Archive for category Fall

A Variety of Things

Here are a series of links of interest with my quick thoughts:

  • The Nationals officially hired Davey Johnson as a Senior Advisor to Mike Rizzo. It’s nice to see another solid baseball guy in the front office though I wonder if there is any possibility that Johnson could be a replacement for Jim Riggleman.
  • The Nats held a roundtable with the local writers where a few things came out:
    • Added 17 new front office positions to include scouts. Still no official word on if there is anyone in the Pacific Rim. I’ll keep asking
    • Finalized a deal to build a new Dominican complex in Boca Chica. Good to see they are getting their own place after having to scramble for a location at the last minute this past year.
    • Nats scouts have already watched potential 2010 #1 overall Bryce Harper and that he is not as clear cut a #1 as Strasburg was in 2009. That could just be posturing.
  • Tracee Hamilton has a feature on NFA favorite Josh Wilkie. Nice to see Josh get some publicity in the local media.
  • and a blog post on Jeff Mandel and how the Baby Nats will be competing for the AFL title this weekend with Strasburg starting the championship game
  • The Syracuse Chiefs lost money again in 2009 but less than they did in 2008. An extended assignment of Stephen Strasburg is what they are hoping for in 2010. I don’t think Strasburg will start the season in Triple-A. Coming from a guy who was born in Syracuse and still has family there, it’s still pretty cold in April in upstate New York and I’m not sure the Nationals will want to risk injury having Strasburg pitch in a chilly environment.
  • Geoff Morrow of the Patriot News has an update on the renovations on City Island.
  • and news that Randy Tomlin will be returning as Harrisburg’s pitching coach in 2010. Tomlin will again be working with Randy Knorr (they previously worked together in Potomac in 2007-08)
  • John Sickels has his preliminary Nats Top 20 up at Minor League Ball and the #1 is as expected. I’m working on my own top prospect list and should have it up within a week or so
  • and on a final note, Dan Steinberg tweeted that the Post is now looking for a new Nats beat writer after Chico Harlan decided to pursue other opportunities. I enjoyed his writing as he attempted to find different angles of a really bad team. I’ve learned over the years how much of a drain the day in and day out can be … and that’s just me doing the Across the Affiliates and other stuff I do here at NFA. I don’t have to see the players, managers, management every day, fostering relationships yet still attempting to be critical when the need arises. I don’t have to work under tight deadlines attempting to bring an interesting perspective to gamers. The other major sports have many more off-days that allow for a battery recharge. Harlan has his detractors, especially after his Washingtonian interview earlier this year, but I want to thank him and wish him the best of luck.


Strasburg Update

From the Nationals

After missing his scheduled start on Sat. (strained neck), Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg is slated to make his next Arizona Fall League start on Saturday vs. Peoria Saguaros.


Wilkie Added to Rising Stars Game

I just received word the RHRP Josh Wilkie will be participating in tomorrow’s AFL Rising Stars Game.


Strasburg Scratched for Saturday

Just out from the Nationals

Nationals RHP Stephen Strasburg has been scratched for precautionary reasons from his scheduled start in Sat.’s Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game due to a muscle strain in his neck.
He is listed as day-to-day and when we get confirmation on the date of his next AFL start, we will let you know.


Updated AFL Roster

Baseball America has an updated Arizona Fall League roster, replacing Derek Norris will be Sean Rooney. Norris’ broken hamate bone necessitated the addition of a catcher.


Derek Norris Injured

According to a source, Nationals CA Derek Norris sustained a broken hamate bone yesterday and will not be participating in the Arizona Fall League.

The Nationals confirmed this news and released the following report today …

C Derek Norris fractured his left hamate bone while working out in the Instructional League.
He will have surgery performed by Dr. Thomas Graham in Baltimore to remove the fractured hamate bone on Thursday, October 8.
He is expected to be able to resume baseball activities in December.

This is the same injury suffered by Ryan Zimmerman back in November 2007 and Ian Desmond earlier this year. The recovery times can vary depending upon the severity and the individual player.

Will Carroll of Baseball Prospectus spoke with in July 2009 about hamate injuries. Here is a portion of what he had to say.

  • “A hamate is one of the small bones in the wrist. There are two parts to the bone – the hook and the body. Most surgery is done to remove the hook, which is so fragile that it seldom realigns well. The wrist functions well without it.”
  • “There’s some lingering power deficit in the first year, but there’s no long term problems. The recovery time depends on the severity and mechanism of the injury, their pain tolerance, and the individual healing response. People are all different.”


