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30 Players in 30 Days: Collin Balester

Collin Balester


colin ballester1.JPGAfter making his Major League debut last season, Collin Balester saw just over a month of action for the Nationals this year. He came up to replace the injured Jordan Zimmermann on July 22nd and was sent back down to make room for Livan Hernandez on August 26th. In that time, Bally made seven starts, going 1-4 with a 6.82 ERA. The highlight of the season for Ballester was his win over Milwaukee on July 28th. In that game, he pitched 6.0 innings giving up two runs on five hits and throwing a season high 93 pitches.


collin balester2.JPGThe 23 year-old right-hander from Huntington Beach, Calif., also went 7-10 with a 4.44 ERA in 20 starts with Triple-A Syracuse this year. His best month was June where he went 4-1 with a 2.30 ERA over five starts.

 The former Futures Game Selection is perennially one of the Nationals’ top prospects and could be a candidate to fill a key role in the Nationals pitching rotation in the future. In 2007 and 2008 Baseball America ranked him the No. 1 then No. 3 prospect, respectively, in the Nationals farm system. On July 1, 2008, Balester became the first Nationals pitcher to win his debut when he gave up one hit and struck out three in 5.0 innings against the Marlins.

Balester is an avid surfer and credits surfing for helping him build arm strength. This offseason should be an exciting one, as he is planning to marry his fiancé, Ashley Sterling, in October.

Collin Balester Final Major League Stats

W

L

ERA

G/GS

SHO

IP

H

R

ER

HR

HB

BB

SO

AVG

WHIP

GO/AO

1

4

6.82

7/7

0

30.1

34

24

23

10

0

14

20

.281

1.58

0.82

 

 

Balester makes first start in 2009

Lineups:

Cardinals:

Shumaker – 4

Rasmus – 8

Derosa – 3

Ludwick – 9

Ankiel – 7

Molina – 2

Thurston – 5

Ryan – 6

Wainwright – 1 (RHP, 10-6, 3.01)

 

Nationals:

Morgan – 8

Guzman – 6

Zimmerman – 5

Dunn – 7

Johnson – 3

Willingham – 9

Gonzalez – 4

Bard – 2

Balester – 1 (RHP, No Stats for 2009)

 

 

Did You Know: The Nationals three games against the Mets earlier this week lasted 2:16, 2:09 and 2:20. It was the first three game series in which every game lasted 2:20 or less since July 9-11, 2004, when the White Sox swept Seattle in a three game series (2:17, 2:13 and 2:19) at U.S. Cellular Field.

 

The Nationals current rotation of John Lannan (57 career starts), Collin Balester (15), Craig Stammen (12), Garrett Mock (4) and J.D. Martin (one) have combined for just 89 career starts.

 

Balester is Back: The Nats placed right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann on the 15-Day Disabled List with right elbow discomfort and recalled right-handed pitcher Collin Balester from Triple-A Syracuse. Tonight’s game will be only the eighth game since the All-Star break but J.D. Martin, Garrett Mock and now Collin Balester have started a game for the Nationals. All three were pitching for the Syracuse Chiefs at the break.

 


balester 1.jpgBalester is starting tonight in the makeup game against the St. Louis Cardinals. The 23-year-old went 6-4 with a 3.38 ERA in his last 12 starts with Syracuse. Over that period, he posted 41 strikeouts and a .274 batting average against in 69.1 innings. Overall, Balester went 7-9 with a 4.35 ERA in 19 Triple-A starts. Rated the top prospect in the Nationals organization by Baseball America entering the 2007 season, Balester went 3-7 with a 5.51 ERA in 15 starts with Washington last season.

 

Zimmermann, 23, is 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA in 16 starts this season. He ranks in the top ten among NL rookies in the following categories with 92 strikeouts (first), 16 starts (second), 91.1 innings (fourth), three wins (tied for sixth), a 4.63 ERA (seventh) and a .271 batting average against (ninth).

 

Capture the Caption: Submit your caption to natstown@nationals.com or in the comments section. The winning caption receives a free NatsTown T-shirt.

 


Lannan signing resized.JPG

 

And the winning caption is: “Lann-in demand!”

 

Honorable Mention:  

- “The Mayor of NatsTown working the rope line”

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