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McLouth finally delivering for Nats

May 30, 2014, 6:00 AM EST

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Quick: Name the Nationals’ most-productive offensive player over the last 2 1/2 weeks.

Ian Desmond? Nope. Adam LaRoche? Sorry. Nate McLouth? No chance.

Wait, no, actually it is McLouth. Seriously. Over the Nationals’ last 15 games, McLouth leads the club with a .324 batting average, .419 on-base percentage and four stolen bases.

OK, so that’s a bit of an arbitrary starting point for this kind of ranking. And if you push things back to Opening Day, McLouth remains one of the least-productive hitters on the roster, sporting a .182 batting average and .582 OPS.

But the point is, after a terrible start to his Nationals career, McLouth finally is starting to produce the way general manager Mike Rizzo expected when he signed the veteran outfielder to a 2-year, $10.75 million contract.

It all culminated Wednesday night in a 4-for-4 performance by McLouth, who also drew a walk, doubled, stole a base, drove in two runs and was able to crack a rare postgame smile.

“It was nice, because I’ve been grinding,” he said. “It’s really nice just to finally be able to come through for your team at the plate a little bit. It certainly gives you a chance to exhale a little bit.”

McLouth was signed over the winter specifically for his ability to step in and play every day if one of the Nationals’ three starting outfielders landed on the disabled list. Sure enough, the opportunity came when Bryce Harper tore a ligament in his thumb last month, pushing McLouth into a starting role.

And then … well, it didn’t go particularly well. McLouth went through an abysmal 2-for-38 stretch that left him sporting an .078 batting average. So, how did he manage to battle through that and get his head back above water again?

“Just staying confident and positive,” he said. “I don’t know if you can remain confident all the time, but at least stay positive in the box and know that sooner or later it will turn around.”

One factor that surely has helped: McLouth has had to fight his way out of long-term slumps more than once in his career. An All-Star with the Pirates in 2008, he found himself demoted to the minors by the Braves only two years later, then re-established himself as a productive major leaguer over the last two seasons in Baltimore.

Perhaps a combination of experience and confidence has allowed McLouth to get over the hump once again and position himself to become the significant contributor the Nationals expected him to be all along.

“I don’t know about confident,” he said with a laugh. “I tried to be confident. But you just have to stick with your approach that you do every day, your routine, and things will turn around.”

  1. ArVAFan - May 30, 2014 at 6:28 AM

    Thinking Atlanta: is it considered a blown save if it’s a walk-off error? Given that he walked the first two batters, “blown save” doesn’t seem inappropriate, but I know there are folks here who know such stuff.

    • David Proctor - May 30, 2014 at 6:40 AM

      It wasn’t a save opportunity. Fredi put him in the 8th of a tie game on the road with the bases loaded. He got out of that, then went back out for the 9th and had no command. Was a tie game when he entered though.

      Had it been a save opportunity, it would still be a blown save despite the error.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:57 AM

      Just for the record Carpenter who gave up the 2 runs in the 8th did get a blown save.

      Regardless if the runs are earned or not earned. the relieve who is responsible for the tun that allowed the opponent to score and tie the game gets credited with a blown save.

    • rayvil01 - May 30, 2014 at 8:04 AM

      Thinking Atlanta indeed; how could anyone concede the season already to that bunch? They are healthy and can’t hit. They can’t find a functional second baseman. J Upton is a very poor left fielder. And now their bullpen is hiccupping. Boston got well on them.

      Nats just have to get some traction.

      • adcwonk - May 30, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        Thinking Atlanta indeed; how could anyone concede the season already to that bunch?

        Indeed. http://www.baseballprospectus.com/odds/ “projects” (however they do that) the Nats to win 84 games, and the Braves to win 83.7 games.

        FWIW

      • Doc - May 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        That .7 game is going to be critical! LOL

        Actually, if you project from current won-lost stats, the Nats will win only 77.88 games.

        Being an optimist, and a Nats’ fan, I’d like to think that they will win about 92-93.

        Had they stayed healthy, they might have approached 96-98.