Instructional League Roster & Schedule

Hat tip to Space Coast Baseball

Pitchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Baez, Gregori 17 LHSP DSL 09 IFA
Brazoban, Cleto 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Crane, Dustin 22 RHRP GCL, Vermont 09D (24th)
Demny, Paul 19 RHSP Hagerstown 08D (6th)
Encarnacion, Pedro 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Fabian, Robinson 23 RHRP Asheville, Hagerstown 09 Trd (COL)
Frias, Marcos 20 RHSP Hagerstown 07 IFA
Garcia, Luis 22 RHRP Grat Lakes, Potomac 09 Trd (LAD)
Gonzalez, Danubio 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Hansen, Bobby 19 LHSP GCL 08D (18th)
Hicks, Graham 19 LHSP GCL, Vermont 08D (4th)
Jaime, Juan 21 RHSP Vermont, Hagerstown 04 IFA
Jenkins, Chad 21 LHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (17th)
Jordan, Taylor 20 RHSP GCL 09D (9th)
Karns, Nathan 21 RHSP GCL 09D (12th)
King, Brandon 18 RHSP GCL 09D (27th)
McCoy, Pat 20 LHRP Hagerstown, Potomac 07D (10th)
Morris, A.J. 22 RHSP GCL, Hagerstown 09D (4th)
Rosenbaum, Dan 21 LHSP GCL 09D (22nd)
Smoker, Josh 20 LHSP GCL 07D (1st Sup)
Storen, Drew 21 RHRP Hagerstown, Potomac, Harrisburg 09D (1st)
Strasburg, Stephen 21 RHSP - 09D (1st)
Swynenberg, Matt 20 RHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (28th)
Vasquez, Wanel 21 RHSP GCL 06 IFA
Weaver, Dean 21 RHRP GCL 09D (7th)
Catchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Killian, Dan* 20 CA Vermont 08D (7th)
Leon, Sandy# 20 CA Vermont, Hagerstown 07 IFA
Martinez, Ricardo 20 CA GCL 07 IFA
Nieto, Adrian# 19 CA GCL 08D (5th)
Pena, Bill 17 CA DSL 09 IFA
Infielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Bloxom, Justin# 21 CIF Vermont 09D (11th)
King, Stephen 21 3B/SS Potomac 06D (3rd)
Kobernus, Jeff 20 2B Vermont 09D (2nd)
Lombardozzi, Stephen# 20 2B Hagerstown 08D (19th)
Moore, Tyler 22 1B Hagerstown 09D (16th)
Perez, Roberto 18 SS GCL 09D (8th)
Sanchez, Adrian# 19 2B GCL 07 IFA
Souza, Steven 20 SS/3B Hagerstown 07D (3rd)
Taylor, Michael 18 SS GCL 09D (6th)
Valdez, Jean 17 SS - 09 IFA
Outfielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Burgess, Michael* 20 RF Potomac 07D (1st Sup)
Higley, J.R. 21 OF Vermont, Hagerstown 08D (9th)
Hood, Destin 19 LF GCL, Vermont 08D (2nd)
Morales, Jesus 19 CF DSL 07 IFA
Perez, Eury 19 CF GCL 07 IFA
Phillips, Derrick 18 OF GCL 08D (23rd)
Ramirez, J.P.* 19 RF Vermont 08D (15th)
Ramos, Wander 19 OF DSL 09 IFA
Rodriguez, Aridio 20 OF DSL 09 IFA
Whiting, Boomer 25 OF Potomac 07D (24th)
Date Schedule Time
18-Sep Report Date
19-Sep 1st Workout
24-Sep DET 1PM
25-Sep ATL 1PM
26-Sep at HOU 10AM
27-Sep Camp Day 1PM
28-Sep at ATL 1PM
29-Sep HOU 1PM
30-Sep Camp Day 1PM
1-Oct ATL 1PM
2-Oct at HOU 1PM
3-Oct Camp Day 10AM
4-Oct Camp Day 1PM
5-Oct DET 1PM
6-Oct at ATL 1PM
7-Oct HOU 1PM
8-Oct Canada @ Disney 1PM
9-Oct at DET 1PM
10-Oct at HOU 10AM
11-Oct Camp Day 1PM
12-Oct ATL 1PM
13-Oct HOU 1PM


Josh Wilkie to AFL

Chico Harlan confirmed that RHRP Josh Wilkie will be the sixth and final representative for the Nationals in the Arizona Fall League.

This was news I had heard rumored earlier this week and I’m happy to hear that Wilkie will get the chance to work against some of the top talent in MLB.


Across the Affiliates 10/09/08

The Peoria Saguaros outslugged the Scottsdale Scorpions 10-7 (box/gamer). DH Leonar Davis was 1/2 with a stolen base and RBI. 1B Bill Rhinehart was 1/4 with a single, run, RBI and walk. RHP Zech Zinicola pitched 1 2/3 innings of relief, blowing a save allowing a home run among his two hits with one walk and two strikeouts.


Across the Affiliates 10/08/08

The Arizona Fall League got underway yesterday with the Peoria Saguaros defeating the Scottsdale Scorpions 9-3 (box/gamer). Leonard Davis played RF and was 0/4 with a run scored. SS Ian Desmond was 2/3 with one run and one RBI. LHP Cory VanAllen started for the Saguaros allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits over two innings with two strikeouts. RHP Adam Carr pitched a scoreless inning with one strikeout.