February 21, 2013
On this weeks exciting spring training edition, Nationals Review Episode 16, Colm and Charlie discuss:
5 Nationals on Keith Law’s Top 100 Prospects List
The Nats and PECOTA Projections
Strasburg impresses in first spring batting practice
Spring Training Report
Surprise players in 2013
April 14, 2010
Yesterday, I tweeted two stories. Ugh, I can’t believe I just said that. Anyway, one was from MASN’s Ben Goessling, the former Washington Times sportswriter, and it said that “Barring an injury or a drastic change, the Nationals will likely take 17-year-old catcher Bryce Harper with the first pick in the June Draft.” Ok, we thought, sounds good! Then a minute later I saw The Washington Post put up a story on The Nats Journal saying “The Nationals may very well take the ultra-hyped, ultra-talented 17-year-old with the first overall pick of June’s First-Year Player Draft. But, contrary to a report, they have not reached a final decision.”
Ok, what gives? First they’re gonna take him, then they’re not. Or maybe not. Or, as you read it, you may interpret that after the first story, the Nats realized this hurts their bargaining position, and didn’t want to make it sound like they definitely were in the tank for Harper, so they wanted to back away from the “definite” part. But it doesn’t matter that much – they can’t trade the pick, it doesn’t hurt that much to say right now today they’re gonna draft him. Of course, Rizzo and company don’t need to show their hand if they’re not comfortable… And the circular argument begins.
Well Keith Law, America’s favorite snarky ex-scout, has a blog on ESPN following the MLB Draft. You can subscribe, if you have ESPN Insider. Back to the Harper part of the story, he made mention of the young phenom in yesterday’s blog post.
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December 3, 2009
I asked Keith Law (not personally, just over his chat) about Ian Desmond today. He didn’t answer directly about Desmond, just more generally about guys improving on defense:
Charlie (Bethesda, MD): Do you think a guy like Ian Desmond, who seems to be able to hit in the majors (albeit in a small sample) and has the range and ability to start on defense but misses some of the “easy” plays could use time in AAA? Or is learning to concentrate better on defense and not boot stuff just as easy/hard in the majors as in the minors?
Klaw (1:40 PM) Defense is one area that can improve substantially in the majors – in fact, there’s a good chance your team’s best defensive coach is in the majors. I would hold a guy back for the bat, but not for the glove unless it was a new position or he was just unplayable.
So there you have it, he completely agrees with me! Alright, so he didn’t actually answer my question directly, but he did answer something. Actually he probably EXACTLY answered my question, but didn’t answer the implied part. I’m pretty sure he did that on purpose. Anyway, for those of you that believe Desmond is ready to hit in the majors, and has the range to play SS, and just needs to fix his defense, this is your answer. He should be playing on the major league club, working with perhaps the best defensive coach in the organization. Remember that not only is Law a snarky stathead, he also was actually a scout on a major league team, so he’s probably not making this stuff up.