        Beating the Braves can happen, and should happen.

      • bowdenball - May 30, 2014 at 9:42 AM

        I envy your optimism, Doc. I suggest you not do the math and figure out what they’d have to do from here on out to win 92-93 games ;)

        Obviously the division is still very much in play- the biggest problem with the Nats’ recent slide is that they’ll find it that much harder to get a wild card spot if the Braves (or the Marlins) goes on a tear again.

  2. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 7:29 AM

    Regardless of the stat, let’s face it, he blew it!

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:46 AM

      In watching the game, I believe the runner was safe at second anyway. Had that been the case with a good throw, it would have been bases loaded no out. Chances of scoring still high, but as of course we proved not a guarentee.

  3. edshelton2013 - May 30, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    I keep hearing the word “grinding”. MW uses it frequently and here McLouth says “I’ve been grinding”. Now I understand the meaning: it’s a euphemism for “I’m in a horrtible slump and don’t know how to fix it”.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:48 AM

      The word grinding to me is also a word brings in negative thoughts. Producing seems to be a word that people succeeding use, and grinding is the word people not succeeding use, for the same word, effort.

      I don’t want a team of grinders I was a team of producers.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 7:51 AM

        was should be want in the last sentence.

        I want a team of producers not grinders.

      • therealjohnc - May 30, 2014 at 9:22 AM

        All players, and all teams, go through stretches where they are struggling/not producing. ALL of them. The idea of grinding is to focus on staying in the game, working in little things and trusting ability rather than panicking or despairing.

        It is also used for a pitcher who doesn’t have his best stuff in a game who focuses and finds a way to get through innings anyway. Either way, it’s a good ability to have.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Grinding is good to have, but bad that you have to have it. How’s that.?

  4. rabbit433 - May 30, 2014 at 7:40 AM

    Nate is a much better hitter that his average had been. He is one guy I have confidence in. It was so nice that he came over from the O’s.

    • Hiram Hover - May 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

      +1 for the positivity.

  5. NatsLady - May 30, 2014 at 8:11 AM

    I see Dan Haren hasn’t forgotten how to give up home runs.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 8:59 AM

      He also got some amazing defense like Gordon jumping vertically over 10 feet to snag a got liner that would have been a gap double to score a run and instead turns into a doubleplay. Puig turned in only 2 Web Gem worthy plays and AGon picked a few around him. Haren with 3 earned over 6.

      His stats certainly say he’s better than last year. I still think he will go through some tough stretches as he just isn’t that good any more.

  6. sjm308 - May 30, 2014 at 8:12 AM

    Doesn’t help his production but I am told he is a really good guy as well.
    Was also told that we still have a not so good guy still in the clubhouse that will hopefully be back on the bench when Zimm returns. I really wanted not so good guy to prove me wrong about his attitude but I guess that is a hard thing to change.

    Go Nats!

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:01 AM

      Help us out with the position “not so nice” plays.

      • sjm308 - May 30, 2014 at 10:16 AM

        He is an excellent 2nd baseman

  7. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    McLouth’s defense has been consistently good. And his on-base percentage is OK — relative to his BA, anyway. Good baserunner. We may regret his first month-and-a half but I suspect at the end of the season his “numbers will be where they should be” — as we heard from so many Nats last season. Not necessarily a good thing but it augurs well for 2015. McLouth has two weeks, give or take, before The Zimmerman Experiment (Robert Ludlum, writing under another pseudonym?) starts taking some of his ABs.

    • rayvil01 - May 30, 2014 at 8:55 AM

      …or maybe McL is hot and starts taking Span at-bats. Looks like a leadoff guy if he’s hitting.

      • chiefwj - May 30, 2014 at 9:00 AM

        + you can give McLouth some games in RF. Werth needs some time off.

      • Doc - May 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM

        My thoughts completely.

        Unfortunately, they’re both lefties at the plate, otherwise you could platoon them.

      • bowdenball - May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

        Span’s got an OPS of .795 over the last two weeks. If the argument is that you want the hot bat in the lineup, not sure he’s the guy you want to pull.

