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The 2009 Draft Class, So Far

The second game of this series is about to begin at the Great American Small Park, but I thought I'd quickly give a rundown of Washington's 2009 draft class -- or at least those selected within the first 10 rounds. Of those 11 players, only two remain unsigned. One, you know. The other is fifth-round pick Miguel Pena, a high school lefty from Mission, Texas. Acting GM Mike Rizzo on Friday afternoon said that the Nats were still hopeful to sign Pena.

Anyway, here is the progress for each of the signed picks.

Drew Storen (Rd. 1, 10th overall), RHP, Stanford -- With Class AA Harrisburg; has pitched in 20 minor league games, 11 with Class A Hagerstown and seven with Class A Potomac. Has, total, a 2.70 ERA in 26-2/3 innings. Has walked three and struck out 38.

Jeff Kobernus
(Rd. 2, 50th overall), 2B, Cal -- Is hitting .210 (8-for-41) through 10 games with Class A Vermont.

Trevor Holder (Rd. 3, 81st overall), RHP, Georgia -- Started with Vermont, and has since been promoted to Hagerstown (2-0, 3.55 ERA, three starts) and Potomac (1-1, 7.11 ERA, three starts). His minor league totals: 3-1, 5.28 ERA, eight starts. Has walked nine and struck out 27 in 30-2/3 innings.

A.J. Morris (Rd. 4, 112th overall), RHP, Kansas State -- After pitching two games with the GCL Nationals (2 GS, 5 IP, 0 ER), was promoted to Hagerstown. Has an 0-1 record (3.21 ERA) with the Suns, walking one and whiffing 13 in 14 innings.

Michael Taylor (Rd. 6, 172nd overall), SS, Westminster Academy (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) -- Has yet to play a minor league game.

Dean Weaver (Rd. 7, 202nd overall), RHP, Georgia -- 3 G, 4 IP, 3 ER with the GCL Nationals.

Roberto Perez (Rd. 8, 232nd overall), SS, Dorado Academy (Puerto Rico) -- Signed on Friday.

Taylor Jordan (Rd. 9, 262nd overall), RHP, Brevard (Fla.) CC -- 1-0, 3.65 ERA, 8 G (4 GS) with the GCL Nationals. Opponents are hitting .178 against him in 24-2/3 innings.

Paul Applebee (Rd. 10, 292nd overall), LHP, UC Riverside -- With Vermont, has pitched four games (three starts), compiling an 0-1 record and a 3.45 ERA in 15-2/3 innings. Has walked two and struck out 13.

By Chico Harlan  |  August 14, 2009; 6:58 PM ET
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what is the status of Kobernus? I heard he has a serious injury.

Posted by: fs228 | August 14, 2009 7:09 PM | Report abuse

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

But the DP takes care of that...

Posted by: BGinVA | August 14, 2009 7:13 PM | Report abuse

@fs228: He dinged up a knee - don't know how extensive the damage was, but I think he's done for 2009 - Look for him in VT in 2010, imo.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 7:15 PM | Report abuse

Carpenter just said the Reds traded SS Alex Gonzalez to the BoSox today, so there goes any hope of Guzman heading that way.

Posted by: BGinVA | August 14, 2009 7:22 PM | Report abuse

From ESPN:

"The Boston Red Sox tried to boost their infield Friday, reacquiring shortstop Alex Gonzalez and cash from the Cincinnati Reds for minor league infielder Kris Negron...."

Better deal than dealing with the Nats (Guzman), I guess...

