Oct 172012
 

The Salt River Rafters and Phoenix Desert Dogs played to a 3-3 tie over 11 innings last night.

Three Nats farmhands played in the contest:

  • Brian Goodwin was the DH and led off, but went 0-for-5 with two strikeouts.
  • Matt Skole batted third, played first base, and went 1-for-3 with two walks.
  • Aaron Barrett tossed two scoreless innings, giving up two hits, but striking out three

Defensively, Skole played error-free in nine chances and even turned a 3-6-3 DP — not bad for a guy new to the position.

Barrett was the subject of Byron Kerr’s latest missive on the minors, but I have a feeling folks might be more interested to learn that Kerr has confirmed what has long been suspected: Matt Purke has had shoulder surgery.

I’ve put in a couple of questions regarding a couple of other pitchers (Josh Smoker, Manny Rodriguez), though I suspect one or both has been released and the other, if not released, has had surgery.

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Winter leagues have begun in Venezuela, Mexico and the Domnican Republic over the last few days. The Australian Baseball League begins its preseason tomorrow, regular season in 10 days while the Puerto Rican League starts three weeks from tomorrow. I’ll begin weekly updates on the stats for all the offseason leagues starting next week. In the meantime, here’s a look at the Nats players that have been spotted thus far (excluding players that did not play in the Washington minors this past summer):

Venezuela Dominican Republic
• Carlos Rivero • Manny Mayorson
• Tanner Roark • Erik Davis
Mexico • Pat McCoy
• Zech Zinicola • Kevin Pucetas
• Hassan Pena • Atahualpa Severino
Jan 052012
 

With the close of the Venzuelan League’s regular season, we can now take a look at the final numbers of the Nationals players in the 2011-12 winter leagues.
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Now if some of these names look unfamiliar, remember that they include some of the minor-league FA signings from last month. As mentioned in the comments, I’m expecting a post from BA shortly that will include the Dan Cortes signing, which some of you have noted along with some familiar names hooking on elsewhere, but I’m more interested to see who got let go. That’s because it gives us a little hint as to how the rosters will be set in late March by virtue of eliminating certain possibilities. As always, I hope to see the departed names when I do my sweep of the indy-league rosters in May and June.

Dec 232011
 

Our semi weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 1:40 a.m. on December 23, 2011.
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As you might have guessed, this feature got bumped with the slew o’ news this week. The Dominican Winter League regular season ended this week, the Venezuelan League wraps up next Friday, and the Mexican League finishes the first week of January.

Hope this finds everyone well as they hide from their families take a break from their holiday festivities.

Dec 142011
 

Our semi weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:59 a.m. on December 14, 2011.
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The past few days have reminded me of what it was like to be a small-town sports reporter during mud season (March) in New England: nothin’ going on and nowhere to go. (Don’t ask about basketball; this was a football town that fielded a hoops team to keep the WRs and DBs in shape).

This, unfortunately, got lost in the holiday shuffle and doctor’s appointments (not to worry, Spike is fine).

A few names have gotten dropped, since it appears they’ve either gone home or been cut. One notable addition is the recent Rule 5 pickup Matt Buschmann, pitching in the Mexican Winter League.

I’m still hopeful to report on some new Nats signings and to get an announcement regarding the coaching staffs, which came last year almost immediately after the Winter Meetings wrapped up. Sickels, Baseball Prospectus, and Bullpen Banter have all yet to name the 2012 top prospects lists for the Nats, and as much as I hate the bickering over who got ranked higher than whom, it does light the proverbial hot stove.

And if the past is prologue, posting today will mean that a flurry of news items will surface in the next 12-24 hours ;-)

UPDATE: Top Prospect Alert Minor League Blog has posted its Top 15 for the Nationals. It’s a curious list, but the disclaimer goes a long way towards explaining inclusions of Matt Skole and Taylor Hill.

Dec 052011
 

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:59 a.m.
on December 4, 2011.
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In lieu of a morning reading post unto itself, I’m passing along the following…

…Federal Baseball writes about how Josh Smoker is one of the most viable Rule 5 targets the Nationals could lose. Lefties that can consistently throw 94-96 are always valuable commodities; my concern is that it’s come at the cost of control (6.6 BB/9 in ’11, 5.5 in ’10) not to mention he was starting to tip his pitches down the stretch for Potomac.

…Garrett Broshuis writes about how the new CBA [fudges over] the minor leaguers (again). Like I tweeted to one of my twitter followers, there was a reason why I chose the cartoon that I did for the CBA story, and that’s that the MLB owners aren’t terribly different than the Robber Barons of the Gilded Age.

…Finally, there’s a certain amusement to seeing where Jim Riggleman ended up. I’ll let NatsNQ bring the snark.

Nov 282011
 

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 1:39 a.m. on November 27, 2011.
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As mentioned previously, some names have been dropped due to inactivity. As a reminder, the DWL ends on Dec. 21, the VWL amd MWL end on Dec. 30 and PRWL ends on Jan. 4.

Nov 212011
 

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:50 a.m. on November 20, 2011.
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For those of you that dig the superfluous, you’ll be pleased to learn that Bryce Harper and Derek were both named to the inaugural 2011 AFL Top Prospects team.

Nov 142011
 

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as 12:19 a.m. on November 13, 2011.
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For those that are wondering, it appears that my data source for this feature has excised some of the recently declared free agents. I anticipate dropping others when it appears that they’ve been released, i.e. the stats stay the same for 2-3 weeks in a row. And obviously, once the AFL finishes, the final numbers will be reported once.

Oct 312011
 

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues continues, with all statistics as 12:59 a.m.
on October 30, 2011.

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      The hot streaks by Derek Norris and Bryce Harper certainly take the edge off the numbers as they looked a week ago. Chris Marrero has finally gotten into a couple of games for the Licey Tigers, while it appears a couple of farmhands have been buried in the famously malleable rosters (or released — hard to tell with the sparse/uneven online coverage).

The Puerto Rican League starts up on Friday, which as previously reported, seems to be absorbing a lot of the Americans that would have otherwise gone to Mexico, while the Australian Baseball starts up on Thursday. Neither league has much in the way of rosters, so we’ll have to wait until the games begin to see who surfaces in the boxscores.

UPDATE: One notable name that came to light after the above images were cut* was Shairon Martis, who took the loss in his first VWL start after giving up two runs on one hit (a home run) while walking four and striking out three over five and a 1/3rd innings yesterday.

*The current theme isn’t terribly friendly to HTML tables; creating images of the tables instead has been my workaround.