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Nationals announce 2014 minor league rosters

Apr 1, 2014, 6:59 PM EDT

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Each of the Nationals’ four minor minor league affiliates begin their seasons on Thursday. Here is a look at their rosters for 2014:

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

Pitchers

Xavier Cedeno
Manny Delcarmen
Christian Garcia
Warner Madrigal
Ryan Mattheus
Omar Poveda
Josh Roenicke
Danny Rosenbaum
Ryan Tatusko
Taylor Hill
Blake Treinen

Catchers

Jeff Howell
Jhonatan Solano

Infielders

Emmanuel Burris
Brandon Laird
Brock Peterson
Will Rhymes
Zach Walters

Outfielders

Brian Goodwin
Tyler Moore
Jeff Kobernus
Eury Perez
Steven Souza Jr.

Double-AA Harrisburg Senators

Pitchers

Gabriel Alfaro
Colin Bates
A.J. Cole
Robert Gilliam
Matt Grace
Tyler Herron
Neil Holland
Zack Jackson
Richie Mirowski
Ryan Perry
Matt Purke
Felipe Rivero
Blake Schwartz

Catchers

Mitch Canham
Sandy Leon

Infielders

Justin Bloxom
Cutter Dykstra
Rick Hague
Jason Martinson
Sean Nicol
Matt Skole

Outfielders

Destin Hood
Caleb Ramsey
Michael A. Taylor
Drew Vettleson

Single-A Potomac Nationals

Pitchers

Dakota Bacus
Robert Benincasa
Ian Dickson
Brian Dupra
Pedro Encarnacion
Bryan Harper
Travis Henke
Nick Lee
Gilberto Mendez
Ronald Pena
Brian Rauh
Derek Self

Catchers

Cole Leonida
Pedro Severino

Infielders

Kevin Keyes
Mike McQuillan
Stephen Perez
Tony Renda
Adrian Sanchez
Oscar Tejada

Outfielders

Brandon Miller
Justin Miller
Randolph Oduber
Will Piwnica-Worms

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

Pitchers

Dixon Anderson
Andrew Cooper
Lucas Giolito
L.J. Hollins
Jake Johansen
Nick Pivetta
Hector Silvestre
John Simms
Matthew Spann
Wander Suero
Justin Thomas
Austin Voth
Jake Walsh

Catchers

Spencer Kieboom
Craig Manuel

Infielders

Wilmer Difo
David Masters
Khayyan Norfork
Drew Ward
James Yezzo

Outfielders

Isaac Ballou
Rafael Bautista
Estarlin Martinez
Willman Rodriguez
John Wooten

A few things stand out in the roster announcement. Brian Goodwin, the Nats’ top outfield prospect, will try his hand at Triple-A. He has a .265 career average in the minor leagues after signing as a first round pick, and is entering a big year.

Top overall prospect Lucas Giolito will begin the season at Single-A Hagerstown, as will last year’s top pick, Jake Johansen. Hagerstown isn’t as close as Potomac, but a trip up there may be worthwhile for Nationals fans.

Harrisburg features a few of the Nats’ top prospects including Matt Skole, Matt Purke and A.J. Cole. Skole and Cole, in particular, could be September call-ups if they play their cards right. Don’t be surprised if you see either in the big leagues this season.

For Syracuse, just look at their outfield. Between Goodwin, Tyler Moore, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Steven Souza Jr., that’s a very talented crop of minor leaguers. Most of them will probably find their way to Washington this season, and Goodwin is still a big part of their longterm plan in center field.

What are your thoughts on the Nats’ minor league rosters? See any surprises?

  1. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Outfielders

    Brian Goodwin
    Tyler Moore
    Jeff Kobernus
    Eury Perez
    Steven Souza Jr

    Look at the list. TyMo and Kobernus both listed as outfielders. What does that tell you for the future of the outfield bench.

    • natsjackinfl - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:20 PM

      Add Michael Taylor to that list.

      The guy I’m going to be following closely is Drew Ward who may be the purest hitter in the system.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        Jack, I was just listing the AAA guys. Personally, I like what they are doing. RZim will be the 1st baseman next year which leaves no room for TyMo at 1st base. Glad they are getting him in LF as the RH bench outfielder.

        Skole could be the corner infielder and get work at 3rd and 1st as a LH bench bat and depth on the corners. I really hope Walters gets reps at 2nd base to get him a position he can be trusted to play. Frandsen is on a 1 year deal. Need to look towards the future in setting positions for these guys.

        Guys like Drew Ward and Vettleson are certainly on my watchlist. and Souza has a chance to show that Spring Training was the real thing.

        Most important position player is Ian Desmond. There’s nobody who can play SS like him on offense and defense. If they can extend him, the future looks great with the prospects.

  2. Candide - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Have to keep an eye out for Giolito as starter when he shows up in Potomac.

    I’ve pretty much soured on Eury Perez as our future CF.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:34 PM

      Definitely Candide. He’s at best a September callup pinch-runner. Michael Taylor and Brian Goodwin can battle it out for the heir apparent to Denard Span.

