February 28, 2012; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals relief pitcher Atahualpa Severino (59) during portrait day at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

Nationals Designate Atahualpa Severino For Assignment


The Washington Nationals designated pitcher Atahulapa Severino for assignment on August 6th. Severino was signed by the Expos as a non-drafted free agent in 2004, and has been with the organization since then.

The left hander has been used as a reliever during his time with the Expos/Nationals. He has steadily moved up the minor league ranks, and has spent part of the last three years with AAA Syracuse. His only major league appearances were six games last year when he was called up after the rosters expanded in September. He posted a 1-0 record with a 3.86 ERA in six games with the Nats.

This year at Syracuse, he had appeared in 40 games and was 3-0 with a 2.72 ERA. Severino’s problem has always been control. He has given up 32 hits and struck out 39 batters in 43 innings this year, but has walked 30 batters and given up 13 earned runs.

A left handed reliever sporting a 2.72 ERA in a full season at the highest level of the minor leagues will probably attract some interest from other teams. It is doubtful that Severino will clear waivers and is likely headed to another organization desperate for left handed bullpen help.

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