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Brief Thoughts on Danny Espinosa as Nats Second Baseman

This afternoon, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reported that Ben Zobrist will be headed to the Oakland Athletics. That further increases the chances that Danny Espinosa will be the Washington Nationals starting second baseman on April 6 at Nats Park.

There are a number of Nats fans that are less than thrilled about the idea of the strikeout-prone Espinosa getting a majority of the at-bats, and there is some validity to that, but I am confident that he will do the job adequately for a number of reasons. 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…

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Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 1-5

This post concludes the Federal Reserve’s top 10 prospects list. For prospects 10-6, see part one, featuring reports on Brian Goodwin, Joe Ross, Jakson Reetz, and more of the best players in the Nationals’ farm system. Below you will find details on the top five.

5. RHP Erick Fedde

DOB: 2/25/93             B-T: R-R

Acquired: First round, 2014   2015 Team: Gulf Coast League (GCL)   ETA: 2017 Continue reading…

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Federal Reserve: Top Prospects 6-10

With a new year upon us, the Federal Reserve lists the top 10 prospects in the Washington Nationals’ farm system.

Before delving into the list, there are a few things to note. Along with stats, I heavily considered personal observations and those of trusted sources. Estimated times of arrival (ETA) reflects the player’s projected debut in the majors. Some are admittedly conservative, but factors such as injuries and trades can accelerate or decelerate time tables. Continue reading…

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TNB’s 2015 Baseball Hall of Fame Ballot

In the spirit of the Baseball Hall of Fame announcing its class of 2015 tomorrow, the writers at The Nats Blog have drafted their own ballots of the 10 eligible candidates they believe are worthy of induction this year. Below are each writer’s choices, listed in alphabetical order for ease of comparison. Read on for explanations on some of their choices. Continue reading…

Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 88 (with Nationals 101)

Frank of Nationals 101 (Nats101.com and @Nationals101) does the hosting while I did the talking on our long-planned offseason podcast. We start with the the Nats disppointing playoff run, move to the relatively quiet offseason, and discuss the finer points of Christmas trees while we are at it. Zimmerman at first, Desmond contract, a bold prediction by Joe for 2B this year, and much, MUCH, more. (Note: We had some audio difficulty about half way through that Frank resolved. You’ll hear a tone at the cut.)

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You’re Up, Erin Flynn

We have exiting news. While Joe Drugan will be stepping down as the day-to-day Managing Editor of The Nats Blog, we’re so excited to announce that the very talented Erin Flynn will now be taking over day-to-day operations of the site! This was an obvious choice for us. Erin is such a talented writer, and has been serving as one of our lead reporters over the past two years. Continue reading…

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Thank You, Joe Drugan

As some of you may know, I founded The Nats Blog back in college as a way to keep up with my hometown team while at school in Ohio. It was a great learning experience for me, and ultimately served as a pathway to me getting a job working in sports and technology. But there came a time when I realized that despite my love for engaging with fans through the blog on a daily basis, my chosen profession would no longer allow me the time to continue my passion. I had to find a successor to carry the torch, and that was a very scary thing for me. Continue reading…

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Nationals Trade Ross Detwiler To Rangers

In an offseason filled with rumors of earth-shaking deals, the Washington Nationals’ first was only a mild tremor: The team sent miscast lefty Ross Detwiler to the Texas Rangers in exchange for 2B/SS Chris Bostick and RHP Abel De Los Santos.

Detwiler’s time in Washington was fraught with frustration. Picked sixth overall in 2007, he never lived up to his draft status. He struggled in short stints as a starter in his first three MLB seasons, posting a 4.10 ERA from 2009-11. Continue reading…

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Trade Jordan Zimmermann: How the Nationals Can Stay Contenders

For a long time now, the 2014-15 offseason has been setting up as a critical one. The Washington Nationals have emerged as a force to be reckoned with over the past three seasons, posting the best record in baseball since Opening Day 2012. But the team must find a way to parlay its short-term success into long-term contention, a process that begins now. Continue reading…