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Ross Detwiler | Relief Pitcher

Team: Texas Rangers
Age / DOB:  (28) / 3/6/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
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Rangers and LHP Ross Detwiler avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $3.45 million contract.
Detwiler made $3 million last season and will get a nice little raise in his final year of arbitration eligibility. The left-hander doesn't miss bats but holds a 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season. He'll open 2015 in the Rangers' rotation. Jan 16 - 12:04 PM

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Rangers acquired LHP Ross Detwiler from the Nationals in exchange for INF Chris Bostick and RHP Abel de los Santos.

The trade was reported earlier Thursday and has now become official. Detwiler was forced to the bullpen last season due to the Nats' crowded rotation, but the Rangers will use him as a starter. The lefty doesn't miss bats but holds a 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 07:44:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that the Rangers have acquired left-hander Ross Detwiler from the Nationals for two minor leaguers.

One of the minor leaguers is a pitcher and the other is an infielder. Detwiler served as a reliever in 2014 for the Nationals, but he should get another chance to start in Texas. The 29-year-old southpaw has a cool 3.55 ERA in 364 2/3 innings since the beginning of the 2011 season, though he doesn't miss many bats. That could be an issue in pitcher-friendly Arlington.
Thu, Dec 11, 2014 03:51:00 PM

According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Nationals are engaged in talks with multiple teams about Ross Detwiler.

Detwiler served as a reliever this past season, and he would presumably be worth more to teams that view him as a starter. The left-hander had a 4.00 ERA in 63 innings of relief in 2014. Detwiler will be a free agent after the 2015 season.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 07:36:00 PM

Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports that the Nationals are willing to move Ross Detwiler to teams that value him as a starter.

The hope is that this will allow them to maximize the return. Detwiler pitched exclusively out of the Nats' bullpen this past season and posted a 4.00 ERA and 39/21 K/BB ratio over 63 innings, but he has shown flashes of potential as a starter.
Wed, Dec 10, 2014 01:59:00 PM

Ross Detwiler is not on the Nationals' NLDS roster.

Detwiler finished strong but overall was quite ordinary in a move to the bullpen this season, posting a 4.00 ERA with just 39 strikeouts over 63 frames. Scott Hairston was also left off the roster.
Fri, Oct 3, 2014 10:06:00 AM

Ross Detwiler earned his first career save in the Nationals' defeat of the Cubs on Saturday.

It was of the three-inning variety. Detwiler did not allow a hit or a walk over those three frames, fanning two. He lowered his ERA from 4.36 to 4.00 with the outing.
Sat, Jun 28, 2014 11:16:00 PM

Nationals manager Matt Williams said Monday that Ross Detwiler will begin the season in the bullpen.

Detwiler probably has more upside than Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark, but the Nats have decided that he'd be better utilized as the second left-hander in their bullpen. Williams said Detwiler was "not happy" to hear the news, but the skipper thinks the southpaw can be "special" in relief.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 02:10:00 PM

Ross Detwiler is scheduled to throw one inning in Wednesday's game, with Taylor Jordan getting the start.

All three of Detwiler's previous Grapefruit League appearances have been starts, so it could be a sign that he's being transitioned over to a bullpen role. There's been speculation that this could happen, as Jerry Blevins is the only established left-hander in the Nationals' bullpen. It looks like the Nats' fifth starter will either be Jordan or Tanner Roark.
Mon, Mar 17, 2014 12:52:00 PM

Ross Detwiler turned in an improved outing Thursday, allowing one run over 3 2/3 innings against the Mets.

He gave up three hits, walked one and struck out two. Both Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark have outpitched Detwiler so far this spring, but if Detwiler finishes strong from here, the fifth spot in the rotation should be his.
Thu, Mar 13, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Ross Detwiler allowed one run and six hits in two-plus innings Saturday against the Braves.

All six hits were singles. The last came to start the third, and Detwiler was immediately removed in favor of Taylor Jordan. Detwiler has a 10.80 ERA after two starts as he battles Jordan and Tanner Roark for a rotation spot. He entered camp as the favorite, but that's in doubt right now.
Sat, Mar 8, 2014 04:39:00 PM

Ross Detwiler was charged with four runs -- three earned -- in 1 1/3 innings Monday against the Yankees.

Detwiler impressed in the first, striking out both Brett Gardner and Brian McCann in a perfect frame, only to give up hits to five of the first six batters he faced in the second. Tanner Roark followed him with scoreless third and fourth innings, so this wasn't a great first step for Detwiler in his battle to hold on to his rotation spot.
Mon, Mar 3, 2014 03:47:00 PM

Bill Ladson of MLB.com reports that Ross Detwiler has added a cutter to his repertoire this offseason.

The 27-year-old southpaw wants to give hitters another look to think about, so they don't sit on his fastball as they did in 2013. For a pitcher who relies almost exclusively on his heater (88 percent thrown in 2013), it makes an incredible amount of sense for Detwiler to expand his arsenal.
Source: MLB.com
Sun, Feb 23, 2014 08:57:00 PM

Ross Detwiler is comfortable with the idea of competing for the No. 5 rotation spot this spring.

"I've never had a spot just given to me; it's always been up for grabs," Detwiler said. "I've won it in the past. I think I can do it again if I stay healthy and throw well." Detwiler, 28 in March, posted a 2.53 ERA over his first seven starts last year. He strained an oblique on May 15 against the Dodgers, spent a month on the DL, posted a 6.31 ERA in five starts upon his return, and was promptly shut down for the season with lingering back pain. "Every injury is going to be different, but I'm not going to try to push through like I did last year," he said. "I started the year great, then I had a little oblique problem in L.A. and tried to push through that and do everything I could. And I lost my location." Detwiler is healthy and has been throwing regularly this winter. NL-only owners will want to monitor his open competition against Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan, because the winner will have stealthy appeal in that format.
Tue, Jan 28, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Nationals avoided arbitration with LHP Ross Detwiler by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million contract.

The left-hander can earn an additional $50,000 if he reaches 180 innings in 2014. Detwiler was limited to just 13 starts last season and will have to compete in spring training to keep his spot in the rotation.
Thu, Jan 16, 2014 10:21:00 PM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Robinson Chirinos
2Carlos Corporan
3Chris Gimenez
4Tomas Telis
5Jorge Alfaro
1B1Prince Fielder
2Kyle Blanks
2B1Rougned Odor
2Jurickson Profar
3Tommy Field
SS1Elvis Andrus
2Hanser Alberto
3B1Adrian Beltre
LF1Jake Smolinski
2Ryan Rua
CF1Leonys Martin
2Delino DeShields Jr.
3Antoan Richardson
RF1Shin-Soo Choo
2Michael Choice
3Carlos Peguero
DH1Mitch Moreland
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Yu Darvish
2Derek Holland
3Yovani Gallardo
4Colby Lewis
5Ross Detwiler
6Nick Martinez
7Nick Tepesch
8Matt Harrison
9Martin Perez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Neftali Feliz
2Shawn Tolleson
3Tanner Scheppers
4Robbie Ross
5Scott Baker
6Kyuji Fujikawa
7Phil Klein
8Alexander Claudio
9Jon Edwards
10Lisalverto Bonilla
11Spencer Patton
12Roman Mendez
13Michael Kirkman
14Juan Carlos Oviedo