Collin Balester Promoted to Harrisburg

"It always feels good to be going up."

Collin Balester, who has been the Potomac Nationals' most consistent pitcher of late, was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg on Monday and will be joining the team on Tuesday. He is scheduled to make his debut on Thursday, August 24th against Altoona.

Although his overall statistics may not tell the whole story, Collin Balester has more than earned himself a promotion. Following a string of quality starts, the 6-foot-5 was showing mastery of the Carolina League and appeared more than ready for the next level. As of now, he is scheduled to make his Double-A debut for the Senators on Thursday against the Altoona Curve. Balester received the news on Monday.

"I was watching the Little League World Series with my dad and then [Potomac manager] Edgar [Caceres] called and told me the news," an enthusiastic Collin Balester told CapitolDugout.com soon after receiving word of his promotion. "And, it felt great. I mean, it always feels good to be going up."

Despite his recent hot streak on the mound, Washington's prized pitching prospect wasn't necessarily expecting a promotion any time soon.

"I just thought I would be here the whole season so I wasn't counting on going anywhere this season," he admitted. "So, I was just happy to be finishing the year strong here in High-A and have a chance next year [in Double-A], but I will just go up there and pitch the way I know how to."

"My expectations are just to go up there and pitch the way I know how to," he continued. "I just want to go after the hitters like I have been of late. As for the hitters, it's all going to be new to me"

Balester will pitch on Thursday against Altoona. The first pitch is schedule for 6:35 P.M. He will also get the opportunity to swing the bat for the first time since his junior year of high school.

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