Predicting the Opening Day roster for two weeks from today!

We have created green lines for cuts, and blue lines for opt-outs

Let’s try to come up with the 30-player Opening Day roster, from the 42 players who are still in big league camp at Nats Park. We already have some clues from both General Manager Mike Rizzo and manager Dave Martinez that the Nats will carry five starting pitchers, and Carter Kieboom will be the starting third baseman. The 40-man roster stands at 36 players and that will allow Rizzo to add non-roster invitees to the active roster.

RELIEVERS (10)

  1. Fernando Abad NRI
  2. Aaron Barrett
  3. James Bourque
  4. Sean Doolittle (1)
  5. Roenis Elias (2)
  6. Kyle Finnegan (10)
  7. Sam Freeman (9) NRI
  8. Javy Guerra (8) NRI
  9. Ryne Harper
  10. Will Harris (3)
  11. Daniel Hudson (4)
  12. Kevin Quackenbush NRI
  13. Tanner Rainey (5)
  14. Wander Suero (6)
  15. Austin Voth (7)

STARTING PITCHERS (5)

  1. Patrick Corbin (3)
  2. Wil Crowe NRI
  3. Erick Fedde (5)
  4. Anibal Sanchez  (4)
  5. Max Scherzer  (1)
  6. Stephen Strasburg (2)

CATCHERS (2)

  1. Tres Barrera
  2. Yan Gomes (1)
  3. Raudy Read
  4. Kurt Suzuki (2)

INFIELDERS/DH (7)

  1. Asdrubal Cabrera (1)
  2. Starlin Castro (2)
  3. Wilmer Difo  (7)
  4. Luis Garcia NRI
  5. Howie Kendrick (3)
  6. Carter Kieboom (4)
  7. Jake Noll
  8. Brandon Snyder NRI
  9. Eric Thames  (5)
  10. Trea Turner  (6)

OUTFIELDERS/DH (6)

  1. Emilio Bonifacio (6) NRI
  2. Adam Eaton (1)
  3. Yadiel Hernandez NRI
  4. Victor Robles (2)
  5. Juan Soto (3)
  6. Andrew Stevenson (5)
  7. Michael Taylor (4)

That is my 30-man Opening Day roster with a lot that can change in 2 weeks when it is time to play ball on July 23 at 7:08 PM EDT. There are 3 NRIs that I have added, and they are close calls on the last players in. Of the 42 players in big league camp, there are 33 players on the 40-man roster and 9 NRIs. At the Alternate Training Site in Fredericksburg, the Nats have 3 players on the 40-man roster as they cut Ben Braymer, Kyle McGowin, and Austen Williams yesterday. In total, there are 17 players assigned to Fredericksburg.

On the bullpen, I have Guerra, Freeman, and Finnegan as my last 3 players in. Certainly, those last three are not crucial with the 3-batter minimum rule.

In the outfield, maybe it is Yadiel Hernandez over Bonifacio. The other players make sense as you want a minimum of five outfielders.

On the infield, you have a combination of infielders, designated hitters, and bench bats. That seems like a lock for the infield with Difo taking the last spot.

All in all, this roster has symmetry with 15 pitchers and 15 position players. After two weeks of baseball the roster will be chopped to 28 players and that will be an easier task and then getting to 26 players two weeks after that will be a little more challenging.

There will be a traveling taxi squad of 3 players for road games which must include at least one catcher. Taxi Squad players will not be paid an MLB salary or accrue service time, but they will receive the Major League per diem allowance of $108.50 along with their Minor League salary along with all travel and hotel expenses covered by the team. These three taxi squad players will be permitted to work-out with the team on the road, and the taxi squad catcher can serve as a bullpen catcher. At the end of the road trip, taxi squad players will return to the team’s Alternate Training Site in Fredericksburg while the taxi squad catcher will be permitted to stay with the team as a bullpen catcher for home games.

A note we reported on Twitter from a source is that the 60-man pool players at Fredericksburg will be staying in a hotel near the ballpark. This is a divergence as most Single-A and Double-A players stay with host families. The team will cover the cost of the hotel rooms in their per diem.

Health as always will be the most crucial factor in each roster point. There of course could always be a new acquisition to throw a wrench in all of this. Again, a lot can change in two weeks.

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Win #60 of 2019 with Anibal Sanchez

Photo by Craig Nedrow for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #60 on August 6th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #60 game in the 113th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 59-53 record into this game. Manager Dave Martinez was preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned their losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole, and it took much longer to dig out of it. Now the Nats were believing they could be a postseason team. Continue reading

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Nats make first cuts from Major League camp; 42 players remain of which several are unavailable!

