More on the Nats Prospects

January 26, 2009

We’ve gone over the vaunted Baseball America prospect list, but they aren’t the only ones who discuss the Washington farm system. Baseball Prospectus and ESPN both released their lists this week, so here’s a look:

Baseball Prospectus

Really great for stats geeks like me, BP does a shorter version of the prospect lists. These guys are really into statistics, but that’s not to say they ignore scouting reports and look only at the numbers. The Baseball Prospectus Future Shock is a little different than BA also because they don’t list a future lineup. But, in order, they list the prospects as such:

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Full USA Roster (Provisional, Sort of)

January 20, 2009

If you’ve stumbled over here and are looking for a more up to date roster, check out this page.

The full provisional rosters came out for the WBC teams this week, and I figured I’d follow up on last week’s post. There probably won’t be too much WBC talk here until it starts on March 5, but with as slow as things are for the Nats right now, you never know. Anyway, here is a more full US roster. There are a few more players on the roster, but this list is pretty complete.

C – Brian McCann / AJ Pierzynski / Brian Schneider
1B – Kevin Youkilis / Derrek Lee
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World Baseball Classic USA Lineup

January 14, 2009

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The 2009 World Baseball Classic is around the corner. I probably won’t get too much into it here, just a little preview as well as some thoughts/coverage once it gets going. As a fan of the good old US of A, I’ll probably give a perspective more focused on that team, at least at the beginning. While we’re at it, here is the possible lineup so far:

C – Brian McCann
1B – Kevin Youkilis
2B – Dustin Pedroia
3B – David Wright / Chipper Jones
SS – Derek Jeter / Jimmy Rollins Read the rest of this entry »

On Rickey and Rice

January 12, 2009

Congrats to Rickey Henderson for getting into the Hall. He was one of the best players of all time, I think if you look at his numbers you will be shocked at how good he was at just about everything. And he was also one of my favorite players to watch.

Everyone was always amazed at how fast he was. What’s amazing to me is how good he was at getting on base. He stole so many bases because he had the chance to. 40% of the time he came to the plate, he gave himself an opportunity to steal second. Tim Kurkjian has a thoroughly entertaining article on ESPN with two very telling quotes that really give you an idea of how good Rickey was: Read the rest of this entry »

It’s Time We Talk About Commitment

January 9, 2009

Ok, you’ve been seeing this site for a while now. Frankly, it’s time you take the next step. Subscribe to the RSS feed, the link is on the right.

For those of you who don’t know what an RSS feed is, it’s pretty simple. You click the button on the right, and it takes you to the page where you can subscribe to The Nats Review feed. Click SUBSCRIBE, and it will appear in your browser like on the image below. That way, when this site is updated, you’ll see it on the pull-down menu. Simple. And not really a commitment at all! Read the rest of this entry »

Baseball America’s Top 10 for 2009

January 8, 2009

As I mentioned yesterday, Baseball America just came out with their top 10 prospects for the Nationals. Before I get into that, included in their top prospects list is a fun little list they call the projected 2012 lineup. I projected a 2013 lineup a short time ago, I am not sure why I’m a year ahead, plus a month ahead with my projections, but I digress. My projections actually match up very closely with theirs:


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New Year’s Catchup

January 7, 2009

Since the New Year has just begun, at least this is the first full week, it’s time to catch up on some of the things that are going on with the team.

  • They are allegedly still pursuing Adam Dunn. Dunn would do interesting things to the roster. I think the best option is to play him at first, Willingham in LF, Milledge in CF, and Dukes in RF. Perhaps, if he really sucks at first, move him to the OF and let Willingham play first. It warrants the question, what do you do with Nick Johnson, in his last year of his contract, assuming he’s able to play? Reports from the Nats, however, say that Dunn probably will end up wanting to sign elsewhere, as he’s still a relatively hot commodity.
  • Orlando Hudson is also on the list. The have a starting 2B allegedly, but Hudson is a dynamic personality and wouldn’t be a bad pickup assuming they aren’t sure Anderson Hernandez is a viable starter. I’m certainly not sure. Hudson can still hit relatively well for his position, and despite a drop in his fielding last year, he is probably still better than average. Not bad if it’s a 2 or 3 year deal. Read the rest of this entry »