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State of the System: Washington Nationals

Rutledge, Cavalli hoping to follow in footsteps of Nats aces
@MavalloneMiLB
October 30, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year, MiLB.com's State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. A championship hangover? A blip in an

Eco-friendly turf gem of FredNats stadium

Fredericksburg park also features LED, solar-powered lighting
@brianjstultz
October 12, 2020

When you install a turf system in a brand new stadium, questions of whether or not the players will end up liking it has to be near the top of concerns for the team’s front office staff. Luckily for the Class A Advanced Fredericksburg Nationals, who played host to the

Toolshed: 10 most fun callups of 2020 season

Revisiting quick risers, late bloomers who made way to Majors
@SamDykstraMiLB
October 2, 2020

There were 210 Major League debuts (and perhaps still counting) during the 2020 season. This week, Toolshed looks back at the 10 most fun first callups of the 2020 season, listed in chronological order of debut date. To be clear, this isn't focused on how they did in their first

Nats option Kieboom to alternate site

No. 23 overall prospect was hitting .200 in 17 games
August 26, 2020

Top Nationals prospect Carter Kieboom, mired in an 0-for-11 funk, on Wednesday was optioned to the club's alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia. Kieboom was hitless since Aug. 17 and had a .200/.359/.200 slash line in 17 games. While he drew 11 walks, he struck out 20 times in 64

Youth is served with Garcia's home run

Nats No. 2 prospect is first big leaguer born in 2000s to go deep
@MavalloneMiLB
August 17, 2020

With apologies to actor Bernie Mac of "Mr. 3000" fame, Luis Garcia has first dibs on "Mr. 2000." The No. 2 Nationals prospect slugged his first Major League homer in his first at-bat of Monday's 7-6 loss to the Braves at Truist Park. Garcia's two-run blast off right-hander Touki Toussaint

Nats' Garcia shines in big league debut

No. 2 prospect begins career with two hits, two RBIs
@AndrewAtBatt
August 15, 2020

It had been 11 months since Luis Garcia played in a game that counted. He made it worth the wait with a sparkling big league debut. The second-ranked Nationals prospect began his Major League career with a 2-for-5 night, collecting a double, two RBIs and a run scored to help

Kieboom breaks through for Nationals

No. 21 overall prospect reaches base four times in win
@AndrewAtBatt
July 30, 2020

The offensive prowess that carried Carter Kieboom through the Minor Leagues was on full display in The Show for the Nationals on Thursday. Baseball's No. 21 overall prospect reached base four times, going 2-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored to help lead Washington to a 6-4 victory over

Waful left lasting impression in Central New York

Lifelong Syracuse resident, former team president was a local icon
@MavalloneMiLB
July 29, 2020

It was a life well lived and one that touched tens of thousands in the Syracuse area. When Don Waful died last September at the age of 103, he left a legacy of charity, friendship and charm that will far supersede his century on this Earth. Born in Newark, New

Nats' Barrera suspended 80 games for PED

Club's No. 19 prospect made his MLB debut last September
@brianjstultz
July 25, 2020

NEW YORK -- Catcher Tres Barrera, the Nationals' No. 19 prospect, has been suspended for 80 games without pay, Major League Baseball announced on Saturday. Barrera tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT). After the suspension was announced, he released a statement through the Major League Baseball Players Association.

Cream of the crop opening 2020 in the Majors

Best Minors has to offer ready to take their shots in the bigs
@MavalloneMiLB
July 23, 2020

The kids are all grown up. Some of the best and brightest prospects baseball has to offer have found their way onto Major League rosters for the opening of the 2020 season. In a sport in which players are conditioned to pace themselves for a six-month marathon, the 60-game schedule

Prospects in the Nationals' 2020 player pool

Kieboom on deck, next generation of pitchers prep for future
@jtbloss
July 6, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Nats third base job belongs to Kieboom

Top prospect gets nod from Martinez to succeed Rendon
July 4, 2020

Players have been in Summer Camp for two days, but Carter Kieboom already has earned the Nationals' third base job. Manager Dave Martinez announced Saturday that the team's top prospect will replace Anthony Rendon -- who signed as a free agent with the Angels last December -- when the Nationals

2020 Draft recap: Washington Nationals

World Series champs land pair of college aces to lead class
@jtbloss
June 23, 2020

Following the five-round 2020 MLB First-Year Player Draft, MiLB.com takes an organization-by-organization look at each pick with help from team scouting executives. Kris Kline likes to get started early. The Nationals assistant general manager and vice president of scouting operations set out to scout the spring season on Jan. 23.

The Road to The Show™: Carter Kieboom

Top Nationals prospect wields consistent, powerful bat
@AndrewAtBatt
June 15, 2020

Each week, MiLB.com profiles an elite prospect by chronicling the steps he's taken to reach the brink of realizing his Major League dream. Here's a look at Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom. All Carter Kieboom has done since he was selected 28th overall in the 2016 Draft is prove why he

Chiefs' Aubrey belts four home runs

Nats farmhand is second in team history to accomplish feat
May 14, 2011

The Syracuse Chiefs needed a big game. Michael Aubrey provided a historic one. Aubrey hit his first four homers of the season in his first four at-bats Saturday afternoon, collecting seven RBIs and powering the Chiefs to a 11-0 rout of the Durham Bulls at Alliance Bank Stadium.