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Off The Bench:
Early last year, Sean nailed it with his prediction that Jurickson Profar would emerge as a player to watch. He predicted that Profar, though young, would become a stop notch shortstop quickly. Last year, the now-20 year old fulfilled the prophecy and heading into this year, he’s a front runner for a starting spot on a back-to-back-to-back playoff team. Now, I’m going to try to catch lighting in a bottle again and profile Washington Nationals’ prospect Anthony Rendon.
Rendon, 22, was drafted in the 1st round, 6th overall, in the 2011 MLB draft out of Rice. Rendon is a third basemen by trade but could possibly switch to second base if need be. I think that that a positional move would help him get to the bigs faster. Last season, his first in the minors, Rendon battled a partial fracture in his ankle that sidelined him for more than three months. He ended up playing only 43 games including 21 in AA, the highest level he reached. Rendon struggled quite a bit in AA, batting .162 with ...
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...also, Gio just signed a deal with Wilson gloves. Photo above of Gio signing the contract in his kitchen (with aforementioned Curly W on the fridge in the background -- we're assuming that's Gio's fridge), and below posing with his agent and new red Wilson glove and a rep from Wilson, via @GioGonzalez47 himself.
Wonder how those Adam LaRoche negotiations are going...
No news on the Adam LaRoche front. But remember last Christmas, when Bryce Harper got a puppy and named him Swag? Of course you do.
Well, in case you were wondering how the pup was doing, Harper Tweeted the photo above Thursday night ("Me and the buddy hangin out! Best dog around! #swag").
Indeed, it seems Swag is all grown up now.
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Well, last year we rung in the New Year with a photo of Tyler Clippard and Drew Storen wearing festive hats on New Year's Eve. This year, we'll go with Ryan Zimmerman wearing one of those hats last night, with his fiancee. Happy New Year, NatsTown.
Lotsa unfinished business in 2013...how many days until pitchers and catchers report?
(Photo via @heatherdownen)
Brad Lidge is 36 years old. In December, when he was still 35, he announced his retirement from professional baseball. He hadn’t been much of a factor since 2010, so in that sense it felt inevitable that Lidge would hang them up. In discussing Lidge’s career, Mike Axisa wrote up the memorable moment that was Albert Pujols taking Lidge deep. Below, in the comments section of that...
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The Washington Nationals are ripe with talent; Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper to name a few.
But prospects are never relegated to the normal talent pool. The Independent Leagues are becoming more and popular and a legitimate source for up-and-comer’s, as well as a way for players who have been released or undrafted to get the...
ZiPS looks at the 2013 Washington Nationals Projections It’s never too early to start looking at ZiPS projections, and somehow during those two dead weeks of the holidays we forgot to throw this up on the site. The one thing I don’t like about ZiPS is it isn’t quite as optimistic as good ol’ Bill James, but it often offers a more realistic snapshot of what you’re likely...