by Amanda Comak
The Washington Nationals acquired right-handed reliever Trevor Gott and minor league right-handed pitcher Michael Brady from the Los Angeles Angels in exchange for infielder Yunel Escobar and cash considerations on Thursday.
A hard-throwing right-hander, Gott joins the Nationals after appearing in 48 games for the Angels in 2015, including his Major League debut on June 14 vs. the Oakland Athletics. The 23-year-old posted a 3.02 ERA and a 4-2 record in 47.2 innings during his first Major League season, striking out 27 batters and walking 16. Gott finished seven games for the Angels.
A native of Lexington, Ky., Gott has averaged 96.74 mph on his fastball during his Major League career – and touched 98.8 mph (according to BrooksBaseball.com) — as part of a repertoire that also includes a changeup and a curveball. A sixth-round selection of the San Diego Padres in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft, Gott was a part of the package of players utilized by the Padres to acquire closer Huston Street in July, 2014.
In three Minor League seasons Gott was 7-7 with a 2.69 ERA in 108 games (124.0 IP). He finished 64 games and earned 30 saves.
Brady, 28, has compiled a 20-21 record and a 3.08 ERA over the course of six minor league seasons, spanning all levels (251 games, 385.1 IP). Originally a 24th-round selection of the Florida Marlins out of the University of California, Berkeley, Brady was claimed on waivers by the Angels in April, 2014.
Escobar, 33, hit .314 with a .375 on-base percentage and a .415 slugging percentage in 139 games for the Nationals in 2015. The veteran infielder started 134 games at third base and clubbed 25 doubles, one triple and nine home runs. His .314 batting average ranked sixth in the National League and his 49 multi-hit games were the eighth most by any National League player in 2015.
Acquired from the Oakland Athletics on January 14, 2015 in exchange for right-handed reliever Tyler Clippard, Escobar’s lone season in Washington featured his highest batting average since his rookie (2007) season with the Atlanta Braves.
With the addition of Gott, the Nationals currently have 37 players on their 40-man roster.
Local vendors and restaurants have one more week to send in their culinary concepts!
The Nationals strive to bring tasty additions to the ballpark each season in an effort to keep the guest experience fresh and exciting. In 2015, the Nationals unveiled several new concessions at Nationals Park, including grilled cheese sandwiches and decadent mac and cheese at Throwin’ Cheese in Section 130, and New York-style thin-crust pizza at Enzo’s Pizza in Sections 214 and 225. In May, Virginia Country Kitchen opened in Section 113, offering delicious homemade biscuits and Virginian beer and wine.
Nats fans have embraced these new concessions, and during the 2015 season, guests at Nationals Park consumed:
- More than 73,000 pizza slices from Enzo’s
- More than 11,000 biscuits from Virginia Country Kitchen
- Nearly 10,500 grilled cheeses from Throwin’ Cheese
Through the “Pitch Your Product” culinary showcase, your concession could be the next big thing at Nationals Park during the 2016 season!
The Nationals are giving local vendors and restaurants the chance to pitch their culinary concepts to be sold at Nationals Park during the 2016 season. Businesses from D.C., Maryland and Virginia have the exciting opportunity to have their product featured at a Major League ballpark.
“We are always looking for opportunities to offer a greater variety of local culinary flavors at Nationals Park,” said Valerie Camillo, Nationals Chief Revenue and Marketing Officer. “We believe the ‘Pitch Your Product’ showcase will help us achieve this goal, while also giving vendors and restaurants from across D.C., Maryland and Virginia the chance to expand their visibility.”
Here’s how it works:
- Those interested must email firstname.lastname@example.org with their contact information and a brief description of their culinary concept.
- Applications will then be sent to select candidates.
- Individual food products and restaurant brands will both be considered, and finalists will be invited to formally present their concession idea to a panel of judges at Nationals Park in December.
- The deadline to apply is Friday, November 27.
- Additional details and guidelines are available at nationals.com/concessions. Some restrictions may apply.
And here are a few guidelines to keep in mind:
- All restaurants and suppliers must be able to complete and submit the requirements listed here.
- Vendors and restaurants must be locally based and have a maximum of five restaurants.
