Denaburg doing well, but starting point for summer yet to be announced

With the season two months old, the Nationals No. 1 selection from last season, Mason Denaburg, is continuing to make good progress in West Palm Beach, Fla.

The right-hander told me in March that he is 100 percent healthy. Nationals director of player development Mark Scialabba said that all systems are go for Denaburg.

“He’s in Florida pitching in our extended spring training camp and progressing well,” Scialabba said.

The latest update for Denaburg, 19, has him at full strength and throwing all of his pitches.

baseballs-in-bin-sidebar.jpg“We’re continuing to build his foundation, focusing on repeating his delivery and commanding his fastball,” Scialabba said. “He’s strong, healthy and making strides outing to outing.”

The next move is for the Nats is to decide where the 6-foot-4, 195 lbs. Denaburg will begin his 2019 campaign. That will most likely be with the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals or the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays.

The GCL Nats’ first game is June 24. The Doubledays open June 14 at Batavia. That means the decision is going to be announced in the next couple of weeks.

Denaburg is listed on the GCL roster, but I have been told that is not confirmed and a starting point announcement is not imminent.

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