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2018 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 32)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
38.7 5.09 1.55 32 2 2 1 -0.1
Birth Date3-6-1986
Height6' 3"
Weight210 lbs
Age31 years, 11 months, 16 days
BatsR
ThrowsL
-0.22014
-1.42015
-0.52016
2017
-0.12018
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2007 WAS MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273 101 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 67% .000 .192 0.00 1.17 0.00 101 4.69 97.0 0.0
2009 WAS MLB 15 14 75.7 1 6 0 87 33 43 3 .256 98 10.3 3.9 0.4 5.1 45% .323 .265 1.59 3.82 5.00 97 5.75 123.3 -0.2
2010 WAS MLB 8 5 29.7 1 3 0 34 14 17 5 .260 93 10.3 4.2 1.5 5.2 44% .296 .312 1.62 5.66 4.25 113 7.16 161.8 -0.7
2011 WAS MLB 15 10 66.0 4 5 0 63 20 41 7 .261 99 8.6 2.7 1.0 5.6 46% .272 .259 1.26 4.17 3.00 102 4.84 112.4 0.1
2012 WAS MLB 33 27 164.3 10 8 0 149 52 105 15 .256 100 8.2 2.8 0.8 5.8 52% .263 .247 1.22 4.08 3.40 105 5.02 115.0 0.2
2013 WAS MLB 13 13 71.3 2 7 0 92 14 39 5 .252 104 11.6 1.8 0.6 4.9 48% .344 .284 1.49 3.63 4.04 97 5.00 119.8 -0.0
2014 WAS MLB 47 0 63.0 2 3 1 68 21 39 5 .259 99 9.7 3.0 0.7 5.6 47% .309 .277 1.41 4.13 4.00 103 4.74 116.3 -0.2
2015 ATL 0 24 0 15.3 1 0 0 20 16 13 1 .266 96 11.7 9.4 0.6 7.6 71% .404 .358 2.35 6.03 7.63 116 6.29 147.0 -0.3
2015 TEX 0 17 7 43.0 0 5 0 62 20 28 9 .257 103 13.0 4.2 1.9 5.9 38% .358 .349 1.91 6.12 7.12 113 7.19 167.9 -1.2
2016 CLE 0 7 0 4.7 0 0 0 3 4 3 1 .269 120 5.8 7.7 1.9 5.8 57% .154 .281 1.50 7.17 5.79 106 4.94 109.4 0.0
2016 OAK 0 9 7 44.0 2 4 0 56 15 23 4 .259 99 11.5 3.1 0.8 4.7 42% .333 .280 1.61 4.33 6.14 112 6.34 140.4 -0.5
2015 TOT MLB 41 7 58.3 1 5 0 82 36 41 10 .260 101 12.7 5.6 1.5 6.3 46% .369 .351 2.02 6.10 7.25 114 6.95 162.4 -1.4
2016 TOT MLB 16 7 48.7 2 4 0 59 19 26 5 .260 101 10.9 3.5 0.9 4.8 43% .320 .280 1.60 4.60 6.10 112 6.21 137.4 -0.5
CareerMLB18983578.02341163420935255.2571009.93.30.95.548%.305.2771.464.334.361045.47125.6-2.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR oppTAv PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP TAv WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2007 WAS MLB 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .273 101 0.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 67% .000 .192 0.00 1.17 0.00 101 4.69 97.0
2007 POT A+ 5 4 21.3 2 2 0 27 9 13 1 .253 99 11.4 3.8 0.4 5.5 51% .351 .293 1.69 4.33 4.23 106 5.49 106.8
2007 NAT Rk 4 4 12.0 0 0 0 11 3 15 1 .283 60 8.2 2.2 0.8 11.2 47% .323 .261 1.17 3.27 2.25 0 0.00 0.0
