The best Nats to wear each uniform number

December 28th, 2020

From 00 to 99, Nationals players have chosen uniform numbers to represent themselves on the baseball field. Here's a look back at the top players to wear each number since 2005. Uniform numbers worn by only one player in team history are marked with an asterisk.

*00: OF Brandon Watson, 2005-07
Watson appeared in 39 games with a .198 batting average across two stints in Washington.

1: CF Nyjer Morgan, 2009-10
Morgan stole the third-most bases in the National League (34) in 2010, his lone full season with the Nats.

2: CF Denard Span, 2013-15
Span had an 8.4 WAR with the Nationals, including an NL-best 184 hits, the fifth-most stolen bases (31) and a team-leading .302 batting average in 2014.

3: OF Michael A. Taylor, 2015-20
Ready to step in wherever needed in the outfield, Taylor was a Gold Glove Award finalist in 2017.

4: INF Howie Kendrick, 2017
Kendrick hit .293 in 52 games for the Nationals after being acquired midseason in 2017 from the Phillies. Kendrick wore No. 12 in '18 and No. 47 from '19-20.

5: 3B Yunel Escobar, 2015
Escobar ranked sixth in the NL in batting average (.314) and second in fielding among NL third basemen (.970) in his lone season with the Nationals.

6: 3B Anthony Rendon, 2013-19
Rendon slashed .290/.369/.490 with an .859 OPS and 136 home runs in 916 regular-season games to become an All-Star, a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner and an MVP Award candidate in Washington.

7: SS Trea Turner, 2015-present
The speedy Turner has established himself as a centerpiece of the Nationals with a .296/.353/.480 slash line and an .833 OPS in his first six seasons.

8: INF Danny Espinosa, 2012-16
Espinosa belted five home runs -- including two grand slams -- for 15 RBIs in a four-game series against the Reds during the 2016 season.

9: 3B Vinny Castilla, 2005
Castilla slashed .253/.319/.403, including hitting a double, triple and home run at the first game played at Nationals Park.

10: INF Ronnie Belliard, 2007-09
Belliard ranked second among NL second basemen in fielding percentage (.989) in 2007, while slashing .281/.338/.431 with a .768 OPS over two-plus seasons with the Nats.

11: INF Ryan Zimmerman
The Nationals' first-ever Draft pick, Zimmerman is the team’s all-time leader in games played, hits, home runs, runs scored and WAR, among other categories.

12: OF Alfonso Soriano, 2006
An All-Star, a Silver Slugger Award winner and an MVP Award candidate, Soriano had a 40-40 performance in 2006 with 41 stolen bases, 41 doubles and 46 home runs, the most homers in a single season in Nats history.

13: INF Asdrúbal Cabrera, 2019-20
Cabrera hit .323 with a .969 OPS in 2019, when he was acquired by the Nationals in August for their World Series championship push.

14: INF Mark Reynolds, 2018
Reynolds hit .248/.328/.476 with an .803 OPS and 13 homers in 86 games.

15: INF Cristian Guzmán, 2005-10
Guzmán was an All-Star in 2008, when he ranked fourth in the NL with a .316 batting average.

16: CF Victor Robles, 2018-present
Robles was a Gold Glove Award finalist in 2019, leading all outfielders in outs above average and pacing NL center fielders in putouts and assists.

17: LHP Sean Burnett, 2009-16
Burnett posted a 2.82 ERA across 207 1/3 innings out of the bullpen.

18: INF Danny Espinosa, 2010-11
Making this list twice, Espinosa ranked second on the Nats in hits (135) and runs scored (72) as a rookie in 2011.

19: RHP Aníbal Sánchez, 2019-20
A member of the 2019 World Series-winning starting rotation, Sánchez tallied a career-best eight-game winning streak during the regular season (11-8, 3.85 ERA) and made three playoff starts.

20: INF Daniel Murphy, 2016-18
In 2016, Murphy hit .347 -- .001 shy of the best average in the Majors -- and led the NL in slugging percentage (.595), OPS (.985) and doubles (47).

21: 1B Dmitri Young, 2007-08
Young was an All-Star in 2007, when he batted a team-high .320 with an .869 OPS and 147 hits.

