Washington Nationals: Two Players Who Deserve September Call Up

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Keibert Ruiz #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Team bats against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 15: Keibert Ruiz #7 of the Los Angeles Dodgers and the World Team bats against the U.S. Team during the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game at Nationals Park on July 15, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images) /
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Jake Noll
WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 27: Jake Noll #18 of the Washington Nationals looks on during a baseball game against the New York Mets at Nationals Park on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images) /

Jake Noll

Despite having been called up to the Major Leagues multiple times, Jake Noll has never received a legitimate chance to stick at the highest level. The 27-year-old is tearing it up at AAA, hitting .310, with 13 homers, 53 RBIs, and an OPS of .869 in 90 games.

In the midst of the best season of his career, Noll deserves another opportunity in the big leagues. The righty has worked on his swing at the Alternative Site and minors and has lowered his strikeout rate. No longer is he swinging at every pitch or trying to crush everything. He has only struck out 52 times while drawing 23 walks, showing his improved plate discipline.

After only receiving 30 plate appearances across two seasons, Noll is in line to be given ample playing time. To start the season, Washington has used veterans Gerardo Parra, Alex Avila, and Jordy Mercer as bench options, but none are viewed as long-term pieces for the Nats. Instead, Noll who can play multiple positions deserves to show isn’t just an AAAA player.

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Washington will need depth moving forward and Noll can play all over, having spent time at third, second, first, and the outfield. The super-utility player will be looking to finally prove that he deserves to stay in D.C.

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