Season Preview: Defense: The Nationals Infield

DC Sports Nexus ---- Wednesday, April 4, 2012

The Nats may finally start opening day with a lineup that they want.  The infield appears healthy for opening day with some guys who could be in town for a few seasons to come:

(3B) Ryan Zimmerman:  Zim is the anchor of the infield and after this winter's contract extension he should find himself at the hot corner until 2019 in DC.  Ryan has one gold glove (back in 2009) and is a pretty solid guy to have in the field for almost every game if he can stay healthy.

(SS) Ian Desmond:  Dez has been an every day shortstop for the past two years.  However, he has committed 57 errors in that time.  The Nationals like having him in the lineup and they think he has the potential to become a good shortstop.

(2B) Danny Espinosa:  Last season was technically Espinosa's rookie year and he really came out of nowhere at the plate.  In the field Espy helped turn over 100 double plays last year, and did a solid job at second starting in all but 7 games.

(1B) Adam LaRoche:  Roach only made it through 42 games last season before tearing his labrum and had a terrible offensive season.  However on the defensive side, Adam didn't commit a single error and Morse was a little less reliable as a fill in.  The Nats also had Chris Marrero to fill in, but he is out for a long time with a torn hammy.

(C) Wilson Ramos:  WilRam like Espinosa was technically a rookie last season and he threw 32% of runners stealing which was good for 3rd in the majors.  Let's see what he can do in his 2nd season.  Jesus Flores will be filling in to give Willy a rest.

The Nats also have a few guys around that are going to fill in at any position they can.  Mark DeRosa will be starting in left field but when Morse comes back he can play some infield.  Steve Lombardozzi and Chad Tracy will also be on the roster to start the season as utility guys.

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