Potomac Nationals 2010 1B- Tyler Moore

Tyler Moore was the 16th Round draft pick of the Nationals in 2008. Moore was playing for the University of Mississippi.  He burst onto the scene with when we won the 2010 Carolina League slugging 43 doubles, 31 home runs and driving in 111 runs while batting .269. This has been the greatest offensive season in franchise history.  Since then he has spend the parts of the last 3 years with the Washington Nationals producing 18 HRs and 68 RBIs in 180 games. He is expected to compete for the last spot on the Nationals Roster this spring. This is one of his jerseys he wore during that 2010 season that he signed.

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In 2013 the PNATs recognized his accomplishments with the team with a bobblehead. It so happens that the jersey depicted on the bobblehead is the same one in the picture above..

Major Leaguers who played at Pfitzner Stadium

There have been 263 players as of 1 January 2015,  who played for the home team in Prince William County and who have played in the major leagues. That is an average of almost 9 major league players playing each year at Pfitzner Stadium.

Here is the break out by decade:

1980’s

1990’s

2000’s

2010’s

Players Who Played in Prince William County during the 2010’s

2010 Potomac Nationals (16) – Carolina League Champions

  • Steve Lombardozzi : .293 Batting Average,  20 SB
  • Tyler Moore: 43 2b, 31 HR, 111 RBI, .269 Batting Average,  League MVP Best Offensive Season
  • Nyjer Morgan
  • Derek Norris – 12 HR
  • Ivan Rodriquez
  • Cole Kimball
  • Jason Marquis
  • Garrett Mock
  • Yun. Maya
  • Pat McCoy
  • Luis Garcia
  • Ross Detwiler
  • Joe Bisenius
  • Jimmy Barthmaier
  • Tyler Walker
  • Jordan Zimmermann

 

2011 Potomac Nationals (13)

  • Jeff Kobernus: 53 SB
  • Sandy Leon
  • Adrian Nieto
  • Eury Perez: 45 SB
  • Steven Souza: 25 SB
  • Ivan Rodriquez
  • Zach Walters
  • Ryan Zimmerman
  • Erik Davis
  • Garrett Mock
  • Chad Gaudin
  • Stephen Strasburg
  • Chen-Mein Wang

 

2012 Potomac Nationals (20)

  • Mark DeRosa
  • Carlos Maldonado
  • Chris Marrero
  • Mike Morse
  • Xavier Nady
  • Anthony Rendon
  • Steven Souza
  • Chad Tracy
  • Jayson Werth
  • Zach Walters
  • Michael Taylor: 19 SB
  • Jimmy Barthmaier
  • Taylor Hill
  • Nate Karns: 8-4, 2.26 ERA
  • Cole Kimball
  • Brad Lidge
  • Ryan Mattheus
  • Robbie Ray
  • Drew Storen
  • Chen-Mein Wang

2013 Potomac Nationals (11)

  • Billy Burns: 54 SB
  • Bryce Harper
  • Adrian Nieto: .285 Batting Average, 11 HR
  • Wilson Ramos
  • Jayson Werth
  • Ryan Zimmerman
  • Michael Taylor: 51 SB, 87 RBI
  • Ross Detwiler
  • Taylor Jordan: 1.24 ERA
  • Ross Ohelendorf
  • Robbie Ray:  6 Wins

 

2014 Potomac Nationals (8) – Carolina League Champions

  • Bryce Harper
  • Jeff Kobernus
  • Eury Perez
  • Wilson Ramos
  • Ryan Zimmerman
  • Doug Fister
  • Gio Gonzalez
  • Ross Ohelendorf

Players Who Played in Prince William County during the 2000’s

2000 Potomac Cannons (8)

  • Bo Hart
  • Albert Pujols: 21 G 2 HR 10 RBI
  • Esix Snead: 109 SB
  • Jack Wilson
  • Mike Crudale
  • Josh Pearce
  • Les Walrond
  • Steve Stemle

 

