Nats cut eight, release Snyder

Nats cut eight, release Snyder
March 18, 2013, 11:00 am
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[UPDATED 11:50 a.m.]

The Washington Nationals have announced another round of spring training cuts, sending six players to Triple-A Syracuse and two to minor league camp. The team also granted 32 year old catcher Chris Snyder an unconditional release.

Pitchers Ryan Perry, Erik Davis, and Yunesky Maya, as well as infielder Chris Marrero, catcher Jhonatan Solano, and outfielder Corey Brown are all off to Triple-A. Reassigned to minor league camp are pitcher Ross Ohlendorf and infielder Zach Walters. 

Davis and Maya head north after strong springs that on other teams may have warranted big league roster spots. Davis held a 1.13 ERA through eight innings across seven games, with just one earned run allowed and two walks. He struck out eight batters and posted a .148 batting average against. Maya appeared in five games with a 2.25 ERA and seven strikeouts through eight innings pitched. 

Perry, on the other hand, had a rough spring with a 10.24 ERA in 9 2/3 innings pitched. He allowed 11 earned runs and four walks with a .325 BAA.

Marrero, Solano, and Brown all had good camps as each are right on the cusp of the big league roster. Marrero hit .239 through 21 games, but posted seven RBI and eight runs. Solano hit .316 with four runs through nine games, and Brown posted a .275 clip across 51 at-bats with four runs scored.

Walters also impressed in the Nats’ lineup with a .297 average in 21 games. He showed promise with two homers and 11 total hits.

Ohlendorf goes to minor league camp after a disappointing spring. He pitched in four games and allowed nine earned runs. He leaves Viera with a 7.36 ERA through 11 innings pitched.

Snyder leaves the Nationals after appearing in eight spring training games with a .222 average, a home run, and two RBI. He was signed a week before spring training to a minor league deal.

Washington now has 34 players on their spring training roster. There are exactly two weeks until the Nats begin the season with an April 1 game against the Marlins.