P-Nats in All-Star game; Stevenson, Solís shine for Chiefs

The North All-Stars defeated the South All-Stars 2-0 at the Carolina League All-Star Game Tuesday in Salem, Va. MVP third baseman Michael Chavis delivered a two-run double in the first inning to account for all the scoring. Catcher Taylor Gushue went 0-for-2 with a strikeout and one man left on base. But Gushue made a huge defensive play when he caught left fielder Straw attempting ... read more

Nats continue to go for pitchers in First-Year Player Draft

The Nationals made pitchers their pick in nine of their first 10 selections in the first two days of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft. Assistant general manager & vice president, scouting operations Kris Kline said that was by design. "We wanted to fortify our system with pitching," Kline said. "That was the goal going in." Kline said this draft had a good mix of pitchers ... read more

Weisman on Robles' defense: "Close to big league caliber"

Nationals top prospect outfielder Victor Robles is hitting well for the High Single-A Potomac Nationals. Robles is hitting .280 through 43 games. He has nine doubles, three triples, six homers, 10 stolen bases, 25 runs scored and 18 RBIs. P-Nats play-by-play announcer Mike Weisman said on Nats Insider on 106.7 The Fan Sunday that Robles is a high-end prospect for a reason. Robles has played ... read more

Ross wins second in a row for Syracuse; Skole leaves game

A positive start for Joe Ross on Wednesday night for Triple-A Syracuse. Ross pitched seven innings and allowed one run, scattering eight hits. He walked one and struck out six for his second win in a row, a 7-5 victory at Buffalo. He threw 99 pitches, 64 for strikes. He is now 2-2 with a 4.88 ERA. After Dustin Antolin struggled, Joe Nathan notched two ... read more

Minor league pitcher Jefrey Rodriguez suspended 80 games for PED violation

Major League Baseball announced that high Single-A Potomac right-hander Jefry Rodriguez has received an 80-game suspension without pay after testing positive for a metabolite of Clomiphene, a performance-enhancing substance in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Rodriguez was off to an outstanding start with the P-Nats. The 23-year-old was recently honored as the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for May ... read more

Johansen released, Valdez to DL in Nats' minor league moves

The Nationals announced they have released right-handers Jake Johansen and Mark Blackmar. The club has assigned right-hander Taylor Hill to Double-A Harrisburg from Triple-A Syracuse. Also, catcher Nick Rickles and right-handers Andrew Robinson and Derek Eitel have been assigned to Harrisburg from extended spring training. Johansen is the biggest name of those released today as a 2013 second-round selection. Early on, some in baseball circles ... read more

Carter Kieboom on DL with hamstring injury, no time frame for return

Low Single-A Hagerstown Suns shortstop Carter Kieboom has been placed on the disabled list with a right hamstring injury suffered on May 12. A club source told me they are treating all symptoms at this point with Kieboom and it is too early to determine when he will return to play. The 19-year-old Nationals first-round selection in the 2016 First-Year Player Draft was recently ranked ... read more

Victor Robles moves to No. 9 in latest Baseball America top 100 list

Baseball America has come out with their latest update to its top 100 prospects list and the Nationals are well-represented again, despite trading away a couple of top pitching prospects last December. We dropped a new Top 💯 and it is 🔥. Come check out who 📈 and who 👎. https://t.co/2607GVk6oj -- Baseball America (@BaseballAmerica) May 12, 2017 The Nationals have four prospects in the ... read more

Juan Soto on disabled list with a right ankle injury

Nationals prospect Juan Soto went down with a right ankle injury in a game May 2. The right fielder injured the ankle sliding into home when he got tangled up with the catcher. Soto, from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, has been placed on the seven-day disabled list. Team officials say no timeline has been set for his return. If the ankle is fractured, he would ... read more

Andrew Stevenson gets a hit in Triple-A debut

Center fielder Andrew Stevenson made his Triple-A debut Tuesday night in Syracuse's 3-1 loss to Pawtucket. The lefty hitter went 1-for-4. Stevenson was called up Tuesday and Isaac Ballou assigned to Double-A Harrisburg from extended spring training. Syracuse needed a center fielder after Rafael Bautista was called up to the Nationals to replace the injured Adam Eaton. Starter Austin Voth (1-3) went seven innings, allowing ... read more

