In two innings of work out of the bullpen last month, 2015 Washington Nationals’ 8th Round pick Koda Glover threw two scoreless frames on 19 pitches, impressing manager Dusty Baker with his approach on the mound.
"He throws strikes, he pounds the strike zone,” Baker told reporters after the second outing by the 23-year-old reliever.
“He has good movement on the cutter. We haven't seen really his dynamite changeup yet, or slider, but he comes right after them.
“I don't know how long he's going to be here this time, which I told him, but he's going to be here for a long time, barring injury, because he's a good body guy, he has a quick arm and he comes right after them."
Glover was returned to the Nationals’ top minor league affiliate a few days later.
In seven appearances for Triple-A Syracuse after he went back down, Glover gave up eight hits and three earned runs in 10 ⅔ IP, leaving him with 2.25 ERA, a 2.87 FIP, three walks (1.13 BB/9) and 22 Ks (8.25 K/9) in 24 IP for the Chiefs.
This afternoon, the right-hander was called back up to the majors to help the Nats’ beleaguered bullpen after starters Max Scherzer and Gio Gonzalez went seven innings total in the first two games of the Nationals’ three-game set with the Colorado Rockies in Coors Field.
Glover started the season at High-A Potomac and moved up to Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A before making his MLB debut.
In order to make room on the roster for his return, the Nationals placed left-hander Sammy Solis on the 15-Day DL, retroactive to 8/16 with left shoulder inflammation.