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Nationals acquire Tanner Rainey

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rainey, 25, went 7-2 with three saves and a 2.65 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville in 2018. He struck out 65 batters, issued 35 walks and posted a .148 opponent batting average en route to being named an International League All-Star. Rainey surrendered just seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 home runs) across 51.0 Minor League innings in 2018.

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Tanner Rainey from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rainey, 25, went 7-2 with three saves and a 2.65 ERA in 44 games out of the bullpen for Triple-A Louisville in 2018. He struck out 65 batters, issued 35 walks and posted a .148 opponent batting average en route to being named an International League All-Star. Rainey surrendered just seven extra-base hits (5 doubles, 2 home runs) across 51.0 Minor League innings in 2018.

Among International League pitchers with at least 50.0 innings pitched in 2018, Rainey ranked 10th with 11.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. In four professional seasons, he has posted 11.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (339 strikeouts in 275.1 IP).

Rainey was particularly tough against right-handed batters in 2018, posting a .138/.266/.165 opponent slash line. He struck out 48 batters, walked 18 and allowed just three extra-base hits (3 doubles) along the way.

Rainey had his contract selected by the Cincinnati Reds on April 10 and made his Major League debut that day against the Philadelphia Phillies. He went on to make eight relief appearances across four stints with the Reds in 2018.

A native of Hammond, La., Rainey was selected by the Reds in the Competitive Balance Round B (No. 71 overall) of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of West Alabama.

Roark, 32, went 64-54 with a 3.59 ERA in 182 games (141 starts) across six seasons (2013-18) with the Washington Nationals.

Washington's 40-man roster remains at 38 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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Nationals agree to terms with Patrick Corbin

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a six-year contract with All-Star left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Corbin, 29, joins the Nationals after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. He set career marks in nearly every category in his sixth professional season, including ERA, strikeouts, games started, WHIP (1.05), hits allowed per nine innings (7.29), home runs allowed per nine innings (0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (11.07) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.13).

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a six-year contract with All-Star left-handed pitcher Patrick Corbin on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Corbin, 29, joins the Nationals after going 11-7 with a 3.15 ERA and 246 strikeouts in 33 starts for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2018. He set career marks in nearly every category in his sixth professional season, including ERA, strikeouts, games started, WHIP (1.05), hits allowed per nine innings (7.29), home runs allowed per nine innings (0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (11.07) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.13).

A two-time All-Star (2013, 2018), Corbin finished fifth in the National League Cy Young Award voting in 2018 after ranking in the top five in the National League in home runs per nine innings (2nd, 0.68), strikeouts per nine innings (3rd, 11.07), strikeouts (3rd, 246), strikeout-to-walk ratio (3rd, 5.13), opponent on-base percentage (4th, .270), WHIP (4th, 1.05) and opponent OPS (5th, .607).

"We are excited to welcome Patrick and his wife Jen to the Washington Nationals organization," said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner and Vice Chairman Mark D. Lerner. "We've known Patrick to be a great competitor from across the diamond throughout his young career, but in getting to know him through this process, we know he will be a tremendous asset both on the field and off."

In 2018, Corbin became just the fifth left-handed pitcher since 1990 (10th season overall) to record a season with at least 200.0 innings, 200 strikeouts and fewer than 15 home runs allowed.

Corbin led Major League Baseball with a 34.6% swing and miss rate, according to Stats LLC., and according to FanGraphs.com, he ranked behind only Max Scherzer with a 15.6% swinging strike rate. He trailed only Scherzer in the National League with 54 three-pitch strikeouts and 211 strikeouts swinging.

"We've always said that starting pitching is the driver. As the top free-agent pitcher on the market this offseason, we targeted Patrick from the onset," Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo said. "He was one of the top pitchers in the National League in 2018 and at 29 years old, we believe the best is yet to come. We are thrilled to bring him into our organization."

Corbin limited right-handed batters to a .324 slugging percentage, the lowest mark by a left-handed pitcher in the National League. His .259 opponent on-base percentage and .213 opponent batting average against righties were both good for second-lowest in the National League.

In six seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks, Corbin went 56-54 with a 3.91 ERA in 172 games (154 starts). He ranks third in Diamondbacks history in starts, strikeouts (897) and innings pitched (945.2). His 56 wins are good for fourth in the club's history.

Corbin was selected by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the second round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Chipola (FL) Junior College. He was acquired by the Diamondbacks on July 25, 2010.

Washington's 40-man roster is now at 38 players.

