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With Eaton added to lineup, WAR numbers for Nationals get boost

FanGraphs defines WAR (Wins Above Replacement) as “an attempt by the sabermetric baseball community to summarize a player’s total contributions to their team in one statistic.” It comes as no shock that second baseman Daniel Murphy had the highest WAR rating for the Nationals in 2016 at 5.5. Third baseman Anthony Rendon is next at 4.7. Right fielder Bryce Harper, who admittedly had a down

Stevenson continues to hunt baseballs, move up Nats chain

Nationals prospect Andrew Stevenson finished off an impressive 2016 season by playing 21 games in the Arizona Fall League. Stevenson’s big highlight was a 5-for-6 game against Peoria in November. In the 15-3 Glendale win, Stevenson hit a solo homer, had two RBIs and scored three runs. The 22-year-old ended up hitting .353 with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 12 RBIs and nine stolen

Voth improved his changeup, curveball to get big league ready

Right-hander Austin Voth has continued repeating his changeup delivery into the offseason, determined to keep the muscle memory in place since his success with the pitch at the end of the Arizona Fall League. “Right now, I’m just playing catch, coming back in from long tossing,” Voth said. “I will throw it at a long distance from 120 (feet) and air it out. And then

How Austin Voth turned around his Arizona Fall League season

In his first three starts in Arizona Fall League play, Nationals right-hander Austin Voth was struggling. Unable to find the accuracy he had consistently reached during the season, he wasn’t hitting his spots with his most reliable pitches. Voth surrendered 13 runs on 13 hits in those initial 9 2/3 frames. He was suddenly 0-1 with a 12.10 ERA. Glendale pitching coach Sam Narron worked

No. 1 Nats prospect: Victor Robles

The Nationals’ top prospect according to Baseball America was all the talk at last month’s Winter Meetings. Several teams inquired about 19-year-old center fielder Victor Robles and for good reason. No. 1: CF Victor Robles Robles played two months for low Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to high Single-A Potomac on June 27. He hit .305 for the Suns and .262 for the P-Nats. He

No. 2 Nats prospect: Erick Fedde

With Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning traded to the Chicago White Sox, one remaining pitching prospect who had his name brought up a lot in offseason trade talks takes center stage. Right-hander Erick Fedde appears to be close to making a big splash with the Nationals after gaining momentum with a solid 2016. The 23-year-old pitched in 18 games (17 starts) with high

Nats’ entire minor league coaching staff returns for 2017

The Nationals announced there were no major adjustments to their minor league coaching staff for 2017, with each level retaining the same coaches as they had in 2016. The exception was strength and conditioning, where a number of coaches were promoted or assigned more responsibility. Mike Warren was named strength and conditioning coach at Triple-A Syracuse. Brett Henry was promoted from Syracuse to the major

No. 3 Nats prospect: Juan Soto

We hear a ton about Victor Robles, but there are more and more Dominican players that the Nationals are building who are going to start making names for themselves each passing season. This season that breakout player could well be outfielder Juan Soto. Soto absolutely tore through the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League and then didn’t miss a beat with an outstanding showcase week with the

No. 4 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo

Shortstop Wilmer Difo was so critical to the Nationals’ late-season push that he made the postseason roster and had the final at-bat in the National League Division Series. But he is still a young prospect, and is important to the Nats’ infield depth. Baseball America’s top 10 Nationals prospects list has him at No. 4. No. 4: SS Wilmer Difo I asked Baseball America national

No. 5 Nats prospect: Andrew Stevenson

The Nationals have continued to build outfield depth in their system over the past few seasons. One example is former LSU standout Andrew Stevenson, who had a very nice 2016 campaign. In the list of Baseball America Nationals top 10 prospects, Stevenson comes in at No. 5. No. 5: CF Andrew Stevenson His NCAA and College World Series experience demonstrated how far along he was

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