Washington Nationals
Draft History
Victor Robles - protection
18 - Leury Garcia
20 - Carlos Asuaje
50 - Eric Fedde
110- Chasen Shreve

Lucas Giolito - protection
38 - Derek Law
52 - Seth Lugo
56 - Christian Friedrich
116 - Dae-Ho Lee
146 - Ty Kelly
Trea Turner - protection
27 - Hector Olivera
87 - Trevor Gott
109 - Pedro Ciriaco
117 - Pedro Severino
147 - Sammy Solis

Michael A. Taylor - protection
101 - Aaron Barrett
109 - Blaine Hardy
138 - Chris Gimenez

Anthony Rendon - protection
30 - Jonathan Schoop
104 - Nate Karns
113 - Brendan Harris
120 - Rene Rivera

Bryce Harper - protection
1 - Yu Darvish
13 - Derek Norris
29 - Ryan Cook

Brad Peacock - protection
3 - Paul Goldschmidt
13 - J.D. Martinez
40 - Rubby de la Rosa
80 - Chase d'Arnaud
90 - Tim Federowicz
134 - Chris Marrero

Stephen Strasburg - protection
48 - Bruce Chen
78 - Will Rhymes
79 - Shelly Duncan
86 - Jay Gibbons
138 - Pedro Ciriaco

Ian Desmond - protection
65 - Shawn Camp
69 - Koji Uehara
82 - Omir Santos
99 - Eliezer Alonzo

Collin Balester - protection
22 - Chris Getz
52 - Travis Ishikawa
70 - Garrett Mock
99 - Raul Chavez

Matt Chico - protection
26 - Wladimir Balentien
30 - Radhames Liz
60 - Eugenio Velez
90 - Sean Gallagher
92 - Cha-Seung Baek
121 - Jorge Velandia


Michael O'Connor - protection
64 - Ross Gload
90 - Shawn Hill
109 - Russ Ortiz
150 - Paul Bako

Ryan Zimmerman - protection
17 - Chris Duffy
59 - Adam Wainwright
101 - Brandon Watson
117 - Brian Moehler
141 - Tony Blanco
142 - Pete LaForest
149 - Joey Eischen

Terrmel Sledge - protection
39 - Adrian Gonzalez
59 - Calvin Pickering
106 - Wilson Delgado
119 - Francisco Cruceta

Claudio Vargas - protection
43 - Chad Cordero
75 - Curt Leskanic
85 - Billy McMillan
142 - Felix Sanchez
145 - Raul Chavez

Endy Chavez - protection
1 - Brett Myers
4 - Victor Martinez
25 - Francisco Rodriguez
41 - Miguel Asencio
55 - Mike Crudale
115 - Travis Driskill

Brad Wilkerson - protection
24 - Cesar Izturis
31 - Dave Williams
90 - Scott Chiasson
143 - Kevin Brown

82 - Doug Creek
93 - Jason Tyner
118 - Scott Servais
148 - Brady Clark
Team Pages
Past Owners:
Wes Oddan 1992-1994
John Drury 1989-1991

(formerly the Montreal Expos until 2007)

Overall Record
Win Loss Pct
2754 2082 .569
Est. 1989
Owner: Ed Gaeraths - 1995
NBC-Dynasty Champions - 2005, 2007, 2013
National League Pennant

NL East Pennant

NL Wild Card
Nationals 1st trimester Instruction sheet
Washington Nationals Awards Winners

Most Valuable Player
1999 - Larry Walker

Cy Young Award
2013 - Stephen Strasburg

Fireman Relief Award
2013 - Fernando Rodney

Rookie of the Year
2013 - Bryce Harper

Silver Sluggers
2013 - Ian Desmond - SS
2007 - Vlad Guerrero - OF
2002 - Larry Walker - OF
2017: 90-72 15GB draft position 20th

Overview: The Nationals are one team that always seems to have a finger on the pulse of the league, knowing when to make the right moves. In an attempt to return to the playoffs, the Nationals spent big in the offseason before the 2016 season acquiring a very good pitcher Justin Verlander. Sadly for the Nats, it did not work out as well in NBC baseball as it did in MLB where the real Astros rode the newly acquired Verlander to a WS title. Nothing against Verlander, as he was his usual self and is again. The price for Verlander, Giolito and Taylor, looks a bit larger with the Nationals out trying to get some CF help. Still, when you have a window to try and win you spend the resources to try and do it. Holding prospects forever will leave you on the outside looking in with only non-winning lottery tickets in your hand.
So, where do the Nationals go from here? They reside in a very tough division, the NL East. For folks who do not get a chance to play much FTF baseball, you miss out on how hard it is to continually win when not facing an instruction sheet. It adds a whole new element to the game. Especially, when you look around and one year you have a 4 headed monster the Mets can throw at you, the next the Reds are back to being the Reds and donít forget about the Rangers always finding a way to have a good team but still draft early.
So where do the Nats go? As we will see, their rotation is good, especially at the top. They have some big bats. I would expect the Nats go north of 90 on the win total, but lets dive in and see.

