As the Washington Nationals prepared to make their second pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, 105th overall, the final selection of the 3rd Round, the defending NL East Champions announced this afternoon that they had acquired 25-year-old lefty Tyler Robertson off waivers from the Minnesota Twins:
#Nationals acquire LHP Tyler Robertson off waivers from MIN. The 25-year-old is 2-2 w/ 6 holds & 5.54 ERA in 42 career relief apps ('12-13).— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 7, 2013
Robertson has posted .200 BAA vs. lefthanded batters during career. He is the son of Nationals Special Asst to the GM Jay Robertson.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 7, 2013
The Twins designated Robertson for assignment back on June 3rd. The 2006 3rd Round pick debuted with Minnesota last year and 42 games into his major league career, the left-handed reliever is (2-2) with a 5.54 ERA, a 4.98 FIP, 14 walks (4.85 BB/9) and 28 Ks (9.69 K/9) in 26.0 IP. After announcing the acquisition, the Nationals said they would be sending the left-hander to Triple-A Syracuse:
Robertson will be optioned to Triple-A Syracuse.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 7, 2013
The Nationals called left-hander Fernando Abad up from their top affiliate recently and left-hander Xavier Cedeno has bounced back-and-forth between Syracuse and D.C. as the Nationals have dealt with injuries recently. The Nats also brought right-hander Erik Davis up recently, further depleting the Chiefs' bullpen.
The Twins designated Robertson for assignment after bringing OF Clete Thomas up from Triple-A earlier this week. In eight seasons in Minnesota's organization, Robertson was (44-37) with a 3.68 ERA, 247 walks (3.34 BB/9) and 591 Ks (7.99 K/9) in 207 games, 95 starts and 665.2 IP. Robertson reached Triple-A back in 2010 and has spent the majority of the last two seasons pitching for the Twins' top affiliate.