|C||Ivan Rodriguez||SP 1||John Lannan|
|1B||Adam Dunn||SP 2||Jason Marquis|
|2B||Adam Kennedy||SP 3||Scott Olsen|
|3B||Ryan Zimmerman||SP 4||Garret Mock|
|SS||Cristian Guzman||SP 5||Livan Hernandez|
|CF||Nyjer Morgan||CL||Matt Capps|
|RF||Roger Bernardina||RP||Brian Bruney|
|OF||Willie Harris||RP||Sean Burnett|
|IF||Alberto Gonzalez||RP||Tyler Walker|
Additional roster information can be found at MLB Depth Charts.
|Key Additions||Key Losses|
|C||Ivan Rodriguez||Free Agency||RF||Elijah Dukes||Released|
|2B||Adam Kennedy||Free Agency||C||Brian Schneider||Free Agency|
|SP||Jason Marquis||Free Agency||RP||Mike MacDougal||Free Agency|
Top Prospects: Stephen Strasburg (P), Drew Storen (P), Chris Marrero (1B), Derek Norris (C), Ian Desmond (SS)
The Nationals finished 59-103 in 2009, as had been pretty much been expected. It cost manager Manny Acta his job in July, and was replaced by bench coach Jim Riggleman. There weren’t a lot of bright spots for the team, but there were a few. On offense, 3B Ryan Zimmerman (.292, 33 HR, 106 RBI), and OF Adam Dunn (.267, 38 HR, 105 RBI) led the way. On the pitching side, Jordan Zimmerman pitched well until he got hurt, and John Lannan (9-13, 3.88) will lead the rotation coming into 2010.
The biggest news surrounding the Nationals throughout the 2009 season was their first round draft pick, and their eventual signing of uber-prospect Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg received a record contract for a draft pick, and his early performance in Spring Training point to the possibility of him starting the season in the Majors already.
Team Outlook for 2010
The Nationals are continuing in the process of rebuilding their team. They’ve added some good veteran presences in Jason Marquis and Ivan Rodriguez, and along with 3B Ryan Zimmerman, they are helping to build a good clubhouse feel for their team. They have added some more low-risk high-reward types in closer Matt Capps and Brian Bruney. This team is going to get better, and has a lot of help on the way in the form of C Derek Norris, RP Drew Storen, and of course top prospect Stephen Strasburg.
Again this season, the Nationals will be bombarded with stories and questions regarding their top draft pick, and the player who appears most likely to be taken by them: C Bryce Harper of Southern Nevada CC. Look for this to be a distraction up until the draft, and the potential to be one for the two months following as they try to sign their pick.
Fantasy Outlook for 2010
There’s not a lot to like here, but there are a couple of players. 3B Ryan Zimmerman and OF/1B Adam Dunn are both solid players for any format. Also, OF Nyjer Morgan and SP Stephen Strasburg will both provide value, although there’s some risk involved with both of them.
Prediction for 2010
The Nationals aren’t ready yet. But they’re going to be better than last season, and as their pitching develops they should improve as well. 2010 isn’t going to be their year though.
62-100, 5th in the NL East