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Draft 21, Picks 16-20: Late Value Before Free-for-All Free Agency

  This is where the draft has come to resemble the NFL late rounds. Teams have players on their board; but unlike previous years in which the draft extended up to 40 rounds, and can make selections for a variety … Continue reading

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Draft 21: The Next Five (11-15): Signability & Quality, or Signability vs. Quality?

By forensicane   This year, the draft brings greater challenges to signing players drafted between rounds 11-15. For those with remaining eligibility, the 125K cap is a test. Does the college eligible player believe that by going back, he’ll get … Continue reading

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2021 Picks 6-10: Can a Marginal Legacy be Reversed?

At a stage in the draft when the most highly regarded talents go off the board, organizations like the Nationals are more challenged to find players who have the talent and character to build long careers from humble beginnings. But … Continue reading

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Nationals 2021 Top Draft Picks – Changing the Approach to Change the Organization

The 2021 draft is done! Now, we wait for the new draftees to sign their contracts then the slow cooking as the talents show first glimpses before the season winds down. Will any of the talents sign quickly enough to … Continue reading

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Witness to a Wild One – 13-12 Revisited of this Nats win in Philly!

What a win. I can’t rank it, but at least I can say I was there. No way did I expect the Nationals to win. Is that Gerardo Parra? Is that the influence of other players who have been through … Continue reading

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Twenty-one* to Watch in 21 (*the forensicane list)

The calendar has turned to June, and with that, an adequate opportunity to study what we have in the minor league inventory. As you know from my previous columns, I dispense with the prospect rankings and their click-baiting that tell … Continue reading

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Fredericksburg (G)nats is Opportunity for Next Men Up

And just when you think it can’t get worse, an 0-9 start in Fredericksburg is ugly and indefensible. A 7-29 start throughout is lousy enough, and then you realize there is no payoff for tanking. At Fredericksburg, scores in the … Continue reading

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Management on Trial – Wilmington A+ Spotlights the Next Wave

High-A is a good lens through which to view the last three drafts. The 2020 draftees never got a chance to play, so anyone who gets to Wilmington genuinely has people excited. Anyone from 2019 who gets here, given the … Continue reading

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Harrisburg Senators 2021 Roster Preview – What Doesn’t Glitter is Still Plenty Interesting

Embed from Getty Images With the Nationals slowly rebuilding prospect depth with more quality recent drafts than early years, and the paucity of breakthrough position talent at the AAA level, Harrisburg naturally draws attention for who might be poised to … Continue reading

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May Madness – Reading into the Minor League Rosters

For well over a year, we have been forced to settle for blurbs from the alternative training site, unexpected promotions to the major league level of overlooked talents like Dakota Bacus, Kyle McGowin, Seth Romero, and Yadiel Hernandez, the procession … Continue reading

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