In 2007, John Lannan came out of nowhere. An 11th-round afterthought in 2005, Lannan climbed the minor league ladder quickly, going a combined 12-3, 2.87 before finishing the season with the Nationals where the 22-year-old went 2-2, 4.15. Since then, Lannan has won 18 games and been the team’s presumptive ace. Man, if the Nationals could find just one more pitcher to come out of nowhere, 2010 could be a fun year to watch. Ladies and gentlemen, meet J.D. Martin, the next John Lannan. It’s not that Martin wasn’t a known commodity in the baseball world. The Cleveland Indians chose the high school pitcher in the first round of the 2001 amateur draft, using their compensation pick for the departed Manny Ramirez. Martin had tremendous c ...
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