Nats add righty Steven Fuentes to 40-man roster

The Nationals this afternoon selected the contract of right-hander Steven Fuentes, adding him to the 40-man roster for the first time. Fuentes has been with the organization since 2013 when he signed as an undrafted free agent out of Panama.

The 23-year-old went a combined 6-5 with a 2.23 ERA in 23 games (11 starts) in 2019 for high Single-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg. He struck out 89 batters in 80 2/3 innings and recorded one save. He made all 11 starts for the Senators.

Nationals-Helmets-Dugout-Sidebar.jpgFuentes spent the 2020 season at the alternate training site and just completed participation in fall instructional league workouts and games.

“He is kind of a sinker, slider guy,” said Nats pitching coordinator Brad Holman in September. “Turns his changeup over a little bit, so it’s got the same sinking action as his fastball. Gets a lot of ground balls, which is kind of a lost art nowadays. He’s really good at it. I’m a really big fan of ground balls and sinkerball style of pitching. I know nowadays the swing-and-miss is glorified, but there’s something to be said for getting an out in one pitch.”

Fuentes is rated as the No. 26 Nats prospect by MLBPipeline.com. The Nats 40-man will be at 30 on Sunday when right-hander Joe Ross officially rejoins the club after opting out this most recent season due to the global pandemic.

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