We had Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM.com on to discuss the 2015 MLB Amateur Player Draft. We discussed the top draft talent and who the Nationals might take with their picks. Finally, Joe, Craig, and Ryan ranked their top 5 Nats draft from their first 10 seasons.
The Major League Baseball draft is exactly one week away. Before the Washington Nationals go on the clock with the 58th pick, the writers at The Nats Blog rank the top-five drafts in Nationals’ history.
While each contributor has written a summary of his/her choices, these rankings will be further discussed in tonight’s episode of Nats Talk On The Go. Join our own Joe Drugan and Craig MacHenry as they preview the draft and discuss these rankings with special guest Ryan Sullivan of NatsGM.com.
Disagree with their picks? Let them know. Tweet using the hashtag #NTOTG to join the conversation during the podcast tonight.
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It wasn’t pretty, and it wasn’t predictable.
The favored team going into the weekend matchup, the Washington Nationals (28-22) lost their first series in over a month to the Cincinnati Reds (22-27), who had lost 10 of their last 11 games prior to trouncing the Nationals.
Breaking out of their cold streak and putting a cap on their series sweep, the Reds won on Sunday, 8-2, in a game they deserved to win. The Nats hitters did not take advantage of the Reds’ struggling starter, and the bullpen squandered a gem by Tanner Roark. Not being cruel, just being honest. Continue reading…
The NL All-Star game roster should consist solely of Washington Nationals. You know it and I know it, but all the voters don’t know it. Yet. So it’s the sworn duty of The Nats Blog to inform the world of all the legitimate and totally unbiased reasons this is the case. Each feature in this series will focus on one of the Nats starters and all the reasons they should be playing in the 2015 All-Star game.
The first article in the series will focus on Bryce Harper, right? No. Come on people. That’s far too easy, and I don’t ease myself into things. Instead we’ll start somewhere in the middle with Denard Span. Span is as deserving as any other outfielder in the NL of making the All-Star game roster. He has been a staple for the Nationals for several years, and after starting the 2015 season on the disabled list has been having one of his best seasons yet.
So why should you #VoteSpan? Continue reading…
It was an evening of unfortunate timing. Starter Stephen Strasburg left the game early with an injury, and the Washington Nationals (28-20) could not cash in on their many baserunners as the Cincinnati Reds (20-27) scored four late runs to win the series opener, 5-2. Continue reading…
Tanner Roark is, as the cliché goes, a consummate pro. He was an excellent starter in 2014, but did not grumble in moving to the bullpen once the Washington Nationals signed Max Scherzer. He has found success in relief, posting a 2.49 ERA so far this season, but he hasn’t quite been himself.
In 11 days Major League Baseball will begin the 2015 Amateur Draft. Though the Washington Nationals do not have a first-round pick this year—a selection they forfeited by signing free agent Max Scherzer—this could still be an interesting draft for the Nats.
General manager Mike Rizzo and his scouting department have a few challenges this year. Along with their late first selection, they will have to sort through a class that is regarded as one of the weakest in recent memory. This year lacks a clear-cut top selection, while injuries to several pitching prospects—including Tommy John surgeries for IMG left-hander Brady Aiken and Duke right-hander Michael Matuella—have lowered the draft’s perceived value.
Despite those factors, history suggests that even without a big name prospect, the Nationals will be willing to spend to get the player they want. Continue reading…
When the 2015 season started, there was a lot of interest in what the Washington Nationals would be able to do with an electric lineup and outstanding pitching. The team had a slow start in April, but now they not only lead the NL East by 1.5 games, but they have the best player in Bryce Harper, the best starter in Max Scherzer, and the best reliever in Drew Storen.
In one of the most anticipated matchups of the 2015, the Washington Nationals’ (28-19) $210 million-dollar man Max Scherzer went up against the Chicago Cubs‘ (25-21) $155 million-dollar man Jon Lester in the rubber match of a three-game set in the windy city. On a day when the flags weren’t flying out for a change, we were all treated to a clash of the titans and they certainly didn’t disappoint. In the end the Nats were able to defeat the Cubs 3-0, winning their ninth straight series (tied for the franchise best streak). Continue reading…
On January 21, 2015 Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo and free-agent pitcher Max Scherzer signed the contract that would make him one of the highest paid pitchers in baseball as well as the highest paid player in Nationals history. The deal came as a shock to the entirety of the baseball community, as many expected him to stay in the American League with a big market club like the New York Yankees or Boston Red Sox. Rizzo had added a former Cy Young award winner to a starting rotation already considered by many to be the best in baseball, knocking young stud Tanner Roark (15-10, 2.85 ERA, 1.092 WHIP in 2014) to the bullpen. Continue reading…