On a veteran pitching staff in Washington, 26-year-old Erick Fedde is proving he belongs. The Las Vegas native was originally called up from the Double-A Harrisburg Senators in April to help bolster a struggling Nationals' bullpen, but quickly transitioned back to starting once Jeremy Helickson was placed on the injured list with a shoulder strain.
30 2/3 innings pitched later, and Fedde boasts a 2.93 ERA and what is seemingly a solidified spot in Washington's core rotation.
During Tuesday's live stream of The Racing Presidents on the MyTeams app, Fedde was a featured guest and spoke to just how meaningful Max Scherzer's presence and guidance has been to his development as a big leaguer.
"That mentorship is everything," he said. "I think, maybe some players aren't lucky enough to have guys like him on their staff. I can honestly say he wants the best for me and I think that's the best part about it. Hopefully now we're seeing it pay off that I'm learning from him and helping the team."
As for Fedde's clubhouse nickname, 'Fetty Wap'? You know, the famous rapper whose best known single "Trap Queen" put him on the map in 2015? He'll keep it.
"When it comes to nicknames, you could get stuck with a lot worse so you just embrace the good ones as soon as you can."
You can listen to the full interview and podcast on The Racing Presidents below:
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