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2011 Nationals Spring Training: Relief Prospect Cole Kimball Impressing Early

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There will be three story lines you hear from spring training more than any other.

  • How is Stephen Strasburg's rehab going?
  • What is Bryce Harper doing every single moment the media has access to him?
  • What is the status of Jayson Werth's beard?

But there are other story lines that you should be paying attention to if you have a vested interest in the Nationals' success this season. The starting rotation is an issue, the lineup could potentially be juggled a dozen times before training camp and what kind of shenanigans will Nyjer Morgan get into?

One of the strengths of the team, however, is their bullpen. They have a lot of talent back there, and they may be getting even better, because one of the team's best prospects right handed reliever Cole Kimball has been making quite the impression early in spring training, according to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, via Federal Baseball.

"He's a monster," (pitching coach Steve) McCatty said. "You tell them to start warming up, and he throws one 95. He grips it and rips it. He's like the John Daly of pitchers."

As a golf fan, and a John Daly enthusiast, I love that comparison. That is exactly the kind of guy you want coming in as a relief pitcher. He's not there to work around the strike zone or make any friends. He's here to throw the ball past you, and then do that two more times. Kimball is still very young, and I'm not sure he will make the major league roster (he has been wearing No. 62 spring training), but he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.