Washington Nationals 2009 Season Preview

Ryan GaydosSenior Analyst IMarch 24, 2009

VIERA, FL - FEBRUARY 21:  Adam Dunn #44 of the Washington Nationals poses during photo day at Roger Dean Stadium on February 21, 2009 in Viera, Florida.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

The Washington Nationals enter the 2009 season with a young, revamped lineup. The Nationals will lean on third baseman Ryan Zimmerman for power, and will have to turn to Lastings Milledge or Nick Johnson to do the rest. Scott Olsen, acquired from Florida, will have to carry the pitching load.

Keep An Eye On: John Lannan, SP

John Lannan started 31 games last year for Washington. It was his rookie year. He had a 9-15 record with a 3.91 ERA—not such a bad ERA. He struck out 117 batters. Lannan will be a big key in the 2009 rotation.

Projected Lineup
1. Lastings Milledge, CF
2. Christian Guzman, SS
3. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
4. Adam Dunn, RF
5. Josh Willingham, LF
6. Nick Johnson, 1B
7. Anderson Hernandez, 2B
8. Jesus Flores, C

Projected Pitching Staff
1. Scott Olsen, LHP
2. John Lannan, LHP
3. Daniel Cabrera, RHP
4. Collin Balester, RHP
5. Garrett Mock, RHP

Projected Bullpen
Joel Hanrahan
Saul Rivera
Steven Shell
Jason Bergmann

Top Prospects
1. Jordan Zimmerman, RHP
2. Ross Detwiler, LHP
3. Michael Burgess, RF
4. Chris Marrero, 1B
5. Jack McGeary, LHP