Nats' accelerated camp roster set

Nats' accelerated camp roster set
February 20, 2012, 11:33 pm
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VIERA, Fla. -- Big-league camp is open for business, but the Nationals' minor-league camp won't commence until mid-March. The organization, though, is making sure its top prospects get a chance to start preparing for the season right now.

Keeping with tradition, the Nationals are once again holding an accelerated development program this spring, inviting 47 top prospects to participate in a camp that opens at the same time as the big leaguers do.

Among the most noteworthy participants are a pair of 2011 draft picks: right-hander Alex Meyer and outfielder Brian Goodwin. (Two of their fellow picks, third baseman Anthony Rendon and left-hander Matt Purke, are actually in big-league camp because they were given major-league contracts upon signing last August.)

Also in the accelerated program are 2010 draft picks Sammy Solis and Robbie Ray and top center field prospects Destin Hood and Michael Taylor.

Here's the full list of participants...

PITCHERS (26)Dixon Anderson
Michael Ballard
Dan Cortes
Paul Demny
Brian Dupra
Wirkin Estevez
Christian Garcia
Robert Gilliam
Matthew Grace
Taylor Hill
Greg Holt
Taylor Jordan
Nathan Karns
Jack McGeary
Chris McKenzie
Alex Meyer
Blake Monar
Hassan Pena
Robbie Ray
Tanner Roark
Manny Rodriguez
Daniel Rosenbaum
Sammy Solis
Matt Swynenberg
Kylin Turnbull
Cory Van Allen

CATCHERS (5)David Freitas
Cole Leonida
Adrian Nieto
Beau Seabury
James Skelton

INFIELDERS (9)Justin Bloxom
Blake Kelso
Jeff Kobernus
Rick Hague
Estarlin Martinez
Jason Martinson
Adrian Sanchez
Matt Skole
Zach Walters

OUTFIELDERS (7)Brian Goodwin
Destin Hood
Kevin Keyes
Randolph Oduber
J.P. Ramirez
Caleb Ramsey
Michael Taylor