Davey Johnson talked to reporters this afternoon about the Washington Nationals' plans for their September call-ups, announcing that the team would bring left-hander John Lannan, outfielder Eury Perez and catcher Sandy Leon up tomorrow to join the expanded roster. The Nats' skipper also said, according to reports from Nationals Park, that the team would likely bring two more players up when the Triple-A Season ends with the speculation out of the pregame press conference saying it's likely going to be outfielder Corey Brown and right-hander Christian Garcia joining the team after the Syracuse Chiefs last game on Monday.
Lannan's call-up has been expected for some time now and it appears that the 27-year-old left-hander's excited to be back in the majors full time after having been called up to make two spot starts already this season. The Nats' '05 11th Round pick has pitched back-to-back complete game shutouts in his final two outings with the Nationals' top affiliate. Lannan finished the 2012 campaign with Syracuse with a (7-9) record, a 4.30 ERA, 4.46 FIP, 50 walks (3.03 BB/9) and 87 Ks (5.27 K/9) in 24 games and 148.2 IP.
Eury Perez, 22, impressed in Spring Training with the Nationals early this year and posted a .314/.344/.361 line at three levels of the Nats' system this season, finishing up his sixth year in the organization with a 40 game stint at Triple-A in which he put up a .333/.373/.390 line with seven doubles, one triple and 20 stolen bases over 173 plate appearances...
Sandy Leon, 23, played 10 games with the Nationals this season as they've dealt with several injuries to their catching corps. In 64 games and 231 PAs at three levels of the Nats' system this year, the catcher has a combined .322/.396/.460 line with 19 doubles and three home runs. Corey Brown, 26, has 12 games in the majors on his resume, three last year and nine this season. Over 122 games and 535 PAs at Triple-A this season, the former Oakland A's prospect has put up a .285/.365/.518 line with 22 doubles, nine triples and 23 HRs. Christian Garcia, 27, put up a 1.80 ERA, 1.30 FIP, 6 BB (2.70 BB/9) and 28 Ks (12.60 K/9) in 18 games and 20.0 IP at Double-A this year and a 0.59 ERA, 1.91 FIP, 11 BB (3.26 BB/9) and 36 Ks (10.68 K/9) in 25 games and 30.1 IP at Triple-A.
• More information and quotes from the pregame press conference to follow...
Davey: Nats will call up John Lannan, Sandy Leon, Eury Perez tomorrow. Mark DeRosa will come off DL.— Mark Zuckerman (@MarkZuckerman) August 31, 2012
Davey says new players tomorrow are Eury Perez, Lannan, Leon, DeRosa. Corey Brown, Christian Garcia to come. (Didn't say Garcia by name.)— Adam Kilgore (@AdamKilgoreWP) August 31, 2012
Nats— William Ladson (@washingnats) August 31, 2012
#reliever Christian Garcia will be called up from Triple A Syracuse. #MLB