Washington Nationals: Grading the offensive players

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WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: The Washington Nationals celebrate after a 8-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on June 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 24: The Washington Nationals celebrate after a 8-6 victory against the Philadelphia Phillies at Nationals Park on June 24, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images) /
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Washington Nationals Wilmer Difo
JUNE 02 – ATLANTA, GA: Second baseman Wilmer Difo #1 of the Washington Nationals hits an RBI triple in the 14th inning during the game against the Atlanta Braves. (Photo by Mike Zarrilli/Getty Images) /

Infielder – Wilmer Difo

After he really made a breakthrough with the Washington Nationals last season, Wilmer Difo is establishing himself in 2018. Although the results over the season aren’t anything spectacular, he’s been solid.

With injuries to Daniel Murphy, Anthony Rendon, and Howie Kendrick, Difo has had to step in at numerous positions. This has led to him appearing in the fourth most game for the Nats this year.

Who knows where the Nats would be without him and his versatility. A .243 average and .299 OBP are serviceable enough for someone not expected to be a full-time starter.

There’s certainly room to improve too, as his BABIP this season sits at .288 when his career figure is .314. He’ll continue to be a steady presence with the bat the rest of the way.

With the glove, despite having to play all across the infield, he’s been an above average defender. He owns a Defensive Runs Saved mark of four, which is admirable given the scenario he’s been in this year.

Every team needs a utility guy to be able to play multiple positions and hold their own with the bat. It looks like Difo is that player for the Nationals, and hopefully, he can continue to be a valuable piece for this team. B+

. IF. Washington Nationals. WILMER DIFO. B+

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