Washington Nationals: Five must-watch players in 2018

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Second baseman Trea Turner
ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 29: Second baseman Trea Turner /
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The baseball calendar is a long one; here are five thrilling Washington Nationals players to watch to help you get through the dog days of summer.

The Washington Nationals enter 2018 as massive favorites in the NL East. And after another disappointing NLDS exit last fall, there isn’t a whole lot the team can do to totally appease the fan base until October.

But, until the playoffs start, there is still plenty of baseball to be played! The Nationals’ roster is brimming with star talent, but that doesn’t mean everyone is a must-watch player.

Anthony Rendon is a whiz in the field and a master at the dish, but his all-around skills don’t really trigger as many “wows” from the crowd. Nats fans should be excited to have Adam Eaton back in the fold; he does everything well, deepens a lineup, and is a steady presence over a 162-game season. But baseball fans likely aren’t flipping the channel for an Eaton at-bat. Tanner Roark is a very similar player on the mound.

These are guys who are crucial to a team, and very talented players in their own right. They just don’t have the same ‘watchability’ factor that some other Nationals might possess.

Here are five players – some obvious, some not – who will be appointment television for Washington fans this year, and will also play big roles in the success of the franchise.