The Nationals have signed catcher Taylor Gushue to a minor league contract, in line with the crew’s transactions log at MLB.com. The 28-year-old elected minor league free company after being outrighted off the Cubs 40-man roster on the finish of final season.
It’s one thing of a homecoming for Gushue, who has spent nearly all of his profession within the Washington group. Initially chosen by the Pirates within the 2014 draft, he was traded to the Nats late through the 2016 marketing campaign for Christopher Bostick. Gushue spent the following few seasons as an upper-level depth piece within the Washington group. He reached Triple-A late in 2018, then spent your entire 2019 marketing campaign on the minors’ prime stage. With no minor league season in 2020, Gushue spent the 12 months on the alternate coaching web site earlier than electing minor league free company.
Final offseason, the switch-hitting backstop inked a minors pact with the Cubs. He spent many of the season with their prime affiliate in Iowa however acquired his first massive league name in June. He went hitless in 4 plate appearances and was positioned on waivers not lengthy after, spending the rest of the season with Iowa after passing by way of unclaimed. Gushue solely has that cup of espresso on the MLB stage, however he’s a .269/.326/.449 hitter over components of three Triple-A campaigns.
The Nationals additionally inked right-hander Ronald Herrera to a minors pact, in line with the transactions tracker. Now 26 years previous, Herrera made a pair of MLB appearances with the Yankees in 2017 however hasn’t returned to the very best stage since. He spent a part of final season within the unbiased Frontier League and has struggled mightily in a restricted have a look at Triple-A. The Venezuela native has first rate numbers as a starter up by way of Double-A, the place he’s labored to a 3.87 ERA with a below-average 19.8% strikeout price however a stingy 5.9% stroll share over components of 4 seasons.