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Who’s on first? And everywhere else?

Good afternoon, folks.  You may or may not be aware that the Nationals are planning to release their 25-man roster this afternoon either before or after their exhibition game with the Red Sox at 4:05 today.  There are rumblings already of the roster, but nothing 100% official as yet.

What we do know is this:  Garrett Mock is the Nats’ fifth starter,  So, Scott Olsen has been optioned to Syracuse.  So has outfielder Roger Bernadina.  Eric Bruntlett and Mike MacDougal have been re-assigned to minor league camp (meaning they’ll likely be inhabiting Alliance Bank Stadium soon).

Olsen threw a gem in his final start in Spring Training.  That, though, did not outweigh some rather troubling performances to him and the team early in March.  Olsen, coming off a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder last season, will open the season in Syracuse.

Bernadina, too, has had injury trouble.  Soon after being summoned to the Beltway last year, Bernadina broke his right ankle trying to flag down a Dan Uggla fly ball.  He, like Justin Maxwell, could still be part of the Major League team sooner rather than later.  It’s easy to draw that conclusion–each spent (or seemingly would spend) a good chunk of the season in Washington in ’09.

More as it comes across.

Jason

Quick pitching note

Morning, folks.  J.D. Martin has been optioned to Syracuse as of this morning.  That leaves Garrett Mock and Scott Olsen for the final spot in the Washington rotation.

The 27-year-old Martin threw the ball well last season with the Chiefs–8-3, 2.66 ERA.

Should have news on the Olsen/Mock spot relatively soon….

Spring Training Bracketology – Pitching

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.

Rocket, Jimy and the berm…

Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon in Florida as we closed out the Spring Training tour by watching the Mets take on the Braves on their home turf at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Disney.

Before the game, we were able to touch base with former Blue Jays manager, Jimy Williams, who is now serving as a special instructor for the Atlanta Braves minor league system. 
Also had the pleasure of talking to former Chiefs player and coach, Rocket Wheeler, who is now managing the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in the South Atlantic League–the Atlanta Braves Single-A affiliate. After spending his first 24 years in the Blue Jays organization, Rocket has spent the past eight with the Braves.
One of the special features of Champions Stadium in Disney, is the entertaining berm that stretches down the left field line, around the foul pole and ends at mid-left centerfield. It was so inviting that Jason Benetti and myself decided to file our video blog which you will be able to see on Thursday morning.
–New York Mets shortstop and former Chief, Russ Adams, continues to make his case to make the Mets team as a non-roster players. Adams stroked 3 hits and 3 RBI’s against the Braves this afternoon.
–Down the road in Jupiter, the Nats become 0-8 as Garrett Mock and JD Martin surrendered two runs a piece in a 6-4 loss to the Cardinals.
–Justin Maxwell recorded his first hit of the spring, which happened to be a solo home run off of Mitch Boggs in the 8th inning.
–Hall of Fame broadcast announcer, Milo Hamilton, made an appearance at Disney’s ESPN Club on Thursday and was quite entertaining. 
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