2008 POT A+ 26 26 124.0 8 8 0 140 57 114 8 .265 95 10.2 4.1 0.6 8.3 55% .348 .279 1.59 4.00 4.86 99 4.96 104.5
2008 PES Wnt 9 0 11.7 0 0 0 16 4 7 2 .000 12.3 3.1 1.5 5.4 0% .359 .000 1.71 6.57 4.62 0 0.00 0.0
2009 WAS MLB 15 14 75.7 1 6 0 87 33 43 3 .256 98 10.3 3.9 0.4 5.1 45% .323 .265 1.59 3.82 5.00 97 5.75 123.3
2009 HAR AA 6 6 27.3 0 3 0 28 10 28 2 .265 100 9.2 3.3 0.7 9.2 49% .321 .286 1.39 3.24 2.97 86 2.58 91.4
2009 SYR AAA 10 10 49.3 4 2 0 56 20 42 2 .247 110 10.2 3.7 0.4 7.7 51% .346 .261 1.54 3.19 3.10 92 3.42 93.6
2010 WAS MLB 8 5 29.7 1 3 0 34 14 17 5 .260 93 10.3 4.2 1.5 5.2 44% .296 .312 1.62 5.66 4.25 113 7.16 161.8
2010 POT A+ 2 2 6.0 0 0 0 6 1 6 1 .259 106 9.0 1.5 1.5 9.0 67% .294 .252 1.17 4.06 1.50 82 2.66 88.5
2010 HAR AA 7 7 32.7 2 2 0 38 7 31 1 .251 103 10.5 1.9 0.3 8.5 46% .374 .253 1.38 2.68 2.48 79 2.72 90.4
2010 SYR AAA 1 1 5.0 1 0 0 5 1 2 0 .239 106 9.0 1.8 0.0 3.6 80% .333 .199 1.20 3.09 1.80 104 5.16 105.4
2011 WAS MLB 15 10 66.0 4 5 0 63 20 41 7 .261 99 8.6 2.7 1.0 5.6 46% .272 .259 1.26 4.17 3.00 102 4.84 112.4
2011 SYR AAA 16 16 87.3 6 6 0 98 32 63 4 .254 95 10.1 3.3 0.4 6.5 54% .336 .254 1.49 3.52 4.53 97 4.54 102.4
2012 WAS MLB 33 27 164.3 10 8 0 149 52 105 15 .256 100 8.2 2.8 0.8 5.8 52% .263 .247 1.22 4.08 3.40 105 5.02 115.0
2013 WAS MLB 13 13 71.3 2 7 0 92 14 39 5 .252 104 11.6 1.8 0.6 4.9 48% .344 .284 1.49 3.63 4.04 97 5.00 119.8
2013 POT A+ 1 1 3.7 0 0 0 7 0 4 0 .252 112 17.2 0.0 0.0 9.8 71% .500 .265 1.91 1.16 2.45 84 2.48 87.3
2013 USA int 1 0 4.0 0 0 1 1 1 3 0 .000 2.2 2.2 0.0 6.8 0% .100 .000 0.50 2.88 0.00 0 0.00 0.0
2014 WAS MLB 47 0 63.0 2 3 1 68 21 39 5 .259 99 9.7 3.0 0.7 5.6 47% .309 .277 1.41 4.13 4.00 103 4.74 116.3
2015 ATL MLB 24 0 15.3 1 0 0 20 16 13 1 .266 96 11.7 9.4 0.6 7.6 71% .404 .358 2.35 6.03 7.63 116 6.29 147.0
2015 TEX MLB 17 7 43.0 0 5 0 62 20 28 9 .257 103 13.0 4.2 1.9 5.9 38% .358 .349 1.91 6.12 7.12 113 7.19 167.9
2015 FRI AA 2 0 3.7 0 0 0 7 2 4 0 .265 113 17.2 4.9 0.0 9.8 50% .500 .330 2.45 2.75 7.36 100 5.70 114.5
2016 CLE MLB 7 0 4.7 0 0 0 3 4 3 1 .269 120 5.8 7.7 1.9 5.8 57% .154 .281 1.50 7.17 5.79 106 4.94 109.4
2016 OAK MLB 9 7 44.0 2 4 0 56 15 23 4 .259 99 11.5 3.1 0.8 4.7 42% .333 .280 1.61 4.33 6.14 112 6.34 140.4
2016 COH AAA 12 12 62.7 2 4 0 64 21 41 6 .257 103 9.2 3.0 0.9 5.9 46% .297 .251 1.36 4.25 4.60 109 7.19 119.6
2016 NAS AAA 4 3 23.3 4 0 0 20 4 24 4 .264 97 7.7 1.5 1.5 9.3 41% .258 .242 1.03 4.53 3.86 85 1.97 80.4
2017 IOW AAA 5 0 9.0 0 1 0 14 7 10 3 .266 14.0 7.0 3.0 10.0 42% .393 .377 2.33 8.49 9.00 107 6.87 132.5
2017 NAS AAA 14 0 14.0 0 1 1 15 8 12 1 .268 9.6 5.1 0.6 7.7 57% .341 .281 1.64 4.64 6.43 108 6.08 117.3

