Gulf Coast League Nationals

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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]

Gulf Coast League 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 Major League Baseball's National League Montreal Expos.

Gulf Coast League 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.[2] 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.[3][4]

Roster[edit]

Gulf Coast League Nationals roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • -- John Costa
  • 57 Matthew Derosier
  • -- Elisaul Gomez
  • 52 Reynaldo Lopez
  • 41 Travis Ott
  • 59 David Ramos
  • 39 Luis Reyes
  • 68 Jefry Rodriguez
  • -- Andy Santana
  • 33 Niko Spezial
  • 40 Michael Sylvestri
  • 43 Phillips Valdez
  • -- Daury Vasquez
  • 63 Joseph Webb
  • 45 Deion Williams

Catchers

  • -- Ricardo Martinez ‡
  •  8 Raudy Read
  • 27 Adderling Ruiz

Infielders

  • 10 Osvaldo Abreu
  • 16 Diomedes Eusebio
  •  6 Jose Marmolejos-Diaz
  • 17 Willie Medina
  •  9 Bryan Mejia

Outfielders

  • 19 Randy Encarnacion
  •  2 Garrett Gordon
  • 25 Luis Guzman
  • 30 Hayden Jennings
  • -- Brian Pruitt ‡

Manager

Coaches


Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Washington Nationals 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated April 3, 2014
Transactions
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Washington Nationals minor league players

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