Spring Training is a great opportunity for teams to evaluate new talent. For the Washington Nationals, the spring they’ll get to evaluate one of their newest talented pitchers in Doug Fister.
Originally a seventh round draft pick of the Seattle Mariners in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft, the Nationals acquired Fister via a trade with the Detroit Tigers last December. In exchange for Robbie Ray, Ian Krol and Steve Lombardozzi, Mike Rizzo was able to acquire a pitcher widely believed to be one of the ten best in baseball.
In three seasons with Detroit, Fister went 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA and 353 strikeouts. He averaged 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings and held opponents to a .241 batting average. In eight postseason appearances, seven starts, he’s 3-2 with a 2.98 ERA.
Entering the offseason, Washington was set with three of the best starting pitchers in MLB. When Rizzo made the call to Detroit late one December evening to finish off this deal, he acquired likely the final piece to making this the best rotation in baseball. Fister brings in five years of experience as well as postseason experience, making him a very valuable asset to this rotation.
Expect Fister to land in the fourth spot in the rotation come opening day. Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann and Gio Gonzalez will likely control the top three spots, so Fister fits nicely at No. 4. After him, you can expect Ross Detwiler to round out the five starters.
As a Nationals fan, if adding Fister to this rotation didn’t instantly make you excited for the 2014 season then you need your “Natitude” checked. Throughout his entire career, Fister has been a reliable starter. In 2014, I see no reason why he can’t continue his success for Washington.
He won’t be the overpowering enforcer, but he’ll be solid and steady start after start. The addition of Fister to the Nationals is exactly what the franchise needed to rebound from last year and be in a position for another postseason run.
Fister was a great addition in the offseason and you can see him pitch in person by getting your Nationals tickets today.