Author Archives: Forensicane

The Best Use of What’s Left of ‘22

There are different thresholds of devotion of the baseball fan. The most obvious is continued allegiance in the face of losing. Then there is our shared level, which is continued engagement. As the calendar churns toward Indian Summer, however, most … Continue reading

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A visit to watch the FCL Nats

My boy and I had a chance to visit the FCL Nats Friday and watch them drop a 7-0 game to the Marlins. The most impressive aspect of the game was the Marlins infield defense. Watching their 3B, and especially … Continue reading

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The Glimmers You May Not Have Noticed

Amidst this lost season, we’ve watched TalkNats faithful transform like never before into avid followers of the farm. For years, Luke Erickson at Nationals Prospects has lit the lamp with “Last Night in Hagerstown,” and “Good, Bad, Interesting” takes merging … Continue reading

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Searching for Silver Linings in FredNats Echoes

Unlike most of you, I am a Nationals fan who graduated from years of Expos loyalty. And perhaps for that reason, I am not as demoralized and crushed by the poor prognosis of the season and its early failures. For … Continue reading

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Bumpy Roads to Beautiful Places? The New Prospect Lists and the Developmental Horizon

The updated prospect lists are interesting, especially when we view the early spring training action and those we see up close. The Nationals now have the unsettled feeling of a second division-team, despite the bold stroke of recruiting Nelson Cruz. … Continue reading

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Here Comes Spring, and With It, Change and the Promise of the Unknown

Hope Springs Here Comes Spring, and With It, Change and the Promise of the Unknown I think it’s obvious that the Nationals made enormous changes to their organization, more transformative than I have ever seen in over fifty years of … Continue reading

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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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