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Posted at 2:30 PM ET, 02/27/2011

Players to watch from the Nationals accelerated development camp

By Adam Kilgore

The Nationals released their accelerated development roster, which is comprised the minor league players whom the Nationals chose to get an early start on spring. Typically, they're chosen because the Nationals see something in them, so this is virtually the cream of the Nationals' minor league crop.

From that roster, here are some of the more notable names:

*A.J. Cole, RHP: The Nats picked Cole, 19, in the fourth round last year of Aviedo High. He possessed some of the best stuff in the draft, which is why the Nats paid him a $2 million bonus, a record at the time for a fourth-round pick.

*Rafael Martin, RHP: Martin is the reliever the Nationals signed last February at the start of spring out of the Mexican League. He was an all-star at Class AA Harrisburg last year.

*Jack McGeary, LHP: McGeary recently earned his degree from Stanford, the fruits of a unique arrangement in which the Nationals paid for McGeary's education while he played for the Nationals. He is completing recovery from Tommy John surgery and should begin pitching in full soon.

*Tom Milone, LHP: The Nationals' 2010 minor league pitcher of the year.

*Brad Peacock, RHP: He pitched as a reliever in the Arizona Fall League, but the Nationals still want him to start. He struck out 9.4 batters per nine innings last year at Class A Potomac and Class AA Harrisburg while walking 3.0, a ratio that makes his 4.50 ERA deceiving.

*Robbie Ray, LHP: Scouts rave about Ray, a hard thrower who fell to the 12th round last year because it was assumed he had a strong commitment to pitch for Arkansas in college. The Nationals lured him with a $799,000 signing bonus.

*Daniel Rosenbaum, LHP: He made it to Class A Potomac at 22 last season, then went 3-2 with a 2.09 ERA in seven starts. Average stuff, his competitiveness and, more importantly, his command could make him a big leaguer.

*Sammy Solis, LHP: The third piece of the Nationals' 2010 draft pitching haul. Solis, 22, pitched in the Arizona Fall League after a short stint at Class A Hagerstown last season. The Nationals' second-round choice will probably start the year back in Hagerstown, but he could move quickly through the system.

*Ryan Tatusko, RHP: One of the pitchers the Nationals' acquired from Texas in the Cristian Guzman trade.

*David Freitas, C: A 15th rounder from Hawaii, Freitas was the first Nationals' draft pick to sign last year. He promptly hit .307 with a .408 on-base percentage at Vermont.

*Rick Hague, SS: The Nationals' third-round pick last year.

*Steve Lombardozzi, 2B: He's 5-11, 175 pounds but many Nationals evaluators believe he'll be a major leaguer someday. He played in the Fall League last year.

*Tyler Moore, 1B: The Nationals' 2010 minor league player of the year. He was Babe Ruth for two months last year.

*Eury Perez, OF: He's widely regarded as the Nationals' best outfield prospect following Bryce Harper. He was the Dominican Winter League rookie of the year this offseason. Last year, he stole 64 bases in 77 tries at Hagerstown.

By Adam Kilgore  | February 27, 2011; 2:30 PM ET
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Boy none of those players listed above sound like they'll amount to a hill of beans in MLB, let alone A, AA, or even Rookie ball.

Good luck with all those "prospects" Natinal fans.

Posted by: P00PY_MCP00P | February 27, 2011 2:58 PM | Report abuse

A great list of prospects, but what does making this accelerated development roster really mean? What happens? DO they arrive at minor league camp early, or what?

Posted by: whatsaNATaU | February 27, 2011 3:31 PM | Report abuse

IMHO, Cole, Ray, McGeary, Freitas & Hague are still a year or three away; Martin, Rosenbaum, Tatusco, Moore & Perez could all be good, but need at least another year or more in the minors. The real 'hot slots' are looking like Milone, Peacock, Solis, & Lombardozzi.

If two of those four jump to the Majors this year before September, so much the better.

Posted by: BinM | February 27, 2011 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Players on the accelerated roster do arrive before the rest of the minor leaguers. They get extra time with the Nationals major league coaches.

Posted by: Brian_ | February 27, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Glad to see Tatusko and Peacock mentioned here as they could shake out the major league roster in 2011.

Now, one thing to remember is that other guys who might ordinarily have been invited for this roster are currently Non Roster or 40-man roster invitees to the big league spring training camp including top positional player Derrick Norris (Harper appears to be having problems with breaking pitches and plate discipline but he is after all just starting out), Corey Brown, Chris Marerro, Bryce Harper, Cole Kimball and Adam Carr.

Some of the guys listed could crack the major league roster this year. Barthmaier, Solis, and Peacock look to be possibilities in addition to Kimball and Carr for pitchers. Brown, Marerro and under the heading of you just never know: Derrick Norris for position players.

Posted by: periculum | February 27, 2011 6:32 PM | Report abuse

We're playing you just never know? We'll I'll take Felipe Lopez. just never know.

Posted by: Sunderland | February 27, 2011 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Syracuse looks to be very crowded ... a trade or trades seem imminent or releases? Additionally under the heading of "you just never know" would be pitcher Bradley Meyers who spent most of last year recovering from a foot ailment.

Posted by: periculum | February 27, 2011 6:42 PM | Report abuse

"We're playing you just never know? We'll I'll take Felipe Lopez. just never know."

You've been watching too many Bowden on Segway commercials. New reality Nats fans. new reality. No leather pants on Rizzo last I looked but you just never know ... ~smiles~ NO Way INOUYE!

Posted by: periculum | February 27, 2011 7:02 PM | Report abuse

Leather pants huh? Maybe Judy was knitting Rizzo some PANTS!

Posted by: Sunderland | February 27, 2011 7:04 PM | Report abuse

What was Judy knitting?

Google "Madame Daferge" for the answer.

Posted by: gilbertbp | February 27, 2011 8:27 PM | Report abuse

Hmm @Sunderland == @brue? We'll see. Who was right about Morse?

Posted by: periculum | February 27, 2011 9:25 PM | Report abuse

>*Sammy Solis, LHP

If he keeps throwing strikes, he'll be up in no time. He already has major league stuff. imo. He is green though. But not as green as it looks. Plus, his big deal is that he's a lefty and he's got a pulse>

Posted by: Brue | February 27, 2011 9:34 PM | Report abuse

@Brue, Good point about Solis but he has to beat out Milone, Rosenbaum, [Both top pitchers in the organization last year) and Detwiler (who by all accounts may be vastly improved this year) who are ahead of him prospect-wise ... there still is Chico as well as Mitchell Clegg ... all lefties all ahead of him in theory ... nice change from last year where he probably would be automatically considered the top left-handed pitching prospect. Not as good as some organizations such as Kansas City but they do seem to be going in the right direction?

Posted by: periculum | February 27, 2011 9:59 PM | Report abuse


About Judy Lerner's knitting: good one, but try a web search for Madame Defarge instead.

Posted by: bertbkatz | February 28, 2011 3:07 AM | Report abuse

All of these guys are coming of of productive seasons except for McGeary.But I wouldn't give up on him just yet he was showing signs of putting it together.Plus his schooling is done and now he can just concentrate on baseball.I also wouldn't give up on Smoker,yet either.His K to BB ratio was atrotious but his K/innings pitched was excellent.I think you just let these guy develop and see what you have and keep showing patience,just as the team has shown with Detwiler.Detwiler if you watch him pitch from when he was first drafted before he hurt his hip had very good stuff(better than Mock)This team isn't going to compete for another couple years so just get them healthy and playing with good instruction and see what happens.

Posted by: ydor | March 2, 2011 10:29 AM | Report abuse

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