  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    April Fools on Harrisburg Mayflies. Looks like quite a few took the bait.

    http://www.pennlive.com/sports/index.ssf/2014/04/harrisburg_senators_changed_th.html

  4. alexva6 - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    as previously noted on National Prospects site, Sammy Solis missing from the lists

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:49 PM

      He had that minor back injury and stayed behind in Viera.

      • alexva6 - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:05 AM

        thx

  5. janebeard - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:49 PM

    I haven;t heard anything about Wilson, which doesn’t bode well. Good news, and they’d have shouted it from the rooftops. My guess: Solano and Leon both move up.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:52 PM

      Jane, I am thinking the same way. I also rewatched the game and saw the injury in the 6th inning Brown foul tipped a ball that caught Ramos on the heel of the mitt and he winced in some pain. At the time I thought it was from the hip where it also hit him.

  6. scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 7:54 PM

    What about Laffey? I thought he would be at AAA.

  7. Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    Pitch #8 on a 3-2 pitch and Espinosa gets the walk. Look how close that is to being in the box.

    • masterfishkeeper - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:28 PM

      Looked lower than that on TV. Was over the plate, but low.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:34 PM

        It was close for sure. Usually on 3-2 the pitcher gets the call but the catcher jerked the ball on the frame instead of a smoother move of the mitt. Didn’t help his pitcher IMO.

  8. David Proctor - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:20 PM

    Carlos Gomez just homered off the Braves Alex Wood on the first pitch of the game. No confrontations at home plate.

    • Danny - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:25 PM

      Viewing Braves boards is always a good time in times like these.

      • scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:32 PM

        I love to watch the Nats win but a close second is seeing the Braves lose.

  9. pchuck69 - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Who are the starters in Syracuse? I don’t see five starters in that list.

    • DaveB - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:31 PM

      According to http://nationalsprospects.com/ … “The Chiefs have announced a starting rotation of Rosenbaum, Tatuskso, Treinen, Hill, and Poveda”

  10. scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Ramos with fractured hamate out 4-8 weeks per Post

    • Danny - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:54 PM

      Lobaton trade looks like a stroke of genius.

      • tcostant - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:33 AM

        I was think that yesterday too

    • Eric - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:55 PM

      :(

      Poor guy… Damn

    • David Proctor - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:00 PM

      I owe you a drink

      • scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:02 PM

        And I will virtually clink your glass

    • natszee - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:03 PM

      http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/nationals-journal/wp/2014/04/01/wilson-ramos-likely-to-undergo-surgery-miss-4-8-weeks/

      I feel sick! Saw Lobaton in two spring games against the Cards 3/21 and then the Mets 3/23 … did not look good with a stick in his hand and had a lot of trouble handling balls in the dirt. Catching for Gio, he lost the handle on the ball several time allowing the runners to advance and eventually score.

      I think we better go shopping really quickly … we don’t have anyone close to replacing Wilson.

      Hope he recovers fully but here we are yet again, another season with Wilson on the DL. Our minor league guy’s are fine for a few games but not months.

      • Danny - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:05 PM

        Lobaton is fine. Has a pretty good resume being the primary catching option for a first place team last year.

      • sjm308 - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:41 PM

        no offense but Posey, Wieters etc are just not available – who do you want to go shopping for?

  11. David Proctor - Apr 1, 2014 at 8:59 PM

    Ramos out 4-8 weeks and will have no power for a while after he returns.

    • Candide - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:08 PM

      “O dread spirit of Nick Johnson, we implore thee, remove thy curse from your unworthy servant, The Buffalo. Cleanse this affliction from him; give him bones of titanium and sinews of steel, that he may lay low our enemies and bring rejoicing on this house.”

  12. scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    No sense in making a deal, if you acquire anything of value then you are giving it away 2 months later. Best to hope Leon steps up and produces.

  13. DaveB - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:38 PM

    Heyward and Freeman both looking really strong … Also the pitcher Alex Wood …. I don’t think we can be counting out the Braves yet

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:44 PM

      Game 2 of the season? Who is counting them out. You don’t count anyone out until they are mathematically eliminated.

      • DaveB - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:55 PM

        I obviously wasn’t saying they were already out of it … However, every forecast I have seen so far (certainly including MZ, Chase, Boswell, every one of the SI writers, ESPN, etc.) .has picked the Nats to win the East. I just hope nobody on the Nats starts reading the press clippings this year.

    • Danny - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:02 PM

      They all picked us last year as well..

  14. veejh - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    Ramos, Ramos, Ramos. This svcks.

  15. Doc - Apr 1, 2014 at 9:57 PM

    Catchers’ gloves being the thick leather shield of armor that they are, how does any ball, foul tip or otherwise, fracture a hamate???

    The Buffalo is a good guy, he doesn’t deserve this curse.

    Damn, Damn, Damn!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Word is that Leon is the better receiver. Has a few things to prove with the bat, though. Had good VWL this past winter.

  16. scnatsfan - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:05 PM

    I’m thinking he broke it before but just thought it was a bruise

    • David Proctor - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:13 PM

      Randy Knorr said on the radio this morning that Ramos felt it last week in Spring Training. That’s why they took him out of the game in Jupiter.

