On the eve of the National League Gold Glove winners announcement and the Nationals’ new uniform unveiling, here’s a look at how some Nats players with big league experience - and one hot-hitting minor leaguer - are faring in winter league competition.
Roger Bernadina: Playing for Navegantes del Magallanes in Venezuela, Bernadina is hitting .267 (4-for-15) with a double and one RBI through five games.
Danny Espinosa: Espinosa, expected to be the Nationals’ second baseman next season, is batting .245 (12-for-49) with six runs scored and three RBIs in 11 games for the Leones de Ponce in Puerto Rico.
Jesus Flores: Trying to come back from multiple shoulder injuries that have derailed a promising career and factor into Washington’s catching corps, Flores is also playing for the Navegantes de Magallanes. He’s at .267 (4-for-15) with a double and two RBIs over five games.
Alberto Gonzalez: Boy, those Navegantes de Magallanes sure are Nats-heavy. Gonzalez is scuffling along at .206 (7-for-34) with two doubles and two RBIs over nine games. But he’s scored five runs and drawn four walks.
Chris Marrero: The perennial first baseman of the future is having a successful winter for Ponce, where he is hitting .356 (16-fotr-45) with three doubles and six RBIs in 11 games.
Wilson Ramos: Next year, Ramos will probably split catching duties with Ivan Rodriguez. This winter, playing for the Tigres de Aragua in Venezuela, Ramos is a sizzling .435 (10-for-23) with eight runs scored and five RBIs in six games.
Yunesky Maya: The Cuban defector didn’t fare well in a late-season trial in Washington, but he’s 2-0 with an 0.90 ERA in two starts for the Leones de Escogido in the Dominican Winter League. The right-hander has walked three and struck out 12 in 10 innings.
Atahualpa Severino: The lefty reliever has posted a 2.25 ERA in six relief outings for the Tigres de Lice in the Dominican Republic. In four innings, he’s walked one and struck out five.