Victor Robles shows advanced skills at plate, made progress at instructional league

Outfielder Victor Robles continues to progress well after fall instructional league last month in Florida. I got an update on one of the more talked about Dominican prospects in the Nationals system this week. The 18-year-old Robles has displayed advanced batting skills at a young age. Nationals minor league hitting coordinator Troy Gingrich was impressed with Robles from the first time he saw the youngster ... read more

Bostick finishes Arizona campaign rolling, Salt River earns second spot in division

The Salt River Rafters did well in Arizona Fall League play, finishing second to eventual champion Scottsdale. At 16-13, the Rafters were 1 1/2 games back of the Scorpions in the East Division. Second baseman Chris Bostick had the best surge to finish the fall season. He had nine hits in his final six games, including three doubles, a triple and a home run. It ... read more

Nats prospect watch: Blake Perkins

The Nationals' 2015 draft class hit the ground running this past summer and into fall instructs in Viera, Fla. I will profile some of these outstanding hitters in the system for the next few weeks. Outfielder Blake Perkins is one of the many prospects on the roster that showed very well last month, drawing the attention of the coaches. The just-turned 19-year-old (September 10) was ... read more

Bostick and Simms shine again for Salt River in Arizona Fall League play

Chris Bostick unleashed another outstanding game Tuesday as Salt River defeated Mesa 4-2 in Arizona Fall League play. The second baseman went 2-for-3 with a double, a homer, three runs scored and two RBIs. It was Bostick's fourth double and fourth homer of the AFL season. Bostick hit out of the No. 2 hole and cranked a solo shot in the third inning off of ... read more

Notes on Kieboom, Simms, Bacus, Goodwin, Severino and Bautista

Catcher Spencer Kieboom had two homers this season for high Single-A Potomac. He now has two homers in Arizona Fall League play after cranking a three-run shot in the first inning Friday night. Salt River dropped Surprise 5-3. He also crushed three-run homer Oct. 27 in a 9-4 win over Scottsdale. Kieboom is hitting .257 and has a .395 on-base percentage in his last 10 ... read more

John Simms mixing pitches well, keeping ball down to find Arizona success

Right-hander John Simms has impressed in his first month in the Arizona Fall League. Simms came into his first game after the starter and a reliever had completed four innings. Salt River trailed 4-3 when he arrived, but the game was tied 5-5 when he departed. He earned the win after pitching three innings and allowing just one run in a 9-7 Rafters comeback victory. ... read more

Purke on list of minor league free agents; De Los Santos update from Arizona

The list of minor league free agents from 2015 has been revealed by Baseball America, and the most notable names on the Nationals list include former 2011 third-round selection left-hander Matt Purke, as well as southpaw Richard Bleier. Purke was drafted with a lot of promise, but has been saddled with various injuries during his career. He returned to reach Double-A Harrisburg this year and ... read more

Kieboom, Bautista, Simms and Bacus shining in winter play

Right-hander Abel del los Santos took the loss in the Arizona Fall League Rising Stars Game on Saturday night as the West beat the East 8-3. With the game tied at 2-2 in the fifth inning,, de los Santos allowed a couple of hits, a wild pitch, a passed ball and a sacrifice fly. He did finish the inning, allowing only the one run. The ... read more