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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 02/14/2011

Long toss: What are your top story lines?

By Washington Post editors

Yesterday Adam Kilgore listed five things to watch for in spring training.

In short they were:
-- Jayson Werth becomes a National.
-- Bryce Harper's first spring training.
-- Mike Rizzo's defense debuts.
-- Can Nyjer Morgan seize center field?
-- The state of the rotation.

What do you think? Did he leave out anything? What story lines are you looking forward to?

By Washington Post editors  | February 14, 2011; 11:45 AM ET
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I want to get the early read on what WJFK coverage of the Nats will be like. Will they broadcast some spring games? Will they start having radio shows or long segments devoted to the team? Will Mike Wise be forced to acknowledge their existence?


Posted by: kevincostello | February 14, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

The state of the rotation is always a question mark unless you are the Phillies this year.

I think the Nyjer Morgan situation as to will we see Nyjer circa 2009 or the guy who cost this team dearly in 2010.

Will any surprises happen like last March with Dukes DFA'd or a positive surprise like a Maya, Detwiler, Corey Brown or Jesus Flores having a great Spring. How will Bryce Harper do facing a team's #1 pitcher in Spring Training?

Will a closer emerge out of the group?

This will be another interesting Spring!

Posted by: GoingGoingGone | February 14, 2011 12:29 PM | Report abuse

No he didn't leave anything out and WP Editors, your post is redundant. You've been sticking in a lot of posts that I've learend now to ignore.

Either let Adam run the Journal or don't. Let him do his job.

Nice pieces on the Dominican Adam and I appreciate your explanation in the Journal of why the two issues are seperate track stories. I agree.

Looking forward to your coverage this spring.

Posted by: DCSec112 | February 14, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

I believe the development of the youngsters targeted to start or play alot is a huge story to track. The Nats have built their plans around developing young talent inhouse and we are all expecting to fruit to ripen this year. Desmond, Espinoza, Ramos, Bernidina, J Zimmerman, Storen are all expected to play alot. Are they quality major leaguers to build around? This is the year to find out if the talent pipeline is pruducing something.

Posted by: cabraman | February 14, 2011 12:55 PM | Report abuse

Ramos v. Flores should be a good one.

Some that not many people probably don't care about, but I think will be interesting is watching what happens with Bernadina and Gonzalez vs. Cora.

Gonzalez is what he is, good defense, little bat, and I don't know much about Cora, but it looks like much of the same. One of the two is probably going to be in the back up infielder spot. It will be interesting to see how that plays out, or if a dark horse emerges.

At the end of last year, I thought Bernadina was a lock for the roster, more so than Morse, but we've signed a few players that he'll need to compete with in Left, and he won't be unseating Werth any time soon... Maybe he'll be the competition with Morgan for Center. There is a lot of different ways the outfield can shake our of spring training.

Ramos at Catcher over Flores
Gonzo DFA, Cora as back-up infield
Morgan DFA, Bernadina or Werth in Center, the other in Left

Posted by: Kavorka | February 14, 2011 1:03 PM | Report abuse

A darkhorse candidate:

- The first Nationals no-hitter or perfect game thrown at Nats Park.

Posted by: ImWithStupid | February 14, 2011 1:24 PM | Report abuse

If Dukes aligations are true, who toked the chronic with him last year? Where was his peer pressure coming from or was it all in his mind? Was there a one armed man involved perhaps? His prosthetic arm being bored out with a water reservoir for hookah like pleasures...or what! For gonjas suchs tell us !!!

Posted by: Berndaddy | February 14, 2011 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Jesus Flores is a good player to see updates on. Closer competition is another good story line.

No contract talk - just baseball talk.

Go Nats!

And DCSec112, I know you are the committee lead of the Department of Redundancy Department, but please give it a REST! If you don't like a posting - SKIP IT!

Posted by: dand187 | February 14, 2011 2:49 PM | Report abuse

I think a good one is

-Will Roger "The Shark" Bernadina have the opportunity to break out?

In the games I was at last year, I watched Bernadina make amazing plays in the outfield and I saw him come up clutch (game tying shot vs. the Cardinals). He reminds me a lot of Curtis Granderson. I think if he has the opportunity to play, whether in center or left, he could have a breakout year.

Is this the year of the shark?

Posted by: terrycalcium | February 14, 2011 6:37 PM | Report abuse

All good stories... I'd probably put Storen holding onto the closers role ahead of Rizzo's defense in the top 5. Outside of the top 5, how about Espy, does he keep the 2B spot? And with Morgan, it's not only CF, but leadoff position as well, if he can't play CF who the hell leads off?

The first two storylines of Werth and Harper are actually probably the two least significant of the five, but they are two most sensantional.

Posted by: break20 | February 15, 2011 1:05 AM | Report abuse

With the context of this year being tenuous, but next year playoff contention being a possibility....

1. Can Zimmermann become a #2 or even #1a starter? That's how he was originally billed.

2. Run production up the middle, Morgan, Desmond, Espinosa....minimizing strikeouts and getting on base. This will be huge for this team, this year, and will dictate weather the Nats are ready for a legitimate 'run' next year. They won't be if 2 of 3 don't succeed now.

Posted by: Bog_Reader | February 15, 2011 9:11 AM | Report abuse

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