Washington Nationals news & notes: Davey Martinez on “playing the kids” vs veterans; Juan Soto on Trea Turner + more


Play The Youngsters!?!?!:

You’re not the one one questioning concerning the veterans on the Nationals’ roster this season, in spots youthful gamers inside the group may very well be getting expertise in early on within the organizational reboot for Washington.

GM Mike Rizzo and Nats’ skipper Davey Martinez each bought variations of that query within the final days, Rizzo in his go to with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports activities Junkies on Wednesday, and in Martinez’s pregame press convention with reporters on Thursday.

Rizzo’s tackle why they don’t simply have a roster filled with younger gamers up within the majors now?

[ed. note “That will be after the trade deadline, right?”]

Because the GM in D.C. defined it, you don’t rush younger gamers up until they’re able to play on the main league stage, so spots shall be crammed within the huge leagues when up-and-comers inside the system are able to make the bounce.

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“It’s as a result of we deliver gamers to the massive leagues after they’re big-league-ready, and that’s the reply,” Rizzo mentioned succinctly. “There’s a developmental curve that belongs right here. We wish to make it possible for these younger, good prospects are able to pitch within the huge leagues and as soon as they get right here, they’re right here to remain, and that’s all the time the equation we use once we’re speaking about bringing individuals to the massive leagues. It’s, ‘Are they able to compete on the huge league stage, are they absolutely ready, bodily, emotionally, stuff-wise for the grind of the main league season?’ And that’s the one standards we use to deliver up a participant, be it a pitcher or a place participant.”

“Till you’re fully-prepared and till your full arsenal is able to compete at this stage, we’re not going to deliver you right here,” Rizzo added, “… as a result of we would like you when you get right here to be fully-prepared and to remain right here for the remainder of your profession.”

Martinez was requested an analogous query after the membership added 38-year-old Aníbal Sánchez and 37-year-old Tyler Clippard to the massive league roster on Thursday (with Mason Thompson, 24, optioned to Triple-A to make room for Clippard within the bullpen).

Martinez mentioned it was good to have the as soon as and now present Nationals again on the roster.

“It positively turns again the clock, yeah, however like I mentioned, what’s good about having these veteran guys is that they actually do assist our younger guys loads, and I’m wanting ahead to listening to Clippard speak to a few of these younger guys within the bullpen which can be simply arising.”

“He’s been with a few of these guys loads, and helped them out loads in Rochester, in order that’s type of good,” the fifth-year supervisor mentioned.

“And with Aníbal, though he’s been damage, he’s been right here fairly a bit, and he’s helped out a whole lot of the fellows, a whole lot of the younger pitchers, and helped out [catcher] Keibert [Ruiz] loads. Talked to Keibert about sequences and issues of that nature, when he’s calling video games.

“Now he will get an opportunity to go on the market, and Keibert will get an opportunity to catch him, so it’s going to be attention-grabbing and we’ll see how they work collectively.”

Mason Thompson Optioned To Triple-A:

As for Thompson, who’s thrown 5 scoreless innings since coming off the IL earlier this month? Why was he optioned out?

“We’ve been making an attempt to deal with him. We used him each different day, however he’s completed effectively,” Martinez mentioned.

“Now we would like him to type of get in that groove the place we will use him a number of days possibly use him for 4-5 outs, so he’s going to go down and try this.”

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It wasn’t a simple determination to choice the hard-throwing righty out, nonetheless.

“It was very robust,” Martinez informed reporters, “… however on the finish of the day we considered Mason Thompson. He’s already been on the IL. So with the All-Star break, the whole lot happening, we needed to ship him out, get him constructed up, get him to throw back-to-back days, as a result of he hasn’t actually completed that right here. It provides us a little bit time to get him stretched out extra. And these different guys, they’ve all been throwing the ball effectively. So it was robust, it actually was.”

Making A Play For Trea:

Juan Soto was named to the NL’s All-Star roster this previous weekend, and when he spoke with reporters about making his second straight All-Star look, the 23-year-old joked that he may attempt to pitch Trea Turner, who’s beginning at brief for the NL within the ASG, and was the shortstop in D.C. for seven seasons earlier than he was traded to LA final July thirtieth, on returning to the nation’s capital as soon as/if he change into a free agent this winter.

“Yeah, we’re going to have enjoyable with that man,” Soto mentioned. “That man is actually enjoyable, and I hope that we’re going to have an excellent time there, and attempt to persuade him to come back again. We’ll see.”

What did his supervisor consider Soto’s plan?

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“I hope his objective works out,” Martinez mentioned with fun. “Like I mentioned, he’s one of many greatest superstars within the recreation proper now. He does all of it. We’ve had him right here, and we did some huge issues with him right here, so I’m wanting ahead to seeing him.”

Martinez, named to NL supervisor Brian Snitker’s employees, mentioned he was excited concerning the likelihood to meet up with some outdated pals in Los Angeles.

“Reuniting with some guys that we’ve had right here earlier than, and a few outdated pals. I am going method again with [Snitker], he was a coach after I was in Atlanta. So it’s going to be enjoyable to sit down in the identical dugout with him and simply reminisce. I do know — we’ve got [Eric Young, Jr.] right here, I performed along with his dad, and he’s going to be one of many coaches. And the entire gamers, all of the superstars, all of the All-Stars which can be going to be on the recreation, I really like speaking to them, I really like choosing their brains, and it’s going to be thrilling and it’s going to be enjoyable. It’s in LA, so it ought to be a whole lot of enjoyable.”

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