Craig Nicholas Stammen…son of Jeff and Connie...married to Audrey, who hit a hole-in-one in January 2017 on their honeymoon... Craig captured the hole-in-one on video and it went viral, including being featured on The Today Show... Audrey has coached women's volleyball at the University of Maryland and the University of Dayton...the couple has a son, Chase Samuel Stammen...his grandfather served in the US Army...was a three-sport athlete at Versailles High School (OH)…pitched at the University of Dayton where he is the all-time strikeout leader…earned his degree in entrepreneurship and business management…was an Atlantic 10 Academic All-Conference selection…his all-time favorite baseball player is Eric Davis...enjoys listening to Zac Brown Band...has been known to frequent Chipotle...his favorite TV show is Survivor and his favorite movies are Iron Man and Tin Cup...is a fan of John Wooden's messages... roots for the Cincinnati Bengals and the University of Notre Dame...originally signed by Washington Nationals' scout Ben Jones.
Set career bests in a multitude of categories, including wins (eight), appearances (73), SO (88), WHIP (1.04), holds (23) and HR allowed (three)...Led the SD relief crew in wins (eight), appearances (73), IP (79.0), batters faced (317), holds (23), inherited runners (33), inherited runners scored percent (36.4 %); tied for most opponent GIDP (six) and ranked second in SO (88)...Threw the fewest pitches per game on average of any reliever on the club (16.0) and used an average of just 14.8 pitches per inning...His eight wins were the most by a SD reliever in a single season since Scott Linebrink also tallied eight in 2005...his seven wins against NL opponents tied for the most of any reliever (LAD's Ross Stripling, MIL's Jeremy Jeffress and Corbin Burnes)..His three HR allowed were third-fewest among all ML relievers (min. 75.0 IP)...his 17 BB tied for the second-fewest...His 5.18 SO/BB ratio ranked fifth among all NL relievers and 13th among all ML relievers...walked just 17 of the 317 batters he faced...Posted three double-digit scoreless inning stretches, which were three of the five longest of the season among all SD relievers (13.2 IP from 7/15 to 8/10, 11.1 IP from 3/29-4/17 and 11.0 IP from 5/5-5/26)...SD saw two stretches in which they won eight-straight games when he made an appearance (5/23-6/15 and 8/29- 9/16)...his previous career high in team wins in appearances he's made was six, done in 2011 and 2014...From 9/9-11, was awarded the win in consecutive appearances, tying his career high streak (also: April 12-13, 2012)...Held opponents scoreless in 27 of his last 32 games to end the season, posting a 2.34 ERA, a .177 opponent's average, 10.90 SO/9 IP and a 0.87 WHIP...Against NL opposition, he went 7-1 in 63 appearances with a 2.05 ERA (16 ER, 70.1 IP) with a .215 opponent clip... AL teams hit .273 against him, and he posted a 1-2 record in 10 appearances with an 8.31 ERA (8 ER, 8.2 IP)...Owned a 0.36 ERA this year in 23 appearances in day games (1 ER, 24.2 IP), leading all ML relievers (min. 20.0 IP)...On the road, accrued a 5-1 record in 38 games with a 2.21 ERA (10 ER, 40.2 IP)...at home, went 3-2 in 35 games with a 3.29 ERA (14 ER, 38.1 IP)...Relied on four pitches: sinker (55.9%), slider (28.4%), four-seamer (10.2%) and changeup (5.6%)...fanned 48 batters via his sinker, which was the second-most SO he's accrued in a season by a pitch since his slider delivered the final strike 54 times in 2012.
