The Nationals instructional league began with the first workout Saturday in West Palm Beach, Fla. The roster includes first-round selections in right-handers Mason Denaburg, Jackson Rutledge and left-hander Seth Romero.
The who’s who of the Nationals coaching staff includes coordinators James Goodwin (minor league video), Jeff Garber (co-field/infield), Tommy Shields (co-field), Troy Gingrich (hitting), Michael Barrett (catching), Gary Thurman (outfield/baserunning), Mark Grater (rehab/pitching), Tony Rogowski (strength and conditioning), Jon Kotredes (medical and rehab) and Jeff Allred (assistant medical and rehab).
Affiliate managers on hand include Tripp Keister (Single-A Potomac), Mario Lisson (Rookie-level Gulf Coast League) and Sandy Martinez (Rookie-level Dominican Summer League field coordinator/manager), hitting coaches Luis Ordaz and Jorge Mejia, and pitching coaches Brad Holman and Michael Tejera, as well as GCL assistant coach Adderling Ruiz.
Overseeing the process will be assistant general manager Doug Harris, vice president/senior advisor to the general manager Bob Boone, director of player development Mark Scialabba, senior advisor of player development Spin Williams and director of minor league operations Ryan Thomas. Dianne Wiebe is the manager of Florida operations and JJ Estevez is the manager of minor league operations.
The Nats instructional league team faces the Marlins squad home-and-away in four games on Sept. 23, 25, 26 and 27. The league workouts and instruction will conclude October 4.
Here is the 2019 Nationals instructional league roster:
Pitchers (L = Left-handed pitcher)
Tim Cate (L)
Matt Cronin (L)
Jose A. Ferrer (L)
Lucas Knowles (L)
Evan Lee (L)
Bryan Pena (L)
Seth Romero (L)
Nick Wells (L)
Jeremy De La Rosa
Update: Right-hander Sterling Sharp is off to a very good start in the Arizona Fall League. Sharp started for the Surprise Saguaros on opening night and tossed three shutout innings without allowing a hit, with one walk with four strikeouts. Sharp fired 43 pitches, 29 for strikes.
Highly regarded shortstop prospect Luis Garcia went 4-for-5 with two runs scored and a stolen base.
Andrew Lee tossed two scoreless and hitless frames with two strikeouts. Catcher Jakson Reetz had two hits and an RBI. Nick Raquet also fired two scoreless innings, allowing one hit with three punchouts. The Nats pitchers accumulated nine strikeouts while allowing just one hit in seven innings of work with nine strikeouts.
Cole Freeman went 0-for-5 and Nick Banks 1-for-4 in their AFL debuts.
No surprise, the Saguaros beat Glendale 4-2. It was 100 degrees and clear for first pitch.