Thanks to reader "Joltin' Joe Orsulak" for posting the most recent diary, which notes that the Washington Nationals have earned the dubious distinction of the S.S. Poseidon Award for worst MLB farm system, in voting recently concluded at prospect-maven John Sickels' minor league SBN site.
I suppose voter "Natfan" speaks for us, um, Nats' fans when he (?) graciously accepted the award by proclaiming:
Apparently, the Nats took in 29 percent of the vote. So, you know, only a plurality . . .
Hey, I'm trying to think positively here!
This seems a fine time to announce the subject of the next-generation Rueckel Report. And I'd love to, except I have no real assurance that he will be in the Nats' organization come the 2006 season. (As stated previously at my old blog, such a condition is probably immaterial as to whether I'll continue to track Baby Ruckles.)
So, who is this new guy? Well, if you followed my old site at all, you'd recall that I went to school at The George Washington University. It only stands to reason that I'd pick a fellow GW grad, organizational pitcher-of-the-year Mike O'Connor.
Here's what Nationals Farm Authority had to say about O'Connor:
So . . . if he's around, I'll follow O'Connor. If not, maybe John Flaherty will add some GeeDub representation to the Nats. He did hit .165/.206/.252 this past season. Hail to the buff, baby, . . . hail to the blue.