Starting Rotation: The Verlander acquisition last year helps this years rotation out immensely. He would fill the top spot in most rotations, including several that will end up in playoff contention. Not here, however, as Strasburg is a true ace. That 1-2 punch will protect the bullpen and get plenty of wins. Lance Lynn and Adam Wainwright will be the 3-4 guys. Lynn will probably have a better year, if he doesnít get beat up by the long ball. Both will be in games, especially with this offense. Seth Lugo likely gets the last spot in the rotation, but Nate Karns might offer some resistance. This assumes no drafting of starting pitchers. This rotation is set for the playoffs. A team could upgrade the number 3 spot, but that might not be necessary, and the resources might be better spent elsewhere.

Bullpen: The Closer on this team is Fernando, crooked hat, Rodney. He was potted at the super bowl where offense was plentiful this year. There will be plenty of offense against Rodney this year too, but mostly the singles and walks. He is at his best, it seems, when he has runners at the corners and nobody out. He might cause Nationals fans to reach for the pepto, but in the end he should have good numbers. What will he do in a playoff scenario? What if he needs to be bailed out? Benoit and Smith can help out, and they have the guts to get out of a sticky spot early. Not quite the lights out set up guys, but they can get the job done. Solis could work as a LOOGY if their arenít tying runners on base. He could be stretched out as well, so really he could do it during the season. The rest of the guys, well Nats fans probably hope that someone else finds their way onto the roster.

Starting Lineup: The top guys in this lineup will score runs. Goldschmidt and Rendon at the corner infield spot will bat back to back. Harper and Reddick or Cespedes in the corner outfield spots make a dynamic 4 spots in the order. Trea Turner at SS is not quite the ideal lead off guy, but with his speed he can cause trouble when he does reach. Thatís 5 spots that are good to great in the line up. A nice catching platoon of Castillo and Gimenez will only add to it. Really, there are only 2 holes in this lineup. 2B and CF. Pennington isnít terrible when he gets the chance to play. But, he wonít be there all year and Espinosa really canít fill in. Goodwin in CF can handle lefties, but will try too hard vs rhp to get the long ball. He canít play all year either.
Really, though, with the top 5 or 6 batters on this team, the other spots can focus on defense and hit better than an AL pitcher with his eyes closed and they will be fine. At least for the regular season. Itís the potential playoff matchups that will cause a bit of concern.

Defense and Speed: Defense almost all around the infield is run limiting. Goldschmidt and Rendon at the corners are great. Pennington, in addition to what little offense he has at 2B does field it just fine. Castillo will lead the backstops in shutting down the running game and Turner at SS wonít get in his own way. The outfield defense is nothing special, but with the arms in the corners its not a major liability either. Outside of Turner and Goldschmidt there isnít a lot of base stealing speed. Rendon and Goodwin might catch a few by surprise.

Surplus/Deficiencies: On offense, the Nationals need someone to help out in center. They also could use an upgrade at 2B. Fill those two holes, especially if they can fill it well, and the Nats will be well positioned. They could entertain moving one of their catchers, and there is a spare corner OF bat, possibly Cespedes, who could be moved. The pitching staff doesnít provide many other surpluses. They could use another strong arm for the later innings, especially in a 7 game playoff series.

Outlook: A strong offense and top of the rotation will carry this team far. Do they have enough to get past the Reds? Time will tell but I suspect this team will be around the playoff chase through the trade deadline.
With their first few draft picks, I expect the Nationals will focus on a CF and a reliever and hope to get a scrub 2B later in the draft or maybe even at the deadline.
Going forward, this team looks good. Victor Robles wonít affect this years team, but he should be up to answer the CF question.
The Nationals have the tools to replace the Reds as NL East champions, but it wonít be easy. Either way, they should end up as a wild card at worst.
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