Your "Where Are They Now?" Entry
So with an off day yesterday, there's not a ton to discuss, unless you want to look at Ryan Zimmerman's slow start. Actually, in the interest of self-promotion, there's some interesting numbers in that story. Kind of surprising to remember what a slow start he had as a rookie. And I'm going to be fascinated by the number of opportunities he has with runners in scoring position. It's simply not going to be as many this year, and if he drives in 100 again, he'll almost certainly have had a better season.
With that, I as I board the Acela from Union Station to Philly (wow, what a great way to travel the East Coast), I thought it might be a good time to check in with Nationals who are no longer Nationals. And as you go over these guys, I want to solicit answers to three questions.
1. Who is the former National you miss the most?
2. Who is the National acquired in a trade or free agency who you most like?
3. What deal would you most like to see undone?
After you guys stir it up, I'll offer some thoughts either later today or tomorrow.
With that, a random rundown (and no, I won't include Vinny Castilla's Mexican League stats from last year, or Carlos Baerga's contributions to ESPN Deportes, etc.):
2005 (Or the "Thanks for the Memories Guys"):
Brad Wilkerson, OF, Texas - .258, 2 HR, 6 RBI, played in only nine of 19 games, .333 OBP, 10 strikeouts in 31 at-bats
Jamey Carroll, INF, Colorado - .224, .321 OBP, 0 HR, 2 RBI, played in 15 of 20 games, 8 runs scored
Tomo Ohka, RHP, Toronto - 1-2, 6.23 ERA, opponents hitting .270 against him, eight walks and 10 strikeouts in 21-2/3 innings over four starts
Gary Bennett, C, St. Louis -- .375 with 2 RBI, 6 hits in 16 at-bats are all singles, played in six games. (Didn't play in 2006 World Series. Still has World Series ring.)
Preston Wilson, OF, St. Louis - .250, 1 HR, 5 RBI, played in 17 games, slugging .375, 14 strikeouts in 48 at-bats, one homer was a two-run shot off Ted Lilly that beat the Cubs 2-1 last week
Claudio Vargas, RHP, Milwaukee - 1-0, 4.76 ERA, 4 appearances, 3 starts, 24 strikeouts and three walks in 17 innings (Aside: WOW!)
Jose Vidro, 2B, Seattle -- .286, 2 HR, 7 RBI, hitting third for Mariners, (two homers both in one game)
Jose Guillen, OF, Seattle - .220, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 10 K, .320 slugging percentage (special merit award for on-field argument with Brendan Donnelly (bringing us our first "Oh, those were the days," moment))
Mike Stanton, LHP, Cincinnati - 11 appearances, 7 IP, 5.14 ERA, .167 opponents' average, left-handed hitters 2 for 10 against him
Livan Hernandez, RHP, Arizona - 1-1, 3.96 ERA, four starts, 25 IP, 22 hits, 16 walks, 0 HR (Again: Wow!)
Esteban Loaiza, RHP, Oakland - Hasn't pitched this year after going 11-9, 4.89 last year. On disabled list with "spasms in his right trapezius," whatever that means
Terrmel Sledge, OF, San Diego - .200, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 11 K, 8 BB, one extra-base hit in 14 games/35 at-bats
Tony Armas Jr., RHP, Pittsburgh - 0-2, 18.90 ERA (which, in case you are wondering, is the year that Vincent van Gogh shot himself in the chest and died two days later), opponents' batting average of .469 in two starts. While we're at it, might as well point out it took him 89 pitches to get through his first start of four innings, and 62 pitches to record the eight outs he was allowed to stay out there for his second start
Hector Carrasco, RHP, Los Angeles Angels - 0-1, 9 appearances (one start), 4.61 ERA, 10 walks, 10 strikeouts in 16-2/3 innings
Endy Chavez, OF, New York Mets - .364, 1 2B, 1 3B, 0 BB, 0 K in 11 at-bats
Brendan Harris, INF, Tampa Bay - .364, 2 HR, 2 2B, 5 RBI in nine games/33 at-bats, seven games at shortstop, two at third base, one error
Gary Majewski, RHP, Class AAA Louisville - 0-1, 8.31 ERA in eight appearances (still checking on whether Reds have filed a grievance, and they haven't as of the last check)
Junior Spivey, INF - signed April 19 with the Bridgeport Bluefish of the independent Atlantic League
Zach Day, RHP, Class AAA Omaha (Kansas City) - 0-0, a 3.38 ERA in three starts
Marlon Byrd, OF, Class AAA Oklahoma (Texas's top affiliate) - .356, .443 OBP, 4 2B, 1 3B, 0 HR, 4 RBI
Rick Short, INF, Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles - According to the web site japanesebaseball.com, was on paternity leave until April 5 of this year; hit .314 last year
Ryan Drese, RHP - unsigned as he works his way back from elbow surgery last year
Joey Eischen, LHP - on disabled list with Detroit as he tries to make his way back from left shoulder surgery
This is not every single person on that team. I have an APB out for J.J. Davis (who the Rockies tried to convert to a pitcher), and I have fond memories of John Halama (who Frank Robinson allowed to throw 24 pitches in a start that lasted 2/3 of an inning in September of that year), but it's a pretty good slice.
Alfonso Soriano, OF, Chicago Cubs - .268, 0 HR, 1 RBI, 2 BB, 12 K, 7 2B, out with a hamstring strain, moving from CF to LF when he returns
Royce Clayton, SS, Toronto - .302, 0 HR, 4 RBI, 7 2B, 3 BB, 14 K in 16 games/53 at-bats
Marlon Anderson, INF/OF, Los Angeles Dodgers -- .125 (1 for 8) in 10 games, no HR or RBI, 1 BB, 1 K
Ramon Ortiz, RHP, Minnesota (how I forgot him initially, I have no idea) -- 3-1, 2.48 ERA, 2 BB, 12 K in 29 innings over four starts. Right now, as bad a loss as this team has, really. But that could change as soon as his next start.
Daryle Ward, PH, Chicago Cubs - .200 (2 for 10), 0 HR, 0 RBI, 5 BB, 3 K in 15 games
Bill Bray, LHP, Cincinnati Reds - on disabled list with sprained left index finger, hasn't pitched this season
Matthew LeCroy, C/1B, Class AAA Rochester (Minnesota) - .150, 2 2B, 3 RBI in 40 at-bats
Damian Jackson, INF - released by Los Angeles Dodgers in spring training, don't believe he's been picked up by anyone
Brandon Watson, OF - Back with Class AAA Columbus and the Nationals after being released by Detroit earlier this month, hitting .243 with a triple and 3 RBI in 37 at-bats
OK, there you go. Have at it.
(Some minor asides from here in Philadelphia. Ray King pitched a simulated game here at Citizens Bank Park with Josh Wilson, Chris Snelling, Jesus Flores among the hitters. I was typing mostly and not watching, so I'll get a report later on. When King comes back, it'll be interesting to see who goes down. Right now, it's possible - possible - Ryan Wagner would be the choice, but things can change in a week.
Also: Thinking within the organization is that Cristian Guzman will be ready sooner than Nook Logan. But we really won't know until they play some rehab games. Guzman's games in extended spring training should come earlier. Then, the first real test for Manny Acta: Play Guzman and move Lopez back to second, or keep Belliard in there.
Also: Jason Simontacchi scheduled to go five innings on Friday. Luis Ayala a scoreless inning at extended spring training yesterday, but the key is his fastball is up to 89 mph, a significant jump from the 85 last week. He's closer to coming back than he was a week ago.
Talk to you later.)
April 24, 2007; 2:51 PM ET
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