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If it weren’t for the massive strikeout rate (28.7 K%), we would be talking about Danny Espinosa a lot later in this countdown. He provides a nice combination of power and speed as he’s had two near-20/20 seasons in a row now. His power dipped in his sophomore campaign, but his .155 ISO still ranked eighth among second basemen.
Unfortunately his strikeouts don’t just have a negative impact on his batting average; Espinosa has very little chance at batting near the top of the order, which will impact his run totals. Last season, Espinosa spent 66% of his at-bats batting 6th or lower and scored 62% of his runs while doing so. MLBDepthCharts.com currently has him slotted at 7th in the order and until he corrects his plate discipline (decreased BB%, increased K%) that’s where he’ll stay.
At a Glance
Strengths: HR, SB
Neutral: R, OBP, SLG, OPS
Weaknesses: BA, RBI, K
Best-case scenario: Ian Kinsler (TEX) without 100+ R
Likely scenario: Rickie Weeks (MIL), Jimmy Rolli...
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There were some raised eyebrows when the Washington Nationals signed Adam LaRoche to a two year deal with an option on the third. The Nationals were praised for waiting LaRoche out to get the right price, but still, not too many people get all excited when considering LaRoche as a player. After all, his closest comps at his age according to Baseball-reference.com are Geoff Jenkins...
Bryce Harper's campaign to win the Cover Showdown for MLB 13 The Show continues with the above video of Harper explaining his different eyeblack styles.
He calls this one "the demon":
Vote for Harper here or Tweet #MLB13Harper. We hope there's no cover jinx...
(See also: Harper's original cover showdown video, Bryce Harper the poet video)
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper wants your vote to be the cover athlete for MLB '13 The Show video game for PlayStation 3. However, Harper's latest video for his campaign is mainly "For The Ladies", and would seem to be his attempt to "be as sexy as you can".
Video via PlayStation. H/T Sportress.
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Throughout the offseason, The Nats Blog will look back at every player’s 2012 season to summarize and analyze his performance, and we’ll look ahead to his possible role in 2013. We’ll go from #1 Steve Lombardozzi all the way to #63 Henry Rodriguez until Spring Training. Enjoy.
The bittersweet feelings of many Washington Nationals fans over the current Adam LaRoche...
Washington’s rise to the top of the NL East in 2012 came a year ahead of schedule; can the Nationals now take it one step further and win the franchise’s first National League pennant?
With the MLB odds listing them at 9/1 to go all the way, Washington is projected to be a 5/1 selection to take the NL flag, right behind the Dodgers and with roughly half the payroll. The Nationals...
Washington Nationals players voted last year to split a full postseason share among personnel in the organization’s scouting and player development departments.
While there is precedent for such action by a team, it isn’t routine. Players more frequently include employees who are around the club every day, such as clubhouse attendants and bullpen catchers.
For every playoff team...
When it became reasonably clear that Javier Vazquez would come out of retirement, he garnered immediate attention. Teams from across the league have watched him pitch and expressed a desire to sign him. Vazquez has not officially announced his return, but that has not stopped teams from scouting him, including the Washington Nationals.
According to Bob Nightengale of USA...
The Washington Nationals are showing “heavy interest” in semi-retired pitcher Javier Vazquez, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.
Vazquez last pitched in the Majors in 2011 with the Marlins where he went 3-11 with a 3.69 ERA and 153 strikeouts in 192.2 innings pitched. He walked away from baseball to spend more time with his family. “This could be it for me. The hunger is...
The Red Sox didn’t land Adam LaRoche this offseason, but because the Nationals did (at two years, $24 million), it may open up talks for another first baseman — 30-year-old Nats right-handed slugger Mike Morse.
Morse, who has been the subject of recent contact between the Sox and the Nats, makes sense Boston, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Morse, who became expendable this week...
Adam LaRoche was one thing – the Boston Red Sox didn’t want to sign him to a three-year free-agent contract and forfeit their second-round draft pick as compensation.
But, as the Red Sox enter Day 40 of their standoff with free-agent catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli, why wouldn’t they want to trade for the Washington Nationals’ Mike Morse?
The Sox, sources say,...