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Nationals acquire catcher Yan Gomes

The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star catcher Yan Gomes from the Cleveland Indians on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named later. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gomes, 31, is under team control through the 2021 season. He hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 21 walks and 52 runs scored in 112 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2018. He led American League catchers (min. 400 PA) in slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.757), doubles (26), runs scored (T1st, 52) and batting average (.266), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.313).

The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star catcher Yan Gomes from the Cleveland Indians on Friday in exchange for right-handed pitcher Jefry Rodriguez, outfielder Daniel Johnson and a player to be named later. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Gomes, 31, is under team control through the 2021 season. He hit .266 with 26 doubles, 16 home runs, 48 RBI, 21 walks and 52 runs scored in 112 games for the Cleveland Indians in 2018. He led American League catchers (min. 400 PA) in slugging percentage (.449), OPS (.757), doubles (26), runs scored (T1st, 52) and batting average (.266), while ranking second in on-base percentage (.313).

A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Gomes earned his first career All-Star Game selection in 2018 after being chosen by the Office of the Commissioner. His 26 doubles in 2018 marked a career-high, while his 16 home runs were his most since he clubbed 21 in 2014. Gomes has recorded double-digit home runs in five of his last six full Major League seasons.

Over the last two seasons, Gomes ranked among American League catchers in doubles (3rd, 41), RBI (4th, 104), home runs (5th, 30) and extra base hits (5th, 71). Behind the plate during that span, Gomes threw out 40 would-be base stealers, good for fourth in Major League Baseball. His 32.8 percent caught-stealing rate across the last two seasons ranked seventh in Major League baseball.

Gomes has appeared in 11 Postseason games, including the 2016 World Series. In those 11 games, he's hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, three walks and three runs scored.

In 652 Major League games, Gomes has hit .248 with 121 doubles, six triples, 87 home runs, 308 RBI, 122 walks and 270 runs scored. 

A native of Sao Paulo, Brazil, Gomes was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 10th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft after attending Barry (FL) University. He was acquired by the Cleveland Indians along with Mike Aviles in exchange for Esmil Rogers on November 3, 2012.

Rodriguez, 25, went 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 14 games (eight starts) for the Nationals in 2018 - his first Major League season. He was originally signed as a non-drafted free agent on January 9, 2012.

Johnson, 23, has appeared in 288 games across three Minor League seasons since being selected in the fifth round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of New Mexico State University. He has hit .281 with 57 doubles, 30 home runs, 121 RBI, 57 stolen bases, 67 walks and 159 runs scored.

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Nationals agree to terms with Kurt Suzuki

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Suzuki, 35, joins the Nationals after hitting .271 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 walks, and 45 runs scored in 105 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. Suzuki posted a .485 slugging percentage and an .825 OPS in two seasons in Atlanta - the best marks among Major League catchers during that span - while his .276 batting average the last two seasons was good for fourth among Major League backstops.

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a two-year contract with catcher Kurt Suzuki on Tuesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Suzuki, 35, joins the Nationals after hitting .271 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs, 50 RBI, 22 walks, and 45 runs scored in 105 games for the Atlanta Braves in 2018. Suzuki posted a .485 slugging percentage and an .825 OPS in two seasons in Atlanta - the best marks among Major League catchers during that span - while his .276 batting average the last two seasons was good for fourth among Major League backstops.

Among active catchers, Suzuki ranks in doubles (3rd, 264), games played (4th, 1,394), extra-base hits (5th, 384), RBI (5th, 619), batting average (7th, .258) and home runs (9th, 114).

Suzuki was acquired by the Nationals during the 2012 season and went on to hit .267 with five doubles, five home runs, 25 RBI, 11 walks and 17 runs scored in 43 games as the Nationals went on to claim the 2012 National League East Division championship. 

In 1,394 games spanning 12 Major League seasons, Suzuki has hit .258 with 264 doubles, six triples, 114 home runs, 619 RBI, 19 stolen bases 329 walks and 515 runs scored.

Washington's 40-man roster is now at 37 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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Nationals select the contract of James Bourque

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher James Bourque on Monday, adding him to the team's 40-man roster. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Bourque, 25, went 4-2 with six saves and a 1.70 ERA (10 ER/53.0 IP) in 41 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018. He led all Nationals Minor Leaguers (min. 50.0 IP) in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12.91) and hits allowed per 9.0 innings (5.09) while ranking third in the system in ERA (1.70).

