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5 prospects who can make NL East impact

May 6, 2021

Every National League East is having trouble getting rolling for one reason or another. Each club could use some help. Maybe they will find some in their farm systems. Here is a look at one prospect from each organization who could make an impact with his respective team this season:

New Minors parks, team names for '21

At long last, Trash Pandas, Cannon Ballers & more set to make on-field debuts
@BensBiz
May 4, 2021

The Minor League Baseball season begins Tuesday, marking the first time Minor League games have been played since September of 2019. There will be a lot to look forward to come Opening Night, including a robust slate of ballpark, team name and logo debuts. Six Minor League teams are set

Where Nats top prospects are starting '21

@SamDykstraMiLB
May 3, 2021

With the 2021 Minor League season opening, here's where the Nationals’ Top 30 Prospects are projected to start:

  1. Cade Cavalli (MLB No. 86), RHP -- Wilmington (High-A)
  2. Jackson Rutledge, RHP -- Wilmington (High-A)
  3. Cole Henry, RHP -- Wilmington (High-A)
  4. Yasel Antuna, SS -- Wilmington (High-A) 5.

Fun facts for every Low-A East team

Explore a sprawling league that includes Augusta, Zebulon and plenty in-between
@BensBiz
April 26, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the ninth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Fun facts for all 12 High-A East teams

Bruce Springsteen, Mr. Celery and Couch Potatoes populate eclectic circuit
@BensBiz
April 19, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the seventh in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique

Nats Minor League Spring Training report

@SamDykstraMiLB
April 19, 2021

When it comes to the Nationals' farm system, there are the Big Three, and there is everyone else. Cade Cavalli, Jackson Rutledge and Cole Henry not only sit on the top of MLB Pipeline's Washington prospect ranking. They all fit a similar profile -- right-handers standing at 6-foot-4 or above

Fun facts for all 12 Double-A Northeast teams

Explore a league populated by iconic logos, slick-fielding announcers and scenic coasters
@BensBiz
April 7, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the fourth in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Nats' Denaburg has TJ surgery (source)

@HarriganMLB
April 5, 2021

Right-hander Mason Denaburg, the Nationals’ No. 9 prospect according to MLB Pipeline, recently underwent Tommy John surgery, a source told MLB.com’s Jessica Camerato. The club hasn’t confirmed that Denaburg underwent the procedure, but the pitcher posted a post-surgery picture on his Instagram on Sunday.

One fun fact for all 20 Triple-A East teams

From nachos to noodles to nuns, a celebration of Minor League Baseball's largest circuit
@BensBiz
March 29, 2021

After undergoing a substantial reorganization, Minor League Baseball is embarking upon a new era in 2021. There are now 120 teams competing in 11 newly-named leagues, comprising four levels of play (Triple-A, Double-A, High-A and Low-A). This is the first in a series of league-by-league articles, highlighting one unique fact

Notes: C prospect Barrera 'knocking on door'

Strasburg to throw sim game; Espino to start Friday vs. Astros
@jessicacamerato
March 18, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- The Nationals are locked in with veterans Yan Gomes and Alex Avila as their starting catching tandem this season. They also have been considering potential third options -- should the need arise -- during Spring Training, and Tres Barrera has been getting opportunities behind the

Notes: First round of cuts; Lester throws BP

@jessicacamerato
March 14, 2021

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- The Nationals made their first round of roster moves on Sunday with two weeks remaining in Spring Training. Right-hander Joan Adon (the Nats’ No. 16 prospect, per MLB Pipeline) as well as infielders Yasel Antuna (No. 4) and Jake Noll were optioned to Triple-A Rochester.

Here are the Nats' 2021 Top 30 prospects

@SamDykstraMiLB
March 12, 2021

Despite tying for last in the National League East at the end of last year's truncated season, the Nationals are still only one campaign removed from capturing the organization's first World Series title. Entering 2021, they still have the relatively depleted farm system that comes with that territory. The ceiling

Nats pitching prospects show off 'great stuff'

@jessicacamerato
March 4, 2021

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- A line of cars followed each other from West Palm Beach to Port St. Lucie. When they pulled up to a red light, the drivers rolled down the window and began waving to each other. Friends saying hello? Sure. Top pitching prospects expressing their excitement

