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Ross Detwiler

Washington Nationals — No. 48
Starting pitcher
Born: March 6, 1986 (1986-03-06) (age 23)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: Right Throws: Left 
MLB debut
September 7, 2007 for the Washington Nationals
Career statistics
(through 2009)
Win-Loss     1-6
Earned run average     4.93
Strikeouts     44

Ross Emery Detwiler (born March 6, 1986 in St. Louis, Missouri) is a Major League Baseball pitcher for the Washington Nationals. He is a 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 175 pounds (79 kg) left-handed pitcher with a mid 90s miles per hour fastball. He throws a fastball, curveball, and changeup.[1]




College baseball career

In college, Detwiler pitched for Missouri State University of the Missouri Valley Conference. In 2006, he was a member of the All-MVC Tournament team,[2] and also pitched 10⅓ innings in two starts for Falmouth in the Cape Cod League, accruing a 1.74 ERA, striking out 14 batters and issuing three walks.[3] In 2007, he finished his third year with a 2.22 ERA in 14 starts and 100 strikeouts in 89 innings.[4]

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals drafted him in the first round (sixth overall) in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, making him the highest Missouri State draft pick in history.[5] Detwiler was the fifth pitcher taken by the Washington Nationals/Montreal Expos franchise in the first round of the draft in the last six years following Clint Everts, Chad Cordero and Bill Bray in 2002, 2003 and 2004, respectively, and Colton Willems taken in 2006.[6]

During the summer of his freshman year in college Detwiler played for Wentzville Legion Post 323. Detwiler dominated his opponents during the season but still had one loss.

Detwiler in 2008

After being drafted and signed by the Nationals, he pitched four games in the rookie Gulf Coast League, and then five games with the high A Potomac Nationals. On 7 September 2007, he made his major-league debut, pitching one hitless inning in relief against the Atlanta Braves, striking out one.[7] He became the first player drafted in the 2007 Draft to appear in a major-league game.[8] He joined Cordero and Ryan Zimmerman as the third member of the Nationals franchise to be called up to the major leagues in the same year that he was drafted.[5]

Detwiler opened the 2009 season with the Harrisburg Senators of the Class AA Eastern League. However, due to the injury of Scott Olsen, he was called up to make his first MLB start on May 18th against the Pirates. He went 5 innings and allowed 3 runs, striking out 6.

Personal life

He is represented by Creative Artists Agency who also represent Zimmerman.[9] He has an older brother, Wesley Detwiler, who lives in Des Moines, Iowa and works for Aviva Investors.


  1. ^ "2007 draft report". Minor League Baseball. 2007-02-23. Retrieved 2007-09-18.  
  2. ^ Bill Ladson (July 6, 2007). "Nationals welcome Detwiler to fold".  
  3. ^ "2006 Cape Cod League Team Stats". Retrieved 2008-10-12.  
  4. ^ "2007 Missouri State baseball statistics". Retrieved 2008-10-12.  
  5. ^ a b "Detwiler in the big leagues, called up by Washington Nationals". September 3, 2007.  
  6. ^ Ladson, Bill (2007-06-07). "Nats stick with pitching at top of Draft". MLB Advanced Media, L.P.. Retrieved 2007-09-18.  
  7. ^ "Washington Nationals at Atlanta Braves (box score)". ESPN Internet Ventures. 2007-09-07. Retrieved 2007-09-18.  
  8. ^ Tom Keller (September 10, 2007). "Notes: Detwiler absorbing Majors: Draft pick trying not to be overwhelmed by stay with club".  
  9. ^ "Nationals Journal". The Washington Post Company. 2007-06-07. Retrieved 2007-09-18.  

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