With the minor league season halfway into the books, it's about time for promotions. Teams are always looking for bullpen help, and the Nationals are no exception. Here are a few bullpen options down on the Nats' farm that could contribute this fall.
Austin Voth - Voth, who shows up on the weekly roundup, has great swing and miss stuff. This year he has a 8.48 K/9 to pair with a 2.15 BB/9 rate. Batters are hitting .231 against him and strands about 75% of batters who reach base.
Erik Davis - Davis is 29 and has been floating around baseball for a while, but he's putting together a good season in Syracuse. 2.70 FIP, 24% K%, and a 1.29 WHIP. He's walking 12% of batters though, and the Nats bullpen doesn't need another pitcher who walks over 10% of the batters he faces.
A.J. Cole - It hasn't been Cole's strongest year, although he's pitched better of late. While he's been starting in Syracuse, a September call-up, long relief roll would make perfect sense.
Koda Glover - He's an under-the-radar name who's been rising quickly through the system. He just got called up, but in Double-A his number were filthy: 31.2% K%, 7.5% BB% and a 2.19 FIP. Glover's another guy who can throw in the mid-to-upper 90's, and too many of those in a bullpen is never a real problem to have.
Reynaldo Lopez - Like Cole, Lopez has been a starter but slots in better as a relief pitcher. Assuming Lucas Giolito gets starts when he gets called up to DC, Lopez would make sense as another power arm in the backend of the bullpen. He's striking out 30% of the batters he faces while only walking 7%. He started off slowly but has come on strong this summer - he has at least 12 strikeouts in 3 of the last 6 games he's started.