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Nationals take Rutledge at No. 17 overall

Righty considered to be one of best arms in Draft
@JamalCollier
June 4, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo is, at heart, a scout. That’s a major reason why he considers the MLB Draft one of the most important days of the year for his franchise. On Monday, the Nationals selected right-hander Jackson Rutledge, from San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College, with the

Nats looking for 'impact big leaguer' at No. 17

@JamalCollier
June 2, 2019

The Nationals have built their foundation through the Draft, selecting players such as Anthony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Ryan Zimmerman along with some who have left, like Bryce Harper or Jordan Zimmermann. They see this year's Draft as an opportunity to add to an already sturdy core. The 2019 Draft will

Adams' walk-off HR caps record-setting day

Bullpen goes eight-scoreless as young Nats make history
@JamalCollier
April 28, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Matt Adams had not even realized the ball went into the third deck. The wind had picked up by the 11th inning Sunday afternoon at Nationals Park, so he was only watching to make sure the ball stayed fair as he began his home run trot and his

Kieboom's first MLB game one to remember

Nats' top prospect hits game-tying home run for first Major League hit
@JamalCollier
April 27, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Carter Kieboom stood in the dirt just outside the Nationals' dugout, a wide smile spread across his face as he raised both his arms in the air and clapped his hands while 27,193 fans at Nationals Park, including his mother and father, worked themselves into a frenzy. He

What to expect from Nats' Carter Kieboom

@GoldenSombrero
April 26, 2019

The Nationals officially promoted top prospect Carter Kieboom to the Major Leagues on Friday ahead of the team’s three-game home series against the Padres. With Trea Turner out indefinitely with a fractured index finger and Brian Dozier and Wilmer Difo collectively hitting .214 with six home runs, 12 RBIs and

These 5 prospects might decide NL East race

@AnthonyDiComo
April 11, 2019

Pete Alonso is bashing tape-measure home runs almost nightly in New York. Victor Robles is wreaking havoc in Washington. In Atlanta and Miami, Kyle Wright and Sandy Alcantara are grooving. Rookies rule in the NL East, with some of the game’s top prospects finally getting regular chances to contribute. And

With Turner out, Robles' batting order spot set

@JamalCollier
April 6, 2019

NEW YORK -- Trea Turner's absence with a broken right index finger leaves a hole in the Nationals lineup. Turner was slated to hit second, behind Adam Eaton, serving as a table setter in front of the middle of the Nats’ order. But Washington manager Dave Martinez has now moved

Starting spots for Nats' Top 30 prospects

@GoldenSombrero
April 4, 2019

With the 2019 Minor League Baseball season getting underway, here's a look at where the Nationals' Top 30 prospects are starting the year. We also identify the prospect who just missed the Top 30 list, a player who didn't make the big league Opening Day roster but should make an

deGrom, Max in rare Opening Day Cy matchup

@JamalCollier
March 28, 2019

WASHINGTON -- Pitching matchups as prestigious as this one to open a season are rare. Only twice before in Major League history have the top two Cy Young Award vote-getters squared off against one another on the ensuing Opening Day. This year, it happens twice more. Jacob deGrom, the reigning

Inbox: Mize vs. Wright,  Franco vs. Adell

@JimCallisMLB
March 21, 2019

This is my last Pipeline Inbox before Opening Day, so it's time to get my 2019 predictions on the record ... AL Division Winners: Red Sox, Indians, Astros AL Wild Cards: Yankees, Twins NL Division Winners: Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers NL Wild Cards: Brewers, Mets AL Championship Series: Astros over Red

Here's a look at the Nationals' farm system

@JimCallisMLB
March 20, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals are riding a streak of seven consecutive winning seasons that includes four National League East titles in large part because their farm system keeps churning out impact players. Stephen Strasburg in 2010. Bryce Harper in 2012. Anthony Rendon in 2013. Trea Turner in

Inbox: What does Taylor's injury mean for Nats?

