Reports from Space Coast Stadium this morning said a number of lockers were cleared out when reporters arrived as the Washington Nationals prepared to take on the Houston Astros in Grapefruit League action, signaling the latest round of roster cuts as the Nats narrow the field of competitors for spots on the 2016 Opening Day roster.
According to several reports from Viera, Florida, the lockers of infielder Chris Bostick, outfielders Brian Goodwin and Logan Schafer and catcher Spencer Kieboom were cleared out this morning.
The Nationals made those moves and more official after this afternoon's game, announcing that Goodwin and left-hander Sammy Solis were optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while left-hander Nick Lee, Kieboom and Bostick were optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.
In addition, the Nats announced that infielder Matt Skole and Schafer were reassigned to minor league camp.
Goodwin, 25, and a Nats' 2011 1st Round pick, played at Double-A Harrisburg last season after an injury-shortened 2014 campaign, putting up a .226/.290/.340 line with 17 doubles, four triples and eight home runs in 114 games and 472 PAs for the Senators. He was 3 for 11 (.273/.400/.273) with three walks and four Ks in eight games this Spring.
Solis, 27, made his major league debut last season, making nine appearances and throwing 21 ⅓ innings out of the Nationals' bullpen, posting a 3.38 ERA, a 3.46 FIP, four walks (1.69 BB/9), 17 Ks (7.17 K/9) and a .281/.323/.395 line against in his first prolonged stint as a reliever.
Solis gave up four hits, three walks and three runs in four innings this Spring.
Bostick, 22, was acquired along with right-hander Abel De Los Santos in the December 2014 trade with Texas that sent Ross Detwiler to the Rangers.
He put up a combined .258/.312/.398 line with 22 doubles, eight triples, 12 home runs and 31 stolen bases in 137 games and 581 plate appearances for the High-A Potomac Nationals and Double-A Harrisburg Senators last season and was 4 for 12 with two doubles in seven games this Spring before being sent out today.
Kieboom, 24, impressed Nationals' manager Dusty Baker with his game calling and management behind the dish this Spring, while he went 3 for 11 at the plate in six games. Kieboom, a 2012 5th Round pick out of Clemson, was added to the 40-Man Roster this winter, to protect him from selection in the Rule 5 Draft after he put up a .248/.344/.346 line with 16 doubles and two home runs in 71 games and 285 PAs for the Potomac Nationals last season.
Kieboom was 3 for 11 with four Ks for the Nationals in Grapefruit League action.
Lee, 25, and a 2011 18th Round pick, pitched at Potomac and Harrisburg in 2015, putting up a 3.12 ERA in 52 innings as a reliever for the P-Nats and Senators. He threw four scoreless innings for the Nationals this Spring.
Logan Schafer, the veteran of the group cut this morning, signed a free agent deal with the Nationals this winter after he put up a .221/.299/.311 line with six doubles, a triple and a home run in 69 games and 143 plate appearances for the Milwaukee Brewers last season.
The 29-year-old outfielder was 4 for 20 with three walks and six Ks in eight games for the Nationals this Spring.
Skole, 26, played at Double and Triple-A in 2015, putting up a combined .234/.340/.417 line with 23 doubles and 20 home runs in 132 games and 547 PAs overall. He was 3 for 15 with a home run before he was optioned out.
The #Nats optioned OF Brian Goodwin & LHP Sammy Solis to AAA Syracuse,& LHP Nick Lee, C Spencer Kieboom & INF Chris Bostick to AA Harrisburg— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 14, 2016
Additionally, INF Matt Skole and OF Logan Schafer have been reassigned to Minor League camp.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 14, 2016