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Cole, Goodwin, Skole among 18 spring invites

Jan 24, 2014, 4:48 PM EST

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The Nationals have invited 18 non-roster players to participate in big-league camp this spring, a list that includes prospects A.J. Cole, Brian Goodwin and Matt Skole.

Cole, Goodwin and Skole are the organization’s second-, third- and fourth-ranked prospects, according to Baseball America. Though none has a reasonable shot at making the Opening Day roster, each will get a chance to play alongside big leaguers and work with new manager Matt Williams and his coaching staff.

Skole, the franchise’s top power-hitting prospect, is in big-league camp for the second straight spring and will be looking to prove he’s 100 percent healthy again after missing nearly the entire 2013 season following Tommy John surgery on his left (non-throwing) elbow. The 24-year-old first baseman figures to open the year at Class AA Harrisburg.

Cole and Goodwin are making their first appearances in big-league camp after strong minor-league seasons. Cole, who was traded to the Athletics in the Dec. 2011 deal for Gio Gonzalez but then was re-acquired in last winter’s three-team trade that sent Michael Morse to Seattle, likely will open 2014 at Harrisburg but could move quickly to Class AAA Syracuse.

Goodwin, a late-first-round pick in the 2011 draft, should play at Syracuse this year and could be Denard Span’s successor as the Nationals’ center fielder by 2015.

The 15 others invited to big-league camp include recently signed veterans trying to compete for spots on the Opening Day roster (infielders Jamey Carroll, Mike Fontenot and Brock Peterson; right-handers Clay Hensley, Manny Delcarmen, Chris Young, Daniel Stange and Gabriel Alfaro; and catcher Chris Snyder) as well as those who played for the Nationals in the minors last season (infielders Will Rhymes and Josh Johnson; right-hander Blake Treinin; left-handers Danny Rosenbaum and Tyler Robertson; and catcher Brian Jeroloman).

With a full 40-man roster plus these 18 invited minor leaguers, the Nationals currently have 58 players scheduled to report to camp in Viera in three weeks. Williams has said he would like to have about 60 total players in big-league camp.

  1. Doc - Jan 24, 2014 at 4:54 PM

    Let’s get goin’!

    I’n ready! I like Williams’ enthusiasm—hope it rubs off on all the team!

  2. David Proctor - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    Julie A isn’t returning to MASN next year.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      She was a Met’s fan anyway, wasn’t she?

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:19 PM

      So who’s still available on the free agent sideline reporter market? Does Scott Boras have anyone he’s still shopping?

  3. veejh - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Haven’t seen Cole yet. I wanna see his stuff.

    • Sonny G 10 - Jan 24, 2014 at 5:32 PM

      Yea, same here.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Jan 24, 2014 at 7:22 PM

    Separate subject, but the O’s have now dropped Tyler Colvin over physical issues (reportedly his back) after having reached an agreement to sign him. Obviously I don’t know what his x-rays look like, but you’ve got to believe that free agents — or, more properly, their agents — are going to steer clear of Baltimore if their clients have the slightest chance of ‘failing’ their physicals. Once a team makes that call it’s drives your price down, as Grant Balfour learned.

  5. NatsLady - Jan 24, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Were there that many last year? Seems like Davey said he didn’t want too many kids around, or maybe that was September call-ups…

  6. Another_Sam - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:13 AM

    Is it too early to discuss this: which of you NI’s are spring invitees? I’m in for much of the week of March 17th. i was in the area for business last week and i drove by the complex. it’s ready and i’m ready.

    • ArVAFan - Jan 25, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      Well, I thought we weren’t going this year (going to Jazz Fest instead) but it looks as if we’ll manage to squeeze in a few days around the Presidents’ Day weekend (“we” equals me, the spouse, Seeing-Eye Single and her spouse). Plans not set yet, but we’ll be seeing workouts, rather than games this year. Something different. So, yes, despite the single-digit temperatures and wind chill yesterday, it was hard to get the smile off my face: especially when I pulled out my ARVAFAN t shirt to wear to Nats Fest. Can I just hibernate until Pitchers & Catchers report?

  7. natsfan1a - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Heading to NatsFest shortly. See…you…later!

    • natsfan1a - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

      No unique t-shirt here, just navy jeans and a long-sleeve navy Nationals top with a generic white Nationals jersey over it. Oh. And my Livo jersey pin and red curly W shoulder bag. Yeah, I think that about covers it. :-)

      • therealjohnc - Jan 25, 2014 at 6:46 PM

        Livo was there! Hope that you got to see him.

  8. acsportsfn - Jan 25, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    One of my sons and I are going to Viera on the ninth thru the thirteenth of March.
    That will be another one marked off my bucket list. After this winter Florida sure sounds good. Hope we can catch the Yankees game. Good to see so many young guys invited. Hope to see Giolito there too.

  9. David Proctor - Jan 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Mark Lerner was just on 106.7 Basically called out Davey and said he didn’t like the way Spring Training was run last season.

    • Jw - Jan 25, 2014 at 9:41 AM

      Well, it was Randy Knorr who he was calling out then, cuz that’s who Davey delegated the job of running ST last year. You could look it up. Maybe that’s why Knorr didn’t get the manager job?

  10. David Proctor - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:14 AM

    Roark just had one of the most awkward interviews.

  11. David Proctor - Jan 25, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    James Wagner ‏@JamesWagnerWP 34s
    Scott Hairston says he bought a first baseman’s glove this offseason and is breaking it in. He had been borrowing one last season.

    That’s interesting, if he actually manages to get some time there.

  12. philipd763 - Jan 25, 2014 at 2:30 PM

    For those wanting to see the Yankee game in Viera, be advised that the starters usually don’t
    make the trip. Red Sox do the same.

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