreault, Raquet

The Nationals feel very good about a couple of young right-handed pitchers from the Dominican Republic who did a nice job at recent fall instructional league workouts. Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart singled out right-handers Joan Adon and Francys Peguero. “Those are two guys that have shown some maturity and could definitely be in the mix for a full-season team next year,” Menhart said. Adon, ... read more

AFL review: Braymer earns win, Kieboom debuts at second

Arizona Fall League Week in Review Week 1 Oct. 9-15 Salt River Rafters (2-2) Second place, East Division Left-hander Ben Braymer (1-0) got the AFL season off to a good start with a win as Salt River defeated Surprise 10-8. He recorded four outs, allowing one unearned run on one hit with one walk and one strikeout. Left-hander Taylor Guilbeau then came in and notched ... read more

Instructional League wrap-up: Istler and Condra-Bogan

Here is an update on a couple of minor league pitching prospects who came to the Nationals via mid-season trades for veterans. They both attended and worked out at instructional league after the season ended. RHP Andrew Istler 26 years old 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. 2015 Round 23, Dodgers Duke Andrew Istler was involved in the trade that sent right-hander Ryan Madson to the Dodgers. He ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: RHP Wil Crowe

RHP Wil Crowe 24 years old Sevierville, TN University of South Carolina The 2017 top selection for the Nats, right-hander Wil Crowe won his first 11 decisions in 16 games (15 starts) with high Single-A Potomac, recording a 2.69 ERA. But after his promotion to Double-A, Crowe ran into some tougher competition and went 0-5 with a 6.15 ERA. So, instructional league was extremely valuable ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: RHP Mason Denaburg

Instructional league workouts and games for Nationals prospects have wrapped up. The camp closed for the fall on Friday. So on the day the coaching staff was heading home and preparing for their next assignments, I checked in with Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart and asked him about several of the organization’s pitching prospects and how they fared in instructionals. RHP Mason DenaburgAge: 19Merritt Island, ... read more

Prepping for first week of Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters

Here is a look at the 2018 Salt River Rafters Schedule for their first week, starting Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Arizona Fall League team consists of prospects from the Nationals, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Rockies and Twins. Week 1 Oct. 9 at Surprise Saguaros, 12:35 pm MST Oct. 10 Surprise Saguaros, 6:35pm Oct. 11 Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35pm Oct. 12 at Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35pm Oct. 13 Bowman Hitting ... read more

Doolittle honored with Bob Feller Act of Valor Award

The Bob Feller Act of Valor Award Foundation announced today that it has selected Nationals closer Sean Doolittle as a recipient. The foundation honors six recipients annually, including one Baseball Hall of Famer, one current Major League Baseball player and one U.S. Navy chief petty officer. The foundation presents two Peer-to-Peer Mentoring Awards (one for an afloat command and one for an ashore command) and ... read more