[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."
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