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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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Nationals Announce 2019 Spring Training Schedule

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday. The third season of Grapefruit League action at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 23rd when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros. The Nationals will host 15 home games during the 30-game Grapefruit League slate.

In addition to the 15 home games, the Nationals will face the Astros as the road team on March 10 and March 24. Including the 17 games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, combined with five visits to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. to face the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, 22 of Washington's 30 Spring Training games will take place within Palm Beach County.

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 Spring Training schedule on Wednesday. The third season of Grapefruit League action at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 23rd when the Washington Nationals host the Houston Astros. The Nationals will host 15 home games during the 30-game Grapefruit League slate.

In addition to the 15 home games, the Nationals will face the Astros as the road team on March 10 and March 24. Including the 17 games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, combined with five visits to Roger Dean Stadium in Jupiter, Fla. to face the Miami Marlins and St. Louis Cardinals, 22 of Washington's 30 Spring Training games will take place within Palm Beach County.

Washington will host home games each Saturday during 2019 Spring Training. In addition to the home opener on Feb. 23rd, the Nationals' Saturdays will feature visits from the Minnesota Twins on March 2nd, the Miami Marlins on March 9th and the St. Louis Cardinals on March 16th and March 23rd.

The Boston Red Sox will visit FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches on March 5th, kicking off a stretch in which the Nationals play six games at their home park in the span of nine days, March 5th through March 13th.

The Nationals will travel to Kissimmee, Fla. to face the Atlanta Braves on Feb. 25th and March 19th and will make the trek to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 28th to play the Boston Red Sox and on March 14th to play the Minnesota Twins.

The Florida portion of the schedule will conclude on March 24th with split-squad action that will send the Nationals to Port St. Lucie to face the New York Mets while Washington and Houston play the final game of the 2019 campaign at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.

The Nationals will welcome the New York Yankees to Nationals Park for an exhibition game on March 25th, capping the 2019 Spring Training schedule.

Fans can begin placing deposits today for Nationals Spring Training Season Tickets and Group Tickets by visiting nationals.com/spring.

Spring Training ticket on-sale dates are as follows:

  • Monday, Sept. 17th - Season tickets for all 30 home games at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches as well as Nationals 15-game packages
  • Thursday, Nov. 1st - Four-game Flex Plans
  • Thursday, Nov. 15th - Individual-game tickets for all Nationals Spring Training home games

All tickets are available online at nationals.com/spring or by calling 561.500.HITS(4487) Ext. 3. For more information on FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, visit www.fitteamballpark.com or call 561.500.HITS(4487).

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Nationals reinstate Ryan Madson

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Madson, 37, returns to the active roster after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 14 (retroactive to Aug. 13) with lumbar nerve root irritation. Prior to his outing on Aug. 12 at Chicago, Madson had allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) spanning 12 outings from July 10 to Aug. 9.

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Ryan Madson from the 10-day disabled list and placed right-handed pitcher Kelvin Herrera on the 10-day disabled list with a torn Lisfranc ligament in his left foot on Monday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Madson, 37, returns to the active roster after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on Aug. 14 (retroactive to Aug. 13) with lumbar nerve root irritation. Prior to his outing on Aug. 12 at Chicago, Madson had allowed just two earned runs in 11.1 innings (1.59 ERA) spanning 12 outings from July 10 to Aug. 9.

Herrera, 28, is 1-2 with three saves and a 4.34 ERA in 21 games with the Nationals.

Please see attachment for updated 25-man roster.

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Nationals reinstate Stephen Strasburg

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 30, returns to the Nationals after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 26 with a cervical nerve impingement. He is 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts for Washington in 2018. He has recorded 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (101 SO/85.1 IP) and a 4.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.

The Washington Nationals reinstated right-handed pitcher Stephen Strasburg from the 10-day disabled list and optioned infielder Adrian Sanchez to Triple-A Syracuse on Wednesday. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement.

