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Washington Nationals’ Draft Recap 2020: Samuel Infante - 2nd Round comp pick

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The infielder from high school in Florida was taken in the second round and took part in October Instructional League…

[ed. note - “This is the fourth in a series looking at the Nationals’ 2020 draft class. You can check out the other stories HERE, HERE, and HERE.”]

WASHINGTON – Samuel Infante, who turned 19 in June, was selected in the second round as a compensation pick and was the 71st player chosen overall.

He is a right-handed hitter...

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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ Juan Soto is going to get PAID; Front office cuts in D.C. + more Nats links...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see how much Juan Soto is going to get paid...

Juan Soto, as FBB’s Blake (I almost called him Treinen out of typing habit) Finney mathed out a few weeks back, is likely to qualify for Super Two status, so the recently-turned 22-year-old outfielder should make significantly more than the pro-rated amount of $629,400 he was to earn in 2020 before the COVID pandemic shortened the...

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Washington Nationals Draft Recap 2020: 3rd Round pick Holden Powell

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Pitcher from UCLA was drafted in the third round out of LSU and got to experience instructs in West Palm …

[ed. note: “This is the third in a series looking at the Nationals’ 2020 draft class. You can check out previous posts HERE and HERE.”]

WASHINGTON – Mark Scialabba, assistant general manager, player development, hesitated to compare Holden Powell to Drew Storen – the latter a first-round pick of the Nationals in 2009 out of...

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Industry cuts reportedly catch up to Washington Nationals...

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The Athletic reports that the team will reduce staff in several areas; long-time assistant to the GM Mike Cubbage confirms to Federal Baseball he is retiring …

WASHINGTON – Thanks to the pandemic, this has been a terrible year financially for many companies and organizations throughout North America – and the world.

And those challenges have hit Major League Baseball and now the Nationals.

The Athletic’s Britt Ghiroli reported on Thursday that the...

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Kyle McGowin and slider got Washington Nationals’ attention...

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Raise your hand if you thought Kyle McGowin would come up and deal out of the bullpen this past season? Now put your hand down, liars!

In a season where not much went well and there weren’t too many positives (Juan Soto’s NL batting title; Luis García’s impressive debut) you take what you can get as far as highlights.

Kyle McGowin’s return to the majors, after his debut in 2018, and a total of seven outings in 2019, saw the...

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Juan Soto likely to reach Super Two status

Juan Soto should be in line for a lucrative pay raise over the minimal amount he earned in 2020, and it could perhaps lead to a record-setting salary for a first-time arbitration-eligible player.

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Washington Nationals’ pitching coordinator Brad Holman happy for Randy Knorr, Jim Hickey

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The pitching coordinator in player development was on staff at Triple-A Syracuse and Fresno with the new first-base coach for the Nationals …

WASHINGTON – After leaving the Texas Rangers’ organization, Brad Holman joined the Nationals as the Triple-A pitching coach at Syracuse in 2018 and then with Triple-A Fresno in 2019.

And each time his manager was Randy Knorr, the former Washington bench coach who returned to the majors on...

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Washington Nationals’ Draft Recap 2020: 4th Round pick Brady Lindsly

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The catcher was selected in the fourth round out of Oklahoma and took part in Instructional League in West Palm Beach …

[ed. note - “This is the second in a series looking at 2020 draft class. HERE’s the first.”]

WASHINGTON – The Nationals didn’t draft catcher Brady Lindsly in June because he was college teammates with pitcher Cade Cavalli, the first-round club pick of the club.

But it certainly...

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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals decline options on Adam Eaton, Howie Kendrick, Aníbal Sánchez, and Eric Thames; Randy Knorr returns + more...

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Catch up on a busy-ish last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see who gets qualifying offers...

Uh, congrats, Dodgers. We guess. Moving on. There was actual news on the first day of the 2020-21 offseason with the Nationals making some roster decisions and adding a coach to the mix. Notice we didn’t say “new coach”, though, technically, Randy Knorr is new to Davey Martinez’s staff, though he’s been with the organization since 2005....

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Washington Nationals’ Draft Recap 2020: 5th Round pick Mitchell Parker

Screencap via @MLBPipeline on Twitter.

Lefty pitcher was taken in the fifth round out of San Jacinto College North and finished up his season at Instructional League in Florida …

[ed. note - “This is the first story in a series looking at 2020 draft class.”]

WASHINGTON – Mitchell Parker, 22, fits the profile of other recent draft picks by the Nationals.

