- The Washington Times - Tuesday, October 2, 2007

WASHINGTON NATIONALS 2007 REPORT CARD

BRIAN SCHNEIDER: C

Offensive numbers were putrid but remains one of the best catchers in the game

JESUS FLORES: B

22-year-old played with poise and confidence; club’s catcher of the future

DMITRI YOUNG: A-

Tailed off late in the year but what a great comeback season for the veteran

RONNIE BELLIARD: A-

Nationals couldn’t have asked for more out of rock-solid veteran infielder

FELIPE LOPEZ: D

Struggled at the plate (two RBI in his last 42 games) and moped in the clubhouse

CRISTIAN GUZMAN: INC

Fine comeback season was ruined by thumb injury; when healthy, hit .328

RYAN ZIMMERMAN: B

Numbers down from rookie year, but he didn’t have much help around him

D’ANGELO JIMENEZ: C-

Salvaged what was shaping up to be an awful season with late surge at plate

TONY BATISTA: C+

Quirky vet surprisingly became club’s most productive pinch-hitter

ROBERT FICK: D+

Clubhouse cut-up suffered through tough year on and off the field

RYAN CHURCH: B-

Those numbers (.272, 70 RBI, 43 doubles) weren’t so shabby by season’s end

AUSTIN KEARNS: C+

Strong second half (.285-11-44) helped overshadow first-half struggles

WILY MO PENA: B

Looked pretty good playing every day; his arrival impacted the whole lineup

NOOK LOGAN: C

Started figuring things out in midseason, but he wasn’t as good as advertised

RYAN LANGERHANS: D

Arrived stuck in a horrible slump and never broke out of it

SHAWN HILL: B+

When he was healthy, he was dominant. Unfortunately, he wasn’t healthy enough

JASON BERGMANN: B

Solid finish helped solidify his place in next season’s rotation

MATT CHICO: B-

Rookie led staff in starts (31) and innings (167) and never looked fazed

JOHN PATTERSON: INC

One year after making only eight starts, made only seven this season

TIM REDDING: B-

Solid work from a guy who didn’t figure to make an impact after awful spring

JOEL HANRAHAN: C

Has the stuff to succeed, but he’s got to find the strike zone first

MIKE BACSIK: C-

Lefty became famous for giving up Bonds’ homer; struggled after that

JOHN LANNAN: B-

Made it all the way up from Class A and handled the pressure well

JASON SIMONTACCHI: C-

Somehow won six games despite a 6.37 ERA; elbow injury ended season early

CHAD CORDERO: B

It wasn’t his best season, but he still was pretty reliable when called upon

JON RAUCH: A-

Led majors with 88 appearances and recorded some huge eighth-inning outs

SAUL RIVERA: B+

Led majors with 93 relief innings and established himself as solid middle man

JESUS COLOME: B-

Great in first half before surgery on buttock derailed his season

LUIS AYALA: B

Came back strong from Tommy John surgery and should be better next year

CHRIS SCHRODER: B

Emerged as yet another strong relief option, though rarely used in tight spots

MICAH BOWIE: C

Filled in admirably as a starter before hip injury all but ended season

WINSTON ABREU: C-

He’s got electric stuff but has to learn how to harness it

JONATHAN ALBALADEJO: B

Big, bulky right-hander impressed during late-season audition

ARNIE MUNOZ: C-

Didn’t look like he was ready to become top lefty matchup reliever

MANNY ACTA: A

Kept team together after rough start; remained positive all the way through

JIM BOWDEN: A-

Shrewd moves in picking up Young, Belliard, cobbling together pitching staff

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