Baseball is coming quickly. Just four days from now, the Washington Nationals will commence the start of their 2013 season and their first National Lagues East Division defense. They will do it with a roster that has high expectations, both internally and externally. It is not a secret that several publications and media sites have projected the Nats to not only repeat as Division champs, but also to win the World Series. Lofty goals and expectations for a youth infested roster.
Here are more expectation and previews: Boston Herald, Fayetteville Observer,
Much of thesucccess of the building of the current Washington Nationals is the philosophy of scouting first.
In yesterday's 11-2 pounding of division rival Atlanta Braves, the Nats starters made a strong statement that their bats are ready for the season. Ryan Zimmerman went 3 for 4 with 4 RBI and smacking THREE home runs. Catcher Wilson Ramos went 2 for 4 and driove in four runs and smacked TWO home runs. Tyler Moore added his fourth home run of the spring, in a 6 home run, 11 run, 11 hit trouncing of their division rivals.
Ross Detwiler picked up the win in his final spring start, throwing 5.1 innings and allowing 8 hits and 2 runs. JC Romero and Rafael Soriano threw scoreless innings.
Wilson Ramos and Kurt Suzuki are good enough to be behind the plate, game in and game out. Fortunately for the Nats, we have both of them. Did Ramos do enough to start opening day, after recovering from ACL surgery?
Bryce Harper did not play yesterday as he rested a sore hand. He vows to play in Friday's exhibition game at Nationals Park.
The only spot on the roster that is uncertain as of now is whether reliever JC Romero will make the opening day roster.
Federal Baseball reports on young Tyler Moore and his power bat.
Despite an unsettlement television contract, the Nationals still rank 14th overall in franchise value. Forbes estimates the franchise to be worth $631 million. Thta is a 31% increase from last year.
Despite several trades to acquiring a few key players like Gio Gonzalez and giving up prospects to do it, the Washington Nationals farm system still ranks at the top of Major Legaue Baseball. However, thos rankings were pre-set before those deals.
Even after the deal, the Nationals have one of the strongest systems on baseball, topped with 2010 first overall pick Bryce Harper and stocked with several other players signed out of the draft using contracts well above the “slot” value recommended by Major League Baseball. Jim Callis, Baseball America’s prospect guru, said the Nationals will still likely be ranked between No. 5 and 10 when the magazine updates its rankings this spring despite losing four of their top 13 players.