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Washington Nationals call up Austin Voth; option Austin L. Adams to Triple-A Syracuse

Austin Voth got called up to the majors for the first time today, and the Nationals optioned Austin L. Adams to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

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Washington Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo mentioned Austin Voth as part of the starting depth in the organization behind Jeremy Hellickson in this past Wednesday’s weekly visit with 106.7 the FAN in D.C.’s Sports Junkies, noting that the 25-year-old righty has pitched, “... extremely well for us in Triple-A,” early this season.

Voth, 25, has put a 0.96 ERA and a 2.76 FIP, two walks (0.96 BB/9), and 22 Ks (10.61 K/9) in 18 2⁄3 IP early this season at Triple-A Syracuse, after he struggled at Double and Triple-A in 2017.

The 2013 Nationals’ 5th Round pick out of University of Washington was called up today with right-hander Austin L. Adams, who struggled to throw strikes, walking two batters yesterday, and forcing in the eventual winning run in yesterday’s game, optioned to Triple-A to make room on the roster.

Nationals’ skipper Davey Martinez talked to reporters after last night’s game about his message for Adams, who made his MLB debut with the Nats last season after he was acquired in the December 2016 trade that sent Danny Espinosa to the Los Angeles Angels.

“You just pat him on the back and say, ‘Hey, you know, you’ll get another opportunity, just keep your head up.’ Just hoping he throws strikes,” Martinez said.

While Adams’ next opportunity will be with the Nationals’ top minor league affiliate, Voth, who has started in all but three of his 118 appearances in the Nationals’ system over six minor league seasons, putting up a combined 3.39 ERA, 191 walks, and 579 Ks in 628 23 innings, will get his first chance to pitch in the majors at some point.