2001 Potomac Cannons (7)

  • Coco Crisp: .306 Batting Average, 11 HR, 39 SB
  • Chris Duncan
  • John Gall
  • Bo Hart
  • Chris Naverson
  • Jimmy Journell
  • Carmen Coli

 

2002 Potomac Cannons (6)

  • Skip Schumacher
  • Andy Benes
  • Carmen Cali
  • Matt Duff
  • Dan Haren
  • Josh Kinney

 

2003 Potomac Cannons-Reds (11)

  • Edwin Encarnacion
  • Chris Denorfia
  • Tony Blanco
  • William Bergolla
  • Todd Coffey
  • Clayton Andrews
  • Phil Dumatrait
  • Charlie Manning
  • Brad Salmon
  • Brian Shackelford
  • Scott Sobkowiak

 

2004 Potomac Cannons (10)

  • Tony Blanco
  • Chris Denorfia
  • Chris Dickerson: .312 Batting Average
  • Ryan Hanigan
  • Miquel Perez
  • Joey Votto
  • Jeff Austin
  • Scott MacRae
  • Brad Salmon
  • Corey Thurman

 

2005 Potomac Nationals (14)

  • Kory Castro: .290 Batting Average 22 HR 90 RBI
  • Ramon Castro
  • Ian Desmond
  • Wil Cordero
  • Henry Mateo
  • Jose Vidro
  • Josh Whitesell
  • Bill Bray
  • Brett Campbell
  • Anthony Ferrari
  • Armando Galarraga
  • Mike Hinckley
  • Mike O’Connor: 10 Wins
  • Chris Schroder

2006 Potomac Nationals (17)

  • Roger Bernandina: 28 SB
  • Tony Blanco
  • Ian Desmond
  • Jose Guillen
  • Luke Montz
  • Michael Martinez
  • Brian Schneider
  • Jose Vidro
  • Collin Balester
  • Brett Campbell
  • Shairon Martis
  • John Patterson
  • Craig Stammen
  • Felix Rodriquez
  • Mike Hinckley
  • Jim Henderson
  • Pedro Astacio

 

2007 Potomac Nationals (14)

  • Desmond:  13 HR 27 SB
  • Alex Escobar
  • Chris Marrero
  • Justin Maxwell
  • Luke Montz
  • Luis Ayala
  • Ross Detwiler
  • Shawn Hill
  • Marco Estrada
  • John Lannan: 6-0,  2.13 ERA
  • Sharion Martis
  • John Patterson
  • Craig Stammen
  • Garret Mock

 

2008 Potomac Nationals (18) – Carolina League Champions

  • Ronnie Belliard
  • Elijah Dukes
  • Johnny Estrada
  • Paul Lo Duca
  • Chris Marrero
  • Michael Martinez
  • Jonathan Solano
  • Ryan Zimmerman
  • Chad Cordero
  • Ross Detwiler: 8 Wins
  • Luis Atilano
  • Jhonny Nunez
  • Odalis Perez
  • Atahualpa Severino
  • Zack Segovia
  • Ryan Wagner
  • Craig Stammen
  • Jordan Zimmermann: 3-1, 1.65 ERA

 

2009 Potomac Nationals (15)

  • Danny Espinosa: 18 HR, 72 RBI, 29 SB, .264Batting Average
  • Chris Marrero
  • Michael Martinez
  • Dmitri Young
  • Joe Beimel
  • Luis Garcia
  • Pat McCoy
  • Tommy Milone: 12-5, 2.91 ERA
  • Brad Peacock
  • Scott Olsen
  • Cole Kimball
  • Drew Storen
  • Jordan Zimmermann
  • Kip Wells
  • Atahualpa Severino

Players Who Played in Prince William County during the 1990’s

1990 Prince William Cannons (9)

  • JT Snow
  • Brad Ausmus
  • Russ Davis
  • Sherman Obando
  • Dave Silvestri
  • Mike Draper
  • Kenny Greer
  • Jerry Nielsen
  • Frank Seminara: 16-8, 1.90 ERA – Best Pitching Season in Franchise History

