Winter League Roundup

Our weekly look at the Nationals players in the Winter Leagues, with all statistics as of 12:59 a.m.
on December 4, 2011.







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.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of 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.

4 thoughts on “Winter League Roundup”

  1. Trying to glean some wheat from the chaff…

    In the Dominican, Severino continues to shine as an apparent LOOGY for Licey, who are currently in 3rd.
    In Venezuela, Flores is still looking solid as a starting catcher for Magellenes, while Wilkie racks up uninspiring numbers in the closer role for Caracas. Sadly, both teams are currently below .500 in the standings.
    Puerto Rico gives us nothing to celebrate, but Zinicola is putting up some interesting numbers with Hermosillo in the Mexican League.

    So far, not much to get excited about as far as new names coming out of the winter leagues, imo.

    1. At least Testa has been good in PR. I could not be more happy about Severino, as you guys who read Federal Baseball know, I am Severino’s self apoointed number one fan

  2. I’m thinking whoever wants to take a chance on Smoker the Nats should let take a chance on him. If he’s lost he’ll end up back by the All-Star break.

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