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of right-handed pitcher James Bourque on Monday, adding him to the team's 40-man roster. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Bourque, 25, went 4-2 with six saves and a 1.70 ERA (10 ER/53.0 IP) in 41 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018. He led all Nationals Minor Leaguers (min. 50.0 IP) in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12.91) and hits allowed per 9.0 innings (5.09) while ranking third in the system in ERA (1.70).

In his transition to full-time reliever in 2018, Bourque recorded 76 strikeouts, 26 walks and a .169 opponent batting average. He was promoted to Harrisburg on July 13 and went on to allow just two earned runs in 19.2 innings pitched (0.92 ERA), while striking out 24 batters.

A 14th-round pick in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Michigan, Bourque is 17-20 with six saves and a 4.25 ERA in 93 professional games (44 starts).

Washington's 40-man roster is now at 36 players. Please see the attached document for an updated roster.

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Nationals agree to terms with Trevor Rosenthal

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a conditional option with right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rosenthal, 28, posted a 2.99 ERA and 121 saves in 328 appearances across six Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-17. During that stretch, he ranked among Major League relievers (min. 300.0 IP) in home runs allowed per nine innings (3rd, 0.47), strikeouts per nine innings (6th, 12.05) and strikeouts (9th, 435). From his first full professional season in 2013 through 2017, he was one of six Major League pitchers to record at least 120 saves and strike out at least 400 batters.

The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with a conditional option with right-handed pitcher Trevor Rosenthal on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Rosenthal, 28, posted a 2.99 ERA and 121 saves in 328 appearances across six Major League seasons with the St. Louis Cardinals from 2012-17. During that stretch, he ranked among Major League relievers (min. 300.0 IP) in home runs allowed per nine innings (3rd, 0.47), strikeouts per nine innings (6th, 12.05) and strikeouts (9th, 435). From his first full professional season in 2013 through 2017, he was one of six Major League pitchers to record at least 120 saves and strike out at least 400 batters.

In 2017, Rosenthal went 3-4 with a 3.40 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 47.2 innings pitched while converting 11 of 13 save opportunities. He underwent "Tommy John" ligament-replacement surgery on Aug. 30, 2017 and missed the 2018 season recovering from that surgery.

A National League All-Star in 2015, Rosenthal led Major League Baseball with 93 saves during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. He broke the St. Louis Cardinals single-season save record in 2015 with 48 saves and in 2016, he became the youngest pitcher in Cardinals history (8th-youngest in MLB history) to reach the 100-save mark at 25 years, 10 months and 22 days.

Rosenthal appeared in 23 Postseason games from 2012-15, posting a 0.69 ERA (2 ER/26.0 IP) and seven saves. His 0.69 ERA is the second-lowest in Major League history among all pitchers with at least 20 Postseason appearances, while his 14.54 strikeouts per nine innings ranks first and his .165 opponent batting average ranks third.

A native of Lee's Summit, Mo., Rosenthal was originally selected by the St. Louis in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

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Nationals acquire Kyle Barraclough

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international slot value on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Barraclough, 28, went 15-12 with 11 saves, a 3.21 ERA and 11.48 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 227 games across four Major League seasons (2015-18) with the Miami Marlins. Since the start of the 2016 season, Barraclough ranks among National League relievers in opponent slugging percentage (11th, .295), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12th, 11.53) and opponent batting average (14th, .198).

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Kyle Barraclough from the Miami Marlins in exchange for international slot value on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Barraclough, 28, went 15-12 with 11 saves, a 3.21 ERA and 11.48 strikeouts per 9.0 innings in 227 games across four Major League seasons (2015-18) with the Miami Marlins. Since the start of the 2016 season, Barraclough ranks among National League relievers in opponent slugging percentage (11th, .295), strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12th, 11.53) and opponent batting average (14th, .198).

Barraclough started the 2018 season strong, recording a 0.99 ERA (4 ER/36.1 IP) through his first 37 appearances, holding opponents to .085 batting average (10-for-117) and a .162 slugging percentage (3 2B, 2 HR) over that span. He was named National League Reliever of the Month for June after allowing just one hit in 38 batters faced while striking out 12 batters and issuing just two walks in 12 appearances. He went 7-for-7 in save opportunities in the month of June. 

All told in 2018, Barraclough recorded a career-high 10 saves while pitching to a 4.20 ERA with 60 strikeouts in 55.2 innings pitched (61 G). He offered scoreless relief in 46 of his 61 appearances and hitless relief in 35 of the 61. He posted a 20.2 scoreless innings streak from May 11th to June 30th, tied for the eighth-longest streak in the National League in 2018.

