The Washington Nationals announced the first round of September call-ups on Sunday, bringing relievers Erik Davis and Ian Krol back up to the majors along with catcher Sandy Leon, but Nats' skipper Davey Johnson told reporters, including the Washington Post's James Wagner, on Monday that there would be a second wave of call-ups once the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs' season ended. "'[The] Nationals are expected to call up four position players and one pitcher on Tuesday, according to Manager Davey Johnson,'" the WaPost's Mr. Wagner wrote, with left-hander Xavier Cedeno, outfielders Eury Perez and Corey Brown, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus and shortstop Zach Walters expected to get the call.
The beat reporters covering the Nationals saw the names added to the roster today:
Zach Walters, Corey Brown, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez, Xavier Cedeno all on #Nats lineup card. They're the 5 call-ups— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) September 3, 2013
#Nats call ups: IF Zach Walters, OF Eury Perez, OF Corey Brown, UT Jeff Kobernus, LHP Xavier Cedeno.— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) September 3, 2013
Five new (and not unexpected) faces on the lineup card today: Zach Walters, Corey Brown, Xavier Cedeno, Jeff Kobernus and Eury Perez.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) September 3, 2013
• The Nationals then made the moves official:
#Nationals today selected SS Zach Walters & recalled OF Corey Brown, LHP Xavier Cedeno, UTIL Jeff Kobernus and OF Eury Perez from Syracuse.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) September 3, 2013
Eury Perez, 23, in his first full season with the Nationals' top affiliate, posted a .300/.336/.422 line with 18 doubles, five triples, seven home runs and 23 stolen bases in 96 games and 433 plate appearances. Perez has gotten playing time at the major league level in each of the past two seasons. Corey Brown, 27, has 22 games and 30 plate appearances in the majors on his resume. In 107 games and 438 PAs with the Chiefs this season, the one-time Oakland A's prospect acquired in the deal that sent Josh Willingham to the Athletics in 2010, had a .254/.326/.473 line with 26 doubles and 19 HRs.
Jeff Kobernus, 25, was called up for 15 games earlier this season. In his first stint in the majors, the Nationals' '09 2nd Round pick had a .174/.321/.304 line with one home run in 28 PAs. In the Triple-A International League this season, Kobernus, who was selected by the Boston Red Sox in this past winter's Rule 5 Draft, traded to Detroit and then returned to the Washington when he didn't make the Tigers' opening day roster, put up a .318/.366/.388 line with 19 doubles, two triples and one home run in 95 games and 412 PAs.
Zach Walters, 23, in his second season at Triple-A, was acquired in a deadline deal in July 2011 that sent Jason Marquis to the D-Backs who drafted Walters out of the University of San Diego in the 9th Round of the 2010 Draft. Walters had a .253/.286/.517 line with the Chiefs this season. In 134 games and 521 PAs this year, the infielder who played short and third hit 32 doubles, five triples and 29 HRs.
Xavier Cedeno, 27, has been up and down all year, but hasn't pitched much in the majors. In 39 games and 34 1/3 IP with Syracuse this season, the former Houston Astros' lefty claimed off waivers by the Nationals, had a 1.31 ERA, a 2.82 FIP, 16 walks (4.19 BB/9) and 45 Ks (11.80 K/9).
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