Ryan Brinley refining curveball, getting reps in AFL competition

Ryan Brinley had a very good season with high Single-A Potomac. The 23-year-old went 4-1 with a 1.37 ERA in 32 games with the P-Nats. He had 16 saves, 34 strikeouts and only seven walks. The right-hander was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg on June 27 and appeared in eight games, going 0-2 with an 11.12 ERA while missing on a pair of save opportunities. He ... read more

Austin Voth getting changeup to work well in second AFL start

Right-hander Austin Voth bounced back in his second start in the Arizona Fall League on Monday. The 24-year-old went four innings, struck out seven and didn’t walk anybody in a no-decision. His Glendale Desert Dogs fell 5-4 to Peoria but were tied 1-1 when he left the game. “He pitched like he’s very capable of pitching,” said pitching coach Sam Narron. “He’s out here to ... read more

Phillips Valdez honing breaking pitch to get to next level

Right-hander Phillips Valdez was on the radar among starters who are building innings in the Nationals organization. The Dominican product moved from the Rookie-level Dominican Summer League to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League in 2013. Valdez has a solid frame at 6-foot-2 and 160 lbs., and offers a mid-90s fastball with a changeup and a slurvy breaking pitch. In 2014, he split time between short-season ... read more

Week 1 AFL update: Glendale Desert Dogs

The Glendale Desert Dogs are 2-3 and one game out of first place in the West Division of the Arizona Fall League. After starting 2-1, they have dropped two games in a row. Third baseman Drew Ward is hitting .444 (4-for-9) with a double, an RBI, two walks and two strikeouts in three games. Shortstop Osvaldo Abreu is hitting .273 (3-for-11) with a double and ... read more

Trea Turner showed he belonged in big leagues and gave hint of potential

The Nationals might still be licking their wounds from the Game 5 loss Thursday in the National League Division Series, but president of baseball operations and general manager Mike Rizzo built this team for the long haul and the core of this team is still very young. Two of the youngest players reside in the outfield in center fielder Trea Turner (23) and right fielder ... read more

Zimmerman, Rendon and Baker react to late game double-switches

Two of the biggest moves Nationals manager Dusty Baker had to make last night in Game 5 of the National League Division Series to get his lineup order were double-switches that took two of his best hitters out of the lineup. First baseman Ryan Zimmerman was replaced by Clint Robinson in the seventh. Then third baseman Anthony Rendon was replaced by Stephen Drew in the ... read more

Despondent over Game 5 loss, Scherzer understands Baker’s decision

Max Scherzer appeared to be cruising along as he pitched six scoreless innings in Game 5 of the National League Division Series. The Nationals were holding a 1-0 lead heading to the top of the seventh. Then everything changed. Joc Pederson got ahold of a 95 mph Scherzer fastball and deposited it over the left-center wall to tie the game at 1-1. Pederson was the ... read more

Espinosa lifts Nationals to early lead (Dodgers win 4-3, take NLDS 3-2)

Nationals right-hander Max Scherzer benefited from a spectacular diving catch to begin Game 5 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers. Chase Utley drove a ball deep into the gap of left-center field. Trea Turner raced to his right and dove to make the catch. Scherzer was able to get the next two batters on grounders. For the first time in the NLDS, ... read more