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Michael Morse gets an A for his breakthrough year.
But what about on an individual basis? How would you grade each player on the roster? Obviously, there were some fantastic individual seasons (Michael Morse, Tyler Clippard). And obviously, there were some not-so-fantastic individual seasons (ahem, Jayson Werth and Doug Slaten).
Now that 2011 is in the books, it's time to hand out some season-ending report cards...
WILSON RAMOS -- B+
By all accounts, a fine rookie season for the catcher. He was excellent behind the plate and finished strong at the plate, hitting .358 in September.
JESUS FLORES -- C+
The mere fact he returned to the big leagues after missing most of two seasons with a shoulder injury was reason to celebrate, but his game still needs work.
IVAN RODRIGUEZ -- C
He still calls a good game and throws out runners like nobody else. But he did little at the plate and couldn't overcome a midseason oblique strain.
MICHAEL MORSE -- A
What more could Mr. Beast Mode have done? Just a fantastic season, one in which he established himself as a legit cleanup hitter and force to be reckoned with.
DANNY ESPINOSA -- B-
He looked poised to win NL Rookie of the Year honors at the All-Star break, but he slumped terribly after that. Finished strong, though, and excelled at second base.
IAN DESMOND -- B-
First and foremost, he cut down his errors by 33 percent (from 34 to 23). Was abysmal at the plate in the first half, then hit .289 in the second half.
RYAN ZIMMERMAN -- B+
Missed more than two months with a torn abdominal muscle but did his usual thing once he got healthy. Also got past his midseason throwing woes.
ALEX CORA -- D+
Veteran infielder was a nice influence for Espinosa and Desmond, but he did very little on the field. Hit .188 as a pinch-hitter.
BRIAN BIXLER -- C+
Utilityman doesn't have many physical tools, but he hustles more than perhaps any player in the game. Also proved adept in the outfield, which he had never played before.
CHRIS MARRERO -- B-
Was nice to see the 2006 first-round pick finally reach the majors. Didn't look overwhelmed at this level at all, but wound up hitting .248 with zero homers.
STEPHEN LOMBARDOZZI -- C-
We didn't get to see a whole lot of the rookie infielder. And when we did see him, he struggled to hit big-league pitching.
JAYSON WERTH -- D+
To his credit, Werth played hard all season and found a variety of ways to contribute. But he still hit .232 with 58 RBI after signing that huge contract.
RICK ANKIEL -- C
The guy has got the best outfield arm in the sport right now, maybe the best ever. If only he could do just a little bit more at the plate.
LAYNCE NIX -- B-
Got off to a hot start, then was hampered by injuries for months. Still, he came through several times in the clutch and gave full effort all the time.
JONNY GOMES -- C-
Definitely brought some new life and character to the Nats clubhouse, but he really didn't contribute much at the plate or in the field.
ROGER BERNADINA -- C
This year's victim of the options game, he seemed to be on a never-ending loop between D.C. and Syracuse. Spectacular in the outfield, really streaky at the plate.
JORDAN ZIMMERMANN -- A-
A breakthrough season for the right-hander, who established himself as a true, front-line starter. Only negative was his penchant to give up big homers late.
STEPHEN STRASBURG -- A
What can you say? He's not human. Who comes back from Tommy John surgery and doesn't walk a batter until his fifth start? Wait til the reins come off next year.
JOHN LANNAN -- B
Established career-bests in ERA (3.70) and wins (10). He is what he is: A reliable, big-league starter who usually gives his team a chance to win.
LIVAN HERNANDEZ -- C
Was headed for yet another solid season but then posted a 5.88 ERA over his final 11 starts and was shut down early. A fan and clubhouse favorite, his time with Nats may be over.
CHIEN-MING WANG -- B-
Just remarkable that he returned to big leagues after two years rehabbing from shoulder surgery. Got stronger and better as season progressed and should return next year as No. 3 or 4 starter.
ROSS DETWILER -- B
Young lefty made some major strides late in the season, finishing with a 3.00 ERA and positioning himself for a rotation spot next spring.
TOMMY MILONE -- B
Doesn't blow you away, but the more you see him, the more you appreciate his understanding of how to pitch. Looks like he's a real gamer.
BRAD PEACOCK -- B+
We didn't get to see much, but what we did see was impressive. Has great stuff and didn't seem fazed at all to pitch in big leagues for the first time.
DREW STOREN -- A
Remember how awful he was in spring training? Guess he was OK all along. Wonderful season for the young closer who was 43-for-48 in save situations.
TYLER CLIPPARD -- A
Where would the Nats be without this guy? Seriously. Simply one of the best relievers in baseball, a dominant setup man who put out fire after fire.
SEAN BURNETT -- B-
Battled through uncharacteristic struggles during the first half. But to his credit, he made an adjustment and posted a 1.16 ERA after July 19.
HENRY RODRIGUEZ -- B-
One night, you think this guy will never make it because he can't throw strikes. The next night, you think he's destined for greatness. Has to learn consistency.
TODD COFFEY -- B
Turned out to be a pretty reliable guy out of the bullpen, especially against righties, who hit only .163 against the big lug.
RYAN MATTHEUS -- B
Emerged out of nowhere to become a trusted member of the pen. A shoulder injury set him back some down the stretch, but he looks like a keeper.
TOM GORZELANNY -- C
Was nothing special as a starter and wound up losing his job. But he seemed to thrive out of the bullpen, where his future may lie.
COLLIN BALESTER -- C-
Like Bernadina, collected a ton of frequent flier miles between D.C. and Syracuse. Just can't seem to establish himself at the big-league level.
YUNESKY MAYA -- D
They paid $8 million for this? Seriously? Has given no reason to think he can make it as a starter, wasn't all that impressive as a reliever, either.
CRAIG STAMMEN -- B+
Made only seven appearances but posted an 0.87 ERA while out there. Should get a shot to be long man next spring.
ATAHUALPA SEVERINO -- B-
Lefty got a few opportunities in September, and did a nice job holding left-handed batters to a .222 average (2-for-9).
DOUG SLATEN -- F
Couldn't be counted on in any situation. Put a staggering 36 men on base in only 16 1/3 innings, plus he let 15 of 32 inherited runners score.