Nationals Opinions: Five Players To Watch This Spring

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With the Washington Nationals having their pitchers and catchers reporting to Spring Training in Viera, Florida on Thursday, it is finally time to talk about baseball on the field and get to see some games in the coming weeks.

For Washington, it is expected to be a great season for manager Matt Williams after winning 96 games a season ago and their second NL East title in three years. Now, the fanbase is expecting the franchise to take it to the next level with the signing of Max Scherzer by bringing a World Series to the nation’s capital.

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While there doesn’t seem to be many jobs up for grabs, there are still some intriguing storylines to watch for the Nationals this spring. For example, if Jayson Werth’s shoulder isn’t healthy by Opening Day, who will the Nats’ left fielder be against the Mets on April 6? Plus, how will Yunel Escobar handle second base after not playing the position since 2007?

We have been taking a look at some of the non-roster invitees as well here at District On Deck over the past week. Which non-roster players will take advantage of their opportunity and find a way to make the Opening Day roster? Can Dan Uggla find his form and show Mike Rizzo that he has some power left after Rizzo took him in the MLB Draft with the Diamondbacks back in 2001?

Some, if not all these questions, will be answered in the coming weeks. So without further adieu, here are the five players to keep an eye on for Spring Training 2015:

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