FBb On MASN: On The Washington Nationals' Next Wave

Win McNamee

Washington Nationals' GM Mike Rizzo was willing to trade some of the pitching prospects in the organization over the last few seasons because he believes there is enough depth in the system to keep producing the type of talent he parted with in the deals that brought Gio Gonzalez and Denard Span to D.C.

[ed. note - "Every Friday morning throughout this season, hopefully, if they'll continue to have me, I'll be writing a post over at MASNSports.com, "... as part of MASNsports.com's season-long initiative of welcoming guest," writers to their site. All opinions expressed are my own... A sample follows... You can read the entire post HERE or through the link included below."]:

"When a listener asked the Nationals' 52-year-old GM about the return Washington got in the [Michael] Morse deal on 106.7 The Fan in D.C. this week, Rizzo reiterated that he liked the prospects the Nats got back from the A's in the three-team trade.

"'We got three power arms for (Morse) that are going to help us in the near-future,' the fifth-year general manager explained. '[Blake] Treinen is in Double-A throwing extremely well, up to 97-98 mph. A.J. Cole is really starting to take the next step. He'll end up in Double-A this year. Treinen will end up in Triple-A and Ian Krol is a reliever in Double-A at (22)-years-old, who is a power lefty who has, I think he's got a (1.10) ERA in Double-A.'

"Krol and Paul Demny, the 23-year-old right-handed 2008 sixth-round pick Rizzo mentioned as part of the next wave of pitchers in the organization, combined for a no-hitter with the Double-A Senators Thursday night on the road against the Binghamton Mets. Demny threw eight innings in which he allowed one unearned run but no hits and Krol lowered his ERA with a scoreless ninth to complete the fourth no-hitter in Harrisburg franchise history.

"In addition to the likes of Demny, Krol, Nate Karns and Treinen, who are already pitching at Double-A, the Senators just got a new pitcher Thursday when 24-year-old 2009 ninth-round pick Taylor Jordan was promoted to Harrisburg from Potomac after posting a 1.24 ERA in his first six starts with the P-Nats. Though Taylor's a lesser-known prospect, some people in the Nationals' organization are high on the right-hander."

• Read the entire post over at MASNSports.com's Nationals Buzz.

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