Splitsville: Brandon Watson v1.1

"Splitsville" is a series of articles on the Nationals' prospects that we'll be doing throughout their minor league careers. In version one/chapter one (v1.1) of Brandon Watson, we'll look at how he did against the right-handed pitchers versus the southpaws, how he hit with runners in scoring position, and more.

Speedy center fielder, Brandon Watson made quite a statement in every part of the game in 2005, making stops in Harrisburg, New Orleans and the big league club along the way. Spending most of the season with the Zephyrs, Watson put on a hitting clinic, compiling an outstanding .355 batting average, while swiping 31 bases in the process. With such a fabulous showing, the Los Angeles native may have earned himself a prominent role with Washington in 2006.

(Brandon Watson with New Orleans)

Road Warrior: All around, it was an all-star caliber season for Brandon Watson, and there were so few situations that he struggled in, but many that he thrived in. And, on the road, Watson was as dangerous as ever. In fact, in 188 road at bats, Brandon batted a lofty .399 with 1 home run and 21 RBI. To add to that, he compiled a gaudy .489 on-base percentage on the road as well. By comparison, his road production dwarfs his batting average .310 while playing in New Orleans. For younger players, their road production is often a good measuring stick for how well they handle more hostile environments and playing away from a ballpark that they are more familiar with.

As Clutch As They Come: Brandon Watson came up big enough in the clutch to make almost anyone wonder how well he would do in run producing spot in the lineup. Although he had very few RBI opportunities, he was ready for them when the opportunity came along. In fact, with the bases loaded, he picked up two hits in three chances. But, in a larger samples size, the lefty swinging Watson hit .405 with runners in scoring position with two outs. With runners on any base, he was just as good, batting .391 with 24 RBI.

Righties Beware: It is more than obvious that there were no pitchers safe from the hitting machine that was Brandon Watson in 2005. But, if you were a righty pitcher, the 24 year old became all the ore dangerous. Batting a staggering .370 against right-handers, Watson made a statement that he could not be shut down by any type of pitch or any type of pitcher.

Fireworks In July: Although Watson did not have one month in which he batted under .300, he was never any hotter than he was in the month of July. Batting .391 in the month, Watson also had his best four weeks on the base paths as well, swiping 11 bags. But, perhaps the most impressive part of his hot streak was his continued ability to put the bat on the ball. How impressive? The 24 year old only struck 7 times in 115 at bats.

Not Neutralized By Southpaws: As impressive as his .370 batting average was against right-handers, lefty swinging Watson's .322 average versus southpaws may deserve even more credit. Not only that, but he also struck out only 14 times in 118 at bats. Hitting that well against lefty hitters will be a key for the speedy outfielder, and obviously, putting up those results in AAA are a giant step in the right direction.

Capitol Dugout Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\nSpeedy center fielder, Brandon Watson made quite a statement in every part of the game in 2005, making stops in Harrisburg, New Orleans and the big league club along the way. Spending most of the season with the Zephyrs, Watson put on a hitting clinic, compiling an outstanding .355 batting average, while swiping 31 bases in the process. With such a fabulous showing, the Los Angeles native may have earned himself a prominent role with Washington in 2006.\r\n

\r\n(Brandon Watson with New Orleans) \r\n

\r\nRoad Warrior: All around, it was an all-star caliber season for Brandon Watson, and there were so few situations that he struggled in, but many that he thrived in. And, on the road, Watson was as dangerous as ever. In fact, in 188 road at bats, Brandon batted a lofty .399 with 1 home run and 21 RBI. To add to that, he compiled a gaudy .489 on-base percentage on the road as well. By comparison, his road production dwarfs his batting average .310 while playing in New Orleans. For younger players, their road production is often a good measuring stick for how well they handle more hostile environments and playing away from a ballpark that they are more familiar with.\r\n