Nats to add No. 5 international prospect

@JesseSanchezMLB
January 15, 2021

The Nationals are adding one of the best defensive shortstops on the international market to their Minor League system. According to sources, the club has agreed to a deal with shortstop Armando Cruz, No. 5 on MLB Pipeline’s Top 30 International Prospects List, for $3.9 million. Cruz is from Santo

Top 5 int'l signings in Nats' franchise history

@jessicacamerato
January 13, 2021

MLB Pipeline recently released its annual Top 30 International Prospects list for players eligible to sign in the 2020-21 signing period. These young players are the game’s international stars of tomorrow and are following in the footsteps of thousands of international players who laid the groundwork before them. One day,

Nats extend invitations to Minors affiliates

@jessicacamerato
December 9, 2020

The Nationals are looking to move their Minor League teams closer to Washington, D.C. On Wednesday, they extended invitations to four organizations to become affiliates: Triple-A Rochester (N.Y.) Red Wings, Double-A Harrisburg (Pa.) Senators, Class A Advanced Wilmington (Del.) Blue Rocks and Class A Fredericksburg (Va.) Nationals. The Hagerstown (Md.)

Here's the state of the Nationals' farm system

@GoldenSombrero
November 16, 2020

From 2012-19, the Washington Nationals finished in either first or second place in the National League East, reaching the postseason five times during an eight-year stretch that culminated with the team defeating the Astros in the ’19 World Series. In '20, however, the Nats struggled to the finish line, recording

Nats instructional league prospect report

@GoldenSombrero
October 23, 2020

After the completion of the regular season and alternate training sites, most player development staffs have turned their attention to instructional league play. In the past, instructional leagues have been populated by new draftees, recent international signings and players at the bottom rungs of their organizational ladder. This year, in

Nationals prospect report from alternate site

@GoldenSombrero
October 7, 2020

With alternate camps coming to an end, MLB Pipeline is recapping the development highlights for the prospects involved for each organization. Top position prospect: Drew Mendoza, 1B/3B (No. 11 on Nationals Top 30) Washington’s system is very pitching-heavy, with hurlers comprising the top 10 spots and 19 spots overall on

Kieboom recalled as everyday third baseman

@jessicacamerato
September 6, 2020

Third baseman Carter Kieboom is back with the Nationals, where he will have the opportunity to play out the rest of the season at the big league level. Washington recalled its No. 1 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, from its alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., on Saturday, 10 days after

Kieboom optioned; Stras, Doolittle updates

@jessicacamerato
August 26, 2020

WASHINGTON -- The Nationals optioned third baseman Carter Kieboom, their No. 1 prospect per MLB Pipeline, to their alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Va., on Wednesday. Kieboom, 22, transitioned from shortstop to the hot corner as the team looked to fill the vacancy left by Anthony Rendon in free agency.

Stras (hand), Castro (wrist) await test results

Prospects Crowe, Braymer, Read among 5 added to Nats' taxi squad
@jessicacamerato
August 18, 2020

The Nationals are awaiting test results on starters Stephen Strasburg and Starlin Castro. Strasburg (carpal tunnel neuritis) underwent nerve testing on his right hand on Monday. He is slated to receive additional testing this week. The Nats' No. 2 starter has been battling tingling and nerve discomfort in his pitching

Nats prospect 1st player born in 2000s to HR

@jessicacamerato
August 18, 2020

Want to feel old? Luis García, the Nationals' No. 2 prospect, became the first MLB player born in the 2000s to hit a home run at the big league level. García went deep in the second inning on Monday night off the Braves' Touki Toussaint, giving Washington an early two-run

Sky's the limit for Nats 2018 first-rounder

@wboor
July 31, 2020

The beginning of Mason Denaburg’s career hasn’t been ideal. The Nationals’ No. 7 prospect has logged just 20 1/3 innings since being selected 27th overall in the 2018 Draft and has dealt with injuries in each of the past two seasons. The right-hander battled through biceps tendinitis prior to the

Nats prospect Barrera suspended 80 games

@HarriganMLB
July 25, 2020

Nationals catcher Tres Barrera has received an 80-game suspension without pay for violating Major League Baseball’s Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. Barrera tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), a performance-enhancing substance. The 25-year-old catcher, who is ranked as the Nationals' No. 19 prospect by MLB Pipeline, was on Washington’s 40-man