May the odds be ever in your “flavor!”
by Amanda Comak
Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper was named the 2015 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday night, in an announcement made by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on MLB Network.
Harper, who was 22 years, 353 days old at the close of the 2015 season, is the fourth-youngest player ever to win the MVP award, and the third-youngest to take the National League honors. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the only players younger than Harper ever to earn baseball’s highest single-season honor were Vida Blue (AL) in 1971 (22 years, 64 days), Hall of Famer Johnny Bench, in 1970 (22 years, 298 days), and Hall of Famer Stan Musial, in 1943 (22 years, 316 days).
Harper, the first MVP in franchise history (Nationals/Expos), garnered 420 points in the balloting process, including 30 first-place votes, and finished 186 points ahead of the second-place finisher, Paul Goldschmidt of the Arizona Diamondbacks. Harper is just the seventh unanimous NL winner of the MVP award, and the youngest ever to accomplish the feat.
“The entire Lerner family extends congratulations to Bryce on his well-deserved Most Valuable Player award and his tremendous, record-setting season,” said Washington Nationals Managing Principal Owner Theodore N. Lerner. “It’s such a pleasure to watch him play and we look forward to his future outstanding contributions to the team.”
This caps an award-filled season for Harper, who joins Hall of Famer Walter Johnson (1913 & 1924) and Roger Peckinpaugh (1925) of the Washington Senators as D.C. MVP honorees. Harper’s 2015 season also earned him the NL Hank Aaron Award, a Louisville Slugger Silver Slugger, the Player’s Choice Award for NL Outstanding Player, NL Player of the Month honors for May, three NL Player of the Week awards (May 4-10, 11-17, and Sept. 14-20), and the third All-Star selection of his career. Harper, who started in right field and hit third for the NL squad at the mid-summer classic, earned an NL-record 13,964,950 fan votes to be an All-Star starter.
“What a remarkable achievement for Bryce, to become the first Nationals or Expos player ever to earn the Most Valuable Player award,” said Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo. “There has never been a question about Bryce’s talent. It’s transcendent. And to watch him put together the type of historic season he did in 2015 – at age 22 – only heightens the excitement for what remains ahead of him. We are extremely proud.
“I also want to congratulate Bryce’s family, as well as our entire organization – including Bryce’s teammates, coaches, support staff, and scouting and player development – for the role they all played in helping Bryce earn this distinguished honor.”
Harper hit .330 with a .460 on-base percentage and a .649 slugging percentage in 2015, clubbing 42 home runs, 38 doubles and one triple. He scored 118 runs and drove in 99. At the close of the season, Harper led the Major Leagues in a number of categories, including: on-base percentage, slugging percentage, OPS (1.109), and Wins Above Replacement (9.5, per Fangraphs.com). He also led the National League in home runs (T1st, 42), at-bats per home run (12.40), and runs scored (118), while ranking second in the NL in walks with a franchise (WSH/MON) record 124.
The youngest player in MLB history to club 42 home runs and walk 124 times in a season (youngest since Babe Ruth, who hit 54 home runs and 150 walks in 1920 at age 25), Harper is also just the second player since 2000 to accumulate at least 42 homers, 124 walks, and 118 runs in a season, joining Barry Bonds (2001 – MVP, 2004 – MVP). In a season that included a three-homer game (May 6 vs. MIA), two four-walk, four-run games (Aug. 18 at COL & Sept. 3 vs. ATL), and the 500th hit of his career (HR, Sept. 5 vs ATL), Harper solidified his place among the game’s elite players.
This is the second BBWAA honor of Harper’s young career, as he was also named the 2012 National League Rookie of the Year, earning that award after his age-19 season.
With a focus on being proactive and utilizing injury-prevention techniques, the Washington Nationals announced a new medical structure and expansion on Tuesday, with several personnel additions and changes. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.
In an innovative shift, the Nationals are transitioning their medical department to one that utilizes a proactive model, with significant analytic input. This will allow the Nationals to hone in on predictive factors to thwart potential injurious situations, and increase performance, by maintaining the health and wellness of their players.
The Nationals are pleased to welcome Harvey Sharman, the Director of Sports Medicine/Science for the Leeds United Football Club, as Executive Director/Medical Services. He will work with a Medical Services advisory board to oversee all facets of the Nationals’ training staff, and strength and conditioning programming.
