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Nationals prospect spotlight: Erick Fedde

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Nationals prospect spotlight: Erick Fedde

Age on Opening Day 2016: 23

How acquired: 1st round pick, 2014 draft

Position: Starting pitcher

Prospect Rank: No. 4 in Nats' org. (Baseball America)

2015 Level/Team: NYPL-Auburn, A-Hagerstown

2015 Stats: (two teams) 3.38 ERA, 14 G, 14 GS, 64 IP, 62 H, 30 R, 24 ER, 2 HR, 16 BB, 59 SO, 4 HBP, 3 WP, 1.219 WHIP, 1-2, 7.1 SO/9, 2.88 K/BB

2015 Analysis: Erick Fedde returned this season from the Tommy John surgery he had just before he was drafted by the Nationals back in June of 2014. After a year-long recovery, Fedde made his professional debut on June 21 with the short-season Auburn Doubledays.

Fedde's debut was a little rocky, as he allowed one earned run on two hits and three walks in three innings. But Fedde quickly found his groove and ended up with a 2.57 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 35 innings in eight starts at Auburn. After allowing three walks in his first start with the Doubledays, he surrendered only five over his last seven outings.

That set Fedde up for a promotion to Single-A Hagerstown in August. Fedde made his Suns debut on Aug. 11 and again found trouble in his first going. He gave up six earned runs on five hits and two walks in 4 1/3 innings against the Augusta GreenJackets. That one day inflated his numbers at Hagerstown overall, as he was excellent over his final five starts.

Fedde moved past his debut to hold a 2.92 ERA in his final five outings to close the season. He struck out 20 batters in 24 2/3 innings and kept opponents to a .213/.283/.315 slash line. All in all, it was a solid first season for Fedde, who remains one of the most promising prospects in the Nationals' organization.

2016 Outlook: Fedde is likely to start the 2016 season in Single-A, perhaps at High-A Potomac. It will be a big year for the right-hander, who will reach the second anniversary of his Tommy John surgery in May. This season should be one where he can build a foundation of innings to set himself up for a very important 2017.

Fedde could see a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg this season if all goes well in the first few months. That would be the logical sequence for the former first round pick. The question will become at what point does his season get shut down due to innings.

Lucas Giolito is a good comparison model to follow. He had his Tommy John surgery just two years prior and, like Fedde, his was performed in the middle of the season. The Nats had Giolito go 36 2/3 innings in his first season back, then jump to 98 innings. Fedde will likely be capped around 100 innings this season and be in line to go to the 120 to 140 range the following year.

It's hard to project Fedde's MLB future before 2016, which will determine plenty. But if he continues to progress and has a strong year, it is not inconceivable think he will be major league ready in 2017. He does turn 23 in February, which means he will be 24 on Opening Day 2017.

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

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Turner, Adams power Nats over Giants to end 4-game skid

SAN FRANCISCO -- Trea Turner got five hits, Matt Adams homered and drove in six runs, and the Washington Nationals broke out of their offensive funk in a big way, routing the San Francisco Giants 15-2 Wednesday to end a four-game losing streak.

The Nationals had totaled just eight runs during their skid. Andrew Stevenson had two doubles, two singles and four RBIs as Washington set season highs for runs and hits (18).

Manager Dave Martinez's ballclub has been stunted by a rash of injuries this season but salvaged the final game of the three-game series at AT&T Park series to end a rough 4-5 road trip. Max Scherzer (5-1) did his part, striking out 10 in six innings.

Turner came into the game batting .232, and the leadoff man's slow start had contributed to the Nationals' struggles. He raised his batting average 35 points, tying a career high for hits in a game. He also scored twice, drove in two runs and stole his 10th base this season.

Adams matched his career best for RBIs. He singled as part of a three-run first, put the Nationals up 6-1 with a three-run homer off Jeff Samardzija (1-1) in the fourth and added a two-run single in the eighth.

The Nationals scored 14 of their 15 runs with two outs.

Scherzer earned his fourth consecutive win, all of them coming after a Washington loss. He allowed two runs and five hits, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the fourth time in six starts this season.

Brandon Belt and Pablo Sandoval each two hits apiece for the Giants.

Samardzija labored through a 30-pitch first inning and was done after retiring 11 batters. He gave up six runs on eight hits with three walks.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: 1B Ryan Zimmerman and 2B Howie Kendrick were given the day off.

