The Washington Nationals minor league affiliates begin their 2018 campaigns this week. Take a look at each club, and some prospects to keep an eye on.
The Washington Nationals 2018 season is well and truly underway. But over this weekend, most of the club’s minor league affiliates will start off their campaigns.
You will be able to catch the games for the Syracuse Chiefs (Triple A) and Harrisburg Senators (Double A) on MiLB TV throughout the season. While the Potomac Nationals and Hagerstown Suns have radio broadcasts you can listen to, in order to keep up to date with their games.
Here at District on Deck, we’ll aim to bring you regular updates on how each of the minor league teams performs throughout the season. This will include the performance of some of the top prospects within the organization.
Developing players throughout the minor leagues is crucial to any major league club’s survival. Some of these players will make it all the way to their parent club. All your favorite home-grown Nationals will have played for these affiliates at some point.
Other players will make enticing trade bait to secure established veterans. As we saw last season with the acquisition of Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson. These players don’t come for free, unfortunately, and the like of Jesus Luzardo and Sheldon Neuse had to be given up.
So let’s take a look at how each of the Washington Nationals’ affiliates are setting up for the season ahead. And we’ll give you a couple key names to keep tabs on throughout 2018.