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"We got three power arms for (Morse) that are going to help us in the near-future," Rizzo said, "Treinen is in Double-A throwing extremely well, up to 97-98 mph. A.J. Cole is really starting to take the next step. He'll end up in Double-A this year. Treinen will end up in Triple-A and Ian Krol is a reliever in Double-A at 22 years old, who is a power lefty who has, I think he's got a (1.10) ERA in Double-A."
For Krol, the "near-future" arrived quicker than most probably expected. The left-handed reliever had a 0.69 ERA in 21 games and 26 innings pitched before he was called up to the majors a few weeks after Rizzo's comments. The former A's prospect made his major league debut June 5. In seven appearances with the Nationals, Krol has yet to allow a run, throwing 6 2/3 scoreless so far. The Nats showed a lot of faith in the left-hander, bringing him up as quickly as they did, and Davey Johnson even turned to him late in a big pressure situation in Wednesday's game in Philadelphia.
With the Phillies' Jimmy Rollins on first with two outs after Tyler Clippard walked him in the ninth inning of a 2-2 game, the Nationals manager brought Krol in to face Ryan Howard. Krol walked the big slugger, but popped Domonic Brown up in the next at bat to keep it tied at 2-2 in a game the Nats went on to win on Ian Desmond's 11th-inning grand slam. It was the biggest appearance yet for the player to be named later in the Morse trade...
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