Voth delivers clutch start; Desmond may not be ready next week

Right-hander Austin Voth (rhymes with "both") tossed six scoreless innings as Triple-A Syracuse dropped Norfolk 3-0. The Chiefs pitchers have now not allowed a run in 19 consecutive innings. In the third inning, Brian Goodwin delivered a run-scoring single. Clint Robinson's groundout moved runners into scoring position. Brandon Snyder then delivered a two-run single, scoring Caleb Ramsey and Goodwin. The three runs were all the ... read more

Minor league pitching updates: Ross and Fedde

On Saturday, right-hander Joe Ross made his debut with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs in a 10-0 setback to Rochester. Ross went 2 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with three walks and three strikeouts. Here's what a source who was at the game told me: "First before anything, it has to be said that it was 41 degrees at first pitch, ... read more

Nats minor league rosters announced; Lannan update

Here is the full rosters for each of the Nationals' affiliates, announced by their respective clubs today. Left-hander John Lannan continues to work on his transition to a sidearm delivery at the Palm Beach facility. When ready, he could get into games at an affiliate on a future date. TRIPLE-A SYRACUSE CHIEFS Pitchers Joe Ross A.J. Cole Austin Voth Jacob Turner Taylor Hill Matt Albers ... read more

Minor leaguers also love West Palm Beach, plus pitching updates

We heard early in spring training what the new Nationals facility in West Palm Beach meant to the major league players. It also is a big deal to the guys fighting to move up in the minor league camp. Low Single-A Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson said the minor league camp players were thrilled to get into such a state-of-the-art facility and work so closely with ... read more

Updates on infielders and pitchers on the early camp roster

Quick hits on some Nationals early camp players. I always get good reports on third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez. Last year, the 22-year-old hit .296 for three teams, with 23 doubles, six triples, four homers, 25 stolen bases and 56 RBIs. "Gutierrez looks great," said Single-A Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson. "He's picking up where he left off last year. He's working on a couple of things ... read more

More notes on outfielders Soto, Perkins and Upshaw

I always appreciate the time catching up with coaches and managers in the Nationals system. This week, I grabbed a few minutes with low Single-A Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson, who is coaching and managing in the West Palm Beach facility with the Nationals prospects. Anderson said he has been impressed with how the young players have arrived in shape and appear stronger after offseason work. ... read more

Nats will not change approach in developing Victor Robles

The No. 1 rated Nationals prospect is 19-year-old outfielder Victor Robles, who made a nice step up last season, advancing to high Single-A Potomac. Robles is a part of another talented corps of outfielders on the early camp roster with the club in West Palm Beach. Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba said they are not altering their plan for Robles, or any other ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: Sagdal and power hitters

Focusing on the Nationals' early camp roster and the potential for power hitting, I asked Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba about the players that stand out in this category. Do they go from their high school and college numbers to decide who can hit for power or is it developed as they become better hitters? "You look at our approach. Early on in ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: Infielders

Let's take a quick snap shot of some of the infielders that are on the early camp roster. Sheldon Neuse is a third baseman who has made his way up the Nats prospect list last season. The 22-year-old was a second round selection in 2016 and hit .230 in 36 games at short-season Single-A Auburn. "Neuse is at third base," said Nationals director of player ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: J.D. Martin and John Simms

Here are some early camp notes on a pair of now veteran right-handers in J.D. Martin and John Simms. 34-year-old Martin looked to reignite his career last season by returning as a knuckleballer. Martin pitched in 24 games between 2009-10 with the Nationals, going 6-9 with a 4.32 ERA. He last pitched professionally in 2013, but returned to the mound within the Nationals organization in ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: Johansen and Silvestre

