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Nationals prospect report: Harrisburg heats up

Nationals prospect report: Harrisburg heats up

It's time for another look at how the Nationals' top prospects are doing. Last week, Trea Turner was slumping, Lucas Giolito had stalled and Victor Robles was still crushing the ball. How did they fare this week? To the prospects!

Triple A - Syracuse 

Trea Turner - SS

Well, it's officially a slump. Last 10 games Turner is hitting .216 and has one hit in the last four games. Does it even really matter though? He's coming to DC sooner rather than later. 

A.J. Cole - RHP

Back to underwhelming results for Cole. After a week where he showed flashes of what made him such an intriguing prospect, Cole struggled again, allowing four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. Out of six starts, Cole's thrown well in two, arguably three of them. The results just weren't there last year and so far aren't there yet. 

Austin Voth - RHP

This week saw a return to the Voth that Nats fans are used to. Six innings, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. For those not keeping track, that's 36 K's in 35 innings with only five walks on the year. Bold prediction that I might have already made: Voth contributes in a larger than expected way to the Nats bullpen this fall. 

AA - Harrisburg 

Lucas Giolito - RHP

Giolito went six innings - his longest start of the year - in his latest start. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. All in all, a solid start. His ERA still sits over 4, but this latest start is defintely something to build on. 

Reynaldo Lopez - RHP

Six innings, three hits, one run, seven strikeouts. Like Giolito, Lopez's last start was the best so far. He had the most strikeouts of any start this year and the fewest runs, hits and walks. About time the arms in Harrisburg started throwing like people thought they would. 

Wilmer Difo - SS/2B

There must be something in the water in Harrisburg. Even Difo, who's struggled mightly all year, has had a resurgance of sorts. He's raised his average to .227 and with how poorly Difo's season has gone, anything trending upwards is worth highlighting. 

High A - Potomac 

Eric Fedde - RHP

Some good, some bad. On May 4th he didn't even last a full inning, getting two outs before getting pulled after allowing six runs on seven hits. He bounced back in his next start, while allowing two runs on six hits. His ERA is above six but he's also averaging more than a strikeout per inning. As it's said every week, it's all about getting Fedde innings. 

Andrew Stevenson - OF

The LSU grad continues to hit. He's hitting .339 on the season now while playing good defense. The power isn't there but the Nats knew it wouldn't be when they drafted him in the 2nd round. It's hard to gauge much more on how what type of player he's going to be until the team promotes him. 

Low A - Hagerstown

Victor Robles - OF

More of the same for Robles. .333 over the last 10 games with three home runs and a .934 OPS. He also has 12 steals on the year so far. While scouts are drooling over the potential of this 18-year old, he is in Low A right now. It'd be great to see him promoted at some point this year, but it's not a certainty. Patience, Nats fans. 

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With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

With Ross placed on 60-day DL, Nationals agree to 1-year deal with veteran reliever

WASHINGTON  -- The Washington Nationals say they have agreed to a one-year deal with 40-year-old reliever Joaquin Benoit.

The team announced the move Wednesday, along with placing pitcher Joe Ross on the 60-day disabled list as he recovers from Tommy John surgery in July.

The Nationals didn't release terms of the agreement, though a person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Monday that it was for $1 million.

The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the deal wasn't official at the time.

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Benoit is a right-hander who first reached the big leagues in 2001. 

He has played for eight teams, finishing last year with Pittsburgh.

He has 764 career appearances, going 58-49 with a 3.83 ERA and 53 saves.

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It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

It's Day 1 of spring training and Bryce Harper is already done taking questions regarding his future

So if you have not heard, Bryce Harper is going to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the 2018 season.

All off-season talking heads, baseball aficionados, radio hosts, etc. were speculating on where the outfielder’s destination will be next year.

And we are still a year away from it actually happening.

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Reporting to spring training on Monday, Harper did not waste any time telling the media how his press conferences were going to play out this season.

“If guys do [ask], or talk anything about that, I will be walking right out the door.”

Entering his seventh season with the Washington Nationals, the 25-year-old is coming off the second-best season, statistically, of his career. The 2015 NL MVP has hit .285 in his career, with 150 home runs and 421 RBIs. Unquestionably he is the face of the Nationals’ organization, if not, the best player in the team’s history.

If he does end the season without a contract extension, he will join Rafael Palmeiro, Alex Rodriguez, Randy Johnson, and Barry Bonds as the top sought out free agents in MLB history.

One thing is for certain in terms of Harper’s free agency; Harper has given no inclination on where his landing spot will be.  The top three cities are of course his favorite childhood team, the New York Yankees; joining with one of his closest friends with the Chicago Cubs; or just staying with Washington.

Wherever he does land, it does appear that it will be the largest contract given to a free agent ever.

As for now we just wait and direct any of your calls to his agent Scott Boras.

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