Nats call up five players for September
The Washington Nationals have made some September call ups. The Nats selected the following players from Syracuse to join the club: SS Zack Walters, OF Corey Brown, P Xavier Cedeno, 2B/OF Jeff Kobernus, and OF Eury Perez. This is the first time that Walters will see big league action with the Nationals.
Here is a little stat info on each:
SS Zack Walters: Walters had a monster year at AAA Syracuse, leading the Washington Nationals minor league system with 29 home runs. In 134 games and 487 at bats, Walters punched out 32 doubles and 5 triple while hammering 29 homers. He scored 69 runs while driving in 77 runs. On the season, he batted .253 and had a .517 slugging percentage. Walters was acquired in 2011 from Arizona in a trade that sent Jason Marquis to the west. Walters was a 2013 International League All Star is probably the most anticipated call up.
OF Corey Brown: Brown had a monster year last season, smashing 26 home runs. His production dropped a bit this season, but he only played in 107 games, compared to 144 last season. This season Brown batted .254 with 26 doubles, 1 triple, and 19 home runs. He scored 57 runs and drove in 58 runs. He posted a .473 slugging percentage.
OF Eury Perez: The Nationals love their prospect from the Dominican Republic. Perez was impressive in training camp earlier this year, but ended up being one of the final roster cuts. He did receive an earlier call up, but only got 5 hit less at bats. At Syracuse, he played in 96 games and batted .300. He recorded 18 doubles, 7 triples, and 5 home runs. He scored 55 runs and swiped 23 bases.
P Xavier Cedeno: Cedeno was up and down twice to Washington. The veteran only appeared in 2 games for Washington. At AAA, Cedeno appeared in 39 games and posted a 2-0 record with 4 saves and a 1.31 ERA. In 34 innings, Cedeno allowed just 5 earned runs. He recorded 45 strikeouts compared to 16 walks.
IF Jeff Kobernus: Kobernus had an earlier stint in Washington in which he played in 15 games and batted .174. After being sent back to AAA, Kobernus continued hitting well, finishing with a batting average of .318. He scored 59 runs and swiped 42 bases.