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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In 14 combined appearances with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown, RHP Drew Storen has 33 strikeouts and 0 walks in 19.0 innings, Storen, Washington’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fanned 22 and allowed just one hit over 11.0 scoreless innings in his last eight games between Potomac and Hagerstown. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, the Stanford University product struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with the Suns.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
53-48, 2nd Place, 3.5 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 32 of his last 35 games, going 51-for-134 (.381) with 20 runs scored during the tear. His .423 on-base percentage ranks second in the IL. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 132 times in 88 games (1.5 times per contest).
RHP Jorge Sosa has offered scoreless relief in 12 of his last 13 appearances, posting a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1 IP) along the way. As a reliever, he owns a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) and a .182 (16-for-88) BAA in 12 games. Overall, he is 1-2 with two saves and a 2.91 ERA in 18 games (four starts). He has 50 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 46.1 innings. Sosa signed with the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on December 18, 2008.
RHP Shairon Martis scattered five hits in 7.0 scoreless frames, Monday vs. Louisville (Reds), to earn his second straight win. In his last two starts, Martis has allowed two earned runs in 13.0 innings (1.38 ERA). Before being optioned to Syracuse on June 28, the 22-year-old went 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 15 starting assignments with the Nationals.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
46-55, 5th Place, 15.5 Games Back
RHP Clint Everts is a combined 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA and a 3.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (50 K/14 BB) in 29 appearances (44.2 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Since joining the Senators on June 9, he is 2-1 with two saves and a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 16 games. Prior to his promotion, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 13 appearances with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s top pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
RHP Erik Arnesen‘s 10 wins are tops among Washington farmhands, while his 91 strikeouts rank second. He is 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA in a combined 21 games (20 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Arnesen has gone 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA (28 ER/85.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) since his promotion to Harrisburg on May 11. In six starts with the P-Nats, the 25-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP).
I’M SEEING STARS…ALL-STARS: The Harrisburg Senators and the City of Harrisburg announced that the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game will be held at Metro Bank Park on July 14, 2010.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back
Second Half: 21-11, First Place, 3.5 Games Ahead
21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero leads the Carolina League with 108 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, total bases, slugging, OPS, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. In 25 July games, he is hitting at a .372 (32-for-86) clip with seven doubles, one triple, four homers, 16 RBI and 14 walks, which equates to .472 and .616 on-base and slugging percentages, respectively. Marrero was selected by Washington in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
For the second consecutive week, a Potomac National has earned MiLB.com Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week honors. INF/OF Dan Nelson followed up last week’s winner, 1B Chris Marrero, by picking up his first POTW award of the season earlier this week. Nelson hit .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, two triples and a league-leading eight RBI during the week of July 20-26. For the season, the switch-hitter is batting .275 with 21 doubles, two triples, five homers and 35 RBI in 76 games. His .388 OBP ranks fourth in the CL. As the P-Nats utility man, Nelson has appeared in games at second base (47), outfield (15), third base (12), shortstop (1) and as a DH (1).
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back
Second Half: 12-20, 7th Place, 6.5 Games Back
C Derek Norris continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in home runs, RBI, total bases 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 (12th, .588). The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 33 multi-hit games. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 171 times in 96 games (1.8 times per contest). Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.
2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 74 runs scored and ranks second in hits with 112. In 96 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .299 with 19 doubles, six triples, three homers and 43 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).
RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, hurled 5.0 innings of one-run ball to earn his second straight win, Saturday at Bowling Green (Rays). The 22-year-old, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, is 2-0 with a 3.53 ERA in three starts with the Suns.
Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
19-19, T-2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back
OF Destin Hood, Washington’s second-round selection in the 2008 Draft, was promoted to Vermont on Monday from the rookie-level GCL Nationals. At the time of his promotion, Hood led the GCL with 24 RBI and a .614 slugging percentage. In 25 GCL contests, the 19-year-old hit a team-best .330 with 10 doubles, three homers and 18 runs scored.
After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with one save and a 1.13 ERA in his first 10 games as a pro. He has limited opponents to a .184 (16-for-87) BAA. The southpaw has struck out 16 while walking just one in 24.0 innings of work. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).
Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
16-11, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back
OF Eury Perez is hitting .318 with one double, one triple, one home run, eight RBI and 12 walks in 19 games. He has recorded a team-high nine stolen bases. Perez, 19, ranks third in the GCL with a .438 OBP. He signed with Washington as an international free agent on April 13, 2007.
1B Brett Newsome leads current GCL players with a .597 slugging percentage and a 1.029 OPS. Fourteen of his 24 hits overall have been of the extra-base variety (nine doubles, two triples, three homers). The left-handed hitting slugger has hammered right-handed pitching, batting .420 (21-for-50) with a 1.352 OPS. In 27 games overall, he is hitting .312 with 16 RBI, 19 runs scored and 16 walks.