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Morning Commute: Roger Bernadina, Center Fielder Of The Future

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The outfield of the future for the Nationals is about two thirds full. Bryce Harper is penciled in right field, hopefully that's a sure thing. Josh Willingham, knee and contract issues notwithstanding, will be in left. But that leaves a big hole in center, and I don't think anyone thinks that Nyjer Morgan is the permanent solution. But that guy might already be playing with the team.

When Roger Bernaidna stepped into the box in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, with the Nats down two and a man on first, I turned to my girlfriend and said, "Two run game tying home run, right here." And sure enough, he delivered.

(Full disclosure, Bernadina is my favorite player and I call a home run every time he comes to the plate, but I'm willing to overlook that for the sake of the drama.)

After the game, I checked out Bernadina's stats. He's batting a pretty respectable .267, with a .322 on base percentage, and everything we've seen from him in the minors suggests those numbers could rise as he gets more major league experience. We know he has excellent range and fielding ability, and a hose of a left arm. He's only 26, so he has a few good years of baseball left in him.

It's going to take a while to put it all together, but it seems like the Nationals' outfield of the future, are all already part of the organization.

Today's must-reads from around the SB Nation network:

  • The Nationals are expected to make an announcement about Stephen Strasburg this morning, we'll have complete coverage here. Gonna be hard to type with all my fingers crossed. 
  • Testudo Times takes a look at Maryland's new depth chart. We'll have more on the wide receiver news later. 
  • SB Nation's football previews series continues, with funny pictures and unflattering words about our Donovan McNabb.