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Roster decisions coming for Nats & Chiefs

With one week until the start of the 2010 baseball season the Washington Nationals will need to decide who they will take north to DC in the next few days.

Here is our take on the competition:

Pitching:  John Lannan, Jason Marquis and Garrett Mock have been announced as three members of the rotation.  Craig Stamman has been very good this spring while Livian Hernandez has been okay as well.  the skinny:   Scott Olsen who is coming back from an injury pitches on Sunday. Stamman or Olsen could start in Syracuse or the Nats could release the veteran Hernandez.

Bullpen:  Matt Capps is the closer with Brian Bruney the 8th inning guy.  Sean Burnett, the lone lefty in the pen and Tyler Clippard will face lefties.  Miguel Batista works as a long man and sometime starter and Jason Bergmann has pitched will enough to provide innings.

Catching:  It’s Pudge Rordriquez and Will Nieves with Jesus Flores starting the season on the disabled list.

Infielders:  Adam Dunn plays !B, Adam Kennedy is at 2B, Ryan Zimmerman is the 3B.  Christain Guzman appears to have proven he can throw and will begin the season as the shortstop.  Alberto Gonzalez has hit well enough to be a capable back-up at three infield positions.  Mike Morse can play 3B, 1B and the outfield.

The skinny:  Ian Desmond returns to Syracuse to play everyday at shortstop.  Eric Bruntlett could stick as utility man.

Outfielders:  Josh Willingham is in LF, Nyger Morgan in CF, Willie Harris and Willy Taveras look to platoon RF, while Roger Bernadina has hit enough to provide the team with defense and speed off the bench.

The skinny:  Bernadina has a leg up on Justin Maxwell for the last spot on the roster.

That’s 24 names we see on the team.  The dilemma is do the Nats take 11 or 12 pitchers north.  A 12th pitcher Tyler Walker, who has pitched well lately could happen.  If not they need to add another infielder/outfielder.  Eric Bruntlett has played well all spring and can play both the infield and outfield. Justin Maxwell did not hit enough in spring but can run and is an excellent defensive player.  The skinny:  The Nats keep Bruntlett and option Walker and Maxwell to Syracuse.

If all this happens what’s in store for the Chiefs.  Check back with us a little later on for the Chiefs part of the puzzle.
 

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.

Morse shines in slugfest with Mets

Mike Morse hit his first home of the spring in the 6th inning that tied the game today against the New York Mets in Viera, Fl as the Nationals opened their spring scheduled at home.

Acquired from the Seattle Mariners last July for outfielder Ryan Langerhans, the former number one selection is proving that he can provide the Nationals with a solid bat off the bench this season.
The Nationals eventually lost again to the Mets 14-6 after giving up 9-runs in the final three innings, but there were some bright spots;
–infielder Eric Bruntlett’s three-run home run gave the Nationals a 4-2 lead after two innings.
–Willie Harris made two outstanding catch’s in the first inning to help starter John Lannan escape further damage.
–Cristain Guzman played in his first game and collected 2-singles and a RBI as the team’s designated hitter.
–Lefty Aaron Thompson acquired from the Marlins in the Nick Johnson deal last season was the best pitcher on the mound for the Nats today tossing two scoreless innings.
–Righty Tyler Walker stuck out the side, but in between gave up 6-hits and 5-runs including two long home runs to Fernando Martinez and Mike Jacobs to pick up the loss.
Nationals take on the Mets in St. Lucie on Sunday afternoon when Jason Marquis makes his spring debut.
We will be back at Disney and check in with Braves skipper Bobby Cox who is managing his final year with the Braves.
The weather is warming up as well as spring training enters its second week.  Looking forward to meeting up with Jason Benetti for some video podcast this week.
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