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Wire Taps: Washington Nationals 2020 MLB Draft talk; Stephen Strasburg debut revisited + more Nats links...

Catch up on the last 24 hours in Nationals news as we all wait for the 2020 MLB Draft to start...

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Ahead of the anniversary of Stephen Strasburg’s June 8, 2010 MLB debut, the Washington Post looks back at the ‘09 No. 1 overall pick’s introduction to the national stage.

It’s almost time for the 2020 MLB Draft, so get caught up with some prospect info and mock drafts to help you out.

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Stephen Strasburg’s Nationals debut: An oral history - (WaPost)
“On June 8, 2010, Stephen Strasburg made what might have been the most highly anticipated debut of any player in the history of Major League Baseball.”

If teams start 19-31 like the Nationals, it really is over in a 50-game season - (NBC Sports Washington)
"To put 50 games in context, just flashback to last season. It’s easy enough. Say it: 19-31. If the Nationals could, they would trademark those numbers together."

Champion Nats ready to build for future in Draft - (
"According to's Jim Callis, righty Cole Wilcox from Georgia could be a match for the Nationals -- if he is still on the board at No. 22."

MLB return: Union fires back at owners in latest statement, reject additional concessions | NBC Sports Washington
The latest whack of the negotiation tether ball came Thursday night when Tony Clark, the executive director of the MLBPA, issued a statement of discontent.

Draft preview: South Carolina righty Carmen Mlodzinski - (MASN)
"Carmen Mlodzinski is a 6-foot-2, 231-lb. right-hander out of South Carolina who is ranked as the No. 21 prospect in the top 200 list."


What would a shorter baseball season mean for the playoff race? - (The Boston Globe)
"What would a 50-game baseball season look like? Under some scenarios based on the 2019 season, the eventual World Series champion would have missed the playoffs and the team with the worst record in the National League would have qualified."


Phillies reliever Seranthony Dominguez likely headed for Tommy John surgery - (Philadelphia Inquirer)
"Dominguez was sidelined late in spring training with the recurrence of an elbow problem that prematurely ended his 2019 season. Doctors recommended Tommy John surgery in March..."

Former Met Matt Harvey's comeback could take him to the KBO: report - (SNY)
"Former Mets pitchers Chris Flexen and Drew Gagnon are among those excelling in the KBO. Could Matt Harvey be next?"

Restocking farm is Braves' priority in 2020 Draft - (
"With just four selections in next week’s MLB Draft, president of baseball operations and general manager Alex Anthopoulos and the Braves will have less room for error..."

Marlins primed to collect haul in 2020 Draft - (
"With the MLB Draft reduced from 40 rounds to five due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Marlins’ mindset is to maximize the quality of their picks."