Down on the Farm

WASHINGTON, DC – 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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The GCL Nationals defeated the GCL Marlins, 3-1, today in Game One of the best-of-three GCL championship series. 3B Yeurys Tejeda went 2-for-4 en route to driving in all three runs for the Nationals. RHP Shane McCatty, son of Nationals Pitching Coach Steve McCatty, was credited with the win. LHP Josh Smoker started and allowed one run in 5.0 innings of work.


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

73-64, 2nd Place, 4.5 Games Back


SS Ian Desmond is hitting a combined .325 with 23 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 30 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 90 games with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg. He is batting.346 (53-for-153) with 11 doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and eight stolen bases in 48 games since being promoted to Syracuse on July 16. In 42 contests with Harrisburg, he collected 52 hits, including 19 of the extra-base variety (12 doubles, one triple, six home runs). Desmond was the franchise’s 3rd-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.


LHP Ross Detwiler is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA (4 ER/23.0 IP) in his last four starts. In nine Triple-A starts, Detwiler is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA (15 ER/44.1 IP). He has struck out 41 and walked 16 with the Chiefs. Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Big League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


SS Ian Desmond – batted .360 (36-for-100) with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, eight RBI and a .413 OBP in 31 games.

RHP Marco Estrada – went 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA (5 ER/39.0 IP) in six starting assignments.


senators-new-logo 1.JPGDouble-A Harrisburg Senators

Eastern League Southern Division

67-67, 5th Place, 15.0 Games Back


RHP Drew Storen has fired scoreless ball in 11.0 innings of work and recorded a save in each of his nine 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 46 and walked just 8 in 35.2 combined innings (27 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.


RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 10-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 17 of those contests. In seven starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA (9 ER/37.0 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).


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


INF Jemel Spearman – went 19-for-56 (.339) and posted a .431 OBP in 19 contests.

RHP Drew Storen – fired scoreless ball in 11.0 innings of work and recorded a save in each of his nine appearances.

LHP Atahualpa Severino – went 5-0 with two saves and did not allow an earned run over 13.1 innings (9 games).


potomac nationals 1.JPGSingle-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

Second Half: 39-25, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back


After hitting just .219 (21-for-96) in 27 games during July, SS Danny Espinosa is batting .316 (30-for-95) in his last 28 games. Espinosa paces the Carolina League with 88 runs scored and ranks among the league leaders in walks (2nd, 71) and OBP (5th, .375). Espinosa entered the season as the Best Defensive Infielder among Nationals prospects according to Baseball America. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State University (CA).


Including 7.0 shutout innings of three-hit ball on Sunday at Kinston (Indians), LHP Tom Milone has won six of his last seven starts. In those seven starts, the 22-year-old has allowed just seven earned runs in 43.1 innings (1.45 ERA). Milone, a product of the University of Southern California baseball program, is 11-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 26 games (24 starts) overall. He was selected in the 10th round of the ’08 Draft.


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


SS Danny Espinosa – hit .316 (30-for-95) with four doubles, one triple, seven homers, 19 RBI and nine steals in 28 games.

LHP Tom Milone – in six starts, went 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA (6 ER/36.1 IP).


hagerstown suns 1.JPGSingle-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back

Second Half: 22-39, 8th Place, 18.0 Games Back


Earlier this week, the South Atlantic League named C Derek Norris as its Most Outstanding Major League Prospect. Additionally, Norris has earned both mid-season and postseason SAL All-Star honors. Norris leads the league in total bases (222), walks (86) and on-base percentage (.414). His 23 home runs and 84 RBI both rank second in the league. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. He has reached base safely via hit (123), walk (86) or HBP (8) 217 times in 122 games (1.77 times per contest) He entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.


2B Stephen Lombardozzi earned his first career All-Star selection after he was named as an SAL postseason All-Star earlier this week. Lombardozzi, 20, ranks second in the league with 82 runs scored, and is tied for second in hits with 140. In 121 games overall, he is hitting .296 with 26 doubles, seven triples, three homers and 56 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


2B Stephen Lombardozzi – batted .286 (26-for-91) with seven doubles, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored in 24 games.

RHP Juan Jamie – posted a 3-1 record with a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23.0 IP) in six games (5 starts).


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

31-38, 3rd Place, 9.0 Games Back


In 18 games as a pro, LHP Evan Bronson has allowed just three earned runs in 45.2 innings (0.59 ERA). He is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has recorded 37 strikeouts against just three walks (12.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio). He has limited opponents to a .160 batting average against along the way. The southpaw has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 16 of his 18 appearances. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft out of Trinity College (TX).


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


2B Francisco Soriano – in 25 games, went 31-for-100 (.310) with 13 RBI, 17 walks and 21 runs scored.

LHP Evan Bronson – went 1-0 with three saves and did not allow an earned run in eight appearances.


Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

36-19, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Back – Wild Card Champions


OF Eury Perez won the GCL batting title with a .381 batting average and led the league with 69 hits. Perez ended the regular season riding a 27-game hitting streak, hitting .486 (48-for-110) during the tear. The 19-year-old hit safely in 40 of 47 games overall while playing error-free ball along the way.


LHP Dan Rosenbaum started and tossed 6.0 shutout innings of two-hit ball in yesterday’s 1-0, 12-inning GCL semi-final victory over the GCL Twins. In 11 games (eight starts) during the regular season, he went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA and a 4.2/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (38 K/9 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.


Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August


OF Eury Perez – hit .434 (43-for-99), tallying three doubles, two homers, 16 RBI and six steals in 25 contests.

LHP Dan Rosenbaum – in four starts, went 3-0 with a 1.29 (3 ER/21.0 IP), striking out 22 and walking four.


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