It's been a while since we asked for your Twitter questions, but with Spring Training officially underway with Pitchers and Catchers reporting this past week, we figured it is the perfect time to get back into it and answer all of your burning questions for this year's Washington Nationals.
Many questions will probably be answered as Spring Training unfolds, but there are questions to which we have a clearer picture as of now. Let's dive in!
"Who is expected to win all 3 OF positions vs. who you think should play LF, CF and RF?" - @BigMikeBristow
This is a great question as the Nationals do have a bit of a logjam in the Outfield at the moment. This is one of those questions that will probably answer itself as Spring Training unfolds, but as of right now I think the starting outfield will be Lane Thomas, Victor Robles and Corey Dickerson in Left, Center and Right Field. As for who I personally would start, I think you're better off seeing what a guy like Stone Garrett or even Alex Call could do on an everyday basis over a guy like Corey Dickerson. And that's no disrespect to Corey Dickerson, he's a fine player, but we know what he is at this point in his career and he's not likely to net you much in a potential trade at the deadline. I am a big fan of Stone Garrett, especially with his home run potential - which is what the Nats desperately need. I mean, look at this guy and tell me you're not a believer:
@BigMikeBristow also asked: "Starting Rotation and Bullpen, 3rd base job, bench players & backup catcher"
So if I just had to give my overall roster predictions, they'd go something like this:
- C - Ruiz, Adams
- 1B/DH - Meneses, Smith
- 2B - Garcia
- SS - Abrams
- 3B - Candelario
- UT - Vargas
- OF - Thomas, Robles, Dickerson, Garrett
- SP - Corbin, Gray, Cavalli, Gore, Williams
- RP - Finnegan, Ward, Thomson, Espino, Harvey, Edwards Jr., Ramirez, Doolittle
The Nationals not acquiring a veteran catcher tells me it is still Adams' job to lose. I don't envision Alu or Kieboom challenging Candelario, at least not right away. And the biggest question pitching wise is the left handed reliever. I think they'll start out with Doolittle, but eventually we'll see guys like Matt Cronin, Jordan Weems and maybe even Jose Ferrer fill that spot.
"Didn't we sign Matt Adams? Does he have no shot at making the team?" - @JoeMarks4
Short answer: No, not really.
Extended answer: That really flew out the door when the team signed Dom Smith and was even further driven home when they signed Corey Dickerson. Matt Adams was also out of the league entirely last year, so while he might end up sticking around in AAA Rochester, I don't see him making the team.
"Kieboom or Kie-Bust?" - @Reverrsse
Haha, how about "Kie-whateverhappens,happens." I do hope for his sake that Carter Kieboom figures it out, but he was not strong offensively or defensively before his Tommy John surgery and now he's trying to work his way back from that. The good news is, the Nationals will finally be patient with him and allow him to take his time to come back. Expect him in AAA with Jake Alu and whoever performs better will be the first named called up to the big leagues.