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Nationals prospect Rafael Martin, 27, shown during an Arizona Fall League game, thrives on the motion of his pitches. "I find my release point where the ball is cutting a lot and I'll stay there," he said. He's setting his sights on starting the 2012 season at Triple-A. (Rick Scuteri/Special to The Washington Times)

Nationals prospect Rafael Martin, 27, shown during an Arizona Fall League game, thrives on the motion of his pitches. "I find my release point where the ball is cutting a lot and I'll stay there," he said. He's setting his sights on starting the 2012 season at Triple-A. (Rick Scuteri/Special to The Washington Times)

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