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Nats beef up player evaluation system

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WASHINGTON -- The Nationals on Thursday announced a new partnership with Bloomberg Sports to design "a state-of-the-art player evaluation system" for the team's baseball operations department.

General manager Mike Rizzo expressed excitement about the new system, which will combine scouting data, video and statistics. Rizzo described it as, "like our current database, microwaved."

"We did a lot of research on it, and I think it's a valuable tool for us," Rizzo said. "It's incredibly comprehensive and it's something that's easy access.

"I think it's probably more an ease of application than it is more information. We've always had this information, but we had to grab it from different barrels. This is all one-stop shopping. … It's incredible."

The team's scouts will be able to access the new system from their laptops, iPads and smart phones.

"We have some veteran guys who are a little intimidated by it, but if I can figure it out, they'll be able to figure it out," Rizzo said.

Andrew Simon is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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