The Nationals’ advisory board will be headed by: Dr. Keith Pyne, Chairman/Medical Services Advisory Board, Dr. Robin West, Lead Team Physician, and Bob Miller, Nationals Vice President & Assistant General Manager. Overall, the Nationals’ medical department will expand from 43 full- and part-time personnel to at least 48, reflecting the organization’s further investment in the health and wellness of Nationals players. The Nationals are also currently in discussions with additional personnel that will continue to expand the department.
Sharman, a physiotherapist, comes to Washington after 15 years with the Leeds United Football Club, the previous eight as the organization’s Director of Sports Medicine/Science. Sharman began with Leeds as an assistant physiotherapist, but evolved into the head of the organization’s medical department. During this time, Sharman focused on movement dysfunction, and, subsequently, the development of injury-prevention strategies. With Leeds, Sharman oversaw an injury reduction of more than 50 percent, including a significant drop in soft-tissue injuries (muscular/ligament/tendon injuries).
West, a board-certified orthopedics and sports medicine surgeon, joined Inova in July 2014 as the Medical Director of the Sports Medicine Institute at Inova, where she oversees the program’s clinical, strategic, administrative and academic affairs. West, who has a special interest in the prevention and management of injuries, has served previously as the assistant team physician for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as the head team physician for the Carnegie Mellon University athletic department, and as the head team physician for the University of Pittsburgh men’s basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, and swimming and diving programs. A Southern California native, West joined Inova after more than 11 years of clinical experience as an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh.
Pyne, head of Keith E. Pyne, D.C. PLLC in New York City, specializes in working with specific professional sports injuries. His treatment concentrates on the neuromuscular structural integration that resolves injuries and biomechanical discrepancies by addressing the problem in the body’s kinetic chain. Pyne, who has been consulting for the Nationals since 2012, has consulted with and treated over 1,300 professional athletes across all major sports (including: baseball, basketball, football, hockey, boxing, golf, and track & field).
In addition to the significant changes atop the medical structure, the Nationals are also proud to announce the following additions and retentions:
- Paul Lessard joins the Nationals as Director, Athletic Training following six seasons as the Cincinnati Reds’ Head Athletic Trainer. With 18 years of experience as a Head Athletic Trainer in the Major Leagues, Washington is Lessard’s fourth Major League organization, having worked with the Arizona Diamondbacks (1998-2005), and Boston Red Sox (2006-2009), in addition to the Reds (2010-2015). He has twice been selected to represent the National League at the MLB All-Star game (2012 & 2015). Lessard, a 1986 graduate of Northeastern University, spent 10 years as an Athletic Trainer for Boston University (1988-94) and the College of Holy Cross (1994-97). Before he was hired by BU, he spent two summers as Assistant Athletic Trainer for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons (1985- 86) and two seasons with the New York Yankees’ Class-A Ft. Lauderdale affiliate (1987-88).
- Dale Gilbert comes to Washington as an Athletic Trainer after five seasons with the Texas Rangers, the previous four as the club’s medical coordinator. Gilbert originally joined the Rangers as the organization’s rehab coordinator in 2011. Before heading to Texas, Gilbert spent eight seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2003-2010), ascending through the Royals’ ranks from rehab coordinator to medical coordinator and, ultimately, athletic trainer. Gilbert spent six seasons (1997-2002) working as an athletic trainer in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization before joining the Royals. The Montana native earned his degree in exercise science and physical education, with a minor in Spanish, from Arizona State University.
- John Hsu, who joined the Nationals in 2010, will remain on staff as an Athletic Training Assistant. The versatile Hsu, who has been on staff as an Athletic Training Assistant the past five seasons, got his start in professional baseball as an athletic trainer for the Chinese Taipei (Taiwan) National Baseball Team (2004-05). Hsu graduated from California Baptist University with a master’s degree in athletic training in 2010, after earning a bachelor’s degree from the National Taiwan College of Physical Education in 2003.
