Nationals select contract of INF Vargas

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The Washington Nationals selected the contract of infielder Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. 

Vargas, 31, hit .245 with 14 doubles, four triples, three home runs, 25 RBI, 27 walks, three stolen bases and 37 runs scored in 73 games between Triple-A Rochester and Triple-A Iowa in Chicago’s (NL) system. He appeared at shortstop (56 G), second base (12 G) and third base (7 G) between the two stops. 

Ildemaro (ILL-de-mar-oh) Vargas is a veteran of six Major League seasons, most recently appearing in 10 games with the Chicago Cubs in 2022. He’s hit .227 with 14 doubles, four triples, nine home runs, 46 RBI, 21 walks, three stolen bases and 48 runs scored in 186 games across six seasons with Chicago (2020, 2022), Arizona (2017-2020, 2021), Pittsburgh (2021) and Minnesota (2020).

Nationals acquire OF Trey Harris

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The Washington Nationals acquired outfielder Trey Harris from the Atlanta Braves in exchange for infielder/outfielder Ehire Adrianza on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harris, 26, was Atlanta’s No. 29 prospect according to MLBPipeline.com. He hit .238 with eight doubles, one triple, two home runs, 16 RBI, 18 walks, four stolen bases and 25 runs scored in 59 games for Double-A Mississippi in 2022.

The right-handed hitting Harris was the winner of Atlanta’s 2019 Hank Aaron Award presented annually to the top offensive player in Atlanta’s Minor League system. He hit .323 with 26 doubles, seven triples, 14 home runs, 73 RBI, 36 walks, eight stolen bases and 73 runs scored in 131 games between three levels of Atlanta’s system.

Harris has hit .283 with a .362 on-base percentage and a .417 slugging percentage in 339 games across four Minor League seasons. He was originally selected in the 32nd round of the 2018 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Missouri.

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Orioles sign RHP Showalter

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The Orioles have signed RHP Zack Showalter (Rd. 11, No. 317 overall) from the 2022 First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles have now signed 17 selections from the 2022 Draft.

Abbott recalled, Fedde to IL

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The Washington Nationals recalled right-handed pitcher Cory Abbott from Triple-A Rochester and placed right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde on the 15-day injured list (retroactive to July 27) with right shoulder inflammation on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. 

Abbott, 26, joins the Nationals for the fourth time this season. He pitched in 10 games for Triple-A Rochester, making six starts. He is 0-4 with a 5.08 ERA and has struck out 34 batters in 28.1 innings for the Red Wings. Abbott has pitched in two games for the Nationals this season, both in relief. He allowed one run and struck out four in 3.0 innings. 

Abbott was claimed off waivers from the San Francisco Giants on May 4. He was acquired by the Giants from the Chicago Cubs on April 21 in exchange for cash considerations.

Selected in the second round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft, Abbott made his Major League debut on June 5, 2021. He went on to appear in seven games (one start) for the Cubs in 2021, posting a 6.75 ERA across 17.1 innings pitched. Abbott is 21-25 with a 3.75 ERA and 10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 84 career Minor League games (80 starts).

Fedde, 29, is 5-7 with a 4.95 ERA in 19 starts this season.

Nationals Homestand Highlights

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The Washington Nationals are back in D.C. for the first time since the All-Star break, opening a six-game homestand with three games against the St. Louis Cardinals followed by a three-game series against the divisional rival New York Mets. Single-game tickets for all Nationals home games are on sale now starting at just $9. Fans interested in purchasing tickets should visit nationals.com/Tickets.

The season’s eighth homestand is capped by the annual DC Sports Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and also features Baby Shark™ Day; Cat-urday; a Harris Teeter Food Drive; three University Days; City Connect uniforms; Value Day; U.S. Coast Guard Day; Signature Sunday; Kids Run the Bases; and more. Additionally, the popular Kids Eat Free program has been extended through Thursday, Sept. 1. For additional details, please reference the ‘Kids Eat Free’ section at the bottom of the release.

