With September now less than a week away, the Nationals have started discussing call-ups for the final month of the season. They have not decided on any names, but Manager Matt Williams outlined what kind of reinforcements he’ll look for.
Williams wants the Nationals to be covered in every situation in case of injury. Already, because of versatility on their roster, they’re in good shape in that regard. Danny Espinosa and Asdrubal Cabrera can both play both middle infield spots. Bryce Harper and Nate Schierholtz can both play all three outfield spots. Kevin Frandsen can play first, third and second.
“But we’re going to look for guys who can fill potentially any void we’ve got,” Williams said. “Look for some power. Look for some speed. Potentially some length in the bullpen. If we get in a late-inning situation and need a stolen base, we want to have a guy that can do that that’s not necessarily going to get regular at-bats. We’re looking at defensive replacing if need be. We’ve been throwing names around. Nothing has been decided yet.”
Williams said the Nationals would add a few position players and a few pitchers. Here’s some speculation at who they’ll be and why:
RHP Blake Treinen: Has proved he can pitch in long relief and would be valuable in lopsided games.
RHP Aaron Barrett: He was excellent until a mechanical glitch surfaced and he can get big outs. Hasn’t allowed a run 7 1/3 Class AAA innings.
OF Michael Taylor: One of the best defensive outfielders in the organization.
C Sandy Leon: He’s been here before, no reason not to have a third catcher.
1B-OF Tyler Moore: Beloved teammate and a home run threat from the right side. Only problem is roster redundancy.
OF Steven Souza: A power threat from the right side, currently on minor league rehab
RHP Ryan Mattheus: He was a key part of the Nationals’ 2012 playoff bullpen, but has a 5.90 ERA at Syracuse.
UT Jeff Kobernus: One of the fastest players in the organization and a very good base stealer.
OF Eury Perez: See above, but not as versatile as Kobernus.
RHP Taylor Hill: Can pitch in long relief and had a cup of coffee this season. Had a great year at Syracuse.