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Nationals select RHP Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse, DFA Greg Dobbs

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by Amanda Comak

After a 16-inning, marathon 4-2 victory over the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday night, the Washington Nationals added a fresh arm to their arsenal on Wednesday morning, selecting the contract of right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill from Triple-A Syracuse and designating first baseman/third baseman Greg Dobbs for assignment.

Additionally, infielder/outfielder Jeff Kobernus was returned from rehab, reinstated from the 60-day Disabled List and optioned to Triple-A Syracuse, while right-hander Christian Garcia was released.

“We just need length in the bullpen right now,” Nationals Manager Matt Williams said, less than 11 hours after the final out had been made on Tuesday night.

Hill, 25, is 9-2 with a 1.92 in 15 games (14 starts) for Syracuse this season, tossing three complete games, one shutout and picking up one save. The 6-foot-3 right-hander has posted a 7.22 strikeout/walk ratio (65 SO/8 BB), the second-highest mark of his career.

A sixth-round selection of the Nationals in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft, Hill is currently leading the International League in innings pitched (93.2 IP), is tied for first in ERA (1.92) and ranks second in WHIP (0.99).

The right-hander, who got the news from Triple-A manager Billy Gardner Jr., at around 2 a.m. on the east coast, called it a “dream come true,” to be in the Major Leagues. “I’m obviously pumped and pleasantly surprised.”

Hill was named the International League Pitcher of the Week on May 26 of this year after he tossed 11 shutout innings, pitching four innings in relief and earning a save against Columbus on May 19, and following it up with seven scoreless innings in a start against Pawtucket on May 24.

Dobbs, 35, was 6-for-28 (.214) with one double and two RBI in 21 games (three games started) for the Nationals.

Kobernus, 25, went 15-for-55 (.273) in 15 Minor League rehab games, spanning from Single-A Hagerstown to Triple-A Syracuse. He rejoins Syracuse’s active roster for the first time since going on the Disabled List with a fractured left hand on April 12.

Garcia, 28, posted a 2.13 ERA in 13 Major League games with the Nationals in 2012. He was 1-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 10 games (14.2 IP) with Triple-A Syracuse this season.

Nationals select 1B Greg Dobbs, option C Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse

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by Amanda Comak

The Washington Nationals selected the contract of first baseman Gregg Dobbs on Friday afternoon and optioned catcher Sandy Leon to Triple-A Syracuse. Additionally, the Nationals recalled outfielder Eury Perez from Triple-A Syracuse and placed him on the 60-day Disabled List with a left toe fracture.

Miami Marlins v Philadelphia PhilliesThe left-handed hitting Dobbs is a career .262 hitter with 105 doubles, 46 home runs and 272 RBI in 938 games spanning 11 seasons with the Marlins, Phillies and Mariners. His addition brings another layer of depth to the Nationals’ bench.

While best known for his proficiency off the bench, Dobbs, a right-handed thrower, also has experience at third base and in the outfield. But it’s his services in a pinch that truly stand out. The 35-year-old is a career .247 pinch hitter and his 96 pinch hits are tied for 12th all-time.

Dobbs leads all active players in: pinch hits (Reed Johnson ranks second with 67), pinch RBI (75, Seth Smith ranks second with 41) and pinch walks (33, Jason Giambi ranks second with 31).

His 10 career pinch-hit home runs rank third among active players behind only teammate Scott Hairston (12) and Giambi (11).

Dobbs, who signed with the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on May 12, played in 15 games for the Marlins earlier this season, going 1-for-13.

Leon, 25, hit .182 with a homer (April 14 at Miami; first in his MLB career) and three RBI in 13 games for Washington. When starting behind the plate, the Nationals went 7-5 (.583).

Perez was hitting .228 in 24 games with Syracuse.

Teenage Dream

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Today, October 16, 2012, Bryce Harper turns 20. Really think about that for a moment. While you’ve heard “teenage this” and “teenage that” all season long, it is truly remarkable to step away from the list of facts and figures and just appreciate everything Harper was able to do at the highest level of the professional game before his 20th birthday. We’ll save the inevitable Mike Trout comparisons for later in the offseason, but for now, take a look back at some of the highlights and vote at the bottom of the post for the one that most impressed you during Harper’s tenure as a Major League teenager.

4/29 @ LAD: Welcome to the Show

Harper didn’t take very long to announce his presence to the Major League world, scalding a double to the wall in his first game in Los Angeles. But perhaps his most memorable play from that first series came in his second game, as he ranged deep into center field and snagged a ball off the bat of Juan Uribe right before slamming into the wall. He held on, and gunned the ball back to the infield, nearly doubling the runner off first base. The catch would set the tone for the all-out, aggressive style Nationals fans would come to know and love throughout the year.

5/6 vs. PHI: Harper Steals Home

Big-time players always seem to shine the brightest on the biggest stages. In his first early test, against the division-rival Phillies on national television, Harper was plunked on the first pitch he saw from Cole Hamels. Some forget that on Chad Tracy’s two out single to left, the rookie went first-to-third, right in front of Phillies outfielder Juan Pierre. That set up the play that everyone remembers, as Harper took advantage of a lazy pick-off attempt by Hamels and sprinted home. He slid under the tag of Carlos Ruiz, swiping home for his first Major League stolen base.

6/5 vs. NYM: Teenage Walk-off

In an epic game that featured three game-tying RBI by Ian Desmond, it was Harper who finally delivered the coup de gras. With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 12th, he laced a single the other way, handing the Nationals a walk-off win over the Mets. It marked the first Major League walk-off by a teenager since Gary Sheffield’s game-winning hit in 1988, four years before Harper was born.

6/12 @ TOR: Border Crossing

One of Harper’s calling cards on his scouting report was his prodigious power. And while he hit some big home runs in 2012, perhaps none had the awe factor of the one he teed up in Toronto, as the Nationals were busy sweeping a 6-0 road trip. His moon shot, appropriately, drew “oohs” and “ahs” from the crowd, and dented the Blackberry ad hanging from the second deck in right-center field at Rogers Centre, punctuating the sign’s slogan: Be Bold. Be bold, indeed.

8/29 @ MIA – 9/5 vs. CHC: A Pair of Two-homer Games in a Week

One of the big early-season questions was whether or not Harper would hit 20 home runs in his rookie campaign. While he was behind pace for a while, he caught fire near season’s end, homering twice on August 29 in Miami, then turning the trick again a week later against the Cubs in Washington. He finished with 22 longballs, fourth on the team behind only Desmond, Adam LaRoche and Ryan Zimmerman.

9/7 vs. MIA: Don’t Run on Bryce

Even by late in the season, word of Harper’s arm was slow to spread throughout the league. Teams continued to test him, and he continued to come up with huge defensive plays. His eight outfield assists tied him for the lead among National League rookie outfielders, and included this gem, where his bullet home beat Greg Dobbs by 20 feet.

9/21 vs. MIL: Bryce Over Braun

In a 2-1 game against a Milwaukee team still clinging to postseason dreams, reigning NL MVP Ryan Braun stood at second base with one out in the fourth inning. When Aramis Ramirez singled to center Braun sped around third and chugged towards home, and was a mere 50 feet from the plate by the time Harper unleashed the ball towards Jesus Flores. No matter, though, as the rookie delivered a strike and Flores applied the swipe tag on a stunned Braun for the out to keep the Nationals in front.

10/12 vs. STL: Welcome to the Postseason

In the final game of the 2012 campaign, Harper tripled in his first at-bat, then sent this rocket into the right-center field seats at Nationals Park for his first-ever postseason home run. We get the feeling it won’t be his last.

 

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