Nationals announce 2017 non-roster invitees

Pitchers and catchers are slated to report to the Nationals' Spring Training facility in West Palm Beach, Fla., by Tuesday, Feb. 14. Washington's position players will report by Friday, Feb. 17, and the first full-squad workout is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 19.
Matt Albers, 34, has appeared in 452 games across 11 Major League seasons. He spent the last two seasons (2015-16) with the Chicago White Sox. In 2016, Albers appeared in 58 games, his most since 2012 (63) while recording a career-high 13 holds. Albers went 2-6 with a 6.31 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 51.1 innings pitched.
Dustin Antolin, 27, joins the Nationals after nine seasons (2008-16) in Toronto's system and fresh off making his Major League debut for the Blue Jays in 2016. Since the start of the 2013 season, Antolin has posted 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings across 166 Minor League games (227 strikeouts in 206.2 IP). He spent the majority of the 2016 season with Triple-A Buffalo, leading the team with 46 appearances while his 10 saves were second-most on the club. He posted a career-best 2.04 ERA with Buffalo and from June 11 through the end of the season, he recorded a 1.04 ERA (3 ER/26.0 IP) with 30 strikeouts, one home run and a .191 batting average against.
Michael Broadway, 29, returns to the Nationals organization where he spent the 2013 season with Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. A veteran of 12 professional seasons, Broadway pitched primarily in San Francisco's system in 2015-16, making 25 appearances out of the Giants' bullpen during that stretch. Since 2010, Broadway has recorded 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 181 Minor League relief appearances (226.1 IP). He began the 2016 season with Triple-A Sacramento but was recalled to the Major Leagues on April 19. He appeared in four games for the Giants before returning to Sacramento. He finished his 2016 season with the Yokohama DeNa Baystars of the Japanese Central League (4.50 ERA, 5 G).
Tim Collins, 27, has appeared in 228 Major League games across four seasons (2011-14) with the Kansas City Royals, going 12-17 with a 3.54 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings. Collins is returning to the mound after undergoing two separate "Tommy John" ligament replacement surgeries (March 2015 and March 2016).
Neil Cotts, 36, is a veteran of 10 Major League seasons and joins the Nationals after a 2016 season in which he pitched for four American League teams (Houston, Los Angeles, New York, and Texas). Cotts went 2-2 with one save and a 3.83 ERA in 41 games last season. In 199 Major League games since 2013, Cotts has struck out nearly a batter per inning (186 SO / 187.0 IP) and has held opposing batters to a .231 average.
Derek Eitel, 29, joins the Nationals after stints in the San Diego (2016), Milwaukee (2015) and Arizona (2010-15) systems. He began his career as a starter before converting to relief work in 2013. Since that transition, he is 16-5 with two saves and a 3.58 ERA while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings in 147 relief appearances (201.0 IP). In 2016, his lone season in the Padres chain, he led Triple-A El Paso and tied for fourth in the Pacific Coast League with a career-high 54 appearances while going 5-1 with a 3.67 ERA. He held opposing right-handed batters to a .209 average and a .271 slugging percentage in 2016.
This will mark the first Major League Spring Training for Erick Fedde, 23, who enters the season rated by Baseball America as Washington's No. 2 prospect. Fedde is off his first full professional season, in which he went 8-5 with a 3.12 ERA in 23 games (22 starts) between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. Ranking second among Nationals farmhands in ERA (3.12) and fourth in strikeouts (123), Fedde also posted a 4.24 strikeout-to-walk ratio (123 SO/29 BB). In an impressive stretch from May 23 to Aug. 5, he posted a 0.62 ERA (4 ER/57.2 IP), struck out 60 batters and walked just 10 while working to a 4-1 record in 11 games (10 starts).
Jeremy Guthrie, 37, is a veteran of more than 300 Major League appearances in parts of 12 big league seasons with Kansas City (2012-15), Colorado (2012), Baltimore (2007-11) and Cleveland (2004-06). The right-hander, who pitched for Kansas City in the 2014 American League Championship Series as well as the World Series, looks to return to the big leagues after going 6-8 with a 7.17 ERA in 17 starts between Triple-A El Paso (SDP) and Triple-A New Orleans (MIA) in 2016.
