So far this season has brought bitter fruit from the big boys in Natstown. Last year's bullpen strength is this year's Chad Guadinesque mirage. The loss of Willingham and Dunn has so far yielded a chasm of LaMorse FAIL. But I think Rizzo's moves have made this year as much about asset management and player development. So my attention remains heavily focused on the minors. Our minors have made a great leap forward from terrible to respectable. We have solid, age appropriate prospects at all level of the minors who can contribute to DC. We have solid MLB experienced depth in Syracuse seeking to be led to victory and inspired by The Shark and his uber-Fans from DC. Nats minor leagues kicks off with the following matchups on Thursday after the jump.
Hope the new hope of the affiliates can provide a welcome tonic for those wounded by the struggles against the Marlins. Please feel free to add any things you want to learn about minors coverage in the comments. I'm still spinning my wheels on how to be a bit more efficient with my time and how to serve as a complement to the improved minors coverage around the Natmosphere from folks like Byron Kerr at MASN and Sue Dinem at nationalsprospects.com rather than repeat much of their outstanding work.