  17. Danny - Apr 1, 2014 at 10:27 PM

    I really dislike Freddie Freeman.

  18. slidell2 - Apr 1, 2014 at 11:31 PM

    Cutter Dykstra watch- the not-so-young man has made it to AA.

  19. laddieblahblah - Apr 2, 2014 at 3:08 AM

    Cole and Purke in AA. They must think Cole is on the brink and Purke’s injury problems are a thing of the past. Both guys have top of the rotation potential. Last year Taylor Jordan made the jump from AA. If either, or both, of those guys works out, then Rizzo will have some decisions to make. Another good “problem” to have.

    Meanwhile, Treinen, Garcia, Cedeno and Matheus at AAA. The Nats are ridiculously deep in pitching this year.

    Skole in AA for a comeback year. Be interesting to see if they play him at 3rd, at 1b, or both, and if he can shake off the rust enough to be a high OBP power hitter, as he was before he got hurt last year.

    TyMo to the OF in Syracuse. Looks like Peterson is now the backup in case ALR goes down this year, and RZ appears now to be a lock to succeed ALR at 1b next year. Souza is, by far, a better outfielder, and Goodwin is being groomed for the bigs. I can’t figure where that leaves TyMo, long-term, if anywhere.

    Watch out for Drew Ward and Rafael Bautista at Hagerstown. They tore up the GCL last year, and are skipping Auburn. And Natsjack likes Ward’s bat, too. Both guys are really young, and can really rake. Rizzo’s Latin program is beginning to pay off, with Bautista and Severino on the radar as solid young prospects.

    Severino down the road at Potomac. Young, talented, and reputedly the best backstop now in the system. But can he ever learn how to hit? Big test for him.

    Zach Walters at AAA. Work that glove Zach, and we could see you, again, for the stretch run.

    • Nats128 - Apr 2, 2014 at 6:53 AM

      Good summary Laddie. Alot of players to watch. Hagerstown fans gets lucky again with Giolito, Ward and Bautista to watch.

      Bryan Harper to High A and a chance to show his improved fastball.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 2, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      Laddie bringing his “A” game! What will be interesting to watch is who leaves the rotations in AAA when Solis returns and then the corresponding move when Fister returns as to who gets sent down. Does Treinen and Rosenbaum both go to the pen?

      • Melissa - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:47 PM

        Solis was optioned to Harrisburg, so Gilliam could make room for him in the rotation. Despite his age, his never pitched above high-A, although he does have success in the Arizona Fall League. It probably wouldn’t help his development to skip double-A.

        As for Syracuse, Rosenbaum or Tatusko could go to the pen when Fister comes back. Treinen will probably stick as a starter for now.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Apr 2, 2014 at 12:50 PM

        Great input Melissa!

  20. natinalsgo - Apr 2, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Purke and Treinen both are back to starters. Kobernus and TyMo listed as outfielders. Giolito in Hagerstown for how long will be something to keep our eyes on.

    Lots of stats to watch as well as shifts in positions for many of these players. I also thought Rizzo would get some extra AAA filler and Rosenbaum to the pen. That could happen when Fister returns and the Nats send down either Taylor Jordan or Roark.

  21. tcostant - Apr 2, 2014 at 8:31 AM

    I’m looking foward to seeing Lucas Giolito once he gets promoted to Potomac, those should be fun games to go to in August.

    • jd - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:10 AM

      tcostant,

      Only problem is that Giolito is likely to be shut down sometime in August.

  22. Dwayne Yancey - Apr 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    My son excitedly called me from his college dorm a few weeks ago to say he was watching a Nationals minor league spring training game on TV (instead of studying, no doubt) — and had seen Oscar Tejada in a Nationals uniform. This was a big deal because we had seen Tejada in person when he was with the Boston Red Sox High-A team in Salem, Virginia (we live nearby.) This was back in 2010 and at the time, he seemed a “can’t miss” prospect — hit for average (.307 that year and for a time, he owned the team record for hits in a season, maybe still does), some power (11 home runs), and just incredibly athletic. Tejada made stops at second base that others wouldn’t have come close to. I particularly remember a very impressive vertical leap. We’ve seen other prospects pass through Salem for the Red Sox and you can usually tell when they’re destined for for majors –Jackie Bradley Jr., Will Middlebrooks, Daniel Nava, to name a few.

    We had lost track of Tejada, so I was surprised to learn that a) he was no longer with the Red Sox b) had gone to the Pirates and c) was now with the Nationals. It looks like at some point Tejada got converted to an outfielder and was stuck in the .250-.260 range in AA with the Red Sox and Pirates — and didn’t do much during a short stint with the Pirates AAA team last year. So now he’s back in High-A, and listed again as an infielder. Maybe he’s one of those guys who looked great at that level and just didn’t develop and won’t develop . . . But if he ever gets his groove back, wow, he was a wonder to behold. I’ll be curious to see what he looks like now the first time the Potomac Nationals come to town. Is there any buzz about this guy? There sure was back then.

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