Gulf Coast League Nationals

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Gulf Coast League Nationals
Founded in 1969
(1969-1970, 1974, 1977, 1986-present)
Viera, Florida
Washington Nationals logo.svg Washington Nationals Cap Insig.svg
Team logo Cap insignia
Class-level
Current Class Rookie League
Minor league affiliations
League Gulf Coast League
Division East Division
Major league affiliations
Current Washington Nationals (2005-present)
Previous Montreal Expos (1969-2004)
Minor league titles
League titles (4)
  • 1969
  • 1991
  • 2009
  • 2013
Division titles (6)
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 2008
  • 2013
Team data
Nickname GCL Nationals
Previous names
Gulf Coast League Expos (1969-2004)
Ballpark Washington Nationals Training Center
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Washington Nationals
Manager Josh Johnson

The Gulf Coast League Nationals, often called the GCL Nationals, is a rookie-level minor-league baseball team that is an affiliate of Major League Baseball's Washington Nationals. The team is a member of the Gulf Coast League and plays in Viera, Florida, at the Washington Nationals Training Center next to Space Coast Stadium. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents.

History[edit]

GCL Expos (1969–2004)[edit]

From 1969 to 2004, the team was known as the Gulf Coast League Expos (or GCL Expos),[1] and was a minor-league affiliate of the National League's Montreal Expos. The Gulf Coast League Expos played in the Gulf Coast League from 1969 to 1970, in 1974, in 1977, and again from 1986 to 2004.

They were based in various Florida cities during these years: in Sarasota in 1969, in Bradenton in 1970, in Sarasota in 1974 and 1977, in Bradenton from 1986 to 1991, in West Palm Beach from 1992 to 1997, in Jupiter in 1998 and 1999, in Bradenton in 2000, in Jupiter in 2001, and in Melbourne from 2002 to 2004.

The team won two Gulf Coast League championships over the course of its history, the first in 1969 under manager J. W. Porter and the second in 1991 under manager Keith Snider.[2]

When the Montreal Expos left Montreal after the conclusion of the 2004 season and moved to Washington, D.C. to become the Washington Nationals, the Gulf Coast League Expos became the Gulf Coast League Nationals, beginning play as such in the 2005 season.

GCL Nationals (2005–present)[edit]

When the Montreal Expos moved from Montreal to Washington, D.C., after the conclusion of the 2004 season to become the Washington Nationals, the Gulf Coast League Expos became the Gulf Coast League Nationals, beginning play as such in the 2005 season.

In 2013, the Gulf Coast League Nationals finished their regular season with a record of 49-9. This .845 winning percentage was the highest winning percentage for a full regular season ever achieved by a minor-league baseball team based in the United States. The only minor-league baseball team to have a better winning percentage over a full regular season anywhere in the world was the Toronto Blue Jays' 1992 Dominican Summer League team based in the Dominican Republic, which finished at 68-2 with a .971 winning percentage.[3] The Nationals then won all three of their playoff games, defeating the Gulf Coast League Pirates in a single-game semifinal playoff and sweeping the Gulf Coast League Red Sox in the best-of-three league championship series, to become the 2013 Gulf Coast League champions.[4][5]

Roster[edit]

Gulf Coast League Nationals roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 64 Carlos Acevedo
  • 57 Angher Cespedes
  • 56 Weston Davis
  • -- Robbie Dickey
  • -- John Feliz
  • 41 Steven Fuentes
  • -- Cody Gunter
  • 39 Russ Harmening
  • 62 McKenzie Mills
  • 28 Carlos Pena
  • 46 Wilber Pena
  • 54 Yorlin Reynoso
  • 47 Brayan Serrata
  • 48 Kyle Simmons
  • 33 Tyler Watson

Catchers

  •  6 Davinson Pimentel

Infielders

  •  8 Clayton Brandt
  • 17 Dalton DiNatale
  •  9 Angelo La Bruna
  •  5 Andres Martinez
  • 37 Joshual Ramirez
  •  3 Luis Rengel

Outfielders

  • 24 Israel Mota
  • 26 Oliver Ortiz
  • 27 Blake Perkins
  • 51 Gilberto Ramirez

Manager

  • -- Josh Johnson

Coaches




Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Washington Nationals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 4, 2016
Transactions
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Washington Nationals minor league players

Season-by-season results[edit]

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