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Giolito, Voth highlight list of Nats' spring non-roster invitees


Giolito, Voth highlight list of Nats' spring non-roster invitees

The Nationals released their full list of non-roster invitees for 2016 spring training on Monday and highlighting the group are two of their top prospects in Lucas Giolito and Austin Voth. Both right-handers will be participating in their first MLB spring training.

There are 20 players in total. Some are young like Giolito (21), Voth (23) and 22-year-old pitcher Wander Suero. Some are longtime MLB veterans like Bronson Arroyo, Reed Johnson - who played 2015 with the Nats - Chris Heisey and Logan Schafer.

Infielder Matt Skole is back for his fourth MLB spring training. Reliever Sean Burnett is back with the Nationals for the first time since he signed with the Angels in 2012.

Giolito is the Nationals' top overall prospect and was named the best pitching prospect in baseball by multiple outlets this winter. He was drafted in the first round out of high school back in 2012.

Voth was a fifth round pick in 2013 and held a 2.92 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) at Double-A Harrisburg last season.

Here is the full list:

Pitchers (11)

RHP Bronson Arroyo
RHP Michael Brady
LHP Sean Burnett
RHP Erik Davis
RHP Paolo Espino
RHP Lucas Giolito
RHP Taylor Hill
LHP Aaron Laffey
RHP Nick Masset
RHP Wander Suero
RHP Austin Voth

Catchers (1)

Jhonatan Solano

Infielders (4)

SS/3B Jason Martinson
SS/2B Brendan Ryan
1B/3B Scott Sizemore
1B/3B Matt Skole

Outfielders (4)

CF Tony Campana
LF/RF Chris Heisey
LF Reed Johnson
CF Logan Schafer

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What to make of the Strasburg-Scherzer shouting match in the Nationals' dugout

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What to make of the Strasburg-Scherzer shouting match in the Nationals' dugout

Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer had a heated exchange in the Nationals dugout Friday night.

It was another not-so-great moment in an otherwise unspectacular season for the Nats so far.

Things like this often appear worse than they are based on what we can see, not hear, on television. In any case, it has fans and pundits talking about a perceived off-the-field issue instead of the actual game. There's nothing "good" about this, but there are important factors that are "bad" and ones that are "not bad."

Davey Martinez, Strasburg and Scherzer already said this has been settled and wasn't a big deal in the first place, but for a manager who's already faced some scrutiny this year for how he manages his pitchers, having two of them go at it in the dugout isn't ideal.

It also doesn't present the best optics for a team that came out of the All-Star Break 5.5 games back of the division-leading Philadelphia Phillies. The Nationals need to build some momentum heading into the dog days of summer, and after a lackluster first half, this isn't how anybody would want to start the second half.

This was also Strasburg's first start back from a month-long stint on the disabled list. Ryan Zimmerman just rejoined the club as well. Things are shaping up to make for a solid second-half run, but all this does is detract from that.

The Nationals also just hosted the first All-Star Game in Washington since 1969. Having something like this happen in the dugout where everybody can see it takes away from some of that good publicity.

But there are also positives, or at least non-negatives, to take from this. Scherzer has always been ultracompetitive, and as the best pitcher on the staff, he needs to harness that into leadership. With Strasburg coming off a rough inning, Scherzer may have thought he needed a little tough love from a veteran. There's nothing wrong with that. Strasburg, to his credit, has never been one to focus too much on himself, so if there's anyone who can take something like this constructively, it'd be him.

This isn't Jonathan Paplebon fighting Bryce Harper for not running out a pop fly the day after the Nats were eliminated from playoff contention. These are two veteran guys who play the same position who are both competitive and want to win. It's akin to an older brother pushing his younger brother to do better. Strasburg even hinted at the family aspect after the game.

In the end, there's really nothing to see here. Frustration is part of the game. Talking it out is a part of remedying the frustration.

What really matters is tracking down the Braves and the Phillies. The Nationals can get started on that Sunday in the second game of a rain-shortened two-game series against the Braves.


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Saturday's Nationals game rained out, to be postponed

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Saturday's Nationals game rained out, to be postponed

Following a dicey matchup between the Nats and Braves Friday night which featured a heated argument between Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg, the Nationals are getting a much-needed opportunity to regroup.

The Washington Nationals' official Twitter account announced that Saturday evening's matchup will be postponed due to inclement weather just after 2 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The Nationals had planned to host "JMU Night" at the ballpark as a part of their "College Day" series, and due to more forecasted inclement weather Sunday, the Nationals decided to call the game off sooner rather than later.

The Nationals have yet to announce when the game will be made up.

If Sunday's game is played as scheduled, Max Scherzer will start.

This post will be updated when more information regarding a makeup date has been announced.