A native of Santa Clara, Calif., Barraclough was selected by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2012 First-Year Player Draft out of St. Mary's College of California. He was acquired by Miami from the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for right-handed pitcher Steve Cishek on July 24, 2015.

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Nationals announce 2018 Minor League awards

The Washington Nationals named infielder Carter Kieboom their 2018 Minor League Player of the Year, left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer and right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe their 2018 co-Minor League Pitchers of the Year and infielder Jake Noll the winner of the sixth-annual "Bob Boone Award." Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

These players will be honored in a ceremony during 2019 Spring Training.

The Washington Nationals named infielder Carter Kieboom their 2018 Minor League Player of the Year, left-handed pitcher Ben Braymer and right-handed pitcher Wil Crowe their 2018 co-Minor League Pitchers of the Year and infielder Jake Noll the winner of the sixth-annual "Bob Boone Award." Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

These players will be honored in a ceremony during 2019 Spring Training.

Kieboom, 21, hit .280 with 31 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 69 RBI, 58 walks, nine stolen bases and 84 runs scored in 123 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg in 2018. He ranked in Washington's system in runs scored (1st, 84), doubles (2nd, 31), RBI (2nd, 69), hits (3rd, 138), home runs (3rd, 16), walks (3rd, 58), slugging percentage (4th, .444) and OPS (4th, 801). Kieboom finished the season rated as the No. 34 prospect in all of baseball according to MLBPipeline.com and the No. 45 prospect according to Baseball America. Baseball America also cited him as the No. 5 prospect in the Eastern League following the season.

Kieboom began his third professional season in Single-A Potomac, where he was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star. At the time of his promotion to Double-A Harrisburg on June 21, he ranked among Carolina League hitters in home runs (T3rd, 11), RBI (3rd, 46), hits (3rd, 73) and batting average (7th, .298). For his efforts in the first half of the season, Kieboom was selected to represent the Nationals in the 2018 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game.

After joining the Senators, Kieboom picked up right where he left off, hitting .362 (25-for-69) with five doubles, two homers, seven RBI, six walks and 12 runs scored in his first 17 games in the Eastern League. He hit safely in 16 of the 17 contests. At 20-years-old during the season, Kieboom was the second-youngest player in the Eastern League in 2018.

Kieboom was selected in the first round (No. 28 overall) of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Walton High School in Marietta, Ga. He was signed by Nationals scout Eric Robinson.

Braymer, 24, led Washington's Minor League system with a 2.28 ERA while going 9-3 with two saves in 28 games (11 starts) between Single-A Hagerstown and Single-A Potomac. He struck out 118 batters - third-most in Washington's system - in 114.2 innings pitched. Opposing batters hit .219 against him, including a .174 average by left-handed batters along the way.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound left-hander opened his first professional season by pitching to a 1.75 ERA (5 ER/25.2 IP) in seven relief appearances with Single-A Hagerstown. He struck out 25 batters while issuing just five walks. He earned South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors on April 15.

On May 10, Braymer was promoted to Single-A Potomac, where he made 11 starts in addition to 10 appearances out of the bullpen. In those 11 starts, he went 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA (17 ER/63.0 IP) and 65 strikeouts while holding opposing batters to a .217 average and just two home runs. In his final five starts, he pitched to a 0.96 ERA (3 ER/28.0 IP) with 33 strikeouts and a .146 opponents' batting average.

Braymer was selected in the 18th round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Auburn University. He was signed by Nationals scout Eric Robinson.

Crowe, 24, went 11-5 with a 3.40 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) between three levels of Washington's Minor League system. His 11 wins were tied for the most among Nationals farmhands, while his 3.40 ERA ranked fourth among full-season Nationals Minor Leaguers. He finished the season ranked as the No. 5 prospect in Washington's Minor League system according to MLBPipeline.com.

The 6-foot-2, 240-pound right-hander began the season 11-0 with a 2.60 ERA through his first 17 games (16 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star before being promoted to Harrisburg on Aug. 7. Following the season, he was named Carolina League Pitcher of the Year for the entire 2018 season.

Crowe was selected in the second round of the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina. He was signed by Nationals scout Paul Faulk.

Noll, 24, becomes the sixth recipient of the Bob Boone Award, which is granted annually to the Nationals minor leaguer who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the 'Washington Nationals Way.'

Noll hit .291 with 20 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs, 72 RBI, 33 walks, seven stolen bases and 82 runs scored in 132 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His 72 RBI were the most in Washington's Minor League system. He was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star after ranking among league leaders in batting average (5th, .302), RBI (5th, 46) and hits (2nd, 80) during the season's first half. He was promoted to Harrisburg on June 21 and went on to hit .324 with five doubles, three homers, 16 RBI, seven walks, three stolen bases and 22 runs scored in his first 37 games with the Senators.