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1991 Prince William Cannons (9)

  • Brad Ausmus
  • Bubba Carpenter
  • Mike Figga
  • Andy Fox
  • Robert Eenhoorn
  • Sherman Obando
  • Sterling Hitchcock
  • Sam Miltello: 12-2, 1.22 ERA,  21 G,  113 Ks
  • Kirt Ojala

 

1992 Prince William Cannons (11)

  • Carl Everett
  • Mike Figga
  • Andy Fox
  • Bubba Carpenter
  • Kevin Jordan
  • Jalal Leach
  • Lyle Mouton
  • Matt Dunbar
  • Kenny Greer
  • Ramon Manon
  • Rafael Quirico

 

1993 Prince William Cannons  (6)

  • Matt Dunbar
  • Jorge Posado: 17 HR, 17 SBS
  • Keith Garagozzo
  • Domingo Jean
  • Ryan Karp
  • Andy Pettitte: 11-9, 3.04

 

1994 Prince William Cannons –t (8)

  • Mike Cameron: 17 3B
  • Jimmy Hurst: 25 HR, 91 RBI, 15 SB
  • Robert Machado
  • Neiro Rodriguez
  • Pete Rose Jr.
  • Craig Wilson
  • Mike Heathcott
  • Mike Bertotti

 

1995 Prince William Cannons- (9)

  • Jeff Abbott
  • Robert Machado
  • Frank Menechino
  • Magglio Ordonez
  • Nelson Cruz- Pitcher
  • Mike Heathcott
  • Todd Rizzo
  • Tom Fordham
  • Chris Clemons

 

1996 Prince William Cannons (7)

  • Mark Johnson
  • Jeff Liefer
  • Brian Simmons
  • Chuck Smith
  • David Lundquist
  • Chris Clemons
  • Carlos Castillio

 

1997 Prince William Cannons (11)

  • Ray Lankford
  • Stubby Clapp
  • Adam Kennedy: .312 Batting Average
  • Bill Ortega
  • Miquel Mejia
  • Andy Benes
  • Armando Almanza
  • Brian Barber
  • Jose Jimenez
  • Braden Looper
  • Cliff Politte:  11-1, 2.24  Era

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1998 Prince William Cannons (9)

  • Adam Kennedy
  • Jose Leon
  • Chris Richard
  • Brent Butler
  • Luis Saturria
  • Rick Ankiel: 18 Years Old, 9-6, 2.79 ERA, 181 K, 12.9Ks  per 9 Innings
  • Matt DeWitt
  • Chad Hutchinson
  • Jason Karnuth

 

1999 Potomac Cannons (6)

  • Bill Ortega
  • Esix Snead: 13 SB
  • Jack Wilson
  • Alan Benes
  • Britt Reames
  • Bud Smith

Players Who Played in Prince William County during the 1980’s

1984 Prince William Pirates (7)

  • Joe Charboneau
  • Felix Fermin
  • Shawn Holman
  • Dave Johnson: 7-1; 1.35 ERA
  • Bip Roberts:  .301 Avg, 77 RBI, 50 SB
  • Rich Seauveur
  • Dorn Taylor

 

1985 Prince William Pirates (9)

  • Barry Bonds-  71 G, 13 HR, 15 SB, .299 Batting Average
  • Bobby Bonilla
  • Shawn Holman
  • Barry Jones
  • Jose Lind
  • Jose Melendez
  • Jim Neidlinger
  • Hipolito Pena
  • John Smiley

 

1986 Prince William Pirates (9)- Lance Belen

  • Tim Drummond
  • Felix Fermin
  • Brett Gideon
  • Jeff King
  • Jose Melendez- 13-10, 2.64 ERA
  • Tom Prince
  • Don Robinson
  • Tommy Shields
  • John Smiley

 