- Matt Eiden, a six-year member of the Nationals’ strength and conditioning team, will return as the Nationals’ Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. Eiden, who previously served as the Nationals’ Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach from 2011-2015, as well as their Strength and Conditioning Intern from 2009-2010, is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. A graduate of St. John’s College High School in Washington, D.C., Eiden played baseball and earned a degree in Business Management from Mount St. Mary’s University (MD) before playing independent professional baseball in the Arizona Winter League and in Galveston, Tex.
- Patrick Panico, who had previously served the Nationals as a Massage Therapist, will shift into the role of Corrective Exercise Specialist. Panico, who has been with the Nationals since the start of the 2013 season and has worked as a massage therapist/strength coach for over 20 years, was the founder of SPORTSFITNYC Integrated Conditioning Specialists in New York City. Panico’s professional baseball resume includes three years in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization as a Minor League Strength and Conditioning coach. Panico has studied a number of alternative therapeutic methods, including Active Release Technique, Trager Therapy and dynamic stretch, as well as sports massage.
- Joe Cancellieri joins the Nationals as a Corrective Exercise Specialist. Cancellieri comes to Washington after two years as an Exercise Physiologist and Strength and Conditioning coach for SportsLab NYC and the John McEnroe Tennis Academy. Cancellieri, who approaches exercise from a science-driven perspective, has focused on corrective exercise, rehabilitation, neuromuscular facilitation, injury prevention and strength and conditioning. Cancellieri, a native of New York, earned his Personal Training certification in 2011, and received his Master’s degree in Bio-Behavioral Sciences with a specialization in Exercise Physiology from Columbia University in May, 2014. A competitive athlete throughout his life, Cancellieri became involved in the sport of Motocross as a teenager and has raced professionally since 2010.
The Nationals have also retained Dr. Thomas Cullen (Team Physician and Internist) and Dr. Bruce Thomas (Team Physician, Florida).
The Inova Sports Medicine Institute (ISMI) provides a unique experience focused on personalized care and comprehensive treatment to athletes and active people of all ages and abilities. Inova’s innovative approach to sports medicine encompasses all aspects of sports performance and wellness including injury care and prevention, rehabilitation and nutrition, and mental and physical performance. Led by Medical Director Robin West, MD, ISMI focuses on the entire mechanics of the athlete to determine the root cause of an injury and develop prevention strategies that will minimize recurrence and maximize athletic performance for the future.
ISMI methods include a concierge approach to sports medicine with a customized treatment plan based on the needs of each patient. Our expert team includes athletic trainers, physical therapists, sports psychologists and nutritionists who work together to develop a personalized plan, tailored to the specific injuries and goals for recovery of each patient.
The Washington Nationals named first baseman Jose Marmolejos their Minor League Player of the Year and right-handed pitcher Austin Voth their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. The club also named right-handed pitcher Austen Williams the recipient of the third-annual Bob Boone Award.
Marmolejos, 22, led the South Atlantic League in hits (145), doubles (39) and RBI (87), ranked second in the league in slugging percentage (.485) and batting average (.310), and ranked third in OPS (.848) while playing in a team-high 124 games for Washington’s Single-A affiliate. He paced the Nationals’ Minor League system in hits (145), doubles (39), RBI (87), slugging percentage (.485) and batting average (.310).
A former non-drafted free agent, Marmolejos had a particularly strong second half of the season, hitting .335 with 24 doubles, two triples, six home runs, 55 RBI, 27 walks and 37 runs scored in the final 70 games of the season. All told, the first baseman hit .310 with 39 doubles, five triples, 11 home runs, 87 RBI, 35 walks and 63 runs scored in 2015. For his efforts, he was named a South Atlantic League post-season All-Star.
Marmolejos is in his fifth season in the organization. He was signed by Modesto Ulloa on June 9, 2011 after going undrafted in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft. On September 9th, he was selected eighth overall by Tigres del Licey in the 2015 Dominican Winter League Rookie Draft.
Voth, 23, led all Nationals farmhands with 148 strikeouts and he ranked third in the organization with a 2.92 ERA. His 148 strikeouts ranked second in all of Double-A and were tied for ninth in all of Minor League Baseball. Voth went 6-7 with a 2.92 ERA in 28 games (27 starts) for the Harrisburg Senators, Washington’s Double-A Eastern League affiliate.
