Carter Kieboom wraps up strong AFL season

If the Nationals wanted to use the Arizona Fall League to determine how close Carter Kieboom is to playing in Washington, they likely emerged feeling pretty good about their top infield prospect's development. Kieboom wrapped up a strong AFL season Saturday by contributing to both of the Salt River Rafters' runs during their heartbreaking 3-2 loss to the Peoria Javelinas in the league's championship game. ... read more

Nats instructional league wrap-up: catchers and an outfielder

Here is a list of the catchers who attended Nats instructional league: Adalberto Carrillo, Tyler Cropley, Geraldi Diaz, Alex Dunlap, Alejandro Flores, Israel Pineda, Wilmer Perez, Jakson Reetz and Onix Vega. Reetz played 69 games for high Single-A Potomac this past season, hitting .224 with a .324 on-base percentage. He smacked eight doubles and five homers with 27 RBIs. Cropley, an eighth-round selection out of ... read more

Report: P-Nats agree to stadium deal in Fredericksburg, Va.

The Fredericksburg City Council announced it has reached an agreement to build a multipurpose stadium at Celebrate Virginia South that would move the Single-A Potomac Nationals to the site after playing in Prince William County for decades, according to a report in the Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star. The stadium plans to be operational for the 2020 campaign, beginning April 1, 2020, and will cost $35 million ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: infielders Monasterio and Sanchez

The Nationals like what they have seen from a pair of infielders from Venezuela in their system. Second baseman Andruw Monasterio came over from the Chicago Cubs late last season in the trade for Daniel Murphy. The 21-year-old from Caracas played 13 games for high Single-A Potomac. Nationals hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich laid eyes on him there and worked with him at instructional league. He ... read more

Despite losing streak, Salt River closer to clinching division title

Salt River has lost three in a row, but still has a 1 1/2-game lead over the Mesa Solar Sox for the East Division lead in the Arizona Fall League. Mesa defeated Salt River 7-2 in the Military Appreciation Game on Saturday. Carter Kieboom was the designated hitter and went 1-for-5. He is hitting .284. Catcher Tres Barrera went 0-for-4 and is batting .243. Left-hander ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: hitters Antuna, Garcia and Harrison

We have more updates from instructional league workouts as we turn the spotlight to the hitters. Shortstop Yasel Antuna, the Nationals' No. 8-rated prospect according to MLB.com, is recovering from Tommy John surgery, which could keep him out for about one year. Nationals hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich said Antuna did some stretching and strength training, but no baseball-related activities yet. Antuna, 19, played 87 games ... read more

Salt River on hot streak, in first place in Arizona Fall League

Don't look now, but the Nationals' entrant in the Arizona Fall League is rolling. The Salt River Rafters have won four games in a row and have a three-game lead atop the East Division. The Rafters are 15-8, tied for the best record in the AFL with the Peoria Javelinas. There are only seven games remaining until the league championship on Saturday, Nov. 17. Salt ... read more

More pitching updates and notes on catchers Read, McCann

Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart wrapped up his synopsis of instructional league pitchers with a quick item on a trio of pitchers who caught his eye. "We got a couple of kids that are going to show promise, but not quite ready for prime time worth mentioning, three right-handers: Pedro Gonzalez, Carlos Romero and Niomar Gomez," Menhart said. "All three are right-handers, starter types. They ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: four more collegiate pitchers

RHP Andrew Karp 23 years old 6-foot-1, 204 lbs. Florida State Round 6 (2018) RHP Frankie Bartow 21 years old 6-foot-3, 180 lbs. Miami Round 11 (2018) RHP Jeremy McKinney 23 years old 6-foot, 190 bs. Indiana State Round 31 (2017) RHP Kyle Johnston 22 years old 6-foot, 190 lbs. Texas Round 6 (2017) Listed above are a few of the hurlers who were at ... 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

Instructional League wrap-up: Istler and Condra-Bogan

Here is an update on a couple of minor league pitching prospects who came to the Nationals via mid-season trades for veterans. They both attended and worked out at instructional league after the season ended. RHP Andrew Istler 26 years old 5-foot-11, 175 lbs. 2015 Round 23, Dodgers Duke Andrew Istler was involved in the trade that sent right-hander Ryan Madson to the Dodgers. He ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: RHP Wil Crowe