We have created green lines for cuts, and blue lines for opt-outs

This morning, the Nationals sent 17-players to the alternate training site in Fredericksburg, Virginia belonging to the Class High-A affiliate FredNats. Fifteen of those players were on the original 60-player pool list plus Cade Cavalli and Taylor Gushue who were added officially yesterday and today respectively. Additionally, there have been three opt-outs. Unofficially, there are several players in self-isolation of which two are COVID-19 positive according to manager Dave Martinez That leaves 42 players on the roster for big league camp at Nats Park. We know that at least five players are in self-isolation including Juan Soto, Victor Robles, Luis Garcia, Starlin Castro, and Howie Kendrick. Also, we have been told by a source that Wander Suero had also been in self-isolation on Monday, but not confirmed by the team.  Continue reading

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Contact with a COVID-19 person translates to self-isolation; Juan Soto and Victor Robles are in that protocol according to source!

Robles and Soto celebrating in 2019; Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

The 101-page MLB COVID-19 manual on health and safety protocol that was sent to teams last month has a lot of information to get through, and pages are being added to the manual as well as clarifications and notes.  There is plenty to digest about wording and rules for the teams and their players, coaches, front office and clubhouse personnel (Covered Individuals). Continue reading

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Win #59 of 2019 had Erick Fedde as aces and the stopper!

Photo by Marlene Koenig for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #59 on August 5th on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #59 game in the 112th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 58-53 record into this game. Manager Dave Martinez was preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned their losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole, and it took much longer to dig out of it. Now the Nats were believing they could be a postseason team. Continue reading

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Juan Soto Featured in Special Topps eSports Card Set

Juan Soto Featured in Special Topps eSports Card Set

Major League Baseball is just one of several sports that turned to an alternative method to keep fans engaged during the recent situation: eSports. They created The Show Player’s League, a tournament contested by individuals from teams across the MLB on the popular game MLB: The Show 2020. Featuring top stars such as eventual winner Blake Snell it acted as a conduit for fans to interact with baseball and raised money for good causes at the same time. It raised funds for official MLB charities the Boys and Girls Clubs of America and Boys and Girls Clubs of Canada. Continue reading

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The 60-game regular season schedule for the #Nats

Nationals graphic

All of the sourced reports were correct that the Washington Nationals will play the Yankees in an exclusive Opening Night game on July 23 and broadcasted on ESPN at 7:08 pm EDT at Nats Park. The Nats will raise the 2019 Championship Banner on this day then play two more games against the Yankees on national broadcasts on FOX (Saturday, July 25) and TBS (Sunday, July 26). The matchup for this Opening Night game is already being hyped as Gerrit Cole and Max Scherzer as the starters. Continue reading

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MLB Network presents the unveiling of the 60-game schedule tonight at 6:00 P.M. EDT; Nats cancel workouts for today!

MLB Network screenshot

2020 60-GAME MLB SCHEDULE TO BE ANNOUNCED ON A SPECIAL EDITION OF MLB TONIGHT PRESENTED BY CAMPING WORLD TONIGHT AT 6:00 P.M. EDT

MLB Network missed the opportunity to do a show on the 60-player pool selections a week ago, but they are not going to miss the chance to do a reveal of the 2020 60-Game Major League Baseball schedule. Tonight, live at 6:00 p.m. EDT on MLB Network and hosted by Matt Vasgersian with analysis from Harold Reynolds and Tom Verducci, MLB Network will do a one-hour special and will unveil key matchups and dates of the 60-game schedule, which will begin on Thursday, July 23 and Friday, July 24.  It is widely anticipated that the New York Yankees will be in the nation’s capital to face the Washington Nationals as one of two games on opening night on July 23 in what is looking more likely as Gerrit Cole versus Max Scherzer although we should not count out Stephen Strasburg getting the honor.  Continue reading

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Win #58 of 2019; Nats pitching throws a combined one-hitter

Paul Menhart watches his starting pitcher; Photo by LEGNats for TalkNats

Click here to watch Nats win #58 on August 2nd on MASN via MLB.TV at 6:30 pm tonight with the rest of us. Just a quick reminder of what we are doing if this is your first time: As a group, we are going to be re-watching all 105 wins from the Nats 2019 season in chronological order at 6:30 pm each night. We will all try to sync up to the same point in the game, and this is a work in progress to maneuver to the same point in the game. Feel free to ask in the comments section where everyone is in the game so you can sync up. Many people are joining in at different points, and most people are not commenting — rather just following along.

The MLB.TV library is unlocked and free to everyone for the 2018-2019 season courtesy of MLB. This win #58 game in the 109th game in the 2019 season, and the Nats took the a 57-51 record into this game. Manager Dave Martinez was preaching “Go 1-0 every game” and eventually the Nats turned their losing record into a winning record. It took the Nats until June 28th to reach a winning record and they got to 12 games above .500 on August 21st. They dug themselves a deep hole, and it took much longer to dig out of it. Now the Nats were believing they could be a postseason team. Continue reading

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New infield configuration shaping up; Trade is still possible

Walk tall and carry a big stick; Photo by Lynn G. for TalkNats

From a source, general manager Mike Rizzo will have Asdrubal Cabrera and Howie Kendrick as key pieces in the infield and as designated hitters as of now. Manager Dave Martinez sees Carter Kieboom as his starting third baseman, Trea Turner at shortstop, Starlin Castro at second base and Eric Thames at first base. Continue reading

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