Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects

by on December 18, 2010   3 Comments

Notorious for being one of the worst teams in Major League Baseball since moving to Washington, the Nationals have had several top draft picks to build their system from the ground up. They  have a deep, talented system; though their top ten may be deceiving due to Stephen Strasburg, Drew Storen, and Ian Desmond loosing prospect status last season. Although this list is far from the most impressive prospect list this season, the Nationals likely have the most exciting stock of players under 25. Additionally, Bryce Harper picks up any and all hype that Strasburg left behind. There are several top talents in this system that tend to get lost in the excitement surrounding Strasburg and Harper.

Strasburg Sparkles, K’s 14 in Debut

by on June 9, 2010   2 Comments

The expectations were sky high before the major league debut of Stephen Strasburg, the most highly-touted pitching prospect in recent years.  Strasburg saw those high expectations, and he raised them one.

Making his professional debut against the Pittsburgh Pirates in front of a sellout crowd in the nation’s capital, Strasburg lived up to the hype – at least in his first game.  Strasburg needed just 94 pitches (65 thrown for strikes) to blow through seven innings while recording an astounding 14 strikeouts.

Strasburg’s first pitch, a fastball obviously inside to Andrew McCutchen, was booed by the crowd as it was called a ball.  Of course, the crowd can’t be blamed too much, as many of them had likely never attended a Nationals game before the hype surrounding Strasburg took hold.  Strasburg started several hitters 2-0, but didn’t walk a single batter, showing good command.

Nationals take Harper #1, Cox falls to Cards at #25

by on June 8, 2010   No Comments

The MLB Amateur Draft kicked off yesterday, and the number one overall pick came as no surprise.  17-year old phenom Bryce Harper was selected with the first overall pick by the Washington Nationals, as the Nationals decided that Harper’s raw talent outweighed any “character issues” some claimed could be a problem with Harper.  In all likelihood, there was never really any doubt in Washington as to who they would select first overall.

The 6 foot 3 inch Harper is widely regarded as the “LeBron James of baseball,” gaining national attention when he appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated at age 16.  Harper dropped out of high school in 2009 and obtained his GED, making him eligible for this years draft.

Harper enrolled in a community college, the College of Southern Nevada, and batted .442, with a .542 OBP and an absurd .986 slugging percentage.  Harper also smashed the school record of homeruns (12) by swatting 31 this past season.

Although Harper is currently a catcher, there is thought of him switching positions.  If Harper transitions to a corner outfield position, many believe he could reach the Majors within 3 years.  However, Harper will be most valuable to the Nationals as a catcher because of his incredible bat and there is still a possibility that he may remain a catcher because of this reason.

The Pittsburgh Pirates took 6 foot 7 inch right hander Jameson Tallion with the second overall pick.  The 18-year old pitcher attended The Woodlands High School in Texas, the same school that produced former Phillies first round pick and current Blue Jays prospect Kyle Drabek.  Tallion is raw, but has tremendous upside, with a fastball that tops out at 99 miles per hour and a plus-curveball.

The rest of the first round of the draft looked like this:

Win Fantasy Baseball in 10 Easy Steps

by on March 1, 2010   12 Comments

I’ve cracked the fantasy baseball code and I feel inclined to share the wealth.  Like me, you can win your fantasy baseball league just following these ten easy steps.  And RULE #1 is – Draft Albert Pujols.

Beltre signs with Red Sox, proves a cap is needed

by on January 5, 2010   No Comments

Adrian Beltre is reportedly close to signing a one-year contract with a one-year option with the Boston Red Sox for $9 million, $5 million for the option year with a $1 million buyout.  Read more to see why we believe this signing proves MLB needs a salary cap.