Sizing up position needs and potential roster moves as Opening Day approaches
@JamalCollier
March 18, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- One week from Monday, the Nationals will be preparing for their first 2019 game in D.C. It'll be an exhibition matchup against the Yankees, one last dress rehearsal before they open the season against the Mets. So with Grapefruit League play coming to a close,

Prospect Kieboom takes Verlander deep twice

Nats' No. 2 achieves rare feat off Astros' ace
@mattkellyMLB
March 13, 2019

Every Spring Training box score comes with the usual grain of salt, but Nationals shortstop Carter Kieboom added a significant feather to his cap all the same Tuesday night. Kieboom, Washington’s No. 2 prospect and MLB Pipeline’s No. 25 overall, homered in each of his first two at-bats against reigning

Robles continues hot start to spring

Corbin falters early in loss, bounces back for strong outing
@RichardJustice
March 8, 2019

JUPITER, Fla. -- Nationals rookie outfielder Victor Robles continued to play his way toward the Opening Day roster on Friday afternoon by reaching base three times against the Cardinals on two hits and one walk, raising his spring batting average to .381. “He’s going to help us win a lot

Robles: 'I’m here to do what I can do'

Nats top prospect not adding pressure before much-anticipated full rookie season
@JamalCollier
February 21, 2019

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- MLB Pipeline released Washington’s Top 30 Prospects list on Tuesday and for the third consecutive season, Victor Robles was at the top of the list. For at least that long, Robles’ name has been one of the hottest topics around the Nationals, either for the

Kieboom learning 2B for quicker path to Majors

Nationals' No. 2 prospect began taking reps at position in AFL
January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON -- The last time Carter Kieboom played second base regularly, he was the smallest player on the team."Had the weakest arm," Kieboom said. "So had to play second base."That's how it goes in elementary school, but not since those youth baseball days had the 21-year-old Kieboom, now 6-foot-2 and

Bryce almost went to Astros at '18 Deadline

Prospects Bukauskas, Stubbs could have been part of potential swap
November 10, 2018

The coming weeks will determine whose uniform Bryce Harper wears next, but the superstar outfielder very nearly switched uniforms at last season's Trade Deadline.In a story published Saturday for the The Athletic, MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal revealed that the Astros had a deal in place for Harper leading up to

Nationals add top prospect Robles to roster

Zimmerman named Washington's nominee for Roberto Clemente Award
September 4, 2018

WASHINGTON -- A few spots down from Bryce Harper's corner locker in the Nationals clubhouse, Victor Robles found his new residence, right alongside Juan Soto. Together, Robles and Soto represent Washington's outfield of the future, a glimpse into why the organization insists it will remain competitive for years to come,

Nats' Day 2 picks include Vandy RHPs, ASU OF

June 5, 2018

A day after selecting two pitchers in the first round of the 2018 MLB Draft, the Nationals continued to bolster their pitching staff in rounds 3-10 on Tuesday. Five of Washington's eight selections Tuesday were college pitchers, but the Nationals also added athleticism with their position player selections. The Nationals

Nats' No. 4 prospect Fedde up to start vs. SD

May 23, 2018

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals promoted right-hander Erick Fedde to the Majors to start Wednesday's 3-1 loss to the Padres at Nationals Park and designated right-hander Carlos Torres for assignment to clear room on the roster.When a player's contract is designated for assignment -- often abbreviated "DFA" -- that player is

Rendon nears return; Murphy back with Nats

April 30, 2018

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals could be close to getting one of their most important hitters back in the lineup as third baseman Anthony Rendon participated in a full pregame workout prior to Monday night's game against the Pirates.Rendon fielded grounders at third base, simulated baserunning and hit in the batting

First-rounder Romero signs deal with Nats

Left-hander was drafted No. 25 overall by Washington
July 7, 2017

The Nationals on Friday signed first-round pick Seth Romero, the No. 25 overall selection in last month's Draft.Romero will receive a $2.8 million bonus from the Nationals, according to MLB Network insider Heyman. That is a slightly higher figure than the $2.53 million suggested slot value for the pick.A left-handed

Nats' top pick expected to agree by deadline

Romero 1 of 5 first-rounders yet to sign before Friday at 5 p.m. ET
July 6, 2017

WASHINGTON -- With the Draft signing deadline of Friday at 5 p.m. ET approaching, the Nationals still have not agreed to a deal with their first-round pick, left-hander Seth Romero -- one of five first-rounders who have yet to finalize an agreement.There should not be much cause for alarm, however,