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

Nats continue roster reductions, Matt Purke among cuts

The Washington Nationals continue to make roster reductions as they inch a day closer to Opening Day. So far today, the Nats have send pitchers Matt Purke, Clay Hensley and Danny Rosenbaum to minor league camp.  Rosenbaum will no doubt end up at Syracuse AAA.  Purke is a big prospect pitcher for the Nats that we will keep a close eye on. Purke is a 6’4″ left-hander the Nats...
Via DC Pro Sports Report
March 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Seven-Run Inning Leads Nats Past Mets

The Nats busted a two-game losing streak today as the offense came alive and shellacked the Mets, 11-5, on the strength of seven runs in the eighth inning. The game featured some great showings by prospects, which is, as always, the real story in any Spring Training game. Gio Gonzalez started the game, allowing just one hit and striking out one in two scoreless innings in his...
Via The Nats Blog
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Absent From AFL Top 20

Jim Callis and Jonathan Mayo over at recently put together their list of the top 20 prospects in the AFL. As expected, Byron Buxton (OF, Twins) topped the chart. A shoulder injury limited Buxton to 12 games this offseason, although, he still managed to show-off his many tools and slug three home runs. Second on the list is Kris Bryant (3B, Cubs) who is credited with having...
November 20, 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: Matt Purke

Kiley shares video of one of the better lefties in the AFL, the Nationals high-profile lefty Matt Purke.
October 13, 2013  |  Discuss

Does MLB even need a draft?

The Major League Baseball Rule 4 Draft begins this week. The modern draft was instituted in 1987, but a filtration system for entry-level talent existed before World War II. Today, the draft exists for two purposes — competitive balance and wage suppression, with the former being publicly cited as the reason for its existence but the latter being more of the actual motivation for...
Via Fangraphs
June 03, 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

Check out the deer Matt Purke bagged on Thanksgiving...

Up above, a pic of Nats LHP Matt Purke with the deer he bagged on Thanksgiving ("Successful thanksgiving hunt" Tweeted Purke back then. Photo via @MattPurke47). Meanwhile, Purke was optioned to low-A Hagerstown today, where he'll continue on the road back from shoulder surgery. Nats roster down to 49. Who gets bagged next? Befriend Nats Enquirer on Facebook. Follow on Twitter.
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March 05, 2013  |  Discuss

The best/worst photos from MLB team photo day

Team picture day at training camp is absolutely the best. It is the best because some of the pictures that emerge are the absolute worst. It is a day where true legends are made, like Nick Johnson and Jeff Samardzija. Well, picture day has arrived and a new batch of photos are ready to go down in Google Image Search infamy. Let's take a look at some of the standouts! Matt...
Via The Outside Corner
February 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Baseball America's Top 10 Washington Nationals Prospects for 2013

The Washington Nationals have used prospects from their highly-rated farm system to acquire talent, which has made some big tweaks to the top prospects lists from several organizations. Not to mention neither Stephen Strasburg nor Bryce Harper are on that list for the first time in four seasons. Here are the Nationals' top 10 prospects according to Baseball America: ...
Via The Nats Blog
December 19, 2012  |  Discuss

If The Nationals Make A Trade, Who Could Be Dealt?

A couple weeks ago I wrote about what the Nationals might be looking to acquire at the trade deadline. Now it is time to look at what they may have to give up. It is still a bit of a mystery as to what teams are going to have to spend to acquire players because the market is still developing, and according to some rumors the buying and selling teams are far apart. That is understandable...
Via The Nats Blog
July 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Nats Choose Lucas Giolito In Gutsy First Round Selection

Entering the 2012 Amateur Draft, it was unclear who the Nationals would take with the 16th overall pick. Just before 9 pm on Monday, the Nats picked Lucas Giolito and surprised the baseball world once again. With the Giolito pick, you can argue that the Nats got the top prospect five times in the last four seasons. Starting with Stephen Strasburg in 2009, the Nats followed with...
Via The Nats Blog
June 05, 2012  |  Discuss

