Three More Minor-Leaguers Sign


It’s the slow season here but while we await the slow whine wait for the Prince Fielder presser, the Nationals have made the following minor-league signings since our last update:

  • C James Skelton
  • C Devin Ivany
  • RHP Jimmy Barthmaier

Now before everyone starts plugging them into their personal spreadsheets, don’t forget that it’s not uncommon for teams to sign catchers for camp purposes then release them as camps thin out.

Many of you have lamented about the state of the AA and AAA rotations. Well, it appears the Nats are willing to bring back known quantities as they await the next wave of SPs to make it there.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

11 thoughts on “Three More Minor-Leaguers Sign”

      1. I wonder if they’ll put Solis and Purke in Potomac? Lower? Don’t they usually use GCL then Auburn for injury rehabs like these?

        1. Solis should start at AA Harrisburg when healthy, I could see Purke starting anywhere from AA Harrisburg to A Hagerstown if healthy, depending on what happens in ST. Injury rehab will be done in XST

  1. FYI, Byron Kerr has some good news on Solis, no TJ, & good news on Bobby Hansen. The Nats never did say what was wrong there, but apparently it was his back.

  2. Do you think that Ivany is being groomed for a coaching role in the Nats org? I’ve heard it said before I was just wondering.

    1. I’ve always presumed that’s why he keeps coming back at his age, role, and usage. Bench guys generally become the best coaches and managers, and catchers especially because playing the position well requires you to be smarter than the average bear.

      1. Fill us in a lttle on Ivany, the mind is a bit fuzzy.

        On a related note, always thought that there was an ulterior motive for keeping Brian Peacock in Potomac all those year; re: coaching. Don’t know now.

        1. Basically, once Luke Montz passed him on the catcher ladder around 2007, Ivany has been a backup C/DH from Potomac to Syracuse, but mostly at Harrisburg.

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