By Michael Marzzacco
The Nationals’ rosters expanded in September as they called up seven players earlier this month and added two more on Tuesday.
Among those are right-hander Mat Latos, left-hand reliever Sean Burnett, catcher Pedro Severino, outfielder Brian Goodwin, right-handed pitchers Trevor Gott and Rafael Martin, and left-handed pitcher Matt Grace.
In six minor league starts Latos went 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA after starting the season with the Chicago White Sox. Both him and Burnett had their contracts selected by Washington from AAA affiliate Syracuse. Those other players mentioned are also from Syracuse. In the process the Nationals designated outfielder Matt den Dekker for assignment and moved right-hander Joe Ross from the 15 to the 60-day DL with right shoulder inflammation.
On Tuesday, the Nats brought in two more players: pitcher Lucas Giolito and infielder Wilmer Difo. Giolito is baseball’s top prospect. The 22 year old has made four starts with the Nats this season and holds a 5.62 ERA. In the minors, he’s held a 2.97 ERA through 22 starts.