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Lineups, And A Draft Pick Signing (No, Not That One)

I'll post Cincinnati's lineup when I get it. Meantime, here's how Jim Riggleman filled out the lineup card for tonight's game.

Washington

Morgan - 8
Guzman - 6
Zimmerman - 5
Dunn - 3
Willingham - 9
Harris - 7
Belliard - 4
Nieves - 2
Mock - 1

One other draft-related note: The Nats on Friday afternoon agreed to terms with eighth-round selection Roberto Perez, a shortstop from Dorado Academy in Puerto Rico. Perez, 18, had originally committed to Oklahoma State.

Baseball America says this about Perez: "Teams are split on where Roberto Perez will end up. Some teams prefer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander on the mound, some see him at shortstop and others would like him to move to third base or even behind the plate. Lauded for his makeup and work ethic, Perez has been working hard to improve his defense and hitting. He wants to stay at shortstop, where he's quick to the ball and has a plus arm, but his actions are a bit mechanical and he doesn't have great hands. Perez has a high-energy, all-or-nothing swing and has focused on staying back and learning how to go the other way. Battling a stomach virus that had him running to the bathroom between innings, he still led the Excellence Tournament in hitting. On the mound, he's been clocked as high as 92 mph."

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2009; 3:50 PM ET
 
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Comments

Ronnie is gonna wake this offense up

Posted by: sect104 | August 14, 2009 4:03 PM | Report abuse

What's going on with AG? It seems Belliard has gotten a lot of playing time lately

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 14, 2009 4:19 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm...so a guy who free swinger who does not have good hands, I say convert him to a pitcher the day he reports.

Posted by: markfd | August 14, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

and we drafted him in the first place because.....?

Posted by: 1of9000 | August 14, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

and we drafted him in the first place because.....?

Posted by: 1of9000 | August 14, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse


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"Some teams prefer the 6-foot-1, 175-pound righthander on the mound, some see him at shortstop and others would like him to move to third base or even behind the plate. Lauded for his makeup and work ethic..."

Posted by: combedge | August 14, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

Any word on how the Nats wish to use Perez? SS? OF? RHP?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 14, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Cheese, the kid is 18. Won't be in the Bigs for what, 3-4 years min? By that time he could have been traded 53 times...

I'm all for planning ahead, but I don't this kid is putting Guzzie's job in danger --YET.

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Any word on how the Nats wish to use Perez? SS? OF? RHP?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 14, 2009 4:33 PM

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 14, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

Yes. :)
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Any word on how the Nats wish to use Perez? SS? OF? RHP?

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 14, 2009 4:33 PM

Posted by: swang30 | August 14, 2009 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Thanks for keeping me in perspective, Nats Lady. I do think that they have to decide between pitcher or position player early. That's such a distinction in how you train that they proabably have to pick a side and go with it.

Posted by: cheeseburger53 | August 14, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Cute Headline Chico.

Sec 204 Row H Seat 7

Posted by: adhardwick | August 14, 2009 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Is it wrong that the first thing I check for in the line-ups is whether Guzman has been left out.

Hope of a trade springs eternal.

Posted by: soundbloke | August 14, 2009 5:11 PM | Report abuse

"Perez has been working hard to improve his defense and hitting".

What's left? Baserunning, I suppose . . .

Posted by: slewis1 | August 14, 2009 5:16 PM | Report abuse

If I know anything about anything, I know that Ronnie Belliard is to blame for this signing.

Posted by: NatsandSkinsareclassclassclass | August 14, 2009 5:24 PM | Report abuse

I'm actually more interested in Nathaniel Karns the 12th round pick. Any word on whether Rizzo has made any progress there?

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 5:32 PM | Report abuse

At this point does anyone out there expect Strasburg to progress at least at the same pace as LOWER FIRST round pick Drew Storen? He has set the bar pretty high for Strasburg. It seems almost a lock that he will be pitching in the pros well before Strasburg.

Of course one could compare the progress of 1st rounders Ross Detwiler, Clint Everts, and newly returned to GCL Colton Willems ...

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 5:41 PM | Report abuse

Forgot to mention Josh Smoker LHP ... still in GCL as well.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

3 losses in a row, must be the Ronnie Belliard "plush" toy in Riggleman's office.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 5:44 PM | Report abuse

I hope you've all had a chance to read Jon Heyman's latest on the Strasburg talks. SI really needs to do an investigation to see if Heyman is getting a cut of the signing bonus; otherwise, he's simply become a towel boy for Scott Boras. He comes with every possible reason to cite that Strasburg should get millions more than any player ever to come out of the draft. But my favorite part of the story is the quote from Scott Boras:

"Major League teams, in the best interest of baseball, must stop penalizing American boys and American families," Boras said. "The fact of being born in the United States should not result in a dramatic diminution of value, even though your talent exceeds that of a talent born elsewhere."

I can barely type with the tears filling my eyes at the thought of those poor penalized American families forced to settle for, oh, $5 million before little Johnny even becomes a professional player.

I think the only solution to the Strasburg negotiations is for the Nats to agree to pay him $20 million and then to hold a telethon through which the additional millions can be raised to alleviate the pain for the Strasburg family and other Boras clients.

By the way, do Japanese agents take the same cut from their players or are American players and their families penalized by the dramatic percentage taken by agents like Boras? Just wondering.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 14, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

5% is a "dramatic percentage"?

Posted by: Brian_ | August 14, 2009 6:06 PM | Report abuse

Um, Brian, that was a little sarcasm. Kind of playing off the quote from Boras. Sorry if that wasn't obvious.

Posted by: baltova1 | August 14, 2009 6:12 PM | Report abuse

That's chump change to the Yankees management.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Nephew of Dickie Thon, shortstop? Maybe that's why he is considered a shortstop?

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 6:54 PM | Report abuse

You're more likely to see a world-wide draft than MLB deciding to "stop penalizing American boys and American families." Boras could possibly be the biggest tool in the history of the world.
I wish he would stop using Matsuzaka as a jumping-off point though. I mean, as much as I would loooove to get a guy with a 4 + ERA and a k/bb ratio of 2 for my first pick (sarcasm alert!), there is no way Strasburg will sell anywhere near as much merchandise or create interest in Nationals baseball in Japan, which was of course one of Scott's selling points at the time. He also, when dealing with the Red Sox, compared Matsuzaka to Roy Oswalt, who had just signed a 5-year, 73 million dollar extension. Does anyone think Daisuke has been as good as Roy Oswalt the past three years?
Just give up Scott. Let the kid play already. Your quest to blow up the MLB draft system is not only ignoble, but fruitless. Be content with the money you suck from these kids' talent, and go quietly into the good night. Otherwise, when you call my house, looking to "advise" my kid -- and you will -- I will not even hesitate to say these things and many more to you in person. And I will make sure the media hears about it as well.
Come on Strasburg, tell him you just want to play!

Posted by: mjhoya12 | August 14, 2009 7:10 PM | Report abuse

All right! Thanks to T. Plush, we already have half of last night's hit total...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 14, 2009 7:12 PM | Report abuse

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