Saturday, December 17, 2011

Nationals add Four

Chase Hughes of CSN Washington reported this week that the Washington Nationals have added four players to their farm system. The ball club added infielders Jarrett Hoffpauir and Andres Blanco, outfielder Jason Michaels, and pitcher Waldis Jaoquin.

Infielder Jarrett Hoffpauir, 28, has had some playing time at the major league level. In 2009, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals and then played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010. In 21 career games, he has a .217 average.

The other infielder that the Nationals have acquired is Andres Blanco from Venezuela. The 27 year old first signed with the Kansas City Royals in 2000. Along with the Royals, Blanco has played with the Texas Rangers and the Chicago Cubs throughout his six seasons in the MLB. In 36 games with the Rangers last season, Blanco had a .224 batting average with 2 home runs and 3 runs batted in (RBI). In 235 career games, he holds a .255 average.

Outfielder Jason Michaels, 35, spent much of last season with the Houston Astros before having hand surgery in September. In 1999, he was drafted in the fourth round of the MLB draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Something to note, while with the Phillies, Michaels had behavior problems as he was arrested for assaulting a police officer in 2005.

Pitcher Waldis Jaoquin, 24, has spent three seasons at the major league level with the San Francisco Giants. Originally from the Dominican Republic, Jaoquin as appeared in 19 career games with 21.2 innings pitched and an ERA of 5.40.