Washington Nationals’ Roster ?s: Rotation Edition - Josiah Gray in 2023...
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by Patrick Reddington
23h ago
Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images Josiah Gray got through a full big league season for the first time, with some bumps along the way... Going into what would end up being his final start of the 2022 campaign, Josiah Gray had given up 4+ runs in four straight starts, with five home runs allowed in 19 2⁄3 innings pitched over that stretch, and the 25-year-old starter, in his first full run in the majors, gave up another long ball in his last outing (for an NL-high 38 HRs allowed on the year), but that was the only run he allowed in an efficient, six-inning, 85-pitch outing. Gray did walk two batters ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Rotation ?s edition…
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by Patrick Reddington
3d ago
Photo by Kelly Gavin/MLB Photos via Getty Images Have we seen the last of Stephen Strasburg on the mound for the Nats? Strasburg’s Future: Davey Martinez talked at length at the 2022 Winter Meetings about the club’s expectations for Stephen Strasburg in 2023, following three seasons of injuries and surgeries which have limited him to just eight starts and 31 1⁄3 innings pitched in the majors. “I’m not going to put any more pressure on Strasburg,” the manager said. “I know he’s rehabbing right now. He’s progressing. When he’s ready and we deem he’s ready, it’s going to be awesome to see him out ..read more
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Washington Nationals’ 2023 Roster: Lane Thomas and his role…
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by Patrick Reddington
3d ago
Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images A quick look at Lane Thomas and the Nats’ plans for their outfielder… Davey Martinez told reporters at the 2022 Winter Meetings outfielder Lane Thomas was one of several players on the roster in D.C. who’d sent the manager video of their offseason work as they got back at it in preparation for the 2023 campaign. Washington’s 27-year-old outfielder, the Nationals’ skipper said, was hard at work on some of the things they asked him to focus on this winter. “I’ve seen Lane Thomas already hitting on the field and working on trying to stay on the ball, hitting the b ..read more
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Washington Nationals’ 2023 Roster in a post-shift world…
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by Patrick Reddington
5d ago
Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports How will the teams adjust to the new rules banning the shift, and how will they push the boundaries of what the league will now allow... Davey Martinez told reporters earlier this winter about videos he was getting from some of his players showing the work they were doing this offseason to get into shape after they all went through the grind of 2022’s 107-loss campaign and got a couple months of rest. Luis García, in particular, stood out for the Washington Nationals’ skipper, who said the 22-year-old second baseman was shedding weight and working on agility ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: New faces expected to provide leadership in D.C.
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by Patrick Reddington
1w ago
Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images Corey Dickerson, Jeimer Candelario, and Dominic Smith all talked about taking on leadership roles in D.C. after signing on with the Nationals... “I got to say I’m definitely old school,” Corey Dickerson told reporters when he spoke on a Zoom call after signing a 1-year/$2.25M with the Washington Nationals earlier this month. The 33-year-old, 10-year veteran was asked how much he relied on analytics and all of the data available to players these days compared to what they had when he debuted in 2013. While he is old school, in his own description, he said i ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Dominic Smith on 2023 goals; controlling the strike zone...
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by Patrick Reddington
1w ago
Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images Some leftover notes and quotes on the Nationals’ new first baseman... Smith’s Goals: Dominic Smith has struggled at the plate in the majors, posting a .246/.308/.424 line in 443 games and 1,373 plate appearances in the big leagues so far in his career, but he has put up a .294/.361/.429 line in 679 games 2,895 PAs in the minors. In 2022, the 27-year-old first baseman/outfielder played just 58 games in the majors, with a .194/.276/.284 line, 10 doubles, 12 walks, and 37 Ks in 152 plate appearances, but he signed a 1-year/$2M deal with Washington this winter, and th ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Draft notes; No. 2 overall pick; player development
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by Patrick Reddington
1w ago
Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports Notes and quotes to get you through the long winter months... No. 2 Pick: While he lamented the fact that his team did not get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft after finishing with the worst record in the majors in 2022, since there was a Draft Lottery for the first time this year to decide the order of the top six picks, Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo told reporters, after his club ended up at No. 2, he knew they would still get to add a high-end prospect to the mix after the Pittsburgh Pirates pick No. 1 overall. “When you’re picking that high ..read more
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Washington Nationals’ Corey Dickerson on what he’s learned in 10 big league seasons…
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by Patrick Reddington
1w ago
Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports Corey Dickerson debuted in the majors in 2013 in Nationals Park, now he’ll call it home… “I remember it like yesterday,” Corey Dickerson said of his 2 for 4, two-double debut in the majors back on June 22, 2013 in Nationals Park. Dickerson, 33, and a 2010 8th Round pick by Colorado’s Rockies, debuted in Washington, D.C.’s ballpark in front of family and friends who’d traveled to the nation’s capital to share the moment with the outfielder. “It was amazing,” he recalled. “I remember getting called up. I had my brother, my wife, his wife, with me in Colorado Springs ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Victor Robles only arbitration-eligible player still unsigned....
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by Patrick Reddington
1w ago
Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images News and notes as we wait for the start of Spring Training ... but really the 2023 regular season. Robles & Nationals Submit Figures: Victor Robles finished the 2022 season, his sixth in the majors since the now-25-year-old debuted as a 20-year-old in 2017, at .224/.273/.312, with six home runs, 10 doubles, two triples, 17 walks, and 104 Ks in 407 plate appearances, over which he was worth +0.3 fWAR, with a .983 fld%, 4.8 UZR (Ultimate Zone Rating), which was up from -0.1 in 2021, and 12 DRS (Defensive Runs Saved), which was up from 0 DRS in ‘21 and -4 in ..read more
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Washington Nationals news & notes: Long relief, pitch clock; DH in D.C.
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by Patrick Reddington
2w ago
Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports Notes and quotes from the Nats’ brass on a variety of topics… Long Relief: Paolo Espino worked out of the bullpen early in 2022 for Washington, making his first 17 appearances in a relief role (and posting a 2.03 ERA, 3.04 FIP, four walks, 20 strikeouts, and a .228/.257/.317 line against in 26 2⁄3 IP), then he transitioned to the starting rotation, with his next 16 trips to the mound as a starter for the Nationals (with a 5.09 ERA, a 5.16 FIP, 15 walks, 60 Ks, and a .296/.329/.515 line against in 74 1⁄3 IP in those outings). Overall, Espino, 35, in 19 starts an ..read more
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