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‘Baseball in the District’ – BA’s John Manuel talks draft

Jun 4, 2014, 11:39 AM EST

Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER

This week on ‘Baseball in the District’ Tim Murray of ESPN 980 and I welcomed a very special guest in John Manuel of Baseball America. Manuel is one of the premier MLB Draft experts out there and has an encyclopedic knowledge of draft prospects. On Thursday night he will be on MLB Network’s draft broadcast and has one of the most respected mock drafts in the business.

Manuel talked about what he expects from the Nationals in this week’s draft as well as who are the prospects most likely to go early in the first round. He was also great on the process of evaluating players and the Nationals’ reputation around the league for finding talent.

Before Manuel came on, Tim and I went over the Nationals’ recent draft history, both the good and the bad. We also talked briefly about Ryan Zimmerman playing in left field off the top of the show.

After Manuel we discussed the Nationals’ long-term positional needs and Michael Morse’s recent comments about Stephen Strasburg being shut down in 2012.

Check it out right here:

You can also listen to the show on ESPN 980’s website or download it on iTunes.

  1. laddieblahblah - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Off topic to dcw – it is “Laddie” Blah Blah, not “Lady” Blah Blah. A minor distinction to you, perhaps, but a major difference to me. But, yes, it is a play on Lady GaGa. My other choice was “Area-51,” but more people know Lady GaGa than know about Area-51.

    Anyway, please keep in mind that I am 6’1″ and 240 lbs. If you can remember that, then you won’t make the same mistake, again.

    • Doc - Jun 4, 2014 at 11:57 AM

      Ah, I’ve known lots of ladies that were 6’1:”, 240 pounds, but ,fortunately, not intimately!

      • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:12 PM

        On behalf of 6’1, 240: that’s more your loss than theirs, I suspect.

    • Sec 3 My Sofa - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:13 PM

      So I don’t have to stand corrected on that, after all these years. Good to know. My BABIP was taking a hit there.

    • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 4, 2014 at 12:52 PM

      Put me in the camp that knows more about Area 51 than about Lady GaGa — although there may be a relationship between the two…

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:42 PM

      Laddie, you go guy! 6’1″. I didn’t realize you were so short 😉 I count myself like on a roster and add and inch so I’m as tall as Jayson Werth. His hair gives him that extra inch.

      • laddieblahblah - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:22 PM

        Just a clarification, Ghost. I’m 6′!” LYING DOWN.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2014 at 5:27 PM


  2. mlblogsnatsfan - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:26 PM

    regarding 49:30 Strasburg would have pitched game 5 how much better could Starting pitching be.
    They could have done 3 runs better and lasted longer than the 5 innings on 99 pitches.

    In all I blame Davey Johnson for the loss, and not holding runners on late (Yadier Molina), but there is no doubt Storen should shoulder some blame.

    • chaz11963 - Jun 4, 2014 at 3:08 PM


  3. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2014 at 1:43 PM

    On topic, Seattle has the day game vs Barves and another tight one. 1-0 Seattle.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:05 PM

      On to the 7th and still 1-0. Freddie Freeman against the RH Iwakuma has been flailing at his splitter and is now 0-3 with 3 Ks.

  4. Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    BTW, Dan Haren lost again giving up 2 HRs and 4 earned against the Chisox. ERA up to the 3.50 mark.

    Luckily for the Dodgers their Big 3 of Kershaw, Greinke and Ryu are keeping them above .500 but they’re only 31-29 right now.





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