Pineyro’s Recovery From Serious Injury Impresses Nats
Nationals righthander Ivan Pineyro took a line drive to the jaw and came back as strong as ever. Now the 21-year-old is on track to make a full-season team for the first time.
Nationals Believe Mooneyham Is Worth The Wait
Lefthander Brett Mooneyham, a third-rounder last year, knows the full experience of minor league baseball is a world removed from his days at Stanford. He's about to be fully immersed.
New Approach Pays Off For Nationals’ Steven Souza
Steven Souza added a suffix to his name, Jr., and spread out his stance a bit in 2012. He says his biggest alteration, though, was finally learning not to worry about what he can't control.
Tanner Roark Earns Invite To Nats’ Camp With Big Winter
Righthander Tanner Roark was about to work out, in preparation for another minor league spring training, when he received news he didn't even think was possible. Farm director Doug Harris called to extend an invitation to major league camp.
Nats’ Taylor Jordan Ends Bumpy 2012 On High Note
Before righthander Taylor Jordan could pitch well at low Class A Hagerstown, he had to struggle at short-season Auburn. Coming off Tommy John surgery, Jordan's ugly numbers in the New York-Penn League were well worth the trouble.
Adjustments Pay Off For Nationals’ Carlos Rivero
Coming off a solid season at Triple-A Syracuse, Nationals third baseman Carlos Rivero showed additional power in the Venezuelan League, matching his regular-season home run total of 10 in just 205 at-bats.
Good Health Helps Karns Make Nationals’ 40-Man
By staying healthy for an entire season, righthander Nate Karns pitched his way into a protected spot on the Nationals 40-man roster.
Nationals Instructs Provides More Reps For Ramsey
The 462 at-bats that corner outfielder Caleb Ramsey had at low Class A Hagerstown represent only a small fraction of the work he puts in at the plate. The 2011 11th-rounder continued to refine his swing during instructional league.
Nationals Reliever Barrett Jumps On AFL Opportunity
Pitching in the Arizona Fall League was too good an offer for Nationals righty reliever Aaron Barrett to pass up, even with his wedding taking place in the middle of the league's season.
Nationals’ Perez Adds Final Dimension To His Game
Center fielder Eury Perez had another solid season and made his major league debut with the Nationals in September. For the most part, he simply played like he has since signing out of the Dominican Republic in 2007, yet there's one area where he felt like he improved.
Nationals’ Gamble On Christian Garcia Pays Off
Righthander Christian Garcia pitched so well during a September callup that he went from having a spot on an Arizona Fall League roster to making the Nationals' playoff roster.
Nationals Catcher Kieboom Commits To His Craft
With catching in his bloodline, Spencer Kieboom had nothing but good things to say about his first stint as a professional backstop with short-season Auburn. "I went into it with an open mind," said Kieboom, a Nationals' fifth-round pick from Clemson.
Karns Misses Bats For Nationals In Breakout Season
Lacy Lusk files his Nationals final report, selecting a best player and best pitcher as well as a player to keep an eye on.
Nationals Prospect Burns Sticks With Switch-Hitting
Nationals center fielder Billy Burns worked at batting lefty during instructional league last fall, but unlike his days in college summer ball, this time he stuck with it.
Brown Homers To Break Out Of Slump With Nationals
Triple-A Syracuse skipper Tony Beasley said Corey Brown "does so many things to help the ballclub." As evidence, he covered center field for two days and went 3-for-13 with a double, a homer and three runs in six games during his July callup to the Nationals.
Nationals Love Tony Renda’s Hard-Nosed Approach
A Nationals second-round pick this year, second baseman Tony Renda put his urban development degree on hold when he agreed to terms shortly after the draft.
Clean Bill Of Health Propels Nats’ Wort To Breakout
Though Nationals righthanded reliever Rob Wort expected to have a bounceback season, health permitting, his success at high Class A Potomac took even him by surprise.
Nationals’ Moore Retains Power, Adds Versatility
Correspondent Lacy Lusk files a midseason report for the Nationals, highlighting a Best Player, a Biggest Leap Forward and a Biggest Disappointment for the first half.
Nationals Emphasize Signability In New Draft Era
The Nationals demonstrated how much times have changed in one year. Washington faces no beat-the-deadline, above-slot signing bonanzas this summer. Not after the organization drafted 11 college players and one junior-college outfielder with their 14 picks in rounds two through 15.