Moving on, we'll spotlight a couple of the pitchers from the Nationals' early camp roster. Right-hander Jake Johansen showed well in the Arizona Fall League to wrap up his season. In nine games for the Glendale Desert Dogs, Johansen posted a 2.13 ERA without a decision. He allowed 13 hits and three earned runs in 12 12/3 innings, with five strikeouts and three walks. After ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: Catchers

The Nationals have depth at the catcher spot on the early camp roster, headlined by Jakson Reetz, a 2014 third-round draft pick out of Hickman, Neb. Reetz had seven hits in his last five games at low Single-A Hagerstown to wrap up 2016. He hit .281 in his final 10 games. Reetz caught 88 games for the Suns after notching 79 games combined in 2014 ... read more

Nats' early camp roster: Outfielders

The Nationals' early camp roster is set for 2017. The team will separate into teams for intrasquad matchups beginning next week. Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba says each member of this roster came in looking in good shape and several are physically stronger than they were last season. In particular, the college players drafted in June 2016 have made strides. "To a man, ... read more

A look at the Nationals' early camp roster

Here is a rundown of the Nationals' early camp roster, which includes No. 1 prospect Victor Robles, an outfielder, and 34-year-old knuckleballer J.D. Martin. Players on the roster that are participating in the World Baseball Classic are left-hander Robert Orlan and infielder Adrian Sanchez. Right-handers Joan Baez A.J. Bogucki Weston Davis Matt Derosier Hayden Howard Jacob Howell Tyler Mapes J.D. Martin Phillip Morse Francys Peguero ... read more

MLB.com has Nationals' minor league position players ranked No. 16

The Nationals' prospect depth took a little bit of a hit as one could imagine when they sent three of the top pitchers in the system to the White Sox in the trade that netted outfielder Adam Eaton. Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez were always consistently ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the Nationals system by several publications and websites. Former Florida pitcher Dane Dunning ... read more

Hill, Suero, Lee, McGowin and Soto look to make splash in big league camp

Three top Nationals prospects were invited to big league camp, which starts this week, including the Nats' top pitching prospect. I have written a good amount on Erick Fedde, Drew Ward and Andrew Stevenson. Here is a closer look five other non-roster invitees to Nats camp: RHP Taylor Hill 27 6-foot-3, 230 lbs. Nashville, Tenn. Vanderbilt Hill has made nine appearances and pitched 21 innings ... read more

Dominican pitchers making big strides in Nats organization

Bullpen depth is a commodity the Nationals want to shore up in 2017. The good news is that the organization is soon going to bear the fruit of its top talent from the Dominican Republic. The Nats also have some outstanding Dominican starting pitchers building from the lower levels on the farm. Here is a list of some of the up-and-coming hurlers in the Nationals ... read more

More praise for Nats prospects Ward, Marmolejos and Soto

Reviewing some of the other Nationals infield prospects we have not touched on yet, and that list must include third baseman Drew Ward. He extended his season in the Arizona Fall League, where MLBPipeline.com senior writer Jim Callis got to see him play in person. "He's a guy who was a high school player when they signed him," Callis said. "Power is his tool. It's ... read more

Nats add veteran relievers Nathan, Albers on minor league deals

The Nationals, in their ongoing search for a new closer, have signed the man who ranks eighth all-time with 377 saves. Whether Joe Nathan, at 42, still has enough left in his twice-reconstructed elbow to save another major league game remains to be seen, but the club is willing to take a low-risk chance on him. In signing both Nathan and veteran right-hander Matt Albers ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Nationals sign veteran lefty Cotts to minor league deal

The Nationals are bringing another veteran left-hander into the fray to compete for a bullpen job this spring, signing Neal Cotts to a minor league contract with an invitation to big league camp, a source familiar with the deal confirmed. Cotts, who turns 37 in March, owns a 3.96 ERA in 483 career appearances since 2003, most of those coming with the White Sox and ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

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 ... read more

Update on Matt Skole and the importance of winter league baseball

It turned into a pretty big year for Matt Skole, as he put together consistency with Triple-A Syracuse to the tune of 140 games, 24 homers and 78 RBIs. Skole, 27, was rewarded by his promotion to the Nationals' 40-man roster for the first time in his career. Skole wrapped up his season by playing for over a month in the Mexican Pacific Winter League. ... read more

How do Nats prospects end up playing in winter leagues?

