District Daily: Breakout year from Harper would be huge for Nationals


Good morning DoD readers, start off your day with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web in today’s District Daily:

Breakout year from Harper would be huge for Nationals

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

WASHINGTON — Although they had the best record in the National League last year, the Nationals had several players who missed significant time because of injuries. They also had some players who simply were not productive. With that in mind, here’s a list of the players who need to put together a strong season in 2015.

OF Bryce Harper: He missed a lot of time because of a left thumb injury, but Harper was arguably Washington’s best player during the NL Division Series. Manager Matt Williams expects Harper to have a breakout season in 2015.

1B Ryan Zimmerman: His days as a third baseman are over. Zimmerman admitted that injuries are the reason he is no longer an above-average third baseman, so look for him to be the starting first baseman for the Nats in 2015. Read full article here.

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(Anthony Castrovince, Sports On Earth)

With Spring Training on the horizon, MLB.com columnist Anthony Castrovince is compiling his annual series of Top 10s. We began with the lineups and rotations, continue now with bullpens and will have an overall power rankings on Thursday before discussing defenses on Friday.

A good bullpen has long been considered an important ingredient in the big league recipe for success. But never in the history of the game have bullpens, by and large, been this stacked with hard-throwers. And never has the mid-inning matchup game been this consequential. There are a lot of reasons for the league-wide decline in offense, but beefed-up bullpens are often cited — by managers, players, evaluators — as the biggest.

While acknowledging that bullpens are inherently fungible, volatile areas and that all of the information below is subject to change, these are the 10 clubs best-situated in the bullpen department as camps open in Florida and Arizona: Read full article here.