Baseball America No. 1 Nats prospect: Lucas Giolito

The upcoming season will be a great opportunity for top pitching prospect Lucas Giolito to show what he can do against the best hitters in the Carolina League pitching for high Single-A Potomac. As he said last week, he is ready to come out "guns a-blazing," now two years out from Tommy John surgery. He admitted that he has felt 100 percent healthy for over ... read more

Baseball America No. 2 Nats prospect: Trea Turner

Many times the player to be named is just that - and few remember who that player was. But the Nationals pulled off a deal this offseason involving a PTBN that indeed hasn't been named yet, but is very likely to be a top prospect from the Padres organization. In the three-team trade that sent left-hander Travis Ott and outfielder Steven Souza Jr. to the ... read more

Healthy Giolito will come out "guns a-blazing" in 2015

WOODBRIDGE, Va. - Top Nationals pitching prospect Lucas Giolito attended the Potomac Nationals Hot Stove Banquet at the Old Hickory Golf Club, accepting the top player award on behalf of P-Nats infielder Tony Renda, who was out of town due to his engagement party. Giolito said last season was the perfect learning experience at low Single-A Hagerstown, and he is very likely to start this ... read more

Baseball America No. 3 Nats prospect: Michael A. Taylor

Outfielder Michael A. Taylor advanced well in 2014, moving from Double-A Harrisburg to Triple-A Syracuse all the way to the Nationals. Taylor's jump was big, considering he spent 2012 and 2013 with high Single-A Potomac. He hit .304 in the minors last season, collecting 20 doubles, three triples, 23 homers and 64 RBIs in 110 games. The power display was 10 more homers than he ... read more

Ankiel on life skills role with Nats: "I felt like this was going to be my niche"

The game of baseball is filled with highs and lows. Sometimes it can feel like it is mostly lows. Or it's the lows that you remember longer. A bad pitch leads to a huge inning. A strikeout with the bases loaded foils a possible big rally. It happens in almost every game. Rick Ankiel, probably more than any other player in the modern era, knows ... read more

Baseball America No. 4 Nats prospect: Reynaldo Lopez

When baseball pundits talk about the future of the Nationals rotation, Lucas Giolito, A.J. Cole and even right-hander Reynaldo Lopez get mentioned. At the beginning of last year, many would not have known who Lopez was. But the pitcher who just turned 21 on Jan. 4 made a big splash on the scene by pitching well for low Single-A Hagerstown. In nine starts for the ... read more

NL East opponents concerned if Scherzer pitches for Nats

So much for another quiet offseason for the Nationals. Last week, the Nationals acquired shortstop Yunel Escobar to shore up their infield. They sent fan favorite and eighth-inning eraser Tyler Clippard to Oakland to complete the deal. Now there are reports that the Nationals have agreed to a seven-year deal with 2013 Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer, who went 39-8 the past two seasons ... read more

More on Nats minor league coaching additions; P-Nats Hot Stove banquet adds Giolito

Here are quotes from Nationals assistant general manager and vice president of player development and pro scouting Doug Harris on the recent additions to the minor league coaching staff: On minor league pitching coordinator Paul Menhart: "Menhart's really done a terrific job. He's earned his stripes at every level. He's an excellent teacher. Mechanically he does a terrific job in developing deliveries, developing specific pitches ... read more