Taylor Hill, 27, is entering his seventh professional season with the Nationals and will take part in his third straight Major League Spring Training. Hill led Triple-A Syracuse and ranked tied for third in the International League with 27 starts in 2016. He also ranked seventh in the International League with 154.2 innings pitched while going 6-13 with a 4.60 ERA.
Braulio Lara, 28, is a left-handed reliever who has appeared in 241 Minor League games spanning nine professional seasons. He will be appearing in his fifth straight Major League Spring Training after receiving invites with San Francisco (2015-16) and Tampa Bay (2012-14). Lara began the 2016 season with Triple-A Sacramento, going 1-1 with a 3.90 ERA in 25 games. He surrendered just two extra-base hits to left-handed batters (10-for-41, 2 2B, 8 BB, 12 SO, .293 SLG). He was granted his release on June 21 and joined SK Wyverns of the Korean Baseball Organization where he went 2-6 with a 6.70 ERA in 16 games/nine starts.
Nick Lee, 26, will take part in his second straight Major League Spring Training. The left-hander went 3-1 with a 4.32 ERA in a career-high 45 games for Double-A Harrisburg in 2016. He struck out 9.9 batters per nine innings and held opposing left-handed batters to a .195 average. Lee is entering his seventh season in Washington's Minor League system.
Kyle McGowin, 25, was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels on Dec. 10, 2016, along with right-handed pitcher Austin Adams, in exchange for infielder Danny Espinosa. He will take part in his second Major League Spring Training. McGowin advanced steadily through the Angels Minor League system prior to the trade and has made 27 starts in each of the last two seasons. He began the 2016 season with Double-A Arkansas before being promoted to Triple-A Salt Lake on May 5. He went 9-14 with a 5.83 ERA in 27 starts between the two stops, striking out a career-high 130 batters along the way.
Joe Nathan, 42, is a 16-year veteran and six-time All-Star who enters 2017 ranked eighth on Major League Baseball's all-time saves list (377) and second among active players. He signed with the Chicago Cubs on May 17, 2016 and was placed on the 60-day disabled list as he continued to recover from April 2015 surgery to revise and reconstruct his UCL and repair the flexor tendon in his right elbow. He appeared in games with Double-A Tennessee and Triple-A Iowa before making his season debut for Chicago on July 24 at Milwaukee. Nathan appeared in three games for the Cubs before being designated for assignment and released on Aug. 6. Nathan signed with the San Francisco Giants organization on Aug. 18 and appeared in seven games for the Giants (1-0, 0.00 ERA, 4.1 IP, 3 H, 5 SO).
Wander Suero, 25, will take part in his second Major League Spring Training after appearing in a career-high 39 games for Double-A Harrisburg in 2016. He recorded an impressive stretch from May 3 to June 16, in which he posted a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP) with 16 strikeouts in 14 appearances. Following the season, Suero pitched for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Winter League (2-0, 0.00 ERA, 14.1 IP, 10 SO).
Jacob Turner, 25, is a former first-round draft selection (No. 9 overall in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft) who joins the Nationals after time in the Chicago White Sox (2016), Chicago Cubs (2014-15), Miami Marlins (2012-14) and Detroit Tigers (2010-12) systems. He began the 2016 season with Triple-A Charlotte (4-7, 4.71 ERA, 18 starts) before joining the White Sox in July and remained in the Major Leagues for the duration of the season. Turner posted a 3.12 ERA (6 ER/17.1 IP) while going 1-1 with two holds in 16 Major League relief appearances.
A veteran of seven Major League seasons, Vance Worley joined the Nationals after spending the 2016 season with the Baltimore Orioles. The 29-year-old pitched predominantly out of the bullpen in 2016, going 1-1 with one save and a 3.20 ERA in 31 appearances. He also made four starts, posting a 1-1 record with a 4.50 ERA (11 ER/22.0 IP). All told, he appeared in a career-high 35 games with 21 of his 31 relief appearances lasting more than one inning. In the seventh inning or later, Worley registered a 1.47 ERA (5 ER/30.2 IP) with 18 strikeouts.
Jhonatan Solano, 31, returns to Washington's system for the second consecutive season after spending the 2015 season with the Miami Marlins. Solano signed with the Nationals out of a tryout camp in Venezuela in September of 2005 and played his first nine seasons (2006-14) in Washington's system. He has appeared in 43 MLB games between Washington (2012-13) and Miami (2015). In 2016, he appeared in 52 games for Triple-A Syracuse, hitting .225 with six doubles, 22 RBI, 14 walks and eight runs scored for the Chiefs.
