Get To Know Some Nats: Starting Pitchers

Every year, we put together player profiles for the Nationals players likely to make the 25 man roster. This way you’ll have a better idea of just who is taking the field. Except for a few notable exceptions, the Washington Nationals of 2015 will be the same team you’ve been watching for a few years. So we’re going to forego lengthy profiles of stuff you already know, and focus on capsules for a few players at a time. A quicker, more forward focused view for the savvy fan.

Note: If you’re here to read about Tanner Roark, I’ve moved him to the bullpen post later this spring. You can read why (and about him), here.

You can also read our outfielder preview here.

MLB: Atlanta Braves at Washington Nationals

Stephen Strasburg, RHP

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In a pack of bums who are underachieving bums, Stephen Strasburg takes the cake. We should just trade him for some prospects or make him a reliever. Or so MASNCommenter would have you believe. To wit:

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Thanks for sending me the screen cap MASNCommenter.

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The truth is that the Strasburg is an exceptional pitcher doing exceptional things, but hasn’t lived up to the hype that followed him into the league. I heard the phrase “Prospect Fatigue” the other day, and I think that applies perfectly. Strasburg’s debut was an instant classic. He entered Nationals Park like Zeus come down from Mt. Olympus to pitch. Fan disappointment stems from this night and the subsequent seasons in which Strasburg has proved to be “only” an Apollo or Ares on the mound.

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Get To Know A Nat: Scott Hairston

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Scott Alexander Hairston
 DOB: May 25, 1980
Nicknames: None That I’ve Found
Twitter: None that I’ve found
From:  Fort Worth, TX
Position: Bench, Primarily OF   Hand: Righty
With the Nats Since: Traded for July 7, 2013

The Washington Nationals have an exceptionally poor bench.  The Nationals hit Left Handed pitching very poorly.  Part of the solution?  The Nats hope it will be Scott Hairston. In the league since 2004, Hairston has been a Diamondback, Padre (twice), A, and most recently a Met. You might remember his brother, ex-Nat Jerry Hairston Jr.  Let’s talk a bit about why the Nats got him.

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Get To Know A Nat: Fernando Abad

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Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” At this point of the year, we’ll be going over some players who’ve made it to the big club since the season started.  We’ll look at what we thought about those players in Spring Training, what they’ve done since, and what we hope they’ll do now they are in the Bigs!

Fernando Antonio Abad  DOB: December 17, 1985
Nicknames: None that I’ve found (Although everyone seems to want to make jokes using the words “A BAD.”  I much prefer StephaNats who always makes an Alejandro “Don’t Call My Name Fernando” referenceOr an ABBA Reference, my bad.
Twitter: None that I’ve found
From:  La Romana, Dominican Republic
Position: Relief Pitcher     Hand: Lefty
With the Nats Since: Signed as Free Agent Nov. 2012, Nats Debut May 25, 2013

Remember when the Nats didn’t need a left handed bullpen pitcher because their righties were so good against lefties?  Yeah, that didn’t work.  On the one hand, Mike Rizzo was probably right to not go out and just get a lefty, but boy do I wish there was room for Fernando Abad sooner.  After Ryan Mattheus broke his hand like a dope, the team called up Abad to fill in.  Abad promptly rattled off ten appearances without giving up a run.  But we’ll get to that in a minute-first let’s look at where he came from.

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Get To Know A Nat: Taylor Jordan

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Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” At this point of the year, we’ll be going over some players who’ve made it to the big club since the season started.  We’ll look at what we thought about those players in Spring Training, what they’ve done since, and what we hope they’ll do now they are in the Bigs!

Taylor Jordan  DOB: January 17, 1989
Nicknames: None that I’ve found
Twitter: None that I’ve found
From:  Merritt Island, Florida (Right near Viera).
Position: Starting Pitcher     Hand: Righty
With the Nats Since: Drafted by Nationals in 2009, Debut June 29, 2013

Earning his third start with the club, Taylor Jordan was originally brought up to fill in for Dan Haren but now will replace Ross Detwiler tonight in Philadelphia.  After dominating the minor leagues this year, Jordan got the call and has not disappointed (even if he hasn’t absolutely lit it up just yet).  Jordan is likely to stay with the team through the All Star Break, so we’ll get to know him before the team figures out what to do next.

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Get To Know A Nat: Jhonatan Solano

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Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” At this point of the year, we’ll be going over some players who’ve made it to the big club since the season started.  We’ll look at what we thought about those players in Spring Training, what they’ve done since, and what we hope they’ll do now they are in the Bigs!

Jhonatan Solano  DOB: August 12, 1985
Nicknames: The Onion
Twitter: @JSolano23
From:  Barranquilla, Colombia.
Position: Catcher     Hand: Righty
With the Nats Since: Signed as Amateur Free Agent in 2005, Debut 2012

From The Spring Training Post: Solano is the other backup catcher who appeared in just 12 games after Wilson Ramos went down.  He batted .314 with 2 home runs in that span, filling in after León went down.  He too was put on the DL for a few weeks with a strained right oblieque.  By the time he was healthy, the Nats had fortified their battery with Kurt Suzuki and he was no longer needed. Ultimately, he was sent back down to AA Harrisburg.  Barring injury, Solano also should be in the minors all year-though he could make an appearance in relief in September.

Since Then:

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Get To Know A Nat: Ian Krol

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Name: Ian A Krol
Nickname(s):  I’ve seen King Krol, and I like KRULL cuz of the movie. The team seems to call him Belieber?
DOB: May 9, 1991
Twitter?: Amazingly, still.  @IanKrolTKB (Story below).
From:  Hinsdale IL
Position: Reliever Hand: Lefty
With the Nats Since: Acquired in via the trade featuring Michael Morse.  First appearance June 5, 2013.

Ian Krol has been lights out.  That’s pretty much all you need to know about the young lefty acquired from Oakland.  Frankly, there isn’t that much to write about him right now. He’s brand new to the MLB, having spent time in the minors in Oakland and then DC after he came here as part of the Michael Morse trade.  Still, let’s go through the little we do know about him.

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Get To Know A Nat: Ross Ohlendorf

Welcome to “Get To Know a Nat.” At this point of the year, we’ll be going over some players who’ve made it to the big club since the season started.  We’ll look at what we thought about those players in Spring Training, what they’ve done since, and what we hope they’ll do now they are in the Bigs!

Name: Curtis Ross Ohlendorf
Nickname(s):  I’m calling him “The Rocking Chair” because of his delivery. 
DOB: August 8, 1982
Twitter?:  None.
From:  Austin, TX
Position: Spot Starting Pitcher     Hand: Righty
With the Nats Since: Signed Minor League contract on January 10, 2013, Debuted with Nats June 12, 2013

Up until last night there was no reason to write a Get To Know A Nat about Ross Ohlendorf.  In fact, even on news of his spot start (a quirk required by the rainouts and double headers played last weekend) I was pretty sure I was going to pass him over, given he was likely just making a one up, back down appearance.  But after last night’s 6 Inning, 2 Hit, 1 Run, 5-1 Win for Ohlendorf, it’s clear he ought to be memorialized here if nothing else.  Indeed, fans are already asking me if he is a good replacement candidate for the sagging Dan Haren.  Let’s have a look then…

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