  8. adcwonk - May 30, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    The Zimmerman Experiment (Robert Ludlum, writing under another pseudonym?)

    Good one!

  9. natsguy - May 30, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    SJM,

    The not so nice person you are talking about was a real s*** at Syracuse last year about this time. There was a blog about him on MASN last August. Not a real good guy to be around.. I think you all might know who I’m writing about. I love him so. Eric, despite what you write, he truly is a schmuck. You can call him a penis, but he is a d***. Hope I don’t get deleted for this comment.

    • chaz11963 - May 30, 2014 at 9:02 AM

      Ok… I can’t imagine who you guys are talking about… Espi- ? TMo- ? Doesn’t seem possible.

    • Hiram Hover - May 30, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      I hear he is also cruel to small animals and steals candy from kids.

    • ratiocinational - May 30, 2014 at 9:34 AM

      Is this the blog post you were referring to?

      • natsguy - May 30, 2014 at 11:07 AM

        Yes. Sums him up perfectly.

      • adcwonk - May 30, 2014 at 11:24 AM

        Does it sum him up perfectly? Or is it a snapshot in time of a guy who was depressed and angry at his situation? I mean, this was a guy who finished 6th in Rookie of the year, and 18 months later his stinking it up in AAA — I’d be bummed and pissed, too.

    • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 9:46 AM

      No worries, natsguy, I get it: you think of Espi and you can’t help but reach for phallic language.

      • natsguy - May 30, 2014 at 11:06 AM

        Eric,

        When you have no respect for a person the yiddish description is perfect. Otherwise you were the one who brought up the phallic reference. So look in the mirror.

      • natsguy - May 30, 2014 at 11:10 AM

        Schmuck or shmuck in American English is a pejorative meaning one who is stupid or foolish; or an obnoxious, contemptible or detestable person.

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 11:20 AM

        I’m quite familiar with Yiddish and I’m clear on what the term means and how it is used. What you’re suggesting would be like saying “d*ck” isn’t phallic when used to describe someone who is a jerk. I totally disagree with your interpretation.

        But, keep pumping the penis-based insults, by all means. Words like, “jerk” and “petulant” simply won’t do.

        No, but seriously, I’m just razzing you for razzing a stranger, is all. I mean no offense.

  10. chiefwj - May 30, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    Zack Walters at 2B last nite for the Chiefs (and hitting .300 in minors). Definitely supports the notion that Zim is heading for LF, Rendon will stay at 3B and Tyler Moore back to Syracuse (Frandsen is adequate back-up at 1B for a game or two). Walters to 2B would create another option if Danny continues to struggle that doesn’t involve Zim playing 3B+ Walters could play SS to spell Desi if necessary (although his minor league record doesn’t point to long-term success there).

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM

      Walters at SS or 3B as I’ve said is a waste of time and course they are still playing him at SS as we saw in his return to the team. Glad to hear he played 2nd yesterday. The Chiefs outfield is set with Souza, Goodwin, and Hood but hoping Zach can get some reps there.

      I hope they can stick with him between 2nd and LF. Those are his projectible positions in the MLB as I’ve been saying for a long long time.

    • Doc - May 30, 2014 at 9:10 AM

      I’m a Walters’ fan, minus the 39 errors he logged in last year at Syracuse.

      If he picks it up, definitely see him at 2B.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      Chief, Walters K rate is about as bad as Danny’s and his BA was certainly worse. Danny is a proven asset on defense.

      The Nats have to look outside for a 3B or 2B if they really want to upgrade. Keep your eye on all the teams out if it. My sources say Chase Headley is as good as gone and Aaron Hill is available. Hill is in his 30′s and on a slow regression. Headley is a short-term rental and hasn’t played well enough to earn a QO. His defense is good and his bat woke up after coming back from the DL.

      I’m thinking Nats will be looking for a trade of Espi and a A ball pitcher in a trade.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2014 at 9:43 AM

        If you trade Espi, who’s the backup shortstop? Otherwise, I’d be very happy to get Headley for Espi and an A ball pitcher.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Walters becomes your bench guy and would have to spot start.

