Estes latest pitcher added
The Washington Nationals continue to stockpile pitching when they signed veteran lefthanded pitcher Shawn Estes to a minor league deal with an invite to Spring Training. The Estes signing adds to an impressive list of pitchers added this off-season. They include, righthanded relievers Ryan Speier and Joel Peralta, lefties Chuck James, Doug Slaton, Jesse English, Victor Garate and the resigning of Logan Kensing and Andrew Kown from last seasons team.
Estes, 37, made 13 starts for AAA-Albuquerque (Dodgers) last season going 3-4 with a very good 3.07 ERA. After not getting a call-up to Los Angeles in June he decided not to pitch the remainder of the season.
Speier, 30, is tall at 6’7″ and has pitched in the major leagues with Colorado, most recently last year in 5-games. He spent much of the 2008 season with the Rockies and recorded a PCL league high 33-saves in 2007.
Peralta, 33, appeared in 27-games with the Rockies last season going 0-3 with a 6.20 ERA. He began the season with AAA-Colorado Springs posting a 6-0 record and a 2.45 ERA in 37 games in relief.
Slaten, 30, also has pitched in the major leagues the past three seasons with Arizona. Last year he split between AAA-Reno going 3-2 with a 3.09 ERA and 9-saves in 39 games and Arizona going 0-0 with a 7.11 ERA in 11-games.
English, 25, was picked up from the San Francisco Giants as a waiver claim after pitching for the Giants AA-Connecticut club. He posted a 7-7 record and a 4.20 ERA as a starting pitcher, but lefthanded hitters batted only .151 against him last season.
Garate, 25 another Nationals waiver claim in September of 2009 pitched the entire season at AA-Chattanooga (Dodgers) and recorded a 2.04 ERA in 47 releif appearances.
Thompson, 23 was acquired last August when the Nats sent Nick Johnson to the Marlins. He appeared in 6-games for AA-Harrisburg and was 0-3 with a 3.31 ERA and recorded 27-K’s in 33 innings pitched. At AA-Jacksonville he was 5-9 with a 4.11 ERA in 20-starts. Thompson was the Marlins #1 selection in June 2005 out of Second Baptist HS in Houston.
Kensing, 27, was impressive with the Chiefs last season in 31 games he was 2-1 with 17-saves and recorded a 2.97 ERA. He walked only 6-batters and struckout 35 in 33-innings. With the Nationals he struggled in 32-relief appearances giving up 35-runs in 35 innings.
Kown, 28, split time at three levels in the Nationals system last season going a combined 9-4 with a 3.83 ERA in 101-innings pitched. Kown had a breakout season in 2009 after being selected by the Tigers in the 5th round of the 2004 draft out of Georgia Tech and earning NCAA All-American honors.
James, 29 missed all of last season after arm surgery. The lefty won 11-games for the Atlanta Braves in back to back seasons in 2006 and 2007. He struggled in 2008 and returned to Richmond and made 15 starts and recorded a 2.97 ERA.