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09/04/2008 11:20 AM ET
Nationals announce roster for 2008 Instructional League
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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 KillianSS Dani Arias OF Michael Burgess
LHP William Atwood C Sandy Leon SS Danny EspinosaOF Chris Curran
RHP Martin BenoC Adrian NietoSS Esmailyn GonzalezOF Stephen Englund
RHP P.J. DeanC Derek Norris3B Stephen King OF J.R. Higley
RHP Paul DemnyC Sean Rooney 3B Ronnie Labrie OF Destin Hood
RHP Shane Erb2B Stephen LombardozziOF Marcus Jones
RHP Marcos Frias1B Chris MarreroOF Justin Maxwell
LHP Austin Garrett 1B Tyler Moore OF Eury Perez
LHP Bobby Hansen2B Jake SmolinskiOF J.P. Ramirez
LHP Graham Hicks2B Francisco Soriano
RHP Juan Jaime3B 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
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