Many players with big league experience will join Turner in Syracuse, including Scott Sizemore, Tony Campana, newly acquired Nate Freiman, Nick Massett, Aaron Laffey and others. Brian Goodwin, Matt Skole and Pedro Severino will be there, too. The Chiefs’ rotation will include A.J. Cole, Taylor Jordan, Taylor Hill and Austin Voth — who begins the season a step away from the majors after attending his first major league spring training.
In reality, Giolito begins his season a step away from the majors, too. The Nationals pulled several pitchers from Class AA last season, including Joe Ross and Abel De Los Santos. Giolito made eight starts for the Senators last season, and went 4-2 with a 3.80 ERA and 45 strikeouts in 47 1/3 innings. De Los Santos, left-handed reliever Nick Lee and right-hander Wander Suero — both of whom looked strong in major league spring training — and hard-throwing right-hander Reynaldo Lopez will be on the pitching staff with him.
Fedde climbed to Low A Hagerstown in his first healthy season last year, bouncing back from 2014 Tommy John surgery with a 4-1 record and 2.57 ERA in eight starts. Right-handed reliever Koda Glover, the fastest mover in the Nationals’ 2015 draft class last season, will feature in Potomac’s bullpen. The Nationals’ first pick in the 2015 draft, second round choice Andrew Stevenson, will man the Potomac outfield. Organization player of the year Jose Marmalejos-Diaz will likely play first.
Rising star Victor Robles, the teenage center fielder who rocketed up the Nationals’ prospect rankings last season, will begin in Low A Hagerstown. Vanderbilt product Rhett Wiseman will join him in the outfield there. Mariano Rivera III and powerful lefty Taylor Hearn will be part of the pitching staff, which is comprised largely of 2015 draft choices.
See the rosters below. Another note: The Chiefs have announced that their first four games will be postponed due to poor field conditions.