Washington signed 16 players to Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training and invited an addition eight prospects from the organization to Spring Training.
The Nationals announced the full list of non-roster invitees to Spring Training this afternoon.
The players who signed Minor League deals with invites to Spring Training are listed below:
Here are the list of the eight players from within the organization who have received invitations to Major League camp:
As the Nationals noted in a press release on the non-roster invitees, Nationals’ pitchers and catchers, “... are slated to report to the Nationals’ Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., by Tuesday, Feb. 14,” and, “Washington’s position players will report by Friday, Feb. 17,” with the, “... first full-squad workout scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19.”
Nats’ prospects Erick Fedde (a 2014 1st Round pick), Drew Ward (2013 3rd Round pick) and Andrew Stevenson, (a 2015 2nd Round pick) will all be attending big league camp for the first time.
Fedde, who’ll turn 24 later this month, went, “... 8-5 [in 2016] with a 3.12 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg,” the press release notes, “[r]anking second among Nationals farmhands in ERA (3.12) and fourth in strikeouts (123),” and in an, “... impressive stretch from May 23 to Aug. 5, he posted a 0.62 ERA (4 ER/57.2 IP), struck out 60 batters and walked just 10 while working to a 4-1 record in 11 games (10 starts).”
Ward, who turned 22 in November, put up a combined .252/.348/.412 line, 23 doubles and 14 home runs in 117 games and 471 plate appearances between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg, then went to the Arizona Fall League where, “Ward hit .309 (25-for-81) with six doubles, eight RBI, 10 walks and 13 runs scored in 21 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs.”
Stevenson, 22, split the 2016 campaign between Potomac and Harrisburg too, putting up a combined .276/.332/.374 line with 23 doubles, 10 triples, three home runs and 39 stolen bases over 133 games and 580 PAs.
“His 39 stolen bases ranked second among Nationals farmhands,” the Nationals noted in today’s press release, and, “[f]ollowing the season, he hit .353 (30-for-85) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 12 RBI, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in 21 games,” in the AFL.
Here are the stats and some more information on the non-roster invitees:
You can read about the veteran major leaguers in camp on minor league deals in detail in the Nationals’ press release on the non-roster invitees HERE.