      • rayvil01 - May 30, 2014 at 9:45 AM

        Seriously, trade him to Bmore for Lombo. Gloves are comparable. Lombo is no big stick. But, he gets on base at a higher rate than Espinosa.

      • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 9:56 AM

        I would like to hear from anybody that goes to P-Nats games about SS Steve Perez,who NatsJack said showed promise. He has reduced his K rate dramatically and has actually drawn as many walks as strikeouts. Ghost, what do you hear about him? I know he’s nowhere near ready, but is he a likely future ML player?

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM

        Perez they say has raw tools. Good feet and soft hands and needs to work on range and cut down on the errors. Age not on his side and probably if he ever makes it to the Bigs it will be a bench utility. With the bat he has been a big surprise but it’s A ball. He’s a switch hitter and natural righty.

    • 6ID20 - May 30, 2014 at 11:05 AM

      Watch where they have Zim playing in his rehab stint and you’ll have a better idea of where he’ll be playing when he returns. Right now he’s still building arm strength and the fact that he’s doing it from the less demanding LF and 1B spots surely has less significance than what you all are giving it.

  11. Danny - May 30, 2014 at 9:52 AM

    I don’t see the fascination with wanting Walters at 2nd with the big club. He is a carbon copy of Espy with his approach. How about a 2B who actually has an approach like one.

  12. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Call it a silly hunch, but I think that the Nats bottomed out Weds night in the loss to the Fish. Look out! Bring in the weak, aging and children! They’re getting set to go on a murderous streak leaving nothing but carnage for the carrion fowl in their wake!

    GYFNG!!!y

    • stoatva - May 30, 2014 at 10:19 AM

      I hinted at the same thing yesterday. I think we will find out almost immediately, with Texas in town.

    • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

      I can buy into that.

      Regardless of whether or not we’ve bottomed out just now, for some reason I continue to have a good feeling about this season. I don’t know what it is. Maybe I just like to think of all those come back wins early in the season as a metaphor for how the season could go. Maybe it’s the fact that our hobbling MASH unit of a team is keeping pace with the largely healthy Braves and Marlins.

      To me, grinding isn’t about succeeding or failing, it’s about not giving up regardless of the game situation. You can give it your all and still fail, but if you’re going to succeed, giving it your all is not an option. Putting that into action = grinding.

      Tonight is game 54, which is the last game of the first third of the season. Let’s see where we go from here.

      • sjm308 - May 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

        Eric: for some reason I also think we still are in a place where we can be successful. Maybe it is because the Braves do not impress me at all, and while I like what Miami has done with their young talent, I don’t think they will sustain it the entire year. I have stopped thinking about the wild card and feel like our best shot for this year is to win our division. I don’t care how weak it is, if we finish first we are still in the hunt and I want a second taste of playoff baseball.

        Go Nats!

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 10:32 AM

        I’m with you in all regards….Ramos and Desi seem to be coming around, and LaRoche appears not to have missed a beat. If those three get going, I suspect Rendon’s and Werth’s funks will quickly come to an end.

        Add to it the fact that Zim’s return is possibly imminent, McLouth seems to be coming around, and Span’s production being up a bit, and the makings of a hot streak are reasonably discerned.

    • chaz11963 - May 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

      Although May was a horrific month, they have actually started hitting much better in the last 7 days- Desi, Ramos, McLouth all doing much better. I suspect Rendon will make the necessary adjustments and get back on track as well.

    • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 11:14 AM

      I think they bottomed out after each loss. One of these times I will be right.

      • adcwonk - May 30, 2014 at 11:26 AM

        +1 !!

  13. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 10:11 AM

    Walters is at a complete loss when it comes to the strike zone. He swings when he shouldn’t and stands there like the house beside the road when he should swing. He may become the Justin Maxwell of IFs.

