Looking at the Nationals' current depth chart

We've examined how the Nationals' 25-man roster might look if it was assembled today, a useful exercise during the winter to gauge what, if any, holes still remain.

But as you well know, it takes a lot more than 25 players to get through a major league season. The Nationals used 53 players last year, their highest total since 2009 and only four shy of the club record.

Zimmerman-throws-bat-blue-sidebar.jpgSo it's also useful to look at the organization's depth chart beyond the projected 25-man roster. Who do the Nats have waiting in the wings at every position if and when they need help? Where are the strengths, and where are the potential weaknesses?

This list will grow soon, one the team announces its full list of non-roster invites for spring training. So far we only know about a handful of players whose signings have been reported. But for now let's look at the organizational depth chart as it currently stands, with pitchers and catchers due to report in a mere 17 days ...

STARTING PITCHERS
Max Scherzer
Stephen Strasburg
Patrick Corbin
Aníbal Sánchez
Joe Ross
Erick Fedde
Henderson Álvarez
Vidal Nuño
Kyle McGowin
Austin Voth

RELIEF PITCHERS
Sean Doolittle
Trevor Rosenthal
Kyle Barraclough
Matt Grace
Justin Miller
Koda Glover
Wander Suero
Sammy Solís
Vidal Nuño
Jimmy Cordero
Tanner Rainey
Trevor Gott
Austen Williams
Austin L. Adams
James Bourque

CATCHERS
Yan Gomes
Kurt Suzuki
Spencer Kieboom
Pedro Severino
Raudy Read

FIRST BASEMEN
Ryan Zimmerman
Matt Adams
Howie Kendrick

SECOND BASEMEN
Brian Dozier
Wilmer Difo
Howie Kendrick
Adrian Sanchez
Carter Kieboom

SHORTSTOPS
Trea Turner
Wilmer Difo
Adrian Sanchez
Carter Kieboom

THIRD BASEMEN
Anthony Rendon
Wilmer Difo
Adrian Sanchez

LEFT FIELDERS
Juan Soto
Howie Kendrick
Andrew Stevenson
Matt Adams

CENTER FIELDERS
Michael A. Taylor
Victor Robles
Andrew Stevenson

RIGHT FIELDERS
Adam Eaton
Michael A. Taylor
Andrew Stevenson

How Nats position players are projected to hit in ...
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