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Each season players not placed on the 40-man roster that have accumulated at least six years of service time (minors and majors inclusive) are free to sign with any of the 30 major league teams.
Last season the Nationals signed for AAA-Syracuse catchers Carlos Maldonado and Jamie Burke, infielders Eric Bruntlett, Chase Lambin, Pedro Lopez, and Josh Whitesell and outfielders Chris Duncan and Kevin Mench. Pitchers Chuck James and Joel Peralta. They also re-signed utility man Pete Orr and pitcher Andrew Kown.
The 2011 group of free agents includes Lambin, Lopez, Duncan, James, Orr and Kown along with 21 additional players from the single A to AAA level.
RHP: Jimmy Barthmair -Potomac, Zach Dials – Potomac, Luis Garcia – Hagerstown, Jason Jones – Harrisburg, Andre Kown – Syracuse, Dan Leatherman – Harrisburg, Carlos Martinez – Potomac, LHP; Jesse English – Syracuse, Victor Garate – Syracuse, Glenn Gibson – Vermont, Chuck James – Harrsiburg, Yunior Novoa – Harrsisburg.
Catchers; Nolan Brannon – Vermont, Devin Ivany – Harrsiburg.
Infielders; Chase Lambin – Syracuse, Ofilio Castro – Harrisburg, Peter Orr – Syracuse, Wilberto Ortiz – Potomac, Pedro Lopez – Syracuse.
Outfieders; Jason Botts – Syracuse, Leonard Davis – Syracuse, Chris Duncan – Syracuse, Marvin Lowrance – Harrisburg, Edgardo Baez – Harrsiburg, Brad coon – Harrsiburg, Jerry Owens – Syracuse, Jamar Walton – Potomac.
We will follow the Nationals free agent signings during the winter and provide player interviews of possible 2011 Chiefs players.
With two weeks gone in spring training 2010 the Washington Nationals roster is beginning to take shape. In the spirit of the NCAA field of 65 announcement today we thought we would look at where the Nationals might be with their major league and minor league pitching staffs at this point.
Major League starting rotation: John Lannan and Jason Marquis are locks, while Scott Olsen should be penciled in as the third starter. Craig Stammen coming off late season surgery is good enough for the fourth spot with veterans Livian Hernandez and Miguel Batista are fighting for the 5th spot – that won’t be needed until April 19th due to off days.
Major League bullpen: Matt Capps and Brian Bruney are the back end, while Tyler Clippard and lefty Sean Burnett will pitch early. That leaves Jason Bergmann, who is out of options, and Tyler Walker, who has been hit hard to date to fill out the staff. Batista could be used as well early of if he doesn’t make the rotation. Lefty Ron Villone, a non-roster player and now 41 years old would give them a second lefty out of the pen but right now is the 13 pitcher on a 12 or 11 man staff.
AAA-Syracuse Staff: A good deal of this staff depends on the health and decisions made with Olsen, Batista and Hernandez, but the Chiefs appear loaded no matter what happens.
J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock, Shairon Martis, veteran lefties Matt Chico, Chuck James, Andrew Kown, Collin Balester, Luis Atilano and Aaron Thompson give the team a wealth of depth to choose from. In addtion, where does Stephen Strasburg begin his baseball career?
Bullpen includes: Six lefthanded pitchers are competing for two maybe three spots and include Doug Slaten, Victor Garate, Jesse English – all picked up in the off season, while Nationals prospects Attie Severino, Yunior Novoa and Jack Spradlin return.
From the righthanded side of the bullpen the guy drafted after Stephen Strasburg – Drew Storen has been fantastic in spring training and could begin the season in Washington, but most likley will start in Syracuse with veterans Logan Kensing, Ryan Speier, Joel Peralta, Rafael Martin and Nationals prospect Josh Wilkie giving the Chiefs quality to choose from. The Nats could even move Collin Balester or Luis Atilano to the bullpen – similar to the last seasons experiment with Tyler Clippard that payed off nicely.
That’s 22 names for 12 roster spots – pitching in 2010 looks very strong.
And we haven’t even talked about these guys……
Jeff Mandel 12-6 3.38 ERA – AA/A last season
Eric Arnesen 12-7 3.52 ERA AA/A last season
Brad Meyers 11-3 1.72 ERA AA/A last season
Marcos Frias 9-5 2.91 ERA Single A last season
AJ Morris 0-4 3.38 ERA in Single A last season
Tom Millone 12-5 2.91 ERA in Single A last season
Willie Atwood 8-8 4.61 ERA in Single A last season
These pitchers will likely play in AA this season and earn AAA promotions at some point during the 2010 season.
Pitching is strong in this organization and it’s all coming very fast through Central New York this summer.