A fifth-round pick in the 2013 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Washington, Voth led the Eastern League in strikeouts (148), strikeouts/9.0 innings (8.47) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (3.70). He also ranked among league leaders in hits/9.0 innings (2nd, 7.67), WHIP (5th, 1.11), home runs/9.0 innings (5th, 0.57), ERA (8th, 2.92) and walks/9.0 innings (9th, 2.29). He earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors September 7th and was named an Eastern League mid-season All-Star.
Williams, 22, becomes the third recipient of the Bob Boone Award, which is granted annually to the Nationals minor leaguer who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the ‘Washington Nationals Way.’
Williams went 12-8 with a 2.58 ERA in 25 starts across three levels of Washington’s Minor League system. He began the season with Single-A Hagerstown before being promoted to Triple-A Syracuse for a spot start on June 4. He was then transferred to Single-A Potomac on June 11, where he finished the season. Williams struck out 106 batters, walked 33, surrendered just five home runs and posted a 1.10 WHIP while opposing batters hit .231 against him. He ranked among Nationals Minor Leaguers in ERA (2nd, 2.58), wins (2nd, 12) and strikeouts (T4th, 106).
Selected in the sixth round of the 2014 First-Year Player Draft out of Texas State University, Williams was named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star after going 8-1 with a 2.10 ERA (17 ER/73.0 IP) in 13 starts for Single-A Hagerstown.
The Nationals will honor these players in a ceremony at Space Coast Stadium during 2016 Spring Training.
WASHINGTON NATIONALS ORGANIZATIONAL AWARD WINNERS
2015: 1B Jose Marmolejos (Player of the Year), RHP Austin Voth (Pitcher of the Year), RHP Austen Williams (Boone)
2014: OF Steven Souza Jr. (Player of the Year), RHP Lucas Giolito (Pitcher of the Year), INF Wilmer Difo (Boone)
2013: OF Billy Burns (Player of the Year), RHP Taylor Jordan (Pitcher of the Year), 2B Tony Renda (Boone)
2012: INF Matthew Skole (Player of the Year), RHP Nathan Karns (Pitcher of the Year)
2011: INF Steve Lombardozzi (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Peacock (Pitcher of the Year)
2010: OF Tyler Moore (Player of the Year), LHP Tom Milone (Pitcher of the Year)
2009: C Derek Norris (Player of the Year), RHP Brad Meyers (Pitcher of the Year)
2008: OF Leonard Davis (Player of the Year), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (Pitcher of the Year)
2007: OF Justin Maxwell (Player of the Year), LHP John Lannan (Pitcher of the Year)
2006: INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), RHP Zechry Zinicola (Pitcher of the Year)
2005: INF Kory Casto (Player of the Year), LHP Michael O’Connor (Pitcher of the Year)
by Amanda Comak
The Washington Nationals announced their 2016 schedule on Tuesday, in conjunction with Major League Baseball, revealing an 81-game home slate that will begin with the home opener on April 7 vs. the Miami Marlins. The 83rd home opener in D.C. since 1901 will come after the Nationals begin the season at Atlanta with a two-game series April 4-6. Visit nationals.com to view the full schedule.
Nationals Park will play host to 11 homestands, four of which will span 10 days, and include 13 weekend series. The home schedule will be highlighted by visits from the American League Central in Interleague play. The Nationals will welcome the Minnesota Twins (April 22-24), Detroit Tigers (May 9-11), and the Cleveland Indians (Aug. 9-10), and will visit the Chicago White Sox (June 7-9), the Kansas City Royals (May 2-4), and Cleveland (July 26-27).
The Nationals will celebrate with holiday crowds twice in 2016, first with the annual Fourth of July contest, as the Milwaukee Brewers visit the nation’s capital for the nation’s birthday, and concluding with a visit from the Philadelphia Phillies on Labor Day (Sept. 5).
Weekends at Nationals Park will feature visits from the Miami Marlins (April 7-10, May 13-15, Sept. 30-Oct. 2), Minnesota Twins (April 22-24), St. Louis Cardinals (May 26-29), Philadelphia Phillies (June 10-12, Sept. 8-11), Cincinnati Reds (July 1-3), Pittsburgh Pirates (July 15-17), San Diego Padres (July 22-24), San Francisco Giants (Aug. 5-7), Atlanta Braves (Aug. 12-14), and Colorado Rockies (Aug. 26-28).
