Nationals Pick Up Another Minor-League Pitcher

Nats snag another A+/AA starter

For the third straight day, the Nationals have traded away a player on the bubble for a minor-leaguer, picking up RHP Erik Davis from the San Diego Padres.

Davis was drafted in the 13th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft from Stanford and fits the description of the overachiever, similar to Josh Wilkie. John Sickels described him:

Davis has average and average breaking stuff, but mixes in a very good changeup. He mixes his pitches, throws strikes, and so far has pitched well at every level, including eight outings in AA and AAA in 2010.

The 24-year-old (turns 25 in October) Davis also started 19 games at High-A Lake Elsinore, posting a 3.82 ERA, which is quite good in a league (California) where the average ERA was 4.57 in 2010. Overall, he threw 143⅓ innings with a WHIP of 1.270, a BB/9 rate of 3.0 and an 8.4 K rate.

Like Alex Caldera, Davis could be slotted in either Potomac or Harrisburg, and is perhaps indicative that several older farmhands are likely to be released.

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

13 thoughts on “Nationals Pick Up Another Minor-League Pitcher”

    1. The plan is to freeze it after minor-league rosters are set. Probably will add Dykstra but not Caldera and Davis. I want it to be a snapshot of the ’10-’11 offseason. A new one will be drawn up in December.

  1. I totally missed the minor league deal with KC for Caldera. KC has been swinging some farm deals.
    lets hope Eric davis doesnt join the list of banged up guys fromStanford once they joined the ex-pos or Nats. (Spencer, wayne, Colbrunn, Fulmer, two scholarships sign aways…..and of course the LHP stalled with Smoak in A minus.)
    By the way, what was Smoakers spring like???
    Good for Jordon Z. to get the Opening day nod on my birthday!!!

  2. The Nats are only going to have nine guys left on the Opening Day roster who were also on last year’s OD roster. And now it looks like there is also going to be a lot of turnover in the high minors as well. Rizzo is cleaning house.

  3. Another young(er) arm to work in between Potomac & Syracuse (not that that’s a bad thing). We’ll see where he sticks.

  4. Just like Dykstra, Davis did not appear in BA’s top 30 for SD, but appeared as one of Sickel’s 39 Padres prospects reviewed. Dykstra was one of 36 Brewers reviewed in Sickels. Caldera, no mention in either.

  5. Guys Smoker I saw throw twice this spring 85-87 not sure whats up with this kid ,great guy but he was throwing 90’s in high school, gotta make you think. of the A guys I saw throw, my favorite guys were Hansen,Manno,Hanks Clegg. I can see all four guys on Potomac. Remember, Rizzo and company made it clear he wants AA to be young and ready to go

    1. Wally, that sounds like a big old problem for Smoker. I guess we’ll watch to see how the closing thing goes for him, but if that’s where he’s throwing now, it’s certainly a setback.

  6. Mark. I tell you that Manno kid is for real . Trust me you will here some very good thing at camp about him. Have Sue or anyone else use their contacts. He will probably be in Hagerstown, but should be in Potomac

    1. Thanks, Wally, I apreciate it.
      Really looking forward to seeing him this spring.

      Sue, are your spies in Hagerstown ready?

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