Jun 5, 2012, 9:28 PM EDT
Unlike in recent seasons when they were awarded several compensation picks to go along with their first-round selection, the Nationals’ scouting department had plenty of time last night and this morning to sit around and wait during the second phase of the MLB draft. After taking left-hander Lucas Giolito with the 16th overall pick last…
Jun 5, 2012, 7:37 PM EDT
Photo by Mark Zuckerman / NATS INSIDER Jordan Zimmermann faces the red-hot Mets this evening at Nationals Park. It's kind of becoming a broken record — and we'll probably be saying this over and over again as the rest of the season plays out — but the Nationals open a big series tonight. Their latest…
Jun 5, 2012, 5:54 PM EDT
For a 17-year-old who just finished high school last week, Lucas Giolito comes across as extremely bright and well-spoken. It certainly can't hurt that the Nationals' first-round draft pick comes from a family used to being in the spotlight (his mother, Lindsay Frost, has appeared in dozens of TV shows; his uncle, Mark Frost, co-created…
Jun 5, 2012, 2:48 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Bryce Harper rounds the bases Sunday following his fifth career home run. With each passing day, Bryce Harper looks more and more like a legitimate major-league player. Actually, with each passing day, the 19-year-old looks more and more like a legitimate major-league star. Yes, it's only been five weeks since Harper made…
Jun 5, 2012, 12:59 AM EDT
Photo by Eric Dearborn Lucas Giolito might have been the No. 1 pick this year if not for injury concerns. Updated at 10:24 p.m. If healthy, the Nationals believe Lucas Giolito compares favorably to Roy Halladay. Giolito, however, is not necessarily healthy. A potential No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, the right-hander from…
Jun 4, 2012, 11:35 PM EDT
Brad Lidge was roughed up a bit in his brief rehab appearance for Class A Potomac this evening, allowing three of four Frederick batters he faced to reach safely in the bottom of the first before being pulled upon reaching his predetermined pitch count. The veteran reliever, out since late April following surgery to repair…
Jun 4, 2012, 2:00 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Shortstop Deven Marrero is among the players the Nats could draft at No. 16. Mike Rizzo has been a part of five amateur drafts with the Nationals — two as assistant general manager, three as GM — and each time he sat down in the club's war room on draft day, he…
Jun 3, 2012, 10:31 PM EDT
Associated Press photo Ian Desmond slams his bat in frustration after popping out in the sixth. It shouldn't be this way. The only sure things right now in the Nationals' lineup are the two rookies hitting at the top of Davey Johnson's order. The veterans who follow and boast actual track records of success at…
Jun 3, 2012, 8:14 PM EDT
US Presswire photo Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper hit back-to-back homers in the first inning. Game in a nutshell: Everything started swimmingly for the Nationals when Steve Lombardozzi and Bryce Harper led off the bottom of the first with back-to-back homers. But Gio Gonzalez labored and couldn't make it through the fifth, and the heart…
Jun 3, 2012, 6:15 PM EDT
For a franchise that has rarely boasted any prominent award winners in its brief history, the Nationals certainly are experiencing a reversal of fortunes this season. The Nationals learned today left-hander Gio Gonzalez was named NL Pitcher of the Month for May and outfielder Bryce Harper was named NL Rookie of the Month for May.…
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