Noll was selected in the seventh round of the 2016 First-Year Player Draft out of Florida Gulf Coast University. He was signed by Nationals scout Alex Morales.

 

WASHINGTON NATIONALS ORGANIZATIONAL AWARD WINNERS

2018:     INF Carter Kieboom (Player of the Year), LHP Ben Braymer/RHP Wil Crowe (co-Pitcher of the Year), INF Jake Noll (Boone)

2017:     OF Daniel Johnson (Player of the Year), RHP Wander Suero (Pitcher of the Year), C Raudy Read (Boone)

2016:     1B Jose Marmolejos (Player of the Year), RHP Reynaldo Lopez (Pitcher of the Year), OF Rafael Bautista (Boone)

2015:     1B Jose Marmolejos (Player of the Year), RHP Austin Voth (Pitcher of the Year), RHP Austen Williams (Boone)

2014:     OF Steven Souza Jr. (Player of the Year), RHP Lucas Giolito (Pitcher of the Year), INF Wilmer Difo (Boone)

2013:     OF Billy Burns (Player of the Year), RHP Taylor Jordan (Pitcher of the Year), 2B Tony Renda (Boone)

2012:     INF Matthew Skole (Player of the Year), RHP Nathan Karns (Pitcher of the Year)

2011:     INF Steve Lombardozzi (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Peacock (Pitcher of the Year)

2010:     OF Tyler Moore (Player of the Year), LHP Tom Milone (Pitcher of the Year)

2009:     C Derek Norris (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Meyers (Pitcher of the Year)

2008:     OF Leonard Davis (Player of the Year), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (Pitcher of the Year)

2007:     OF Justin Maxwell (Player of the Year), LHP John Lannan (Pitcher of the Year)

2006:     INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), RHP Zechry Zinicola (Pitcher of the Year)

2005:     INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), LHP Michael O'Connor (Pitcher of the Year)

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Nationals announce 2018 awards

The Washington Nationals announced the winners of the third-annual end-of-season awards as voted on by the local media. Outfielder Bryce Harper was voted 2018 Nationals Player of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named Pitcher of the Year. Left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle was given the 'Good Guy' Award, given to a player who is exceptionally accommodating to the media and involved in the community.

The players will receive their awards in an on-field ceremony before Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins.

The Washington Nationals announced the winners of the third-annual end-of-season awards as voted on by the local media. Outfielder Bryce Harper was voted 2018 Nationals Player of the Year, while right-handed pitcher Max Scherzer was named Pitcher of the Year. Left-handed pitcher Sean Doolittle was given the 'Good Guy' Award, given to a player who is exceptionally accommodating to the media and involved in the community.

The players will receive their awards in an on-field ceremony before Wednesday's 4:05 p.m. game against the Miami Marlins.

Harper, 25, was named Player of the Year for the first time in the three-year history of the award. Entering play on Tuesday, Harper has clubbed 34 home runs, recorded a career-high 100 RBI and has set a Nationals record (2005-pres.) with 126 walks. He enters play on Tuesday ranked in the National League in home runs (T2nd, 34), on-base percentage (6th, .390), runs (T6th, 99), RBI (6th, 100), extra-base hits (11th, 65) and OPS (11th, .885).

Harper has been one of the most productive hitters in the second "half" of the 2018 season. Since the All-Star break - one in which he represented the Nationals in the All-Star Game for the sixth time and won the 2018 Home Run Derby - he's hit .294 with 17 doubles, 12 home runs, 46 RBI, 48 walks, six stolen bases and 42 runs scored in 60 games. He has posted a .430 on-base percentage and a .539 slugging percentage along the way. 

Harper enters Tuesday with 99 runs scored, 100 RBI and 126 walks in 2018. He is looking to become the seventh player since 2014 to record at least 100 runs, RBI and walks in a season. If he hits those marks, he will join Jose Ramirez (2018), Joey Votto (2017), Aaron Judge (2017), Mike Trout (2016), Paul Goldschmidt (2015) and Jose Bautista (2015, 2014) as the only players to do it since 2014.

Scherzer, 34, was named Pitcher of the Year for the third consecutive season and has again placed himself in consideration for the National League Cy Young Award. He enters tonight's start with a 17-7 record and a 2.57 ERA. He leads Major League Baseball with a career-high and Nationals record (2005-pres.) 290 strikeouts. In addition to strikeouts, Scherzer leads National League pitchers in strikeouts per 9.0 innings (12.22), hits per 9.0 innings (6.12), WHIP (0.92), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5.69), opp. average (.188), opp. on-base percentage (.248) and wins (17).

