'Your papers, please' must never be heard in America
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
The Nationals' farm system, ranked No. 1 over the winter by Baseball America, fell to No. 12 when it was re-ranked in March in the wake of the Gio Gonzalez trade. Outside of outfielder Bryce Harper, there are more prospects at Single-A and Double-A this year than those who are near major league-ready.
As the Washington Nationals' were paring their spring training roster, preparing for their first round of cuts Monday, third base coach Bo Porter saw Corey Brown's name on the list and put in a plea to keep him.
Nationals spring training roster
To see Rafael Martin bouncing around the fields at the Arizona Fall League is to see him living a life he once thought was impossible.
There's a video on the Internet of Bryce Harper.
"I think there's a really good opportunity and a chance [to make the major leagues]," he said. "I don't talk much. The only way I've got to show talk is on the mound. So that's what I've got to do."
"The owner happened to be there, he saw me pitch and he was like, 'Hey, do you want to try out?'