The Nationals’ farm system features three Jewish players at a variety of levels. Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Cameron Selik and outfielder Greg Zebrack have all shown promise.
Rosenbaum is a 26-year-old left-handed starter from Xavier University who’s been in the Nats’ system for five seasons. Originally drafted by Washington in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft, Rosenbaum has gone up the ladder and is now at AAA-Syracuse – a step away from the majors. While his ERA has risen every year, it just shows that he has been ascending the ranks in the minor league system.
Selik, a 26-year-old right-handed reliever, has gone back and forth between the Nationals’ single-A, single-A+, and double-A affiliates throughout his four seasons. Like Rosenbaum, Selik was a 22nd round draft pick, just one year later. His ERA has been a little high (it was 4.40 last year), but he has good strikeout numbers; in 185.2 career innings, he’s recorded 161 Ks – including 13 in 14.1 innings last year. Selik attended the University of Kansas.
Originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 43rd round of the 2008 draft, Zebrack opted to stay in high school and later attend the University of Southern California. At 22, he was signed by the Nationals as an undrafted free agent in 2013, and played in 44 games for the Auburn Doubledays, the Nats’ A- affiliate (one step below regular single-A). His .233 batting average was not very exciting, but he did manage a .327 on-base percentage (which is impressive considering his low batting average).
Hopefully, a year from now, each of these players will be a step closer to the majors.
All statistics came from baseball-reference.com.