1987 Prince William Yankees (13)

  • Juan Bonilla
  • Fredi Gonzalez
  • Chris Howard
  • Hensley Meuslens .300 Batting Average, 28 HR 103 RBI, 14 SB
  • John Ramos
  • Steve Adkins
  • Marty Bystrom
  • Amalio Carreno
  • Bob Davidson
  • Scott Kamieniecki
  • Tim Layana
  • Ramon Manon
  • Alan Mills

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1988 Prince William Yankees (10)

  • Chris Howard
  • Mitch Lyden
  • Kevin Maas
  • John Ramos
  • Bernie Williams
  • Gerald Williams
  • Alan Mills
  • Scott Kamieniecki
  • Mike Draper
  • Steve Adkins

 

1989 Prince William Cannons– (11) = Carolina League Champions

  • Pat Kelly
  • Mitch Lyden
  • Gerald Williams
  • Mike Draper: 14-8, 3.11 ERA
  • Andy Cook
  • Kenny Greer
  • Jeff Johnson
  • Alan Mills
  • Jerry Nielsen
  • Frank Seminara
  • Wade Taylor

Prince William Pirates

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When the team moved to Prince William County and Pfitzner Stadium in 1984 the team was an affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates and remained such though the 1986 season.

Several quality major leaguers came through the Pfitz during that time period. These players included All Stars Bobby Bonilla and John Smiley, quality MLB veterans Felix Fermin, Jose Lind, Jeff King, Bip Roberts and Tom Prince and perhaps the greatest offensive player in MLB history in Barry Bonds. Bonds played in only 71 games but hit 13 home runs, stole 15 bases and produced a .299 batting average.

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In all 22 players who played for the Prince William Pirates appeared in the major leagues. My favorite year was 1986 since that was the team I had the most memories from as a 7 year old.

1986 Prince William Pirates Team Signed Ball

1986 Prince William Pirates Team Signed Ball

2013 Potomac Nationals 1st Half in Review

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The 2013 Potomac Nationals had the best regular season in franchise history, winning both halves of their division. The PNats went to establish new single-season franchise records for both wins (84) and winning percentage (.604). In the playoffs, they lost in the championship series to the Salem Red Sox. The team outperformed their projected Pythagorean record by 6 wins.

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Like most successful teams it all starts with the coaching staff. The manager for the 2013 PNats was former “Dirt Dog” and a member of the 2004 World Champion Boston Red Sox – Brian Daubach. Daubach was a 17th round draft pick before breaking into the majors with the Marlins in 1998. In 1999, he finished 4th in the American League Rookie of the Year Award race that year. In 2005 he met his debut with the New York Mets, 15 years after they drafted him. He stopped playing in 2006 when the St. Louis Cardinals released him. He finished with 93 home runs and a slash line of .259/.341/.476. After his playing career, Daubach spent time has a broadcaster and a manager in the CanAm League before joining the Washington Nationals staff. He managed the Hagerstown Suns in both 2011 and 2012. He lead the 2011 team to a 75-64 record and the 2012 team to a 82-58 record and an appearance in the South Atlantic League playoffs.

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The pitching coach was Chris Michalak who spent two seasons with the Hagerstown Suns and the past year with the PNats. Michalak appeared in 578 professional games including 61 in the majors. He pitched for Arizona, Texas, Toronto, and Cincinnati in the majors. His best year was when he went 8-9 in 2001 for Toronto and Texas. An interesting fact is he was an extra in the classic sports movie “Rudy”.

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Mark Harris also returned to the PNats as hitting coach in 2013. Harris played in the farm system for the Yankees after being selected in the first round of the 1978 draft. He spent 4 years coaching for the Royals in the minors include a stint as their Minor League Infield Coordinator before joining the Nationals organization. Harris last played professionally in 1980 for the Alexandria Dukes in 1980 and is the first franchise alumni to return to the team as a coach.

