Pace of play reaction from Arizona Fall League

Major League Baseball is looking into the length of games and studying to see if there is a way to speed up the contests without affecting the quality of play. This fall, MLB implemented pace of play rules in select Arizona Fall League games. There is a 20-second pitch clock and a time limit between innings of 125 seconds. There also are no-pitch intentional walks ... read more

Mesa notches 8-4 win behind Rivero and Renda

The Mesa Solar Sox evened their record at 5-5 on Saturday with an 8-4 victory over Salt River in Arizona Fall League play from Cubs Park. Left-hander Felipe Rivero notched his first win of the campaign, going 2 2/3 innings, allowing three hits, three runs (two earned), three walks and striking out two batters to improve to 1-2. He threw 62 pitches, 35 for strikes. ... read more

Update on Mesa Solar Sox in Arizona Fall League

Nationals prospects continue to work in the Arizona Fall League. Low Single-A Hagerstown manager Patrick Anderson is an extra coach with the Mesa Solar Sox and provided an update on each Nationals player playing for the team. Second baseman Tony Renda: "He's looking great. He's hit so many balls right on the nose right at people, I feel so bad for him. We all laugh. ... read more

Giants and Cardinals demonstrating good situational hitting

Situational hitting is key in any game, but doubly so in playoff matchups when opportunities are few and far between because of the quality of pitching. The Nationals struggled with situational hitting in the San Francisco series. In Game 4 at AT&T Park, with Bryce Harper at second base and no outs down 2-1, Wilson Ramos grounded out to the shortstop. It handcuffed Harper, who ... read more

Souza could provide spark to Nationals in 2015

Steven Souza Jr. put on a late-season display of his offensive and defensive abilities for the Nationals. The outfielder was named International League Rookie of the Year and the organization's top minor league player for his 2014 exploits. Souza played in only 21 games for the Nats, but showed off his immense power by hitting a couple of home runs, one a moon shot in ... read more

Update from Arizona Fall League on Nats prospects

The Mesa Solar Sox, the Arizona Fall League team that includes Nationals prospects, went 1-1 over the weekend. On Friday, Surprise beat Mesa 14-3. Nationals prospect Neil Holland was charged with a blown save after allowing five runs on four hits in one inning of work. The big blow was a Kyle Waldrop two-run shot against Holland, who entered the game with a 3-2 lead. ... read more

Williams on Barrett and Strasburg in NLDS Game 4

Nationals manager Matt Williams spent time this morning with The Junkies on 106.7 the Fan in Washington and talked about the loss in the National League Division series. Williams was obviously still disappointed about the way the season ended with a 3-1 series loss to the Giants. Listen to the entire interview here. The Junkies asked Williams to explain why he decided to keep relievers ... read more

LaRoche: "I'd love to stick around"

Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche spent a good 15 minutes this morning with "The Junkies" on 106.7 The Fan in Washington, D.C., and talked about the unfortunate abrupt ending to a great season. To listen to the entire interview, click here. One major topic is LaRoche's future with the team and whether the veteran will be with the Nationals next season or will the organization ... read more