Minor League Report
The Nationals minor league report 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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Including his win on Tuesday night at Scranton Wilkes-Barre (Yankees), Triple-A Syracuse RHP J.D. Martin has won four straight starts, five of six and six of his last eight. Martin is 8-2 with a 2.31 ERA in 13 games (12 starts) overall. He has allowed two runs or less in 10 of those 12 starting assignments and has yielded just seven walks in 70.0 innings of work, an average of 0.90 walks per 9.0 innings. He ranks among the International League leaders in wins (t-2nd), WHIP (t-3rd, 0.91) and ERA (6th). Martin signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on November 24, 2008.
On Tuesday night, Nationals farmhands participated in the Single-A Carolina League-California League All-Star Game and the Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star Game. In the CL vs. CL tussle, Potomac OF Michael Burgess (Nationals No. 4 prospect per Baseball America) went 1-for-3 with a walk, while RHP Jeff Mandel allowed one run in 2.0 innings. Potomac RHP Brad Meyers was a Carolina League All-Star, but did not pitch. Hagerstown C Derek Norris (Nationals No. 6 prospect per Baseball America) went 1-for-2 and RHP Marcos Frias worked 1.0 inning and allowed three runs while pitching for the Northern Division squad in the South Atlantic League All-Star Game.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
37-32, 3rd Place, 4.0 Games Back
RHP Collin Balester has earned the win in five consecutive starts. He is 5-0 with a 2.00 ERA (9 ER/40.1 IP) and13 walks in his last seven outings. Beginning with his May 17 start, Balester has lowered his ERA from 6.35 to 4.00 and has allowed three runs or less in 11 of 14 starts overall. Balester, 23, made 15 starts at the Big League level last season with Washington.
RHP Garrett Mock struck out 10 in a complete-game, three-hit shutout on Monday vs. Columbus (Indians). In his last two starts, he is 2-0 with a 0.60 ERA (1 ER/15.0 IP) and 17 strikeouts. Since being optioned to Syracuse on May 21, Mock has gone 2-1 with a 2.30 ERA (7 ER/27.1 IP) and 35 strikeouts in five starts. Opposing batters are just 19-for-98 (.193 BAA) against him in that span.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
26-41, 5th Place, 20.0 Games Back
RHP Clint Everts is a combined 3-1 with a 1.26 ERA and a 4.3 strikeout-to-walk ratio (35 K/8 BB) in 19 appearances (28.2 innings) with Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. Since being promoted to Harrisburg on June 9, he has posted a 2.08 ERA (2 ER/8.2 IP) in six games. Prior to joining the Senators, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA in 13 games with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
1B Bill Rhinehart is hitting .348 (24-for-69) with eight doubles, two homers, nine RBI and 12 runs scored in 17 games this month. After beginning the season batting .226 (14-for-62) with just five extra-base hits in 18 contests, he has hit .298 (43-for-144) with 13 hits of the extra-base variety (nine doubles, four homers) in 34 games. Rhinehart, who played collegiately at the University of Arizona, was selected in the 11th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
37-30, 2nd Place, 7.0 Games Back
RHP Brad Meyers leads Carolina League starting pitchers with a 1.67 ERA. In his most recent start on Sunday vs. Salem (Red Sox), he fired a career-high 8.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball. Meyers has allowed no more than one run in 10 of his 13 appearances (12 starts) overall. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
31-36, t-5th Place, 10.0 Games Back
C Derek Norris leads all catchers in professional baseball with 14 home runs and 51 RBI. The 20-year-old ranks among the Single-A South Atlantic League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including RBI (1st), home runs (t-1st), total bases (t-2nd, 133), OPS (2nd, .968), slugging (3rd, .568), walks (t-3rd, 35), OBP (5th, .400), runs (t-5th, 42) and doubles (t-7th, 18). Norris has posted a team-best 21 multi-hit games. The Kansas native has thrown out 40% (25-for-65) of would-be basestealers. He entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.