You Can Talk to Zimmermann, Detwiler, Lannan and Stammen

June 10, 2009

There will be a conference call this evening at 5:45 pm EST for all the important Nats bloggers. And since I get to be there, apparently the unimportant ones are invited, too. Hiyo! Here is the list of participants, according to the Nationals director of Media Relations, Mike Gazda:

So if you send ME your questions, either via e-mail a nationalsreview@gmail.com or through a comment here at the bottom of this page (probably the easiest/best way to do it), I will do my best to ask the questions. While I doubt I get the full half hour to grill these guys, I am hoping to be able to get one or two questions in.

I’m assuming the special draft-related guest is not Scott Boras. But if it is, I’m going to start the bidding at $15 M. Other possibilities includes Strasburg, Storen, or any of the other picks. Should be fun, I’ll be sure to report back on the happenings tomorrow. In the meantime, submit some questions for me to ask!


Saint Stephen with a Closer

June 10, 2009

Not surprising to all but the biggest of naysayers, the Nats picked Stephen Strasburg, Saint Stephen, the Savior of the Franchise, the Anchorman, and all the other nicknames you can think of to add pressure. If you don’t know about him, welcome back from your journey to a time where there is no internet. To fill you in, he was the overwhelming consensus number 1 pick, considered the best draft prospect in 20 years, if not ever. This season, as a pitcher with San Diego State, he went 13-0, with a 1.24 ERA,  180 K and 19 BB in 152 IP.  He’s 6’5″ and weighs in at 220 lbs. Now all they have to do is sign him.

Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see some more commentary from lots of people on Strasburg. But first, let’s look at the other first round pick for the Nats.

Drew Storen

With the 10th pick, the Washington Nationals select… Drew Storen! Wow, that must have been great for some people, like the Storens, but it just didn’t have the gravity of the Strasburg pick. He wasn’t ranked nearly as high as Saint Stephen by Keith Law (#28) or Baseball America (#36), but that isn’t surprising. The Nats wanted to take someone they could sign easily, both because a struggle might hurt their conversations with Strasburg, and because if they lose this pick, they don’t get compensation next year.

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The Draft is Tomorrow, The Trade May Be Soon

June 8, 2009

The draft is tomorrow night, and the big question revolves around Stephen Strasburg. Are they really going to take him? All signs point to “yes” but we really won’t know until Tuesday evening. Of course, there is that #10 pick that the Nats get as well. An historical draft in that nobody has ever had two picks that early in the draft. Hopefully Mike Rizzo and the rest of management will take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity and help to turn this franchise around.

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Nats Pick Preview – Matthew Purke

June 5, 2009

The MLB draft is coming up, and starts next week on Tuesday night, June 9.  Besides having the #1 pick, the Nats also have the #10 pick. With Mike Rizzo in charge (maybe), the man who was a big part of putting together a solid Arizona farm system, there is hope that they will do something good with this pick. Over the course of this week, I’ll profile several players that are potential picks for the Nats at #10.

Matthew Purke

While we have established that the Nats are looking at signable guys, let’s us take a look at the #10 player on Baseball America’s board. Matthew Purke is a left handed pitcher from Texas, and is the second best (or best?) lefty in the draft. At 6’3″, 180 lbs, he’s got a big frame and could get bigger.

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Nats Pick Preview – Mike Trout

June 4, 2009

The MLB draft is coming up, and starts next week on Tuesday night, June 9.  Besides having the #1 pick, the Nats also have the #10 pick. With Mike Rizzo in charge (maybe), the man who was a big part of putting together a solid Arizona farm system, there is hope that they will do something good with this pick. Over the course of this week, I’ll profile several players that are potential picks for the Nats at #10.

Mike Trout

Another high school player that the Nats are looking at is prep star Mike Trout. He’s a speedy center fielder and ranks #22 on the BA/Jim Callis ranking. He’s only slightly lower at #25 for Keith Law.

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Nats Pick Preview – Wil Myers

June 4, 2009

The MLB draft is coming up, and starts next week on Tuesday night, June 9.  Besides having the #1 pick, the Nats also have the #10 pick. With Mike Rizzo in charge (maybe), the man who was a big part of putting together a solid Arizona farm system, there is hope that they will do something good with this pick. Over the course of this week, I’ll profile several players that are potential picks for the Nats at #10.

Wil Myers

Jim Callis mentioned in his draft preview that the Nats have had their eye on high school Wil Myers out of North Carolina. He’s a catcher, although he’s spent time around the field. He may be considered by many to be an eventual third basemen or outfielder, but if you draft someone as a catcher, you’re certainly gonna do your best to try him out there first.

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Nats Pick Preview – Rich Poythress

June 3, 2009

The MLB draft is coming up, and starts next week on Tuesday night, June 9.  Besides having the #1 pick, the Nats also have the #10 pick. With Mike Rizzo in charge (maybe), the man who was a big part of putting together a solid Arizona farm system, there is hope that they will do something good with this pick. Over the course of this week, I’ll profile several players that are potential picks for the Nats at #10.

Rich Poythress

Another position player that the Nats have been keeping their eye on is Georgia first baseman Rich Poythress. He’s listed as #24 and #33 on the Law and Callis depth charts, respectively. He’s big and he’s strong, listed at 6’4″ and 245 lbs, and he’s also apparently very slow.

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