Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League Nationals
Founded in 1969
(1969–1970, 1974, 1977, 1986–present)
West Palm Beach, Florida
Cap insignia
Current Rookie
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 (7)
  • 1990
  • 1991
  • 1992
  • 1996
  • 2008
  • 2013
  • 2017
Team data
Nickname GCL Nationals
Previous names
Gulf Coast League Expos (1969–1970, 1974, 1977, 1986-2004)
Colors Red, white, blue
Ballpark FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches (2017–present)
Previous parks
Space Coast Stadium (2005–2016)
Washington Nationals
Manager Mario Lisson

The Gulf Coast League Nationals, often called the GCL Nationals, are a rookie-level Minor League Baseball team of the Gulf Coast League and an affiliate of the Washington Nationals. The team plays its home games in West Palm Beach, Florida, at FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches. The Nationals previously played at Space Coast Stadium from their inaugural 2005 season through the end of the 2016 season. The team is composed mainly of players who are in their first year of professional baseball either as draftees or non-drafted free agents.


GCL Expos (1969–2004)

From 1969 to 2004, the team was known as the Gulf Coast League Expos (or GCL Expos) and was a minor league affiliate of the 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.[1]

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.

GCL Nationals (2005–present)

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.[1]

In 2013, the GCL 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 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]

The GCL Nationals pulled off a historic feat on July 23, 2017, no-hitting the Gulf Coast League Marlins in both ends of a double-header.[4][5] Four Nationals pitchers appeared in the two seven-inning games. In the first game, which the Nationals won 4–0, Joan Baez pitched six innings, striking out seven and retiring the last 14 batters he faced, and Jose Jimenez pitched the final inning. In the second game, a 1–0 Nationals win, Jaren Johnson pitched the first four innings in his seventh professional appearance and second professional start, and Gilberto Chu relieved him to finish the game with three no-hit innings.[5]


Gulf Coast League Nationals roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 53 Sean Adler
  • 60 Jose De Los Santos
  • 59 Nelson Galindez
  • 45 Jhonatan German
  • 68 Darly Infante
  • 65 Jose Jimenez
  • 53 Francys Peguero
  • 45 Jairon Peguero
  • 37 Malvin Pena
  • 48 Nector Ramirez
  • 57 Leif Strom
  • 49 Trey Turner
  • 41 Ryan Williamson
  • 64 Connor Zwetsch


  • 22 Jose Cabello
  • 32 Adalberto Carrillo
  • -- Anthony Peroni
  • 20 Israel Pineda


  • 30 Jamori Blash
  •  3 Phil Caulfield
  •  8 Jose Sanchez


  • 11 Justin Connell
  •  2 Juan Evangelista
  • 17 Santo Falcon
  • 16 Ricardo Mendez
  • 10 Eric Senior
  • 15 Edwin Ventura



  • 29 Jorge Mejia (batting)
  • -- Larry Pardo (pitching)

7-day disabled list
* On Washington Nationals 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated April 16, 2018
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Washington Nationals minor league players

Season-by-season results


  1. 1 2 "Gulf Coast League (Rookie) Encyclopedia and History". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  2. Wagner, James (August 29, 2013). "Nationals GCL Team Sets a Minor League Record". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. "2013 Playoffs: Gulf Coast League". 2013. Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  4. "Nationals' rookie league team pitches two no-hitters in doubleheader vs. Marlins". USA Today. July 23, 2017. Retrieved July 23, 2017.
  5. 1 2 Boor, William (July 23, 2017). "GCL Nats Throw Back-to-Back No-Nos in DH". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  6. "GCL Expos". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  7. "GCL Nationals". Baseball Reference Bullpen. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
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