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Federal Reserve: Team-by-Team Previews

The rosters are set in the Washington Nationals’ farm system. Before the minor leagues begin on Thursday, the Federal Reserve provides a snapshot of each minor league team by looking at the notable players on each of the full-four season affiliates. From Syracuse to Hagerstown, the Nationals’ farm system is stocked, giving each team a reasonable change at being competitive this season.

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Federal Reserve: Examining Spencer Kieboom’s Spring

Spring training stats are widely acknowledged for offering very little predictive value. The sample sizes are small, the matchups often don’t reflect those that will be seen in the regular season, and spring training is often a time for players to adjust their skillsets, rather than playing to their strengths.

That wisdom—as conventional as it is—holds true, and it is especially crucial to keep in mind with most Washington Nationals prospects during their time in big league camp. Be that as it may, there is catcher Spencer Kieboom, one player who warrants a closer look over the spring. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: The Arrival of the Shortstop of the Future

If you have read anything about Trea Turner over the past year, you have undoubtedly seen him hyped by an all-too-familiar a familiar label: shortstop of the future. Ever since the Washington Nationals acquired him in the wake of Ian Desmond’s contract year, the shortstop of the future tag has been thrown around constantly, and I’ve even used it once—okay, maybe more than once. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Nationals Top Prospects 10–6

For the second straight year, The Nats Blog presents its countdown of the Washington Nationals’ Top-10 Prospects.

There are some changes from last year’s list, and Part One is the most reflective of that trend. One player from this list was not ranked last year, while another was only drafted in June. Part Two—which will cover players five through one—is truly the cream of the crop, but this section has its points of interest, yielding the Nationals some potential rotation insurance and a trio of promising position players. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Arizona Fall League Player Reports

On Monday, some of the Washington Nationals’ notable prospects took the field for the Salt River Rafters for the beginning of the Arizona Fall League. The hype surrounding this group has been reduced, as top infield prospects Wilmer Difo and Trea Turner were pulled from the league this past week. Difo will not play after fracturing a bone in his left hand at the end of the regular season, and the Nationals have opted to give Turner some rest after his career-high 143 games played between the minors and the majors this year.

The remaining prospects in this year’s AFL season offer plenty of intrigue. To preview the Nationals’ prospects, this Federal Reserve will offer player-by-player reports.  Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Hitter And Pitcher Of The Year

The time has come for the Federal Reserve to hand out its biggest honors of the season—the Hitter and Pitcher of the Year awards. With several of the Washington Nationals’ best prospects standing out this season, it was a tough decision in both categories. Hitter of the Year proved to be a tight battle, but seemed easy in comparison to the extremely close race for Pitcher of the Year.

When the dust settled, the hitting honor went to one of the farm system’s surging stars, while the year’s best hurler once again matched his hype. Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Updates on the Midseason Top 10

Before this season, the Federal Reserve delivered its own Top-10 Prospect List for the Washington Nationals. Since July’s mid-season update, there have been some interesting developments among the top-10—including Joe Ross’ graduation to the majors, late-season surges from a few players, and surprising seasons from those who failed to crack the list. To explain what it means for 2016, I have sorted the original list into four categories—staying in, in the running, dropping, and who to watch.

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Federal Reserve: Recapping The Nationals’ MiLB Seasons

The end of Minor League Baseball’s regular season brings about the Federal Reserve’s recaps of the year in the Washington Nationals’ farm system. From Triple-A Syracuse to the Dominican Summer League, this week’s feature provides a team-by-team breakdown of the season. Continue reading…

Mar 12, 2015; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher A.J. Cole (69) throws against the New York Mets during the game at Tradition Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

Federal Reserve: August Hitter And Pitcher Of The Month Awards

The final full month of the minor league season is in the books, meaning that the Federal Reserve’s last monthly awards are upon us. Several standouts emerged in the Washington Nationals’ system over the month of August, but in the end, Hitter of the Month went to a player who provided a strong finish to his already solid season. For Pitcher of the Month, the prize was claimed by a previously inconsistent prospect who found his rhythm. Continue reading…