Baseball Prospectus No. 8 Nats prospect: Jake Johansen

It is intriguing to watch the progress of one of the top Nationals pitching prospects as he gains experience and also gets to work with first-rounder Lucas Giolito. At 6-foot-6 and 235 lbs., Jake Johansen is an imposing fixture on the mound. It had to be little fun for South Atlantic League batters to face a one-two punch of a pair of 6-foot-6 hurlers in ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 9 Nats prospect: Rafael Bautista

Our next Nationals farmhand on the Baseball Prospectus top 10 organizational prospects list brings us to great speed in the outfield and a steady bat. No. 9: Center fielder Rafael Bautista Bautista had an impressive season for the low Single-A Hagerstown Suns. In 134 games, Bautista stole 69 stolen bases, which ranked first in the South Atlantic League by a wide margin. The 69 stolen ... read more

Nats re-sign Purke to minor league deal (updated with quotes)

Three days after releasing Matt Purke, the Nationals announced that they have re-signed the left-hander to a minor league deal and invited him to major league spring training. Releasing Purke allowed the Nats to remove him from their 40-man roster. This is good news that the Nationals can still have Purke in the organization as he completes his rehabilitation from Tommy John surgery. The 24-year-old ... read more

Baseball Prospectus No. 10 Nats prospect: Wilmer Difo

The Nationals prospect list took a mild hit this week with the announcement that left-hander Matt Purke has been released by the team. Purke had been a part of the organization's top 10 in prospects since his arrival from the 2011 draft, but shoulder and elbow injuries derailed his opportunity to excel with the Nationals. But the Nationals' top 10 prospects are still chocked full ... read more

Nationals release Matt Purke

The Nationals have released touted left-hander Matt Purke, according to the team's transactions page. Purke, the Nationals' No. 10 prospect, had recently been activated from the 60-day disabled list. The current 40-man roster lists 39 players. Purke was a third-round selection out of Texas Christian University in the 2011 draft and had signed a major league deal worth close to $4.2 million. He did not ... read more

Senators Hot Stove Dinner date set; Mesa wins nailbiter in Arizona

The Double-A Harrisburg Senators have announced their 5th annual Hot Stove Dinner will be January 24, 2015, at the Best Western Central Hotel and Conference Center in Harrisburg. Headlining the event will be former Senators Josh Johnson, Steven Souza Jr. and Michael A. Taylor, as well as a special appearance by Doug Harris, the assistant general manager and vice president of player development for the ... read more

Moore and Rivero continue to roll in offseason league play

In Arizona Fall League play, Surprise defeated Mesa 5-1 on Tuesday. Left-hander Felipe Rivero had another solid outing, twirling five innings, scattering six hits and allowing no earned runs in a no-decision. He gave up one run, one walk and struck out three on 76 pitches, 50 for strikes. Rivero has now surrendered only one earned run in his last 10 innings. This is in ... read more

Taylor's big season could be springboard to more of the same in 2015

Outfielder Michael A. Taylor had a solid season at Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse that earned him a a tour with the Nationals in August and a September call-up. Taylor got into 17 games with the big club. His first big highlight came when he slammed a home run against the Mets at Citi Field. He also had three doubles, eight hits, five RBIs and ... read more