Adam LaRoche was a true leader, set the tone on and off the field for Nationals

Each year, options are picked up or aren't. Players become free agents. Players move on, new players are welcomed in. So it was certainly business as usual when it was announced that options will not be picked up on veterans Rafael Soriano and Adam LaRoche. One can understand the business reasoning behind each move. But it is still tough to take when you realize that ... read more

Catchers Severino and Kieboom coming along well at the plate

The Mesa Solar Sox stand at 10-8-1 and in second place in the East Division of the Arizona Fall League. Catcher Pedro Severino continues to excel at the plate, batting .280 through seven games. He had a 4-for-5 game on Oct. 22 at Scottsdale, and has a triple, three RBIs, one walk and one run. Severino hit .247 for the high Single-A Potomac Nationals and ... read more

Renda, Kieboom shine in Mesa's latest AFL game

The Mesa Solar Sox are hitting the ball very well in the Arizona Fall League after a somewhat slow start. On Monday, a pair of Nationals prospects again made good contact, supplying all of the Solar Sox's RBIs in the game. Second baseman Tony Renda celebrated his selection to Saturday's Fall Stars Game with a 2-for-5 performance that included a double and a run scored. ... read more

Could Lucas Giolito skip high Single-A next season? (Renda named AFL All-Star)

In the past, the Nationals have leapfrogged high Single-A Potomac for prospects such as outfielders Bryce Harper and Brian Goodwin. But top pitching talent has usually made a stop in Woodbridge, Va. A new crop of top pitching prospects appear to be headed to Prince Williams County next season. The question is: Will they stop in Potomac and if so, how long will they pitch ... read more

A look back at Potomac's championship season: Part 3 - P-Nats proved doubters wrong

The Potomac Nationals defeated Myrtle Beach to win the Mills Cup and the Carolina League title in 2014. It was a sweet victory for the P-Nats prospects, according to manager Tripp Keister, because he believes they kind of flew under the radar despite steadily staying at the top of the standings the entire season. In Part 3 of our series on the Potomac Nationals championship ... read more

A look back at Potomac's championship season: Part 2 - Managing an evolving roster

One of the most difficult parts of a fielding a winning minor league team is keeping the roster cohesive throughout an entire season. This is a difficult proposition because the main goal of the minors is to get prospects ready for the big leagues and sometimes they are moved up based on injuries or needs the big club has, which leads to a trickle-down effect ... read more

A look back at Potomac's championship season: Part 1 - Game 3 comeback

It is still difficult to watch the World Series, or really any of the playoffs, with the Nationals not a part of the festivities. It is like being sick for a party you were invited to and have been looking forward to for months. But one thing that might bring some satisfaction to a few fans is a look back at the play of the ... read more

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