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Nats acquire Spann as PTBNL in DeJesus deal

Sep 19, 2013, 3:07 PM EDT

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David DeJesus had just three at-bats with the Nationals before they shipped him to Tampa Bay for a player to be named later in late August. Now, nearly a month later, that player’s name has been announced.

The Nationals received lefty relief pitcher Matt Spann in return, a 6-foot-7 former 25th round pick. The 22-year-old pitched for Tampa’s Single-A affiliate this season, the Bowing Green Hot Rods, and made 19 appearances with a  2.87 ERA.

Spann began the year as a starting pitcher, but switched to the bullpen after four starts. After making the move he held a 2.41 ERA through 41 innings pitching in relief.

Spann was drafted by the Rays in 2010 and spent four years in the minor league system. This year was his first at the Single-A level after spending time in the Gulf Coast, Appalachian and New York-Penn Leagues.

Spann also brings the Nats a little irony in the surname department. With Denard Span already in the organization, he gives the center fielder a counterpart much in the way Jordan Zimmermann is for Ryan Zimmerman.

  1. Theo - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:14 PM

    Also, Tony Renda and Anthony Rendon; Jordan Zimmermann and Taylor Jordan.

  2. Hiram Hover - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    I doubt we have to worry about much Span v Spann confusion at the big league level.

    The ERA looks ok, but the peripherals are pretty weak–1.47 WHIP, 5.25 k/9, 3.15bb/9 at single A, mostly as a reliever.

    PS – at the beginning of the season, in June, he was coming out of the BP. His 4 appearances as a SP came in July and Aug, and he was back to the BP after that.

  3. Doc - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Ah well, they probably said the same thing about T. Roark, after he was sent to us for Guzman.

    Still wonder what/who did wonders for Tanner after so many mediocre minor league years.

    • Hiram Hover - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:06 PM

      Agreed – no one ever worried about confusion between Tanner Roark and Denard Span.

  4. Doc - Sep 19, 2013 at 3:59 PM

    Once they work out the DNA stuff, maybe we can put in a claim for another Spahn–Warren by name.

  5. naterialguy - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    I think this could be the missing link

  6. Section 222 - Sep 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    Meanwhile, DeJesus has started 17 games for the Rays and has a slashline of .258/.343/.339 with 5 doubles and no HRs in 71 PAs. Hairston has started 7 games for the Nats and is batting .306/.316/.556 with 3 doubles and 2 HRs in 39 PAs. Maybe Rizzo knew what he was doing on that one.

    But of course Chad Tracy, our LH hairy chested guy, is batting .187/.225/.293 in 129 PAs this season. That’s up from his season nadir of .131/ .172/.180 on June 4. The last time his BA touched the Mendoza line was May 24, and, believe it or not, he has never, I repeat, never, been over it. It’s a record of futility that I hope will never be approached by someone on the Nats 25-man roster again.

  7. Joe Seamhead - Sep 19, 2013 at 7:52 PM

    Maybe WODLcould educate us all on this Spann fellow.

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