Strasburg, 30, returns to the Nationals after being placed on the 10-day disabled list on July 26 with a cervical nerve impingement. He is 6-7 with a 3.90 ERA in 14 starts for Washington in 2018. He has recorded 10.65 strikeouts per 9.0 innings (101 SO/85.1 IP) and a 4.81 strikeout-to-walk ratio this season.

Sanchez, 28, did not appear in a game during this stint with the Nationals. He was recalled prior to Tuesday night's game against the Philadelphia Phillies.

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Nationals Announce 2019 Schedule

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The 15th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on March 28th, marking the earliest start of the season in Nationals history (2005-present). Washington's initial homestand will feature three games against the Mets before welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies for two games, April 2nd and 3rd.

Nationals Park will host 13 homestands next season, with two extending beyond nine games. The Nationals will host 13 weekend series and will celebrate with holiday crowds three times in 2019. The Marlins will visit Nationals Park for both Memorial Day (May 27th) and the annual Fourth of July game at Nationals Park. Finally, the Nationals will welcome the New York Mets on Labor Day (Sept. 2nd).

The Washington Nationals - in conjunction with Major League Baseball - announced their 2019 schedule on Wednesday. The 15th season of Nationals baseball will commence with an Opening Day matchup against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on March 28th, marking the earliest start of the season in Nationals history (2005-present). Washington's initial homestand will feature three games against the Mets before welcoming the Philadelphia Phillies for two games, April 2nd and 3rd.

Nationals Park will host 13 homestands next season, with two extending beyond nine games. The Nationals will host 13 weekend series and will celebrate with holiday crowds three times in 2019. The Marlins will visit Nationals Park for both Memorial Day (May 27th) and the annual Fourth of July game at Nationals Park. Finally, the Nationals will welcome the New York Mets on Labor Day (Sept. 2nd).

Interleague play will match the Nationals up with American League Central. The Nationals will welcome the Chicago White Sox (June 4th-5th), Kansas City Royals (July 5th-7th) and Cleveland Indians (Sept. 27th-29th) to Nationals Park. They will travel to face the Chicago White Sox (June 10th-11th), Detroit Tigers (June 28th-30th) and Minnesota Twins (Sept. 10th-12th). Washington's visit to Minnesota in September will mark the Nationals' first visit to Target Field, which opened in 2010.

The annual Beltway Series with the Baltimore Orioles will renew on July 16th-17th at Oriole Park at Camden Yards and the Orioles will visit Nationals Park Aug. 27th-28th.

The Nationals will make three visits to the West Coast, starting with a four-game series at the Los Angeles Dodgers May 9th-12th, a series that will cap a 10-game road trip that will take Washington from Philadelphia (May 3rd-5th) to Milwaukee (May 6th-8th) before ending in Los Angeles. The Nationals will travel to San Diego from June 6th-9th and will finish their West Coast slate with a six-game road trip to Arizona (Aug. 2nd-4th) and San Francisco (Aug. 5th-7th).

Twenty of Washington's final 29 games will come against divisional foes and they will conclude the 2019 regular season schedule with a seven-game homestand against the Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 23rd-26th) and Cleveland Indians (Sept. 27th-29th).

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Nationals announce roster moves

The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for second baseman Daniel Murphy on Tuesday. In addition, the Nationals traded first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Monasterio, 21, hit .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 52 walks, 10 stolen bases and 52 runs scored in 109 games for Myrtle Beach of the Single-A Carolina League this season. An athletic, versatile infielder, Monasterio was cited by Baseball America as a rising prospect in Chicago's system in their 2018 mid-season update.

The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Andruw Monasterio and a player to be named later or cash considerations from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for second baseman Daniel Murphy on Tuesday. In addition, the Nationals traded first baseman Matt Adams to the St. Louis Cardinals in exchange for cash considerations. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Monasterio, 21, hit .263 with 14 doubles, two triples, three homers, 31 RBI, 52 walks, 10 stolen bases and 52 runs scored in 109 games for Myrtle Beach of the Single-A Carolina League this season. An athletic, versatile infielder, Monasterio was cited by Baseball America as a rising prospect in Chicago's system in their 2018 mid-season update.