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 14, 2009 7:34 PM | Report abuse

As for the remaining top-10 draft choices, here's my opinion.
#1a- Storen(RHRP): Keep him in HAR for '09; Invite him to Spring '10 & see what you've got. Maybe WSH, maybe SYR to start the year.
#2- Kobernus(2B): Look at him in Spring '10; Start him in either HAG or VT, depending on how he looks.
#3- Holder(RHSP): Start him in either POT or HAR in 2010,; see how he does there first.
#4- Morris(RHSP): HAG, maybe VT to start 2010.
#5- Pena(LHP): Still unsigned - An outside chance to sign for 2010.
#6- Taylor (SS): On reserve list w/GCL Nationals; Should challenge for starters' job at GCL in 2010.
#7- Weaver (RHRP): Should begin year in GCL, maybe VT in 2010.
#8- Perez (SS): Could challenge Taylor for time at SS in GCL in 2010.
#9- Jordan (RHSP): Should start 2010 in either VT, or maybe HAG.
#10- Applebee (LHSP): Already up to VT; Could go to HAG to start 2010.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 7:36 PM | Report abuse

@1BCoach: Gee, the Sawx valued a steady glove over a bat in a middle-infield slot for a possible playoff run.
Could something be learned from that?

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 7:41 PM | Report abuse

How does Nyjer get his uniform SO dirty SO early in the game?????

Posted by: Ringle | August 14, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

@1BCoach: Gee, the Sawx valued a steady glove over a bat in a middle-infield slot for a possible playoff run.
Could something be learned from that?

Yeah! Who wants a slow-footed fat man with a $8m contract....'cept our Nats?

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 14, 2009 8:11 PM | Report abuse

When Dean Weaver enters a game, do they plAY the old Gary Wright tune?

Posted by: jca-CrystalCity | August 14, 2009 8:42 PM | Report abuse

Mr. Mock owes Mr. Morgan a steak dinner.

Posted by: swang30 | August 14, 2009 8:43 PM | Report abuse

CIN should immediately fire their 3B Coach - sending a pitcher home against T.Plush = Bad decision.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 8:45 PM | Report abuse

IBB's are simply a curse upon the earth! For the Nationals, they only end up with damage done than they should have prevented.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 9:08 PM | Report abuse

6IP, 101 pitches; Mock should be a done deal.
And YES, Nieves - an opposite-field, 1st pitch HR to RF!

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Insurance run by whom? Wil Nieves. Who? Wil Nieves.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 14, 2009 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Nieves hr!

Posted by: rachel216 | August 14, 2009 9:14 PM | Report abuse

Where the heck have you guys been - I've been talking to myself for the last 1/2 hour?

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: dargregmag | August 14, 2009 9:16 PM | Report abuse

Sorry, BinM. We've been waiting for the Wil Nieves' explosion.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 14, 2009 9:19 PM | Report abuse

Charlie & Dave's love for Wil Nieves never ends - they closed the 6th, AND opened the 7th with his at-home at-bat music.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Looks like Chico is missing something there?
(BTW, looks like Detwiler is also tossing a
shutout against the Ballimer AAA farm.)

Pat Lehman RHP drafted 13th GWU local boy!: pitching for Hagerstown along with AJ Morris. He is 0-1 4.50 ERA walked 1 struck out 5 in eight innings. With Vermont he was 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA 14 strikouts 1 walk in 27.1 innings.

In Vermont you have Mitchell Clegg LHP, Chad Jenkins LHP Matt Swyneburg as your starters
with Evan Bronson LHP, Kyle Morrison and Dustin Crane in relief.

Clegg is 1-3 2.55 ERA 22 strikouts 10 walks in 42.1 innings, Jenkins is 0-0 2.60 ERA 14 strikeouts 10 walks in 17.2 innings, Bronson has an 0.78 ERA with 23 strikouts and 1 walk in 34.2 innings. His WHIP is 0.69 and one wonders why he hasn't been promoted yet? Crane is 1-0 with a 1.08 ERA 2 walks 3 strikouts in 8.1 innings. Swynenberg is 0-2 with an 8.56 ERA 11 strikeouts 11 walks.

Bats Bluxom, Walker, Sferra and Nicol are also in Vermont. All except for Nicol seem to be having problems solving short-season A pitching.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

Homers from two guys you wouldn't have thought of hitting them before Z,D & W. Just goes to show what can happen at Great American Smallpark.

