What could go wrong? The answer seemed to be nothing, heading into the 2013 season. As Nats fans have established many times over, the answer was many, many things. One included the dramatic fall of Ross Detwiler.
After a breakout 2012 season, his first consistently starting, he was primed to become a great sidekick to the Nationals’ three aces. But as the season progressed, it became more and more clear that it wasn’t the same Ross Detwiler. After posting mediocre numbers for the first few months of the season, injuries knocked him out until the 2014 season.
Last spring training, the biggest question was who the fifth starter would be. And after much debate, Ross Detwiler was assigned to the bullpen, and Tanner Roark eventually earned the fifth spot in the rotation.
He would be used less and less, and he finished the season with a 4.00 E.R.A. and was left off of the Nationals playoff roster.
Drafted sixth overall in 2007, he was posed to become an ocupant of the top of the rotation. However, his secondary stuff never truly developed.
So today, the Nationals sent him over to the Texas Rangers in exchange for infield prospect Chris Bostick and pitching prospect Abel de los Santos. Detwiler will look to take the fifth spot in the Rangers’ rotation.
“From what I was told, I’ll get a chance to be a starter again,” Detwiler said Thursday evening, after he spoken with both teams. “I always pictured myself that way. I didn’t really know exactly what my role was last year. Sometimes that’s what you need. I’m excited about my new opportunity. … A fresh start and a fresh set of eyes on me and maybe that will help me get back on track.”
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As the offseason doesn’t provide too many opportunities for analytical pieces about the Nats, I have moved my (Winter) focus to PieceOfThePlate.Wordpress.Com. It covers trades, etc. All Nats trades will be written about on here, however. (If there is a big one involving Zimmermann, etc., it will also be written on Piece of The Plate.