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Washington Nationals: 2011 MLB Draft Results, Reviews, Anthony Rendon.

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• Programming Notes: One question. The Giants announcers I listened to while driving back to NJ last night asked the same one. Bottom of the eighth, 4-1 Nats, two runners on, Todd Coffey's struggling. Aubrey Huff is due up with runners on second and third. Huff's splits this season, .177/.250/.348 vs (28 vs 158) RHP, .328/.353/.453 (21 for 64) vs LHP. The Nationals turn to left-hander Sean Burnett. Huff hits a bloop single (or what Gameday calls, "a soft fly ball to right.") Two runs score, 4-3 and Huff eventually scores to tie it. Leave the struggling Coffey in? If you were watching the game, how did Coffey look? Would you have gone Lefty vs Lefty rather than right-hander vs Huff? Too small a sample to go against conventional "wisdom" or "the book"? The Nats and Giants go at it again tonight...Jordan Zimmermann vs Jonathan Sanchez at 10:15 pm EDT. MASN2 HD, 106.7 the FAN in D.C., 1500 WFED, Sirius/XM ch. 188...Who's Watching The Nationals?



• "Rendon was the top-rated player in the draft, according to industry bible Baseball America, and was projected by many analysts to go within the first handful of picks." - "Draft surprise: Rice 3B Anthony Rendon falls to Nationals with sixth overall pick" - Dave Sheinin, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'I think my injuries only make me stronger as a person,' he said on the MLB Network’s telecast of the draft." - "Rendon at No. 6 pleases Nationals" - Rich Campbell, Washington Times

• National Nats Coverage: 

• "So little wonder that there is growing industry speculation that Prince Fielder could be a target of the Nationals in the fall, when he becomes a free agent." - "Washington Nationals still piling up bats while projecting where draft could lead" - Buster Olney, ESPN

• "If the Rays could get the right pieces — right-handed setup man Tyler Clippard and a young position prospect perhaps? — maybe they could make an Upton deal work." - "Cubs mess just getting worse" - Ken Rosenthal, FOX Sports on MSN

• "Meyer has plus-plus stuff. The one pitch he needs to refine, as do most amateur pitchers, is his changeup. Kline doesn't envision that being a problem." - "Meyer and Goodwin round out impressive first day at draft for Nats" - Byron Kerr,

• "'I better shape up, huh?' Zimmerman asked jokingly. 'Obviously the point of the draft is to take the best player available.'" - "Zimmerman understands Rendon selection" - Bill Ladson, All Nats All the Time

• "The 6-foot, 190-pound Rendon, who happens to turn 21 today, entered his junior season at Rice widely considered the best amateur player in the country." - "Nats get 3B Rendon with 6th pick" - Mark Zuckerman,

• "Clark on whether the team considered Meyer at No. 6: 'He was definitely in our mix at six. He just kept getting better and better. We were really worried as to whether he’d be there at 23." - "Nats’ brass giddy over team’s haul on Day One of MLB draft" - Dave Sheinin, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "'We were one hit away and they were one hit away also,' Morse said. 'We fought all the way to the end. Their pitchers held us right there.'" - "Giants stop the Nationals 5-4 in extra innings" - Amanda Comak, Washington Times

• "'You've just got to keep pitching,' Burnett said. 'That's what I've been telling myself, and that's what I've been told, is just keep trying to make pitches.'" - "Nationals' bullpen continues to look like a problem" - Ben Goessling,

• "[Lannan] referred to his starts as 'a battle,' trying to find the correct feel for his sinker, to convince himself to trust his best, most essential pitch.'" - "Despite loss, John Lannan keeps ‘rolling’ with his sinker" - Adam Kilgore, Nationals Journal - The Washington Post

• "Nationals top selection Anthony Rendon rewrote the record books at a baseball-rich school in Rice University." "Rendon rewrote the Rice record books and other amazing facts" - Byron Kerr,

• "'The Giants, that's how they won it last year,' Lannan said of the reigning World Series champions. 'They don't give up.'" - "Washington Nationals at San Francisco Giants: Nats can't hold off Giants in series opener" - Eric Gilmore, WSH Recap

• "The 6-foot-9 right-hander gives the Nationals another power arm; his fastball has been clocked at 97 mph, and he also throws a hard slider in the high 80s." - "Nationals take Alex Meyer with 23rd pick" - Ben Goessling,