22: LF Juan Soto, 2018-present
After hitting five home runs in the 2019 World Series, Soto became the youngest player to win the NL batting title (.351), captured a Silver Slugger Award and received MVP Award votes in ‘20.

23: C Brian Schneider, 2005-07
Schneider’s .739 OPS ranked fifth on the 2005 Nationals.

24: Nick Johnson, 2004-09
In addition to scoring the Nationals' first run in team history, Johnson led the club in batting average in 2005 (.289) and ‘06 (.290).

25: 1B Adam LaRoche, 2011-14
LaRoche won a Gold Glove Award, Silver Slugger Award and received MVP Award votes during the 2012 season.

26: INF/OF Adam Lind, 2017
Lind slashed .303/.362/.513 with an .875 OPS and a 122 OPS+ in the final year of his career.

27: RHP Jordan Zimmermann, 2009-15
A season after winning 19 games, Zimmermann threw the first no-hitter in Nationals history on Sept. 28, 2014.

28: OF Jayson Werth, 2011-17
Werth, who signed one of the most memorable deals in team history, slashed .263/.355/.433 with a .788 OPS and 113 OPS+ with the Nationals.

29: RHP Rafael Soriano, 2013-14
Soriano earned a total of 75 saves (including the second most in the NL in 2013) over 132 appearances, posting a 7-4 record and 3.15 ERA.

30: RHP Aaron Barrett, 2014-15
In 2014, Barrett ranked fourth among all rookie relievers with 10.84 strikeouts per nine innings.

31: RHP Max Scherzer, 2015-present
Scherzer’s long list of accolades with the Nationals includes winning back-to-back Cy Young Awards (2016-17) and throwing two no-hitters in ‘15.

32: RHP Chad Cordero, 2005-08
An All-Star in 2005, Cordero was 20-14 with a 2.78 ERA and 128 saves in his tenure that began in Montreal.

33: LHP Matt Grace, 2016-19
In 178 games (including two starts), Grace went 5-4 with a 4.29 ERA in 176 1/3 frames.

34: RF Bryce Harper, 2012-18
Harper, the first overall pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, was named Rookie of the Year (‘12), MVP (‘15), a Silver Slugger (‘15) and a six-time All-Star while wearing No. 34.

35: RHP Craig Stammen, 2009-15
Stammen went 26-24 with a 3.91 ERA and 370 strikeouts over 229 games (38 starts).

36: Tyler Clippard, 2009-14
The reliever ranks first in games played (414) and ERA (2.68) among all Nationals pitchers.

37: RHP Stephen Strasburg, 2010-present
Strasburg was named the 2019 World Series Most Valuable Player after becoming the first pitcher to go 5-0 in postseason history.

38: Mike Morse, 2011-12
Morse received MVP Award votes in 2011, when he led the Nats (and ranked ninth in the NL) with a .303 batting average.

39: RHP Shairon Martis, 2009
Martis made 15 starts (including a complete game) in 2009 and was 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA.

40: C Wilson Ramos, 2013-16
Ramos was an All-Star, Silver Slugger Award winner and received MVP Award votes in 2016, when he batted .307 (ninth in the NL).

41: RHP Joe Ross, 2015-present
Ross made a gutsy scratch start in Game 5 of the 2019 World Series, throwing five innings in place of Scherzer.

43: RHP Matt Albers, 2017
In 63 relief appearances, Albers was 7-2 with a 1.62 ERA, 277 ERA+ and .0852 WHIP across 61 frames.

44: RHP Daniel Hudson, 2019-present
Hudson is etched in Nationals lore for closing out the 2019 World Series.

45/46: LHP Patrick Corbin, 2019-present
Corbin ranked fourth in strikeouts (238), fifth in WAR (5.6) and eighth in ERA (3.25) among NL pitchers in the 2019 championship season.

47: INF Howie Kendrick, 2019-20
Kendrick was donning No. 47 when he hit .344 in the 2019 regular season and delivered some of the franchise’s biggest at-bats as a playoff hero.

48: LHP Ross Detwiler, 2009-14
Detwiler ranks 10th in ERA (3.82) among Nationals all-time pitchers.

49: RHP Reynaldo López, 2016
López went 5-3 after making his Major League debut in July of that season.

