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Federal Reserve: Futures Game and Minor League Notes

On Tuesday, MLB announced its rosters for the 2014 All-Star Futures game and the Washington Nationals will be represented by two of their top prospects: Low-A Hagerstown righthander Lucas Giolito and Double-A Harrisburg centerfielder Michael Taylor. While a brief shutdown in May has resulted in Giolito’s relatively-low innings total of 48 and 2/3, he has […]

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Federal Reserve: Washington Nationals Prospect Report for June 20, 2014

Entering the season, the Low-A Hagerstown Suns roster included a five-man starting rotation that was perhaps the best in the Washington Nationals farm system. The staff, which was noted for including Lucas Giolito and Jake Johansen, the Nationals last top two picks, saw 2013 fifth-round selection Austin Voth emerge as its ace. The righthander became […]

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Federal Reserve: Washington Nationals Draft Signings and Minor League Notes

A week after the beginning of the MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals are already stocking the farm system. Reports indicate that they have signed, among others, third-round selection Jakson Reetz, a high school catcher, and fifth-rounder Drew Van Orden, a righthander out of Duke. As the Nationals sign their remaining draft choices, there are two […]

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Federal Reserve: Looking Back At The Nationals Draft Classes (2011-2013)

The Federal Reserve concludes its two-part look back at the last five Washington Nationals’ amateur player drafts by examining the classes of 2011-’13. In case you missed it, here is part one, which covers the 2009-’10 drafts, and the likes of Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Michael Taylor. 2011 Graduated: Anthony Rendon (1st round) Notable […]

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Federal Reserve: Looking Back At The Draft (2009-2010)

Two weeks from today, MLB will hold its annual amateur draft. Before this year’s draft takes place, the Federal Reserve will provide a two-part look back at the last five drafts. This post, part one, examines the Nationals 2009-‘10 classes by focusing on the players that are still in the farm system, and determines which […]

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Federal Reserve: Strong May Starts In The Minors

After naming the Player and Pitcher of the Month for April last week, this is the perfect time to focus on a few the players who are off to good starts in May. While the Double-A Harrisburg Senators continue to struggle with an 11-26 record, two of their top prospects are producing. Centerfielder Michael Taylor […]

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Federal Reserve: Minor League Players of the Month for April 2014

On the first Thursday of each month, the Federal Reserve will give Pitcher and Player of the Month honors. It will provide an overview of the best performances over the past month, and forecast what lies ahead for the winners. Player of the Month: Third Baseman Drew Ward, Low-A Hagerstown Suns Despite a DL stint […]

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Federal Reserve: Early Struggling Farmhands

With the first month of the Minor League Baseball season in the books, a few of the Nationals’ best prospects are off to a slow start.  Over the next few weeks, some must, and should, begin playing to their full potential. There are four prospects in particular that I expect to rebound, all of whom […]

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Federal Reserve: Stars emerge at Harrisburg, Hagerstown

Very few things have gone right for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in the early goings of this season. A club that was talented on paper beginning the year fell to 4-13 with their loss to the Altoona Curve (Pirates) on Wednesday night, and has lost six one-run games. One bright spot for the Senators has […]

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Federal Reserve: Giolito Shows Improvement In Second Start

In his first start of the season on April 5, Lucas Giolito lasted just three innings, allowing four runs (three earned) on six hits with two walks and four strikeouts. Since then, the 19 year old has been stellar for the Low-A Hagerstown Suns. On April 10, Giolito earned his first win of the season […]

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Federal Reserve: Lucas Giolito Has First Outing Of The Year

A week into the minor league season, the Low-A Hagerstown Suns are the only team in the Nationals’ farm system with a winning record. Beginning last Thursday against the Rome Braves, the Suns have won five of seven, showing the makings of a balanced team that is highlighted by a strong starting staff. Nick Pivetta […]

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Federal Reserve: Ranking The Farm

Minor League Baseball’s Opening Day is today, and the Nationals four full-season affiliates—the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, Double-A Harrisburg Senators, High-A Potomac Nationals, and Low–A Hagerstown Suns—all open the seasons with solid rosters. While injuries, promotions, and scuffles relating to development are trademarks of a minor league season, these four teams look promising on paper. To […]

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Federal Reserve: Minor League Report For March 27, 2014

With Spring Training coming to a close, the Nationals have sent several players down to minor league camp in the last week. During the stretch of March 20-26, they optioned Jhonatan Solano, Zach Walters, Christian Garcia, Ryan Mattheus, Xavier Cedeno, Tyler Moore, and Jeff Kobernus to Triple-A Syracuse, while sending Sandy Leon to Double-A Harrisburg. […]

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