He is 6-foot-4 and was selected in the 5th and final round of the 2020 Draft earlier this year out of San Jacinto North, a...

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Washington Nationals’ prospect Tim Cate overcame shutdown challenges

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The former second-round pick was home in Connecticut after Spring Training then worked on his craft at the alternate site, Instructional League …

WASHINGTON - The baseball shutdown that began in March didn’t do lefty pitcher Tim Cate any favors.

After leaving Spring Training he headed home to Connecticut and had limited access to throwing off the mound as compared to other pitchers from warmer states such as Florida and...

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Washington Nationals decline options on Adam Eaton; Howie Kendrick; Eric Thames; and Aníbal Sánchez

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There were some Nationals’ roster moves on Wednesday that sent four more players towards free agency...

Asdrúbal Cabrera, Sean Doolittle, Brock Holt, Kurt Suzuki, and Ryan Zimmerman were five of 147 players who became free agents following the conclusion of the 2020 World Series.

In addition, the Nationals announced on Wednesday afternoon that they declined 2021 club options for Adam Eaton and Aníbal Sánchez, and declined their portion of the 2021...

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Washington Nationals’ first base coach Randy Knorr has deep ties to Davey Martinez...

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The new first base coach for the Nationals used to take batting practice in Tampa with the manager; Former catcher Randy Knorr was a bench coach under Davey Johnson and Matt Williams …

WASHINGTON – When Jim Hickey replaced Paul Menhart earlier this month as the pitching coach for the Nationals, there was a lot of speculation among fans and media that manager Dave Martinez wanted to hire “his people.”

That made a lot of sense after he won a...

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Nationals decline options on Eaton, Sanchez, Thames, Kendrick

The Washington Nationals continue to reshape their roster. Wednesday, the Nationals declined 2021 club options on Adam Eaton and Anibal Sanchez. They also declined the team’s portion of mutual options on Howie Kendrick and Eric Thames.

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Washington Nationals officially announce 2021 coaching staff

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Davey Martinez’s staff is officially in place for the 2021 season...

The Washington Nationals officially introduced their 2021 coaching staff this afternoon.

Most of the pieces were already in place. Jim Hickey was previously introduced as the club’s new pitching earlier this month, replacing Paul Menhart, and Kevin Long signed on to a new one-year deal after it appeared for a time that he might not return.

Bob Henley, who coached first base in...

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Nationals decline 2021 options on Eaton, Sanchez, Thames, Kendrick

While Eaton’s time with the Nats ended with a whimper — he batted just .226/.285/.384 in 2020 — he was a key member of 2019’s World Series roster.

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Another Tomlin in Washington Nationals’ system... Quade Tomlin follows in father’s footsteps

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Farm director Mark Scialabba points out infielder from Virginia grew up around the game as his father was pitching coach at Potomac, Harrisburg …

WASHINGTON – Quade Tomlin was just seven years old when his father, Randy, began the 2009 season as the pitching coach for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

The younger Tomlin and his siblings would spend some of the summer taking in games at City Island – the Eastern League home of the Nationals’ affiliate...

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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals’ 2021 rotation; Luis García in 2020 + more Nats news...

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Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news while you wait to see what Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo’s first big move of the offseason is...

As noted in an article below, Joe Ross is expected to come back to the Nationals’ rotation in 2021, which will help, but will GM Mike Rizzo and Co. in Washington attempt to bolster their starting staff and sign a No. 4 starter behind Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and lefty Patrick Corbin, allowing Ross to...

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Washington Nationals’ Seth Romero made surprising debut in 2020...

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Seth Romero was called up in mid-August when a number of injuries to the lefties in the bullpen created a need at the big league level...

Seth Romero was suspended twice while pitching at the University of Houston, and he was eventually dismissed from the team. Washington’s Nationals selected the left-hander in the first round of the 2017 Draft, and he made seven starts in the system later that season, but he was then sent home from Spring Training in 2018 for...

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Matt LeCroy is high on Washington Nationals’ prospect Israel Pineda

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Former Nationals’ backstop and bullpen coach has been able to watch young prospect during Instructional League in Florida …

WASHINGTON – Matt LeCroy played in 476 games in the majors and 124 of those came as a catcher.

The South Carolina native caught 13 games for the Nationals in 2006 and was later the bullpen coach for Washington.

So his opinion on catchers has merit – and he is on high on Nationals’ prospect Israel Pineda, who...

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