Washington Nationals: Takeaways From First Ten Games Of Spring Training

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Non-Roster Invitees Making Good First Impressions

Every spring training, fans gather to watch both the major league player and the non-roster players. So far, top prospect Victor Robles has gotten the chance to play in a couple of games, which is only good for his development.

Right now, one of my favorites players to watch this spring has been outfielder Andrew Stevenson. Stevenson won’t get a spot on the Opening Day roster, but he is 6-for-17 with a home run and four RBI’s. Plus, he has played good defense both in center field and at the corner outfield spots.

Another outfielder to watch is Brandon Snyder. Snyder is 5-for-12 with four RBI’s. As I wrote early last week, he has the ability to play the outfield as well as the infield. As Dusty Baker said early this spring, Stevenson and Snyder have been two players that stood out to him.

On the mound, Erick Fedde has the chance to appear in two games. Against the Twins on February 26, he threw two perfect innings against most of the Twins regulars. He did give up a run in Jupiter on Friday against the Marlins, but that run was unearned.

Eventually, all of these players are probably going to be sent down to minor league camp to prepare for the season at their respective affiliates. But, for now, it’s good to see some of these non-roster invitees take advantage of their opportunities to make an impression on the big league coaching staff.