With Major League Baseball breaking for the All-Star Game, it's time to hand out midseason grades for each Nationals player.
Wilson Ramos, catcher
Ramos has finally put it all together to become one of the best catchers in baseball. He's also earning himself a lot of money, whether it's in Washington or elsewhere through free agency.
Daniel Murphy, second base
Murphy has long been a good player, but this season he's reached a completely new level. He should be the NL MVP favorite at this point.
Dusty Baker, manager
Baker has yet to be tested with much, as the Nats have been both healthy and playing well. But the skipper has so far done his part managing a smooth-sailing ship with few mistakes being made from the dugout.
Stephen Strasburg, starter
Other than his brief injury absence, Strasburg has been as reliable as they come for the Nationals this season as their best starting pitcher.
Tanner Roark, starter
A case could have easily been made for Roark as a late addition All-Star once guys started dropping out for injuries. His renaissance is a huge reason why the Nats are where they are.
Sammy Solis, reliever
One of the most pleasant surprises for the Nats this season, Solis could turn into a star reliever if he plays his cards right.
Shawn Kelley, reliever
Kelley has proven that his Padres numbers were no fluke and that he's fully capable of pitching late innings and standing in as Papelbon's backup at closer.
Max Scherzer, starter
Scherzer would have an A if it weren't for his rocky beginning to the season with a 4.60 ERA through seven starts. He's recovered well, however, with a 2.23 mark over his last 12.
Jonathan Papelbon, closer
Despite the baggage he carried into this season, and even with how shaky he's looked at times, it's hard to argue with his numbers (2.83 ERA, 19/21 saves).
Joe Ross, starter
Ross is hurt now and has been a disaster lately with a 5.45 ERA through six games since the start of June, but overall he's been a nice surprise for the Nats this year with solid season numbers.
Danny Espinosa, shortstop
Espinosa was hitting just .176 on May 7, but has since turned his season completely around to the point where the Nats have one of the top prospects in baseball learning a new position.
Stephen Drew, infielder
Drew has perfectly transitioned from an everyday player to a bench bat who still brings defensive value with the ability to play a variety of positions.
Yusmeiro Petit, reliever
Petit has been the exact guy they thought they were signing this past winter: a one-size-fits-all reliever who happens to be holding the best ERA (2.62) of his career so far.
Bryce Harper, outfielder
Harper has had an enigmatic season, one that saw him post an amazing month of April, then go into one of his worst slumps in May. Maybe resting during the All-Star break can get him back on track.
Blake Treinen, reliever
Treinen is walking a few too many batters, but he's enjoyed a nice bounceback season overall after a tough 2015 campaign.
Matt Belisle, reliever
Belisle was impressive before he got hurt and pitched well through June after he returned, but he's been slipping lately with a 4.26 ERA in July.
Chris Heisey, outfielder
Heisey has provided some power off the bench and one of the best moments of the first half with his April 24 walk-off homer in the 16th inning to beat the Twins.
Jayson Werth, outfielder
Werth hit .321 with 14 runs, 19 walks, 14 RBI and a .926 OPS in June. That was a good step in the right direction, as the 37-year-old will hope to be better overall in the second half.
Clint Robinson, infielder
Robinson hasn't been able to put up the numbers he did last year, but he's getting a lot less playing time and has produced better as a starter rather than as a sub.
Gio Gonzalez, starter
Gonzalez would rate much lower if it weren't for the 1.86 ERA he held after his first eight starts. But his 7.20 mark over his last 10 makes his rotation spot one of the biggest questions for the Nats in the second half.
Anthony Rendon, third baseman
Rendon has shown promised for brief stretches, but has yet to take off this season. He's batting just .254 and is on pace for only 16 homers and 59 RBI.
Ben Revere, outfielder
The time for giving Revere the benefit of the doubt due to his oblique injury is probably over. He's been back for 53 games and still can't get it going.
Ryan Zimmerman, first baseman
Zimmerman is on pace to club 21 homers and has played sound defense at first, no matter what the sabermetrics say. But overall he's been a weak link in the Nats' lineup with an unsightly .284 OBP.
Michael Taylor, outfielder
Taylor showed promise in June, but has had a disappointing season so far, especially given how good he was in spring.
Jose Lobaton, catcher
Lobaton has been solid on defense, but hasn't provided much production at the plate.
Oliver Perez, reliever
Perez has an 8.38 ERA over his last 17 outings. He has been shaky for the Nats, who signed him to a two-year deal this past offseason.
Felipe Rivero, reliever
Rivero has been the bullpen's weakest link this season, but he has tossed seven straight scoreless outings. Perhaps he can turn it around. There's still time.
No one has been that bad. They are in first place, after all.