Tom Terry, WFTV-9’s chief meteorologist, has spent the last 20 minutes flaunting his new tools. Evidently, Channel 9–the ABC affiliate in Central Florida, just spent wheelbarrows of money on new weather radar. And today, it’s all paid off. Tom and his buddy Brian have been on television since I got back to the hotel room talking about this massive storm to our north. As I was just writing this last sentence, Tom clicked a button and dragged a cone-shaped thing across the radar to the southeast to signify the path of the storm. Tom is very worried about the children in Longwood, Florida. He just advised parents there to pick their children up from the bus stop. I call Tom by his first name because I think we know quite a bit about each other, now.
Tom, by the way, just told me than Channel 9 has teamed up with the National Severe Storm Laboratory. They’ve developed a special computer program to look inside the storm. Maybe we can use it to figure out what’s motivating this thing to ruin the lives of so many.
Now we just left that graphic to check out the Daytona Beach TowerCam. Surprisingly, the lens is covered with water.
Oh boy! Red dots that look like clown noses have appeared on the radar! Tom clicks on a red dot and we are given a probability that the storm will spawn rotation at the location marked by the red dots. There’s a 44% chance that you folks in Apopka will see storm rotation. What does that mean? Heck if I know. But it doesn’t sound good.
You’ve gathered that the game between the Astros and the Nats has been rained out. I spent most of the morning in the rain at the minor-league complex watching the young hitters take some swings in the cage.
Ran into a few familiar faces. John Poppert, last year’s do-everything coach, told me he got married in Pittsburgh in the offseason. Also got a chance to chat with former Chief turned Double-A Harrisburg manager Randy Knorr. He’s excited to be managing again.
Check out Inside Pitch for a conversation with Andrew Kown. He made his Triple-A debut last year in Syracuse. He’s got some interesting things to say about his offseason and the schedule he keeps during Spring Training.
For now, I’m going to go outside to monitor the barometric pressure. Tom would be proud.
The Washington Nationals continue to stockpile pitching when they signed veteran lefthanded pitcher Shawn Estes to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. The Estes signing adds to an impressive list of pitchers added this off-season. They include, righthanded relievers Ryan Speier and Joel Peralta, lefties Chuck James, Doug Slaton, Jesse English, Victor Garate and the resigning of Logan Kensing and Andrew Kown from last seasons team.
Estes, 37, made 13 starts for AAA-Albuquerque (Dodgers) last season going 3-4 with a very good 3.07 ERA. After not getting a call-up to Los Angeles in June he decided not to pitch the remainder of the season.
Speier, 30, is tall at 6’7″ and has pitched in the major leagues with Colorado, most recently last year in 5-games. He spent much of the 2008 season with the Rockies and recorded a PCL league high 33-saves in 2007.
Peralta, 33, appeared in 27-games with the Rockies last season going 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA. He began the season with AAA-Colorado Springs posting a 6-0 record and a 2.45 ERA in 37 games in relief.
Slaten, 30, also has pitched in the major leagues the past three seasons with Arizona. Last year he split between AAA-Reno going 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 9-saves in 39 games and Arizona going 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA in 11-games.
English, 25, was picked up from the San Francisco Giants as a waiver claim after pitching for the Giants AA-Connecticut club. He posted a 7-7 record and a 4.20 ERA as a starting pitcher, but lefthanded hitters batted only .151 against him last season.
Garate, 25 another Nationals waiver claim in September of 2009 pitched the entire season at AA-Chattanooga (Dodgers) and recorded a 2.04 ERA in 47 releif appearances.
Thompson, 23 was acquired last August when the Nats sent Nick Johnson to the Marlins. He appeared in 6-games for AA-Harrisburg and was 0-3 with a 3.31 ERA and recorded 27-K’s in 33 innings pitched. At AA-Jacksonville he was 5-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 20-starts. Thompson was the Marlins #1 selection in June 2005 out of Second Baptist HS in Houston.
Kensing, 27, was impressive with the Chiefs last season in 31 games he was 2-1 with 17-saves and recorded a 2.97 ERA. He walked only 6-batters and struckout 35 in 33-innings. With the Nationals he struggled in 32-relief appearances giving up 35-runs in 35 innings.
Kown, 28, split time at three levels in the Nationals system last season going a combined 9-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 101-innings pitched. Kown had a breakout season in 2009 after being selected by the Tigers in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech and earning NCAA All-American honors.
James, 29 missed all of last season after arm surgery. The lefty won 11-games for the Atlanta Braves in back to back seasons in 2006 and 2007. He struggled in 2008 and returned to Richmond and made 15 starts and recorded a 2.97 ERA.