Nationals select contract of catcher Millas, option Rutherford; Edwards to 60-day IL

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of catcher Drew Millas from Triple-A Rochester and transferred right-handed pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. to the 60-day Injured List on Monday. Following the game on Sunday, outfielder Blake Rutherford was optioned to Triple-A Rochester. Nationals President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcements.

Millas, 25, joins the Nationals for his first career Major League call-up. He ranks in Washington’s Minor League system in on-base percentage (2nd, .390), OPS (4th, .832), average (5th, .291), slugging percentage (6th, .442) and RBI (T7th, 43).

A switch-hitting catcher, Millas opened the season with Double-A Harrisburg before being promoted to Triple-A Rochester on May 23. He hit .291/.390/.442 with 15 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 43 RBI, 42 walks, six stolen bases and 40 runs scored in 83 games between the two stops.

Millas was acquired by the Nationals at the 2021 Trade Deadline from the Oakland Athletics. He was the “Best Defensive Catcher” in their organization, per Baseball America, at the time of the trade and boasted the “Best Strike Zone Discipline” in Washington’s Minor League system in 2022, according to Baseball America.

Originally selected in the seventh round of the 2019 First-Year Player Draft out of Missouri State University, Millas is a career .260/.368/.378 hitter with 45 doubles, six triples, 16 homers, 127 RBI, 247 walks and 129 runs scored in 257 career professional games.

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