Each offseason, a handful of Nationals prospects get the opportunity to work on their skills and gain valuable playing time experience in winter league competition in the Dominican Republic, Venezuela, Mexico and Puerto Rico. Do the Nationals just send whichever players they want to these teams? Or does the player decide when and where he plays? There is a winter league agreement that's the governing ... read more

No. 6 Nats prospect: Koda Glover

Right-hander Koda Glover made one of the more astonishing moves in one season when he jumped from high Single-A Potomac to the Nationals in a matter of four months last summer. Glover, 23, out of Oklahoma State, pitched for Potomac, Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse from April to August. During that span, Glover went 3-1 with a 2.25 ERA in 40 games, striking out 66 ... read more

No. 7 Nats prospect: Luis Garcia

For the most part, those on the Baseball America top 10 Nationals prospects list have played at least one season in the organization. However, No. 7 prospect Luis Garcia is starting his first season with the Nationals after signing as an international free agent in July. This Garcia is a 16-year-old shortstop out of the Dominican Republic, and not the pitcher of the same name ... read more

No. 8 Nats prospect: Carter Kieboom

The Nationals were thrilled to be able to grab shortstop Carter Kieboom in the first round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft. The club had been well acquainted with his brother, catcher Spencer Kieboom, and in their times scouting him got to see Carter work, as well. Carter Kieboom turned down a full scholarship at Clemson University to go pro with the Nationals. Carter, 19, ... read more

No. 9 Nats prospect: Pedro Severino

The Nationals lost starting catcher Wilson Ramos to a devastating ACL injury at the very end of the 2016 regular season. Ramos is recovering well and was signed by the Tampa Bay Rays to a two-year deal. The Nationals quickly re-signed veteran backstop Jose Lobaton and reacquired Derek Norris, who began his career as a Nationals draft selection in 2007 and went on to success ... read more

No. 10 Nats prospect: Austin Voth

Accelerating thanks to an incredible end to his Arizona Fall League play, right-hander Austin Voth comes in at No. 10 on the recently released released Baseball America Nationals top 10 prospects list. No. 10: RHP Austin Voth Voth tossed 15 scoreless innings to wrap up his season with the Glendale Desert Dogs. Teddy Cahill, Baseball America's national writer, said Voth's overall numbers this season in ... read more

Nationals sign Burriss, three pitchers to minor league deals

The Nationals added some pitching depth to the organization Tuesday - and brought a local favorite back to the franchise, as well - during a series of minor league signings. Right-handers Jacob Turner and Michael Broadway, left-hander Tim Collins and infielder Emmanuel Burriss all agreed to minor league deals with invitations to big league spring training. None would appear at this point to be strong ... read more

Victor Robles leads Baseball America's Nationals top 10 prospects list

The Nationals worked hard during the Winter Meetings looking to improve their team. Three of their top prospects - right-handers Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning - were included in a deal with the White Sox for center fielder Adam Eaton. Several teams asked about center fielder Victor Robles in trade scenarios, but general manager Mike Rizzo would not include him in those talks, ... read more

Abreu and Johansen head list of Nats prospects eligible in Rule 5 draft

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - This morning the Rule 5 draft will commence, and there are a handful of Nationals prospects that are exposed and eligible to be drafted. Here are the stipulations to be eligible for the Rule 5 draft: "Players first signed at age 18 must be added to 40-man rosters within five seasons or they become eligible to be drafted by other organizations ... read more

MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis likes what he sees in Victor Robles, Andrew Stevenson

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. - Nationals minor league center fielder Victor Robles has been climbing up the prospect charts after an outstanding 2016 season. Robles hit .280 with 118 hits, 37 stolen bases and 75 runs for three teams, fortifying national attention to his elite skill set. Last season, Robles was ranked as the No. 3 prospect in Baseball America's Nationals top 10. Robles' name has ... read more