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Hays creates $20,000 scholarship for Maryland students

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Today, Austin Hays teams up with the Orioles and Bold.org to create The Austin Hays Scholarship for $20,000. The scholarship is created for Maryland students who need financial support to pursue higher education. The winner will be announced and recognized at an Orioles game in September, where they will be awarded $20,000 toward their education. Austin personally funded $10,000 with an equal match from the Orioles Charitable Foundation.

As a star outfielder for the Baltimore Orioles since 2017, Austin Hays knows what hard work looks like, and he understands what it takes to achieve big dreams. Unfortunately, trying to reach ambitious goals is almost always filled with obstacles and challenges to overcome. Lack of access to affordable education should never be one of these barriers, yet many bright students don’t have the resources they need to complete their degrees. Today, Austin pays it forward by using his position to give back to a student who needs financial support. 

Austin Hays says, “The state of Maryland, through the Orioles and its fans, has given so much to me and my family. So much so, that we wanted to make an impact on the lives of some of the young students within Maryland’s community. The Austin Hays scholarship allows us to do so. With the help of the Orioles and Bold.org, we are looking forward to helping a young student access a quality education.”

Any current student, whether in high school or college, who lives in Maryland may apply for the Austin Hays Scholarship. To apply, candidates must visit www.bold.org/scholarships/austinhays and write a brief essay letting Austin know what dream or goal they hope to achieve and how they plan on making it come true. All candidates must apply for the scholarship by August 21, 2022.

Hays is part of a long list of athletes and public figures who support education on Bold.org. Other Bold.org scholarship sponsors include MLB player Gary Sánchez, NBA stars Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and Tyrell Terry, professional tennis player Sloane Stephens, producer and DJ 3LAU, NFL Wide Receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace, Grammy-winning band Imagine Dragons, professional MMA fighter Cat Zingano, actor Terry Crews, singer songwriter Clario and actress Jameela Jamil.

Gillaspie, Sulser recalled; Wells to IL

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves:

  • Recalled RHP Logan Gillaspie from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Recalled RHP Beau Sulser from Triple-A Norfolk.
  • Optioned LHP Nick Vespi to Triple-A Norfolk after yesterday’s game.
  • Placed RHP Tyler Wells on the 15-day Injured List with lower left side discomfort.

Orioles sign 12 selections from the 2022 draft

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The Orioles have signed C Silas Ardoin (4), RHP Trace Bright (5), OF Douglas Hodo III (6), RHP Preston Johnson (7), RHP Cameron Weston (8), INF Adam Crampton (9), RHP Wyatt Cheney (10), RHP Bradley Brehmer (12), LHP Jared Beck (13), C Adam Retzbach (14), RHP Graham Firoved (16), and RHP Reese Sharp (20). The Orioles have signed 15 selections from the 2022 Draft.

Orioles recall Terrin Vavra

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The Orioles have made the following roster moves: 

  • Recalled INF Terrin Vavra from Triple-A Norfolk. He will wear 77 and his first appearance will be his Major League debut
  • Placed INF Jonathan Araúz on the 10-day Injured List with a right digit avulsion fracture

Orioles sign Max Wagner

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The Orioles have signed INF Max Wagner (Rd. 2, No. 42 overall) from the 2022 First-Year Player Draft. The Orioles have now signed three selections from the 2022 Draft.

Dylan Beavers and Jud Fabian at Oriole Park

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Today, the Orioles signed OF Dylan Beavers (CBA, No. 33 overall) and OF Jud Fabian (CBB, No. 67 overall) from the 2022 First-Year Player Draft. Beavers and Fabian met with the media at Oriole Park.

Orioles and DreamLarge unveil Buck O'Neil mural in Sarasota

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SARASOTA, Fla. -- July 21, 2022 --  DreamLarge was honored to unveil a new mural in the Rosemary Art & Design District (RADD) on Thursday morning, honoring the powerful legacy of John “Buck” O’Neil, an iconic baseball legend and historical figure from Newtown. This larger-than-life mural came as part of the Gilbert Mural Initiative, which celebrates and preserves the people and history of the Rosemary District.

O’Neil is celebrated for being the first African American coach in Major League Baseball and one of the most talented first basemen in Negro League history. This mural highlights his legacy and serves as a reminder of his efforts in seeking equality in baseball for African Americans.

