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2024 Pitching

Innings Pitched
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Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 31.1 1 3 5.17 41 9

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Heading back to Triple-A

    The Nationals optioned Herz to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

    Unless the Nationals place another player on the injured list in a corresponding move, Herz won't be eligible to rejoin Washington for another 15 days. Though Herz was tagged for five runs (four earned) in 4.1 innings in his most recent start in Sunday's loss to the Cardinals, Mark Zuckerman of suggests that the left-hander's demotion likely isn't a result of the Nationals being dissatisfied with his performance. Instead, Washington is likely just giving him some extra rest ahead of the All-Star break, with Herz being a candidate to rejoin the big-league rotation when a fifth starter is needed to begin the second half of the season. Washington recalled right-hander Joan Adon from Triple-A to replace Herz on the 26-man active roster and provide a fresh arm out of the bullpen in the short term.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Tagged with third loss

    Herz (1-3) took the loss Sunday against the Cardinals. He allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits, two walks and four strikeouts over 4.1 innings.

    Herz pitched a clean first and third inning but ran into trouble the rest of the time before getting pulled in the fifth. His rollercoaster rookie campaign continues as he's scattered impressive starts, like the two with double-digit strikeouts, with rough outings like the one on Sunday. The 23-year-old has a 5.17 ERA with 41 strikeouts over 31.1 innings this season.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Rights ship with 10 Ks

    Herz didn't factor into the decision Tuesday against the Mets, allowing one run on five hits and no walks with 10 strikeouts across 5.2 innings.

    After dazzling with 13 strikeouts over six scoreless innings June 15, Herz yielded eight runs (seven earned) with six strikeouts and four home runs across his next two starts. However, he stopped the skid Tuesday and allowed just one run, which came on a solo homer by Francisco Lindor in the fifth. Though the 23-year-old owns a 4.67 ERA, he's flashed tantalizing fantasy upside as a rookie and is on track to face the Cardinals, who've scored the fourth-fewest runs per game this season, in his next start.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Struggles again Wednesday

    Herz (1-2) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out one batter over 3.1 innings in a loss to San Diego on Wednesday.

    Herz made it through the first inning unscathed before giving up a pair of runs in the second. He kept the Padres off the scoreboard in the third but gave up two more runs in the fourth inning before being pulled with one out in the frame. Herz was magnificent in tossing six one-hit, scoreless frames with 13 strikeouts June 15 against Miami, but he's struggled in his two starts since, allowing eight runs (seven earned) across seven innings while notching just six punchouts. It remains to be seen whether he'll stick in the rotation when Josiah Gray (elbow) and/or Trevor Williams (elbow) return, though Herz is probably good for at least his next turn given that Washington will play on 17 straight days, beginning Friday, leading up to the All-Star break.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Lackluster start in Colorado

    Herz allowed four runs (three earned) on seven hits over 3.2 innings in a no-decision Friday. He struck out five during a win over the Rockies.

    All four runs against Herz came on three homers as he stumbled in his first career appearance at Coors Field. Entering Friday's start, he'd given up only one long ball through 14.1 innings to begin his MLB tenure. Herz fired a 13-strikeout quality start against Miami on June 15 but has totaled just 12 innings in his other three outings. He's sporting a 4.50 ERA with a strong 26:5 K:BB through 18 innings. Herz is in line for a start in San Diego next week.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Dominates in first major-league win

    Herz (1-1) earned the win against the Marlins on Saturday, allowing one hit and no walks while striking out 13 over six scoreless innings.

    Herz was perfect other than a single by Jake Burger in the fifth and cruised to his first major-league win. In only his third career start, Herz registered a whopping 21 swinging strikes on 84 pitches. According to Sarah Langs of, he is only the second pitcher in history to record 13 strikeouts and no walks in one of his first three career outings. Herz's minor-league 12.9 K/9 indicates he has real potential to rack up punchouts, and he now owns a 3.77 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 21 strikeouts in his 14.1 innings for the Nationals in 2024. He tentatively lines up to face the Rockies at Coors Field next week.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Falls two outs shy of first win

    Herz did not factor into the decision Sunday, allowing two runs on four hits and three walks over 4.1 innings against Atlanta. He struck out five.

