Checking in on former NATS

UPDATE ON FORMER NATS

IAN DESMOND – ROCKIES

Ian Desmond made his Colorado Rockies debut in LF on Sat April 30 against the Diamondbacks.  Signed to a 5-year, $70 million contract, to play first base, Desmond unfortunately fractured his hand in spring training.  Rockies Manager Bud Black said he expected to play Desmond both in the outfield and at first (Desmond play LF 40 times with the rangers in 2016).  Rockies current first baseman, Mark Reynolds, had played well in 2017.  As of 11 May, Desmond has been mostly at LF.  He has played in 10 games (41 AB):  .293 BA,  .286 OBP, 12 hits, 5 RBI, 2 HR and 13 SO.

DANNY ESPINOSA – ANGELS

Danny Espinosa is playing 2B for the Angels.  In 33 games (109 AB):  .138 BA, .208 OBP, 15 hits, 13 RBI, 3 HR, 7 BB, 3 2B and 43 SO.  Espinosa was out of the lineup on Thursday, missing 3 out of the 4 last games.  The 30 year-old “has been in a miserable funk” going 0-for-3 on Wednesday with his .456 OPS being the lowest among qualified hitters.

WILSON RAMOS – RAYS

Ramos, now with the RAYS, is still on the DL recovering from an ACL injury last year.  He may start a minor league rehab assignment on May 28th and, if all goes well, could make his debut with the RAYS in June.

JORDAN ZIMMERMANN – TIGERS

So far in 2017, Zimmermann is 3-1, 6.21 ERA, 20 strikeouts, 1.53 WHIP, 33.1 IP, .311 BAA.  He last got the win on Apr 30 versus the White Sox, pitching 5 innings giving up 3 runs.   He had an injury-shortened 2016 season but is “feeling healthy” this year, though not yet back to pitching at his NATS level.

DREW STOREN – REDS

Storen is the closer for the REDS and this year is 1-0 with a 2.30 ERA, 1 save, and 16 strikeouts  (K% is 23.5).   He has given up 12 hits/5 runs/1 home run in 15.2 IP.  Storen leads MLB in HBP (hit-by-pitch) with 5. 

 

JONATHAN PAPELBON – FREE AGENT

Papelbon is undecided on returning to MLB; he did not sign over the winter while dealing with a family matter.

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