As the 2018 season progressed, so too did Scherzer's place on both the all-time and active strikeout lists. He began the season 66th all-time and seventh among active pitchers with 2,149 strikeouts. As of Sept. 25, he ranks 43rd all-time and fifth among active pitchers with 2,439 strikeouts. With 10 more strikeouts, he will become the fifth pitcher since 2000 (6 times) to record a 300+ strikeout season.

Scherzer was named a National League All-Star for the fourth consecutive season and sixth straight season overall. In addition to starting for the National League in the All-Star Game, he was named National League Pitcher of the Month in April and May as well as National League Pitcher of the Week on April 16.

Doolittle, 31, supplanted Ryan Zimmerman, the winner of the 'Good Guy' Award in both 2016 and 2017. Doolittle -- named a National League All-Star in 2018 -- earned the award for his "always-professional dealings with members of the media, and for representing the Nationals organization with class both on and off the field." He is 3-3 with a 1.62 ERA and 25 saves entering play on Tuesday. 

Throughout the season, Doolittle and his wife, Eireann, took part in many community initiatives, highlighted by their work with the military and the LGBTQ community. They spent time visiting the Walter Reed Medical Center, the "Battle of the Skies" World War II Commemoration, the Urban Warrior Challenge and the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS). Beyond their dedication to military initiatives, the two hosted a group during World Refugee Night and purchased 150 tickets for the LGBTQ community for use on Night Out.

Year | Winners
2018 | Bryce Harper (Player), Max Scherzer (Pitcher), Sean Doolittle (Good Guy)
2017 | Anthony Rendon (Player), Max Scherzer (Pitcher), Ryan Zimmerman (Good Guy)
2016 | Daniel Murphy (Player), Max Scherzer (Pitcher), Ryan Zimmerman (Good Guy)

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Nationals sign player development contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Washington Nationals signed a two-year Player Development Contract with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Triple-A Pacific Coast League on Tuesday. The contract begins in 2019 and runs through the 2020 season. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the joint announcement, along with Fresno's Team President, Derek Franks.

"The Washington Nationals are excited to be partnering with the Fresno Grizzlies of the Pacific Coast League," said President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. "Fresno is committed to player development and we hope this partnership will continue to yield success for both clubs on the field and off."

The Fresno Grizzlies will be Washington's fourth Triple-A club after being affiliated with Syracuse (2009-18), Columbus (2007-08) and New Orleans (2005-06) since moving to Washington, D.C. in 2005.   

Fresno began play in 1998, serving as a Triple-A affiliate of the San Francisco Giants until 2014 before joining Houston's player development system in 2015. The Grizzlies play at Chukchansi Park, an 11,800 seat stadium in downtown Fresno, Calif. The Grizzlies play in the Pacific Coast League's Pacific Northern Division along with the Reno Aces, Tacoma Rainers and Sacramento River Cats. 

"This is another thrilling new chapter for Fresno Grizzlies baseball- we can't wait for the Nationals to get on the ground in Central California and see everything this community has to offer," said Derek Franks, Fresno team president. "Our new ownership group is continuing several upgrades to both the fan experience and baseball operations facets of Chukchansi Park that began during our previous PDC with Houston, including plans for a brand new playing surface in 2019. I believe the Washington Nationals will find this a comfortable place to cultivate all of their young talent, and will see early on how committed the fans of "Growlifornia' are to baseball in the Central Valley," continued Franks.

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Bryce Harper named National League Player of the Week

Following a week in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, 12 walks, two strikeouts and six runs scored in six games, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Harper led the National League in on-base percentage (.655), walks (12) and OPS (1.593) and ranked among National League hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .938) and batting average (T3rd, .438). He reached base safely in each of the six games and hit safely in five of the six this week.

Following a week in which he hit .438 (7-for-16) with two doubles, two homers, seven RBI, 12 walks, two strikeouts and six runs scored in six games, Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League Player of the Week on Monday. Major League Baseball made the announcement on MLB Network.

Harper led the National League in on-base percentage (.655), walks (12) and OPS (1.593) and ranked among National League hitters in slugging percentage (2nd, .938) and batting average (T3rd, .438). He reached base safely in each of the six games and hit safely in five of the six this week.

