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Jun 4, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select Tyler Dyson with 153rd overall pick in 5th Round

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select Tyler Dyson with 153rd overall pick in 5th Round

With their fourth pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected right-hander Tyler Dyson out of the University of Florida. Even though Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline told MASN’s Dan Kolko over the weekend that he thought this year’s draft class was position-player heavy, with a few impressive pitchers up top, the Nats selected pitchers with two picks in their first three. Last night it was right-hander Jackson Rutledge, and with their first two picks this afternoon in Rounds 3-4, they selected a third baseman, Drew Mendoza, and a...
Jun 4, 2019
Washington Nationals’ lineup for 1st of 2 with Chicago White Sox in D.C.

Washington Nationals’ lineup for 1st of 2 with Chicago White Sox in D.C.

Davey Martinez’s squad looks for a fourth straight series win in this week’s two-game set with the White Sox in Nationals Park. After taking 2 of 3 from the Cincinnati Reds on the road in Great American Ball Park, the Washington Nationals have now won three consecutive series and seven of their last 10 games going into this week’s quick two-game set with the Chicago White Sox. Their 4-1 win in Sunday’s finale in Ohio left Washington 4-1 on the five game road trip to Atlanta and Cincinnati. “It’s huge,” manager Davey Martinez told reporters, as quoted by MASN’s Byron Kerr on...
Jun 4, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select Matt Cronin with 123rd overall pick in 4th Round

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select Matt Cronin with 123rd overall pick in 4th Round

With their 3rd pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected reliever Matt Cronin out of Arkansas. After selecting right-hander Jackson Rutledge at No. 17 overall in the 1st round of the 2019 MLB Draft and third baseman Drew Mendoza at No. 94 overall in Round 3, the Washington Nationals selected left-handed reliever Matt Cronin with the 123rd overall pick in the 4th round of the 2019 MLB Draft. Cronin, a 21-year-old junior, was strictly a reliever for the University of Arkansas Razorbacks, saving 12 games while posting a 2.00 ERA, 14 walks, 40 Ks, and a .163 BAA in 27...
Jun 4, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select 3B Drew Mendoza with 94th overall pick in 3rd Round

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select 3B Drew Mendoza with 94th overall pick in 3rd Round

With their second pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected Florida State third baseman Drew Mendoza. Surveying the class of prospects for the 2019 MLB Draft over the weekend, Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Ops Kris Kline said there was some starting pitching at the top of the draft, but overall it was a position player-heavy group. “You build a championship team through the middle with catching, shortstops, center fielder, front-line pitching,” Kline explained, in an interview with MASN’s Dan Kolko on Sunday. “But those guys are hard to...
Jun 4, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals’ 1st Round pick Jackson Rutledge Scouting Report

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals’ 1st Round pick Jackson Rutledge Scouting Report

Adam McInturff of 2080 Baseball breaks down the Washington Nationals’ top pick of 2019, Jackson Rutledge.   All video is provided by 2080 Baseball. Jackson Rutledge was on scouts’ radar as a St. Louis high schooler in 2017, though his strong commitment to the University of Arkansas caused him to go undrafted at that time. After seeing limited action as as freshman for the Razorbacks, he transferred to the JuCO ranks and blossomed into a first round pick in 2019 at San Jacinto (TX) College. The Washington Nationals selected Rutledge with the 17th overall pick last night — the...
Jun 4, 2019
Wire Taps: Inside Howie Kendrick’s mind; Not much logic has changed on Craig Kimbrel; More context on Nationals’ draft pick Jackson Rutledge...

Wire Taps: Inside Howie Kendrick’s mind; Not much logic has changed on Craig Kimbrel; More context on Nationals’ draft pick Jackson Rutledge...

Catch upon the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of Day 2 of the Draft and the series opener with the White Sox. The Nationals, yet again, drafted a starting pitcher with upside in the first round. Now, let’s check on Seth Romero... who’s sidelined with Tommy John. Well, at least Mason Denaburg, uh, has yet to throw a pitch in a game professionally? Here’s the news from Nationals Park: ‘Just a labor of love’: Inside the inquisitive mind of the Nationals’ Howie Kendrick (The Athletic)Kendrick is an elusive interview, a scholar of the game, a player who saw himself...
Jun 4, 2019
The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Washington Nationals’ series against the Cincinnati Reds...

The good, the bad, and the ugly from the Washington Nationals’ series against the Cincinnati Reds...

Look who’s heating up all of a sudden, as that’s now three series wins in a row for the Washington Nationals. Here are the big takeaways from the series in Cincinnati... Better slightly late than never, but the Washington Nationals finally appear to be heating up a bit this season. As their schedule softens up a bit, they were able to win their third series in a row, taking two of three against the Cincinnati Reds. All phases of the game appear to be syncing up at the right time, with the offense providing plenty of runs, starting pitching staying reliable, and yes, even the bullpen...
Jun 4, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on Nats’ 1st Round pick Jackson Rutledge

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo on Nats’ 1st Round pick Jackson Rutledge

