09/04/2008 11:20 AM ET
Nationals announce roster for 2008 Instructional League
The Washington Nationals today announced their roster for players participating in the 2008 Instructional League. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Jim Bowden, Assistant General Manager and Vice President, Player Development Bob Boone and Director of Player Development Bobby Williams made the joint announcement.
The Instructional League (IL) is intended to provide the best and brightest prospects in the Nationals' system with high-intensity instruction and attention provided by Washington's top Minor-League coordinators, managers, coaches and instructors. During the 25-day slate, players will participate in workouts and play in games on a daily basis. For the second consecutive year, the Nationals will compete in IL pool play with similar squads from the Astros, Braves and Tigers organizations.
Those invited to the IL will report to the Nationals Spring Training Complex in Viera, FL on Sept. 16, with the first workout scheduled for Sept. 17.
Over half of the club's 47 players participating in the IL were selected in the 2007 or 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
The IL class of 2008 includes shortstop Esmailyn "Smiley" Gonzalez (the 2008 Gulf Coast League batting champion), left-handed pitcher Jack McGeary (Washington's sixth-round selection in the 2007 Draft, led the GCL with 64 strikeouts this season), outfielder Michael Burgess (paced professional baseball with 28 outfield assists, finished second among Nationals farmhands with 24 home runs and tied for second with 79 RBI this season), outfielder Destin Hood (Washington's second-round selection in this year's First-Year Player Draft), shortstop Danny Espinosa (a third-round pick in the '08 Draft out of Long Beach State University), left-handed pitcher Graham Hicks (selected in the fourth round of this June's Draft) and catcher Adrian Nieto (Washington's fifth-round selection in the '08 First-Year Player Draft).
|The Nationals' 2008 Instructional League roster:|
Pitchers (22) ||Catchers (5)||Infielders (11)||Outfielders (9)|
|RHP Edulin Abreu || C Daniel Killian||SS Dani Arias|| OF Michael Burgess|
|LHP William Atwood ||C Sandy Leon ||SS Danny Espinosa||OF Chris Curran|
|RHP Martin Beno||C Adrian Nieto||SS Esmailyn Gonzalez||OF Stephen Englund|
|RHP P.J. Dean||C Derek Norris||3B Stephen King ||OF J.R. Higley|
|RHP Paul Demny||C Sean Rooney ||3B Ronnie Labrie ||OF Destin Hood|
|RHP Shane Erb||2B Stephen Lombardozzi||OF Marcus Jones|
|RHP Marcos Frias||1B Chris Marrero||OF Justin Maxwell|
|LHP Austin Garrett ||1B Tyler Moore || OF Eury Perez|
|LHP Bobby Hansen||2B Jake Smolinski||OF J.P. Ramirez|
|LHP Graham Hicks||2B Francisco Soriano|
|RHP Juan Jaime||3B Steven Souza|
|RHP Cole Kimball |
|LHP Kevin Light|
|LHP Patrick McCoy|
|LHP Jack McGeary|
|RHP Brad Peacock|
|RHP Hassan Pena|
|RHP Jose Pinales|
|RHP Atahualpa Severino|
|RHP Josh Smoker|
|RHP Steven Stewart|
|RHP Colton Willems|