Spanning the globe…Denard heads from Minnesota to Washington

by Bill Chuck on November 30, 2012

In a significant acquisition, the Washington Nationals acquired Denard Span from the Minnesota Twins giving them the center fielder and leadoff batter they have needed. In exchange, the Twins added 6’9″ minor league pitcher Alex Meyer.

Myer who is 22-years-old, still a tad old for a pitcher who has only pitched in the low minors, was a first-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Kentucky, and was 10-6 with a 2.86 ERA last season in stops between Class A Hagerstown and Class A Potomac. Myer throws 95-96 miles per hour and it is reported that he has hit 100 MPH. He struck out 139 in 129 innings in his two Class A stops last summer.

Ben Revere most likely will be filling Span’s center field slot. Span is a career .284 hitter with 90 steals and a .357 on-base percentage during five seasons with the Twins, and hit .283 last season with four homers and 41 RBI.

The addition of Span to the Nationals outfield, joining Bryce Harper and Jayson Werth, probably means Michael Morse heads to first and Adam LaRoche shops his skills elsewhere. If the Nationals do sign “the Roche,” for the two years the Nationals want to offer versus the three years that LaRoche seeks, it most likely puts Morse on the trading block probably for a starting pitcher.

Span is a good contact hitter who doesn’t hit a lot of homers, but does hit doubles.

Here are the center fielders who hit the most doubles in 2012

Rk Player 2B Tm AB R H 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS BA OBP SLG OPS
1 Adam Jones 39 BAL 648 103 186 3 32 82 34 126 16 7 .287 .334 .505 .839
2 Denard Span 38 MIN 516 71 146 4 4 41 47 62 17 6 .283 .342 .395 .738
3 Angel Pagan 38 SFG 605 95 174 15 8 56 48 97 29 7 .288 .338 .440 .778
4 Michael Brantley 37 CLE 552 63 159 4 6 60 53 56 12 9 .288 .348 .402 .750
5 Michael Saunders 31 SEA 507 71 125 3 19 57 43 132 21 4 .247 .306 .432 .738
6 Josh Hamilton 31 TEX 562 103 160 2 43 128 60 162 7 4 .285 .354 .577 .930
7 Andrew McCutchen 29 PIT 593 107 194 6 31 96 70 132 20 12 .327 .400 .553 .953
8 Austin Jackson 29 DET 543 103 163 10 16 66 67 134 12 9 .300 .377 .479 .856
9 Alejandro De Aza 29 CHW 524 81 147 6 9 50 47 109 26 12 .281 .349 .410 .760
10 B.J. Upton 29 TBR 573 79 141 3 28 78 45 169 31 6 .246 .298 .454 .752
11 Shane Victorino 29 TOT 595 72 152 7 11 55 53 80 39 6 .255 .321 .383 .704
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 11/30/2012.

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