Emmanuel Burriss, 32, returns to his hometown system after spending the 2016 season in the Philadelphia Phillies organization. In his lone season with Philadelphia, Burriss made his first Opening Day roster since 2012 and enjoyed two stints with the Major League club. A Washington D.C. native and graduate of Woodrow Wilson High School, Burriss spent two seasons (2014-15) in Washington's system, appearing in five Major League games in 2015, while hitting .285 with 39 doubles, 14 triples, nine homers, 95 RBI, 40 stolen bases and 146 run scored in 261 games for Triple-A Syracuse over those two seasons.
Grant Green, 29, is a veteran of 127 Major League games in the last four seasons with San Francisco (2016), Los Angeles-AL (2013-15) and Oakland (2013). He has hit over .300 in the Minor Leagues for four consecutive seasons (2013-16) and his versatility has allowed him to appear in games at second base (81 games), left field (18 games), first base (6 games), third base (5 games) and shortstop (2 games) in his Major League career. Green began the 2016 season with Triple-A Sacramento before his contract was selected on June 30. He went 12-for-46 (.261) with two doubles and seven RBI in 18 games for the Giants, and hit .319 with 18 doubles, four triples, seven home runs, 52 RBI and 46 runs scored in 94 games with Triple-A Sacramento.
Corban Joseph, 28, will take part in his fourth Major League Spring Training after stints with New York-AL (2013-14), Atlanta (2015) and Baltimore (2016). He hit .315 with 19 doubles, two triples, eight homers, 46 RBI, 32 walks, five stolen bases and 46 runs scored in 107 games between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk in 2016. His .315 batting average was a career-best, while his 117 hits were his most since 2011 (138), and his .442 slugging percentage was his best since 2012 (.465).
Neftali Soto, 27, returns to the Nationals for his second season after an impressive 2016 that led to an invite to this year's Major League Spring Training. In his first season in Washington's chain, he hit .274 with 27 doubles, two triples, 10 homers, 62 RBI, 28 walks and 49 runs scored in 122 games between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. While with Harrisburg, he was named a mid-season Eastern League All-Star and Eastern League Player of the Week (May 15).
Drew Ward, 22, will take part in his first Major League Spring Training, coming off of a 2016 campaign in which he hit a career-high 14 home runs between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His 14 home runs ranked tied for second in Washington's Minor League system. Ward was named a Carolina League mid-season All-Star before being promoted to Double-A Harrisburg on June 27. Following the season, Ward hit .309 (25-for-81) with six doubles, eight RBI, 10 walks and 13 runs scored in 21 games for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the prestigious Arizona Fall League.
Brandon Snyder, 30, is a veteran of 13 professional seasons and has appeared in 120 Major League games during stints with Atlanta (2016), Boston (2013), Texas (2012) and Baltimore (2010-11). In 2016, Snyder began the season with Triple-A Gwinnett before the Braves selected his contract on June 2. He hit .239 (11-for-46) with three doubles, one triple, four homers, nine RBI and eight runs scored in 37 games for Atlanta. His first eight hits all went for extra bases (4 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR), making him the first Braves player in the Modern Era (since 1900) whose first eight hits of a season were all of the extra-base variety (per the Elias Sports Bureau). A versatile defender with the ability to play nearly every position, Snyder is a Northern Virginia native (Centerville, VA) and graduate of Westfield High School in Chantilly, VA.
Andrew Stevenson, 22, will take part in his first Major League Spring Training after completing his first full year of professional experience. The athletic, speedy, left-handed outfielder was Washington's top choice in the 2015 First-Year Player Draft (second round, No. 58 overall) out of Louisiana State University. In 2016, his first full professional season, he hit .276 with 23 doubles, 10 triples, three homers, 34 RBI, 39 stolen bases and 75 runs scored in 133 games between Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. His 39 stolen bases ranked second among Nationals farmhands. Following the season, he hit .353 (30-for-85) with four doubles, two triples, two homers, 12 RBI, nine stolen bases and 18 runs scored in 21 games for Glendale of the prestigious Arizona Fall League.