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Monday aftermath–Nats and Astros

Hope you all caught me at 4:45 “On The Block” with Brent Axe on our new flagship, The Score 1260.  I shared some of these thoughts from the Nats’ 14-9 win today with Brent….

-Bryce Harper’s second double literally quieted his critics.  Harper came up twice in the eighth and doubled to right both times.  Prior to the 1-2 pitch which he mauled in his second at-bat, a few fans seated down the first-base side started a grassroots “overrated” chant.  Not 30 seconds later, Harper’s torpedo clanged into the right-field corner.  The chant stopped.  He’s now 4-for-13 with three RBI for the spring.
-Cole Kimball, outlier.  Five Nats pitchers took the mound today and Kimball was the only one not to surrender a run.  The would-be AAA rookie (and MLB rookie for that matter) flashed good downward movement through the zone and struck three out in two innings.  The only hit he allowed was an infield single for Rick Ankiel-contemporary Brian Bogusevic.
-Danny Espinosa makes the simple look simpler and the difficult look simple.  The Astros hit two ground balls Espinosa’s way in the second inning.  On one, he sprawled, knocked the ball down and zipped an on-target throw Adam LaRoche’s way to retire J.D. Martinez.  The second ball was a bleeder to the left of first-base.  Espinosa casually pursued it nearly directly behind the bag, scooped and bettered catcher Carlos Corporan by a step-and-a-half.  That play didn’t look sensational, but it was likely the sturdier of the two plays.
-Roger Bernadina is bigger, but not slower.  Pictures of Bernadina as he arrived in camp rendered him muscularly-unrecognizable.  The Washington Post reported that he put on more than ten pounds during the offseason.  Today, he bunted on in the first, stole second and reached third on a wild pitch.  He also walked in the second.  We’ll see Nyjer Morgan soon, but Bernadina is 5-for-14 this spring….
-Brian Bixler’s bat.  Last year, he played with three AAA teams.  This year, he’s 5-for-7 in the spring with three doubles, including a bases-clearing, game-tying right-center field double in the 8th today.
Be on the lookout for a quick chat with Drew Storen in our Inside Pitch podcast.  More to come tomorrow.  Follow us @ChiefsRadio on Twitter for updates from Viera, FL.

NATS ADD AUBREY, VAN EVERY AND OTHERS

The Washington Nationals added first baseman Mike Aubrey outfielder Johathan Van Every and six other players to their AAA-Syracuse roster.

Aubrey, 28, was originally drafted in the first round by the Cleveland Indians in 2003 and was later traded to the Orioles organization in 2008.  Last season in Norfolk he had 25 doubles, 22 home runs and 68 RBI in 102 games for the Tides.

Van Every, 31, another Indians draft selection in 2001 moved to the Red Sox organization in 2008.  He had back to back 20 home run season in 2004 & 2005 at A-Kinston and AA-Akron before splitting the next two seasons 2006 & 2007 between AAA-Buffalo and AA-Akron.

He spent 2008 with Pawtucket and batted .263 with 26 HR and 70 RBI.  He would play for Boston in each of the next three years 2008-2010 as well.  Last season with Indianapolis he batted .214 with 10 HR and 29 RBI in 60 games.  Van Every is an outstanding centerfielder.

The Nats also re-signed infielder Brian Bixler who joined the Chiefs in August last season and righthanded pitchers Joe Bisenius and Ryan Mattheus.

Bisenius, 28 joined the Chiefs in July and was effective out of the bullpen.  He would later get called up to Washington in September. 

Mattheus, 27, came over to the Nationals in the Nick Johnson deal in 2009 and was out much of the 2010 season with an arm injury.  He pitched late in the season for the Nationals Gulf Coast League affiliate.

In addition, the Nationals officially announced the signing of outfielder Jeff Frazier and righthanded pitcher Tim Wood.

 

 

 

PETE ORR SIGNS WITH PHILLIES

MLB Trade Rumors is reporting that former Chiefs utility man Pete Orr has signed a minor league contract with the Philadelphia Phillies and will be invited to spring training in February with a chance to make the major league roster.

Orr spent the past two seasons with the Chiefs and appeared in 257 games playing numerous positions on the field.  Last season he set career marks with 32 doubles, led the International League with 8 triples and had a career high 12 home runs.

With Brian Bixler and Michael Martinez expected to return to Syracuse in 2011, Orr will get another chance to prove he belongs in the major leagues – this time with the Phillies.

Good Luck Pete, we loved having you in Syracuse the past two years.

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