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Instructional league roster

Sep 15, 2010, 5:15 PM EST

ATLANTA — Forty-six Nationals prospects (including 2010 draft picks Bryce Harper, Sammy Solis, A.J. Cole and Robbie Ray) will participate in the Florida instructional league beginning later this week.

The Nats just unveiled their instructional league roster, with players set to report tomorrow and conduct their first workout Friday. A 16-game schedule begins September 23 and runs through October 13, with games against other organizations that train near Viera, a Chinese team training in Vero Beach and five "camp" days that feature intrasquad games.

Sunday-Friday games begin at 1 p.m. Saturday games begin at 10 a.m.

Here's the full roster…

LHP Gregori Baez
RHP Aaron Barrett
RHP A.J. Cole
RHP Paul Demny
RHP Pedro EncarnacionRead more »

  1. David Lint - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:26 PM

    Look out for Wirkin Estevez… kid is going to be a star.

  2. Anonymous - Sep 15, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    I'm presuming that those playing for the Mills Cup are excused for the first few days? :)

  3. P. Cole - Sep 15, 2010 at 6:00 PM

    Good to see Stephen King giving his typewriter a rest and getting outside for some fresh air.

  4. NtasJack in Florida - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:10 PM

    I'm looking forward to watching all the Friday and Saturday games in person. Really anxious to see A.J. Cole and Sammy Solis as well as Bryce Harper.

  5. Anonymous - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:18 PM


  6. md62red - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Does anyone know if these games are reported on / followed for stats purposes? Would like to keep up with how some of these prospects are doing while in this training / prep org. Thanks!

  7. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 15, 2010 at 7:36 PM

    I went to a couple last year. I even went Stephen Strasburgs last start before reporting to Arizona.There is very little formal reporting done and even fewer non organizational people that even watch the games. I dare say there were no more than 25 to 50 of us that weren't part of either teams personnel.

  8. court - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:03 PM

    So it looks like NatsJack is our man on the ground. God's speed homie.

  9. Anonymous - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM

    Nice to see that Smoker will get some more familiarity with closing!

  10. David - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:21 PM

    Wasn't Wang supposed to be on this roster too? Or is he still not ready for that yet?

  11. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 15, 2010 at 8:57 PM

    David…. You are correct in that Wang was to be included.I'm going over Saturday morning and I'll check to see if he's around.

  12. Mayhemnsuz - Sep 15, 2010 at 9:30 PM

    Hey Mark, Now that NatsJack looks to be stringing for you in the Instructional League are you going to be back next year? Thanks for all the great reporting, hope there's another season of NI ahead…

  13. Kevin Rusch, Section406 - Sep 15, 2010 at 11:31 PM

    So I'm curious – what do these kids do between the end of FIL and the beginning of spring training? I know one or two might go to AFL, but what about the rest? Are they just on their own for the winter?

  14. Richard - Sep 16, 2010 at 2:09 AM

    In addition to md62red's question re a Web site to follow the fall instructional league, beyond the Space Coast site, does anyone know how to get advance tickets to individual games at this point?

  15. NatsJack in Florida - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM

    Every game I've been to has been free. But I've only been to Viera and Kissimmee (Astros). Disney may charge for their games.

  16. Anonymous - Sep 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM

    The "prospects" go to the FIL. The "roster fillers" go home and get an odd job, maybe squeeze in a semester of school etc. I think the odds are 1 out of 100 kids that sign make it to the bigs. So if you hang around in the minors for 6 or 7 years, you wind up on the street at 25 with no skill in life other than to throw and catch a little ball

  17. scout - Sep 16, 2010 at 3:15 PM

    rhp Mark Herrera was a steal in the 16th round. He will move up fast.

  18. The Light House - Sep 27, 2010 at 7:36 AM

    Any update on Wang? Thanks.





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