Most Nationals fans had no idea that the 2021 season would be one of profound changes within the clubhouse. Now, as the season approaches its final quarter, it turns out that the players aren’t the only ones who’ve seen their roles change.
According to MASN’s Mark Zuckerman, reliever receiver Brett Austin has left the club to take a position at North Carolina State, his alma mater, as part of his coaching staff. Brandon Snyder, a familiar face to local fans, was recalled from Triple-A Rochester not to play, but to be a part of the Washington taxi squad and serve as the reliever box catcher. He joined the team on his current road trip to Milwaukee.
Snyder, 34, was a star preparation player at Westfield High in Chantilly, Va., And the No. 13 pick in the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft by the Orioles. He has just 200 batting appearances in the MLB in a career that has taken him from Baltimore to Texas, Boston, Atlanta and Tampa Bay before landing with the Nats in a contract with the minor leagues last November.
Snyder has 12 homers and 32 RBIs with the Red Wings this season, but is down .207 in 65 games.
Snyder may be a little lonely waiting to warm up the relievers. Bullpen coach Henry Blanco switched to bench coach while Nats first base coach Tim Bogar recovers from back surgery, manager Davey Martinez told reporters in Milwaukee.
Since a wild July 30 trade deadline that saw the departure of established veterans like Max Scherzer, Trea Turner, Daniel Hudson, Brad Hand, Kyle Schwarber, Jon Lester and Yan Gomes, change has been constant. Austin, Snyder and Blanco’s changes follow other roster moves Washington made ahead of Sunday’s series final against the Brewers.
Reliever Kyle McGowin has been reinstated from IL, where he was since breaking the MLB All-Star with tendonitis of the right biceps. Austin Voth joins McGowin. The right-hander also returns from a passage on the injured list.
Same Following list news: Andrew Stevenson has been reinstated at Triple-A. Stevenson has held firm in the majors this season and has performed admirably in the outfield, but the recent move is due to Lane Thomas’ spectacular run.
Thomas has only played five games for the Nats this season, but the center fielder racked up unreal numbers with a .545 stick with four runs, a double and a triple. He even sent off a runner on second on Saturday who was trying to hit a ball deep. Thomas, 25, was traded directly for Lester in a deal with the St. Louis Cardinals.
The Nats are 53-69, second to last in NL East. Despite all the fuss in the clubhouse and on the pitch with the recent moves, it looks like the team are already looking forward to next season and beyond with the number of prospects and young players they’ve secured. with these deadline agreements.
Once Washington completes its three-game streak against Milwaukee, it will face the division’s enemies for the remainder of August. The Nats have a pair of three-game playoffs against the Miami Marlins and New York Mets to complete a nine-game, 11-day trip before seeing the Philadelphia Phillies at home to end the month.