Nationals Arm Race

"… the reason you win or lose is darn near always the same – pitching.” — Earl Weaver

About the Blog


Welcome to!

Not that the Washington Nationals necessarily needed another blog, but I couldn’t resist.

Ever since the Nats rolled into town in 2005, I’ve developed an unhealthy obsession with the team, and more specifically its rotation, bullpen, farm system and player development.  I track in a detailed fashion the pitchers (mostly the rotations) of our various farm systems and take interest in the development of pitching talent as it rises through the ranks.  Hence the name of the blog “Nationals Arms Race.”

I hope to have a pitching-focused blog that talks about the current Nats MLB rotation, the 40-man spotholders, prospects and who may be coming up next month or next year.  I’ll talk about pitching, the Nats major league team, throw in some some observations and some advanced stats.  I will post random musings about the Nationals in general and hope that my close friends with whom I regularly converse about baseball will chime in and offer their 2 cents about their own favorite teams (generally, the Phillies, Yankees and Dodgers).  I’ll talk about pitchers around the majors and baseball in general here and there.

I hope you find my writing interesting and topical.  You can always unsubscribe I suppose :-)

Thanks, todd

Written by Todd Boss

June 22nd, 2010 at 1:34 am

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  1. Greetings Todd–

    I was looking at your Nationals Arm Race blog and it is well-written. You clearly have a great knowledge of the game and the Nationals future. I liked your analysis of the draft and the enthusiasm you have about it.

    Best Regards,
    Kurt Smith

    Kurt Smith

    12 Jun 11 at 8:57 am

  2. Todd, when do the cuts to the pitching staffs (or bloodbath as you refered to it) in the short season start? And how many pitchers do teams keep on their rosters once things settle out?


    1 Jul 11 at 11:03 am

  3. I think after 5 passes through the rotation you’ll see some changes. It took the Nats 5 starts to promote Selik and 6 to promote Meyers earlier this year after both completely dominated their levels. Most of the short-A guys have had 3 starts now and some trends are forming. Meanwhile there’s 3 guys in the GCL who look fantastic. I can see Mieses and Meza replacing Encarnation, KLopez. I could see Karns getting bumped up to low-A to replace Grace. We’ll see.

    Todd Boss

    1 Jul 11 at 4:17 pm

  4. Does short A keep 15 pitchers on roster all season?


    2 Jul 11 at 3:06 pm

  5. From what I can gather (based on roster management on our teams plus google postings on the topic), the active roster limits per level are:

    mlb: 25
    AAA, AA: 24 with some adjustments down to 23 based on the time of year.
    High and Low-A: 25
    short-A: 30
    rookie: 35.

    So, theoretically the short-A and rookie can carry as many pitchers as they want, but an even split of 15/15 in short-A and perhaps 18/17 in GCL makes sense. Right this moment short-A has 16 pitchers and 13 players with 2 on 7-day DL so they’re actually 3 guys short, while GCL seems to have 18 pitchers, 19 outfield players rostered but 1 is restricted and 2 are rehab so they don’t count, giving them 34 of 35. I get the impression though that these spots are being kept open for signees.

    Todd Boss

    2 Jul 11 at 3:53 pm

  6. Hi Todd.

    Love your site. I also wanted to let you know I ran a blog post on my site today, where I credited you for suppling some info that I used to write about a photo I shot a long time ago of Woodson HIgh School Pitcher Doug Newstrom. You might get a kick out of it

    Keep up the great work!

    Go Nats!


    Rob Paine

    18 Jul 13 at 10:09 am

  7. Very cool! Thanks for the shout out Rob!

    Todd Boss

    18 Jul 13 at 3:44 pm

  8. To Todd Boss
    I am working on my children’s stories with activities that I aim to self publish this Sept and sell. I am writing to ask permission if I can use the black and white photograph of Eddie Gaedel with catchers behind and is from Wiki Commons and on your website. I would put the website address and your name in my references. The photograph will go in an activity in the story Freddy and The Jets.

    Regards Madonna Weaver

    Madonna Weaver

    3 Jul 14 at 10:11 am

  9. If its on Wiki Commons, just go there to grab it. It certainly isn’t my picture and i’d reference wikipedia instead of my site. Knock yourself out.

    Todd Boss

    3 Jul 14 at 10:45 am

  10. Hi there,

    I am interested in advertising on your website ( in the form of a text link in a blog post. Kindly let me know if you accept such ads, and your price?

    Thank you,

    Chris Henderson


    21 Jul 14 at 7:15 pm

  11. Don’t really do advertising here; just a labor of love.

    Todd Boss

    22 Jul 14 at 9:31 am

  12. Hello,

    Do you have any advertising options available on

    Please get back to me.



    Angela Carter

    19 Apr 19 at 11:53 am

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