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Nats, Nieto agree

According to a source, the Nats have agreed to terms with fifth-round pick Adrian Nieto, a catcher from American Heritage School in Florida. His signing bonus: $376,000, according to the source, or roughly double the slot recommendations for somebody drafted in Nieto's spot. (151st overall, fifth round)

Nats GM Jim Bowden did not immediately return an e-mail seeking comment.

Nieto's scouting report, per

Comments: Generally considered to be the second-best prep catcher in the Draft class, Nieto has a solid approach at the plate and a very strong arm behind it. However, an elbow injury last year has limited his time behind the plate and he struggled a bit defensively early this season. On the same team as top prospect Eric Hosmer, he'll get plenty of chances to show improvement in front of scouts this spring.

I'll have more details on this to come shortly.

For now, gotta scramble downstairs to talk to Manny Acta.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 10, 2008; 11:25 AM ET
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um... 506, i don't think belliard has been slumping.




i wish more of our players would slump like that. 881/792/1250 ops over the last three months, 806 OPS for the season. he's slumped in batting average, but nothing else. 350ish OBP, 450+ slugging, i'm ok with that.

Posted by: 231 | August 10, 2008 11:40 AM | Report abuse

Good work, Chico - the Nats Farm Authority website was speculating that this might indeed be on the cards - glad that your sources are on the same page also!

Now - let's get him playing for the last 3 weeks of the season - and let's get Crow signed!

Posted by: Kirkie | August 10, 2008 11:50 AM | Report abuse

This was the guy everyone was confused about the Nats drafting because he supposedly had something worked out with another team. They made this work, so they should be able to make the others work.

Question about Crow: If he is not signed, can he go back and play for Mizzou again?

Posted by: Cavalier | August 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Awesome news. Double slot isn't bad at all, considering how far he fell due to everyone thinking he would need the moon to sign.
What say you, cheap Lerner folks?
Looks like a Crow deal will happen, given how willing the Nats are to sign these kids.

Posted by: Section 138 | August 10, 2008 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Yes. He still has his senior year left.
Question about Crow: If he is not signed, can he go back and play for Mizzou again?

Posted by: Cavalier | August 10, 2008 11:57 AM

Posted by: Section 138 | August 10, 2008 11:58 AM | Report abuse

Nats press release confirms it.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbins | August 10, 2008 12:01 PM | Report abuse

Nice work

Posted by: Imjustlikemusiq | August 10, 2008 12:03 PM | Report abuse

"He is slated to report to the Nationals’ Gulf Coast League affiliate on Tuesday."

Excellent news. Lets us get us some looks.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 10, 2008 12:06 PM | Report abuse

If true, a good signing. Now, get him down to the GCL for the final 3 weeks, then to the AZL to work on his arm & defensive mechanics.
Now, let's get two of the three remaining five signed. CHico, any noise on what's happened with Hicks? It sounded like he was close to a deal back in June?

Posted by: BIM | August 10, 2008 12:11 PM | Report abuse

NFA reported it first. Great signing. I would not like to play poker with Stan the Man With a Plan. Comments from Chris and Lerners Are Cheap, please.

Posted by: Sec 204 Row K Seat 11 | August 10, 2008 12:36 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually kinda hoping they don't sign Crow at this point, especially if he's demanding above slot. His mechanics look just like those of Mark Prior and B.J. Ryan. I'd rather have the 10th pick next year.

Posted by: 405 | August 10, 2008 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone have a source for tracking down signing costs for drafted players? Cots's site is good for some of it, but I'd like to do it without x-referencing annual lists to individual players.

Posted by: BIM | August 10, 2008 12:48 PM | Report abuse


Now keep going!

Let's play two!

Posted by: SlowPitch63 | August 10, 2008 12:49 PM | Report abuse

Just when I'm out, you pull me back in.

So much for being a "slot" team.

Please, for the love of god, sign at least Crow and the 4th rounder.

Anybody heard of Sean Black lately?

Posted by: Gal Revels in Pee | August 10, 2008 12:53 PM | Report abuse

405, passing on Crow would be insane. You just don't get those kinds of players around the #10 position. Only reason he fell was because of demands so they should have known what they were in for.

Posted by: Andrew Stebbin | August 10, 2008 12:55 PM | Report abuse

@Andrew S: Is Adrian Nieto related to Tom (son, nephew)? Sorry i'm asking, I haven't been doing due-diligence lately.

Posted by: BIM | August 10, 2008 1:07 PM | Report abuse

I looked up his stats at Seton Hall the other day and we might have dodged a bullet on signing him. He ain't great in college.

I say don't break the bank on Crow. If we don't sign him we get an extra 1st rounder next year. I really do want him to be on the team and he should want to be here since his path to the bigs should be easier here. I just don't think he should get $6 mil or whatever ridiculous signing bonus he wants.

Posted by: Sean Black stinks | August 10, 2008 1:14 PM | Report abuse

Andrew, you think maybe there was a reason eight teams passed on him? His mechanics are awful. He may be an extremely effective pitcher but mark my words, he will have some serious arm issues down the road. If anything, sign him and then trade him to another team when we're ready to compete. But I don't advocate breaking the bank for him.

Posted by: 405 | August 10, 2008 1:35 PM | Report abuse

When does Luis "Gasoline" Ayala finally become a Clipper. He has absolutely nothing!

Posted by: les | August 10, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

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