Appeared in a career-high 60 games for SD, surpassing his previous high of 59 in 2012 while with WSH... His 80.1 IP ranked third among NL relievers and fifth among all MLB relievers…they were the most since he worked 81.2 innings in 2013 while with WSH.. Fanned seven batters on 5/19 vs. ARI, which were the most he has ever struck out in his career as a reliever... On 5/19 vs. ARI and 5/23 at NYM, he tossed a season-high 3.1 IP, which were the most since he threw his 3.1 IP on 7/11/14 at PHI, while with WSH... Had a 15.0-scoreless inning streak (in a span of 13 games) from 8/17-9/18…allowed only seven hits and two walks with 16 strikeouts in that time... Faced 26 batters and inherited 24 runners with the bases loaded, which were both the most of any reliever in baseball… he allowed only two runs to score against him when pitching with the bases loaded, and his 8.3 inherited runners scored percentage was the best mark in baseball (among those who inherited at least 13 runners)…opponents posted a .077 average against him in such situations... After the All-Star break, he posted a 1.10 ERA (4 ER, 32.2 IP) in 31 appearances…the mark led all NL relievers in the second half of the season (min. 30.0 IP), and Stammen's mark was second to only David Robertson's 0.97 ERA (split between CWS and NYY)... Stammen posted a 2.08 ERA against AL opponents and a 3.27 ERA against NL foes... Allowed just five earned runs in his last 33 games and 34.2 IP from 7/5-9/30, posting a 1.30 ERA while limiting opponents to a .210 (25-for-119) average... In the last two months of the season (August and September), posted a 1.44 ERA (4 ER, 25.0 IP)…allowed one home run in those 24 appearances and fanned 21 batters... When pitching in the eighth inning or later (including extra innings), he posted a 0.53 ERA (1 ER, 17.0 IP).
Again thrived in long relief role in third complete MLB season...Went 4-5 with a 3.84 ERA in 49 games out of the bullpen...Posted finest strikeoutto-walk ratio (4.00) & walk rate (1.73 per 9.0 inn.) of his career...Led Nationals bullpen with 72.2 innings pitched...Worked a season-high 4.0 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief, May 17 vs. New York Mets...In relief appearances greater than or equal to 3.0 IP, went 1-1 with a 1.37 ERA (3 ER/19.2 IP), 15 strikeouts and a 0.81 WHIP.
Ranked 3rd in NL with team-leading 81.2 relief innings in 2nd consecutive stellar campaign pitching in both a middle- and long-relief role...at 2.76, posted top ERA among 7 big league relievers to toss at least 80.0 innings of relief...notched career bests in SO/BB ratio (2.93/1), home run rate (0.44/9.0), relief wins (7) and ground-ball percentage (71.1%)...133 ground balls induced were 5th-most in MLB per STATS, Inc....worked 2.0+ innings of relief 21 times and when doing so, registered a 1.29 ERA.
Thrived in long relief role in first complete MLB campaign...led Washington's bullpen with a career-high 6 wins...10 holds were also a career high...ranked among NL relievers in innings (2nd, 88.1), wins (tied 5th, 6) and K's (8th, 87)...worked at least 2.0 innings in 28 of 59 relief appearances...when working 2.0 or more innings, ERA was 1.89...recorded a 1.29 ERA in Sept./Oct...successfully stranded 22 of 27 inherited baserunners (81%)...in April 12 home opener vs. CIN, struck out the side on 10 pitches in the 10th inning and was rewarded with the win as the Nationals won, 3-2... one day later, pitched one scoreless inning, fanning 3, but did allow a single, to earn another win in Washington's 2-1 win on April 13 vs. CIN...pocketed first save of career with scoreless 10th in a 6-4 victory on Sept. 29 at STL.
Spent majority of the season with Triple-A Syracuse as a starter, but enjoyed 2 stints with the Nationals ... pitched well in limited time with Washington, going 1-1 with a 0.87 ERA in 7 relief appearances ... was initially recalled from Syracuse, June 4, and made two relief appearances before returning to Syracuse for the remainder of the Chiefs' season ... returned to Washington after being recalled, September 6, and finished 2011 pitching out of the bullpen ... limited opposing batters to a .088 (3-for-34) batting average against ... after rejoining the Nationals, September 6, fired 8.1 shutout innings over five appearances to close out 2011.
