The Washington Nationals recently let go of their superstar Juan Soto, but they gained a potential superstar in shortstop C.J. Abrams. Before joining the Nationals, Abrams appeared in 46 games with the San Diego Padres and hit .232 with two home runs and 11 RBI. Washington recently called up Abrams from the minors and he made his debut on Monday against the Chicago Cubs.
Although he went hitless in four at-bats, it was good to see Abrams suit up for his new team. This could be the start of something really good for the Nationals.
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Abrams was the No. 1 prospect in the Nationals farm system and was ranked No. 4 in the league in ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel’s latest rankings. When you think of Black shortstops in the game today, who pops up into your mind? Maybe Tim Anderson and possibly Marcus Semien, who also plays second base for the most part.
But other than that, there aren’t many true Black shortstops out there. It won’t be long until Abrams is on that elite list of shortstops.
The ceiling is high for the 21-year-old. He is a skilled athlete, and his baseball IQ is on another level. Granted he is young, so he’s going to go through some growing pains, but he’s the type of player that will only get better from his mistakes. Nationals starting pitcher Josiah Gray took the mound on Monday and was stoked to have Abrams playing behind him.
“It’s super exciting,” Gray said in an article by The Washington Post. “For me personally, it gives me a little extra edge to go out there and sort of dream on the future. Like, these are the guys that can be your teammates for years to come.”
The more experience Abrams gets, the better he’s going to become as a player. Keep in mind, before Monday, he only appeared in 160 professional games.
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Nationals manager Dave Martinez is excited for the future of the organization and Abrams can help lead the way in attributing to that success.
“This is what we talked about moving forward, some of our youth, and now we’re getting to see some of that here,” Martinez said. “And that definitely excites me a lot … watching these guys all play together and grow together. It’s going to be a lot of fun. It’s going to be some work, a lot of work. But it’s going to be fun.”
Abrams’ journey is going to be a special one. It will be a lot of fun watching our MLBbro develop into a superstar. As long as he trusts the process and continues to put the work in, he’s going to put himself in a good position to be successful.