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Last March I wrote this about Mike Morse: “Assuming 500 at-bats, which I think is reasonable, we could be looking at a 20-homer, 80-RBI season with a good batting average coming from a widely undrafted player.” Morse ended up getting 522 at-bats, put up a “good” .303 average (and a .288 xBA, which is more what I expected) but crushed my power projections. That season was good enough to rank him 51st overall. We’ll see more of the same in 2012. Maybe he won’t bat over .300 again, but 25 homers and 80 RBI are totals you can take to the bank.
Best case scenario: Paul Konerko (CHW)
Similar players: Lance Berkman (STL), Nick Swisher (NYY), Logan Morrison (MIA)
Worst case scenario: Torii Hunter (LAA)
HR, RBI, BA, balance, HR on the road. The homers, RBI and average should all be pretty close to last season, but what I really like about Morse is the balance he showed last season. No matter what split you look at (vs. LHP/RHP, first half/second half, home/road), Morse put almos...
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Bryce Harper has been taking questions from his Twitter followers over past week, which is a pretty cool thing. That's how the world found out that his puppy Swag would, in fact, accompany him to Washington when he arrives, and that he showers four times before a game as part of his pregame routine. Last night, Harper reminded DMV sports fans...
Move over Michael Morse and that Curly W moped helmet. Ladies and gentlemen, Drew Storen and his custom Stanford fighter pilot helmet. Photo via Cleveland Indians reliever Chris Perez (@ChrisPerez54):
Finally, a replacement for the Silver Elvis wig [see also, great moments in Silver Elvisdom]?
Just 20 days until Nats' pitchers and catchers report...
If Jordan Zimmermann can put together a full, 200-inning season, he’ll be a fantasy force to be reckoned with. His walk rate went from very good to pretty much elite last season, and there’s definitely room for growth with his strikeout rate. In fact, if Zimmermann made the standard 33 starts last season instead of just 26, his PSR would have risen from 0.79 to 2.47, which would...
Although Brad Lidge has closed for the vast majority of his major league career, he'll step into a setup role with the Washington Nationals in 2012. The Nats are hoping the 35-year-old veteran can help provide leadership to a promising young bullpen.
Should the Nationals hold Stephen Strasburg until mid-May in case of a postseason run, considering his innings limit? Beat reporter Bill Ladson answers this question and more in the Inbox.
Drew Storen shot up the rankings last year and now sits as a top tier closer. He posted solid strikeout numbers (8.84 K/9, 24.4 K%) and limited his free passes (2.39 BB/9, 6.6 BB%). Let’s add in the fact that he induced a ton of ground balls (47.3 GB%) and you have the perfect fantasy, and real life, closer. Sure, Storen doesn’t have the pedigree of the other names being drafted...
The Houston Astros have agreed to a minor league deal with right-handed pitcher Livan Hernandez.The 36-year-old was invited to spring training.Hernandez is a former World Series MVP and was the opening day starter for the Washington Nationals last season.He went 8-13 with a 4.47 ERA in 29 games for the Nationals last year.
Pitcher John Lannan and the Washington Nationals have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case of the year. The left-hander asked for a raise from $2.75 million to $5.7 million during a hearing Wednesday before a three-person panel. The Nationals argued he should be paid $5 million. A decision by arbitrators Robert Herzog, Elizabeth Neumeier and John Skonier is expected Thursday.
Pitcher John Lannan and the Washington Nationals have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case of the year.
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Pitcher John Lannan and the Washington Nationals have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case of the year.
Pitcher John Lannan and the Washington Nationals have argued baseball's first salary arbitration case of the year. The left-hander asked for a raise from $2.75 million to $5.7 million during a hearing Wednesday before a three-person panel. The Nationals argued he should be paid $5 million.
The Nationals' Minor League system was named the best in Major League Baseball, according to Baseball America, on Monday.
The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with right-handed reliever Chad Durbin for a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training. Wednesday's deal could bring Durbin to his fifth major league team. He has played for Kansas City, Cleveland, Detroit and Philadelphia. He went 2-2 with a 5.53 ERA in 56 games last year with the Indians.
The Washington Nationals have signed former Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Chad Durbin, according to Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.