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 1204 0.5091 0.4344 0.8394 0.5726 0.2910 0.8860 0.7442 0.1606
2010 493 0.4929 0.4057 0.8450 0.5597 0.2560 0.8971 0.7344 0.1550
2011 974 0.5113 0.4507 0.8451 0.6205 0.2731 0.9288 0.6462 0.1549
2012 2541 0.4967 0.4632 0.8301 0.6315 0.2971 0.8833 0.7184 0.1699
2013 1108 0.5199 0.4892 0.8339 0.6493 0.3158 0.8824 0.7262 0.1661
2014 1009 0.4916 0.4916 0.8468 0.6915 0.2982 0.9009 0.7255 0.1532
2015 1160 0.4362 0.4379 0.8169 0.6601 0.2661 0.8563 0.7414 0.1831
2016 832 0.4724 0.4700 0.8517 0.6667 0.2938 0.9237 0.7054 0.1483
Career93210.49210.45880.83620.63430.28980.89120.71840.1638

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-07-04 2013-09-30 60-DL 88 78 - Low Back Cartilage Injury Herniated Disk - -
2013-06-29 2013-07-03 DTD 4 4 - Low Back Strain - -
2013-05-16 2013-06-13 15-DL 28 24 - Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2010-08-06 2010-09-07 15-DL 32 29 Right Hip Strain -
2010-03-26 2010-06-21 60-DL 87 70 Right Hip Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2010-02-15
2010-02-15 2010-03-26 Camp 39 0 Right Hip Surgery Labrum 2010-02-15

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 CLE $1,000,000
2015 TEX $3,450,000
2014 WAS $3,000,000
2013 WAS $2,337,500
2012 WAS $485,000
2010 WAS $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
7 yrPrevious$10,672,500
7 yrTotal$10,672,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 85 dCAA Sports1 year (2017)

Details
  • 1 year (2017). Re-signed by Oakland as a free agent 1/18/17 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Performance bonuses. Released by Oakland 3/26/17 (exercised right to opt out). Re-signed by Oakland as a free agent 4/1/17 (minor-league contract). Opted out of contract, elected free agency 5/14/17.
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Cleveland as a free agent 12/22/15 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1M in majors. Contract selected by Cleveland 4/3/16. DFA by Cleveland 4/29/16. Contract selected by Cleveland 5/1/16. Acquired by Oakland in trade from Cleveland 7/17/16. Contract selected by Oakland 8/10/16.
  • 1 year/$3.45M (2015). Signed by Texas 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration). DFA by Texas 7/11/15. Released by Texas 7/15/15. Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 7/17/15 (Braves to pay pro-rated minimum, with Rangers responsible for balance of 2015 salary).
  • 1 year/$3M (2014). Re-signed by Washington 1/16/14 (avoided arbitration). Performance bonus: $50,000 for 180 innings pitched. Acquired by Texas in trade from Washington 12/11/14.
  • 1 year/$2.3375M (2013). Re-signed by Washington 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.485M (2012). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Re-signed by Washington 3/2/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2010). Re-signed by Washington 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Washington 2/14/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Contract purchased by Washington 9/4/07. Signed by Washington 1/11/08.
  • Drafted by Washington 2007 (1-6) (Missouri State). Signed 7/6/07, $2.15M signing bonus.

2018 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 3.2 1.8 1.5 26 5 52.9 49 21 42 7 .271 1.32 4.16 4.31 4.7 0.5
80o 2.8 1.7 1.3 24 5 47.3 47 20 37 7 .285 1.42 4.57 4.74 2.2 0.2
70o 2.5 1.6 1.2 22 4 43.3 45 20 34 6 .295 1.49 4.87 5.06 0.6 0.1
60o 2.3 1.5 1.1 20 4 40.0 43 19 32 6 .304 1.56 5.13 5.34 -0.6 -0.1
50o 2.1 1.4 1 18 4 37.0 42 18 29 6 .312 1.62 5.38 5.6 -1.5 -0.2
40o 1.9 1.4 0.9 17 4 34.1 40 17 27 6 .321 1.68 5.63 5.87 -2.4 -0.3
30o 1.7 1.3 0.8 16 3 31.1 38 17 24 5 .330 1.76 5.91 6.16 -3.1 -0.3
20o 1.4 1.2 0.7 14 3 27.6 35 15 22 5 .340 1.84 6.24 6.51 -3.7 -0.4
10o 1.1 1 0.5 11 2 22.9 31 14 18 5 .355 1.97 6.71 7.01 -4.2 -0.5
Weighted Mean21.40.918436.44118296.3101.615.345.57-1.4-0.2

