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30 Players in 30 Days: Alberto Gonzalez

Alberto Gonzalez

Once rated the best defensive infielder in the Yankees farm system by Baseball America, Alberto Gonzalez was a great asset for the Nationals this year. He is a versatile player, seeing time at third base, second base and shortstop in 2009.

041909-462 a. gonzalez.JPGThe Venezuelan infielder has often been described as a plus defender, something highlighted by his .995 fielding percentage at second base this season. Originally slated to be a utility player, Gonzalez earned the starting job at second base following the 2009 All-Star break, making way for his predecessor, Anderson Hernandez, to be traded to the Mets.

Gonzalez ended the season on a high note. In the final game of the year at Atlanta, with the Braves and Nationals tied after 15 innings, Gonzalez laced a single to center field off of reliever Boone Logan to drive in Elijah Dukes for the eventual game-winning run. This capped off a seven game win streak for the Nats, their second longest winning streak of the season.

With the Nationals second base situation still uncertain for next year, it is unclear what role Gonzalez will play in 2010. What is known is that Gonzalez is a young, quality defender with a stellar fielding percentage at second base in 2009 to prove it. He will succeed wherever the Nationals decide to use him.

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In case you were wondering…

It seems like years ago that Daniel Cabrera opened Nationals Park for the 2009 season. He isn’t the only Nationals player that is somewhere else in a land, far, far away… here are a few other notable Nats no longer on the team.

johnson c.jpgNick Johnson:
The Marlins are on the outside looking in for a playoff spot, the chances are slim to none–4.8 percent to be precise. They are 4.5 games behind the Wild Card leading Rockies with 16 games remaining and six games left against the Phillies. Johnson has been as good as advertised for the Marlins since he was traded moments before the trading deadline on July 31st. He made his annual trip to the DL and missed the latter half of August with a strained right hamstring but he is back for the stretch run. He has been doing exactly what he did for the Nats. He is batting .333 (27-for-81) with two home runs, 17 RBI, 27 walks and an astronomical .505 on-base percentage in 25 games. Don’t forget… he will be a free agent at the end of the season.

Joe Beimel: He became known as the “Steroid Stopper” for his ability to get Barry Bonds out during his days with the Dodgers–Bonds batted .063 (1-for-16) against him. He isn’t having as much success with the Rockies after joining the likely NL Wild Card team on July 31st. The left-hander isn’t the set-up man or the closer, but is used primarily for the lefty-lefty matchup. He has been hit hard at times and posts a high .306 BAA in 19 games. He has a 4.38 ERA (6 ER/ 12.1 IP) with 15 hits and 10 strikeouts. In 2006, he missed the entire Divisional Series with the Dodgers when he cut his hand on glass at a bar in New York City. Don’t expect him to miss the 2009 playoffs.

hanrahan c.jpgJoel Hanrahan:
He wasn’t built for the pressure cooker situation, late in the game with only a run one lead. With the Nationals in 2009 he blew five saves in 10 chances. Hanrahan was traded to the Pirates with Lastings Milledge in exchange for outfielder Nyjer Morgan and reliever Sean Burnett on June 29th. In Pittsburgh, he has flourished in his new role as a reliever, just a reliever without the stress of saving a game–he hasn’t pitched in one save situation. He hasn’t allowed an earned run in nearly a month, a span of 13 games to be exact.  Overall, he has a 1.84 ERA (6 ER/ 29.1 IP) with 36 strikeouts and a .215 BAA.

Lastings Milledge: The free swinging, show-up-when-I-want-to leadoff hitter didn’t quite fit in the Nationals clubhouse. (It is hard to believe that he lead the club in home runs (14) and RBI (61) last year). He is still the same free swinger but he isn’t leading off for the Pirates. Milledge bats primarily sixth but has also batted second, fourth and fifth. Dropping him in the orderhas helped to lower the pressure and raise his average. He still strikes out a lot, doesn’t hit for power and has been caught stealing four times in seven attempts.  On the bright side, he is batting .287 (43-for-150) in 41 games with the Pirates. belliard c.jpg

 Ronnie Belliard:
He is becoming the Marlon Anderson of 2006. (See HERE), filling in nicely at second and third base with the Dodgers since he was acquired on August 30th. He has played error free baseball in 12 starts and is batting .319 (15-for-47) with three home runs and eight RBI in 15 games. Last night, he had his second three hit game with the Dodgers in the 3-1 win over the Pirates.

Anderson Hernandez: He returned to the Mets on August 5th and quickly became their everyday shortstop. His numbers are nearly identical to his Nats numbers, batting .257 (26-for-101) with 1 home run, 11 RBI and two stolen bases in 34 games.