Posted by: cokedispatch | August 14, 2009 9:22 PM | Report abuse

All that power from Nieves and Belliard? Looks like the Belliard bashing is working again.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

Its kind of crowded in Syracuse with relievers right now ... and Storen looks to outgrow AA pretty quickly.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:25 PM | Report abuse

I have a friend who's uncle is living in San Diego area. This uncle's nephew is dating a girl who's sister has a friend who is waiting tables at the country club where SS & the Nats braintrust were meeting. She was working poolside but her boss said the waiter working the SS-Lerners table told the cook he overheard SS nodding yes to signing at 23M (plus car & condo).
So, to make this a reliable MSM report: "Anonymous sources say SS close to signing for 23M".
You heard it here first.

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach

Looks like rents at White Flint and Reston Town Center are going up next year. Not to mention Nats' season tickets.

1stBaseCoach may be as relible as the Washington Times on this story. Or more so.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 14, 2009 9:28 PM | Report abuse

@1BCoach, jds50: I hope there is some truth in this - Getting Strasburg under contract would be a big plus for the franchise. A $23M (salary + bonus) deal over a 5-year contract is viable, I suppose.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 9:39 PM | Report abuse

And the lady's all turn out ... for wee Willy Harris .. 2 men on in the late innings.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:40 PM | Report abuse

Still wondering if there is any hope of signing Independent League pitcher Nathaniel Karns?

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:44 PM | Report abuse

Alumni News: Nick Johnson just hit a sac fly in the eighth off Colorado reliever ... Joe Beimel.

How is Gascanrahan faring these days. Can't help but notice the Pirates have lost 11 of 12, and lost their last three games by scores of 8-0, 10-1, 17-2.

Posted by: jdschulz50 | August 14, 2009 9:46 PM | Report abuse

Under the heading "next victims" prospect fodder for the relief pitching gas can fire:

Erstwhile former closer Zinicola allowed a run ruining a shutout. While former 1st round pick Clint Everts is on doing well with a 0.00 ERA

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:53 PM | Report abuse

Hanrahan seems to be about the same. His ERA is down from 6.92 to 6.23 (if that means much for a reliever). Lost a game, so his record is 1-4. That's the stats, would have to read the blogs. And there ya go, Nats win!

Posted by: Nats_Lady | August 14, 2009 10:07 PM | Report abuse

@peri: It's great that somebody else is looking at the minors for possible promotions, but ease back on the peddle a little, will ya?
> Lehman is an '09 draft pick (13th rd), seeing time in VT & HAG so far. He might stick in HAG to start 2010.
> Morris (4th round - 2009) has been jumped from college to GCL to HAG in 2009; I've already weighed in on him for 2010.
> Clegg (21st round, 2009), Jenkins (17th round, 2009) & Swyneburg (28th round, 2009) should start the year in either VT or the GCL in 2010.
> Bronson (29th round, 2009), might move to HAG in 2010; Morrison (32nd round, 2009), & Crane (24th round, 2009) should both start with VT in 2010.
> Of the 2009-drafted hitters you mention, Walker should start 2010 in VT, Nicol could start as high as HAG, Bloxom as high as POT, and Sferra as high as HAG.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:09 PM | Report abuse

@periculum: If Karns has indeed gone pro with the IL, instead of returning to school, I think he is lost to the Nationals.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:13 PM | Report abuse


From what I've read and heard, Nathaniel Karns could be the eye opening sleeper to go with Strasburg and Storen.

Kobernus is still on the DL. I'd expect he would start in GCL next year given his injury?

Other than Storen, you appear to be dead on ... they do appear to be interested in letting these guys take a bit of time to get seasoning. And because of this draft class of pitchers they appear to have enough in Syracuse, both starter and relief wise to look at right now with out reaching any lower. Can't see them dipping to AA as they have in the past.

Bats are weak except in Syracuse, where Kory Casto and Maxwell have improved ... there's Morris and Desmond.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 10:19 PM | Report abuse

@jds50: No suprise in those scores - the Pirates have been reduced to a AAA (not even AAAA) club for the remainder of 2009; They're going to get exposed by teams with decent pitching for the remainder if the season.

