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Not satisfied by postseason? How about the Nats in the World Series?

With the Nationals shoring up what could be a very talented pitching staff and the extension given to the “face of the franchise” third baseman Ryan Zimmerman, it’s been a pretty good week for the team from South Capitol Street (the loss of No. 6 prospect Sammy Solis to Tommy John surgery, notwithstanding). As recent as 2009, it was difficult to find positive national recognition

Solis in California visiting doctor to check ailing elbow; Tommy John major possiblity

A source with the Nationals has confirmed left-hander Sammy Solis has been shut down and is in California to meet with Dr. Lewis Yocum, who is examining his injured elbow. The team is awaiting the diagnosis of what likely would be season-ending Tommy John ligament-replacement surgery for the talented No. 6 prospect in the Nationals’ system. Solis felt elbow discomfort during his playing time in

Durbin and Fulchino looking to make presence felt in Nationals’ camp; update on Purke

A couple of right-handers with a ton of experience are looking to break through and get the last one or two slots in the Nationals’ bullpen this spring. Former UConn Husky Jeff Fulchino is looking to make a nice impression as Nationals camp gets rolling along. The 32-year old right-hander threw live batting practice Sunday in the first day of workouts. Fulchino has pitched for

Baseball America’s Callis believes Rendon in D.C. some time in 2013

Baseball America had Nationals Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon ranked in the top 20 of their best 100 prospects list for 2012. Harper at No. 1 is pretty obvious, but executive editor Jim Callis believes Rendon probably deserves a top 10 ranking. “We have him No. 19 on our top 100, I think that is 10 spots too low,” Callis said. “I am probably the

Potomac Nationals officially unveil brand new diamond

For the first time since 1984, the Single-A Potomac Nationals have a new baseball field in Woodbridge, Va. It has been a struggle with bad drainage and an uneven playing field for years that some speculated contributed to the team missing out on getting to see a top prospect like Bryce Harper play at Pfitzner Stadium. Today that all changed and with it, a big

Why Baseball America’s No. 1 prospect Bryce Harper won’t start season with Nationals

Baseball America has released their annual Top 100 prospect list and the Nationals’ No. 1 prospect is also their No. 1 again, outfielder Bryce Harper. It is an impressive list again, with Harper just ahead of top prospects Rays’ left-handed pitcher Matt Moore and Angels’ outfielder Mike Trout. Baseball America executive editor Jim Callis said he spoke with 11 player personnel experts for another magazine

Nationals profile rising in ESPN league rankings

It seems ages ago the Nationals were battling through rough seasons and long losing streaks with a rag tag bunch that won 59 and 69 games in back-to-back seasons. But with steady improvement, keen trades and the possible windfall of arguably the top draft picks in first-year player history (Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper and Anthony Rendon), the Nationals are garnering attention outside the mid-Atlantic region.

Nationals announce accelerated development camp roster

The Nationals have released the roster for their accelerated camp and it is a who’s-who of the top talent and depth in the system as the franchise heads in to 2012. The accelerated development camp is an outstanding opportunity for the top prospects to begin spring training at the same time the major leaguers get started with the Nationals’ best coaches putting them through their

With spots available, Jeff Mandel could make big move this season

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs reliever Jeff Mandel ended the 2011 season with a couple of rough outings, but that does not change the destination the Nationals believe the former Baylor Bear is heading within the organization. With the Chiefs, the 26-year old Mandel pitched in 43 games last season, going 4-4 with a 3.81 ERA in 54 1/3 innings. In five games at Double-A Harrisburg Senators,

Nationals ready for VanAllen to take next step at Triple-A

Left-hander Cory VanAllen looks poised to make the next step to Triple-A Syracuse following his best full season in the minors. The 6-foot-3, 180 lb., Bakersfield, Calif., native became a fixture in the Double-A Harrisburg Senators’ bullpen, appearing in 47 games with a 5-4 record, career-best 2.50 ERA in 57 2/3 innings and 71 strikeouts. He ended the 2011 season on a hot streak, posting

Lefty Sam Narron leaves baseball as a player to become pitching coach for Auburn

His career in the majors lasted one start. He threw 61 pitches and faced 17 hitters, giving up three home runs, five hits and four walks. It was July 30, 2004, and despite giving up four runs, the Texas Rangers rallied to win the game so he didn’t get saddled with the loss. That pitcher was Sam Narron. The left-hander spent the rest of his

Single-A Suns closer to moving to Winchester, Va.

