C. Kieboom, Braymer to represent Nats in Fall Stars Game

Left-hander Ben Braymer and shortstop/second baseman Carter Kieboom have been named to the East Division squad for the Arizona Fall League’s Fall Stars Game on Saturday at Surprise Stadium. Braymer and Kieboom represent the Nationals for the Salt River Rafters, who begin play Monday at 9-7 in first place in the East Division. Hitting coach Luis Ordaz will continue those duties with the East Division ... read more

Salt River AFL Week 3 wrap-up: C. Kieboom and Barrera hot at plate

Salt River Rafters (9-7) AFL Week Three (4-2) First place, East Division Oct. 22: Salt River 8, Surprise 5 Luis Reyes (1-1) continues his hot streak of pitching in the AFL as he earned his first win, going 4 2/3 innings, allowing three runs on seven hits with one walk and one strikeout. He surrendered two homers, but left the game with a 4-3 lead. ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: RHP Jhonatan German

One pitcher we should keep an eye on this winter is right-hander Jhonatan German. The 23-year-old pitched well for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns to end the season. German went 2-1 with a 2.95 ERA with 22 strikeouts in 21 1/3 innings for the Suns from July 14 to Sept. 2. Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart saw a big improvement this season from where German ... read more

Dominican winter league update: Robles, Soto and others

Here is an update of Nationals players’ progress in the Dominican winter league, which has played nine games: OF Victor Robles Robles is the second-leading hitter for Aguilas Cibaenas in the Dominican winter league. Robles is batting .480 (12-for-25) in six games with two doubles and 14 RBIs. He has walked one time, struck out three times and stolen one base. His OPS is 1.060 ... read more

AFL review: Kieboom again plays second, Braymer bounces back, Guilbeau shines

Arizona Fall League Salt River Rafters Week Two (3-3) Overall: 5-5 Last place, East Division Oct. 15: Peoria 13, Salt River 4 Shortstop Carter Kieboom went 0-for-2, scored a run and walked twice. Daniel Johnson played left field and went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .083. Kieboom is at .154. Left-hander Ben Braymer got tagged for four runs on four hits while recording only one out. He ... read more

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