The Nats recalled infielder Ian Desmond, left-handed pitcher Ross Detwiler and right-handed pitcher Marco Estrada and selected right-handed pitcher Logan Kensing and right-handed pitcher Zack Segovia from Syracuse.
Desmond posted a .354 (63-for-178) batting average and .428 on-base percentage in 55 contests with Syracuse. He tallied 15 extra-base hits, 14 RBI and eight stolen bases with the Chiefs, after a mid-July promotion from Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. The 23-year-old batted a career-best .330 (115-for-348) with 24 doubles, three triples, seven home runs, 32 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 97 games this season at the two levels. Among Nationals farmhands, Desmond ranked third in hitting and fifth in stolen bases. The highly touted defensively shortstop was tabbed as the Nationals’ No. 4 prospect entering the ’06 season by Baseball America. Entering this season, the same publication recognized him as having the “Best Infield Arm” in the Nationals chain, Triple-A International League and Double-A Eastern League.
Detwiler rejoins the Nationals, after making 10 Big League starts earlier this season. The 23-year-old went 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 2.1/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (42 K/20 BB) in 10 starts with Syracuse. Washington’s top pick (sixth overall) in the ’07 First-Year Player Draft went a combined 4-5 with a 3.05 ERA in 16 starts for Syracuse and Harrisburg this year.
Estrada posted a 9-5 record and 3.63 ERA in 27 games (25 starts) with Syracuse. His ERA ranked sixth among Nationals farmhands and ninth in the International League. Estrada recorded 98 strikeouts and issued just 33 walks in 136.1 innings for a 3.0/1 strikeouts-to-walk ratio. The 26-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.09 ERA (10 ER/43.0 IP) in his final eight games (seven starts) at Triple-A. Estrada made 11 relief appearances with the Nationals last season.
Kensing went 2-1 with a 2.97 ERA in 31 relief appearances with Syracuse. He converted 17 of 18 save opportunities, and his saves total paced the Nationals system. The 27-year-old has made 23 relief appearances in the Big Leagues this season with Washington and the Florida Marlins. He was acquired from Florida in exchange for a Minor League pitcher on April 28.
In 27 relief appearances with Syracuse, Segovia posted a 3.38/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27 K/8 BB) in 28.1 innings pitched. He went 2-2 with five saves and a 2.54 ERA at Triple-A, recording a .184 batting average against (18-for-98). Overall this season, Segovia went 3-5 with six saves and a 3.24 ERA in 51 games (three starts) with Syracuse and Harrisburg. The 26-year-old signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2008. He was a member of Philadelphia’s Opening Day roster in ’07 and made his lone career start on April 8 of that season at Florida.