  14. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Neither do I see the point in giving away assets — of any kind — for Headley. What he’s hitting now — .203 — is my over-and-under for his BA at the end of the season. GSM has much insight to offer but Headley’s one superlative season — roughly twice as many RBIs as in his second best season — has created a blind spot. His rocket is rapidly falling to earth and I’d prefer it fall somewhere besides Nats Park.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      Headley is in a 3 for 19 slump or is still injured. That won’t help his numbers as he only has 128 ABs.

      That won’t help making him trade bait. I’m sure San Diego would like to just salary dump him.

  15. sjm308 - May 30, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    Natsguy – I don’t think its a secret about Espinosa but this spring training I had huge hopes that he would take big steps, not just at the plate but in personal growth as well. Like I wrote early in this post, that obviously has not happened. I am not blaming our record on one player, its a team sport. I just dislike hearing story after story about what is happening and none of them are what you would call heartwarming. We are not the only club with players that maybe you wouldn’t want to have dinner with and its not mandatory for success for everyone to be good guys.

    Go Nats!!

    • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 10:29 AM

      Where are these stories coming from? A MASN blog giving a sliver of a window into a man’s personal battle with an epic collapse in his chose profession? Personal encounters with his teammates? Something else?

      I’m just curious, because I’ve never understood the tendency to drag strangers through the mud from 30,000 feet.

      • Hiram Hover - May 30, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        I’m with you, Eric.

        It feels like some folks need this follow the formula of a bad movie, which has only heroes and villains. If you’re good, you’re good on field and off. If you’re bad, you’re bad on field and off.

      • natsfan1a - May 30, 2014 at 10:57 AM

        As well and fwiw, if it’s the blog post linked to at 9:34, it is not technically a MASN blog post, as in written by a MASN staffer. It’s a guest blogger piece that is posted on the MASN site.

      • chaz11963 - May 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM

        Totally agree. I don’t know and have never met Danny, but have followed his struggles and challenges and have always rooted for him. It was great to see him back in April, and I truly hope he can adjust and come back again.

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        +1 chaz. I was thrilled by his play in April, and really hate to see him scraping bottom again at the plate.

        natsfan1a, thanks for the clarification. Personally, I think it’s as easy to read that as a hit piece by a journalist who was spurned by a would be interviewee as anything else. I found this to be particularly gratuitous:
        “He looked defeated, beaten down, and he is physically withered. His calves are the size of a gym bro too concerned with his biceps, and his forearms look like they’ve melted away. Espinosa is the picture of Triple-A, and it is a sad one.”

      • Dave - May 30, 2014 at 12:23 PM

        For what it’s worth, I unfollowed the author of that piece on the MASN site last summer. Just couldn’t take his negativity and trash-talking. I do follow a lot of other folks from Citizens of Nats Town, but that guy just finally got on my nerves too much.

        Don’t know exactly what the truth is about Espi, but I’m pretty sure that’s not really a very fair picture in that blog post.

    • 6ID20 - May 30, 2014 at 11:12 AM

      Just because a guy can’t hit, that doesn’t make him a schmuck or a clubhouse cancer. Just like being a great guy in the clubhouse doesn’t make a guy the kind of player you want to have. And all you jock sniffers are so far removed from the clubhouse that you couldn’t possibly know what goes on in there.

      • manassasnatsfan - May 30, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        I don’t know about all the crap. If would just learn slef control in the batter’s box, I would love him. He showed in April, and then went right back to his poor ways in May. The difference? Playing every day seems to cause him major problems at the plate. Lesser at bats equal better quality.

  16. Theophilus T.S. - May 30, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    The issue with Espinosa, as I have previously posed it, is as follows: (A) he spent all of Spring Training re-learning how to hit; (B) he spent April show that he had learned his lessons and could apply them; (C) he promptly forgot everything in May (this pretty much confirmed by what Williams said). This doesn’t show that he’s a malign spirit — although it doesn’t disprove it, either. It does suggest to me — on my cynical side — he’s somewhere between (1) far from the sharpest knife in the drawer and (2) dumber’n a bagful of hammers. It is also possible that he’s moping and projects anger because he came so far and fell so fast that it has been necessary to virtually remove him from the lineup — last man off the bench — in favor of Fransden, who can’t field and whose bat barely has a pulse of its own, in order to repeat batting kindergarten.

