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57 Tanner Roark RP
Height/Weight: 6-2/220 | Birthdate: 10/5/1986 | Birthplace: Wilmington, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Washington | College: None | MLB Experience: 2 | Owned/Started%: 24/14 | Average Draft Position: 265.63
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Tanner Roark hit hard in second start


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark had a much tougher time of things in his second start Friday against the Braves, after opening the season with a quality start.

Roark had trouble with the Braves almost from the start, as he fell behind early with a four-run second inning. Roark was ultimately tagged for five runs in 4 2/3 innings of work, on five hits and a walk, while striking out three.

The Nationals have discussed the possibility of moving Roark back to the bullpen, but there are currently no plans for that. At this point, his next start is scheduled for Wednesday against the Marlins.


Tanner Roark might relieve Thursday, lose Friday start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/10/2014) Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark is the scheduled starter for the Nationals against Atlanta on Friday, but he could be forced to pitch in relief Thursday, per MASN.com. That would knock him out of the starting assignment.

Washington has had nine relief appearances in the last two days, so its bullpen has been thinned out for the Thursday game.


Nationals finalize rotation plans for rest of week


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2014) The Nationals finalized their rotation plans for the rest of the week.

Manager Matt Williams said Jordan Zimmermann will start Wednesday and Stephen Strasburg will finish off the Miami series Thursday. Tanner Roark will then start Friday's series opener against the Braves, with Taylor Jordan going Saturday and Gio Gonzalez on Sunday.


Tanner Roark picks up win in season debut


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark picked up a win in his season debut Thursday.

Roark wasn't initally scheduled to pitch, but got the call after Jordan Zimmermann was ruled out due to flu-like symptoms. Roark struggled early, allowing two runs in the first inning. He threw 31 pitches during that inning.

Roark settled in afterwards, throwing just eight pitches in the second, and seven pitches in the third inning. Roark was also unscored upon in the fourth and fifth before striking out the side in the sixth inning. 

Roark finished the game with five strikeouts and three walks over six innings. He allowed six hits. Roark's next start could come against the Marlins, but it depends on how the Nationals handle the rotation once Zimmermann returns.


Tanner Roark gets surprise start Thursday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(4/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark will start Thursday, according to ESPN.

Jordan Zimmermann was expected to get the nod, but has been scratched from the start. Zimmermann is dealing with flu-like symptoms. Roark was expected to start later in the week, but will have his season debut pushed up to Thursday.


Tanner Roark to pitch home opener for Nationals


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Nationals right-hander Tanner Roark, who clinched a rotation spot when it was determined that Doug Fister will be unaivalable to start the season, will make his 2014 debut in the home opener on April 4 against Atlanta.

Roark had been competing with Taylor Jordan for the last rotation spot, but both will start until Fister returns.


Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan make opening day roster


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/28/2014) When it comes to the Nationals fifth starter, everybody wins, according to MLB.com.

Both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan have been informed that they've made the team's opening day roster. An official announcement is expected to be made Saturday. Both players should have an opportunity to start at least one time through the rotation, as Doug Fister is doubtful to make his first start due to a lat injury. It's unclear which pitcher will stay in the rotation once Fister returns, though Roark seems to be the slight favorite. For now, both pitchers will get a shot to show what they can do.


Nationals pit fifth starter candidates against each other Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/26/2014) The Nationals will throw Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan during Saturday's game against the Tigers, according to CSN.

Both players are in competition for the fifth starter job with the club. A decision will likely be made shortly after Saturday's game. Roark posted a 1.51 ERA in 53 2/3 innings, mostly out of the bullpen, last year. Jordan posted a 3.66 ERA over 51 2/3 innings, all of which came as a starter.


Nationals yet to make decision about fifth starter


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/24/2014) The Nationals are going down to the wire to select the team's fifth starting pitcher between Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan, per The Washington Post.

"The decision hasn’t been made," pitching coach Steve McCatty said Monday.