Pitched remarkably similar in sophomore season compared to rookie campaign of '09...began 2010 in Washington'srotation, endured a stint with Triple-A Syracuse (2-0, 2.55 ERA in 3 International League starts, June 12-23), returnedto Washington's rotation and finished pitching out of the bullpen...was 1-2 with a 5.43 ERA upon being optioned toTriple-A following start on June 6 vs. CIN...after return from Triple-A, posted a 4.82 ERA in 23 games/7 starts, fanning7.9 batters per 9.0 innings...for the season, went 4-4 with a 5.06 ERA in 19 starts, and 0-0 with one hold (Sept. 23 vs.HOU) and a 5.48 ERA in 16 relief appearances...in those 16 games out of the bullpen, struck out 25 in 23.0 innings(9.8 per 9.0 innings)...both 19 starts and 8 quality starts ranked 3rd among Nationals...induced 16 GIDPs to rank 2ndamong Nationals behind only John Lannan (19)...walked one or fewer batter in 9 of 19 starts.
Spent Spring Training in Nationals minor league camp, having never pitched above Double-A, but went 4-7 with a 5.11ERA in 19 starts for the Nationals...did not pitch after August 29...had surgery performed by Dr. Wiemi Douoguih in DCon Sept. 6 to clean out bone spurs...ground-ball specialist recorded a 1.7/1 ground ball-to-fly ball ratio that would haveranked 12th in the NL with enough innings to qualify...walked just 2.04 batters per 9.0 innings, a figure that would haveranked 8th in the NL with enough innings...walked one or none in 13 of 19 starts...thrice (L, June 12 at TBR; ND, June30 at FLA; ND, August 18 vs. COL) left in line for the win only to receive a no-decision or loss.Game-By-Game Highlights:
In big league debut, May 21 vs. PIT, retired 19 of first 20 batters faced, but received ano-decision...notched first big league win in a 3-0 victory on June 18 at NYY...became the first Nationals pitcher torecord an initial MLB win on the road since Collin Balester turned the trick on July 1, 2008 at FLA.In Minor Leagues:
Went 4-2 with a 1.80 ERA (8 ER/40.0 IP) in 7 IL starts with Syracuse...allowed one earned run orless in 5 of his 7 assignments...stingy .223 batting average against, including a .063 (2-for-32) mark with RISP.
Went combined 8-7 with a 3.52 ERA in 30 games (23 starts) with Columbus of the Triple-A International League,Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League...earned Carolina Leaguemid-season All-Star honors, but did not participate due to June 18 promotion to Harrisburg...went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERAin 6 starts with Senators...went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA in 2 starts and was named MiLB.com Eastern League Pitcher ofthe Week and Bank Of America EL Pitcher of the Week for the period ending July 13...in 4 July starts, went 3-0 with a1.08 ERA (3 ER/25.0 IP) for the Senators...pitching for Potomac on May 26 vs. Lynchburg, earned the win and struckout single-game professional high 10 en route to 8.0 innings of 2-run ball.
In 28 games (22 starts) with Potomac, went 8-6 with a 4.18 ERA...allowed only 9 home runs in 125.0 innings, or onelong ball every 14.0 innings...made 6 relief appearances with Potomac and posted .227 batting average against enroute to a 3.00 bullpen ERA...earned a spot start with Columbus on September 2 at Toledo.
Spent majority of the season with Savannah of the Single-A South Atlantic League, where he posted a 3.58 ERA in 21starts...went 3-0 with a 2.10 ERA in 5 June starts...was touched for just one home run in 21 first innings with Savannah...pitched in 7 games (6 starts) with Potomac during late-season audition.
Made 13 appearances (7 starts) with short-season Vermont of the rookie-level New York-Penn League, going 4-5 witha 4.06 ERA...spun 2.1 scoreless innings out of bullpen in professional debut, June 22 at Lowell.