Trey Lipscomb Impresses Nats With On Base Streak and Glove Work

Trey Lipscomb Impresses Nats With On Base Streak and Glove Work

With the MLB season in its infancy stages, sometimes it’s difficult to find MLBbros providing production in the same situations. While the Washington Nationals have found themselves with some early season struggles falling to 2-4 after a 7-4 loss to the Pittsburgh Pirates Thursday led by three MLBbros, Andrew McCutchen, Ke’Bryan Hayes and Michael A. Taylor…

 

…they have found a diamond in the rough in Trey Lipscomb aka “The Truth” who has reached base in every game (as of this writing). He got onto the field Nick Senzel broke his thumb.

Lipscomb placed himself directly in the path of MLBbro.com’s radar in his professional debut against the Cincinnati Reds legging out an infield single. MLBbro.com reporter Charles Nyonga was the first to highlight “The Truth” in the Nationals lineup in this week’s “Take That” segment…

 

But how surprising is Trey Lipscomb’s early success? To answer that question, the transition from the University of Tennessee to the Majors needs to be looked at in detail .

Trey Lipscomb… An MLBbro InThe College Years!

Lipscomb had a strong career at Tennessee from 2019-22 starting 78 games out of the 103 games he played in. His performances at the plate spearheaded the Vols’ dominance in the SEC Eastern division, collecting the regular season and tournament championships in his final year with the team.

 

In 66 appearances our MLBbro tallied 89 hits with 22 Bro Bombs (first Tennessee player since 2009 to hit over 20 homers in a season!), 84 RBI, 68 runs, 19 doubles and three triples. Add the 26 walks he collected, it’s evident that this guy found his groove on getting on base early.

He parlayed a career .331 batting average, 24 homers, 103 RBI, 83 runs and 37 walks into being drafted in the 3rd round (84th overall) by the Washington Nationals.

Trey Lipscomb is showing that he is more than a bat… he is “The Truth” in the field with plenty of opportunities to back it up!

Our MLBbro won a Minor League Gold Glove at third base while spending time at every infield position. After a dominating performance at the plate hitting .400 in spring training, Trey was one of the final cuts the team made before being called up almost immediately on March 30th. That Gold Glove experience last year has really helped him in a three game stretch when he completed 15 opportunities at third place cleanly for outs.

Talk about being thrown in the fire at the hot corner…

In baseball, 15 plays in such a short amount of time is uncommon. Who led the National League last year with that amount of chances? Pittsburgh Pirates MLBbro third baseman Ke’Bryan Hayes. He had multiple situations much like Trey Lipscomb is thriving now. A couple of plays during this stretch illustrates this…

One of his better plays was turning this 5-4-3 double play to stop a potential big inning against the Reds. Notice how easy he makes this play look while on the move…

 

Check out the range Trey has here snagging a hard hit ball by Santiago Espinal up the line for a potential double. Even though Espinal made it to first base safely, the play by our MLBbro not only saved an extra base hit, but shows the potential of Lipscomb being able to stick to the main roster and contributing!

 

Plays like these here save runs for a Washington Nationals team that is struggling to score enough runs to win games to start the season. Even through this tough time, our MLBbro can help establish a defensive reputation for the Nats in the meantime.

Our newest MLBbro has done very well for himself in his first five games in the field and batter’s box. His ability to get on base while keeping opponent’s off them is found money for the Washington Nationals. While building an on base streak that has grown to five games, Lipscomb has made the plays that he needed to make with his glove.

While MLBbros such as Mookie Betts and Aaron Judge command the headlines as superstars, Trey Lipscomb is showing the importance of being consistent and steady.

“He Understands The Strike Zone, The Last Person We Had Like That Was Juan Soto” | Washington Nationals Prospect James Wood Selected For All-Star Futures Game

“He Understands The Strike Zone, The Last Person We Had Like That Was Juan Soto” | Washington Nationals Prospect James Wood Selected For All-Star Futures Game

On July 11th, MLB’s brightest stars will all gather in the Pacific Northwest for the 2023 MLB All-Star Game at T-Mobile Park in Seattle, home of the Mariners. Three days prior to the big one — on July 8th — the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game will have center stage. That game is MLBs annual showcase of the best prospects throughout all of baseball.

One of this year’s participants will be Washington Nationals slugger James Wood, who’s making quite an impression in the minors.

 

 

Wood, who stands an imposing 6-foot-6, hits like a bulldozer and runs like a gazelle. In fact, he’s been so impressive in the Nationals’ farm system since the team landed him in the blockbuster trade that sent superstar Juan Soto to the San Diego Padres, the belief is he could make an appearance with the big club late this season, or definitely be an everyday member in 2024.

Wood’s progression has drawn praise from Washington Nationals brass who are enamored with his combination of size and skill, such as director of player development De Jon Watson. 

“I’ve never had a player this tall as graceful as he is,” said Watson. 

 

 

Wood Is Nationals No.1 Prospect And No.5 Overall Prospect In MLB

 

Wood who was called up to Double-A Harrisburg in late May, is batting just .236 but he’s also produced four homers, one triple, six doubles and 16 RBI. In 2023, as a whole he’s batting .270 with 13 dingers, 55 RBI and 13 stolen bases. His .897 OPS is one of the highest in the minor leagues. 

Since being taken with the 62nd pick of the 2021 MLB Draft, Wood has a batting average of .304 with 28 long balls, 139 RBI and 43 stolen bases, and a .938 OPS.

One reason for Wood’s success is his ability to understand the strike zone.

Nationals’ manager Davey Martinez raves about Wood’s uncanny ability to dissect the strike zone, which for young hitters is never easy as they advance up the ranks.

 

“I Think All Aspects Of My Game Can Continue To Grow” | Washington Nationals Future Outfielder James Wood Has Been On A Minor League Tear

 

“He understands the strike zone. The biggest thing for young hitters is understanding what you’re really good at and what you can hit really well. Accepting your walks,” Martinez said. “And he’s done that. The last person we had like that was Soto.”

 

That’s high praise when you consider how Soto is perceived in D.C. and around MLB.

 

Wood Has Been Compared To Yankees Superstar Aaron Judge

 

Because of his size, power, and graceful nature with how he plays the game of baseball, Judge has been compared to New York Yankees center fielder Aaron Judge, the reigning AL home run king after his 62-homer 2022 season. While Wood understands the comparison he also says their swings are too different for him to really model anything after the Yankees slugger who signed a $360M extension last offseason.

 

“He’s ridiculous. He’s a special player,” he said. “So even getting those comparisons, it’s a blessing.”

 

For the Nationals,  just having a player like Wood in the fold is a good cornerstone piece of their rebuild. And while he may or may not reach the level of Judge as a player, the folks in D.C. no they have a good one.

Dominic Smith’s BaseballGenerations Foundation Provides Underserved Youth Baseball Opportunities

Dominic Smith’s BaseballGenerations Foundation Provides Underserved Youth Baseball Opportunities

Rachel Hill breaks down the work Washington Nationals veteran #MLBbro Dominic Smith has done off the field in the LA community to provide baseball opportunities to kids in areas where the costs of playing might be a deterrent to participating in the game.

Timothy Ravare, Ron Miller, and Dominic Smith founded BaseballGenerations in 2017 as a for-profit organization, providing professional baseball training at affordable prices.

The trio grew up playing baseball together in South Los Angeles and shared a commitment to give back to their community.