At the unveiling, a number of community figues spoke on behalf of O’Neil and his legacy. Anand Pallegar, Founder of DreamLarge and RADD, emphasized the importance of the Gilbert Mural Initiative in telling the stories of the people who shaped the history of Sarasota.

Walter Gilbert, a fourth-generation Sarasotan, told the story of O’Neil’s beginnings in Sarasota, from his early days as a player for the Sarasota Tigers, to the journey he went through in the segregated South.

Roxie Jerde, CEO and President of the Community Foundation of Sarasota County, shared the story of when she met Buck, and spoke on how his character and heart shone through with everyone he met.

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Orioles sign Beavers and Fabian

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The Orioles have signed OF Dylan Beavers (CBA, No. 33 overall) and OF Jud Fabian (CBB, No. 67 overall) from the 2022 First-Year Player Draft.

Nationals recall Harvey, reinstate Arano, put Clippard on IL

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The Washington Nationals announced the following roster moves on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. 

·       Recalled right-handed pitcher Hunter Harvey from Triple-A Rochester

·       Returned from rehabilitation assignment and reinstated right-handed pitcher Victor Arano from the 15-day Injured list

·       Placed right-handed pitcher Tyler Clippard on the 15-day Injured List with a groin strain (retroactive to July 19)

Harvey, 27, joins the active roster for the third time this season. He has pitched in seven games, allowing two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts in 5.2 innings. Six of Harvey’s seven outings were scoreless. He did not allow a baserunner in his first two outings after returning from the Injured List on July 12.

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DC Sports Hall of Fame to induct six luminaries, one title team on July 31

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Washington, D.C. – Six individuals who have had distinctive careers in sports and one team that had an inspiring run to its first-ever championship are the 2022 honorees selected to the Washington DC Sports Hall of Fame. The formal induction ceremony will be conducted at Nationals Park on Sunday afternoon, July 31, prior to the Washington Nationals-St. Louis Cardinals game. First pitch is set for 1:35 p.m., with the ceremony scheduled for 12:30 p.m. Gates open at 12:00 p.m.

The 2022 DC Sports Hall of Fame class includes basketball great Len Elmore, the late basketball promoter and innovator Bob Geoghan, three-time world boxing champion Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson, Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner and area philanthropist Mark Lerner, American mile record-holder and Olympian Alan Webb and South Lakes High School and University of Maryland basketball standout Christy Winters Scott. The 2021 NWSL champion Washington Spirit will be recognized as a Team of Distinction.

The members of the DC Sports Hall of Fame selection committee are chairman Bobby Goldwater, a Georgetown University Sports Industry Management master’s program faculty member and sports industry consultant; chairman emeritus and veteran D.C. public relations executive Charlie Brotman; former radio and TV reporter/producer Brenda J. Curtis-Heiken; journalist David Elfin; communications executive and adjunct instructor Meredith Geisler; television and radio personality Chick Hernandez; attorney Phil Hochberg; Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Mark Lerner; former Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism Director at the University of Maryland George Solomon; basketball executive and former coach Ed Tapscott; attorney Mark Tuohey; radio and television personality and former Washington pro football tight end Rick “Doc” Walker; baseball commentator and historian Phil Wood; and journalist and Merrill College visiting professor Joe Yasharoff.

“This distinguished group of honorees elevates the honor roll of the DC Sports Hall of Fame, especially with inductions of its first track athlete, one of the area’s greatest-ever boxers, three significant contributors to basketball and an impactful sports and community leader. Individually and together, they represent excellence in sports in the nation’s capital,” said Goldwater.

“The DC Sports Hall of Fame is grateful once again for the support of our collaborative host organization, the Washington Nationals, and the Lerner family to hold our induction ceremony at the ballpark on July 31,” Goldwater added. 

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Orioles make 10 selections on draft's final day

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The Baltimore Orioles made 10 selections on Day Three of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday, completing Rounds 11-20. This year, the Orioles selected 22 players overall: 12 pitchers and 10 position players, with 20 of the selections being college athletes and two from the high school ranks. The Orioles selected 11 right-handed pitchers, one left-handed pitcher, four outfielders, four infielders, and two catchers.

