The Washington Nationals announced the first roster cuts of Spring Training with right-handed starter Austin Voth reassigned to Triple-A today and a number of other players reassigned to Minor League camp. The moves were announced via the Nats’ PR Twitter account just before the start of today’s Grapefruit League game against the New York Mets.
Voth, 25, is a 2013 5th Round pick by the Nationals who struggled in 2017, posting a (1-7) record, 6.38 ERA, 5.96 FIP, 34 walks (4.61 BB/9) and 42 Ks (5.70 K/9) in 13 starts and 66 1⁄3 innings at Triple-A Syracuse and a (3-4) record, 5.13 ERA, 4.35 FIP, 13 walks (2.15 BB/9), and 42 Ks (7.29 K/9) in 10 starts and 54 1⁄3 IP at Double-A Harrisburg in the Nats’ system.
In three appearances this Spring, Voth gave up five hits and two earned runs, striking out five batters with a .357 BAA in three innings of work.
Ranked 21st by MLB’s Pipeline scouts before the start of the 2017 campaign, Voth fell out of the their Top 30 rankings when they were released earlier this winter.
In addition to that move, the Nationals announced a number of pitchers, a catcher, and one infielder were reassigned to Minor League camp: RHP Jimmy Cordero; RHP Brady Dragmire; RHP David Goforth; RHP Roman Mendez; RHP Cesar Vargas; C Taylor Gushue; INF Osvaldo Abreu.
Nothing surprising in the first round of moves. More info on the first roster decisions if new Nationals’ skipper Dave Martinez has any comments on the moves later today...
#Nats: The #Nationals have optioned RHP Austin Voth to Triple-A Syracuse.— federalbaseball (@federalbaseball) March 8, 2018
In addition, the following players have been re-assigned to minor league camp:
RHP Jimmy Cordero
RHP Brady Dragmire
RHP David Goforth
RHP Roman Mendez
RHP Cesar Vargas
C Taylor Gushue
INF Osvaldo Abreu