DMV: Wizards Whiff On Anthony Davis, Get Third Pick In The Draft

Wiz get third pick with Leonsis’ son representing at the Lottery. [Wiz Insider] One mock draft by a guy I like has them taking Thomas Robinson. [SBN] “Whomever the Wiz draft—Kidd-Gilchrist, Beal or Robinson—will help.” [TAI] Leonsis lets us know Lids still sells hideous Wizards hats. [Ted's Take] Nats and O’s get swept by Miami and Toronto, respectively. [WaPo, Sun...
Via Mr. Irrelevant
May 31, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 Top 20 Prospects – Washington Nationals

It’s prospect season again. I’ve had my rankings listed on team pages, but have been horrible about keeping those up to date. As I mentioned on the pages, I’m looking at other rankings when I make mine (along with scouting reports and my own opinion). Next up, the Washington Nationals. For the top 20, I’ve listed them according to my ranking. I’ve also listed the rankings...
Via 85% Sports
March 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Purke, Anthony Rendon Optioned, Seven Others Cut From Big League Squad

The Nationals decided this afternoon to give two of their top prospects in big league camp a chance to get acclimated with the team’s minor league program as they optioned starting pitcher Matt Purke and infielder Anthony Rendon. The team also removed seven other players from their spring roster, including Corey Brown, Jarrett Hoffpauir, and Sandy Leon. Bryce Harper, Washington...
Via The Nats Blog
March 12, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Preview: Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals are one of the most intriguing teams in baseball. It’s funny because the National League East has two of those intriguing teams in the Nationals and Marlins.  While the Marlins have purchased a number of their players, the Nationals are building from the ground up. Please click the link below to read the rest of this extensive look at the Nationals. 
Via Players View
March 07, 2012  |  Discuss

Rotation set up to start game action

Nationals manager Davey Johnson said left-hander Matt Purke will start against Georgetown University on Friday, while right-hander Stephen Strasburg will get the nod on March 4 against the Astros at Space Coast Stadium.
February 25, 2012  |  Discuss

MLB Network analyst picks Nats as World Series longshot

Buried deep in my trolling item about Tom Boswell taking on D.C. sports radio and television folks was this comment: Be constructive. Yes, I know where Matt Purke went to college but no, I really don’t care and it doesn’t matter anymore. What does matter is that a real baseball analyst on the MLB Channel picked the Nationals (yes, the Nationals) as his longshot to win the World...
Via Washington Post
February 23, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates 2012 Draft Prospect Trackers

In the past few years it has been easy to follow the potential draft prospects for the Pittsburgh Pirates. They were usually picking at the top of the draft, which meant the list of players to choose from was limited to the top three or four guys. Last year they were picking first overall, which made things easy for the draft trackers. The starting group of players that I followed...
Via Pirates Prospects
February 15, 2012  |  Discuss

Nationals 5x5 2012 Prospect Rankings

Four of the Nationals top five prospects were selected in last June's amateur draft. That's what happens when three top-10 prospects are traded to acquire the services of Gio Gonzalez. Of course, it helps that the four prospects cracking the top five have a lot of talent. Topping the prospect list is a guy you might have heard of, and he alone makes this list pretty special...
Via Fantasy Baseball 365
February 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals 2011 Minor League Review

Washington Nationals 2011 Minor League Review Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America: 2011 (14) | 2010 (24) | 2009 (21) | 2008 (10) | 2007 (30) | 2006 (24) 2011 Affiliate Records MLB: [80-81] NL East AAA: [66-74] International League – Syracuse AA: [80-62] Eastern League – Harrisburg A+: [68-71] Carolina League – Potomac A: [75-64] South Atlantic League – Hagerstown...
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February 08, 2012  |  Discuss

In other Washington Nationals Hot Stove news: Matt Purke got a hole in one?

Back on January 16, Stephen Strasburg Tweeted news of a near-miss first hole in one, missing the cup by mere inches. The next day, Washington Nationals' 2011 third round pick Matt Purke was out fine-tuning his golf game: Today, those those lessons apparently paid off -- Purke claims that he got his first ever hole in one  -- photo above via @MattPurke47:More importantly; how...
Via Nationals Enquirer
January 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Nationals southpaw Matt Purke on rebound from injury, inactivity

Matt Purke felt relief the minute he became a member of the Washington Nationals. Finally he would begin throwing to batters again. Finally he'd be in live games again. Finally, after three months spent doing nothing but staring at a catcher's target, building up his arm strength with a throwing ...
Via Washington Times
November 23, 2011  |  Discuss

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