50: RHP Austin Voth, 2018-present
Voth posted a 3.30 ERA, 1.053 WHIP and 9.1 strikeouts per nine innings in 2019.

51: RHP Jon Rauch, 2005-08
Rauch led the 2008 Nationals with 17 saves in the final year of his tenure with the organization, which began in Montreal.

52: RHP Joel Peralta, 2010
In 39 games out of the bullpen, Peralta was 1-0 with a 2.02 ERA, 201 ERA+ and 0.796 WHIP.

53: C Wil Nieves, 2008
Nieves hit .261, including his first career home run, in his first season with the Nationals.

54: RHP Mike MacDougal, 2009
MacDougal earned 20 saves and posted a 3.60 ERA over 50 innings.

55: RHP Matt Capps, 2010
Capps earned an All-Star selection and pitched to a 3-3 record and 2.74 ERA with 26 saves before being traded in late July.

56: RHP Luis Ayala, 2005-08
Ayala recorded the first hold in Nationals history on April 6, 2005.

57: RHP Tanner Roark, 2014-18
Roark went 64-54 with a 3.59 ERA and recorded the fifth-most strikeouts (732) in Nationals history.

58: RHP Doug Fister, 2014-15
Fister was 21-13 with a 3.10 ERA in 50 starts, including the NL’s fourth-best ERA (2.41) in 2014.

59: C Jose Lobaton, 2014-17
Lobaton appeared in 200 games with a .210 batting average and 124 total hits.

60: RHP Justin Miller, 2018-19
Miller was 8-1 with a 3.71 ERA and 9.4 strikeouts per nine innings in 68 relief frames.

61: RHP Liván Hernández, 2005-06 and '09-11
Hernández’s tenure with the Nationals included a 2005 All-Star season in which he went 15-10 with an MLB-high 246 1/3 innings.

62: LHP Sean Doolittle, 2017-18
Doolittle earned an All-Star nod in 2018, when he tallied 25 saves, a 1.60 ERA and 1.89 FIP.

63: LHP Sean Doolittle, 2019-20
Switching to No. 63, Doolittle led the NL with 55 games finished and was sixth in saves (29) in 2019.

64: RHP Blake Treinen, 2014-15
Treinen was 4-8 with a 3.27 ERA in seven starts in his two seasons wearing No. 64.

65: C Raudy Read, 2017-present
Read appeared in 14 Major League games in 2017 and '19.

*67: RHP Kyle Finnegan, 2020-present
Finnegan had a 2.92 ERA and 9.9 strikeouts per nine innings in 24 2/3 relief innings his rookie season in 2020.

*68: RHP Jefry Rodríguez, 2018
Rodríguez went 3-3 with a 5.71 ERA in 14 games, including eight starts.

*69: RHP A.J. Cole, 2015
Cole pitched 9 1/3 innings over three games with nine strikeouts out of the bullpen in his rookie year.

70: LHP Ben Braymer, 2020-present
Braymer threw five scoreless innings in a start against the Marlins in his big league debut.

*71: RHP Dakota Bacus, 2020-present
Bacus made his Major League debut in August 2020 and tossed 11 1/3 innings.

*72: LHP Enny Romero, 2017-18
Over 55 games, Romero was 2-4 with a 3.90 ERA and two saves.

73: LHP Felipe Vázquez, 2015-16
Vázquez was 2-4 with a 3.67 ERA and three saves in 98 relief innings.

*77: INF Tony Batista, 2007
Batista hit .257/.347/.347 with a pair of homers in 80 games in 2007.

*85: OF Lastings Milledge, 2009
Milledge appeared in seven games in 2009 and went 4-for-24.

*88: OF Gerardo Parra, 2019
The 2019 World Series spark plug slashed .250/.300/.447 with eight home runs while giving the Nationals their “Baby Shark” championship anthem.

*96: LHP Seth Romero, 2020-present
Romero made one start and two relief appearances (13.50 ERA in 2 2/3 innings) in his rookie season.

*97: LHP Joe Beimel, 2009
In 45 relief appearances, Beimel was 1-5 with a 3.40 ERA and one save.

*99: RHP Collin Balester, 2010
In his third season with the Nationals, Balester went 0-1 with a 2.57 ERA over 21 relief innings while wearing No. 99.