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Federal Reserve: Renda selected for Fall Stars Game roster

The Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its roster for the East and West divisions for the annual Fall Stars Game, with second baseman Tony Renda selected as the lone Nationals farmhand. On the surface Renda, one of seven Nationals’ prospects playing for the Mesa Solar Sox, is an odd selection because of his sluggish numbers. […]

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Federal Reserve: Regular Season Send Off

After this post, the Federal Reserve will cease weekly updates until pitchers and catchers report in February. To this point, every nuance of the Washington Nationals farm system has been recapped in some form, most notably our Minor League All-Star Team and the Players of the Year. For those who follow the minors, now is the […]

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Federal Reserve: Hitter and Pitcher of the Year

Throughout the year, the Federal Reserve handed out monthly award winners to highlight some of the best performances in the minors this year. Now, the time has come to handout the final prizes of the season, the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year Awards. The races in both fields were competitive. In the end, however, […]

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Federal Reserve: 2014′s Top Performing Minor Leaguers

Next week the Federal Reserve will hand out its final awards of the season, the Pitcher and Player of the Year. Before doing that, however, it seems appropriate to honor the best players at each position in the Nationals’ Farm System. The criteria is simple. With the roster construction based off of Baseball America’s Postseason […]

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Federal Reserve: Wrapping Up The Minor League Season

On the surface, the Washington Nationals’ 2014 draft class did not warrant much attention during the second half of the minor league season. First-round selection Erick Fedde’s Tommy John surgery is keeping him off the mound until at least next summer, while second-round lefthander Andrew Suarez and ninth-round first baseman Austin Blyer opted to return […]

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Federal Reserve: Potomac Nationals Clinch Championship

With a 5-1 win Wednesday night over the visiting Myrtle Beach Pelicans (Rangers), the High-A Potomac Nationals clinched the Carolina League’s Mills Cup Championship Series. Highlighting the victory for Potomac was another strong postseason performance from John Wooten, who went 2-for-4. Over the series’ four games, he went 8-for-15 with three home runs, including two […]

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Federal Reserve: Pitcher and Hitter of the Month Awards

The Minor League Baseball season has come to a close. While three Washington Nationals’ affiliates, the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, High-A Potomac Nationals, and Low-A Hagerstown Suns, have made the postseason, most of the organization’s prospects have finished their seasons. To recap August, the minor’s final full month, the Federal Reserve is once again giving out […]

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Federal Reserve: AFL Roster Announcements

On Tuesday, the Arizona Fall League (AFL) announced its rosters for the coming season, with the Mesa Solar Sox featuring seven prospects from the Washington Nationals: catchers Spencer Kieboom and Pedro Severino, second baseman Tony Renda, starting pitcher Felipe Rivero, and relievers Matt Grace, Neil Holland and Derek Self. While more players could be added in the […]

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Federal Reserve: Prospect Report for Reynaldo Lopez

This season, the Low-A Hagerstown Suns have had more hard-throwing young pitchers than what minor league teams feature in the span of a few years. Headlined by Lucas Giolito, their Opening Day rotation included 2013 top pick Jake Johansen and Austin Voth, that draft class’s fifth rounder, along with Nick Pivetta and Hector Silvestre. With […]

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Taylor Eclipses Goodwin On Nationals’ Depth Chart

On July 20, 2012, a transaction that redefined the Washington Nationals’ prospect hierarchy took place. Having overmatched his Low-A competition with the Hagerstown Suns, centerfielder Brian Goodwin skipped High-A Potomac and made the leap to Double-A Harrisburg. Suddenly trailing Goodwin on the depth chart was Potomac’s talented, yet raw and enigmatic centerfielder, Michael Taylor. With […]

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Souza and Giolito Are Our Minor League Players of the Month

The month of July was filled with highlights in the Washington Nationals’ farm system. Before Zach Walters was dealt to Cleveland, Austin Voth made the leap to Double-A, and Michael Taylor and Lucas Giolito appeared in the MLB All-Star Futures Game. In this post, the Federal Reserve recaps July with the Hitter and Pitcher of […]

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Asdrubal Cabrera, Zach Walters, and the Minor League Impact

In need of an infielder, the Washington Nationals agreed to a deadline trade that sent Triple-A Syracuse utility player Zach Walters to the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Asdrubal Cabrera and cash considerations. Cabrera is essentially a rental player; his contract expires after this year and his acquisition was necessitated by Ryan Zimmerman’s injury and […]

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Nationals’ Minor Leaguers With Rising Stocks

With July well underway, the Minor League Baseball season is down to its stretch run. At this point many of the Washington Nationals’ prospects have defined their seasons. To provide a snapshot of the surprises in the farm system, the Federal Reserve has listed a trio of players who have boosted their stock the most. […]

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How Will The Nationals Handle The Standoff with First Rounder Erick Fedde?

The clock is ticking for all 30 MLB teams to sign their picks from the 2014 Draft, as the signing deadline is tomorrow, Friday, July 18 at 5 pm. This deadline is especially crucial for the Washington Nationals, as three of their top-10 picks remain in the balance: UNLV righthander Erick Fedde (1st round), Miami […]

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Federal Reserve: Nationals’ Minor League Options Limited For Shortstop Acquisition

On Tuesday, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Washington Nationals are “actively seeking to add a young shortstop” to replace Ian Desmond if he leaves via free agency after 2015. Rosenthal noted that Washington has a few major-league-ready prospects to offer in a trade, including catcher Sandy Leon, infielder/outfielder Zach Walters, and outfielder […]

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