A bevy of minor leaguers had to move from the major-league side of camp to the minor-league facility on Monday.
Among them was starting pitcher Austin Voth, who is one of the few remaining pitching prospects in the Washington Nationals’ system following an offseason trade that sent Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez to the Chicago White Sox for Adam Eaton.
Voth finished with a 3.15 ERA for Triple-A Syracuse last season, where he will also start this season. Since the Nationals’ starting rotation appears intact — pending the cooperation of Max Scherzer’s achy ring finger — there is not yet room for Voth. The fifth-round pick in 2013 will have to start with Syracuse and see if there is a chance during the season to come to the major leagues.
Also optioned Monday were right-handed pitcher Jimmy Cordero and infielder Matt Skole, who will join Voth at Triple-A Syracuse. Catcher Raudy Read was optioned to Double-A Harrisburg.
Right-handed pitcher Dustin Antolin, right-handed pitcher Taylor Hill, infielder Corban Joseph, infielder Drew Ward and outfielder Andrew Stevenson were reassigned to minor-league camp.
After surgery to repair the stress fracture in his left elbow, left-handed pitcher Nick Lee was reassigned to minor-league camp to continue his rehab.
One person still in major-league camp: Prospect Erick Fedde. Following the departure of Giolito and Lopez, Fedde is the Nationals’ pitching prospect with the most buzz. He threw three scoreless innings in his first spring training start on Sunday. Fedde, 24, has never pitched above the double-A level.
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