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The Potomac Nationals started the season by going 12-13 for the month of April. They were led that month by their returning starting shortstop Jason Martinson. Martinson was rated one of the top prospects in the Nationals farm system before the season. He started the season off right by hitting a home run in his at bat of the year. He followed that by winning the Carolina League Offensive Player of the week for the first two weeks of the season. Martinson was promoted to Double AA Harrisonburg shortly after the all star break. He finished with 12 HRs 53 RBIs, 15SBs a slash line of .268/.374/.484 in only 73 games.

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The leading pitcher for the month of April was Taylor Jordan who by June had worked his way up the ladder to the Washington Nationals. In just 6 games for the PNats including a eight inning shutout on May 2nd at the Pfitz he had a league leading E.R.A of 1.24. He went 2-1 over 36 innings with a WHIP of 1.01.

A personal highlight for me occurred during the first week of the season. At one of the home games against Salem, I threw out the first pitch. It was a great experience and I threw a strike down the middle to PNats reliever Matt Grace.

Taylor Hill

The Potomac Nationals got going in May with a record of 17-11. The team was lead this month by their starting pitchers. Taylor Hill lead the staff with a league leading ERA of 2.31 once Jordan was promoted. Hill also led the league in the lowest walks be nine innings ratio. He went on to finish the season for the PNats 6-2 with a 2.99 ERA and a WHIP of .99 in 15 games. Hill finished the season with the Triple AAA Syracuse Chiefs. He also won a minor league Rawlings Gold Glove award.

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Robbie Ray was another stalwart for the PNats. Ray had a 7 inning no hitter in May against the Winton Salem Dash. He finished the season 6-3 in 15 games, was second on the team in strikeouts with 100 in only 84 innings and averaged an impressive 10.7 strikeouts per 9 innings. Ray was named to the Carolina League All Star team and was promoted to Harrisonburg shortly after the all star break. He was the cornerstone of the Doug Fister trade and is now one of the top ten prospects in Detroit’s system. He could be in Detroit’s rotation by the end of 2014.

In June the PNats went 20-5 with 1 tie. The team sent 4 All Stars – OF Billy Burns, P Blake Schwartz, P Robbie Ray and C Adrian Nieto. In the All Star game the Carolina League beat the California League 12-4.  Billy Burns led off for the Carolina League and went 1-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 stolen bases.  Nieto went 0 for 1 in his one at bat and Blake Schwartz pitched 1 scoreless innings with a strikeout.

Burns

Billy Burns was drafted  in the 32nd round in 2011 and he is a testament to the Washington Nationals scouting department.  Burns led the Carolina league with 54 stolen bases (had a success percentage of 92%), 9 triples and a .422 on base percentage. He finished second in the league in batting average with a .312 clip all in only 92 games.  He was prompted to Double AA in August and continued his hot hitting. Burns was named the 2013 Washington Nationals Minor League Offensive Player of the Year.  His stock soared throughout the year and was traded in the offseason to the Nationals favorite trading partner- the Oakland A’s for Left Handed Reliever Jerry Blevins.

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Blake Schwartz was a 17th round draft pick in 2012.  Schwartz started the season in Hagerstown and went 2-0 in 4 appearances there with a 1.26 ERA. He was then prompted to Potomac to take Taylor Jordan’s spot when Jordan was promoted. Schwartz responded with an 11-4 record in 23 games to go with a 2.65 ERA (second in the league) and a league leading WHIP of 1.078.

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Adrian Nieto was the fourth of the midseason all stars for the PNats He was a fifth round draft choice in 2008. Adrian was one of two PNats who played in the 2013 World Baseball Classic.  He played for Spain and went 5 for 21 with 2 doubles in the qualifier and first round of the tournament before they were eliminated.    Nieto played in 110 games for the PNats and finished in the top 20 in the league in Batting Average (.285), Doubles (29), Home Runs (11), Walks (53), fifth in on base percentage (.373) and 6th in slugging percentage (.449)   He provided a steady presence behind the plate for entire year for the PNats pitching staff and was one of the most unsung members of the team. He was drafted in the Rule 5 Draft by the Chicago White Sox and is expect to compete for their backup catcher spot for 2014.