\r\nAs Clutch As They Come: Brandon Watson came up big enough in the clutch to make almost anyone wonder how well he would do in run producing spot in the lineup. Although he had very few RBI opportunities, he was ready for them when the opportunity came along. In fact, with the bases loaded, he picked up two hits in three chances. But, in a larger samples size, the lefty swinging Watson hit .405 with runners in scoring position with two outs. With runners on any base, he was just as good, batting .391 with 24 RBI.\r\n

\r\nRighties Beware: It is more than obvious that there were no pitchers safe from the hitting machine that was Brandon Watson in 2005. But, if you were a righty pitcher, the 24 year old became all the ore dangerous. Batting a staggering .370 against right-handers, Watson made a statement that he could not be shut down by any type of pitch or any type of pitcher.\r\n

\r\nFireworks In July: Although Watson did not have one month in which he batted under .300, he was never any hotter than he was in the month of July. Batting .391 in the month, Watson also had his best four weeks on the base paths as well, swiping 11 bags. But, perhaps the most impressive part of his hot streak was his continued ability to put the bat on the ball. How impressive? The 24 year old only struck 7 times in 115 at bats.\r\n

\r\nNot Neutralized By Southpaws: As impressive as his .370 batting average was against right-handers, lefty swinging Watson's .322 average versus southpaws may deserve even more credit. Not only that, but he also struck out only 14 times in 118 at bats. Hitting that well against lefty hitters will be a key for the speedy outfielder, and obviously, putting up those results in AAA are a giant step in the right direction.","mobileBody":" \r\nSpeedy center fielder, Brandon Watson made quite a statement in every part of the game in 2005, making stops in Harrisburg, New Orleans and the big league club along the way. Spending most of the season with the Zephyrs, Watson put on a hitting clinic, compiling an outstanding .355 batting average, while swiping 31 bases in the process. With such a fabulous showing, the Los Angeles native may have earned himself a prominent role with Washington in 2006.\r\n

\r\n(Brandon Watson with New Orleans) \r\n

\r\nRoad Warrior: All around, it was an all-star caliber season for Brandon Watson, and there were so few situations that he struggled in, but many that he thrived in. And, on the road, Watson was as dangerous as ever. In fact, in 188 road at bats, Brandon batted a lofty .399 with 1 home run and 21 RBI. To add to that, he compiled a gaudy .489 on-base percentage on the road as well. By comparison, his road production dwarfs his batting average .310 while playing in New Orleans. For younger players, their road production is often a good measuring stick for how well they handle more hostile environments and playing away from a ballpark that they are more familiar with.\r\n

\r\nAs Clutch As They Come: Brandon Watson came up big enough in the clutch to make almost anyone wonder how well he would do in run producing spot in the lineup. Although he had very few RBI opportunities, he was ready for them when the opportunity came along. In fact, with the bases loaded, he picked up two hits in three chances. But, in a larger samples size, the lefty swinging Watson hit .405 with runners in scoring position with two outs. With runners on any base, he was just as good, batting .391 with 24 RBI.\r\n

\r\nRighties Beware: It is more than obvious that there were no pitchers safe from the hitting machine that was Brandon Watson in 2005. But, if you were a righty pitcher, the 24 year old became all the ore dangerous. Batting a staggering .370 against right-handers, Watson made a statement that he could not be shut down by any type of pitch or any type of pitcher.\r\n

\r\nFireworks In July: Although Watson did not have one month in which he batted under .300, he was never any hotter than he was in the month of July. Batting .391 in the month, Watson also had his best four weeks on the base paths as well, swiping 11 bags. But, perhaps the most impressive part of his hot streak was his continued ability to put the bat on the ball. How impressive? The 24 year old only struck 7 times in 115 at bats.\r\n

\r\nNot Neutralized By Southpaws: As impressive as his .370 batting average was against right-handers, lefty swinging Watson's .322 average versus southpaws may deserve even more credit. Not only that, but he also struck out only 14 times in 118 at bats. 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