Giants: Mac Williamson was a late scratch because of neck stiffness, one day after stumbling over the bullpen pitching mound and crashing into a low fence while chasing a foul ball. ... RHP Chris Stratton was placed on the paternity list. ... RHP Roberto Gomez was called up from Triple-A Sacramento.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Stephen Strasburg (2-2, 2.97 ERA) pitches against the Diamondbacks on Friday in Washington. He has yielded six earned runs and three homers over his last 13 innings.

Giants: LHP Derek Holland (0-3, 4.98) faces the Los Angeles Dodgers in the opener of a four-game series at AT&T Park on Friday night. Holland is winless in two career starts against the Dodgers.

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Williamson homers again, Giants top Nationals 4-3

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Williamson homers again, Giants top Nationals 4-3

SAN FRANCISCO -- Mac Williamson had to dust himself off after crashing into a low padded wall near the stands in left field while chasing a foul ball.

More frustrated than hurt, Williamson took it out on Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark a few moments later after undergoing a series of concussion tests in the dugout.

Williamson homered for the second straight night and third in five games, hitting a tiebreaking shot in the sixth inning to lead San Francisco to a 4-3 victory over Washington on Tuesday night.

"I got pretty lucky," Williamson said. "I felt fine then and I feel fine now. I'm sure once the adrenalin wears off later tonight, tomorrow we'll see how the body feels. I'm sure I'll be a little sore."

Brandon Belt hit his fifth home run in six games, Joe Panik added three hits and scored twice, and the Giants won their third straight and fourth in the last five.

One night after hitting a 464-foot homer in the series opener, Williamson hit a first-pitch solo shot to center off Roark with two outs in the sixth inning that bounced off the top of the wall and broke a 3-all tie. It wasn't as far as Monday's clout -- this one went 423 feet -- but was just as pivotal for the Giants.

"We've talked about what a shot in the arm he's been and he's more than that," Giants manager Bruce Bochy said. "He came through again tonight. Good for him because he's worked hard at it."

Williamson's deciding home run came one inning after he stumbled over the bullpen mound in foul territory and crashed into a low wall near the stands while trying to chase down Bryce Harper's foul ball. Williamson stayed down briefly as team trainers rushed out before getting to his feet.

"I tried to roll my neck a little bit and my head down a little bit when I started going down," Williamson said. "I think that helped break my fall. I was just a little frustrated I didn't come up with the play. I had it in my glove and it came out."

Belt hit a two-run shot off Roark (1-2) in the third.

Michael Taylor had a three-run homer for Washington, which has lost four straight and 14 of 20 since opening the season 4-0.

"It seems like that sixth inning's been biting us in the rear as of late," Nationals manager Dave Martinez said. "We're swinging the bats. We just can't get the big hit with people on base."

Reyes Moronta (1-0) retired six batters for his first career win. Sam Dyson pitched one inning and Hunter Strickland worked the ninth for his fifth save.

The Giants got a run off Roark in the first but left the bases loaded when Evan Longoria struck out looking to end the inning. Belt homered on a 3-2 pitch from Roark in the second to make it 3-0.

Washington tied it on Taylor's three-run homer off starter Ty Blach in the third. Ryan Zimmerman walked and Moises Sierra singled before Taylor's deep drive into the right-field stands.

Roark went into the game 6-0 in seven career games against San Francisco but couldn't find a rhythm this time. He allowed four runs on six hits, walked two and hit a batter and threw a pair of wild pitches.

WHERE DID IT GO?

Panik hit a soft comebacker to Roark in the fifth that glanced off the pitcher's glove then bounced up on the top of his cap before falling to the turf. Roark initially couldn't locate the ball but found it in time to throw to first for the out.

AILING BLACH

Blach allowed three runs and four hits in five innings. After the game, Bochy said the left-hander suffered from food poisoning last week and was given an IV on Monday. "That was a really gutty effort that he gave us," Bochy said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: Placed RHP Shawn Kelley on the 10-disabled list with ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow. Infielder/outfielder Matt Reynolds was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse and outfielder Rafael Bautista and infielder Adrian Sanchez were called up.

UP NEXT

Nationals RHP Max Scherzer (4-1, 1.36 ERA) and Giants RHP Jeff Samardzija (1-0, 0.00) take to the mound for the series finale at AT&T Park on Wednesday. Samardzija is making his second start after beginning the season on the disabled list.