Tanner Roark

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Tanner Roark
Tanner Roark 2014.jpg
Washington Nationals – No. 57
Born: (1986-10-05) October 5, 1986 (age 27)
Wilmington, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 7, 2013 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through July 13, 2014)
Win–loss record 15–7
Earned run average 2.53
Strikeouts 125

Tanner B. Roark (/rˈɑrk/ roh-ARK;[1] born October 5, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals of Major League Baseball. He played college baseball at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 2006–2007.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Roark played one season with the Southern Illinois Miners of the independent Frontier League in 2008. In 3 games, he was 0-2 with a 21.41 ERA. In just 9.2 innings, he gave up 23 hits along with 25 runs while striking out 11.[3]

Roark was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round of the 2008 Amateur Player Draft.[4] In July 2010, he was traded along with Ryan Tatusko to the Nationals for Cristian Guzman.

In 2011 he was promoted to Triple-A Syracuse, and posted, in 28 games (26 starts) an unremarkable 6–17 record, but he posted a 4.39 ERA with 7.9 strikeouts and 2.9 walks per nine innings. He began the 2012 season in Syracuse as a starter, then joined the bullpen for 20 relief appearances. Roark moved back to the rotation and had the best stretch of his career, allowing only 12 earned runs over 48 23 innings in eight starts.[5]

Washington Nationals (2013–present)[edit]

On August 6, 2013, Roark was called up to the majors for the first time,[6] and on the next day pitched two innings of scoreless relief, allowing only one hit. By the end of August he had appeared in nine games in relief, allowing earned runs only twice, and compiling an ERA of 1.19 over 22 23 innings. On September 7 Roark made his first major league start against the Miami Marlins, pitching six innings, allowing no runs and four hits, no walks, and four strikeouts, getting the win.[7] Roark's dominance continued with a September 17 start against the rival Atlanta Braves in which he pitched seven innings and allowed no runs on just three baserunners. His ERA dropped to 1.08 in 41 23 innings.[8] On April 26, 2014, Roark threw his first career complete game shutout (Having a Perfect game till the 6th), allowing only 3 hits in a 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres.

Pitching style[edit]

Roark's main pitch is a sinker at 92–95 mph. Against right-handed hitters, he also features a slider at 84–86 mph. Against lefties he mixes in a curveball at 75–78 mph and a changeup at 83–85 mph. He also has a little-used four-seam fastball at 92–95 mph.[9]


  1. ^ Kolko, Dan. "Final notes and quotes, plus Day 4 photo gallery," masnsports.com, Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
  2. ^ "Fighting Illini in Major League Baseball". Illinois Baseball. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ "BaseballAmerica.com: Stats: Tanner Roark". BaseballAmerica.com. Retrieved February 14, 2014. 
  4. ^ "25th Round of the 2008 MLB June Amateur Draft". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  5. ^ Kilgore, Adam (September 6, 2013). "Tanner Roark prepared for first career start". Washington Post. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  6. ^ "Nats promote Tanner Roark, option Cedeno, move Detwiler to 60-day DL," MASN Sports, August 6, 2013
  7. ^ "Tanner Roark 2013 Pitching Gamelogs". Baseball Reference. Retrieved 9 September 2013. 
  8. ^ "Baseball | MLB | Player stats - Tanner Roark - Washington". The Washington Post. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 
  9. ^ "Player Card: Tanner Roark". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved 19 September 2013. 

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