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Federal Reserve: Grace Replaces Rivero

On Wednesday, the Washington Nationals once again tapped into their farm system for bullpen help, calling up Matt Grace from Triple-A Syracuse. Grace—who was called upon to take the place of the injured Felipe Rivero—made his debut Wednesday night, throwing a scoreless inning in the Nationals’ loss to the St. Louis Cardinals. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: MiLB Opening Day Previews

After a long offseason, Minor League Baseball today celebrates Opening Day in the four full-season levels. To preview the upcoming season, the Federal Reserve is providing a rundown of all four of the Washington Nationals’ full-season affiliates. Among the items previewed include the notable players who made Opening Day rosters, as well as two big names who did not. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Potential Minor-League Breakouts

With the minor league season opening in one week, several Washington Nationals prospects look primed for a breakout seasons. To forecast those players the Federal Reserve lists five breakout candidates to watch. The list includes two catchers that could take big steps forward, a pair of hurlers with interesting potential, and a centerfielder who should refine his all-around game.

1) Pedro Severino, catcher

DOB: 7/20/1993 B/T: R/R Projected 2015 team: Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Already an excellent defensive catcher, Severino rallied offensively at High-A Potomac last year by batting .308/.379/.477 after the All-Star Break. During his career, he has not been a patient hitter, which he should improve upon this year. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: The Implications Of Releasing Kobernus

As spring training approaches its stretch run, the Washington Nationals are making some crucial decisions with their roster, including the release of a former top prospect. Infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus—who has logged major league time in each of the last two seasons—was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on March 14, only to be released just three days later. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Wilmer Difo Shows His Value

During the Washington Nationals’ blowout win over the Detroit Tigers yesterday afternoon, one infield prospect continued his solid spring. Wilmer Difo was one of game’s offensive stars for the Nationals, going 2-for-3 with a double and a triple against one-time Cy Young Award winner David Price. That performance makes the switch-hitter 6-for-12 (.500) at the plate with three RBI. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Top Five Prospects To Watch

When they take the field this evening, the Washington Nationals will begin Spring Training as a complete team that has very few positions to settle. While that could force some prospects back to the minors, a few of them stand out.

To preview Spring Training, the Federal Reserve presents five prospects to watch. Keep in mind that Spring Training statistics do not have predictive value, but these players should offer plenty of intrigue over the next few weeks. Continue reading…

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The PTBNL Problem: Analyzing Trea Turner’s Unusual Circumstances

Few minor league players will play under more bizarre circumstances during the season’s first two and a half months than shortstop prospect Trea Turner. By the middle of June, Turner will be with the Washington Nationals, the team that acquired him to bolster a weak area of its farm system and to potentially become the long-term replacement of Ian Desmond. Though his major league chances ultimately lie in their hands, Turner is required to begin the year with the team that traded him, the San Diego Padres. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: MiLB Coaching Announcement Features Rick Ankiel

Yesterday, the Washington Nationals announced their minor league coaching staffs for the 2015 season. The lack of turnover on the major league coaching staff prevented any minor league managers or coaches from joining Washington, thus there were few changes to the Nationals’ MiLB staff. Given the success of the farm system last season, both in terms of on-field records and, more importantly, moving prospects up to the majors, the continuity can be see as a good thing. The Nationals achieved a balance in the farm system last year that Continue reading…