Nationals take 10 players on final day of 2022 draft

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The Washington Nationals selected 10 players on the third day of Major League Baseball’s 2022 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.

The Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Luke Young from Midland College (TX) in the 11th round. Young went 9-4 with a 3.95 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 79.2 innings in 2022. His 110 strikeouts this season were ranked 15th in NJCAA Division I. In two seasons at Midland, Young struck out 163 hitters in 127.0 innings.

In the 12th round, Washington selected outfielder Nick Peoples out of Northview High School (CA). A switch-hitter, Peoples batted .333 with 11 doubles, two triples, three home runs, 21 RBI, 21 walks and 13 stolen bases.

With their 13th-round pick, the Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Marquis Grissom Jr. from Georgia Tech. Grissom went 4-5 with a 5.75 ERA in 18 games, 14 starts in 2022. He struck out 57 in 61.0 innings. Grissom is the son of former Major League outfielder Marquis Grissom who played in 17 Major Leagues seasons and won a World Series in 1995.

Washington selected shortstop Cortland Lawson from the University of Tennessee in the 14th round. Lawson hit .269 with nine doubles, two triples, 12 home runs and 45 RBI in 65 games for the Volunteers in 2022. A Potomac Falls, Va. native, he attended Dominion High School as a senior after three years at Paul IV Catholic.

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This Week at the Yard

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BREWS & O'S AT GUINNESS OPEN GATE BREWERY

Orioles pitcher TYLER WELLS will make a special appearance and visit with Orioles fans at the Guinness Open Gate Brewery from 4:00  to 6:00 p.m.

 

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Orioles select eight on second day of draft

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The Baltimore Orioles today made eight selections on Day Two of the 2022 First-Year Player Draft, completing Rounds 3-10. The Orioles started the day by selecting right-handed pitcher NOLAN MCLEAN at No. 81 overall from Oklahoma State University. The Orioles also selected catcher SILAS ARDOIN (CY-liss ARD-wann) at No. 107 overall from the University of Texas, right-handed pitcher TRACE BRIGHT at No. 137 overall from Auburn University (AL), outfielder DOUGLAS HODO III at No. 167 overall from the University of Texas, right-handed pitcher PRESTON JOHNSON at No. 197 overall from Mississippi State University, right-handed pitcher CAMERON WESTON at No. 227 overall from the University of Michigan, infielder ADAM CRAMPTON at No. 257 overall from Stanford University (CA), and right-handed pitcher WYATT CHENEY at No. 287 overall from McLennan Community College (TX).

McLean, 20, finished his sophomore year with a 2-1 record and a 4.97 ERA (14 ER/25.1 IP), five saves, 39 strikeouts, and 13 walks in 23 relief appearances. He owned a 13.9 K/9 and a 1.30 WHIP, allowing a total of 20 hits. In his 23 outings with the Cowboys, he surrendered only three home runs. At the plate, McLean slashed .285/.397/.595 (69-for-242) with 16 doubles, one triple, 19 home runs, 55 runs scored, 47 RBI, 37 walks, and two stolen bases. The North Carolina native appeared in all 64 games, starting in 63. His 19 home runs paced the team and ranked tied for third in the Big 12. McLean attended Garner High School in Garner, N.C., where he posted a career .381 batting average and .589 on-base percentage. He played for Team USA at the 2019 WBSC U-18 World Cup and was named an Under Armour and Perfect Game All-American. He was ranked as the No. 115 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 135 by Baseball America.

Ardoin, 21, slashed .271/.391/.513 (65-for-240) his redshirt sophomore season, tallying 20 doubles, one triple, 12 home runs, 48 runs scored, 50 RBI, 39 walks, and a stolen base, appearing in all 69 games with 68 starts. He hit a home run in the Super Regionals against Eastern Carolina University to help lead the Longhorns to the College World Series. The 21-year-old threw out 22-of-55 potential base stealers. He attended Sam Houston High School in Moss Bluff, La., earning Louisiana’s first-ever high school Gold Glove award after being named the 2019 ABCA/Rawlings Gold Glove winner at catcher. Ardoin was selected in the 36th round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft by the Colorado Rockies but did not sign. He is the son of five-year Major League veteran catcher DANNY ARDOIN, who played for the Minnesota Twins, Texas Rangers, Colorado Rockies, Baltimore Orioles, and Los Angeles Dodgers between 2000-08. Silas was ranked as the No. 126 overall draft prospect by Baseball America and No. 146 by MLB Pipeline.