Tanner Roark stays sharp vs. Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark put together another solid outing on Sunday, lasting 5 2/3 innings in a 3-1 loss to the Mets.

Roark surrendered one run on two hits and one walk while striking out five. He lowered his ERA from 4.50 to 3.29 after his third straight start. He has a 11:3 K:BB ratio over 13 2/3 innings pitched.

Tanner Roark strengthens case to make rotation


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Tanner Roark helped his bid to win a spot in the team's rotation during a minor-league start Tuesday. The right-hander allowed only two singles and struck out seven in 72 pitches over what amounted to seven innings of work, per The Washington Post.

"You try to get a read off what he does with the hitters," pitching coach Steve McCatty said. "The minor league guys are a little bit different sometimes, not used to the breaking balls or whatever. But I thought he spotted the ball extremely well. He threw his offspeed. He was able to drop the curveball over for a strike. I thought it was really good.

"It wasn’t the 98-mph stuff that everybody’s always raving about. It was just the location of pitches and pounding the zone with strikes. I thought he did a really nice job."


Tanner Roark gives up three runs vs. Astros Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/12/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark surrendered three earned runs on three hits and two walks while striking out three in 3 1/3 innings in his team's 10-9 loss to the Astros Wednesday.

Roark allowed one run in the first inning before coughing up a two-run home run in the third inning. He came back on to start the fourth, struck out his first batter and then was pulled. Roark, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation, has given up four earned runs in eight innings over three appearances.


Tanner Roark strikes out three vs. Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark allowed one earned run on four hits while striking out three in 2 2/3 innings in his team's 8-5 win over the Astros Friday.

Roark was filling in for Doug Fister after the latter was sidelined with elbow inflammation, and he put together a solid performance as he continues to battle for a spot at the end of the rotation. He's surrendered one run in 4 2/3 innings while striking out three and walking none this spring.


Tanner Roark gets the start Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark will get the start Friday, the team announced.

Doug Fister was expected to start, but is dealing with some elbow inflammation. The injury is not considered serious. Roark is competing for a job at the back end of the team's rotation. He posted a 1.51 ERA in 53 2/3 innings last year.


Tanner Roark pitches two scoreless innings Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/3/2014) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark allowed two hits in two scoreless innings in his spring debut Monday as the Nationals lost to the Yankees, 4-2.

"Today, for his first outing, [Roark] was in the zone good," said manager Matt Williams. "That was what we saw last year. More of the same."

Roark, who is competing for the fifth spot in the rotation this spring, went 7-1 with a 1.51 ERA, 0.91 WHIP and 40:11 K:BB ratio in 53 2/3 innings over 14 appearances (five starts) last season.


Put Tanner Roark on your radar for next spring


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(10/28/2013) With the likely departure of free agent Dan Haren, the Nationals will need a fifth starter next season, and Tanner Roark is a potential candidate to fill that vacancy. None other than Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams seems to think he's a strong candidate, as he told MASN.com, "I think he showed you that the last two months of the season...he is going to be a guy who is going to be a big asset to this organization for years to come."

Should Roark nail down a starting job, he is someone to consider in the later rounds of standard mixed league Fantasy drafts next spring. Granted, Roark has a limited track record of success as a starter, as his best minor league work generally came out of the bullpen. As a starter, he hasn't missed a lot of bats, though his minor league track record suggests he should improve on last season's 5.7 percent swinging strike rate in the Nationals' rotation (per StatCorner.com). Roark has been a reliable strike-thrower for much of his career, so even as a pitch-to-contact type, he could be relevant in standard mixed leagues.

Consider how valuable control artists Bartolo Colon and Bronson Arroyo were this past season, and factor in that Roark could be a better source of strikeouts than either, plus he's more of a ground ball pitcher, and that should help his ERA. That's enough to make Roark a potential bargain with a late-round pick.


Tanner Roark makes statement in no-decision


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Nationals starter Tanner Roark took a no-decision despite a tremendous start Sunday against Arizona.

