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Dan Leatherman Wants To Join Kyle Gunderson With The P-Nats

While we are extremely happy for our newest client, Kyle Gunderson, to be moving up to the next level and play with the High A Potomac Nationals, all of us at Dynasty are left wondering when Leatherman will be given his change to prove himself at the next stage.  We believe that Leatherman will be the next pitcher promoted, and hope that it happens before the conclusion of this season (there are only three weeks left).  Todd McElwee of The Gazette recently sat down with Leatherman and listened to what he had to say about how he felt his year went with the Hagerstown Suns and what is to come in the future.

Minor league baseball is like a puzzle; it’s about putting it all together.

Walkersville alum Dan Leatherman is nearing the end of his first season as a reliever with the Hagerstown Suns, the Low Class A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. So far the campaign has been an industrious endeavor, but Leatherman is still piecing together his career.

“I know I can get better,” he said. “Certain outings that I’ve had this season I look back and know if I could have changed something would have been better. I’ve learned from every mistake that I’ve made.”

Leatherman is one of the Suns go-to relievers. As of Wednesday, the 6-foot-2 former Frederick Community College and West Virginia University standout had compiled a 1-1 record, 2.75 earned run average, four saves and 47 strikeouts over 39.1 innings.

“I think I’ve done well for the most part,” he said. “I’m doing better than I did last season in a different league but at the same level. I’m fairly happy with the way that I’ve pitched.

The numbers equal success for Leatherman, but not enough. He’s chasing down a dream and knows it won’t be achieved without an unyielding commitment to continuous improvement. Getting better is what the minors are all about.

“There are certain things I’ve been working on,” he said. “I’ve been working on my mechanics and on some of my pitches.”

Leatherman’s most recent appearance came during the Suns’4-3 loss to the Lakewood Blue Claws on Aug. 8.

He allowed a run and three hits while fanning three in two innings of work.

Hagerstown is trying to piece together its season. The Suns finished the first half of their season at 34-35, which placed them fifth in the seven-team South Atlantic League Northern Division. With less than three weeks remaining in the second half, Hagerstown found itself 10 games under .500 (20-30) and in fourth place.

“We’ve had a tough season, as a team,” Leatherman said. “We’ve just been moving a lot of guys around and have been getting a lot of new guys who are playing in a league they haven’t played in before. We’ve been having a tough time putting everything together.

“One day our pitching is working for us, the next our hitting is.”

Sept. 1 marks the end of the Suns’ season. Leatherman, who previously was a member of the Minnesota Twins organization, is only signed to a one-year contract.

He hopes to ink a new deal with the Nationals but knows he must keep his options open.

Dynasty also hopes that Leatherman is given a chance to prove himself at the next level and remain with the Washington Nationals organization.  Dan loves being close to home and has bonded with the club and his fellow teammates.  However, he needs to be given a shot to show what he has.  We would love nothing more than to have Leatherman help out the Nationals struggling bullpen in the majors…he just needs to be given the opportunity.

It especially hurts to see Dan stalled when you read reports like this on

Mets 12, Nats 0: D. Murphy, Fernando Tatis, John Maine, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, and Carlos Beltran all drove in runs in the Mets eight-run 3rd inning. John Maine pitched five scoreless innings followed by Brian Stokes closing it out with four scoreless. The Nationals suck really bad.

By Darren Heitner

Darren Heitner created Sports Agent Blog as a New Year's Resolution on December 31, 2005. Originally titled, "I Want To Be A Sports Agent," the website was founded with the intention of causing Heitner to learn more about the profession that he wanted to join, meet reputable individuals in the space and force himself to stay on top of the latest news and trends.

Heitner now runs Heitner Legal, P.L.L.C., which is a law firm with many practice areas, including sports law and contract law. Heitner has represented numerous athletes and sports agents as legal counsel. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at Indiana University Bloomington from 2011-2014, where he created and taught a course titled, Sport Agency Management, which included subjects ranging from NCAA regulations to athlete agent certification and the rules governing the profession. Heitner serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he teaches a Sports Law class that includes case law surrounding athlete agents and the NCAA rules.

11 replies on “Dan Leatherman Wants To Join Kyle Gunderson With The P-Nats”

I think other agents are hurting more then you and your client when their clients at the AA and AAA levels are being stalled and are more worthy of getting called up to the majors.

I thought it does have to do with the article because you talk about how it hurts that he is stalled but he hasnt exactley dominated or been a standout player worthy of helping the nationals at the MLB level. In essence, it shoudlnt hurt you or him too bad in my opinoin.

In all fairness Hagerstown doesnt exactley have the best pitching staff as evidenced by their poor record and current standings. Maybe I misunderstood the article though, when you said it hurts to see the comment made on I thought you were saying Dan deserved to be called up to the pro level. You cannot make the comparison to how the nationals are performing competition at the A level is nothing compared to hitters Dan would face in the majors. There are pitchers at the AA and AAA levels in the organization who have better make-up then Dan and are more worthy of getting a promotion within the organization.

cant compare the two situations, this transaction was done in the white sox organization who are not affiliated to the washington nationals in any way. ozzie guillen made a quote on the clubs decision and i guess they feel hes a better bullpen pitcher so thats why he got called up, im sure there are circumstances we are unaware of. anyhow, i think richard is worthy of being called up, hes dominated the triple A level and is undefeated with an ERA better then dan leatherman. although his 3 games in the majors werent hott, i would still say hes major league ready and has nothing left to prove at the minor league level. something like this doesnt affect the players at the A level as well so dan has nothing to worry about.


You are correct the Broadway and Richard is completely different. First, you are dealing with 2 Top 30 prospects who are both on the 40 man rosters. Lance will be brought back up when the rosters expand and they want to get him work in the minors instead of just pitching every now and then. Leatherman is a roster filler. No offense to Darren but that is what he is. Jim Bowden couldn’t pick Leatherman out of a crowd of 2. Again, that is just the way it is. Darren this may be your first chance to be an agent. Do you pursue other teams or try to resign him with the Nationals???? Nationals have by far the worst pitching for top to bottom as any organization in baseball.

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