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2018 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
201933553541011011951901745.3301.555.285.839.74.27.41.4-0.5
2020344424899910445801545.3221.515.315.869.54.17.31.4-0.5
202135442438889340711445.3241.515.285.839.54.17.31.4-0.4
202236332387798436651245.3271.535.235.789.64.17.41.4-0.3
202337332336677231551045.3281.535.235.789.64.17.41.3-0.3
202438332316656930521045.3271.535.285.839.64.27.21.4-0.3
202539332306626728501045.3271.535.285.839.74.17.31.5-0.3
202640332316636829511045.3271.535.305.859.74.17.21.4-0.3
202741332306626729501045.3271.545.295.849.74.27.21.4-0.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 79)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Casey Fossum 2010 0.00 DNP
2 85 Jerome Williams 2014 5.01
3 85 Zach Duke 2015 4.01
4 85 Brandon Duckworth 2008 4.74
5 83 Chris Narveson 2014 0.00 DNP
6 82 Seth McClung 2013 0.00 DNP
7 82 Brandon Morrow 2017 2.06
8 82 Sidney Ponson 2009 7.67
9 82 Kyle Snyder 2010 0.00 DNP
10 82 Clayton Richard 2016 4.52
11 82 Daniel Cabrera 2013 0.00 DNP
12 81 Jeremy Bonderman 2015 0.00 DNP
13 81 Josh Towers 2009 5.06
14 81 Runelvys Hernandez 2010 0.00 DNP
15 81 Scott Downs 2008 1.91
16 81 Lenny DiNardo 2012 0.00 DNP
17 80 Bill Pulsipher 2006 0.00 DNP
18 80 Gary Knotts 2009 0.00 DNP
19 80 D.J. Carrasco 2009 4.05
20 80 Tomo Ohka 2008 0.00 DNP
21 80 Wes Obermueller 2009 0.00 DNP
22 80 Jorge Sosa 2010 5.40
23 79 Kameron Loe 2014 0.00 DNP
24 79 Philip Humber 2015 0.00 DNP
25 79 John Parrish 2010 3.00
26 79 Chris Jakubauskas 2011 5.72
27 79 Jason Johnson 2006 6.73
28 79 Jeff Bennett 2012 0.00 DNP
29 79 Victor Santos 2009 0.00 DNP
30 79 Tim Stauffer 2014 3.50
31 79 Brian Stokes 2012 0.00 DNP
32 79 John Danks 2017 0.00 DNP
33 79 Jason Marquis 2011 5.05
34 78 Dave Hillman 1960 6.57
35 78 Cory Luebke 2017 0.00 DNP
36 78 Claudio Vargas 2010 7.32
37 78 Chris Capuano 2011 4.79
38 78 Willie Eyre 2011 3.44
39 78 Mark Hendrickson 2006 4.76
40 78 Alfredo Simon 2013 3.18
41 78 Kevin Correia 2013 4.32
42 78 Kyle Kendrick 2017 12.96
43 78 Jeff Francis 2013 6.91
44 78 Zane Smith 1993 4.66
45 78 Jesse Chavez 2016 4.84
46 78 Shawn Camp 2008 4.12
47 78 Matt Palmer 2011 5.74
48 78 John Maine 2013 12.27
49 78 Todd Wellemeyer 2011 0.00 DNP
50 78 Tommy John 1975 0.00 DNP
51 77 Don Lee 1966 5.84
52 77 Phil Regan 1969 3.93
53 77 Woodie Fryman 1972 3.66
54 77 Jack Billingham 1975 4.33 DNP
55 77 Bob Shaw 1965 3.22
56 77 Clay Hensley 2012 5.33
57 77 Kyle Lohse 2011 3.82
58 77 Joe Mays 2008 0.00 DNP
59 77 Vicente Padilla 2010 4.36
60 77 Aaron Sele 2002 5.17
61 77 Nate Robertson 2010 6.75
62 77 Rob Bell 2009 0.00 DNP
63 77 Nick Blackburn 2014 0.00 DNP
64 77 Odalis Perez 2010 0.00 DNP
65 77 Brian Duensing 2015 4.44
66 77 Manny Corpas 2015 0.00 DNP
67 77 Chris Resop 2015 0.00 DNP
68 77 Rick Bauer 2009 0.00 DNP
69 76 Gary Glover 2009 0.00 DNP
70 76 Tom Gorzelanny 2015 6.64
71 76 Dave Schmidt 1989 5.80
72 76 Brian Tallet 2010 6.87
73 76 Pete Munro 2007 0.00 DNP
74 76 Shawn Hill 2013 0.00 DNP
75 76 Ryota Igarashi 2011 5.12
76 76 Roberto Hernandez 2013 5.19
77 76 Dave Borkowski 2009 0.00 DNP
78 76 Dustin McGowan 2014 4.50
79 76 Gerry Staley 1953 4.25
80 76 Mark Gubicza 1995 4.09
81 76 Zach Miner 2014 0.00 DNP
82 76 Jeff Gray 2014 0.00 DNP
83 76 Jason Jennings 2011 0.00 DNP
84 76 Tim Redding 2010 0.00 DNP
85 76 Geremi Gonzalez 2007 0.00 DNP
86 76 Kip Wells 2009 5.33
87 76 Brett Myers 2013 8.02
88 76 Dave Bush 2012 0.00 DNP
89 76 Scott Carroll 2017 0.00 DNP
90 76 Matt Young 1991 5.58
91 76 Andy Pettitte 2004 4.01
92 76 Juan Gutierrez 2016 0.00 DNP
93 76 Carlos Torres 2015 4.99
94 76 Vinnie Chulk 2011 0.00 DNP
95 76 Randy Keisler 2008 0.00 DNP
96 75 Horacio Ramirez 2012 0.00 DNP
97 75 Paul Maholm 2014 5.60
98 75 Jamey Wright 2007 4.09
99 75 Sean Green 2011 6.17
100 75 Eric Stults 2012 3.55

