Drew Storen obviously won’t receive a grade considering that he’s been out the entire season. I’m curious to see how it’s going to turn out with him and Tyler Clippard. Either way Storen's services will definitely be needed.
Mark DeRosa could have a major role off the bench this season. He can play multiple positions and will probably be the first right-hander to pinch hit. He’s one of the most experienced ballplayers on the roster and is a very patient hitter.
Jayson Werth’s wrist injury was scary, especially since it was the same wrist that almost ended his career years ago.
Since Werth has been a National, it’s been a disaster. Finally as he started to turn the corner as a hitter, he suffers a major injury. As he’s nearing a return, I’ll be interested to see where he’s placed in the lineup. Don’t be surprised if he ends up batting leadoff.
I think it’s safe to say that the Chien-Ming Wang experiment is over. We paid, tried and essentially failed. The former 20-game winner has not been able to turn the corner and with the emergence of Ross Detwiler, there’s really not a place for Wang.
Ideally, we could find a way to trade him. This is highly doubtful considering his health concerns. General Manager Mike Rizzo has struck gold on many personnel decisions throughout his tenure. However, Wang hasn’t been one of them.
Xavier Nady was a last minute signing come spring training. While not a lot was expected of Nady, batting .157 was not assumed.
Even though he is currently on the DL, I envision Nady being the odd man out once Werth returns.
Wilson Ramos has had a rough year. Ramos was not going to be an integral part of the offense; however, he’s a great defensive catcher and a timely hitter with the best still in front of him.
Athletes can recover from ACL injuries, but it’s going to be a difficult task considering Ramos is squatting for half of the game.
Chad Tracy was the team’s best pinch hitter on the team. He’s this year’s Matt Stairs, except a lot better. Davey Johnson loves a player of Tracy’s caliber. He can play multiple positions and will continue his bench role when he comes back.