Nationals announce 2014 minor league rosters

Nationals announce 2014 minor league rosters
April 1, 2014, 7:00 pm
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Each of the Nationals' four minor minor league affiliates begin their seasons on Thursday. Here is a look at their rosters for 2014:

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs

Pitchers

Xavier Cedeno
Manny Delcarmen
Christian Garcia
Warner Madrigal
Ryan Mattheus
Omar Poveda
Josh Roenicke
Danny Rosenbaum
Ryan Tatusko
Taylor Hill
Blake Treinen

Catchers

Jeff Howell
Jhonatan Solano

Infielders

Emmanuel Burris
Brandon Laird
Brock Peterson
Will Rhymes
Zach Walters

Outfielders

Brian Goodwin
Tyler Moore
Jeff Kobernus
Eury Perez
Steven Souza Jr.

Double-AA Harrisburg Senators

Pitchers

Gabriel Alfaro
Colin Bates
A.J. Cole
Robert Gilliam
Matt Grace
Tyler Herron
Neil Holland
Zack Jackson
Richie Mirowski
Ryan Perry
Matt Purke
Felipe Rivero
Blake Schwartz

Catchers

Mitch Canham
Sandy Leon

Infielders

Justin Bloxom
Cutter Dykstra
Rick Hague
Jason Martinson
Sean Nicol
Matt Skole

Outfielders

Destin Hood
Caleb Ramsey
Michael A. Taylor
Drew Vettleson

Single-A Potomac Nationals

Pitchers

Dakota Bacus
Robert Benincasa
Ian Dickson
Brian Dupra
Pedro Encarnacion
Bryan Harper
Travis Henke
Nick Lee
Gilberto Mendez
Ronald Pena
Brian Rauh
Derek Self

Catchers

Cole Leonida
Pedro Severino

Infielders

Kevin Keyes
Mike McQuillan
Stephen Perez
Tony Renda
Adrian Sanchez
Oscar Tejada

Outfielders

Brandon Miller
Justin Miller
Randolph Oduber
Will Piwnica-Worms

Single-A Hagerstown Suns

Pitchers

Dixon Anderson
Andrew Cooper
Lucas Giolito
L.J. Hollins
Jake Johansen
Nick Pivetta
Hector Silvestre
John Simms
Matthew Spann
Wander Suero
Justin Thomas
Austin Voth
Jake Walsh

Catchers

Spencer Kieboom
Craig Manuel

Infielders

Wilmer Difo
David Masters
Khayyan Norfork
Drew Ward
James Yezzo

Outfielders

Isaac Ballou
Rafael Bautista
Estarlin Martinez
Willman Rodriguez
John Wooten

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A few things stand out in the roster announcement. Brian Goodwin, the Nats' top outfield prospect, will try his hand at Triple-A. He has a .265 career average in the minor leagues after signing as a first round pick, and is entering a big year.

Top overall prospect Lucas Giolito will begin the season at Single-A Hagerstown, as will last year's top pick, Jake Johansen. Hagerstown isn't as close as Potomac, but a trip up there may be worthwhile for Nationals fans.

Harrisburg features a few of the Nats' top prospects including Matt Skole, Matt Purke and A.J. Cole. Skole and Cole, in particular, could be September call-ups if they play their cards right. Don't be surprised if you see either in the big leagues this season.

For Syracuse, just look at their outfield. Between Goodwin, Tyler Moore, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Steven Souza Jr., that's a very talented crop of minor leaguers. Most of them will probably find their way to Washington this season, and Goodwin is still a big part of their longterm plan in center field.

What are your thoughts on the Nats' minor league rosters? See any surprises?