With Spring Training over a month away, Washington Nationals’ fans will be focusing on whether or not their Major League team finally has enough to get to a World Series, there are some key Minor League notes that should be focused on. One of them is the progress of the team’s first round pick in last year’s draft.
Right-handed pitcher Erick Fedde is already in progression on his rehab from the Tommy John surgery that he had in May. Even with that news, the Nats still took the pitcher with the 18th pick in the draft.
In his final season at UNLV, Fedde went 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA over the course of 11 starts. He struck out 82 batters over 76.2 innings pitched. His career college ERA as of 3.18 was fourth in the history of the Runnin’ Rebels.
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This offseason, the 21-year-old is throwing from 90 feet away and is at the team’s facility in Viera, Florida to begin his throwing program, according to Bill Ladson of MLB.com.Fedde told Ladson over the telephone about how the rehab is going for him:
"“I’m progressing pretty well. There are good days and bad days when I’m throwing. I was told that was to be expected. I’m continuing with the shoulder rehab. Now I can finally lift and do weight training. My body is starting to feel back to normal.” (h/t MLB.com)"
Fedde has also had conversations with Nats’ starter Stephen Strasburg and prospect Lucas Giolito, both of whom have had Tommy John surgery themselves. He has a two-seam fastball and slider, but Fedde told Lawson that he wants to “become a little more rounded pitcher to help the Nationals.”
Fedde is currently the number five prospect in the Nationals’ system according to Baseball Prospectus and number four on both Baseball America and MLB Pipeline’s list. He hopes to be pitching in games by the middle of this year.