The Nats will have another debut with the promotion of Wil Crowe to the active roster as the 29th player for this doubleheader. In a 2020 anomaly, the Nats will be the visiting team in Nats Park which will allow Crowe to pitch after Marlins call-up Sixto Sanchez makes his MLB debut. The dueling duos of MLB debuts is rare in a game not played in September. Crowe joins fellow teammates like Seth Romero, Dakota Bacus, Luis Garcia, and Kyle Finnegan who have all made their MLB debuts this season.
“Obviously, it’s Max’s day,” manager Dave Martinez told reporters on Friday afternoon. “So Max will pitch one of the games. We don’t know if it’s game 1 or Game 2 yet and then we’ll decide which game we’ll go — it’s either going to be Fedde, which that’s what I’m leaning towards, so we’ll see.”
Things changed after the game when Martinez did a changeup and said they had not decided who was going to start the second game of the doubleheader. A source confirmed that it would be Crowe making the start.
As a right-handed pitcher, Crowe has a full repertoire of pitches featuring an above-average changeup to complement his fastball which sits in the low-to-mid 90’s. He also has two breaking pitches using a slider and curveball.
Crowe is a Tommy John surgery and had the surgery done while he was still at the University of South Carolina. The surgery was performed by Dr. Andrews who performed several surgeries for Nats’ players. Crowe will make his debut 2 ½ weeks prior to his 26th birthday. The Nationals drafted him in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB amateur Draft from University of South Carolina. He slid in the prospect rankings the last two years although looked good in the shortened Spring Training.
It is the first time since September 7th of 2010 when Yunesky Maya of the Nats squared off against Dillon Gee of the Mets for a dueling duo of debuts.
Washington Nationals vs. Miami Marlins
Stadium: Nationals Park, Washington, D.C.
1st Pitch: 7:45 pm EDT
TV: MASN2; MLB Network (out-of-market); MLB App out-of-market
Nats Radio: 106.7 The Fan and via the MLB app
Line-ups subject to change without notice:
Game #2 of the #Nats doubleheader:
Wil Crowe RHP
— Talk Nats ⚾ (@TalkNats2) August 22, 2020