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Pleskoff Scouting Report: Andrew Stevenson

  TEAM: Washington Nationals AGE: 22 POSITION: OF BATS: Left THROWS: Left HEIGHT: 6-foot WEIGHT: 185 lbs. ACQUIRED: The Nationals selected Stevenson in the second round of the 2015 First Year Player Draft out of LSU.  ***** STRENGTHS Andrew Stevenson is a multi-tooled outfielder. He is such a well-balanced player; it is difficult to determine which of his skills is most...
Via Today's Knuckleball
3 hours ago

Nationals still don't know if Strasburg will be ready to return Sunday

On the disabled list since June 16 with an upper back strain, Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg is eligible to be activated as of Friday, having
Via CSN Mid-Atlantic
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Harper’s July 4th cleats honor five branches of U.S. military

To say that the cleats Bryce Harper will wear on the Fourth of July scream “America!” would be a drastic understatement. The Washington Nationals slugger took to Instagram Friday to unveil the patriotic cleats.  A photo posted by Bryce Harper (@bharper3407) on Jul 1, 2016 at 9:30am PDT The cleats are a pair of his regular Under Armour Harper Ones that have...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 hours ago  |  Discuss

Danny Espinosa celebrates his 7-RBI night by slapping Jayson Werth's face

Last fall, the Washington Nationals had to deal with Jonathan Papelbon choking Bryce Harper. This summer, it's Danny Espinosa slapping Jayson Werth -- in a much more playful manner.Espinosa drove in seven runs in the Nationals' 13-4 win over the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday, thanks to a grand slam and a three-run homer.And he debuted a rather odd handshake ritual with Werth afterward...
Via Fox Sports
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Report: Nationals Sign First Round Pick Dane Dunning

WASHINGTON — The Nationals have signed first-round pick Dane Dunning, according to Jim Callis of MLB.com. The Nationals selected Dunning — the second of two first-round picks for Washington — 29th overall out of Florida. Dunning, 21, receives a $2 million signing bonus from Washington, slightly below the $2.034 million allotted slot value for that pick, according to Callis...
Via CBS DC
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets fan who played catch with Max Scherzer got ‘once-in-a-lifetime’ trip to Nats Park

Joe La Rocca and his 11-year old son, Joe, arrived early for Wednesday’s game at Nationals Park, just as they generally do for the 10-15 games they attend every season at Citi Field. The La Roccas, who are both Mets fans, made the drive from New York to D.C. upon the invitation of MASN and the Nationals, who gave […]
Via DC Sports Blog
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Mets announcers critical of Nats fans for not supporting Max Scherzer enough

The New York Mets’ TV announcers were oddly critical of Washington Nationals fans for not applauding Max Scherzer enough during Wednesday’s game between the teams. The Nats won the contest 4-2 behind Scherzer’s 7.1 innings of two-hit scoreless ball. Though the fans applauded and gave Scherzer a standing ovation as he came off the field during the eighth when he was removed...
Via Larry Brown Sports
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Daniel Murphy with Nats has been biggest plus in race for division crown - Byron Kerr

Of all the changes to the Nationals this season, such as the bullpen or the resurgence of Wilson Ramos, the biggest positive change is the addition of second baseman Daniel Murphy. And in no other series is that difference more profound than when Murphy does his damage against the team ... Read More
Via MASN
1 day ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper crushes 16th HR off former Nat Jerry Blevins

Facing an old friend, Bryce Harper crushed his 16th home run of the season Tuesday night versus the New York Mets. Harper crushed a 1-1 pitch from former National Jerry Blevin, sending the ball over the right field fence into the Nationals’ bullpen. The #Nats bullpen approves of Bryce's 16th HR of the season. https://t.co/4puyxFqNE7 pic.twitter.com/4N4dw4WH5d — #VoteNats (@Nationals...
Via KCM Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

DPD: Scherzer Leads a Trio of Aces

It’s not an overwhelming day on this baseball Wednesday, but it’s a pretty solid slate with a trio of aces and an intriguing secondary setup. Check ’em out! Aces in Isolation Danny Salazar (CLE) versus Atlanta’s Joel De La Cruz It’s been an up-and-down June for Salazar, as the Indians have won all four of his starts and he’s posted a 2.42 ERA, but the peripheral numbers...
Via The Sports Post
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals mid-season grades: Infield edition