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .235 .314 .309 .238
11 vs R (Multi) .325 .392 .512 .317
18 Split (Multi) -.091 -.079 -.203 -.080
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.020 -.022 -.064 -.025
30 vs L (2016) .237 .302 .342 .236
31 vs R (2016) .311 .373 .472 .291
38 Split (2016) -.074 -.071 -.130 -.055
39 LgAvg (2016) -.022 -.023 -.071 -.028

Definition of multi-year splits

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2017 Modern slot machines recreate the fun of cranking an old-fashioned lever to generate finite odds that, to the optimistic mind, conceal a sizable and obtainable jackpot. In reality the odds they calculate keep that big payday well out of reach for even the most tenacious gambler, while simulating the high of a win with smaller payouts that distract the player from the negative sum in their wallet. Oakland gambled with Detwiler in mid-July, sending cash considerations to Cleveland in exchange for a left-hander who exhibited flashes of inconsistency, poor command and velocity issues. Manager Bob Melvin kept cranking the lever for nearly 50 innings expecting better results, but the payout (a 5.50 DRA and abysmal walk and strikeout rates) did little to offset the lefty’s drain on an injury-weakened staff.
2016 On the Atlanta bullpen carousel, Detwiler was the busted horse no one wanted to ride. The Braves picked him up midseason after the Rangers released him, and the fact that Texas cut its losses on his $3.4 million contract in July says plenty. The Braves signed him for the minimum and got less than the minimum in return. He suddenly lost the ability to find the zone and the results when he did throw strikes (check that BABIP) raised the question of whether he'd be better off missing wide with everything. He was bounced between LOOGY and long relief until a strained hamstring mercifully sent his season to the glue factory in mid-September. All that said, he's still just 30, throws pretty hard and was the sixth overall pick once upon a time. He might spend another decade getting written up in this book.
2015 Life's just a little bit harder for the southpaw drafted three picks before Madison Bumgarner, and after losing Washington's fifth starter job in the spring to Tanner Roark, Detwiler went without making a start in 2014 for the first time in his career. In the bullpen, he continued his fastball-heavy ways, as he combined to throw his four- and two-seamers more than 85 percent of the time for the second season in a row. The left-hander was a high-quality LOOGY when required, giving up only one extra-base hit to that population all season. Unfortunately, Detwiler also played the role against right-handers, getting hit around to the tune of an .848 OPS, and he was left off the Nats' postseason roster. In the end, it was a blah season for a blah reliever, and the Rangers added him in December in a blah trade.
2014 Detwiler has done well to turn himself into a fifth starter at the major-league level after a torn hip labrum sucked away his velocity. He mixes his pitches well and has managed to keep his arm healthy. The rest of his body is less accommodating: Besides that old hip surgery, he dealt with an oblique strain last May and a herniated disc in his back. Injuries heal, but Detwiler might have been Pipp’d by rookies Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark. While nothing is set in stone with the back end of the Nationals rotation, a shift to the bullpen (and possible bump in velocity) might help Detwiler miss more bats and beef up a middling strikeout rate.
2013 Three years removed from surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip, Detwiler does not have the overpowering stuff typically associated with top-10 draft picks, but he logged the 13th-best ERA among NL starters thanks to the Nationals’ elite defense. As long as Detwiler continues to throw his fastball, curveball, and changeup for strikes, he will be an adequate fifth starter in a star-studded rotation. Sadly, though, his performance on the mound may never live up to his Twitter handle, @nationaldet.
