|Jordan Zimmermann (via Wiki Commons)|
Roark ("ROW-ARK"), 27, had quite a different path to the majors than Jordan Zimmermann. Acquired by the Nats as a minor-leaguer from the Texas Rangers in 2010 (25th round draft pick), Roark posted mixed results with various minor league teams, reaching Triple-A Syracuse in 2012. In 2013, his stats were good enough (9-3 ERA 3.15) for the Nats to call him up when injuries sidelined the half-dozen major- and minor-league pitchers who were ahead of him in the depth charts. He made his debut out of the bullpen on August 7, 2013 with two scoreless innings (coming in for Jordan Zimmermann) and was part of the Nats' late-season surge. During spring training, Roark competed with Taylor Jordan for the final spot in the rotation, but now both pitchers will have their chance. Roark is under team control through 2019.
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