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Friday, July 06, 2007

Welcome #18, Ross Detwiler!

The Washington Nationals held a press conference at 4:00 PM to introduce Ross Detwiler. The LHP signed after a brief introduction. He was the third ranked pitcher and the 6th overall ranked player in this year's draft.

Don Sutton and Bob Carpenter briefly discussed their thoughts before the press conference, emphasizing his 90-95 fastball and "back-breaking" curveball. Everyone seems to be in agreement that we'll be seeing Ross in the Major League very soon.

Carpenter and Sutton added that his playing time for Team USA and in the Cape Cod League have prepared him well for the MLB.

General Manager Jim Bowden and Director of Scouting, Dana Brown briefly welcomed Detwiler before he signed. Detwiler said that it was an honor to play with the Nationals.

Next, Bowden introduced Ryan Zimmerman whose, "How are ya?" elicited laughter from the room. Ryan stressed to Ross that the Washington Nationals are going to be good, "a lot sooner than the people in this room think."

Chad Cordero then Congratulated Ross and told him to work hard and remember that it is an honor to play in the nation's capitol.

Ross took a few questions, with help from Zimmerman and Cordero before putting on his jersey. Zimmerman assured the media that they are far more terrifying than anything Ross will encounter on the field.

Welcome to the Nationals, Ross!

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