The 23-year-old has used a swing charitably described as "unorthodox" since his college days, resulting in an approach that sacrificed power for contact. That profile would limit Stevenson to a bench role in the majors, but the Nats feel his ceiling is higher than that, so Long was dispatched to rebuild Stevenson's swing mechanics from the ground up. So far in camp, it looks like the new mechanics have stuck, as he's is driving the ball more, but it remains to be seen how it will impact his overall offensive numbers. Expect Stevenson to begin the season at Triple-A Syracuse, where he slashed only .252/.298/.320 in 79 games last year, but a strong showing could put him in the organization's future plans -- or improve his value on the trade market.
Stevenson was recalled from Triple-A Syracuse on Thursday, Chelsea Janes of The Washington Post reports.
Stevenson will rejoin the Nationals after finishing his season at Triple-A with a .252/.298/.320 line in 79 games. He struggled to get things going during a brief stint with the big club earlier in the season, slashing .167/.245/.208 in 29 games. He'll serve as a reserve outfield for Washington down the stretch.
Stevenson was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse on Monday, Dan Kolko of MASN Sports reports.
Stevenson is no longer needed as outfield depth with Jayson Werth (toe) back from the disabled list, so he'll head back to the Syracuse to continue his development. He struggled in his first stint with the Nationals, slashing .167/.245/.208 in 29 games. He could see more time in the majors after rosters expand, but he won't be in line for playing time unless Washington's outfield is hit with another string of injuries.
Stevenson went 1-for-4 with a stolen base and a run scored in Friday's win over the Padres.
It was the first steal of the rookie's major-league career, but highlights have been few and far between for Stevenson since his promotion, as he's gone just 6-for-33 with a 1:13 BB:K and is still looking for his first extra-base hit. Expect his playing time to dwindle once other Nats outfielders get healthier.
Stevenson will start in right field and bat eighth Tuesday against the Angels, Mark Zuckerman of MASNsports.com reports.
It's the third consecutive start and second consecutive start against a left-handed pitcher for the lefty-hitting Stevenson. The back-to-back turns against same-handed pitching shouldn't be taken as a sign that Stevenson has settled into an everyday role, as the Nationals' doubleheader Sunday along with Brian Goodwin's groin injury has factored into Stevenson's uptick in usage of late. Goodwin is being listed as day-to-day, so once he's back in the fold, it's expected that Stevenson will see his at-bats trail off.
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