The Nationals have selected the contract of 25-year-old corner infielder Jake Noll and added him to the 25-man roster for Opening Day. Noll was the last player to make the roster due to injuries sustained by jack-of-all-trades Howie Kendrick and poor spring production from Adrian Sanchez.
Noll played third, first and second during the spring when he mashed baseballs at the plate with a stat line of .314/.393/..520 in 56 plate appearances. The former seventh-rounder received the Bob Boone award at the end of last season while hitting .291 with 20 doubles, four triples, 11 home runs and 72 RBIs in 132 games between the A+ and AA level.
Noll also added two homers, 10 RBIs, walked five times and hit four doubles during his time with the Nationals in spring training.
Although it wasn’t announced yesterday, everyone in the Nationals organization knew Noll was going to make the Opening Day roster after the team sent the light hitting infielder Adrian Sanchez down to AAA to open the season.
Noll takes the 40-man roster spot of Pedro Severino’s who was claimed by the Orioles on waivers after failing to make the big league roster.
Noll now joins the likes of Wilmer Difo, Matt Adams, Andrew Stevenson and Kurt Suzuki on the bench for the Nationals.
Howie Kendrick, Michael A. Taylor and Koda Glover were all expected to be on the Opening Day roster but will end up opening the season on the injured list.