2012 Detwiler took a step forward in terms of his health and performance, particularly late in the year, when he did what he's supposed to against some junior varsity squads and held them down. His injury history is worrisome, but that's true for a huge proportion of pitchers. If he can retain the velocity boost and somehow keep hitters off balance to the tune of a .275 BABIP or so, he can be effective. Both of those outcomes are long shots.
2011 While the Nats expect to wind up with a stack of first-round heroes starring for them in the years to come, they're just hoping to get a back-end starter out of their 2007 top pick, and may not get even that. Tearing a hip labrum in February delayed Detwiler's bid for a starting job until the second half, and his recovery from surgery went slowly. He did eventually show up in The Show, making sporadic appearances and initially struggling with pain and soreness. For all that, he's still a lefty who throws in the low 90s and mixes in a nice curve and change, and he's only 25. Although a product of the previous regime's drafts, he shouldn't fall out of favor just yet; he's had just two full seasons and he's still big and projectable.
2010 Once considered the second-best prospect in the organization, Detwiler had taken a few steps backwards in his development in 2008 before an extended audition at the big-league level last season. The reviews of his performance were mixed. Some looked forward to being electrified by his mid-90s fastball and were shocked to see the lanky lefty rarely even register 92 mph on the gun, walking too many and whiffing too few in the process. Others saw a young pitcher with plenty of promise who may still project as a second or third starter. Fewer fastballs and a more varied spread could serve to counteract an inevitable regression in the HR/FB department; there's no way he can sustain a 3.7 percent rate of homers on fly balls. He managed to post the third-highest SNWP on the team, but excepting Lannan that's a "tallest dwarf" competition.
2009 Nationals fans got all excited when Detwiler was called up back in September of '07, just three months after being drafted in the first round, but it was just a gimmick. Coaches worked on his mechanics, trying to get him to stop throwing across his body, and he had trouble adapting; coincidence or not, he did pitch better after July 1 (3.85 ERA) than he had before (5.85), but not so much better that anyone's going to start casting a bronze plaque for him. His best pitch is a sinking heater that generates plenty of ground balls.
2008 Detwiler made his first start of his final college season on a Thursday. That's important because there were no other big games going on, and with plenty of scouting directors in attendance, he fired seven two-hit innings while striking out 13, launching the hype train that eventually got him selected sixth overall last June. He was certainly the most complete left-hander in the draft, with a low- to mid-90s fastball, a power curve, a solid changeup, and the ability to throw strikes. While he already has one game of big league experience, he's unlikely to be make an impact with the Nats until next year.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-12-16 19:00:00 (link to chat)#Diesel Thanks for having this chat and terrific work on the Top Prospect lists. What are your thoughts on Chris Bostick and Abel De Los Santos, the 2 prospects involved in the Ross Detwiler deal? Also, why did BP favor Henry Owens over the biggest sleeper prospect in the minors, Manuel Margot?
(NatsGM from Maryland)
Thank you sir!