    Herz received a second start after struggling in his debut against the Mets and showed improvement in holding Atlanta to two runs. After allowing those two runs and four baserunners in the second, Herz settled down and retired six of seven batters over the next two frames. A seven-run fourth by the Nationals put Herz in line for the win, but Herz allowed two batters to reach base in the fifth and was pulled two outs shy of being eligible for his first big-league win. With both Josiah Gray and Trevor Williams remaining on the shelf, Herz looks to be in line for another start, likely to take place next weekend when the Nationals welcome the Marlins to town for a weekend set.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Drawing another start

    Herz is slated to start Sunday's game against Atlanta at Nationals Park, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.

    The rookie will get a tough draw in his second MLB start, as he'll not only oppose a formidable Atlanta offense in a hitter-friendly environment, but he'll also be matching up head-to-head with one of the National League's top pitchers in Max Fried. After getting called up from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Herz took a loss in his big-league debut against the Mets last week, giving up four earned runs on seven hits and two walks over four innings.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Shaky in big-league debut

    Herz (0-1) took the loss Tuesday as the Nationals fell 6-3 to the Mets, giving up four runs on seven hits and two walks over four-plus innings. He struck out three.

    Making his major-league debut, the 23-year-old southpaw looked good his first time through the order, but New York's hitters quickly figured him out. Herz could get a longer look in the Nats' rotation due to the team's lack of alternatives, but Josiah Gray (elbow) could be back by the middle of the month to bump the rookie back to Triple-A. Assuming he does stick around, Herz would face a tough test in his next outing, which lines up to come at home this weekend against Atlanta.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Called up for major-league debut

    The Nationals recalled Herz from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Bobby Blanco of reports.

    Herz is set to make his major-league debut Tuesday as he makes a start against the Mets in place of Trevor Williams (elbow), who was placed on the injured list. The left-hander has posted a 3.75 ERA and 42:29 K:BB over 36 innings covering nine starts for Rochester this season. Herz boasts a 33.6 percent strikeout rate during his time in the minors, but he's also generated an elevated 15.3 percent walk rate.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Dispatched to Triple-A

    The Nationals optioned Herz to Triple-A Rochester on Monday.

    Herz was one of seven players sent out of big-league camp in the Nationals' latest round of spring roster cuts. Acquired from the Cubs last July in the deal that sent Jeimer Candelario to Chicago, Herz settled at Double-A Harrisburg with his new organization and turned in a 2.55 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 53:20 K:BB in 35.1 innings. He'll get a new challenge at the Triple-A level to begin the 2024 campaign and could get a look with Washington at some point later in the season if he continues to excel with Rochester.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Gets spot on 40-man

    The Nationals selected Herz to their 40-man roster Tuesday.

    Herz was acquired from the Cubs this past July as part of the Jeimer Candelario trade and is now protected from being plucked away from another organization in next month's Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old left-hander holds a career 3.64 ERA with a whopping 413 strikeouts in 281.2 total minor-league innings.

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  • Nationals' DJ Herz: Part of Candelario return

    Herz was traded from the Cubs to the Nationals on Monday along with Kevin Made in exchange for Jeimer Candelario, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

    Herz's value has taken a tumble since he got to Double-A last season, as his below-average command became a big issue. He is repeating Double-A this year, and he is still walking too many batters (14 percent), but his 3.97 ERA and 1.42 WHIP represent significant improvements on the 8.24 ERA and 1.80 WHIP he posted in 31.2 innings at Double-A in 2022. Herz projects best as a setup man or middle reliever, but the Nationals will likely keep trying to develop him as a starter.

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  • Cubs' DJ Herz: Whiffs career-high 12

    Herz struck out a dozen Dayton hitters over five innings in his start Wednesday for High-A South Bend, allowing no runs on a hit and a hit by pitch. He now has a 1.45 ERA, 0.86 WHIP and 53:17 K:BB across 37.1 innings.

    Herz has been nearly impossible to hit in the minors going back to last season, as he allowed a composite batting average of .157 last year and has been even better with a microscopic .120 average against him this year. The main caveat for the 21-year-old is that Wednesday marked the first time in 10 starts this season that he's finished five innings, so he's never had to go through a lineup three times. His 4.1 BB/9 is a bit concerning as well. All in all, while Herz still has the potential to become a big-league starter, there's a strong probability that he ends up in a relief role -- but that's not necessarily a bad thing, as he could be a shutdown lefty out of the pen.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-3, 195 lbs
Birthplace: Fayettteville, NC
Age: 23
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, L