RHP Wil Crowe 24 years old Sevierville, TN University of South Carolina The 2017 top selection for the Nats, right-hander Wil Crowe won his first 11 decisions in 16 games (15 starts) with high Single-A Potomac, recording a 2.69 ERA. But after his promotion to Double-A, Crowe ran into some tougher competition and went 0-5 with a 6.15 ERA. So, instructional league was extremely valuable ... read more

Instructional league wrap-up: RHP Mason Denaburg

Instructional league workouts and games for Nationals prospects have wrapped up. The camp closed for the fall on Friday. So on the day the coaching staff was heading home and preparing for their next assignments, I checked in with Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart and asked him about several of the organization's pitching prospects and how they fared in instructionals. RHP Mason DenaburgAge: 19Merritt Island, ... read more

Prepping for first week of Arizona Fall League: Salt River Rafters

Here is a look at the 2018 Salt River Rafters Schedule for their first week, starting Tuesday, Oct. 9. The Arizona Fall League team consists of prospects from the Nationals, Diamondbacks, Marlins, Rockies and Twins. Week 1 Oct. 9 at Surprise Saguaros, 12:35 pm MST Oct. 10 Surprise Saguaros, 6:35pm Oct. 11 Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35pm Oct. 12 at Scottsdale Scorpions, 6:35pm Oct. 13 Bowman Hitting ... read more

Kieboom, Braymer, Crowe and Noll honored with Nationals minor league awards

The Nationals announced their minor league awards today. Infielder Carter Kieboom was named the Nats organization's 2018 Minor League Player of the Year. Left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer and right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe are the 2018 co-Minor League Pitchers of the Year. Infielder Jake Noll is the winner of the sixth-annual Bob Boone Award. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the ... read more

P-Nats come up a bit short in 11-inning thriller for Mills Cup

Due to the impending potential impact of Hurricane Florence on the North Carolina coastline, the Carolina League decided Tuesday afternoon that the Mills Cup between the high Single-A Potomac Nationals and the Buies Creek Astros would be changed from a best-of-five series to a one-game, winner-take-all championship in Buies Creek, N.C. on Tuesday night. Potomac tallied a run in the fifth on a Nick Banks ... read more

Nats prospect Romero has Tommy John surgery

The Nationals' long-term pitching plans took another hit last week when prospect Seth Romero had Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his elbow. Romero, the Nationals' first-round pick in the 2017 draft and fifth-rated prospect entering the season according to Baseball America, is expected to miss the entire 2019 season while recovering from surgery. The procedure was performed Thursday in Los Angeles ... read more

Carter Kieboom highlights eight Nats prospects invited to AFL

The Nationals have announced their farmhands selected to play in the Arizona Fall League in 2018. There will be eight players from the Nationals invited and high Single-A Potomac's Luis Ordaz will be the hitting coach. The Nats will play in the AFL East Division with the Salt River Rafters, with top prospects from the Rockies, Twins, Astros, Marlins and Diamondbacks. Tommy Watkins from the ... read more

Kieboom and Garcia on repping Nats in All-Star Futures Game (updated)

If Carter Kieboom looks at home at his stall in the U.S. Team clubhouse at Nationals Park, it's with good reason: He's been there before. Back at the end of spring training, when the Nats hosted the Twins in the final exhibition game before the regular season, Kieboom was in a Nationals uniform, set up in a swath of temporary lockers on one side of ... read more

Carter Kieboom and Luis Garcia named to All-Star Futures Game

A pair of rising stars in the Nationals system have been selected to participate in the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game Sunday, July 15, at Nationals Park. Shortstop Carter Kieboom and infielder Luis Garcia will represent the Nationals, Kieboom for the United States Team, Garcia for the World Team. Kieboom was rated by MLB.com as the Nationals' No. 3 prospect and by Baseball America as the ... read more

Potomac nets six players on Carolina League All-Star squad

It has been a solid start to the season for manager Tripp Keister's high Single-A Potomac Nationals. They have demonstrated power in their offense and have done a nice job pitching. On Monday, they were rewarded with six players on the Carolina League Northern Division All-Star team. Right-handers Tyler Mapes, Sterling Sharp and Wil Crowe, catcher Tres Barrera, shortstop Carter Kieboom and third baseman Jake ... read more

Minor league updates: Bourque, Rodriguez, Crowe, Ward, Gutierrez and Agustin

Right-hander James Bourque is looking good so far at high Single-A Potomac. The 24-year-old former Michigan Wolverine is 2-1 with a 1.69 ERA in 11 games with two saves. He was a 14th rounder in 2014. "James Bourque is having an outstanding start in Potomac, somebody that is now two years removed from Tommy John," said Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba. "Plus fastball, ... read more

