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Justin Maxwell back with Nationals, Atahualpa Severino to Syracuse

The Nationals recalled outfielder Justin Maxwell for the fourth time this season, giving them a full bench, and optioned Atahualpa Severino, who spent three days with the Nationals and did not appear in any games, back to Class AAA Syracuse.

Maxwell was recalled for the fourth time this season. In his three previous stints with the Nationals, Maxwell hit .105 with a .340 on-base percentage in 53 plate appearances.

Before coming to the Nationals, Maxwell had been with Class AAA Syracuse. The Chiefs recently played Class AAA Rochester, the former team of catcher Wilson Ramos, whom the Nationals acquired in their trade of Matt Capps. "That Ramos kid," Maxwell said, "has some pop."

By Adam Kilgore  |  August 1, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
Categories:  Justin Maxwell  
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How many options does Maxwell have?

Posted by: hansenjo | August 1, 2010 6:41 PM | Report abuse

Maybe Maxwell's future is as a scout!?

Posted by: markfd | August 1, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

After a victorious week for Rizzo, this just makes him look bad. Its a joke bringing Justin Maxwell back as there are more deserving players than Maxwell.

Is there some side bet going on here that we don't know about because it seems the fix is in!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 1, 2010 6:43 PM | Report abuse

ok why is Ballsestar still here and A.S. gone. and Maxwell again *facepalm

Posted by: arizonacardinalsfan1 | August 1, 2010 6:50 PM | Report abuse

Riggleman's man crush mode continues on in spite of Guzman's exit. Thus Justin Maxwell another outfielder instead of an infielder. They really only have one backup infielder unless Harris is moved back to utility infielder ... supposedly the offensive guy.

Although admittedly after watching Morgan's weak armed throws Maxwell probably makes a better late inning replacement in center or left field than Harris and it might make sense to start taking Morgan out?

Posted by: periculum | August 1, 2010 6:56 PM | Report abuse

@hansenjo:
All moves between the majors and minors for a given year count as "one" insofar as options are concerned.

Posted by: bertbkatz | August 1, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

After a victorious week for Rizzo, this just makes him look bad. Its a joke bringing Justin Maxwell back as there are more deserving players than Maxwell.

Is there some side bet going on here that we don't know about because it seems the fix is in!

Posted by: dmacman88 | August 1, 2010 6:43 PM

Why? Who cares? This might be a news flash, but we're not going to win the World Series this Fall. Maxwell isn't very good, but he's basically just a warm 25th body.

Posted by: Kev29 | August 1, 2010 8:23 PM | Report abuse

@hansenjo

bertb is correct - options go by years, not number of actual transactions. most players get 3 years worth of options, but sometimes four:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Major_League_Baseball_transactions#Options

Posted by: TheBorg | August 1, 2010 10:15 PM | Report abuse

I know this is a Maxwell thread, but what about Ramos? Where is he? Where is he going? What can possibly be the reason NOT to bring him straight to the ballclub instead of a stint at Syracuse?

Same questions go for Maya (?), the recently signed Cuban pitcher.

Where's the reason to wait?

Posted by: 1stBaseCoach | August 1, 2010 10:17 PM | Report abuse

I would like to see Ramos in Washington myself... but, the reason he likely was not immediately put on the team is that he probably doesn't even know the names of any of the Nats' pitchers (other then Strasburg), much less having any experience whatsoever with what they throw...

He'll surely (hopefully) get some significant major league time in September... and hopefully Pudge will take him under his wing and help ensure he is ready to be a significant contributor out of the shoot in 2011... but, I can see the value of getting a young catcher's feet wet in the minors when they have very minimal major league experience under their belt coupled with no knowledge of the organization and it's pitchers that he suddenly finds himself on...

So, as I thought today when Dave & Charlie piped Nieves' warm-up music into their broadcast, one more month of enjoying that and then Nieves is (hopefully) regulated to the "organizational depth" role...

As for Maxwell... he better not take any of Morse's at-bats is all I got to say! And, with the low number of innings are SPs had been going, I almost think it would make more sense to carry an extra RP at least to begin this road trip...

Posted by: Ghost7 | August 1, 2010 10:55 PM | Report abuse

Milb.com lets you look up guys statistics in the minors. Minorleaguesplits.com let's you look up some of their more advanced statistics. All you need to know right now is that Ramos has a .629OPS in the International League. Part of the reason his prospect status dropped enough for us to get him is because there remain questions about his strike zone discipline. He's still a very good prospect, and we still made the right call. He's got a year and a half to figure out these issues. I'd like to see him get a September call-up, show he can hit in the IL for at least the first quarter of the season, and then we'll see what happens. Barring a truly horrific offensive performance, he's got the final third on the big league roster next year and all of 2012 to take advantage of his head start over Derek Norris.

So basically right now, we have one catcher prospect whose defense is not questioned but whose bat (specifically ability to make contact) is questioned in AAA. We have another whose bat is not questioned (despite injury related power drop), but whose defense is consistently questioned.

Ramos will be given every opportunity to cement the job by spring 2012. Norris will be on his heels once he shows he can master the Eastern League during the first half of next year at the earliest. One of those two should pan out. If Ramos pans out, then Norris becomes a major chip for trade or can be moved to 1B. If only Norris pans out, that's okay. Less pressure on him because he won't be rushed to the bigs. You hope both pan out and we're starting to look like an organization with major position league prospects in the upper minors by next year.

Posted by: souldrummer | August 2, 2010 12:23 AM | Report abuse

Ramos started for Syracuse tonight and hit a home run.

Posted by: djorl | August 2, 2010 12:53 AM | Report abuse

Souldrummer,

Would love to witness a transition period of a year or two, after Pudge has retired and finished his mentoring, when Ramos and Norris share the catching. Yes, ewventually one of them would probably have to be moved, but imagine having TWO good young catchers on your club! Meanwhile, I hope your ETA for Ramos is too conservative--I'm looking for Ramos to beat out Nieves in training camp and understudy Pudge all of next year.
(Very envious of Phils: their backup is lefty-hitting, savvy veteran, and old favorite Brian Schneider--with a slugging percentage of .400, no less!)

Posted by: CapPeterson1 | August 2, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

One last attempt to make it or at the very least create some trade value. He's on the 40 man roster so it's no surprise.

Posted by: sjt1455 | August 2, 2010 8:03 AM | Report abuse

sjt:
You hit it - Maxwell is the only field player (other than catchers) left on the 40-man at this point. At this point, he just makes the bench a little deeper, but not much stronger, imo.

Posted by: BinM | August 2, 2010 9:44 AM | Report abuse

thank goodness Maxwell is back... (again). Now Willie Harris can get the "I'm the worst hitter on this team" sign off his back.

Posted by: GaryRosenthal | August 2, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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