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Derek Norris sat in the visitor's dugout, staring at the ground with a grim look. As his teammates headed to the clubhouse, the Nationals' top catching prospect was joined by hitting coach Troy Gingrich of the Harrisburg Senators and the two sat in silence in a near-empty park.
George Allen, the late, legendary coach of the Washington Redskins, is famously known for the quote, "The future is now," which encapsulated his philosophy of building a winner: Eschew youth, trade as many draft picks as possible and load up on wizened, savvy veterans.
Before John Lannan, Alex Morales was the first pitcher in the Washington Nationals organization to make the jump from Class A Potomac to Class AA Harrisburg and then to Class AAA Columbus this season.
The Washington Nationals have promoted their entire starting outfield from low-Class A Hagerstown — including Chris Marrero, last year's first-round draft pick — to high-Class A Potomac in a move that underscores those players' speedy development.
Ross Detwiler, the Washington Nationals' first pick in Thursday's draft, meet Balor Moore — the first first-round pick in the history of the franchise in 1969.