Rundown of Nats’ minor league roster cuts

Here is a rundown of the late May roster cuts by the Nationals of minor league players. Unfortunately, the shutdown due to the coronavirus pandemic has now stretched on for two months, putting into jeopardy a minor league season altogether.

baseballs-in-bin-sidebar.jpgKeon Barnum, 1B, 606 career minor league games, free agent signing
Dante Bichette Jr., 3B, 73 games for Double-A Harrisburg
Adalberto Carrillo, C, 42 games with short-season Single-A Auburn
Phil Caulfield, 2B, 35 games for low Single-A Hagerstown
Tyler Cropley, C/OF, eighth-round pick in 2018 draft, 41 games for Hagerstown
Austin Davidson, 2B, Harrisburg and high Single-A Potomac (99 games)
Jose De Los Santos, RHP, four games for Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals
Rafael Gomez, RHP, Auburn, 10 minor league starts
Merandy Gonzalez, RHP, free agent signing
Abrahan Hiraldo, RHP, six games with GCL Nats
Hayden Howard, LHP, 71 games over the last two seasons at Potomac
Jacob Howell, RHP, 24 games with Hagerstown and Potomac
Hunter Jones, OF, 625 career minor league games
Alec Keller, LF, 519 career minor league games, 119 games last season with Triple-A Fresno
Tyler Mapes, RHP, 33-24 3.26 ERA in 119 career minor league games
Adrian Martinez, RHP, 11 games for GCL Nats
Robert Milacki, RHP, 15 games with Auburn
Jordan Mills, LHP, 22-18 3.20 ERA in 195 career minor league games
Jorge Pantoja, RHP, 21 games at Potomac
Juan Pascal, SS, 23 games Hagerstown
Jairon Peguero, LHP, 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA in 12 games at Auburn/GCL Nats
Landerson Pena, RF, 40 games with Auburn
Nicholas Perkins, C, 63 games at Hagerstown
Anthony Peroni, C, 41 games for Auburn
Miguel Pozo, RHP, five games for GCL Nats
Paul Russo, SS, 15 games for GCL Nats
Luis SardiƱas, SS, 182 major league games
Derek Self, RHP, ninth-round in 2012, 318 career minor league games, 33-26, 3.88 ERA
Eric Senior, LF, 34 games for Auburn
Wilson Severino, RHP, eight games for GCL Nats
JB Shuck, OF/P, 460 major league games, hit .293 for 2013 Angels
Jack Sundberg, CF, 326 career minor league games
Alejandro Vallejo, RHP, 17 games for Rookie-level Dominican Summer League Nats
Eduardo Vera, RHP, signed as a free agent in August 2019
Trey Vickers, SS, 83 games with Hagerstown
Drew Ward, 1B, third-round pick in 2013, 722 games with 73 homers and 383 RBIs in minor league career
Allen Webster, RHP, 43 major league games
Mac Williamson, OF, 160 major league games
Ryan Williamson, LHP, 4-1 with 3.84 ERA and two saves in 23 games for Hagerstown

These cuts were first reported by The Athletic.

Shuck, 32, played nearly 500 games in the majors and came to the Nats in February after playing in 27 games for the Pirates last season. He was trying to reinvent himself as a two-way player, and had made 14 pitching appearances last year at Triple-A Indianapolis and two relief appearances in spring training with the Nats.

Ward, 25, was the highest draft pick to be released. He had battled injuries for a few seasons, but still had demonstrated a power bat.

SardiƱas, 27, played for the Orioles as recently as 2018 and was re-signed by the Nats in January 2020.

Self, 30, pitched in 318 minor league games for the Nats and played in the Arizona Fall League in 2014.

Keller, 28, was a 2016 mid-season Carolina League All-Star, playing in more than 500 minor league games.

Mapes, 28, won 33 games in 119 minor league appearances.

Jones, 28, was signed by the Nats in 2018 and racked up 625 minor league games.

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