Bright, 21, went 5-4 with a 5.13 ERA (46 ER/80.2 IP) in his junior season, allowing 78 hits, 51 total runs, eight home runs, 38 walks, and 94 strikeouts in 18 appearances (17 starts) while leading the Tigers to the College World Series. His 94 strikeouts were the fourth-most by an Auburn pitcher since 2000. He earned the win on June 20 against Stanford (5.0 IP, 5 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 8 K), helping Auburn secure its first College World Series victory since 1997. The eight punchouts set an Auburn single-game College World Series record. The six-foot-four right-hander did not allow an earned run (one total run) in his first three starts of the season (17.0 IP). The Montgomery, Ala., native fanned a career-high 10 batters in 5.0 innings on June 3 vs. Southeastern Louisiana. He was named to the SEC Academic Honor Roll in all three seasons at Auburn. Bright graduated from Trinity Presbyterian High School in Montgomery, Ala. He was ranked as the No. 232 overall draft prospect by Baseball America.

Hodo, 21, hit .319/.418/.532 (90-for-282) in his redshirt sophomore season, recording 26 doubles, two triples, 10 home runs, 73 runs scored, 47 RBI, 42 walks, and nine stolen bases, starting in all 69 games. His 26 doubles paced the Longhorns, while his 73 runs scored and 42 walks ranked second. Hodo attended Boerne High School in Boerne, Texas. He finished his high school career second in Texas high school baseball history with 106 stolen bases. He is the son of DOUG HODO, who was a starting outfielder on the 1983 Longhorns College World Series team and spent one season in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. He was ranked as the No. 223 overall draft prospect by MLB Pipeline and No. 301 by Baseball America.

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Nationals select eight players on second day of draft

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The Washington Nationals selected eight players on the second day of Major League Baseball’s 2022 First-Year Player Draft. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Assistant General Manager & Vice President of Scouting Operations Kris Kline and Director of Scouting Operations Eddie Longosz made the joint announcement.

The Nationals kicked off Monday’s action by selecting third baseman Trey Lipscomb from the University of Tennessee. Lipscomb hit .355 as a senior in 2022 while leading the Southeastern Conference and ranking fifth nationally with 80 RBI. He ranked in the top five in the conference in slugging percentage (2nd, .717), total bases (2nd, 180), home runs (4th, 22) and runs scored (4th, 68) en route to being named First-Team All-SEC.

In 2022, Lipscomb was a First-Team NCBWA All-American, Second-Team ABCA All-American, Second-Team Baseball America All-American, Second-Team Collegiate Baseball All-American, Third-Team D1Baseball.com All-American and a Third-Team Perfect Game All-American. He was also a Dick Howser Trophy finalist and Golden Spikes Award semi-finalist.

In the fourth round, Washington selected outfielder Brenner Cox from Rock Hill High School in Frisco, Texas. Cox hit .288 with eight doubles, three triples, four home runs, 19 RBI, 31 walks, 30 strikeouts, 26 stolen bases and 29 runs scored during his senior season at Rock Hill. He was ranked by Perfect Game as the No. 2 prep outfielder in the state of Texas. Following the 2021 season, Cox was named Texas All-State and a Second-Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.

With their fifth-round pick, the Nationals selected outfielder Jared McKenzie from Baylor University where is he the school’s all-time leader in batting average (.389). In 2022, McKenzie was second in the Big 12 with a .383 batting average, 82 hits and 62 runs scored. He hit 10 home runs, 44 RBI, 14 doubles and four triples. McKenzie led Baylor with 134 total bases, a .626 slugging percentage and a .453 on-base percentage. He also produced 30 multi-hit games, tied for second all-time for a Baylor player in a single season.

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