Catching on with the Nats: A look at the catching depth in Washington’s system…


WASHINGTON – Keibert Ruiz has actually established himself because the Nationals’ catcher of the long run and the most effective younger gamers at that place within the majors.

However what about doable backups sooner or later with the Nationals at catcher?

Here’s a have a look at some catchers down on the farm, together with two which can be listed among the many high 30 prospects within the system by MLB.com:

Drew Millas:

Drafted by the A’s within the seventh spherical in 2019, Millas got here to the Nationals final July on the commerce deadline.

He’s listed because the No. 19 prospect within the system by MLB.com however his offensive numbers haven’t been good this yr.

Millas, 24 and a local of St. Louis, was batting .200 with an OPS of .598 in video games by way of Tuesday this season with two groups.

He performed 13 video games for Single-A Fredericksburg earlier than going as much as Double-A Harrisburg.

Israel Pineda:

Pineda, 22, actually supplies extra pop on the plate than Millas.

Pineda had 14 homers in 77 video games for Wilmington final yr.

However by way of Tuesday, he had simply two this season for the Blue Rocks whereas batting .234.

He’s listed at No. 24 amongst Washington prospects.

Brad Lindsly:

A fourth-round select of Oklahoma in 2020, he was faculty teammates with pitcher Cade Cavalli.

This yr with the Double-A Harrisburg Senators he was batting .212 with an OPS of .641 by way of Tuesday.

He’s 24.

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Tres Barrera:

The native of Texas performed in two video games with the Nationals in 2019 and in 30 final season.

He has been a Triple-A Rochester this yr beneath supervisor Matt LeCroy, a former catcher with the Twins and Nationals and an ex-bullpen coach for Washington.

A right-handed hitter, Barrera, 27, was batting .263 with an OPS of .840 by way of Tuesday with the Pink Wings.

Taylor Gushue

A fourth-round decide of the Pirates in 2014 out of school, he’s hitting .242 with seven homers this yr break up between Harrisburg and now Rochester.

He performed in two video games with the Cubs final yr earlier than signing with the Nationals. Gushue is 28 and performed earlier in his profession within the Washington system.

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“Since I left and got here again I feel there have been a bunch of upgrades and I can see the profitable emphasis re-ignited, I really feel like, simply high to backside. It’s not simply on the big-league degree,” Gushue informed Federal Baseball earlier this season. “I feel it has been wonderful. Reboot or rebuild, nevertheless you wish to phrase it, I feel it’s greater than that. We’re on our solution to one thing particular. It’s been nice, being part of it in 2019 enjoying at Triple-A, and seeing guys go up and assist the big-league squad. It was superior to be part of.”

Geraldi Diaz

Diaz, 21, is from the Dominican Republic. He was hitting .237 with an OPS of .736 in video games by way of Tuesday for Single-A Fredericksburg.

With all catchers, in fact, protection is a high precedence, particularly for a doable backup catcher. So an absence of eye-popping numbers this yr by the group of above.

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