In today’s victory over the New York Mets, the Nationals started only two of their Opening Day starters. While they were still able to pull off an 11-4 victory, a lot of that comes from simply having the players on their bench or in the minor leagues who are ready to step up when their name is called. With that being said, the minor league teams need some depth too if they’re going to be competitive in their leagues.
It was with that goal in mind that the Nationals signed utility infielder Ryan Jackson to a minor league contract. With Trea Turner out with a wrist injury for the next couple months and Adam Eaton out for the rest of the season, Jackson will help provide some depth for the organization in the minors. Early reports, however, don’t even let us know exactly where Jackson will start his time with the Nationals’ organization.
Although Jackson has played in 42 Major League games with the Cardinals and the Angels, he hasn’t seen big league time since 2015. It’s also worth noting that he’s had some trouble catching on this year with an organization as he’s already been with two other clubs (the Marlins and the Mariners) on top of spending some time with an independent league team. Nonetheless, he has decent numbers as he’s slashed a career .269/.344/.354 hitter in over 3300 minor league plate appearances.