Commentary

Sale leads Nationals into Long Beach

Updated: July 17, 2009, 4:43 PM ET
By Andrew Drennen | ESPNRISE.com

The Washington Nationals are ready to go for the 2009 Area Code Baseball Games and they will have one of the largest rosters in Long Beach. The Nationals will bring 31 players to Blair Field led by Josh Sale, who is making a return trip to Southern California.

One of the players to watch on this year's team is Josh Sale, who last year hit for they cycle in the Nationals' second game of the week (vs. White Sox). Another player to watch is Drew Vettleson, who at the tryout worked out with the outfielders and the pitchers. He was the talk of the tryout on the mound as he pitched both as a righty and a lefty.

The Nationals will kick things off Aug. 5, when they take on the Reds in the Game 1 of the 2009 Area Code Baseball Games.

2009 WASHINGTON NATIONALS ROSTER
Name POS B/T HT WT YR HS State
Alex Sloan C R/R 6-0 210 2010 Sumner WA
Drew Vettleson P/OF L/R 6-1 185 2010 Central Kitsap WA
Robby Ryan P L/L 6-4 200 2010 Juanita WA
Sal Arena P/3B/OF R/R 6-2 200 2010 Puyallup WA
Taylor Brennan 2B/SS S/R 6-1 180 2010 Meadowdale WA
Josh Sale OF/3B L/R 6-0 205 2010 Bishop Blanchet WA
Ryan Brett OF/2B R/R 5-8 170 2010 Highline WA
Brady Kirkpatrick P R/R 6-1 175 2010 Marist OR
Spencer O'Neil OF L/R 6-4 170 2011 Southridge WA
Taylor Williams P S/R 5-10 160 2010 Camas WA
Pierce Trumper P/INF R/R 6-1 185 2010 Rocky Mountain CO
Doug Christie P R/R 6-0 195 2010 Kentlake WA
Peter Summerville C R/R 6-1 195 2010 Seattle Academy WA
Sam Lindquist P R/R 6-6 245 2010 Eastside Catholic WA
Jacoby Almaraz 1B L/R 6-3 175 2010 Lady Bird Johnson TX
Kyle Olson C R/R 6-2 185 2011 Henry Jackson WA
John McLeod P L/L 6-4 195 2010 Liberty WA
Zach Wright P R/R 6-1 195 2010 Kentlake WA
Frank Tassara P L/L 5-11 160 2010 Mount Si WA
Luke Taylor P R/R 6-5 190 2010 Woodinville WA
Mark Klick P R/R 6-0 195 2010 Bishop Blanchet WA
Brandon Williams P R/R 6-1 195 2010 Mountain View WA
Michael Conforto OF L/R 6-0 190 2011 Redmond WA
Trace Tam Sing SS R/R 6-0 175 2010 Newport WA
Evan Hudson P R/R 6-6 240 2010 Bothell WA
Andrew Woeck P R/R 5-9 160 2010 Mountlake Terrace WA
Taylor Smart 2B/SS R/R 5-9 170 2010 Tahoma WA
Cameron Booser P/1B L/L 6-3 225 2010 Fife WA
Jared Fisher P L/R 6-4 210 2010 Newport WA
Austin Voth P/1B R/R 6-3 185 2010 Kentwood WA
Aaron Gonzales SS/P R/R 6-1 162 2012 Madison TX