Looking back, Tyler Moore understands what may have gone wrong with his season. He showed promise with a .840 OPS, 10-home run rookie season in 2012. Last season, however, he struggled as a bench player, posted a .607 OPS (and that was after a late-season improvement), and was demoted to Class AAA Syracuse twice. Young players, accustomed to playing everyday in the minors, often struggle when adjusting to bench roles. Moore succeeded one season but not the next.

“I think last year I was a little too lackadaisical in spring and that’s what I kind of want to correct this year because I know that I don’t have an everyday job, obviously,” he said recently at NatsFest. “I have to come in and be ready to hit when I have a chance. And when I have that chance I’ve got to take the best advantage of that.”

Moore, 27, who the Nationals still view as a potential first baseman of their future, knows that he enters spring training with much to prove. The Nationals’ bench is one of the biggest question marks of the team; they are, in part, counting on unknowns. The bench could use a power hitter and backup first baseman and, if Moore doesn’t struggle, the right-handed batter could fit that role. But, he said, “you gotta hit to be on the team.”