Roark allowed one unearned run on three hits and a walk over seven innings. He struck out three and finishes the season with an impressive 1.51 ERA. Look for him to make a play for a starting job next season.

Tanner Roark to start over Gio Gonzalez Sunday


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/29/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson announced that Tanner Roark -- not Gio Gonzalez -- will take the mound for the final game of the season Sunday at Arizona.

Gonzalez was rumored to start Sunday in order to reach the 200-mark in strikeouts and innings. He finished the year 11-8 with a 3.36 ERA, a 1.25 WHIP and a 192:76 K:BB ratio over 195 2/3 innings (32 starts).


Tanner Roark loses in final start


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(9/23/2013) Nationals starter Tanner Roark made just his fourth career start Monday night in St. Louis. It was also his last start of 2013 for the Nationals.

Roark threw 97 pitches and struck out five batters, but suffered his first losing decision of the year. He gave up four earned runs on nine hits and a walk over five innings to fall to 7-1. His ERA is still excellent at 1.74.

This was definitely Roark's toughest outing thus far as he'd given up just three runs in his previous 22 1/3 innings pitched. He's had a fine year as a 26-year-old. Washington has decided to shut down Roark going forward as Monday was his final start of the season. The team will announce who will jump into the rotation spot for the final series of the season at Arizona.

Tanner Roark blanks Braves


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/17/2013) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (7-0) turned in another solid outing as he earned his seventh win of the season in Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Braves. The right-hander allowed only two hits and one walk while striking out six over seven scoreless innings of a 4-0 victory.

Roark has won three consecutive starts and has allowed only two earned runs over that span (19 innings). He will look to keep things going Monday at St. Louis. He is 4-0 with a 1.61 ERA in five appearances (two starts) away from Nationals Park.

Tanner Roark stays sharp in win over Mets


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/12/2013) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark (6-0) tossed a quality start as he earned his sixth win of the season Thursday afternoon against the Mets. The right-hander, who made his second career start, allowed two runs on six hits and one walk while striking out three over six innings of a 7-2 victory.

Roark has allowed only two runs combined through two big-league starts (12 innings). He is scheduled to make his next start Tuesday at home against the Braves. He has allowed only one run in 12 1/3 innings pitched at home this season.

Tanner Roark wins first start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2013) Making the first major-league start of his career Saturday, Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark threw six scoreless innings while giving up four hits, striking out six and walking none in his team's 9-2 win over the Marlins.

Roark is now 5-0, having posted four wins in nine relief appearances before Saturday's start. He owns a 0.94 ERA, 0.87 WHIP and 23:7 K:BB ratio going into Thursday's scheduled start against the Mets.


Tanner Roark starting Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2013) Nationals pitcher Tanner Roark will get an opportunity in the starting rotation, according to The Washington Post

Roark will start Saturday against the Marlins. Ross Ohlendorf will move back to the rotation. In 22 2/3 innings, Roark has a 1.19 ERA. 


Tanner Roark to replace Ross Ohlendorf in rotation?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/2/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson is once again considering replacing Ross Ohlendorf in the rotation with rookie Tanner Roark after Ohlendorf labored through five innings Sunday against the Mets, according to The Washington Post. Among the reasons for Johnson wanting to move Ohlendorf back into a relief role is because fluctutations in Ohlendorf's velocity and his inability to bounce back quickly.

"But now that we have more guys in the ‘pen, it might be easier to make that move,” Johnson said of moving Ohlendorf back into a relief role.


Ross Ohlendorf likely to start Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2013) Nationals manager Davey Johnson said that Ross Ohlendorf will "probably" start Sunday's game against the Mets over Tanner Roark and Stephen Strasburg, the latter of whom pitched just two innings in a rain-shortened start Wednesday, the Washington Post reports.

Johnson could change his mind if Roark doesn't pitch in relief Thursday, although the manager told Roark he'd be the first one up in the bullpen Thursday. Johnson also wants to keep Strasburg on his regular schedule.