Ross Detwiler

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Ross Detwiler
1ST Ross Detwiler.jpg
Detwiler in September 2011
Washington Nationals – No. 48
Starting pitcher
Born: (1986-03-06) March 6, 1986 (age 28)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 7, 2007 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through July 13, 2014)
Win–loss record 19–31
Earned run average 3.79
Strikeouts 270
Teams
Ross Detwiler
Medal record
Men's baseball
Competitor for  United States
World University Championship
Gold 2006 Havana National team

Ross Emery Detwiler (German: Dettweiler, born March 6, 1986) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) left-handed pitcher who has pitched out of the bullpen and in the starting rotation. He was drafted by the Washington Nationals in the first round of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft and made his debut late that season. In 2012 he won a spot in the starting rotation, making 27 starts.

Career[edit]

High school[edit]

Ross Detwiler grew up in Wentzville, Missouri, and graduated from Wentzville Holt High School in 2004.[1] As a senior, Detwiler helped lead Holt to its first district title in 14 years.[2][3]

College baseball[edit]

In college, Detwiler pitched for Missouri State University of the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2006, he was a member of the All-MVC Tournament team,[4] and he also pitched 10 13 innings in two starts for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League, accruing a 1.74 ERA, striking out 14 batters, and issuing three walks before moving on to play for Team USA.[5] In 2007, he finished his third year with a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts and 100 strikeouts in 89 innings.[6]

During the summer of his freshman year in college Detwiler played for Wentzville Legion Post 323.[7]

Washington Nationals[edit]

Nationals, May 2009

The Washington Nationals drafted him in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, making him the highest Missouri State draft pick in history.[8] Detwiler was the fifth pitcher taken by the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise in the first round of the draft in the last six years following Clint Everts, Chad Cordero and Bill Bray in 2002, 2003 and 2004, respectively, and Colton Willems taken in 2006.[9]

After being drafted and signed by the Nationals, he pitched four games in the rookie Gulf Coast League, and then five games with the high A Potomac Nationals. On September 7, 2007, he made his major-league debut, pitching one hitless inning in relief against the Atlanta Braves, striking out one.[10] He became the first player drafted in the 2007 Draft to appear in a major-league game.[11] He joined Cordero and Ryan Zimmerman as the third member of the Nationals franchise to be called up to the major leagues in the same year that he was drafted.[8]

Detwiler opened the 2009 season with the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League. However, due to the injury of Scott Olsen, he was called up to start on May 18 against the Pirates. He went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs, striking out 6. Although he was 1–6 with a 5.00 ERA in 15 games with the Nationals in 2009, he went 1–1 with a 2.08 ERA in four September starts.[12]

On February 18, 2010, Detwiler underwent hip surgery due to a labral tear.[13]

Detwiler made his return to major league play in July 2011 after recovering from hip surgery, and he remained in rotation for the remainder of the 2011 season. Detwiler finished the 2011 season with a 4–5 win loss record and a 3.00 ERA.[14]

Detwiler was named to the starting rotation for the 2012 season.[15] Although he pitched effectively, the return of Chien-Ming Wang from injury put Detwiler in the long relief role in late May.[16] Wang struggled in the rotation, granting Detwiler a return to the rotation a few weeks later.[17] He was a regular starter for the rest of the year, finishing with 27 starts,[18] plus a six-inning start, in which he allowed one unearned run, in game 4 of the 2012 NLDS.[19]

Detwiler missed significant time in 2013 with an oblique injury and a pinched nerve in his back.[20] He finished the year with just 71 13 innings pitched and a 4.04 ERA.

Detwiler competed in the 2013 World Baseball Classic for Team USA. He pitched four scoreless innings in relief and collected a save.[21]

Detwiler started the 2014 season in a long relief role.[22]

Detwiler is represented by Creative Artists Agency, who also represents teammate Ryan Zimmerman.[23]

Pitching style[edit]

Detwiler is a sinkerballer, throwing his sinker at 90–94 mph. His other pitches are a four-seam fastball (91–95), a curveball (78–81), and a changeup (84–87). He does not usually throw the changeup to left-handed hitters or in 2-strike counts.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Detwiler has two brothers. He was a hospitality and restaurant administration major in college.[7] As St. Louis natives, Detwiler and his family were avid fans of the Cardinals, Blues, and Rams.[25]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/feb/23/prospect-profile-ross-detwiler/
  2. ^ "Ross Detwiler Stats, Bio, Photo, Highlights". MLB.com. Retrieved 2011-07-05. 
  3. ^ http://www.rockwood.k12.mo.us/news/Pages/10192011GoCardinals.aspx
  4. ^ Bill Ladson (July 6, 2007). "Nationals welcome Detwiler to fold". MLB.com. 
  5. ^ "2006 Cape Cod League Team Stats". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  6. ^ "2007 Missouri State baseball statistics". Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  7. ^ a b "Player Bio: Ross Detwiler - Missouri State University Official Athletic Site". Missouri State University. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b "Detwiler in the big leagues, called up by Washington Nationals". missouristatebears.com. September 3, 2007. 
  9. ^ Ladson, Bill (2007-06-07). "Nats stick with pitching at top of Draft". MLB.com. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  10. ^ "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (box score)". ESPN Internet Ventures. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  11. ^ Tom Keller (September 10, 2007). "Notes: Detwiler absorbing Majors: Draft pick trying not to be overwhelmed by stay with club". MLB.com. 
  12. ^ Berman, Zach (June 28, 2010). "Ross Detwiler recovering with Harrisburg Senators". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 28, 2010. 
  13. ^ http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20100218&content_id=8093872&vkey=news_mlb&fext=.jsp&c_id=mlb
  14. ^ http://www.federalbaseball.com/2011/10/1/2463001/washington-nationals-ross-detwiler-grows-up-impresses-davey-johnson
  15. ^ "Washington Nationals option John Lannan". ESPN. Associated Press. April 3, 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  16. ^ Comak, Amanda (May 26, 2012). "Nationals move Wang into rotation, Detwiler to bullpen". The Washington Times. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  17. ^ Kilgore, Adam (June 21, 2012). "How Ross Detwiler became more aggressive, and why Chien-Ming Wang scuffled". The Washington Post. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  18. ^ "Ross Detwiler Statistics and History". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  19. ^ "Oct 11, 2012, Cardinals at Nationals Box Score and Play by Play". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 9 January 2013. 
  20. ^ Jarosh, Noah (July 24, 2013). "Ross Detwiler injury: Nationals LHP has pinched nerve, out a month". SB Nation. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "2013 Statistics". Major League Baseball Advanced Media. Retrieved 17 April 2013. 
  22. ^ Kilgore, Adam (April 28, 2014). "Nationals must figure out Ross Detwiler’s role". The Washington Post. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  23. ^ Adam Kilgore (2007-06-07). "Nationals Journal". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-18. 
  24. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Ross Detwiler". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  25. ^ "Get to know: Nationals' Detwiler has low-key style". USA Today. June 22, 2009. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 

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