On the Farm, Week 23: Prospect Decliners of 2014

At long last my season of “On the Farm” has come to an end. I was thinking to myself while writing this that it’s a shame to end the year on a down note by talking about some prospects whose years didn’t go as expected. Oh well, we can change up the format next year! As with all struggles they open the door to triumphant returns and there’s no doubt we haven’t heard the...
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13 days ago  |  Discuss

Taylor Eclipses Goodwin On Nationals’ Depth Chart

On July 20, 2012, a transaction that redefined the Washington Nationals’ prospect hierarchy took place. Having overmatched his Low-A competition with the Hagerstown Suns, centerfielder Brian Goodwin skipped High-A Potomac and made the leap to Double-A Harrisburg. Suddenly trailing Goodwin on the depth chart was Potomac’s talented, yet raw and enigmatic centerfielder, Michael...
Via The Nats Blog
August 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Looking Back At The Nationals Draft Classes (2011-2013)

The Federal Reserve concludes its two-part look back at the last five Washington Nationals’ amateur player drafts by examining the classes of 2011-’13. In case you missed it, here is part one, which covers the 2009-’10 drafts, and the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Michael Taylor. 2011 Graduated: Anthony Rendon (1st round) Notable Players with Other Organizations...
Via The Nats Blog
May 29, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Early Struggling Farmhands

With the first month of the Minor League Baseball season in the books, a few of the Nationals’ best prospects are off to a slow start.  Over the next few weeks, some must, and should, begin playing to their full potential. There are four prospects in particular that I expect to rebound, all of whom I have highlighted below. Before delving into their cases, it should be noted that...
Via The Nats Blog
May 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Minor League Game Recaps (4/17)

Syracuse Chiefs won 6-5 last night to improve to 4-7 on the season.  Eury Perez was 2 for 5 with a triple.  Brandon Laird doubled in two runs while Brian Goodwin singled in two runs for the Chiefs.  Danny Rosenbaum threw 5.2 innings and was peppered for 8 hits and 4 runs.  Christian Garcia (1-0) picked up the win from the pen, throwing 2 innings and allowing a run.  Ryan Mattheus...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
April 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Ranking The Farm

Minor League Baseball’s Opening Day is today, and the Nationals four full-season affiliates—the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, Double-A Harrisburg Senators, High-A Potomac Nationals, and Low–A Hagerstown Suns—all open the seasons with solid rosters. While injuries, promotions, and scuffles relating to development are trademarks of a minor league season, these four teams look promising...
Via The Nats Blog
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

The Washington Nationals have become one of the best teams in baseball by successfully developing homegrown talent and making savvy veteran acquisitions. This list contains some players who should impact the Major League roster in the future, but many of these prospects have been beset by injuries thus far in their careers. Giolito looks like a potential ace and Cole and Goodwin...
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March 28, 2014  |  Discuss

Federal Reserve: Minor League Report For March 20, 2014

From March 13-19, the Nationals either reassigned or optioned 12 players to minor league camp. The position players were catcher Koyie Hill, who was subsequently traded to the Phillies; infielder Mike Fontenot; as well as outfielders Steven Souza Jr., Eury Perez, Brian Goodwin, and Michael Taylor. On the pitching side were lefthanders Matt Purke, Daniel Rosenbaum, and Sammy Solis...
Via The Nats Blog
March 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Split-Squad Nats Beat Braves, Tie Cards

Double the baseball, double the fun! The Nats took on their two biggest rivals simultaneously today, pulling out an 8-2 win over the Braves and tying the Cardinals 4-4. With two games for the same number of players, there was a much bigger stage for every player auditioning to make an impression. Despite twice the playing time opportunities, the players who got the most exposure...
Via The Nats Blog
March 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Nats Spring Training Preview: The Outfield

DISCUSS IT IN OUR DC PRO SPORTS REDDIT The Washington Nationals are 23 days away from pitchers and catchers reporting to Viera Beach for the commencement of spring training.  Position players will follow on February 18.  That being said, we begin out Spring Training Series preview with the Outfield. The outfield is likely one of the most set areas of the Washington Nationals 2014...
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January 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Brian Goodwin: A Closer Look At The Nats’ Future Center Fielder

The Washington National’s farm system may not be as stacked as it was a few years ago, but it undoubtedly remains the backbone of the team’s future. It seems like every year the Nationals have a new wave of prospects ready to break into the Majors and take the league by a storm, just as Bryce Harper did in 2012. Though he hasn’t garnered anywhere near as much attention as Harper...
Via Baseball Hot Corner
January 05, 2014  |  Discuss

AFL Video: Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres

Austin Hedges, C, San Diego Padres   Arizona Fall League: Fall Stars Game Batting Practice   Fall Stars Game Caught Stealing #1 (Brian Goodwin)   Fall Stars Game Caught Stealing #2 (James Ramsey)
Via The Golden Sombrero Baseball Blog
November 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Baseball America’s Top Ten Nationals Prospects for 2014 - Part Two

On November 6th, Baseball America released their rankings of the top ten prospects in the Nationals’ system for the 2014 season. BA is one of the most respected prospect publications in all of baseball, and their rankings are among the most highly anticipated every year. Today, we'll look at the top five prospects. (We covered numbers six through ten yesterday.) 1. Lucas...
Via The Nats Blog
November 12, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Top Prospect Lists

Here is the composite list of Washington Nationals Top Prospects from across the web. The list will be updated as often as new lists are released. After each list, I’ll list the top 5 from that list. Closer to the beginning of the season, I’ll release the 85% Sports Top 20 Prospects for the Nationals, along with averages and a composite ranking for each player listed. Updated...
Via 85% Sports
November 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The Top Ten Prospects in the NL East

Coming off the coattails of Baseball America breaking down the top ten prospects from every team in the NL East, we take a look at the top ten prospects from the NL East. There were a couple of surprises when looking at Baseball America’s list of the top ten Mets’ prospects, most notably Kevin Plawecki jumping to No. 5, and players like Cesar Puello not cracking the top 10. You...
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November 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Nats prospect update – Arizona Fall League (10/28)

The Washington Nationals’ eight prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League for the first place Mesa Solar Sox.  The Solar Sox are currently 10-5-1 on the season.  They fell yesterday by a score of 6-1.  Sammy Solis got hit for 3 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings to take the loss for Mesa.  Brian Goodwin was 1 for 4, Steve Souza was 1 for 3, and Matt Skole was 0 for 2. Here...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
October 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Prospect Video: Brian Goodwin

Kiley shares video of one of the better center field prospects in the AFL, Washington's Brian Goodwin.
October 18, 2013  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals Top 20 Prospects

The Nationals have promoted quite a few guys over the last couple of years, but it doesn’t appear that the system has taken the nose dive that a lot of others have seen after promotions. Note: Avg ranking takes the average of any site I could find that had team rankings (sum of ranks divided by total sites). Comp ranking is the composite for the organization; it basically is a...
Via 85% Sports
April 12, 2013  |  Discuss
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