5 Washington Nationals Who Will Not Make Opening Day Roster In 2014
5 Washington Nationals Who Will Not Make Opening Day
As Spring Training starts to get into full swing for the Washington Nationals, players with jobs locked up and non-roster invitees alike will try their hardest to prove themselves and open eyes of coaches and their new manager. This spring, there are more than a few young players and veterans looking to crack a roster many see as poised for a bounce back year with some key additions and a subtraction or two. Needless to say, the Nationals' bench and bullpen will have plenty of new faces.
There are some pretty pivotal spots that are up for grabs this spring, as well as some competition that was relatively absent in 2013. Danny Espinosa and Anthony Rendon will be duking it out for the second baseman spot, even though Espinosa has spent most of his time early on participating in shortstop drills. There are also a reliever spot or two up for grabs, and it will be interesting to see which way new manager Matt Williams goes in terms of having two lefties or one lefty and a long reliever.
Regardless, there will be on guarantee, and that unfortunately will be that some players will not on the Opening Day roster when the Nationals take Citi Field to play the New York Mets. Some will be demoted for minor league depth, some due to other, more established candidates ahead of them.
There are only 25 spots to fill, and in that light, here are five players who will most likely not be in Flushing for Opening Day 2014.
5. Ross Ohlendorf
Demoting Ross Ohlendorf would be purely for his own success, as he came up in 2013 after spending his season as a starter in Syracuse, and it would be hard to get him into games on a starter's schedule, much like Zach Duke in early 2013. Ohlendorf is better served in the minors anyway, so I would be surprised if he made the Opening Day roster.
4. Brian Goodwin
Brian Goodwin is still a year or two away from making the Opening Day roster, especially with Denard Span already on the roster. Goodwin will have every chance to make the roster in future springs, but this spring could be a nice appetizer.
3. Jamey Carroll
With Espinosa, Rendon and Zach Walters all on the roster, it would be hard to see Jamey Carroll making the roster unless there was an injury of some sort. Of course, Carroll is a veteran who has great numbers as a career pinch hitter, so there is that. I would go with Carroll because of the veteran presence, plus the other three players may need more minor league seasoning.
2. Zach Walters
Zach Walters could not make the team for the same reasons Carroll wouldn't, though his power potential and youth could be the key to the competition. It's all about what Williams favors.
1. Eury Perez
Perez could be the Nationals' Billy Hamilton, but that's really all I see him as, especially since he does not get the fanfare that Goodwin or even Michael Taylor gets. Perez is fast, and could be a great bench player in the playoffs because of that speed, but not worth an everyday roster spot.