Abrams was one among six gamers the Nationals obtained in return for Juan Soto and Josh Bell at this 12 months’s commerce deadline, and he’s a participant Washington views as their shortstop of the long run. Pitcher MacKenzie Gore and first baseman Luke Voit, additionally acquired within the deal, have been on the foremost league roster since Monday, although Gore hasn’t pitched but as he offers with left elbow irritation.
García stated after Sunday’s recreation that he felt higher than he did Friday however nonetheless felt ache when he tries to run. García additionally missed Wednesday’s recreation with proper knee soreness. Martinez stated Sunday night the staff would contemplate making a transfer if García’s groin didn’t enhance; that transfer seems to be Abrams.
“We see [Abrams] as a five-tool type of talent,” Nationals Normal Supervisor Rizzo stated Aug. 2. “He could steal you a base, he stays at shortstop, he’s got a good arm and a guy that can hit at the top of the order.”
Abrams hit .232 in 46 video games with the Padres this season and likewise hung out with San Diego’s Class AAA affiliate. He made 28 begins at shortstop instead of Fernando Tatis Jr., six at second base and one in proper discipline throughout his time within the majors.
Abrams was optioned to Class AAA Rochester following the commerce as a result of Supervisor Dave Martinez wished him to get acclimated to the group. The Nationals made the same transfer final season with catcher Keibert Ruiz after he was traded from the Los Angeles Dodgers within the Max Scherzer and Trea Turner deal.
Martinez wouldn’t put a timeline on when Abrams would make his Nationals debut within the days following the commerce. Abrams hit 9 for 31 (.290) with two doubles and two RBI in eight video games with Rochester.
When García was known as up June 1, Martinez made it clear the plan was for him to be the Nationals’ shortstop for the remainder of the season. The 22-year-old began 58 video games this season, all at shortstop, and has carried out nicely on the plate with a .289 batting common.
However his defensive struggles have been well-documented: He has dedicated 13 errors this season and is tied for final within the league with minus-15 defensive runs saved, a defensive metric from FanGraphs. Abrams will fill his spot at shortstop and certain will proceed to play there even when García does returns from his damage; García probably will shift over to second base, and the 2 may kind the Nationals’ center infield of the long run.
“A good team is strong up the middle,” Rizzo stated Aug. 2 “And, soon, you’re going to see a 23-year old Ruiz and a 21-year old Abrams and a Luis García and a [Josiah] Gray and a [MacKenzie] Gore and a Cade Cavalli. That’s going to be your core and that’s going to that’s the beginning of the core with a bunch of people coming.”
The Nationals will now have three items of their return haul from the Soto deal within the majors lower than two weeks after the commerce.
It would give Washington a glimpse at what its future may appear to be whereas it finishes what has been an terrible season. The Nationals, with Sunday’s 6-0 loss, are 3-10 in August, and at 38-78, they’ve the worst document within the majors.