Severino, Kieboom and Read highlight strong crop of catchers in Nationals system

Pitchers and catchers report to Nationals spring training in Viera, Fla., on Feb. 19. The club announced its non-roster invitees yesterday, a list that included catchers Spencer Kieboom, Steven Lerud and Pedro Severino. Both Kieboom and Severino played for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League. Lerud played 60 games with the Triple-A Gwinnett Braves last season. Nats director of player development Mark ... read more

Mechanical adjustment helps Reynaldo Lopez dominate low Single-A in late 2014

Right-hander Reynaldo Lopez had a string of 48 1/3 innings last season without allowing an earned run while with low Single-A Hagerstown. It is expected that the 21-year-old Lopez will move up to high Single-A Potomac this season. Scouts have been pleasantly surprised with how the Dominican hurler can maintain his strength in the later innings. Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba detailed why ... read more

Nats say Potomac's stadium in good shape, top prospects likely will play there again this season

In the past, players like outfielders Bryce Harper and Brian Goodwin bypassed Single-A Potomac because there were some questions about the field conditions at Pfitzner Stadium below average. But the Potomac Nationals have coordinated with the Washington Nationals to improve the field conditions in Woodbridge, Va. The field has been in a good shape for a few seasons now. Those two players skipped a level ... read more

Still reminiscing the commissioner's visit, progress continues at the Nats youth baseball academy

The day after a visit from the commissioner of Major League Baseball, the work and progress goes on for the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy in southeast D.C. Executive director Tal Alter has been here since the academy was just an idea, and has watched the facility grow from its first shovel in the dirt to a living, breathing entity that is making an impact on ... read more

Commissioner says Nationals Youth Baseball Academy is baseball "at its best"

New Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred got an extensive tour of the Nationals Youth baseball Academy in southeast Washington on Wednesday and came away from the visit very impressed with its progress. "I'm always happy to be in Washington. Obviously, Washington is always a special market for us, the nation's capital," he said. "I appreciate the Nationals hosting me today. The visit here is ... read more

Fresh off Carolina League title, P-Nats will be good again with new cast

The high Single-A Potomac Nationals roster for 2015 has not been officially announced, but there is a very good chance that a lot of the top players from low Single-A Hagerstown will move up as they do each season. Pitchers Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito and center fielder Rafael Bautista are likely to be alongside players such as infielders Drew Ward and Wilmer Difo, and ... read more

Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito

The upcoming season will be a great opportunity for top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to show what he can do against the best hitters in the Carolina League pitching for high Single-A Potomac. As he said last week, he is ready to come out "guns a-blazing," now two years out from Tommy John surgery. He admitted that he has felt 100 percent healthy for over ... read more

Baseball America No. 2 Nats prospect: Trea Turner

Many times the player to be named is just that - and few remember who that player was. But the Nationals pulled off a deal this offseason involving a PTBN that indeed hasn't been named yet, but is very likely to be a top prospect from the Padres organization. In the three-team trade that sent left-hander Travis Ott and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the ... read more