Daniel Cabrera: Control, Control and Control. That has been the top three things that Cabrera has needed to work on most during his pro career. He walked 35 batters in 40.0 innings in eight starts with the Nats. Cabrera went 0-5 and the Nats went 0-8. The results have been the same with the D-backs. In his first relief appearance with Arizona, Cabrera didn’t retire a batter, gave up five runs, two hits and two walks. His last appearance was much better. He went three innings, didn’t walk a batter and only gave up two hits. It is anyone’s guess how he will pitch in his next appearance.

Nats acquire Minor League 2B Greg Veloz from Mets

The Nats acquired second baseman Greg Veloz from the New York Mets in exchange for infielder Anderson Hernandez. The Nationals then recalled right-handed pitcher Saul Rivera from Syracuse of the Triple-A International League to assume Hernandez’s spot on their 25-man roster.


Veloz, who will report to the Single-A Potomac Nationals is a career .249 hitter with 77 doubles, 19 home runs, 145 RBI and 108 stolen bases in three-plus professional seasons. In his three complete pro campaigns, Veloz has averaged 30 stolen bases. He entered the season rated among the Mets’ top 25 prospects as listed in Baseball America’s 2009 Prospect Handbook.


A 6-foot-1 switch hitter, Veloz currently paces the Mets’ Minor League system with 18 stolen bases. In 2007, he led the Rookie-level Appalachian League with nine triples and ranked fourth in stolen bases, swiping 18 in just 66 contests. Veloz originally signed with the Mets as a non-drafted free agent in March of 2006.


Rivera, 31, rejoins the Nationals after going 2-5 with seven holds, two saves and a 3.55 ERA (18 ER/45.2 IP) in 30 appearanes with Syracuse. A member of the Nationals’ Opening Day roster, Rivera went 0-1 with an 8.49 ERA (11 ER/11.2 IP) in 10 appearances with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 20.


Rivera is 12-15 with 45 holds, four saves and a 3.94 ERA (109 ER/249.0 IP) in 225 career games spanning four seasons with Washington. He entered 2009 having registered a sub-4.00 ERA in each of his three complete big league seasons. Rivera’s 225 career appearances rank second to only Jon Rauch (236) among Nationals (2005-present).


Hernandez, 26, hit .251 (58-for-231) with one homer and 23 RBI in 76 games with Washington this season.

Lannan brilliant in first career start at Yankee Stadium

lannan 1.JPGJohn Lannan completed the New York circuit by beating the Mets and Yankees. The New York native tossed his first career complete game against the Mets on June 6 and less then two weeks later, he kept the Bronx Bombers at bay.
The Nationals capitalized on John Lannan’s 8.1 innings of 4-hit ball and beat the Yankees 3-2 Wednesday night. Things got tight when Lannan, who dropped his ERA to 3.38 on the season, gave up a ninth inning homer to Johnny Damon, the 73rd home run hit to right field this season at Yankee Stadium. The solo shot brought the Yankees within one run. Mike MacDougal relieved Lannan and with runners on the corners, got Robinson Cano to ground into a game-ending double play. Lannan improved to 4-5 and MacDougal picked up his first save since July 16, 2006 against the Tigers.


The Nationals’ bats contributed as well. Adam Dunn blasted a solo shot in the fourth and Nick Johnson drove in two runs with a triple in the fifth. Dunn’s homer gave him 296 for his career. According to Elias, Jason Marquis is the only other New York State-born pitcher to beat the Mets and the Yankees in the same season. The Long Island product did it with the Cardinals in 2005.


In other Nationals news:


– As Anderson Hernandez improves on the field, his teammates are beginning to trust him more and more. 


– The Nationals make room by trading Michael O’Connor to Padres. 


– With pitching being their main focus, the Nationals are developing young pitchers that will make an impact soon.


– With his family in attendance, John Lannan was impressive in his return to New York.


Nats fall to the Yankees 5-3 in their first visit to the new Yankee Stadium

The Nationals lost 5-3 last night to CC Sabathia and the New York Yankees but there were some bright spots in the game. Shairon Martis had a solid outing going 6.0 innings while giving up two runs, one earned, on only four hits. He did not factor into the decision, keeping his overall record at 5-1.

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On the offensive side, Anderson Hernandez blasted a three-run shot, his first of the season, to left field which put the Nats ahead 3-2. The lead was short lived as some timely hitting by New York and some defensive miscues allowed the Yankees to regain the lead. Reliever Ron Villone picked up the loss, and closer Mariano Rivera entered in the 9th to shut down the Nats for his 15th save of the season.

Villone’s loss to the Yankees on Tuesday night was his fourth in his last four appearances. According to Elias, over the last 10 seasons, only three other pitchers suffered losses in four consecutive relief outings: Brian Fuentes (2007), Fausto Carmona (2006), and Rheal Cormier (2001).

In other Nationals news:

With rumors of a managerial shake up in DC, the Nationals players show their support for Manager Manny Acta.

Teams around the Major Leagues, including the Nats, are using some creative ways to get their players voted into the All-Star Game.

– Long Island native John Lannan is looking forward to his first start at Yankee Stadium.