Wednesday, July 23, 2008
If Emilio Bonifacio turns out to be the Defensive Gem Our General Manager Jim Bowden and VP President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo claim--The 2009 Version of Our Washington Nationals could potentially be pretty solid--defensively.
Catcher--Jesus Flores. Young, Talented. Pretty much beloved by everyone.
1st Base--Nick Johnson. Injury prone, but is coming back. When Healthy, Our Number 24 one of the best fielders in the game at his position.
2nd Base--Emilio Bonifacio. Fresh addition to be given every chance to succeed.
3rd Base--Ryan Zimmerman. No question, arguably the finest fielding third sacker in the game.
Shortstop--Cristian Guzman. Serviceable, Hustles. Our Number 15 is fine and he never pouted over his poor 2005 Inaugural Season in Washington. Gets huge points for that. Rewarded justly with a two year contract extension yesterday.
Rightfield--Austin Kearns. Outside of Jeff Francouer of The Atlanta Braves--is there a better fielding rightfielder in The National League. Plays his position well, good arm, takes good angles to baseballs.
Leftfield--Lastings Milledge. Needs to work on his defense. Does not appear to have the arm for a centerfielder. A corner outfield spot might suit him best.
Centerfield--Elijah Dukes. Before his unfortunate knee injury was beginning to show the five tool talents some in the game love. No one plays harder on Our Team--No One. Great Arm, Perfect for Centerfield.
4th Outfielder--Ryan Langerhans. Great Glove, Good Speed. And I have not even mentioned Willie Harris--who has been a good versatile performer in 2008.
You could do a whole lot worse in the field with that lineup. It's not bad. In fact, if Our Washington Nationals break Spring Training with those 11 players on board, we could be one of the better fielding teams in the league.
Defensively Speaking--there are some fine gloves in that lineup for Version 5.0 of Our Washington Nationals. Pretty good in fact.
PS--Of course, the hitting potential for this lineup is a topic for another day, as well as, our ever changing pitching prospects.
But here is a speculative 2009 Batting Order