Washington Nationals at St. Louis Cardinals: Grapefruit League GameThread


[ed. note“We’re repurposing (read: copy/pasting) this GameThread info from Saturday’s game, which was rained out. So if any of this seems familiar, that’s probably why.

“Today’s game starts at 1:05 PM ET, and it’s a radio-only day from Florida if you’re planning on following along with the Grapefruit League action…”]

Joan Adon was added to the Washington Nationals’ 40-man roster on the finish of the 2020 marketing campaign, to guard the right-handed pitcher from choice within the Rule 5 Draft, and Assistant GM, Participant Personnel, Mark Scialabba, mentioned on the time the now-23-year-old pitcher was on the come, with some spectacular energy stuff.

“He’s an influence arm that assaults the zone along with his fastball, change, and slider,” Scialabba advised FBB’s David Driver late in September 2020.

“[Adon] does a very good [job] of pitching up and down along with his fastball and his change has develop into a weapon he can use in opposition to proper and left-handed batters.”

Adon, who signed out of the Dominican Republic for $50K in July of 2016, posted a 4.97 ERA in 17 begins and 87 innings at Excessive-A ball in 2021, a 6.43 ERA in three begins and 14 IP at Double-A, and struck out seven batters over 4 scoreless innings in his Triple-A debut, giving up two hits and three walks, earlier than he was known as as much as make his remaining begin of the 12 months in Washington, D.C.’s Nationals Park in his MLB debut.

In 5 13 IP in opposition to the Boston Pink Sox, Adon struck out 9 of the 24 batters he confronted, and gave up six hits, three walks, and two runs, each earned, which, he mentioned, supplied him with some further motivation to get again to the massive leagues.

“It clearly offers me quite a lot of motivation to maintain working laborious,” Adon mentioned when requested how he felt after making it to the majors.

“Maintain working laborious within the offseason, and prepare for subsequent season, and hopefully begin the 12 months with the workforce up right here on the huge league degree.”

In two video games and 5 IP out of the bullpen this spring earlier than right this moment, Adon has given up 5 hits (two dwelling runs) and 4 earned runs, strolling two and placing out 5. Will he begin within the majors this season? He’s nonetheless within the combine as the ultimate days of Spring Coaching fall off of the calendar…

HERE’S THE NATS’ LINEUP FOR TODAY’S GAME AGAINST THE CARDINALS:

NOTES: As you may need observed above, Alcides Escobar was scratched after the preliminary lineup was posted. He’s out with a stiff neck as MASN’s Mark Zuckerman reported on Twitter:



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