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Podcast: Baseball in The District – Aaron Fitt talks Nats prospects

Feb 26, 2014, 1:16 PM EDT

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In the latest episode of ‘Baseball in The District,’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I were joined by Aaron Fitt of Baseball America. Fitt is an expert on college baseball and MLB farm systems.

Fitt talked extensively about Lucas Giolito and what we should expect from him this season, as well as his own story about the Phillies reporting amateur players to the NCAA. He also discussed the MLB talent at No. 1 University of Virginia and the potential of Jameis Winston as a baseball prospect.

Before we were joined by Fitt, Tim and I talked about the comments Bryce Harper made to Comcast SportsNet last week. For your reference, here is the original story and video including Harper’s quotes.

After Fitt, Tim and I went through the Nationals farm system to look at which prospects could make their debut at the major league level this season.

  1. Section 222 - Feb 26, 2014 at 1:35 PM

    Chase, congrats on the podcast. I haven’t listened to this one yet, but I enjoyed the first one.

    Here’s a challenge for you though — how about a whole Baseball in the District podcast that doesn’t once mention the NY Yankees or the Boston Red Sox? Maybe you succeeded in doing that this week, but if not, give it a try. :-)

    • Jb - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:16 PM

      The Yankees and Red Sox are a part of baseball. A big part, actually. And there are aspects of each of those franchises that the Nats need to be emulating if they are to be successful. Mention away!

      • Section 222 - Feb 26, 2014 at 2:30 PM

        Oh please. Do tell what aspect of the Yankee franchise you think the Nats should emulate. Spending huge money on aging, injury prone free agents? No thanks.

        Besides, you could say there’s something about just about any franchise out there that might be emulated . Well, maybe not the Marlins or Twins. We all know that ESPN will show a Yankees or Red Sox game every other week. And MLB Network ranked Jeter’s last year as the biggest storyline of the season. But it would be nice to have one outlet, one podcast, somewhere, anywhere, that isn’t hung up on the Bronx Bombers. A podcast called Baseball in the District seems to be a good place to start since we’re not even in the American League.

      • therealjohnc - Feb 26, 2014 at 4:41 PM

        If the Nats would emulate the “build your core from the farm system, make canny trades to pick up undervalued players and spend to keep the players that prove themselves while playing the game the right way” ethos that drove the Yankees to five pennants and four WS titles in the six years from 1996-2001, I would fully support that policy!

  2. natinalsgo - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:17 PM

    Chase, That was very good. You’ve really improved your radio/TV skills.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:20 PM

    honestly i did not like harper’s comments.

    • therealjohnc - Feb 26, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Meh. They didn’t bother me at all. He was responding to a question and did say that the other players are great players. I think parsing statements from ballplayers to read attitude/emotions is a waste of time, doubly so when the guy is just 21.

  4. TimDz - Feb 26, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    Great News….if it has not already been shared here:

    http://www.masnsports.com/nationals_buzz/2014/02/for-nats-os-inter.html

    • Section 222 - Feb 26, 2014 at 5:31 PM

      That is definitely great news, and the comments on the piece are hilarious. Thanks for posting. I will admit that once Ben Goessling left, my visits to that site have diminished.

  5. therealjohnc - Feb 27, 2014 at 12:33 AM

    I do like the podcasts – looking forward to more!

  6. cvillegoodtimes - Mar 4, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    is the podcast on iTunes? or does it have to be listened to on the website?

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