Former Illini pitcher Tanner Roark was called up to the Washington Nationals Tuesday following his recent success with the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.
Aug. 6, 2013
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. - Former University of Illinois pitcher Tanner Roark was called up to the Washington Nationals Tuesday following his recent success with the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Roark went 9-3 with two saves, four holds and a 3.15 ERA in 33 games, including 11 starts, this season with the Chiefs. The Wilmington, Ill., native is the first Illini to earn a spot on an MLB roster since Kyle Hudson in 2011.
Roark spent two seasons at Illinois from 2006-07, compiling a 12-2 record with a 4.72 ERA in 24 games. He was named to the All-Big Ten second team in 2007 after going 8-2 and went 4-0 in 2006, which made him the first Illinois pitcher to finish the season undefeated since 1998. Roark was drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 25th round in 2008.
Roark is 49-40 with three saves, 13 holds and a 3.79 ERA in 163 games (96 starts) during six seasons in the Nationals' (2010-13) and Texas Rangers' ('08-10) organizations. He was acquired by Washington in a three-player trade that sent shortstop Cristian Guzman to Texas on July 31, 2010.
In 2013, he ranks among qualified International League pitchers in WHIP (0.99, first), batting average against (.217, tied for first) and earned run average (seventh), while posting a 4.2:1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (84 K/20 BB) in 105.2 innings. Roark tallied an 8-1 record with two saves and a 1.55 ERA (14 ER/81.1 IP) in his last 25 games, including eight starts, beginning May 6.