Harper capped the week by reaching base safely in seven of his eight plate appearances during Saturday's doubleheader, going 2-for-3 with a home run, two RBI, five walks and three runs scored. With the Nationals trailing, 5-4, in the bottom of the seventh inning of Game 2, Harper crushed a two run home run to put the Nationals ahead for good, 6-5.

This award marks the ninth taken home by a Nationals player so far in 2018:

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Nationals renew player development contracts with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of two-year Player Development Contract extensions with the Single-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and the Single-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League on Monday. The extensions, which begin in 2019, run through the 2020 season.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Potomac Nationals General Manager, Operations, Aaron Johnson and Potomac Nationals General Manager, Sales, Bryan Holland as well as Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter made the joint announcements.

The Washington Nationals announced the signing of two-year Player Development Contract extensions with the Single-A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League and the Single-A Hagerstown Suns of the South Atlantic League on Monday. The extensions, which begin in 2019, run through the 2020 season.

Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Nationals Vice President and Senior Advisor to the General Manager Bob Boone, Assistant General Manager and Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Harris and Director of Player Development Mark Scialabba made the joint announcement along with Potomac Nationals General Manager, Operations, Aaron Johnson and Potomac Nationals General Manager, Sales, Bryan Holland as well as Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter made the joint announcements.

"Potomac and Hagerstown are tremendous assets to our player development system," Rizzo said. "Their dedication to helping develop Major Leaguers and their assistance in rehabbing our injured players is second to none. We are happy to be able to continue working with each respective organization."

"We are excited to continue our relationship with Potomac and Hagerstown," Harris said. "These two organizations - and communities - are key cogs in the development of our young players. In addition, their proximity to Washington, D.C. allows us to utilize them as an asset in the rehabilitation process."

A Nationals affiliate since 2005, the Potomac Nationals claimed the 2018 Carolina League Northern Division First Half Championship and will open the Carolina League playoffs on Wednesday at the Lynchburg Hillcats (CLE).

"The renewal of our franchise's long-time, invaluable partnership with the Washington Nationals signifies that both of our clubs will continue to benefit and prosper from our player development agreement moving forward," said Potomac Nationals Chairman/CEO Art Silber. "It has been our pleasure and privilege to work with the Washington Nationals as a valued member of their Minor League system, and we take great pride in playing a role in the process of developing Washington's prospects into Big Leaguers."

The Nationals and Suns have been partners since 2007, making the upcoming 2019 season their 13th season together.

"We're very excited to extend our PDC with the Washington Nationals," said Hagerstown Suns General Manager Travis Painter. "We've had a great relationship with the organization for over a decade and look forward to continuing that relationship for years to come."

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Nationals recall Pedro Severino and select Austen Williams

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Austen Williams from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 25, returns to Washington after hitting .269 with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored in 33 games with Triple-A Syracuse. He joins the Nationals riding a nine-game hitting streak with the Chiefs, going 17-for-37 (.459) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI during the streak.

The Washington Nationals recalled catcher Pedro Severino and selected the contract of right-handed pitcher Austen Williams from Triple-A Syracuse on Saturday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Severino, 25, returns to Washington after hitting .269 with five doubles, one triple, six homers, 13 RBI, five walks and 14 runs scored in 33 games with Triple-A Syracuse. He joins the Nationals riding a nine-game hitting streak with the Chiefs, going 17-for-37 (.459) with two doubles, one homer and five RBI during the streak.

Severino began the season with the Nationals, hitting .171 with nine doubles, two homers, 15 RBI, 17 walks and 13 runs scored in 63 games. He was optioned to Syracuse on July 9.

Williams, 25, went 3-3 with two saves and a 1.19 ERA in 32 games (two starts) between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in 2018. In 68.0 innings, he struck out 89 batters, walked 17 and posted a 0.84 WHIP. Williams held opposing batters to a .166 average and did not allow a home run in 2018. Of his 30 games out of the bullpen, 23 were more than one inning in length. He posted a 1.16 ERA (7 ER/54.1 IP) with 72 strikeouts against 11 walks in those 23 outings.

After working exclusively as a starter (24-35, 4.38 ERA, 81 GS) in his first four professional seasons (2014-17), Williams converted to the bullpen in 2018. He began the season with Harrisburg, posting a 1.41 ERA (7 ER/44.2 IP) while going 3-2 with one save in 22 games out of their bullpen. He was called upon to make two starts - June 20 vs. Bowie and Jun 26 at Altoona - and went 0-1 with a 1.29 ERA (1 ER/7.0 IP) in those two outings.