• "'It didn't matter to me if I went one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 13th or 30th. It didn't matter to me.'" - "Slugger Anthony Rendon has memorable Draft experience" - Moisekapenda Bower and Bill Ladson, News

• "Yes, he blew a kiss to the opposing pitcher. Don't believe me? Click on the above video from Comcast SportsNet." - "Tuesday thoughts" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats


• "Bryce Harper blasted his 14th Home Run of the season, a solo shot off of Greensboro Grasshoppers pitcher Zachary Neal. Harper then appeared to blow a kiss to Neal as he rounded 3rd base." - "Bryce Harper Hits Home Run – Blows Kiss To The Pitcher" - Harpermania

Class-A Potomac - "The Nationals All-Star third baseman - recovering from a torn abdominal muscle - doubled and singled in his first two at-bats." - "Ryan Zimmerman Goes 2-3 in P-Nats Loss" - Potomac Nationals News

Triple-A Syracuse: "In the sixth, Chris Marrero launched a two-run home run to drive in Jesus Valdez. The long ball was Marrero's team-leading seventh, and his second homer of the series." - "Chiefs done in by Indians' 7th inning rally" - Syracuse Chiefs News

• "Things were looking good for a vintage 2010 Harrisburg Tommy Milone strikezone hammering exhibition." - "Tuesday’s News & Notes" - Sue Dinem,

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• "[Rendon's] a big-time hitter and excellent fielder, drawing comparisons to David Wright, Evan Longoria, and, yes, Ryan Zimmerman." - "Nationals Charmed Life in the Draft" - Steven, FJB

• "Lannan deserved a better fate.  He went seven innings, allowing just one earned run on the solo homer to Aaron Rowand." - "GAME 60 REVIEW: Another Late Lead Slips Away From Nats; Lose in 13" - Dave Nichols, NatsNewsNetwork

• "For some reason, MASN has gotten rid of the trivia question during the game and instead presents two 'Trivia Facts.' Umm, what?" - "MASN ditches trivia question during Nats telecasts" - Zach Myles, DC Double Play

• "Anyways, Lannan has made it through at least 6 innings in 5 of his last 6 starts. In those same 6 starts, he's induced double digit ground ball outs in half of them." - "John Lannan Has Turned a Corner" - Joe Drogan, Capitol Baseball

• "A look at the box score shows the four run output was mostly a result of two players, Ian Desmond and Mike Morse." - "Shot Through The Heart: Nationals Give Up Four Run Lead Against Giants, Lose In 13" - Will Yoder, The Nats Blog

• "Not knowing whether or not you're going to play tomorrow can shake a young guy's confidence if they haven't built it up yet, or throw off a veteran's momentum if they've gotten to that point." - "Uniform alteration could fashion change for Nats" -, Nationals Buzz: Rachel Levitin

• "13 innings of Torture. Nats KO Lincecum early, but bullpen lets Giants up off the mat late." - "Too bad the Giants didn't just leave Timmy in..." - Nationals Enquirer

• "I know everyone loves their draft the day after and the rubber won't meet the road for three to five years. However, when you have a draft say like the Nats did, its OK to celebrate just a little." - "Buster Blog: Nationals' Future" - traderkirk, Bang! Zoom!


• Mets: "Face of the franchise, top of the order sparkplug, heartbeat of the team… all describe Jose Reyes’ value to the Mets." - "Don’t Expect Jose Reyes To Remain On New York Mets Beyond July 31st Trading Deadline" - Sean Hartnett, CBS New York

Braves: "Mauro Gomez and Adam Milligan both had walkoff hits for their teams, while Aaron Shafer and Caleb Brewer had solid starts and the DSL Braves dominated their opponent." - "Gomez and Milligan Walkoff With Victories To Highlight Monday's Atlanta Braves Minor League Action" - cbwilk, Talking Chop

Phillies: "Cliff Lee has shown just a few snippets of his anger during his time with the Phillies, and each time they had to do with balls hit back to him." - "Lee takes command, Phillies beat Dodgers 3-1" Martin Frank, Courier-Post |

Marlins"Hanley Ramirez said Monday his injured back was feeling the best it has been in more than a week. But it wasn’t good enough to keep him off the 15-day disabled list." - "Florida Marlins’ Hanley Ramirez goes on DL; lefty Brad Hand called up" - Clark Spencer, Florida Marlins -