WASHINGTON – Who is aware of if and when there shall be Spring Coaching this 12 months.
And when it does occur, what are the probabilities of utility man Jake Noll – whose birthday is right this moment, as he turns 28.
Drafted by the Nationals in 2016, the right-handed hitter hit .167 in 12 at-bats for Washington in 2019 after which batted .353 in 17 journeys to the plate in 2020 for the Nationals.
Noll didn’t see motion final 12 months for the Nationals as he was one of many high hitters on the Triple-A stage with Rochester in upstate New York.
Noll, a Florida native, was drafted within the seventh spherical in 2016 by the Nationals out of Florida Gulf Coast.
He was hardly ever rated as a high prospect on his manner up the ladder, however he made the Opening Day roster of the Nationals in 2019 when accidents hit the staff amongst place gamers.
“Greatest feeling of my life,” Noll, standing in entrance of his locker at Nationals Park early within the 2019 season, instructed this reporter in a narrative for a Florida paper.
“I texted my mother about it and she or he was thrilled. It’s loopy.”
Noll hit .167 in 12 at-bats for Washington in 2019 whereas spending a lot of the season at Triple-A Fresno, the place he hit .285 with 11 homers and 54 RBIs.
He hit .353 in 17 at-bats for the Nationals in 2020 because the pandemic worn out the minor league season. Noll was a part of the alternate web site roster in Fredericksburg that 12 months.
Final 12 months at Triple-A Rochester, he hit .300 with an OPS of .840, 17 homers, and 69 RBIs in 437 at-bats.
Noll was additionally named a postseason all-star on the Triple-A stage in 2021. He has the flexibility to play infield and outfield and can be used as an emergency catcher.
“I simply have to remain ready and be prepared when the identify is named,” Noll mentioned in 2019.
“I work onerous on it day-after-day. I take fly balls within the outfield. It isn’t simple to have the ability to do this. I simply have to remain ready and be prepared when my identify is named.”
March 8 is a key date for another baseball information within the Washington area.
Bryce Harper was coping with a decent calf muscle in Spring Coaching 10 years in the past right this moment with the Nationals.
Toby Atwell was born in Leesburg, Virginia on March 8, 1924, and he went to Leesburg Excessive.
The catcher made his debut in 1952 with the Cubs and he was an All-Star for the one time that 12 months.
His final sport was with the Milwaukee Braves on Sept. 28, 1956.
He was retired as a pinch-hitter in his solely at-bat in that sport in opposition to the Cardinals.
A beginning outfielder that day for the Braves was Hank Aaron.
Atwell died in Purcellville, Virginia in 2003, in accordance with baseballreference.com.