WASHINGTON – The roster of Triple-A Rochester has pitchers who have appeared in games this season for the Nationals.
And there are other hurlers in upstate New York who have pitched in past seasons with Washington.
The chance of any of those pitchers being summoned to the nation’s capital in the final weeks of the season are dwindling for two main reasons: the major league roster now stands at 28 and Rochester is slated to play until Oct. 3 – a nod to the pandemic that delayed the start of this minor league campaign
Pitchers on the Rochester roster as of Wednesday who have seen time with the Nationals this year include Tanner Rainey and Gabe Klobosits.
Rainey was 1-0 with an ERA of 3.18 in six games with one start for Rochester in games through Tuesday.
Klobosits, who made his Major League debut on July 30, has an ERA of 0.54 with a WHIP of 0.96 in 26 games out of the bullpen split between Rochester and Double-A Harrisburg this season.
Of the Rochester pitchers with Major League time, Rainey may be the most likely to get called back to Washington by the end of this season.
Washington manager Dave Martinez is hoping to see Rainey at some point.
“I think it’s important for him moving forward this winter,” Martinez told reporters on Monday, “knowing that he got back on the mound this year, and that he’s healthy and that he can start his winter program as soon as possible.”
Klobosits was drafted in the 36th round in 2017 out of Auburn by the Nationals.
Pitchers with Rochester who made their debut in 2020 with Washington include Dakota Bacus (3-3, 3.40 in 34 games through Tuesday at Triple-A); Ben Braymer (6-8, 5.94 in 21 games with 18 starts); and Seth Romero, who had not pitched since August 27.
Romero pitched in three games with Washington last year. Bacus was drafted out of Indiana State by Oakland in the ninth round in 2012.
Braymer, a product of Auburn, was drafted by Washington in the 18th round in 2016.
The Rochester roster also includes veteran right-hander Aaron Barrett (3-2, 2.29 in 18 games with the Red Wings) and Jefry Rodríguez (1-0, 5.52 in nine games, with eight starts).
Rodríguez made his Major League debut with Washington in 2018 while Barrett broke in with the Nationals in 2014 and pitched in two games with the Nationals last year.
Barrett gave up three hits and one run in one inning of work Tuesday as the Red Wings lost 5-4 at home to Buffalo.
That left the Red Wings at 44-67 this season. Double-A Harrisburg had its game at New Hampshire called off Tuesday due to COVID-19 issues with the host team.
The Senators for now are slated to end the season Sunday at New Hampshire.
Victor Robles was 2-for-3 on Tuesday for Rochester while Jake Noll hit his 15th homer of the year.