    The fact he relearned how to hit once makes me hope he can learn again. But it must be depressing to be confined to the batting cage — what else is Williams supposed to do w/ him? — and have people say he’s untradeable because no other team will give up a Class A pitcher for him.

    • Sonny G 10 - May 30, 2014 at 12:08 PM

      Williams also said you tend to revert back to what you know when you have 95 thrown at you. You don’t have time to think about your new swing, you only have time to react. Danny may need the off season to commit the new swing to muscle memory. This could take place in the minor league but I don’t think Danny or the team wants to do that. It is very difficult to learn and keep a new swing during the season.

    • natszee - May 30, 2014 at 1:15 PM

      I was convinced that the “May Danny” was just his old self returning until I reread some old articles. Check this out:

      http://www.federalbaseball.com/2014/1/4/5274530/nationals-appear-ready-to-gamble-on-danny-espinosa-in-2014

      The last comment, which I copied below it telling. Especially the second to last paragraph. Could be he needs to see a surgeon, not a hitting coach:

      They can’t be sure it isn’t still the shoulder injury

      “I’m living with a SLAP tear like Danny has, which I can do because I’m not a professional athlete. Every once in a while, my shoulder gets hurt again (randomly throwing a football or something), and it takes a few MONTHS for it to get back to full strength and stop hurting again. No biggy, I can rest the shoulder doing my job at a desk. Danny can’t. This kind of injury never heals. It’s just broken.

      1) Espi was an MLB-caliber hitter before he tore his rotator cuff: better than .700 OPS for 2 full seasons = sorta OK for a middle infielder, GOOD for a “utility” middle infielder who plays top-level defense, can switch hit, and has some pop.

      2) Espi was drilling it in spring training (right out of rehab), but when it got bad, it stayed bad. This is exactly what you should expect if the problem is the shoulder. It doesn’t get better again until after substantial rest (weeks to months).

      I’m not big into prognosticating, but this time I have a good guess: we see a repeat of Danny last year. He looks great at the beginning of spring training, and then at some point that nobody can predict (2 weeks in?, 2 months in?), his swing disappears and doesn’t come back until he sits down for a long time, which he won’t do.

      Injured shoulders are notoriously difficult diagnoses for athletes (see LaRoche’s anecdotal explanation). As the old saying goes, “If you’ve got an elbow injury, go see a doctor. If you’ve got a shoulder injury, go see a priest.” For the sake of Danny’s career, I hope he finally makes that trip to the arthroscopic kind of priest, the sooner the better.”

      by ParkShark on Jan 7, 2014 | 11:09 AM

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        Interesting, thanks for sharing…

      • texnat1 - May 30, 2014 at 2:16 PM

        It always struck me as crazy that he didn’t have surgery last year when he was demoted.

  17. water47 - May 30, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    So, with the team looking to bolster the roster and a logjam in the OF – starters Harper,Werth, Span (backups McLouth and Hairston) maybe moving a Souza can help the team in the long run. A possible 2b/SS solution

    It does seem that maybe a few players might need a change of scenery. Not only Danny but RD. The trade above helps with a major league ready player and then frees the team to make another move.

    With the SP rotation to change in the next few years (No extension for JZimm or Stras – right now, Fister with one year left,, Maybe the team needs to make another big move a la Gio?

    This is all complicated by the injuries that prevent the Team from knowing whether this is really a contender or just an above-average team.

    • chaz11963 - May 30, 2014 at 11:17 AM

      This is Nick Franklin’s 2014 line: .150 .222 .200 .422 And he is only average in the field. At least with Danny we have a plus defender for 2B and SS.

      • water47 - May 30, 2014 at 11:25 AM

        Chaz,

        You are correct that in the 15 games he has played in the Majors his stat line is not that impressive but as the article noted – The 23-year-old is crushing minor league pitching, hitting .376 with a .481 on-base percentage, 14 extra-base hits (seven home runs) and 26 RBI in 30 games for Triple-A Tacoma.

