Nationals: Early 2021 26 Man Roster Predictions
By Max Rayman
Nationals Projected Starting Rotation (5)
Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, Patrick Corbin, Jon Lester, Joe Ross
Other Candidates: Rogelio Armenteros, Austin Voth, Erick Fedde, Jackson Rutledge, Cade Cavalli
Max Scherzer, Stephen Strasburg, and Patrick Corbin are all healthy and will be looking to continue their 2019 dominance. Joe Ross returns after opting out of 2020. For now, the fifth spot is his to-lose, with Rogelio Armenteros being his main competition. Armenteros made his MLB debut in 2019 with Houston, posting a 4.00 ERA in 18 innings. Only 26, the righty appeared on Martinez’s radar, who ended up claiming him off of waivers.
Erick Fedde and Austin Voth were both part of the team’s 2020 rotation, but neither were able to supplant themselves as full-time starters. Now, they are long shots to make the rotation and might be better suited for the bullpen (more on that later).
The team’s 2019 and 2020 draft picks Jackson Rutledge and Cade Cavalli both received invites to Spring Training, with their eyes set on making the 26 man roster. Neither of them is likely to crack the 26 man roster, but crazier things have happened. For now, the plan is to give both of them as much experience as possible to help further their development.