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Stephen Strasburg / RHP / starter

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The new "Big Train" has a dominating fastball that touches 100 mph. His 4-seam fastball runs like crazy towards his arm side, while his 2-seamer adds a little sink. Strasburg's second pitch is a snapping curveball he commands well. To complete his repertoire, Stephen deals a changeup that dives onto home plate. At 21 years of age, Strasburg has a fresh arm and makes it look easy.

Strasburg began his collegiate career at San Diego State as a lazy, overweight kid with a good arm. Under Head Coach Tony Gwynn, Strasburg turned his baseball path around, dominated the college game his sophomore and junior seasons, and became the #1 overall draft pick in 2009. It appears that the only thing that will slow him down is an injury, and this video scout thinks Stephen has an eerie resemblance to Mark Prior. 6/9/10 CSJ

*4-seam(97-100), 2-seam(96-98), curve(81-84), changeup(89-92)

 

Tyler Clippard / RHP / setup reliever

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"The Yankee Clippard" quickly established himself as an important member of the Nationals bullpen in 2010. His dramatic over-the-top arm angle produces a powerful 4-seam fastball that gets plenty of swings and misses up in the strikezone. Clippard will follow the fastball with a 12 to 6 curveball that will drop onto homeplate. Tyler also owns a changeup that he'll show to LHs, and a slider that he'll show to RHs.

Clippard was drafted by the Yankees and showed promise as a starting pitcher. However, after a couple of so-so seasons in AAA, the Nationals converted Clippard to a reliever, where he enjoyed immediate success. 5/21/10 CSJ

*fastball(92-93), curve(77-78), changeup(81), slider(86)

Drew Storen / RHP / setup reliever

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Storen, the 10th pick of the 2009 draft, reached the big leagues after just 53.2 minor league relief innings. Storen was drafted as a closer after spending two years finishing games for Stanford University.

Storen appears to have the classic closer repertoire of 95 MPH fastball and slicing breaking ball. He delivers the ball with some slinging action that appears to make his fastball run in to RHs. If he has the ability to throw a solid changeup to LHs, he'll be closing games by 2011. 5/21/10 CSJ

*fastball(93-95), slider(85), changeup

Livan Hernandez / RHP / starter

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Livan has regressed to a low 80s fastball and slurvy breaking pitches. He starts with his fastball, a pitch that gets some sink and tail, but is very hittable. Then Livan will flip up multiple sliders in the 70s and a curveball that he varies considerably. The curve can be anywhere between 60 to 70 MPH. Livan's fourth pitch is a changeup that he'll throw to LHs or RHs. He gives up tons of hits but can pitch deep into ballgames when going well. 5/21/10 CSJ

*fastball(82-87), slider(77-82), curve(60-70), changeup(74-78)

Ross Detwiler / LHP / starter

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Detwiler is one of Washington's highly touted young arms. He's tall, thin, lefthanded, and can bring 94 MPH heat. He throws across his body, making for an uncomfortable at-bat for LH hitters. Detwiler owns a decent 11-5 curveball and a straight changeup. Like most young pitchers, if he can keep his velocity up and improve his overall command, he could be a success. 6/26/09 CSJ

*fastball(87-94), curve(75-78), changeup(80-84)

Jason Bergmann / RHP / reliever

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The oft-injured Bergmann has a decent sinking fastball and two different breaking balls. He prefers his slider to the curve, but will throw both pitches to the outside corner almost exclusively. In fact, he'll throw all his pitches to the outside corner, and very rarely come inside intentionally. Bergmann does own a changeup too, but rarely shows it. 5/16/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-93), slider(82-87), curve(74-78), change(82-86)

Collin Balester / RHP / starter

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Balester throws an over-the-top fastball to go with a 12-6 curve and straight changeup. Balester will mix in tons of his secondary pitches, never really counting on his fastball to get the job done. 8/15/08 CSJ

*fastball(90-94), curve(74-78), changeup(81-86)

John Lannan / LHP / starter

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Lannan appears to be your run of the mill soft tossing lefty. However, with an awkward delivery that seems to make batters uncomfortable, he can be hard to hit at times. He starts hitters with a fastball that sits around 87-89 MPH with little movement. Then Lannan will mix in breaking balls and changeups to try and get outs. The former Siena Saint has a slow curve that he'll often try to backdoor LHs with. He'll do the same with his slider, a pitch he improved in 2008. Lastly, Lannan's changeup is straight and varies by only a few MPH from his fastball, but gets good deception. 7/31/09 CSJ

*fastball(86-90), slider(78-83), curve(71-76), changeup(79-83)

Craig Stammen / RHP / starter

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Stammen has never been a big prospect. However, he pitched relatively well throughout the minor leagues, and ended up getting a call with the Nats. With a sinking fastball, good command, and a surprising breaking pitch, he's been getting outs at the big league level as well. 8/1/09 CSJ

*fastball(87-91), curve(77-81), changeup(81-84)

Scott Olsen / LHP / starter

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The "hot-headed" Scott Olsen is often seen pitching with an ice-water soaked hat. He has a very tight slider with a short break, which doesn't appear to break much, if at all. His fastball is a decent pitch when he moves it inside and outside to hitters. Olsen also throws a straight changeup. His changeup used to be a distant third pitch in his repertoire, but he now seems to command it decently and will often mix it in against RHs. 4/6/09 CSJ

*fastball(85-91), slider(78-86), changeup(81-85)

Sean Burnett / LHP / reliever

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Burnett has an awkward, jerking delivery and throws across his body. This makes him unusually tough against LH hitters. He deals a 90mph fastball and a sweeping slider. When forced to face RHs, Burnett will show a changeup. 5/28/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-92), slider(78-81), changeup(81-83)

Shairon Martis / RHP / starter

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Martis has progressed nicely through the Nationals' system, making his major league debut in '08. He throws a decent fastball and has shown good command of his repertoire at every level. Martis' changeup is an average floater, and he deals two breaking pitches. His breaking balls, a slider and curve, look the same, but vary in velocity. 6/4/09 CSJ

*fastball(88-93), changeup(78-82), curve(76-80), slider(82-86)

Matt Chico / LHP / starter

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Chico throws lots of slop up there. His fastball is weak in the mid-80s with little movement. He throws a changeup that doesn't vary much from his fastball and a slow curve. Chico's best pitch may be his tight slider that he often tries to throw inside to RH hitters. 3/8/09 CSJ

Garrett Mock / RHP / starter - reliever

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Rumor has it that Mock is being groomed by the Nationals to be a closer. His stuff doesn't look dominant, but his fastball is heavy and he owns a good curveball. Mock also throws a standard changeup and slider. His delivery reminds me of Brad Lidge. Mock played collegiately at the University of Houston. 4/6/09 CSJ

*fastball(89-93), changeup(79-82), curve(74-78), slider(80-83)


 


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