The Nationals’ road slate features two west coast trips as the club will travel to San Diego and Los Angeles in June (16-22) before closing that 10-game trip with a three-game set in Milwaukee. The Nationals will then head west once more at the end of July as they close a nine-game trip that begins in Cleveland (July 26-27), with stops in San Francisco (July 28-31) and Arizona (Aug. 1-3).
The annual Beltway Series with the Baltimore Orioles will take place in August during a four-game home-and-home. The Nationals will travel to Baltimore at the end of a nine-game trip that starts in Colorado (Aug. 15-17), stops in Atlanta (Aug. 18-21) and wraps up in Baltimore (Aug. 22-23). The two Mid-Atlantic teams will then head down to D.C. to finish up the series with two at Nationals Park (Aug 24-25).
Nineteen of the Nationals’ first 22 games will come against divisional foes. Washington will finish the 2016 season playing 25 of their final 32 games within the National League East as well.
The Nationals will conclude the 2016 regular season with a seven-game homestand that will feature a four-game set with the Arizona Diamondbacks (Sept. 26-29) and finish with three games against the Miami Marlins (Sept. 30-Oct. 2).
All dates and opponents on this schedule are subject to change. Visit nationals.com to view the full schedule. To secure the best seats at the best price with a 2016 NATS PLUS Membership, visit nationals.com/natsplus, call 202.675.NATS(6287) or email at email@example.com.
by Amanda Comak
The Washington Nationals returned from rehab and reinstated center fielder Denard Span from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday, and optioned right-handed pitcher Tanner Roark to Single-A Potomac.
Span, 31, returns to the Nationals after missing 40 games due to back tightness. The Nationals’ leadoff man is coming off six rehab games – spanning stops with Single-A Hagerstown, Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg – in which he hit .412 with a .500 on-base percentage and a .588 slugging percentage. Span went 7-for-17 with one home run, three walks and six runs scored.
In 59 games with the Nationals this season, Span is hitting .304 (72-for-237) with a .367 on-base percentage and a .430 slugging percentage. In 265 plate appearances, Span has clubbed 15 doubles and five home runs, walked 24 times and stolen 11 bases.
One of the most dynamic center fielders in the game, Span is coming off arguably his finest Major League season. Hitting .302 with a Nationals (2005-present) single-season record 184 hits in 2014, Span collected a career-high 52 extra-base hits last season, to go along with a career-best 31 stolen bases. He became just the sixth qualified player in Nationals history to hit .300 or better, joining Cristian Guzman, Michael Morse, Jayson Werth, Dmitri Young and Ryan Zimmerman.
Roark, 28, is 4-4 with four holds and one save, along with a 4.54 ERA in 34 games (six games started) this season. The versatile right-hander is career 26-15 with a 3.04 ERA since his MLB debut, Aug. 7, 2013. In that span, Roark has started 42 games for the Nationals, including 31 (15-10, 2.85 ERA) during his breakout 2014 season. While with Potomac Roark will transition to the starting rotation.
by Amanda Comak
The Washington Nationals selected the contract of shortstop Trea Turner from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday and placed first baseman/outfielder Tyler Moore on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 19, with a left ankle sprain. Additionally, right-handed pitcher Aaron Barrett (right elbow sprain) was transferred to the 60-day DL.
Turner joins the Nationals for the first Major League assignment of his career. Ranked the No. 9 (Baseball America) and No. 12 (MLB.com) best prospect in all of baseball, Turner arrives in the Major Leagues having hit .322 with a .370 on-base percentage and a .458 slugging percentage in 116 minor league games this season.
Acquired from the San Diego Padres on June 14 – completing the Dec. 18, 2014 three-team trade in which Washington acquired right-handed pitcher Joe Ross and a Player to be Named from the Padres, and sent outfielder Steven Souza Jr. and Minor League left-handed pitcher Travis Ott to the Tampa Bay Rays – Turner has played at two different levels for three different teams this year.
The speedy infielder hit .322 (73-for-227) with 13 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 35 RBI, 24 walks, 11 stolen bases and 31 runs scored in 58 games for San Diego’s Double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions, to open his 2015 season. He posted a .385 on-base percentage, a .471 slugging percentage and an .856 OPS along the way.
