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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DON’T MISS CHRIS: Earlier this week, Potomac 1B Chris Marrero was named Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week by MILB.com for the period of July 13-19. Marrero hit .500 (12-for-24) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBI and eight runs scored to garner the award. The 21-year-old leads the CL with 99 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, total bases, RBI, home runs, OPS and slugging. Marrero was Washington’s first round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
50-44, 2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back
OF Jorge Padilla, a 2009 IL All-Star selection, leads full-season minor leaguers with a .363 batting average. Padilla has hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games, going 44-for-115 (.383) with 17 runs scored during the tear. His .432 on-base percentage is second-best in the IL. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 123 times in 81 games (1.5 times per contest).
In his last 11 appearances, RHP Jorge Sosa has allowed just 2 earned runs in 17.1 innings (1.03 ERA). He owns a 1.61 ERA (4 ER/22.1 IP) and a .185 BAA (15-for-87) in 12 games as a reliever. Overall, he is 1-2 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 16 games (4 starts). He has walked 12 and struck out 46 in 44.1 innings. Sosa signed with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent, December 18, 2008.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
41-54, 5th Place, 17.0 Games Back
RHP Erik Arnesen tossed 7.0 scoreless frames of four-hit ball to earn his 10th win of the season, Saturday at Altoona (Pirates). Arnesen’s 10 wins are tops among Washington farmhands, while his 89 strikeouts rank second. He is 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA in a combined 20 games (19 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Arnesen has gone 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA (27 ER/78.0 IP) in 14 games (13 starts) since joining Harrisburg on May 11. In six starting assignments with the P-Nats, the 25-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP).
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back
Second Half: 17-8, First Place, 3.5 Games Ahead
RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s first round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the save in his Carolina League debut last night at Lynchburg (Pirates). Prior to joining Potomac on July 19, Storen struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with Single-A Hagerstown. In 12 combined appearances with Potomac and Hagerstown, the Stanford University product has fanned 29 in 16.2 innings, an average of 15.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.
With his 41st stolen base of the season on July 19 vs. Kinston, OF Boomer Whiting passed fellow Nationals farmhand Ian Desmond to become the P-Nats franchise all-time leader with 55 career steals. Whiting’s professional-high 42 stolen bases this season pace Washington minor leaguers and rank second in the Carolina League. He was selected in the 28th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville (KY).
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back
Second Half: 8-17, 7th Place, 6.5 Games Back
C Derek Norris continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in nearly every offensive category, including home runs, RBI, total bases, walks and OBP. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. Norris ranks among full-season minor league leaders in home runs (t-fifth) and slugging percentage (11th, .579). The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 31 multi-hit games. Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. six prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.
RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, fired 5.0 shutout innings to earn his first win as a professional, Monday vs. Asheville (Rockies). The 22-year-old played collegiately at the University of Georgia.
Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
16-14, 2nd Place, 1.5 Games Back
LHP Mitchell Clegg is 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA in six games (four starts) to begin his pro career. He has fired 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last two starts. Clegg was selected by Washington in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of UMass.
After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with 0.56 ERA in his first seven games as a pro. The southpaw has struck out 12 and has yet to walk a batter in 16.0 innings. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).
Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
13-10, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back
RHP Ruben De La Rosa is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in six appearances (14.0 innings) overall. He has 23 strikeouts against just five walks (4.6/1 SO/BB ratio). The Dominican Republic native has worked more than 1.0 inning in five of his six appearances. De La Rosa signed with Washington as a non-drafted free agent, June 29, 2005.