The Hagerstown Suns, in conjunction with the Washington Nationals, announce RHP Jorge Pantoja and RHP Sam Held have been promoted to the Potomac Nationals (A-Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals).
Pantoja is heading to Potomac for the second time in his career after beginning this season with eight scoreless innings of work out of the pen for Hagerstown in the Class A South Atlantic League. Pantoja gave up his first and only run Thursday at Lakewood. The 23-year-old former Alabama State standout posted a 1-0 record with one save and a 0.93 ERA in five appearances (9.2 IP). The Nationals selected Pantoja in the 30th round of the 2015 draft. He posted a stellar 9-1 record in relief work for the Suns during the 2016 season before earning a brief, late-season promotion to Potomac for six games.
Held earned his first promotion to Potomac in his second pro season with a 1.17 ERA out of the pen in four appearances with the Suns this season. The 22-year-old University of Nevada alum struck out seven batters in 7.2 innings, finishing with a 1-1 record. Held was taken by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2016 draft. Last season, Held played for the GCL Nationals, Auburn, and Hagerstown, where he pitched nine innings for the Suns and struck out seven batters.
The Suns have added a pair of right-handed pitchers from Extended Spring Training: 25-year-old David Ramos and 19-year-old Steven Fuentes. Ramos pitched for the Suns in 28.2 innings combined during the 2014 and 2015 seasons. Fuentes joins Hagerstown for the first time in his fourth professional season.
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