Washington Nationals roster review: Zach Walters

Washington Nationals roster review: Zach Walters
November 20, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Age on Opening Day 2014: 24

How acquired: Trade with Diamondbacks, July 2011

MLB service time: 27 days

2013 salary+bonuses: $495,900

Contract status: Arbitration-eligible in 2017, free agent in 2020

2013 Stats: 8 G, 9 PA, 8 AB, 2 R, 3 H, RBI, BB, .375 BA, 1.069 OPS, 191 OPS+, 0.2 WAR

2013 analysis: Most of Zach Walters' 2013 season took place at Triple-A Syracuse where he made a drastic improvement in his power numbers. After hitting 25 home runs combined through his first three years in the minor leagues, Walters exploded for 29 last season to tie the International League high for 2013. The power surge raised his big league stock pretty quickly and earned him a September call-up to Washington. Davey Johnson framed it at the time as a reward for his season with the Chiefs, but Walters surely wants more.

Walters, 24, appeared in only eight games with the Nats and started just one, the team's final outing of the year. In the short window he had, however, Walters experienced relative success. He got a hit in his first at-bat, breaking up rookie Jose Fernandez' no-hit bid in the sixth inning on Sept. 6. He only saw eight more plate appearances and added a pair of hits including one triple.

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