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Juckett (District on Deck) on Fedde's new reliever role

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  • Juckett (District on Deck) on Fedde's new reliever role

    In a surprise move, the Washington Nationals will move Erick Fedde to a relief role. What will this mean for them and his future?

    The Washington Nationals will move top pitching prospect Erick Fedde into the bullpen for the rest of the year.

    With pen depth a major issue on the bug club, the Nats hope they can make a quick conversion of Fedde and call him up this year. By doing so, they are making a major gamble in two areas where Washington is short...

    His offspeed pitches are ready. It is swing and miss stuff. The fastball needs work. Fedde did not command it well in his two spring starts and the pitch is flat...
    So, I take it that Juckett would not have agreed with the move.

    I'm just curious, though, if the decision was made, less with regard to what is going on with the big club, and more with regard to the reality of what Fedde offers... ie, not sure his ceiling is all that high to begin with, and perhaps the idea is that maybe his development is better served to go this direction now instead of later.

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