Catchers — Welington Castillo, Taylor Gushue, Jakson Reetz
Infielders — Luis García, Brandon Snyder, Drew Ward, Jacob Wilson
Outfielders — Emilio Bonifácio, Yadiel Hernandez, JB Shuck, Mac Williamson
Abad, Espino, Freeman, Guerra, Hernandez, Quackenbush, Castillo, Snyder, Bonifácio, Shuck and Williamson each have some measure of major league experience. Guerra was with the Nationals for most of 2019 and appeared in two games in the World Series. Abad, a left-handed reliever, pitched for Washington in 2013 and made 21 appearances for the San Francisco Giants last season. Bonifácio, who had a brief stint with the Nationals in 2008, is an 11-year veteran, has played six different positions throughout his career and arrives as a positive clubhouse presence.
Shuck is intriguing in that he both pitched and played the outfield for the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class AAA affiliate last season. Castillo, a 10-year veteran, was a backup catcher for the Chicago White Sox in 2019.
But this list is headlined by the organization’s young talent, most notably García, Bacus and Crowe. García, 19, is the Nationals’ consensus No. 2 prospect behind Carter Kieboom. He is a skilled middle infielder, and though he struggled at the plate in the minors last year he already will experience a second major league camp. Crowe, Washington’s fourth-ranked prospect according to Baseball America, is a 25-year-old starter who had a 4.70 ERA in 2019. He ranked second in the entire system with 130 strikeouts across two levels.
Bacus may be the most intriguing player here because of what he accomplished last year. The 28-year-old finished with nine saves and a 3.58 ERA for Class AAA Fresno. But his ERA was well below 2.00 in late June, triggering pleas to call him up to a struggling bullpen. The Nationals never did, leaving Bacus to prove himself this spring.