By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, August 4, 2007
The Washington Nationals' top draft choice, left-hander Ross Detwiler, threw four scoreless innings yesterday for the club's rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, and even with a slew of pitchers coming back from injury, General Manager Jim Bowden said it's possible Detwiler could end up in the majors by the end of the year.
"If you don't think he has the makeup to handle it," Bowden said, "I think that's the risk. . . . If we think it's going to be helpful to have someone here for their development, like we did when we brought [third baseman Ryan] Zimmerman here, then we'll do it."
Detwiler, the sixth choice overall out of Missouri State, posted a 2.25 ERA with three walks and 10 strikeouts in 12 innings over four starts in the GCL. He will start Wednesday or Thursday for Class A Potomac.McGeary Visits D.C.
Jack McGeary, the Massachusetts high school pitcher selected by the Nationals in the sixth round of the June draft, is in town over the weekend, as the club attempts to woo him into forgoing his scholarship to Stanford and signing with Washington. Because it would be an NCAA violation for the Nationals to provide transportation and expenses, the McGeary family is paying its own way for a tour that is supposed to include a White House visit today.
McGeary had first-round talent, but he slid because of his intention to go to college. Bowden also said that the club is continuing its dialogue with high school lefty Josh Smoker, the first pick of the "sandwich" round between the first and second rounds. Smoker and McGeary have until Aug. 15 to sign. Should the Nationals fail to sign Smoker, who is committed to Clemson, they will receive a compensatory pick in next year's draft right after the slot they selected him, No. 31.
"We're not afraid to take '31B' if that's what we have to do," Bowden said. "We want someone who wants to be here. If you look at our organization and how fast we're going to get you to the big leagues, if you want to be a part of it, we'll pay you fair market value."