        Granted the minors are still the minors. But, sometimes it is just necessary to move on and Franklin may be a decent solution.

      • masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

        Be careful looking at PCL status. That league is a hitter’s league.

  18. masterfishkeeper - May 30, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    Interesting and long article on Boras, focusing on his relationship with the Nats.

    http://www.washingtonian.com/articles/people/baseballs-best-lobbyist/

    • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Interesting, thanks for sharing.

      • sjm308 - May 30, 2014 at 2:18 PM

        Eric – my post at this point in the blog has nothing to do with your comments about the Boras article.
        I just want to be clear that I am not going to give specific examples, but I am lucky to be around more than one person who deals with the nationals and you just have to take my word that Danny has not made a lot of friends and that is as light as I can make this. Again, I am not going to air out specifics but I have heard it from more than one person that he can be difficult to say the least, and that has nothing to do with what I read. I take personal examples to heart much more then comments in a blog.

        Now, I still root for him and I still hope he turns this thing around. You don’t have to win the Noble Peace Prize or earn sainthood to play a sport, but I do understand that he has lets just say certain traits that might not win people over.

        Go Nats!!

      • Eric - May 30, 2014 at 3:12 PM

        Fair enough! I do appreciate you clarifying that your perceptions aren’t based wholly on InterWebz media outlets ;). Still, presumably no one with similar access is here to speak up in his defense (or maybe they don’t want to for the same reasons you don’t want to get too specific). So, I’ll continue on my merry way assuming he’s a good person who might just wear his flaws on his sleeve more readily than others, especially when in a bad place in life.

        FWIW, I’m pretty sensitive to this sort of thing, as I once saw unwarranted character attacks severely bring down someone very close to me. It ultimately broke up one of the tightest circle of friends I’ve ever had. Ever since then, I have a hard time trusting negative declarations about people when there is no opportunity for sympathetic views to surface.

    • Doc - May 30, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      Nice well-written article.

      I have a new, and frankly more positive, view of Boras. One has to admire his dynamic operation.

      Thanks for linking it.

      Doesn’t sound like his sports psychologist has been able to help Danny The K.

  19. water47 - May 30, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    MFK,

    agreed. If only they would transfer to the bigs.

  20. Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 1:03 PM


    Ghost of Steve M. – May 30, 2014 at 10:44 AM
    Perez they say has raw tools. Good feet and soft hands and needs to work on range and cut down on the errors. Age not on his side and probably if he ever makes it to the Bigs it will be a bench utility. With the bat he has been a big surprise but it’s A ball. He’s a switch hitter and natural righty.

    Steve, maybe you can explain something on a bigger picture regarding the age factor. Perez is a young 23 y.o. and the Nats used an 8th round draft pick on him only 2 years ago. Why would they use that high of a pick for a 21 year old infield position player if he’s already too old? I get confused on the age factor sometimes. Perez, Michael Taylor and Brian Goodwin are all 23, with only a few months separating them in age. Now,Taylor was drafted as an infielder but was moved to the OF after a stint at IF in the Gulf League.Are Taylor and Goodwin that far ahead of Perez? And do you know if there is another middle infielder in the Nats organization even on the radar to possibly be a legit starter in the majors?

    I’ve pretty much retired this spring and plan to spend a bit of time going to watch the Suns, P-Nats and Senators when the Nats are on the road for the rest of the summer. I’ve never had the time to do much of it before, and I love watching everything from the ML level, down to good high school players, though I will say low A ball can sometimes be painful.

    • Joe Seamhead - May 30, 2014 at 1:06 PM

      oops, I didn’t cut the italics off, but you can figure it out. And by legit middle infielders on the radar, I don’t include Walters as being legit.

      • Ghost of Steve M. - May 30, 2014 at 1:29 PM

        He’s a High A guy who turns 24 this year. When you count forward, it’s the age he gets to AA and I don’t think that happens this year. If it doesn’t, he’s going to be old.

        The other guys you mention are 23 and 24 years old and are already at AA or AAA and if they are hitting are close to ready.

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