Armando Galarraga could have been 7-0 or better when he threw for the Nationals' Class A affiliate Potomac earlier this season. He had a 2.48 ERA and held batters to a .228 batting average in 14 starts, but his record was 3-4 in part because his team couldn't muster a run in his losses. Not one.
Higher-ups in the Nationals organization saw through the record, however, and promoted the 23-year old Venezuelan during the Class A all-star break.
Now with the Class AA Harrisburg Senators, Galarraga has continued his success. Through five starts, the 6-foot-4 right-hander is 1-0 with a 2.10 ERA. Galarraga, who was signed by the Montreal Expos at 16, pitched a shutout, allowing three hits and striking out seven as Harrisburg beat Trenton, 7-0, on July 19. The win earned him last week's Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award.
"He's been phenomenal in Harrisburg," said Nationals farm director Adam Wogan. "He's exceeded expectations. . . . His fastball has been just as good if not better than expected. His slider has been an out pitch for him and he's showing that he's learning to use it."
As the trade deadline approaches, he has interested some teams around the league, and if he continues to pitch well he would be high on the list of players who could join the Nationals when the major league rosters increase from 25 to 40 on Sept. 1.
-- By Daniel Lyght