Tanner Roark, Starting Pitcher, Washington Nationals, #57
Date of Birth: 10/5/1986
Birthplace: Wilmington, Illinois
College: University of Illinois
Tanner Roark, starting pitcher for the Washington Nationals, started his professional baseball career in 2008 when he played for an independent league. Later that year, he was drafted by the Texas Rangers. He played in the Rangers' minor league system from 2008 until July, 2010, when he was traded to the Washington Nationals.
Roark split his time in 2013 between the minor leagues and the Nationals. He finished his minor league career with a 49-42 record, 573 strikeouts to 207 walks, and a 4.04 ERA in 166 games. In 2013, he pitched 53.2 innings in 14 games with the Nationals and he finished the season with a 7-1 record and an impressive 1.51 ERA.
In 2014, his first full season in the major leagues, Roark pitched 198.2 innings in 31 games. He finished the season with a 15-10 record, 138 strikeouts to 39 walks, and a 2.85 ERA. In the postseason, he pitched 2.2 innings in 2 games and he gave up 3 hits, 1 run, and 1 home run.
Roark pitched out of the Nationals' starting rotation and their bullpen in 2015. He finished the season with a 4-7 record, 1 save, 70 strikeouts to 26 walks, and a 4.38 ERA in 111.0 innings in 40 games.
Roark had a good 2016 season, finishing with a 2.83 ERA in 34 games. He had career highs in wins (16 to 10 losses) and strikeouts (172 to 73 walks) in 210.0 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 4.1 innings in 1 game and he gave up 7 hits and 2 runs.
Roark had a 4.67 ERA in 32 games with the Nationals in 2017. He finished the season with 13 wins and 11 losses and 166 strikeouts to 64 walks in 181.1 innings. He didn't pitch in the postseason.
Career pitching statistics for Roark through 2017 include:
- 151 games played
- 754.2 innings pitched
- 55-39 win-loss record
- 586 strikeouts to 213 walks
- 3.41 ERA