In 336 professional games, Monasterio has hit .264 with 50 doubles, nine triples, six home runs, 107 RBI, 46 stolen bases and 186 runs scored. He has appeared at shortstop (198 G/190 GS), second base (94 G/91 GS) and third base (39 G/37 GS).

A native of Caracas, Venezuela, Monasterio is in his fifth professional season after signing with the Chicago Cubs as a non-drafted free agent on May 7, 2014. 

Murphy, 33, hit .329 with 99 doubles, eight triples, 54 homers, 226 RBI, 100 walks and 199 runs scored in 342 games with the Nationals since joining the organization prior to the 2015 season. Arguably the top free agent signing of the 2015 offseason, Murphy represented the Washington Nationals in the 2016 and 2017 All-Star Games, took home two Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger awards (2016, 2017) and finished second in the 2016 National League Most Valuable Player voting.

Adams, 29, hit .257 with nine doubles, 18 home runs, 48 RBI, 24 walks and 37 runs scored in 94 games for the Nationals in 2018.

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Washington Nationals Dream Foundation announces 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines are proud to announce the 11 recipients of the 2018 Delta Dream Grants. 

The Nationals Dream Foundation introduced Delta Dream Grants during the 2016 season, an initiative which awards grants to nonprofits that provide services to children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, the funding provides support for effective programming in accordance with the mission of the Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines' commitment to give back to the communities where employees live and work. 

The Washington Nationals Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines are proud to announce the 11 recipients of the 2018 Delta Dream Grants. 

The Nationals Dream Foundation introduced Delta Dream Grants during the 2016 season, an initiative which awards grants to nonprofits that provide services to children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region. Sponsored by Delta Air Lines, the funding provides support for effective programming in accordance with the mission of the Dream Foundation and Delta Air Lines' commitment to give back to the communities where employees live and work. 

A full list of this year's recipients can be found below. 

Organization -- Donation Type
Banneker City Baseball -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
Boys & Girls Clubs of Fauquier -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Capitol City Little League -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
DC UrbanGreens, Inc. -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Falls Church Kiwanis Little League -- Baseball Equipment/Field Refurbishment
Fauquier FISH -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
FRESHFARM -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Kid Power, Inc. -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
Martha's Table -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
South Lakes High School PTSA Food Pantry -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation
YMCA of Metropolitan Washington -- Healthful Nutrition & Food Preparation

"In partnership with Delta Air Lines, we are delighted to unveil the 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients," said Tal Alter, Vice President, Nationals Dream Foundation & Youth Baseball Academy. "We received applications throughout the year from many deserving groups and are extremely proud to support these 11 organizations. This year's grants are dedicated to improving local programming focused on healthful nutrition, as well as the refurbishment of youth baseball fields and/or the purchase of substantial baseball equipment. We are confident that the 2018 Delta Dream Grants will go a long way to improve the lives of children and teens in the Washington, D.C. region."

The 2018 Delta Dream Grant recipients will be honored during an on-field ceremony at Nationals Park on Tuesday, August 21. Tal Alter and a representative from Delta Air Lines will present this year's grantees with their checks prior to the start of the Nationals game vs. the Philadelphia Phillies. 

For more information on Delta Dream Grants, please visit nationals.com/DeltaDreamGrants. 
In addition to the Delta Dream Grants, the Nationals Dream Foundation has contributed to several other projects this year, including 2018 MLB All-Star Game Legacy Projects, the Bryce Harper Legacy Field at Takoma Community Center, and the Nationals Youth Baseball Academy. In total, the Dream Foundation has given nearly $1 million in 2018. 

For more information on the Nationals Dream Foundation, please visit nationals.com/Dream

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