Nationals acquire RHP Doug Fister from Tigers
On Monday, numerous sources reported the Washington Nationals acquired right-handed starting pitcher Doug Fister from the Detroit Tigers. As the reports trickled in we got this:
— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) December 3, 2013
Fister had a nice 2013 season for Detroit – 32 starts, 208.2 innings pitched, 14 home runs given up, 44 walks (2 intentional), 159 strikeouts, ERA+ of 115, a WHIP of 1.308, 9.9 hits per nine innings, 1.9 walks/9 innings, 6.9 strikeouts/9 innings and 3.61 strikeouts per walk. He started game 4 of the American League Championship Series against Boston – 6 innings, 8 hits, 1 earned run, 1 walk and 7 strikeouts. On average, he should give Washington six-plus solid innings, a couple of earned runs allowed, not many walks, and a handful of strikeouts per start.
For the Nationals, Lombardozzi will be a loss due to his versatility. However, this opens an opportunity for guys like Danny Espinosa or Jeff Kobernus to come in as a utility infielder/pinch-hitter. Espinosa has the arm to play shortstop (to maybe give Ian Desmond an occasional day off), while Kobernus has some experience in the outfield (in the majors) and at second base (in the minors). At the plate, Espinosa has more
power, Kobernus a bit more skill getting on base.
Krol came up mid-season last year, and had some promising outings early on. His fastball can reach the mid-nineties (although it can straighten out at times). He has potential as a setup guy, or maybe even a closer. After his call-up, he challenged hitters. His competitive streak will help him whenever he’s used.
Ray had 27 starts last year, split between 16 at High-A Potomac (Carolina League) and 11 at Double-A Harrisburg (Eastern League). He had solid strikeout/9 innings numbers at both stops, but overall he gave up on average nearly 4 walks/9 innings. Like a lot of young pitchers, he has to work on his command. He has potential, but other young pitchers are ahead of him in the organizational rack-and-stack.
Washington players, fans, etc., have to be encouraged at news of this trade. Fister is a proven, capable pro. He’s pitched in the post-season, and has had some success. He should fit well in the number four slot in the rotation. Another benefit for Washington is their retention of prospects like Taylor Jordan, Nathan Karns and Erik Davis. The Nationals’ organizational depth wasn’t depleted too much in this transaction.
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