The first-place Washington Nationals are approaching the mid-point of the 2016 season, so it’s a good time to hand out individual grades. Each day, we’ll look at a different positional group. Yesterday, we graded the outfielders; today, we’ll move to the infield. Ryan Zimmerman: D+ 2016 has not been a banner season for the former franchise-cornerstone. His walks are down, strikeouts...
Via isportsweb.com
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Charlie Fliegel: Where would Ben Revere be most productive? - Nationals Buzz

Ben Revere had a really good day on Monday, going 4-for-5. Maybe it's a sign that he's returning to form. Then again, he didn't get a hit last night. But even if he is getting back to his old self, he still can be a divisive player. That's because he's ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Lucas Giolito's debut cut short by rain in Nats' 5-0 win - Nationals Buzz

Given all the hype and hoopla that surrounded tonight's Mets-Nationals game featuring the major league debut of top prospect Lucas Giolito, the first word that comes to mind to sum up the night for the right-hander is bummer. Not because of his performance, far from it. No, it was a ... Read More
Via MASN
2 days ago  |  Discuss

MRI confirms Stephen Strasburg has upper-back strain

WASHINGTON -- The Washington Nationals say an MRI Stephen Strasburg underwent Monday morning has confirmed their diagnosis that the pitcher has an upper-back strain.Strasburg threw a bullpen session Tuesday afternoon before Washington was set to play the New York Mets. Strasburg was placed on the disabled list Sunday retroactive to June 16.Manager Dusty Baker said the MRI made him...
Via Associated Press
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Scouting Earth’s Best Young Arm, Lucas Giolito

Lucas Giolito was once the 2012 draft’s odds-on first-overall selection. As he began his senior season at Harvard-Westlake, Giolito was seen as the most talented player in a draft class that included Byron Buxton and Carlos Correa. It would have made him the first and only high-school righty to be selected at 1.1 in the draft’s history. But then Giolito felt discomfort in his...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Projecting Nationals Right-Hander Lucas Giolito

It’s raining prospects. The prospect gods gave us Brandon Nimmo and A.J. Reed over the weekend, and today we’re treated with another prospect debut: hard-throwing righty Lucas Giolito. The former first-rounder will take the hill for the Nationals in tonight’s game against the New York Mets.  Giolito pitched exclusively at the Double-A level this year, where he posted a 3...
Via Fangraphs
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Trea Turner to see some time in center field at Syracuse

On the same day the Nationals announced their top pitching prospect will make his major league debut Tuesday, their top position-playing prospect made a move of similar significance to his big league trajectory. Trea Turner, spoken of by those in and outside the organization as the Nationals’ shortstop of the future since they acquired him last […]
Via Nationals Journal
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Nationals place Stephen Strasburg on 15-day DL

After missing his last start and being scratched from his upcoming one, something was clearly not right with Stephen Strasburg. The Washington Nationals have decided to not take any chances with the ace, placing him on the DL. Stephen Strasburg has been placed on 15-day DL, retro to 6/16, w/ an upper back strain. A corresponding roster move will be announced tmrw. — #VoteNats...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals: No need to panic

It has been a rough stretch recently for the Washington Nationals. In the midst of a season-long five game losing streak, the Nats have gone just 4-6 since completing a sweep of the Phillies on June 12. Having felt the heartbreak of collapse before, many Nationals fans are already worried about the team moving forward. However, this is not the time to jump to conclusions, and there...
Via isportsweb.com
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper visits Vin Scully in broadcast booth, posts tribute

With Vin Scully retiring at season’s end after a long, storied and unparalleled broadcasting career, Bryce Harper took some time before the Washington Nationals’ series finale showdown with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Wednesday to pay a visit to the booth and chat with the legendary broadcaster. Harper, joined by Nationals skipper Dusty Baker, talked baseball with Scully and...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
8 days ago  |  Discuss

Jayson Werth Foul Ball Lands in Vin Scully’s Booth

WASHINGTON — One of the cool things about going to a baseball game is the possibility of catching a foul ball, or better yet, a home run. Vin Scully, who has been doing Dodgers broadcasts since before they moved to Los Angeles, doesn’t get too excited about that possibility anymore. Instead, he uses the opportunity to make a fan’s day, if he can. Such an opportunity presented...
Via CBS DC
8 days ago  |  Discuss
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