Wednesday, April 4, 2012

DC-IBWA Announces 2012 Pre-Season Survey Results

Washington, DC -- Members of the Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association were asked to reply to a survey of 11 questions regarding the Washington Nationals upcoming season. Twenty-one members of the association replied to the survey, which asked for predictions on several position battles, statistical leaders, and win projections for the 2012 Nats.

1. Who will lead the Nats in home runs?  Ryan Zimmerman (11), Michael Morse (10), Jayson Werth (4).

2. Who will lead the Nats in RBIs? Zimmerman (12), Werth (4), Danny Espinosa (2), Morse (1), Wilson Ramos (1).

3. Who will led the Nats in stolen bases? Ian Desmond (16), Espinosa (4), Roger Bernadina (1), Werth (1).

4. Who will lead the Nats in wins? Jordan Zimmermann (15), Gio Gonzalez (4), Stephen Strasburg (1), Edwin Jackson (1).

5. Which pitcher (Chien-Ming Wang, John Lannan or Ross Detwiler) will make more starts for the Nats? Lannan (12), Detwiler (6), Wang (3).

6. Which center field candidate (Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina or Bryce Harper) will get more at bats for the Nats? Harper (11), Bernadina (6), Ankiel (4).

7. What date will Bryce Harper make his MLB debut? June 15 (4), June 1 (4), May 1 (2), May 15, 18; June 2, 5, 19, 21, 22; July 3, 4, 21; Sept. 1, 2.

8. Which minor leaguer are you most excited to watch this season? Anthony Rendon (9), Eury Perez (4), Tyler Moore (3), Matt Purke (3), Corey Brown (2), Michael Taylor (1), Destin Hood (1), Chris Marrero (1), Alex Meyer (1), Ryan Tatusko (1).

9. How many all-stars will the Nats have and whom? Two (11), Three (5), One (4), Five (1), Six (1). Ryan Zimmerman (19), Stephen Strasburg (16), Drew Storen (5), Jayson Werth (3), Jordan Zimmermann (3), Wilson Ramos (2), Gio Gonzlaez (1), Michael Morse (1), Danny Espinosa (1).

10. Number of wins and place in division?  Third (15), Second (6), Fourth (1).  92, 90, 88, 87 (5), 86 (4), 85 (5), 84, 83, 82 (2).

11. Most important development for 2011?  Top of the order on-base percentage (5), Starting rotation dominance (2), Getting "big game" experience (2), Team health, Ryan Zimmerman's health, Development of Harper and Rendon, Werth bounce back year, Cultivating fan base, Handling pressure of expectation, Harper learning center field, Team willingness to take chances, Outfield situation.

The DC-IBWA is comprised of independent journalists, websites and blogs that cover the Washington Nationals. For more information about the DC-IBWA, please contact Dave Nichols at

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