After officially joining the Nationals’ organization, Turner hit .359/.366/.513 with four doubles, one triple, four RBI, one walk and four stolen bases in 10 games with Double-A Harrisburg. Turner, 22, was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse on June 26, and has hit .314/.353/.431 with seven doubles, three triples, three home runs, 13 walks, 14 stolen bases and 15 RBI in his first experience (48 games) at the highest level of the minor leagues.
Turner joined right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito in representing the Nationals at the Sirius/XM MLB All-Star Futures Game in Cincinnati in July. He went 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and two RBI in the annual prospect showcase.
A first-round selection in the 2014 First-Year Player Draft (No. 13 overall), Turner entered the 2015 season rated as the No. 2 prospect in the Padres’ chain and the No. 65 prospect in all of baseball, per Baseball America, and his stock has risen considerably this season.
Turner boasts advanced speed and base running ability. According to Baseball America, Turner had the “Best Strike-Zone Discipline,” and was the “Best Athlete” and “Best Defensive Infielder” in the San Diego Minor League system prior to his trade to Washington.
Moore, 28, is hitting .200 for the Nationals this season with 10 doubles, four home runs and 22 RBI. Appearing predominantly off the Nationals’ bench (Moore has started 28 games, 1B: 17; OF: 11), the Mississippi native has four pinch hits and one pinch-hit home run in 2015.
The Washington Nationals acquired All-Star right-handed pitcher Jonathan Papelbon from the Philadelphia Phillies in exchange for Minor League right-handed pitcher, Nick Pivetta. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements. Papelbon, a six-time All-Star and one of the most prolific closers in Major League Baseball history, joins the Nationals after spending the last three-plus seasons with the Philadelphia Phillies. He is 2-1 with a 1.59 ERA (7 ER/39.2 IP) and is 17-for-17 in save opportunities this season. He has tallied 40 strikeouts, issued eight walks and has allowed opposing batters to hit .211 against him. He is one of only three MLB closers to be perfect in save opportunities and ranks among National League relievers in ERA (7th, 1.59) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (T10th, 5.00),
Since assuming the closer’s role for the Boston Red Sox in 2006, Papelbon has converted 342 saves, the most in Major League Baseball during the last 11 seasons. His 342 saves are good for 12th in MLB history and are third-most among active pitchers. He also ranks among MLB relievers in strikeouts (1st, 727), strikeout-to-walk ratio (5th, 4.85), walks and hits/innings pitched (6th, 1.00) and ERA (8th, 2.30) since 2006.
In 2014, he became just the fifth reliever in MLB history to convert at least 25 saves in nine consecutive seasons, joining Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith, John Wetteland, and Troy Percival. On June 10 vs. San Diego, he became the 26th pitcher in MLB history to record 300 saves, tying Trevor Hoffman as the second fastest player to reach the 300 save mark.
Papelbon converted 39 saves in 2014, his most since converting a career-high 41 saves for the Boston Red Sox in 2008. He ranked among National League relievers in save percentage (T4th, 90.7%), saves (T5th, 39), walks and hits/innings pitched (8th, 0.90) and opponents OPS (9th, .500). With 66 games pitched, he appeared in 50 or more games for the ninth straight season and 60 or more for the seventh year in a row. On August 26, 2014 vs. Washington, he converted his 100th career save as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies and became the first player in MLB history to convert at least 200 saves in one league (AL, BOS – 219) and 100 saves in another league (NL, PHI – 123).
Papelbon, 34, is 37-30 with a 2.32 ERA over his 11 Major League seasons with Boston (2005-2011) and Philadelphia (2012-2015). He was selected in the fourth round of the 2003 First-Year Player Draft out of Mississippi State University. During his time with the Phillies, he supported youth living in Philadelphia-area foster programs through his participation in “Papelbon’s Pen” charitable ticket program. He and his wife, Ashley, have a daughter, Parker, and a son, Gunner.
Pivetta, 22, was selected in the fourth round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft out of New Mexico Junior College. He was 7-6 with a 3.02 ERA in 18 games/17 starts between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg.