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Hitting and manufacturing runs was a key area of concern for the Nationals in 2013. With young prospects and veteran newcomers joining the mix, Williams has a variety of different routes he can take with the lineup.
Williams may look to use mostly the same pieces as last year but put them together differently. Following a season in which Washington batted just .245 with runners in scoring position, 10th-worst in the league, it may have been simply just an issue of order and timely hitting.
Projected Washington Batting Order
1. Denard Span, CF
After getting off to a rough start with the Nationals in his first year in the nation's capital, Denard Span finished 2013 strong. The former Minnesota Twin proved by his franchise-record 29-game hitting streak that he's reliable and can get on base—just what you'd want out of a leadoff hitter.
2. Ian Desmond, SS
Ian Desmond has filled the No. 2 spot in multiple outings this spring. The five-year veteran batted in a career-high 80 runs last year, primarily in the No. 5 spot. This fact may prove useful to Washington, as Desmond is now batting behind a reliable Span that gets on base.
3. Jayson Werth, LF
Likely no change here. Jayson Werth had the best season by far of his Washington tenure batting third in 2013 and leading the team with 82 RBI.
4. Ryan Zimmerman, 3B
The ever-reliable Ryan Zimmerman has hovered around the 2-3-4 spots over his time in Washington. Despite striking out a career-high 133 times last year, nobody doubts the most tenured Nats' hitting prowess, now batting cleanup.
5. Bryce Harper, LF
This will be the most notable change from 2013's lineup. Essentially, Bryce Harper will likely switch places with Desmond. Despite his numbers improving from Year 1 to Year 2, the former first-round pick has had a rough stint at the plate this spring, batting just .225.
6. Wilson Ramos, C
As mentioned earlier, Ramos has had a tremendous spring thus far. The Venezuela native hopes to stay healthy, as he's only appeared in 103 games over the past two seasons.
7. Adam LaRoche, 1B
A tough 2013 campaign to be sure, Adam LaRoche still has the potential for extra-base hits every time he steps to the plate.
8. Anthony Rendon, 2B
Likely to get the edge over Danny Espinosa, Anthony Rendon batted .324 this spring and appears to be the heavy favorite.