According to legal documents which inadvertently failed to redact “Hagerstown Suns baseball club, LLC” from a single line, the Single-A Suns are apparently on the verge of moving their operations to Winchester, Va., for the 2013 season. Winchester must have a suitable stadium in place and the funding by April 21, but this development further illuminates what the parent Nationals expect in field and stadium

Tatusko and Roark still connected as they focus on getting to D.C.

Right-hander Ryan Tatusko gained more front-line experience early this offseason, pitching in seven games and 20 2/3 innings in the Venezuelan Winter League. The former Indiana State Sycamore went 0-5 with a 6.10 ERA, getting lit up in his final three appearances, but felt the test of facing quality hitters from several different levels will help him gear up for what he will see in

Yankees’ Levine impressed with Nationals’ offseason moves

I had the opportunity to speak with New York Yankees president Randy Levine, who was in town to announce a new strategic plan to improve the athletics and recreation programs at his alma mater, George Washington University (class of 1977). As the subject turned to baseball, Levine was complimentary concerning the Nationals as the Yankees prepare for their first trip to Nationals Park in June.

Walters moving up shortstop ladder

Shortstop Zach Walters, acquired from the Diamondbacks in the Jason Marquis deal last summer, was a nice pickup for the Nationals and is expected to make another big step this season. The Nationals showed their confidence in the San Diego product by selecting him to play in the Arizona Fall League. This experience, coupled with a hot bat, will pay dividends for him this upcoming

Rendon poised for first spring training with Nationals

Anthony Rendon made national headlines during his career as a power-hitting third baseman at Rice University. Rendon was expected by many to be the No. 1 overall selection in June’s draft, yet his stock dropped because of injury concerns. The Nationals grabbed Rendon with the sixth pick and felt they got a steal. Many baseball authorities agreed. Baseball America Jim Callis called the the haul

Hassan Pena has the stuff for the majors

Harrisburg Senators closer Hassan Pena is another reliever that could easily move up to Triple-A this season and has the stuff to pitch in the majors. After the right-handed Pena was called up to Double-A Harrisburg, he reeled off 10 saves and 55 strikeouts, notching a 2.73 ERA. He struggled, however, in seven appearances with Triple-A Syracuse, going 0-4 with a 19.29 ERA and one

Coffey might shelve sprint from bullpen with Dodgers

Setup man Todd Coffey is taking his quality stuff and energizing entrance to the west coast with the announcement that the right-hander will be leaving the Nationals to sign a one-year deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. This made me think that the engaging personality that is Coffey may hang up his famous entrance each game from the bullpen. Why? Last season, I asked Coffey

Tyler Moore shows versatility as he prepares for first base and outfield

First baseman Tyler Moore has been the best longball hitter in the Nationals’ system the last two seasons, cranking 62 homers since 2010. But if Moore gets blocked at first base, the Nationals have given him time to learn and pick up left field at instructional camp and will do so again in spring training. Moore has worked very hard to improve his defense during

Rizzo considers a tweak in Jackson’s delivery

General manager Mike Rizzo discussed the acquisition of right-handed starter Edwin Jackson Thursday in an afternoon teleconference. Rizzo was excited to add a veteran who is coming off a 12-win season and a World Series championship with the St. Louis Cardinals. Rizzo and his staff noticed a big difference in results from Jackson’s delivery from the wind up versus from the stretch with men on

Double-A and Triple-A pitching still stocked in Nationals’ system

Earlier this week, I was able to speak with Potomac Nationals Player of the Year Danny Rosenbaum, who now pitches for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators. He was excited about coming in to camp in better shape and was motivated to move up again this season. Former Harrisburg pitching coach Randy Tomlin said Rosenbaum “could be be better than Tom Milone” in the Nationals’ system. Tomlin

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