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  1. Lane Thomas has been downright brutal at the plate the last two years. Smaller sample sizes. But I guess the potential (he put up nice #s his first year), coupled with the controllable contract, was the intrigue.
  2. Drew Millas - A's 10th best prospect and was moving up the charts. Catcher. A seventh-round selection by the A’s in 2019, Millas entered the organization as arguably the top defensive college catcher in the nation. An elbow injury slowed him down in his first summer of pro ball, but Millas is now healthy again and gained some valuable experience by catching some bullpen sessions in big league camp this spring. 23 years old. Having a solid year in High-A ball. Seth Shuman - Shuman, 23 years old, and at High-A, is a pitchability righty up to 94, with command of four serviceable pitches. STR
  3. Here is an updated list of Nats' prospects. Surprised to see Cade Cavelli third! In any case, the Nats went from having one top 100 prospect to three. After taking this all in, I like the trades. In a few years, you can easily have Gray and Cavelli as regular starters, with high upside, in the starting rotation... and Ruiz behind the dish. Nats will sign a good SS in the off-season.
  4. Daniel Hudson return. RHP Mason Thompson - Thompson, 23, is the No. 9 prospect in San Diego’s Minor League system, according to MLBPipeline.com and No. 15 per Baseball America. He is 4-3 with a 5.34 ERA in 24 games for Triple-A El Paso this season. Thompson has recorded 25 strikeouts and allowed eight walks in 28.2 innings of work. The 6-foot-7, 223-pound right-hander made his Major League debut on June 22 at Los Angeles (NL). He went on to make four appearances out of San Diego’s bullpen, allowing one earned run on four hits with two strikeouts and one walk in 3.0 innings pitc
  5. Aldo Ramirez (for Schwarber)... "Ramirez is currently eighth in the SoxProspects Rankings, holding steady for the season, even though he is currently on the disabled list with right-elbow tendonitis. For the year, the 20-year-old Ramirez has a 2.03 ERA and 1.13 WHIP in 31 innings with Low-A Salem. He has 32 strikeouts and only 8 walks and opponents are hitting .221/.269/.311 against him. Potential back-end starter. Ceiling of a mid-rotation starter. Very interesting young arm with a strong track record of performance in the low minors against age-advanced competition. Has advanced fe
  6. On FA shortstops... The 2021-22 free agent shortstop class still includes seven starting-caliber players in Seager, Carlos Correa, Trevor Story, Javier Baez, Marcus Semien, Andrelton Simmons, and Jose Iglesias. Not a bad list at all.
  7. Any perception that the Nats didn't get enough is shortsighted. We're talking about prospects. You have zero clue. We'll know three years from now. A good read from a great, analytical site. A couple quotes: "Ruiz’s feel for contact is incredible. He’s a switch-hitter with a very controlled, smooth, short stroke from both sides. He’s run strikeout rates in the 8 to 12% range during his minor league career and he projects to have a 70-grade hit tool, which is almost unheard of for a catcher." "Carrillo is a 40+ FV prospect (which basically means I think he’s an impact reliever, bu
  8. I don't even know where to start with this trade. Obviously I love it. THANK YOU RUSS. While I don't think Russ plays winning basketball, he put up huge #s, and that is what drove up his value... and that is what led to this haul. I simply don't know how he'll co-exist with Bron and AD in LA. I just can't see it. Credit to NBC Sports Washington for this. But the Wall-Russ-Lakers trade... "One way is they initially got a first round pick back, effectively canceling out the one they attached with Wall to get Westbrook. Another is that they took a contract no one thought was tradeable in Wal
  9. It's all about the contract and what's left. Trea was the star of that trade. Read this morning that the Lerner's were "down" because they never experienced the revenue jump a World Series brings due to C19. I really don't know what to think of the Lerners at this point. They seem to be 1) really rich; and 2) financially frugal. Is frugal the right word? Cheap? They've spent on guys before. They love deferred money. I'm not sure how to characterize them. Here's the deal though. We won a World Series... and we simply weren't positioned to win another one with this current roster. Thank you
  10. I'm back for the TRADE TALK! Who among us wants to sit on their hands? Max gone. Trea gone. LFG! Everything is prefaced with... "for the right price." Just nipping that silliness response in the bud. https://www.mlb.com/news/nationals-selling-at-trade-deadline
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