Wednesday, December 7, 2011

A Few Good Men: 38 - Detwiler

Ross Detwiler - age 25 - MLB Service Time - 2 years

How He Became A Nat: Taken by the Nats in the first round of the 2007 draft (6th overall)

The Raw Numbers:
IP- 66
ERA- 3.00
WHIP - 1.258
GS - 10
Tough Losses: 2

The Key Stat: IP/GS - 5.6 While not a bad number, when you draft a power lefty sixth overall you anticipate him getting deeper into games at this point in his development. But as all Nats fans know he has trouble getting through the order a third time. I'm sure the Nats front office is hoping that seasoning is the cure for that issue and that 2012 is his coming out party.

His Best Game: Sept 20 against the Phillies. Rossy D was stellar over seven and a third scoreless, giving up only 3 hits and a walk and striking out three.

His Worst Game: Sept 2 against the dreadful Mets. He lasted just 3 innings allowing 7 hits, two of which left the yard, and 6 runs, striking out just 2. His GB/FB ration was 2/13, clear evidence he did not have his best stuff and was leaving everything up in the zone.

Capball Grade: B- The Nats were .500 in his ten starts so we start with a C. He gets a bump from 5 strong relief appearances and for being a 25 year old power lefty. So we arrive at B-. Boom.

2012 Nats Status: He has an outside shot to come north from Viera as the fifth starter but it depends on a whole lot of things. If the Nats go get a starter he needs John Lannan to get traded or have a horrible spring. Baring that, the Nats failing to sign a starter or injury he is Syracuse bound and waiting for a call to come to DC.


  1. He's out of options, so if he's not with the team then it's highly likely that he signs with another team.

  2. Lots of folks on another blog talked a lot about Detweilers physique -he is woefully skinny and may need to bulk up some in order to have stamina through the season and in order to go more innings. He seems to have the ability, but injuries and starter/ reliever/ starter may have delayed his development. I have read that lefties take longer to peak, though - perhaps there is still hope for him and Lannan.