Nats Trade Abad To Oakland For OF John Wooten

Less than a week after being designated for assignment, LHP Fernando Abad has been traded from the Washington Nationals to the Oakland Athletics for OF John Wooten. It’s the third trade involving the two teams in 2013 (Mike Morse, Kurt Suzuki) and the fifth since 2011 (Suzuki in 2012, Gio Gonzalez in 2011).

As you might imagine for a 37th Round Draft pick, there is very little information on Wooten, aside from his bio from East Carolina University and his collegiate and minor-league statistics. He was not written up by either John Sickels or Baseball America in their 2013 prospect books.

He’s a former teammate of Dakota Bacus — acquired in the previous Washington-Oakland trade — at Beloit, where he hung a line of .257/.333/.430 with 20 HRs (4th best in the league) and 69 RBIs. With the Nats starved for power-hitting OFs (he’s 15 months younger than Brandon Miller), it seems likely that he’ll progress to Potomac and play one of the corner outfielder positions, presuming that he’s not shifted to 1B or slotted behind Estarlin Martinez or Shawn Pleffner on the organizational depth chart.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

2 thoughts on “Nats Trade Abad To Oakland For OF John Wooten”

  1. Another Schaeffer referral ????
    Interesting to see how he plays alongside
    Or behind Estarlin. Not a bad pick- up for
    A pitcher claimed off waivers from Houston
    .
    Too soon to guess if Lippencott joins the
    Gang in Potomac
    Minor league managers the next decisions
    To see results: will Cathcart move up to
    SYR? Will Sean McNauley get a skipper gig
    @ GCL replacing Patrick Anderson who
    Could move up with his kids.
    Daubach to Sens. Maybe Williams/ Rizzo
    Lure Todd Greene away from Snakes??
    Time will tell

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