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Washington Nationals’ latest round of cuts sends group of right-handers to Triple-A...

SB Nation logo SB Nation 3/19/2019 Patrick Reddington
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Washington’s Nationals optioned four pitchers to Triple-A Syracuse, and reassigned two players to their Minor League camp on Monday afternoon.

There were no surprises in the third round of cuts when the Washington Nationals made the official announcement after splitting a split-squad doubleheader with the Miami Marlins and New York Mets on Monday.

Austin Voth, Jimmy Cordero, Kyle McGowin, and Tanner Rainey were all optioned to Triple-A Fresno, and veteran reliever J.J. Hoover, who will remain with the organization, according to Washington Post writer Jesse Dougherty, and outfielder Hunter Jones were both reassigned to Minor League camp.

Voth, 26, debuted in the majors in 2018, making four appearances and two starts, in which he had a 6.57 ERA, a 6.00 FIP, six walks (4.38 BB/9), and 11 Ks (8.03 K/9) over 12 13 IP, to go along with a 4.37 ERA, 3.89 FIP, 40 walks (2.86 BB/9), and 117 Ks (8.38 K/9) in 24 starts and 125 23 IP at Triple-A.

The Nationals’ 2013 5th Round pick made five appearances in relief this Spring, giving up 10 hits, five walks, and four earned runs in 8 23 IP before he was optioned out.

Cordero, 27, made 22 appearances out of the Nationals’ bullpen in 2018, with a 5.68 ERA, a 5.48 FIP, 12 walks (5.68 BB/9), and 12 Ks (5.68 K/9) in 19 IP, and he had a 1.96 ERA and a 2.59 FIP, 22 walks (4.30 BB/9), and 53 Ks (10.37 K/9) in 41 games and 46 IP at Triple-A.

The one-time Philadelphia Phillies’ prospect, acquired in November of 2016, made a total of five appearances this Spring, giving up 12 hits and five earned runs in five innings.

McGowin, 27, debuted in the majors last season as well, making five appearances and one start, with a 5.87 ERA, 6.42 FIP, five walks (5.87 BB/9), and eight Ks (9.39 K/9) in 7 23 IP.

He had a strong run between Double-A Harrisburg, where he had a 3.69 ERA, a 2.97 FIP, 19 walks (2.19 BB/9), and 94 Ks (10.85 K/9) in 13 starts and 78 IP, and Triple-A Syracuse, where he put a 1.20 ERA, 2.92 FIP, nine walks (1.54 BB/9), and 44 Ks (7.52 K/9) in eight starts and 52 2⁄3 IP.

McGowin, acquired in a December 2016 trade with the LA Angels, made five appearances out of the bullpen this Spring, giving up four hits, five walks, and four runs in 6 13 IP.

Rainey, 26, put up a 2.60 ERA, a 3.47 FIP, 36 walks (6.23 BB/9), and 65 Ks (11.25 K/9) in 45 games and 52 IP for the Triple-A Louisville Bats in 2018, making eight appearances out of the bullpen for the Cincinnati Reds, and giving up 13 hits, 12 walks, and 19 runs over seven innings in the majors.

Acquired in the trade that sent Tanner Roark to the Reds this winter, Rainey gave up nine hits, three walks, and seven earned runs in 4 23 IP this Spring.

Jones, 27, split the 2018 campaign between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse in the Nationals’ system, with a .298/.384/.376 line, five doubles, three triples, and three HRs over 70 games and 294 PAs at AA, and a .305/.354/.466 line, nine doubles, three triples, and two home runs in 37 games and 144 PAs at AAA. He was 7 for 31 (.226/.333/.226) in 22 games this Spring.

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