The first half was an overwhelming  success for the PNats!

2014 NatsFest Review

thCAH7UD8GA lot has already been written by others recapping the 2014 Natsfest so I won’t repeat what many have already said. Overall this was the best Fanfest the Nationals have ever had. They keep getting better every year. Hopefully they will keep Natsfest at the Gaylord going forward.

We showed up early and got into the exhibit hall right before 10am.  This was perfect since there were not long lines at any of the activities. We were able to get our autograph voucher in less than 2 minutes, visited the game used and general merchandise stores without being crowded, my son went through the batting cages twice and we got all pictures with Doug Fister and Danny Espinosa. We accomplished all of this before 11am the general admission tickets were allowed in. This was definitely a nice perk of being season ticket holders and I look forward to taking advantage of it next year.  

We were able Ryan Mattheus to sign a game used jersey after the Tales from the Bullpen Session. This was the jersey he wore in Game 1 of the 2012 National League Division Series. Mattheus was the winning pitcher that game which was the first for the Nationals since they came to D.C.   What made this special for us is Ryan said in the session that this was the signature moment of his career to date. Next to Bryce Harper, Mattheus is my son’s favorite player since he gave him a batting ball at a Nationals game this past year. We plan to get the jersey framed and hang it in his room. 

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In our autograph session  Doug Fister and Criag Stammen signed items for us.  We also filled out some surveys and won Davey Johnson and Michael Morse bobbleheads at the Red Carpet Rewards table.  There were some radio interviews that I listened to do. My son participated in the kids zone activities and had a great time. I think he played with his baseball bat balloon for a week.

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A Few General Recommended Improvements:

More Cash Registers

For the Game Used and Regular merchandise stores they could use some more cash registers to check folks out. For the most part the lines were extremely line all day, especially once the doors opened for the general public. This would allow fans to spend more times at the activities.

Autograph Vouchers

Why the Nationals don’t follow the way the Orioles do the vouchers for their fanfest is beyond me. For the past two years numerous folks have had issue with getting vouchers due to errors with Ticketmaster etc.  Let fans buy the fanfest admission tickets first and then sell the vouchers once you have the sessions set later on a Saturday morning when most of your fan base are not working.  You can also have fans know who is signing instead of waiting till 30 seconds before to find out who is signing at a particular time.  It just makes senses and it could increase the attendance at Fanfest next year.  

The one downside to this is what happens if players don’t show up for their designated signing time. This happened this year when Stephen Strasburg failed to show up for his slot. He was slotted for one of the 10:15 sessions but never appeared. After 10 to 15 minutes the team brought in minor league prospect Sammy Solis has a last minute replacement. I know there were many very unhappy fans as a result of this change.

Need More Alumni Players to Participate

Now that the franchise has been around for 10 years it’s time to start bringing more alumni back to events.  It was a nice start to have Livan Hernandez attend but the Nationals can do a lot more. Here is a list of alumni who had an impact on the franchise that they could bring back and aren’t playing in major leagues today. 

Brad Wilkerson, Jose Vidro, Frank Robinson, Nick Johnson, Vinny Castilla, Ryan Church, Chad Cordero, Ronnie Belliard, Tony Armas, Jason Bergman, Brian Schneider, Dmitri Young, Felipe Lopez, Austin Kearns, Shawn Hill, Saul Rivera, Willie Harris, Tim Redding, and even have assistant GM Bob Boone participate in some of these events. 

The Nationals could include the alumni in set autograph sessions similar to the way the Orioles run their event.  You could have alumni at a free autograph table and just rotate them out throughout the day. This way fans could get an autograph from a former player without having to try and get one of the vouchers. Alumni could also participate in photo sessions like Livo did. 

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If the Nationals can implement some or all of these ideas it would only improve the fan experience at NatsFest.

Overall we had a wonderful time and can’t wait to go next year.