Juan Soto promoted to Double-A Harrisburg

Well, that didn't take too long. Outfielder Juan Soto has been promoted to Double-A Harrisburg, according to a top Nationals source, just 17 days after moving up to high Single-A Potomac. Soto was with Potomac from April 23 to May 9. He began the season at low Single-A Hagerstown. Just 40 days into the season, he has moved to Harrisburg. In those 40 days, he ... read more

Juan Soto crushing Carolina League pitching, playing some center field

Juan Soto continued to pummel minor league pitching last week with a .522 average and five homers, earning the 19-year-old the Carolina League Player of the Week honors. Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba said having a healthy Soto means everyone gets to see what the system's hottest prospect is capable of producing. Soto has recorded at least a base hit in 12 of ... read more

Close proximity of affiliates helps Nationals function more efficiently

One element of the minor league system that has been an advantage for the Nationals is the close proximity of each affiliate to each other and to Washington, D.C., and most importantly, Nationals Park. Countless times, the Nats have utilized their high Single-A location in Woodbridge, Va., the Potomac Nationals, to rehab their major league players. Even low single-A Hagerstown is just over an hour ... read more

Top prospect Robles leaves Triple-A game with apparent arm injury

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs center fielder Victor Robles dove for a fly ball in shallow left-center field Monday night in a game at Rochester and rolled over awkwardly on his left elbow. According to a video replay from WROC-TV, Robles left the game under his own power, but his left arm hung down and it was not moving as he headed to the clubhouse. See the ... read more

Triple-A Syracuse 2018 roster released

The Nationals have announced the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs roster for the 2018 season. It will be the Nats' final season in Syracuse, though it is not known where their Triple-A affiliate will be located next season. Syracuse opens its season tonight at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Randy Knorr is the manager. The pitching coach is Brad Holman and the hitting coach is Brian Daubach. Top prospect Victor Robles ... read more

Living close to spring training facility, Crowe had a jump start

Right-hander Wil Crowe was able to pitch in nine games in 2017 for the first time at the pro level. The former South Carolina standout had Tommy John surgery in 2015, so after getting his feet wet with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals and short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays last season, Crowe is ready to take the next step in the rehab process. Crowe joined ... read more

A pair of Jacksons doing well in Nats minor league camp

Instead of The Jackson 5, how about a pair of Jacksons as we continue our minor league pitching previews? We continue with an update on right-hander Jackson Tetreault, who pitched for the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nats and short-season Single-A Auburn. The 21-year-old went 2-2 with a 2.68 ERA in 12 games (six starts) in 2017, with 38 strikeouts and 17 walks over 40 1/3 ... read more

Nats believe Tomas Alastre showing ability "well beyond his years"

Nationals prospect Tomas Alastre, a 19-year-old right-hander has been bestowed accolades courtesy of MiLB.com, making its top under-21 prospect list. "He's an interesting kid," said Nationals pitching coordinator Paul Menhart. "Well beyond his years. He's got the feel for three pitches. Tall, lanky, leverage-type pitcher. He throws the fastball, curveball and changeup." The Nationals have been impressed with how quickly Alastre has picked up English ... read more

Insider's view on progress of Bryan Harper and Drew Ward

Nationals minor league roving coordinator and former Triple-A Syracuse manager Billy Gardner Jr., was a third baseman in the majors himself, so he has a unique perspective when working with third base prospect Drew Ward. Gardner believes Ward has a chance to make it to the next level. Ward had a very good start to the 2016 campaign at high Single-A Potomac, hitting .278 with ... read more

Minors to implement runner on second base in extra innings

Major League Baseball has gone back and forth this offseason on directives that could help to speed up the pace of play. Unable to come an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association, Minor League Baseball instead will implement a good amount of these regulations starting this season. The biggest change will be an attempt to shorten games that are tied after nine innings. ... read more

Gardner with high praise for right-hander Suero

I continued my visit with Nationals minor league roving coordinator and former Triple-A Syracuse manager Billy Gardner Jr. and asked him about the breadth of Dominican talent that the organization continues to stockpile. In their 2018 Nationals prospect watch, MLB.com has Victor Robles and Juan Soto listed No. 1 and No. 2. Shortstop/third baseman shortstop Luis Garcia is at No. 6 and infielder Yasel Antuna ... read more