“It’s a four pitch mix with this guy, he pounds the strike zone, he’s an aggressive pitcher, 95-99, touch 100, and he’s got a good, hard slider in the upper 80s and low 90s...” - Mike Rizzo on Jackson Rutledge Washington Nationals’ 2019 first round pick, Jackson Rutledge, a 6’8’’ right-hander, was the second-highest ranked right-handed pitcher and third-highest ranked arm overall on MLB Pipeline’s list of the top prospects in the 2019 Draft class. He was still on the board after 16 other teams made their selections, so the Nationals’ made the 20-year-old righty their...
Jun 3, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Nationals 1st round pick Jackson Rutledge wants to be teammates with Max Scherzer as soon as possible

MLB Draft 2019: Nationals 1st round pick Jackson Rutledge wants to be teammates with Max Scherzer as soon as possible

The Nationals’ newest draft pick, Jackson Rutledge, spoke about how he felt after being selected and the one pitcher, in particular, he hopes will be his teammate in the future... The Washington Nationals had several options with the 17th overall pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. In the end, they settled on towering right-handed pitcher Jackson Rutledge out of San Jacinto Junior College. Rutledge was seen donning the Nats uniform on national television as he was invited to the MLB Network studio for the event. After the selection, he spoke about the emotions of getting drafted. “It’s...
Jun 3, 2019
MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select RHP Jackson Rutledge with 17th overall pick in 1st Round

MLB Draft 2019: Washington Nationals select RHP Jackson Rutledge with 17th overall pick in 1st Round

While all the mock drafts had the Nationals going another direction, Washington went with right-hander Jackson Rutledge as their top pick in the 2019 MLB Draft. With the 17th overall pick of the 2019 MLB Draft, the Washington Nationals selected right-handed pitcher Jackson Rutledge out of San Jacinto (Texas) Junior College. Rutledge is a 6’8’’ right-hander who was the second-highest ranked right-handed pitching on MLB Pipeline’s list of the Top prospects for the 2019 Draft, writing that the pitcher, “... emerged as the best junior college prospect since Bryce Harper went No. 1...
Jun 3, 2019
Washington Nationals’ Kris Kline on 2019 MLB Draft; 17th overall pick: “It’s always the best player available.”

Washington Nationals’ Kris Kline on 2019 MLB Draft; 17th overall pick: “It’s always the best player available.”

Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Kris Kline talked on MASN about the team’s preparation for the 2019 MLB Draft. Kris Kline, the Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and VP of Scouting Operations talked to reporters after the Nats selected high school pitcher Mason Denaburg with the 27th overall selection of the 2018 Draft last June, about how the Nats’ front office evaluates high school versus college players before they make their picks. “We evaluate them the same,” Kline said, “on ability. Taking a high school kid whether it’s a pitcher or hitter,...
Jun 3, 2019
Wire Taps: Max Scherzer dominates; Washington Nationals’ draft struggles; Fernando Rodney going to Fresno...

Wire Taps: Max Scherzer dominates; Washington Nationals’ draft struggles; Fernando Rodney going to Fresno...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news before the start of the 2019 MLB Draft later tonight... There’s been a sizable change for the Nats lately — that’s right, they’re now wearing their dark blues with script lettering as an away jersey. It’s the first non-red or gray away jersey they’ve worn since the 2011 uniform change, and it looks great. Anyhow, here’s the news from Nationals Park: When it comes to the MLB draft, the Nationals need a turnaround there, too (WaPo)The Nats used to be dominant in the drafts — over a four-year span, they took Robbie Ray, Jordan...
Jun 3, 2019
2019 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals pick at No. 17 overall tonight; Draft Day Thread...

2019 MLB Draft: Washington Nationals pick at No. 17 overall tonight; Draft Day Thread...

The 2019 MLB Draft starts at 7:00 PM EDT tonight (on the MLB Network and MLB.com), and you’ll have to wait for 16 other teams to make their picks before the Nationals get their turn... Washington’s decision to sign free agent starter Patrick Corbin this winter, after he’d received a qualifying offer from the Arizona Diamondbacks, resulted in the Nationals forfeiting their second-highest and fifth-highest pick in the 2019 Draft and $1M of the international signing bonus pool. They did, however, pick up a compensatory pick when Bryce Harper signed on with Philadelphia’s Phillies, so...
Jun 3, 2019
Improved command leading Tanner Rainey to big role in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen

Improved command leading Tanner Rainey to big role in the Washington Nationals’ bullpen

Though the trade to acquire Tanner Rainey this offseason drew some scrutiny, the Washington Nationals appear to have found a potentially dominant reliever... One of the more unique stories that came out of the Washington Nationals’ victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Saturday was when the two players involved in the MLB’s first ever Tanner-for-Tanner trade faced off against their respective former teams. Tanner Roark started the game for the Reds, while Tanner Rainey entered in the sixth inning and picked up the win. After the game, the right-hander was also clearly pleased about...
Jun 3, 2019
Max Scherzer strikes out 15 of 29 batters faced in Nationals’ 4-1 win over the Reds

Max Scherzer strikes out 15 of 29 batters faced in Nationals’ 4-1 win over the Reds

Max Scherzer threw 120 pitches in eight strong against the Reds, and picked up 15 strikeouts from the 29 batters Cincy sent up against him... Max Scherzer took the mound on Sunday afternoon winless in his last three starts in spite of the fact that he’d put up a 2.00 ERA with seven walks, 23 strikeouts, and a .246/.316/.362 line against over 18 innings pitched in those outings, the last of which was a six-inning start in which he’d allowed just one run on seven hits in what ended up a 3-2 loss to Miami in which he received no decision. Scherzer was limited to six innings and 103 pitches...