Williams was promoted to Syracuse on Aug. 2 where he offered scoreless relief in seven of his eight outings with the Chiefs. He allowed just one earned run in 16.1 IP (0.55 ERA) while striking out 20 batters and issuing just four walks. Opposing Triple-A batters went 6-for-54 (.111) against him.

Williams was selected in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University. He was named the recipient of Washington's "Bob Boone Award" following a 2015 season in which he went 12-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 25 starts across three levels of Washington's Minor League system.

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Nationals acquire KJ Harrison and Gilbert Lara

The Washington Nationals acquired catcher/first baseman KJ Harrison and infielder Gilbert Lara from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez and international slot value on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harrison, 22, was a third round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. In his first full professional season in 2018, he hit .228 with 29 doubles, 12 homers, 51 RBI, 39 walks, and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 16 prospect and by MLB.com as the No. 29 prospect in Milwaukee's Minor League system.

The Washington Nationals acquired catcher/first baseman KJ Harrison and infielder Gilbert Lara from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for left-handed pitcher Gio Gonzalez and international slot value on Friday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Harrison, 22, was a third round pick in the 2017 First-Year Player Draft out of Oregon State University. In his first full professional season in 2018, he hit .228 with 29 doubles, 12 homers, 51 RBI, 39 walks, and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin. He entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 16 prospect and by MLB.com as the No. 29 prospect in Milwaukee's Minor League system.

In 2017, the Kailua, HI native hit .308 with 14 doubles, 10 homers, 33 RBI, 23 walks and 38 runs scored in 48 games for Rookie-level Helena.

The six-foot, 208-pound right-hander has appeared at both first base (54 G) and catcher (43 G) in two Minor League seasons.

Lara, 20, hit .249 with 26 doubles, two triples, five homers, 46 RBI, 18 walks and 45 runs scored in 115 games for Single-A Wisconsin in 2018.

A native of Bani, Dominican Republic, Lara was signed by Milwaukee at the age of 16 as a non-drafted free agent on July 10, 2014. He has appeared at shortstop (215 G) and third base (85 G) while hitting .237 with 49 doubles, eight triples, 11 homers, 127 RBI, 53 walks and 124 runs scored in his four professional seasons.

Gonzalez, 32, went 86-65 with a 3.62 ERA in 213 starts for the Washington Nationals after being acquired prior to the 2012 season. He ranks on Washington's all-time (2005-pres.) list in starts (1st, 213), innings pitched (1st, 1,253.1), strikeouts (2nd, 1,215) and wins (2nd, 86).

Since joining the Nationals in 2012, Gonzalez ranks fifth in Major League Baseball with 213 starts and ranked among Major League left-handed pitchers in home runs per 9.0 IP (2nd, 0.71), opp. slugging percentage (5th, .363), opp. batting average (5th, .239), strikeouts per 9.0 IP (6th, 8.72), strikeouts (7th, 1,215) and ERA (9th, .3.62).

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Nationals acquire Andrew Istler

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on Friday. Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles' Minor League system in 2018. He recorded 73 strikeouts against 19 walks (3.84 SO/BB), a 0.89 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .188 batting average. Of his 40 relief appearances, 30 were longer than one inning. 

The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed pitcher Andrew Istler from the Los Angeles Dodgers in exchange for right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson on Friday. Additionally, the Nationals recalled left-handed pitcher Sammy Solis from Triple-A Syracuse. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Istler, 25, went 4-4 with a 2.37 ERA in 41 games (one start) between three levels of Los Angeles' Minor League system in 2018. He recorded 73 strikeouts against 19 walks (3.84 SO/BB), a 0.89 WHIP and held opposing batters to a .188 batting average. Of his 40 relief appearances, 30 were longer than one inning. 

Istler has tossed scoreless relief in his last eight outings dating to Aug. 4. During this stretch, opposing batters are 6-for-37 (.162) with nine strikeouts and four walks.

Selected in the 23rd round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft, Istler has appeared in 128 professional games, going 10-11 with a 3.65 ERA along the way. He has struck out nearly one batter per inning (194 SO/197.0 IP) while posting a 3.73 strikeout-to-walk ratio as a professional.

Solis, 30, returns to the Nationals after being optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 14. He tossed scoreless relief in all five appearances with the Chiefs. He struck out nine batters, issued one walk and allowed two hits in the five outings.

Madson, 38, went 5-5 with five saves and a 4.08 ERA in 69 games for Washington. He was acquired by the Nationals -- along with Sean Doolittle -- from the Oakland Athletics on July 16, 2017.

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