Today is Part 4 of our 44 part series examining each player that suited up in a Curly W this year. Yes, this is probably a fool's errand and the worst CapBall move since Joe asked us to take over this blog - but it's also fun.
So sit back, relax, grab a nice cup of (Irish) coffee and enjoy the ride.
Laynce "The Daynce" Nix
How he became a Nat: Signed a minor-league contract with an invite to spring training February 3rd.
The Raw Numbers:
Slugging Percentage: .451
Extra Base Hits: 32
Go Ahead Hits: 6
Key Stats: 124 games played with a 0.8 WAR for $700k. Simply put Laynce Nix was a stop gap for the Nats in every way. He helped carried a stagnant offense early in the year (let’s not forget he supplanted Beastmode in left field at one point). And at such an affordable price, he helped the Nats bridge the gap to a younger generation of stars.
Best Game: August 30 against the Braves. Nix went 2-4 with a HR, 2B, and 2 RBI. Nix doing what he was signed to do, be a left handed power hitter.
Worst Game: May 5th against Roy Halladay and the Phillies. 7-3 loss. Nix was 0-3 with 3Ks. That’s a tough assignment but you have to put the ball in play, at least once.
Capball Grade: C+ Would have been higher but he was hurt by platooning and injuries. But for the price he did a yeoman’s job for the Nats this year. He provided key at bats and was a big left handed bat for a team without much on the left handed side. He also was a veteran voice in the clubhouse for a team just starting to establish their identity. Besides, who would've guessed that Laynce Nix would've made the team out of Spring Training?
2012 Nats Status: Doubtful he will return for 2012. I feel like the Nats and Laynce Nix are simply heading in different directions. But, if he did return it would likely be on a similar deal to his current one, which would be a team friendly contract.