Washington Nationals' Biggest Winners and Losers of Spring Training
The regular season is almost upon us, and the Washington Nationals appear to be one of the favorites to win it all in 2013. As spring training winds down and the games begin to count, it's an appropriate time to look at which players came out of the spring as winners and who came out worse for the wear as losers.
While some players helped raise their stock, others watched as theirs fell drastically.
Let's take a look at some of this season's spring winners and losers.
Loser: Jayson Werth
There are great expectations for Jayson Werth after breaking his wrist last season and returning red hot. Werth has been productive and healthy this spring but has not shown much power whatsoever.
In 45 at-bats, Werth only has one extra-base hit this spring. This is going to have to change when the season starts. If Werth is no longer a power hitter, he should still be able to knock some doubles around every now and then.
Winner: Bryce Harper
Bryce Harper is 25-for-58 this spring with a .707 slugging percentage and four stolen bases.
Although there was little doubt of Harper's abilities this year, the question was whether he could handle hitting in the third spot this season.
His production in the spring gives manager Davey Johnson and the rest of the Nationals organization some hope going forward that Harper can handle having the team rely on him in the 3-hole.
Winner: Wilson Ramos
Wilson Ramos is hoping to reclaim his catching duties this season after suffering through ACL surgery last season.
His hopes to return this season as the everyday catcher were helped by his spring efforts through Monday, hitting .308 and avoiding any setbacks with his health.
Loser: Drew Storen
Drew Storen has allowed six runs in 10 innings this season as he makes room for Rafael Soriano in the Nats bullpen.
Storen is in a packed bullpen and has already learned that Soriano will be the team's closer. This might be weighing on him as he struggles to find himself this spring.
His shaky spring will do nothing but make it harder for Davey to throw him in the setup role with confidence.
Loser: Dan Haren
Dan Haren will be the Nats' fifth starter this season and has tremendous upside. His spring however, left much to be desired, allowing 13 runs in 19.1 innings.
Haren has struggled to maintain an above average ERA over the years and will have to do better if he wants to succeed in D.C.
Winner: Anthony Rendon
Despite being reassigned, Anthony Rendon will be in the majors sooner than later.
Rendon turned many heads this spring before being reassigned, hitting .375 with four home runs, four doubles and 11 RBI. An .875 slugging percentage and 1.287 OPS were nothing but encouraging to all of those who felt as though Rendon had no shot to make this team anytime soon.
He might only be 23, but the time is going to come soon for Rendon to show what he can consistently do at the big league level.