Estrada, who was selected by the Nationals in the sixth round (174th overall) in the Major League Baseball First-Year Players Draft in 2005, struck out 98 and allowed 133 hits in 136 1/3 innings with the Chiefs. Estrada was honored as the August Topps International League Player of the Month. Estrada made six starts in August and went 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA.
Estrada was called up by Washington late in the season for the second year in a row. He made his starting debut in an 11-3 loss to the Florida Marlins on Sept. 12 and later pitched out of the bullpen.
“I’ve always been a starter, so my mindset is a little more at ease than it was as a reliever,” Estrada told mlb.com. “When you’re a reliever, you hear that phone ring and your heart starts to pound, because you never know who it’s going to be. As a starter, you know when you’re going to pitch, so it makes it a little easier to mentally prepare.”