Washington Nationals: Nationals Make Roster Moves
The Washington Nationals made additional roster moves on Wednesday. Check out which players are on the move and where they are headed.
The Washington Nationals made their second wave of spring training roster cuts on Wednesday.
The most significant move involved the optioning of right-handed relief pitcher Austin L. Adams to Triple-A Fresno.
The Nationals acquired Adams from the Los Angeles Angels along with relief pitcher Kyle McGowin in exchange for Danny Espinosa in December of 2016.
Adams has only appeared in eight games for the Nationals. He pitched in six innings across 2017 and 2018 and has recorded a 3.00 ERA with a staggering 11 walks and ten strikeouts.
At Triple-A Syracuse last season, Adams pitched 46.1 innings and recorded a 3.50 ERA along with 78 strikeouts compared to 20 walks.
After the acquisition of free agent Tony Sipp, there is just no room in the big league bullpen for Adams. It would not be surprising to see him get called up during the season, but Nats fans will not see him on Opening Day.
Also, the Nationals re-assigned the following players to Minor League camp: catcher Taylor Gushue, infielder Matt Reynolds, utility player Brandon Snyder, infielder Jacob Wilson, and infielder Luis Garcia.
The most prominent name of this group is Garcia, who is the Nationals #3 prospect according to MLB pipeline.
In Garcia’s minor league career, which has yet to reach Double-A, he has slashed .299/.335/.735 over 699 at-bats.
Garcia will turn 19 years old in May, so there is still a long way for him to go before Nats fans see him in a Curly W uniform.
These transactions are nothing major, but it means the regular season is drawing nearer. There are just two weeks until Opening Day!