Focusing on the current events, Another "curly W" goes into the books tonight. Sweet.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:20 PM | Report abuse

@BinM, if Karns did return to Texas Tech he purportedly would be part of a "power rotation" with potential 1st rounders. But I think I read he went to the Independent League. You may be right about losing him as I have heard nothing where he is concerned ...

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 10:26 PM | Report abuse

If the Nats could reel off another win streak they may actually become "respectable" relative to the rest of baseball. They may then become attractive to potential free agents next year.

Now that the Nick deal is done they probably should try to extend Dunn's contract. That would give them a heart of the batting order for a number of years whilst awaiting Marerro and others.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 10:29 PM | Report abuse

I'd think that Kobernus goes to EST, then joins HAG, with POT easily in his reach if the knee is o.k. He's a step behind Lombardozzi at this point.

Desmond might start the season either starting in SYR or subbing in WSH, depending on what happens in the off-season; He really needs to be more consistent with his glove & arm to become a real ML-SS/MI in 2010 or beyond.

Morse [Morris] could become a viable UT player for WSH in 2010; Spring Training will tell.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

Non-Nats Note redux:
Our Virginia state champion Little League team, the Chantilly Americans, lost the Southeastern Regional final to Georgia tonight, 6-3. They played well but were hurt by a 3-run 5th for Georgia.
With runners on 1st and 2nd in the 5th, the Georgia batter hit a ball to short that caromed off the runner's foot (no call). On the same play, the Chantilly players muffed a rundown between 3rd and home, allowing two runs to score.

Posted by: chime1211 | August 14, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

The team doesn't need to offer extensions to anyone on the current roster until the end of the season, IMO. There are a number of players on the roster entering Arbitration (either 1 or 2), and players on the 40-man eligible for recall that need to get a serious look before the FO starts throwing out extensions.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:52 PM | Report abuse

@chime: Regrets, but take heart in a season well-played by the youngsters. A hearty "Well Done & Well Played" to all the kids on that roster.

The loss hurts now, but will feel better in hindsight.

Posted by: BinM | August 14, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse


Oooops sorry I meant Morse. Dunn seems like a pretty valuable commodity. With Willingham, Zimmerman, Morgan, and Dukes already locked in ...

Wouldn't it make sense to "lock-in" Dunn, while attempting to improve the quality of pitching and finding some middle-infielders?

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 11:01 PM | Report abuse

Well,well,well, Garrett Mock back to Syracuse eh, not so fast my friend remove your size ten from your pie hole and say your sorry!!!

Posted by: dargregmag | August 14, 2009 11:15 PM | Report abuse

Pitcher of the Week
Nathan Karns, Coppell Copperheads

"Nathaniel Karns captured Pitcher of the Week honors with one spectacular start against the East Texas Pump Jacks on July 24. Karns struck out a TCL season-high 15 batters in seven innings of work, carrying a no-hitter into the seventh inning before allowing an infield single. He gave up just the one hit and walked three, surrendering a pair of unearned runs in Coppell’s come-from-behind victory. The junior righthander was a member of the Texas Tech rotation in the spring."

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 11:23 PM | Report abuse

Ouch - from the Assoc. Press:

CINCINNATI -- The Washington Nationals made the most of getting some pop from two unlikely sources.

Rafael Belliard and Wil Nieves hit solo home runs to back Garrett Mock's seven solid innings and Washington snapped a three-game losing streak with a 2-0 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Friday night.

Posted by: PattyinSJ | August 14, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a "faith-based" athletes-in-action league ... I think Karns can return to Texas Tech for his senior year.

Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 11:30 PM | Report abuse

Erstwhile former closer Zinicola ...
Posted by: periculum | August 14, 2009 9:53 PM

Posted by: Sec3mysofa | August 14, 2009 11:36 PM | Report abuse

"I have a friend who's uncle is living in San Diego area. This uncle's nephew is dating a girl who's sister has a friend who is waiting tables at the country club..."

What a reliable source.

Posted by: jkraeg | August 15, 2009 1:46 PM | Report abuse

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