Shortly after this afternoon’s game against the Yankees, an 8-5 loss, the Nationals sent four more players out of Major League camp. Right-hander Yunesky Maya was optioned to Triple-A and outfielder Eury Perez was sent to Double-A. Right-handers Jeff Fulchino and Waldis Joaquin were sent to minor league camp.
Perez is the most notable of the group, having impressed in his Spring Training. The speedster went 6 for 18 in 8 Grapefruit League games, scoring four runs. He’ll start the season in Harrisburg, as expected. Aside from Corey Brown (who’s potential is still uncertain), of the team’s potential future center field options Perez is the one that is likely the most MLB-ready.
Maya, Fulchino, and Joaquin were never really expected to make the team’s 25-man roster. Fulchino and Joaquin were brought in on minor league deals over the winter. Fulchino has a greater track record and more experience, but there weren’t many anticipated openings in the bullpen. Maya was expected to end up in the minors, as he’s been nothing but a disappointment since being signed by the team two years ago.