As for your first question, the esteemed Tucker Blair summed up the two prospects nicely in this Transaction Analysis: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=25201

As for your second question, there was some thought given to placing Margot ahead of Owens in Boston's top 10. There was some support for it within the team and I toyed with it. However, there's still enough of a gap with the bat despite what he showed in the first tour in the Carolina League and Owens can end up a solid mid-rotational starter in this view. Based on the snap shot in time, Owens was ahead by a little bit of margin. (Top 10s Chat With Chris Mellen)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Who is winning the Nats 5th starter job? I already have Roark on my team, not sure if I should get Jordan.
(dshemie8 from Montreal)
Ross Detwiler has looked good in camp and is out of options so it's probably going to be him to start the year. If you can stash Roark and Jordan in deep enough leagues, do so (I think Detwiler's ceiling is limited) but if you're looking for help now, look elsewhere. (Mike Gianella)
2013-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Ross Detwiler? I keep seeing he throws one of the hardest fastballs in MLB for a lefty, yet he doesn't rack up many K's? What is holding him back from jumping to the next level, or his is secondary stuff simply not that good?
(Shawn from CT)
Detwiler does throw hard for a lefty (91-95 mph), but the Nats palce an emphasis on efficient at bats and generating weak contact. Detwiler might be able to up the K rate if that was his singular goal, although his slow curve does not have the bite that one would like from a wipeout pitch, and he is probably best served by going with his current approach. The same is true of Jordan Zimmermann, who could almost certainly up the K rate with a change of approach, but his other ratios could very well suffer.

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2013-03-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Ross Detwiler improving on last year's minor breakout? As #5 guy in a strong rotation, do you think he could perform up to the level of a true #3 or even a #2?
(CharlieHodge from MetsNation)
Not really - I think last year was pretty good representation of what he could be. There's nothing wrong with solid ratios and a strikeout rate which could touch 16%. (Bret Sayre)
2012-12-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)I doubt that having added Harent that the Nats would be interested in trading for Shields or Hellickson. Just my 2¢.
(comish4lif from A Secure DoD Facility)
That's a good point, comish4lif, and it may throw a wrench into talks with the Rays. That said, Ross Detwiler was essentially a replacement-level pitcher last year, according to our metrics (0.1 WARP), and if the Nats can upgrade that spot in the rotation without losing a key piece of their 2013 puzzle, I think they would consider it. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-06-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)You a Ross Detwiler believer?
(Hogie from DC)
Within reason, sure. He's cut the home runs and improved the strikeout rate considerably over the past two years, and while some of his success has to do with low BABIPs (.269 this year), he's improved his groundball rate above 50 percent and should be able to survive some regression in terms of defensive support. He has handled being moved back and forth between rotation and bullpen pretty well, something that could come in handy if the Nats deal for a starter sooner rather than later to help withstand Strasburg's innings limit. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-05-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)The Nationals find themselves in a position that would be a little uncomfortable if it didn't contrast so favorably with any decision they have had the past 7 years. Chien-Ming Wang is going to come back from the DL, and find Ross Detwiler in his spot with a 3-1 record and 1.59 ERA. Strasburg, Gonzalez and Zimmermann aren't going anywhere, and Edwin Jackson is only having a lesser year by comparison. We are told Wang can't pitch out of the bullpen. What can Mike Rizzo do?
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Not pitch Chien-Ming Wang? I'm not sure Chien-Ming Wang's health is any more relevant to the Nationals right now than, like, Dick Cheney's health. (Sam Miller)
2008-08-15 15:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Christina: The Baltimore Sun reports the O's have signed Matusz. Probably inevitable, but good news. what do you see in his future, and how long before he's pitching in Camden yards?
(TGisriel from Baltimore)
Hi Tom, that would be good news for the Orioles, obviously; I expect he'll move up fast, since I think he's generally as having more upside than, say, Ross Detwiler did last year. But as Detwiler or Ricky Romero reflect, as much as these things make sense on draft day, reality has a way of being rude to some. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-07-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hiya Kevin... what's going on with Ross Detwiler?
(lpiklor from Chicago)
Nothing good. Scouts say he's pretty much nothing like the pitcher he was at college. It's a bit of a mystery but he's been awful. Speaking of awful 2007 first-round pitchers -- reviews of Pittsburgh's Daniel Moskos have been downright embarassing. (Kevin Goldstein)


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