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Harrisburg Senators’ pitchers aim to finish strong...

It has been a bumpy year for some of the high draft picks with Double-A Senators ...

Akron Aeros Vs. Harrisburg Senators 8-18-2011

HARRISBURG, Pa. - After a late start to the season, right-hander Jackson Tetreault is looking to finish strong in the rotation at Double-A Harrisburg.

A seventh-round pick in 2017 by the Washington Nationals, the product of the Junior College of Florida went six innings and allowed three runs on six hits here Friday against the Bowie Baysox. Tetreault didn’t figure in the decision as the Baysox scored five runs in the top of the 10th in the 8-3 victory.

“He has been really good,” Harrisburg manager Tommy Shields, leaning against a railing during batting practice on City Island, said of Tetreault.

“He has a curveball and cutter and he has been working on a change. He has been good.”

Shields told Federal Baseball that an oblique issue in Spring Training delayed the start of the season for Tetreault, the 6-foot-5 hurler who turned 25 in June.

He made his first start of the year June 29 for Harrisburg and went two innings as the club slowly built up his arm strength.

Since July 13, he has gone at least five innings in all of his starts.

With the Senators on the road to end the season this week in New Hampshire, the Florida product is 5-5 with an ERA of 3.91 in 14 starts for Harrisburg this season.

He has 58 strikeouts in 69 innings and a WHIP of 1.29. His lifetime ERA in the minors is 3.82 in 365.1 innings.

Other pitchers for Harrisburg include lefty Tim Cate, a second-round pick out of the University of Connecticut in 2018 by the Nationals; fellow lefty Matt Cronin, taken in the fourth round in 2019; Reid Schaller, taken in the third round out of Vanderbilt in 2018; and right-hander Joan Adon, who was recently promoted from high Single-A Wilmington.

Shields notes that Cate has struggled this year, though he did have one of his best outings on the season Saturday when he allowed just one run in six innings with nine strikeouts against playoff contender Bowie.

That left Cate at 2-9 with an ERA of 5.30 in 20 starts this season for Harrisburg.

Schaller, since being called up from Wilmington, is 1-1 with an ERA of 4.76 in 16 games out of the bullpen.

Cronin is 0-1, 5.56 in 10 games out of the bullpen for Harrisburg through Saturday after posting an ERA of 1.23 in 10 games a reliever for Wilmington earlier this season.

Adon was 1-2, 6.43 in his first three starts with the Senators. Harrisburg ends the season Sunday at New Hampshire.