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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RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 16 of those contests and on Sunday vs. Trenton (Yankees), Meyers picked up his second win as a Senator, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball. In five starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP). At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg on July 7, he was 6-2 with a Carolina League-leading 1.43 ERA (14 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Potomac. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
65-56, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back
Clint Everts has offered scoreless relief in each of his four appearances (3.0 innings) with Syracuse since his promotion from Harrisburg last Wednesday. Everts is a combined 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA and a 3.8/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (61 K/18 BB) in 37 appearances (52.1 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. In his first career action at the Double-A level, he went 3-1 with four saves and a 1.53 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in 20 appearances with the Senators. Before joining Harrisburg on June 9, 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 first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.
RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, is a combined 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 44 games with Syracuse and Harrisburg…the 25-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he went 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/49.1 IP) in 34 games. In 10 appearances with Syracuse, he is 2-0 with one save, a 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) and a .167 (7-for-42) batting average against. He has pitched scoreless relief in 9 of his 10 games. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.
In 18 appearances since joining Syracuse on July 7, RHP Zack Segovia has allowed four earned runs in 18.0 innings (2.00 ERA). He owns a .175 (11-for-63) batting average against with the Chiefs. The 26-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he appeared in 24 games (3 starts) as a Senator. Segovia signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2008 and was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2002 Draft.
LHP Ross Detwiler fired 6.0 scoreless frames of five-hit ball to earn his first win at the Triple-A level, Friday vs. Rochester (Twins). He did not walk a batter and struck out five. In six Triple-A starts or 27.1 innings pitched, he has 27 strikeouts against just 11 walks. The southpaw is scheduled to make his next start, tonight vs. Buffalo (Mets). Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Major League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
57-63, 5th Place, 17.0 Games Back
RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fired scoreless ball in 4.0 innings (3 appearances) since joining the Senators on August 11. Before reaching Double-A, Storen went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in seven Carolina League games with Potomac. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, he struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with Single-A Hagerstown. Overall, the Stanford University product has fanned 40 and walked just three in 28.2 combined innings (22 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.
21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero was promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg on Monday. Marrero hit .287 (119-for-414) with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 65 RBI, 42 walks and 58 runs scored in 112 games with the P-Nats. At the time of his promotion, he ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits (3rd), total bases (3rd, 192), home runs (5th), slugging percentage (5th, .464) and batting average (t-5th). Marrero was Washington’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
RHP Jeff Mandel is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (6 ER/28.0 IP) in four starts with Harrisburg. Mandel went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA (40 ER/99.2 IP) in 17 starting assignments with Potomac before garnering a July 20th promotion to Double-A. For the season, he is a combined 11-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 starts with the Senators and P-Nats. His 11 wins are tied with fellow Senator Erik Arnesen for tops among Washington Minor Leaguers. Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He is scheduled to make his next start, tomorrow at Binghamton.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back
Second Half: 31-20, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Back
LHP Tom Milone has won each of his last five decisions, including his last four starts. In those four starts, the 22-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in 26.1 innings (0.68 ERA). Milone, a product of the University of Southern California baseball program, is 9-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) overall. He was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft.
The P-Nats lead the Carolina League with 100 home runs and 168 stolen bases. Potomac paces Washington Minor League affiliates in runs scored (562), homers, walks (440) and steals.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back
Second Half: 16-32, 8th Place, 15.0 Games Back
C Derek Norris leads the South Atlantic League in home runs (23), total bases (209) and walks (72). The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI (76). The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (114), walk (72) or HBP (8) 194 times in 111 games (1.74 times per contest). Norris was a 2009 SAL All-Star selection and he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.
RHP Juan Jaime is a combined 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a .159 batting average against in 10 games (eight starts) with Hagerstown and Short-Season Single-A Vermont. He has struck out 53 in 39.0 innings, an average of 12.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Since joining Hagerstown on July 22, Jaime is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA (4 ER/15.0 IP) in four games (three starts). He went 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER/24.0 IP) in six games (5 starts) with Vermont.
2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 82 runs scored, and is tied for second in hits with 128. In 111 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .295 with 24 doubles, six triples, three homers and 48 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).
Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
26-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back
LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with two saves and a 0.72 ERA in 15 games as a pro. He has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 13 of those 15 appearances. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has 24 strikeouts against just one walk in 37.1 innings of work. He has limited opponents to a .170 batting average against along the way. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft.
Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
27-17, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back
Including a 5.0-inning, one-run outing yesterday at the GCL Cardinals, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum has won three straight decisions. In 10 games (seven starts) overall, he is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and a 4.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (32 K/7 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.