News from Nats Town – Baseball America Prospects, Strasburg throws, and more

Baseball America released their top 100 prospects list today. As expected, the Nationals had three prospects in the rankings, coming in at number two (Strasburg), 38 (Norris), and 92 (Storen). All prospects were ranked on a scouts scale from 20-80, with 20 being the worst and 80 being the best.

_mg_70792. Stephen Strasburg, RHP

Best Tool: Fastball
Baseball America Grade: 80
ETA: Mid-2010

38. Derek Norris, C

Best Tool: Power
Baseball America Grade: 60
ETA: 2012

92. Drew Storen, RHP

Best Tool: Slider
Baseball America Grade: 65
ETA: Mid-2010

Speaking of Strasburg, he threw his second bullpen session of the spring today. The powerful righty worked out with catcher Ivan Rodriguez for 10 minutes today with rave reviews coming from both Rodriguez manager Jim Riggleman.

Rodriguez told Nats Insider’s Mark Zuckerman:

“What I see for a minute was great,” he said. “The kid is pretty amazing. It’s only the first time I catch him. I need to keep catching him. And I’d like to see him in games pitching. But as far as the control, he’s right there. Fastball, breaking ball, changeup, they’re all for strikes. If he keeps doing what he’s doing, he’s going to be alright.”

Mark is certainly earning his $5,000 dollars down there in Vierra, offering outstanding coverage of the happenings at Space Coast.

According to Yahoo! Sports the Nationals are STILL looking at starting pitcher Kris Benson:

After not playing in the majors for two years, pitcher Kris Benson(notes) returned to the big leagues last year with the Texas Rangers and pitched 21.1 innings, earning himself a 1-1 record and a whopping 8.46 ERA.

But the Washington Nationals are apparently interested in him, according to an interview he gave on Sirius XM yesterday. The two sides are supposedly still talking about bringing him in.

However, the 35-year-old also says he’s no rush to actually sign anywhere right now. And that’s good, because it doesn’t seem like any team — even the Nats — are in any rush to sign him.

Meanwhile, I’m looking at his wife, Anna. (Come on I had to do it)

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