Washington Nationals Pitching Roster Tree For 2015
How All Of The 2015 Nationals Pitchers Were Acquired:
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The Nationals have done a great job of stockpiling pitching arms since relocated to the district in 2005. From Stephen Strasburg, to Jordan Zimmermann, and unheralded pitchers like Craig Stammen and Ross Detwiler.
The acquisitions tree saw Minor League Prospect A.J. Cole drafted by the organization, traded to Oakland in the Gio Gonzalez, only to be brought back in the 3 way deal with the A’s and Seattle, that saw Mike Morse sent to Seattle.
We have even traced a tree that stems all the way back to the Montreal Expos Drafting Jose Vidro.
The Starting 5 pitchers all contributed to Washington being the top seed in the National League during the 2014 year,
Drew Storen is yet another 1st RD Draft Pick that is part of the Pitching Staff for Washington.
Tanner Roark was also stolen in a deal for Christian Guzman from Texas, with the latter having just a small cup of coffee with the Rangers organization, while Roark might have been the best #5 Starter in baseball this past campaign.
Xavier Cedeno joins Thornton as the only players to have been claimed by the squad.
There is not many questionable trades within the clubs brass. Gonzalez definitely provided a great return for Billy Beane in numbers, but the pieces left on the team as the assets from him are Derek Norris, John Jaso (3 way deal for Morse, sending Cole back. This was a deal that also saw Krol and Blake Treinen thrown in, and The RHP maybe a contributor for years with the Nats.)
Overall the franchise has done a fantastic job of assembling the whole rotation and relief core.
The team has all of the roster aforementioned for the 2015 year, and only lost Rafael Soriano from the 2014 team, as he lost his confidence. Nationals GM Rizzo declined the $15 MIL Club Option for him.
After the 2015 campaign. the team will see ZImmermann, Fister, Blevins, Thornton, Detwiler and Clippard all potentially hit the open market for Free Agency in 2016, so they must make next year count.
It will be so hard to keep the volume of players after next season. Zimmermann’ wlll be the most sought after commodity of that bunh. Out of these six, I could see the club retaining Clippard – and extend Fister a ‘Qualifying Offer for one more year in 2016.
For those that have never seen one of our Roster Trees, we go over how all of the players were acquired.
It works like 6 degrees of separation. By searching back to the origin of all the way back until a player is signed, drafted or purchased, It totally gives you an idea on how the franchise has fared.
The Pitchers In 2015 (Date Of Birth Or Age) (Pitching Pos) Roster Tree
Ryan Tatusko (3/27/85) SP: Started 14 Games at Syracuse in 2014 before being dealt to the Korean League to finish out the year.
Ian Krol (5/9/91) RP: March 20, 2013: the Oakland Athletics sent Ian Krol to the Washington Nationals to complete an earlier deal made on January 16, 2013. January 16, 2013: The Oakland Athletics sent a player to be named later, A.J. Cole (minors) and Blake Treinen to the Washington Nationals. The Seattle Mariners sent John Jaso to the Oakland Athletics. The Washington Nationals sent Mike Morse to the Seattle Mariners.
Blake Treinen (6/30/88) P: Appeared in 15 Games for the big club this year.
A.J. Cole (1/5/92) SP: Steadily working up the Minor League System, ended up the year in Syracuse.
Chris Carter (9/16/82) OF: August 21, 2007: the Washington Nationals sent Chris Carter to the Boston Red Sox to complete an earlier deal made on August 17, 2007. August 17, 2007: The Washington Nationals sent a player to be named later to the Boston Red Sox for Wily Mo Pena and cash.
Gio Gonzalez (9/19/85) SP: December 23, 2011: Traded by the Oakland Athletics with Robert Gilliam (minors) to the Washington Nationals for A.J. Cole (minors), Tommy Milone, Derek Norris and Brad Peacock.
Robert Gilliam (11/29/87) P: Pitched just 17.2 IP and was out for the rest of the year due to injury in his arm.
Robinson Fabian (2/10/83) RP: Released prior to the 2011 year.
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Posted on November 6, 2014, in MLB Roster Trees and tagged A.J cole, Aaron Barrett, billy beane, blake treinen, brad peacock, chris carter, chris snelling, christian guzman, craig stammen, derek norris, doug fister, drew storen, emiliano fruto, gio gonzalez, ian krol, jerry blevins, joe beimel, john jaso, jonathan alabadejo, jordan zimmermann, jose vidro, korean baseball, Matt Thornton, Mike Morse, montreal expos, new york yankees, NL east, oakland a's, rafael soriano, Robbie Ray, robert gilliam, robinson fabian, ross detwiler, ryan langerhans, ryan mattheus, ryan tatusko, seattle mariners, steve lombardozzi, Tanner Roark, taylor jordan, texas rangers, tommy milone, tyler clippard, washington nationals, wily mo pena, Xavier cedeno. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Washington Nationals Pitching Roster Tree For 2015.