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Early look at how 2014 Potomac Nationals roster might shake out

The Potomac Nationals are coming off a tremendous season that saw them win both halves of the Carolina League Northern Division season and appear in the Mills Cup Championship final series. Most of those prospects from 2013 will now move on to Double-A Harrisburg. That will mean that new high Single-A manager Tripp Keister will have most of his roster from low Single-A Hagerstown to

More on Taylor, Purke and Solis from Baseball Prospectus

Jason Parks, the national prospect/player development writer for Baseball Prospectus, also had information on some other Nationals prospects who could possibly be close to the top 101 prospects in baseball. He had good things to say about center fielder Michael Taylor who is likely going to start for Double-A Harrisburg this April. “I have always been kind of a fan of Taylor’s, just because of

Baseball Prospectus lists Giolito, Cole and Goodwin on their top 101 prospects list

Baseball Prospectus came out with its top 101 prospects this week and three Nationals made the list. Lucas Giolito was No. 13, while A.J. Cole was No. 53 and Brian Goodwin was No. 86. Jason Parks, the national prospect/player development writer for Baseball Prospectus, called Giolito a potential “superstar” and flirted with placing the young right-hander in the publication’s top 10. “I think with that

Michael Taylor on 40-man roster and next step with Nationals

FAIRFAX, Va. - Center fielder Michael Taylor has returned from the Puerto Rican winter league and was honored Sunday as the 2013 Potomac Nationals Player of the Year at their 19th annual Hot Stove Banquet. Taylor hit .365 for los Indios de Mayaguez with seven doubles, two triples, three homers and 10 RBIs. He scored 20 runs with 50 hits and earned a .428 on-base

Nats No. 2 prospect: A.J. Cole

The Nationals were pleased to be able to reacquire right-handed starter A.J. Cole prior to last season in another trade involving the Oakland A’s. This was the deal involving power-hitter Michael Morse and the Seattle Mariners. Cole struggled during his time with the Athletics at the high Single-A level, then gained some consistency with Oakland’s low Single-A team. But Cole really got going in his

Potomac Nationals Hot Stove Banquet set for Jan. 26

I wanted to make sure you got a chance to get your tickets for the Potomac Nationals 19th annual Hot Stove Banquet which takes place Sunday, January 26th at the Hyatt Fairfax at Fair Lakes in Fairfax, Virginia. The program begins at 5:30 p.m. and will include Washington Nationals Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba, new P-Nats manager Tripp Keister and 2013 P-Nats player of

Nats No. 3 prospect: Brian Goodwin

Outfielder Brian Goodwin sometimes was very consistent at the plate last season for Double-A Harrisburg, but also struggled at times with strikeouts. He averaged .252 for 122 games but struck out 121 times. He had 19 doubles, 11 triples, 10 homers and 19 stolen bases. He got off to a great start for Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .296, but still

Emotion of final series still lingers with Hagerstown players

One of my favorite parts about watching, broadcasting and writing about sports is seeing a team grow through the season, maturing and learning, getting better at its craft, reaching its potential, ultimately earning a postseason berth and thriving. One of the amazing parts of watching minor league baseball teams have success is if you are good at your level, your organization will move you up

One to watch: Second base prospect Tony Renda

Nationals second baseman prospect Tony Renda is ready to take the next step in the system after a very successful 2013 campaign with low Single-A Hagerstown. Renda batted .294 in 135 games with 99 runs, 51 RBIs, 30 stolen bases, 43 doubles, three triples and three home runs for the division champion and league finalist Suns. He also was the club’s first recipient of the

Nats No. 4 prospect: Matt Skole

First/third baseman Matt Skole would like nothing better than to be able to have a healthy 2014 season after last season ended abruptly. Skole underwent Tommy John surgery after injuring his elbow on a play at first base early in the Double-A Harrisburg Senators season. Skole was able to play in the Arizona Fall League, but still was never completely 100 percent. Finally, he will

Giolito showed “free and easy” delivery last season, will begin 2014 in Hagerstown

The Nationals plan on starting top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito at low Single-A Hagerstown next season with the idea of getting him a full season and building up innings. Giolito pitched well at two levels last season, but was limited in the amount of innings he could pitch because he was returning from Tommy John surgery. The Nationals would like to see how Giolito fares

Another look at the loss of Ray in trade for pitcher Doug Fister

At No. 5 on the Nationals’ top prospects list was left-hander Robbie Ray. Ray was sent to Detroit as part of the trade that brought starting pitcher Doug Fister to the Nationals this offseason. After the season and prior to the trade, Baseball America national writer Aaron Fitt placed Ray at No. 5 on the list, but thought the trade of Ray and Steve Lombardozzi

Back in home state, Anderson ready for new challenge

How do you top a championship season in which your team set a record for the top rookie-level winning percentage in more than 30 years? Take on the South Atlantic League, of course! Patrick Anderson, who guided the Gulf Coast League Nationals to a 52-9 record and a league title, now will try is hand as the new manager of the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns.

Barrett learns from his playing days, ready to teach rookies with GCL Nats

Former major league catcher Michael Barrett, who started his career with the Expos, is now back in the organization. He’s beginning his new venture as manager for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Nationals. The Atlanta native said he had thought about managing during his playing career and has kept close to the game. Recently, he has coached amateur baseball, ran a baseball school and was a

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