Stammen off to strong start to 2014 season

By Kyle Shaner kshaner@civitasmedia.com

May 15, 2014

WASHINGTON — Craig Stammen is off to another strong start this season as the Versailles High School alumnus has a 3.00 ERA for the Washington Nationals.

Stammen has made 12 appearances out of the Nationals’ bullpen thus far this season. He has pitched 21 innings in those games and has a 0-1 record.

The North Star product had just one real bad outing this year when he allowed five earned runs in one inning of work against the Miami Marlins on April 15 in Miami. In that 11-2 Nationals loss his ERA jumped to 6.48. But since then he’s only given up one earned run, including none in May, and his ERA has dropped back to 3.00.

Stammen’s lone loss of the season came in a 4-3 loss to the San Diego Padres when he allowed one run in three innings on the mound in a 12 inning game.

For the season Stammen has allowed seven earned runs in 21 innings. He has a 1.00 WHIP as he has allowed 18 hits and three walks this season. He’s struck out 18 batters.

The Nationals currently are in second place in the National League East, trailing only the Atlanta Braves.

Stammen also had a big personal milestone this month as he gradated from the University of Dayton on May 4. He earned his degree in entrepreneurship and is part of small group of major leaguers to have a college degree.

In the official Washington Nationals blog, Amanda Comak wrote that a 2012 Fox Sports survey found just 4.3 percent of MLB players have a college degree. Stammen joins teams Aaron Barrett, Kevin Frandsen and Ross Ohlendorf as Washington players with a college degree, Comak reported.