Gardner on his transition to minor league roving coordinator

Following four seasons as the manager of the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, Billy Gardner Jr. takes on a new challenge within the Nationals organization as the minor league roving coordinator. Gardner said it was a new position that assistant general manager and vice president of player personnel Doug Harris brought to Gardner in the offseason. Randy Knorr would then move to Triple-A manager. Gardner is excited ... read more

Suero and Sierra off to good starts in spring training

Early spring training games are a good chance for younger players to get a shot to play in major league games. One right-handed pitcher for the Nationals, Wander Suero, has gotten off to a very good start. He has not allowed a run in four appearances. Suero pitched in games on Feb. 23 and 27, and March 2 and 4. He has recorded seven strikeouts ... read more

De Aza returns to Nationals on minor league deal

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla - Alejandro De Aza has returned to the Nationals, though not to the big league roster. The Nats have signed De Aza to a minor league contract, the club announced. The veteran outfielder did not receive an invitation to major league camp, but he will be in uniform and available to play off the bench for today's game against the Mets. ... read more

What will it take for Nashville to become Nats' Triple-A home?

The Nationals are looking for a new Triple-A home for the 2019 season following the Mets' announcement they will take over in Syracuse after the upcoming campaign. The Mets will be leaving Las Vegas after the 2018 season, and the 51s have a new stadium for their new team come 2019 in the nearby Summerlin neighborhood, which is in the northwestern part of the city. ... read more

Nats re-sign with Harrisburg through 2020 season

The Washington Nationals officially announced today that they have signed a two-year player development contract extension to remain with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators through the 2020 season. The Nats and Senators had previously been signed up through the upcoming 2018 campaign, and this continues a 14-year relationship includes a total of 28 seasons that began with the Expos. "Dating back nearly 30 years - the ... read more

Former GM O'Dowd on Soto and Kieboom

Former major league general manager and current MLB Network analyst Dan O'Dowd said outfielder Juan Soto, ranked at No. 29 on MLB.com's top 100 prospects list, is another nice outfield prospect that brings a lot to the table, but a little bit different than what you would see from top Nationals prospect Victor Robles, who sits at No. 6. "I've watched video on Soto and ... read more

Former GM compares Victor Robles to "an Andrew McCutchen" type player

MLB.com's top 100 prospects had three Nationals players on their list, including center fielder Victor Robles at No. 6. Also making the list was outfielder Juan Soto at No. 29 and shortstop Carter Kieboom at No. 90. I checked in with MLB Network analyst and former Colorado Rockies general manager Dan O'Dowd to break down each of these players. O'Dowd got the chance to see ... read more

MLB.com singles out Robles, Soto and Kieboom in top 100

MLB.com released its annual top 100 prospects list and the Nationals had three players ranked. Center fielder Victor Robles was listed at No. 6, while outfielder Juan Soto is No. 29 and shortstop Carter Kieboom checks in at No. 90. This list was in contrast to the Baseball America 2018 preliminary release, which had only Robles and Soto in the top 100. MLB.com said the ... read more

P-Nats confirm Pfitzner lease until 2020, continue new stadium search

The Single-A Potomac Nationals confirmed at their Hot Stove Banquet on Sunday that the club has extended its lease to play at Pfitzner Stadium until the 2020 season. They also have the option to end the lease early if they are able to find the opportunity to move into a new stadium elsewhere. Owner Art Silber, who continues to spearhead the new stadium campaign, could ... read more

Robles No. 5, Soto No. 56 on Baseball America top 100 (plus note on Garcia)

Here are some final insights from Double-A Harrisburg pitching coach Michael Tejera about three top Nationals prospects he has coached or seen play over the last few seasons. Center fielder Victor Robles is such an elite prospect he earned a spot on the Nationals' postseason roster. He also was named the MVP at the Fall Stars Game in the Arizona Fall League. Robles is mentioned ... read more

Nats prospects spotlight: Gutierrez and Johnson

Continuing insight from Arizona Fall League play and the impact that experience will have on some of the top prospects in the Nationals organization, we turn to a couple of the position players, third baseman Kelvin Gutierrez and center fielder Daniel Johnson. Mesa Solar Sox pitching coach Michael Tejera said Gutierrez bounced back from getting his hand spiked early on in AFL play to finish ... read more