Down on the Farm
Down on the Farm
Down on the Farm is a weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news.
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Harrisburg INF Ofilio Castro was named Double-A Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week by MILB.com, while Hagerstown LHP Patrick McCoy earned MILB.com Pitcher of the Week honors in the Single-A South Atlantic League.
Castro reached base 14 times in 17 plate appearances (.823 OBP), hitting .786 (11-for-14) with one double, one homer, seven RBI, three walks and four runs scored to garner the award. During the tear, he raised his average 50 points from .241 to .291. Castro leads the Senators in hitting and ranks second overall among Washington farmhands.
McCoy went 2-0 and fired 11.1 shutout innings in two relief appearances to earn the citation. The 20-year-old has fired 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three games. In four relief appearances this season, the southpaw is 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), 20 strikeouts and a .175 batting average against (11-for-63). Overall, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA while posting an impressive 13.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27 K/2 BB). McCoy, a Tucson, AZ native was Washington’s 10th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
32-32, 3rd Place, 7.5 Games Back
RHP Collin Balester: He has won four straight starts and is 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA (6 ER/35.1 IP) and just 11 walks in his last six outings. Beginning with his May 17 start, Balester has lowered his ERA from 6.35 to 3.89. He has allowed three runs or less in 10 of 13 starts overall. Balester, 23, made 15 starts at the Big League level last season with Washington.
RHP Tyler Clippard: He has not allowed an earned run in 16.2 consecutive innings (12 games), beginning May 18. During that stretch, opposing batters have gone just 5-for-54 (.092) against him. For the season, Clippard is 3-1 with one save, a 0.98 ERA and a .159 BAA in 22 appearances. The 24-year-old has worked more than 1.0 inning on 15 occasions. He made two spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA. Clippard was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.
C Jhonatan Solano: He has gunned down a combined 43% (11-for-26) of would-be basestealers with Columbus and Harrisburg. Before his June 4 promotion to Triple-A, the Barranquilla, Columbia native batted .280 with seven doubles, one homer and 11 RBI in 26 games with the Senators. Solano, 23, signed with Washington as a non-drafted free agent, September 14, 2005.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
23-38, 5th Place, 17.5 Games Back
RHP Clint Everts: He is a combined 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 5.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio (31 K/6 BB) in 17 appearances (26.0 innings) with Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. Since being promoted to Harrisburg on June 9 he has pitched scoreless ball in 6.0 innings (four appearances) and recorded one save. Prior to joining the Senators, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA in 13 games with Potomac. The Cypress, Texas native was Montreal’s first-round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
In a combined 14 games (13 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac, RHP Erik Arnesen has gone 7-3 with a 2.76 ERA. He is tied with J.D. Martin (Syracuse) for most wins among Washington Minor Leaguers and ranks second with 63 strikeouts, trailing only Potomac’s Terrence Engles (73). Arnesen is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER/42.2 IP) and 38 strikeouts in seven games (six starts) since joining Harrisburg on May 11. The 25-year-old Arnesen went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP) in six starting assignments with the P-Nats.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
36-27, 2nd Place, 5.5 Games Back
RHP Jeff Mandel and RHP Brad Meyers were selected to represent the Potomac Nationals and the Carolina League in the Single-A California/Carolina League All-Star Game being played June 23 at The Diamond, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres).
Mandel is 6-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 12 starts. The 24-year-old ranks among Carolina League leaders in innings pitched (fourth, 69.1 IP), wins (t-fourth) and WHIP (seventh, 1.21). Mandel won a CL-best six consecutive starts from April 23-May 24. He was a 19th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Meyers leads Carolina League starting pitchers with a 1.87 ERA. In his most recent start, Monday vs. Wilmington (Royals), he allowed three runs in a career-high 7.2 innings to earn the win. Meyers has allowed no more than one run in nine of his 12 appearances (11 starts) overall. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).
1B Chris Marrero: He is batting at a .454 clip (10-for-22) with one double, one home run, three RBI and three walks in his last six games. Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 51 of 60 games this season. The 20-year-old is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with 66 hits. Marrero entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect -the top hitter- in Washington’s system. He was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
29-32, 6th Place, 8.5 Games Back
C Derek Norris and RHP Marcos Frias were named Single-A South Atlantic League All-Stars. The All-Star festivities will take place on June 23 at Appalachian Power Park, home of the West Virginia Power (Pirates).
Norris leads all catchers in professional baseball with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. The 20-year-old ranks among the Single-A South Atlantic League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including RBI (first), home runs (t-first), total bases (second, 124), slugging (second, .571), OPS (second, .968), runs (sixth, 40), walks (sixth, 30), doubles (t-sixth, 17) and OBP (seventh, .398). Norris has posted a team-best 19 multi-hit games. The Kansas native has thrown out 40% (22-for-57) of would-be basestealers. Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.
Frias is 4-0 with a 2.07 ERA (9 ER/39.0 IP) and 38 strikeouts in his last eight games (seven starts). Overall, he is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA (seventh-best in SAL) and has 50 strikeouts against just 13 walks (3.8 SO/BB ratio) in 11 games (10 starts). Frias, 20, signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent, March 5, 2007.