The Minority Report: An in-depth look at the Nats’ Minor League system
Minor League Report (
Minor League Report.pdf
) 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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DESTIN-ED TO SUCCEED: OF Destin Hood leads the Single-A South Atlantic League and ranks third in all of Minor League baseball with 22 hits. He ranks among SAL leaders in hitting (3rd, .407), total bases (4th, 29), OPS (8th, .955) and slugging percentage (10th, .537). The 20-year-old has hit safely in 12 of 13 games and is currently riding a seven-game hit streak. Hood, selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, opened the 2010 campaign rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals chain according to Baseball America.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
8-4, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead
WEEKEND AT BERNADINA’S: OF Roger Bernadina has hit safely in seven of his eight games, going 12-for-36 (.333) with one double, one triple, one homer, four RBI and four steals. Bernadina had a brief one-game stint with the Nationals earlier this season before being optioned to Syracuse on April 14.
JUST DOMINANT: RHP J.D. Martin is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/ 18.1 IP) in three starts to begin the season. Martin was a 2009 Triple-A International League All-Star and went 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts at the Big League level with Washington last season. Martin is scheduled to make his next start, Saturday vs. Rochester (Twins).
THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie played collegiately at nearby George Washington University and owns a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/ 6.2 IP) in four appearances. The 25-year-old has limited opponents to a .100 (2-for-24) batting average against. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.
SOLID SLATE-N: LHP Doug Slaten has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in four appearances this season. On Monday vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies), he struck out five in 2.0 innings of relief and pocketed his first win of the 2010 campaign. For the season, the southpaw has 10 strikeouts and just one walk and lefties are just 2-for-11 (.182) against him. Slaten was claimed off waivers from Arizona on November 4, 2009.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
5-9, 5th Place, 5.5 Games Back
EVEN STEPHEN: Earlier today vs. Reading (Phillies), RHP Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit and struck out six in 5.0 shutout innings to earn his second win this season. Strasburg is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) in his first first starts as a professional. The 21-year-old hurler owns a 5.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (17 K/3 BB).
THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Senators’ bullpen has allowed just eight earned runs in 53.2 innings to post a 1.34 ERA through the season’s first 13 games. The seven relievers have combined on a .178 (32-for-179) batting average against.
DR. DREW: RHP Drew Storen was Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and has posted a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) and a .085 BAA (2-for-21) in five appearances on the young season. He has successfully converted both of his save opportunities too. In 2009, the Stanford product went a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 appearances with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.
EAZY-E: In 10.0 innings (four appearances) this season, RHP Erik Arnesen has posted a 0.90 ERA (1ER/12.0 IP) and a .132 BAA (5-for-38). Earlier today vs. Reading, Arnesen worked a perfect inning to record his first save of the season. In 2009, Arnesen’s 12 wins finished tied for first among Washington Minor Leaguers, while his 116 strikeouts ranked second. Arnesen was selected by Washington in the 17th round of the 2006 First-year Player Draft.
GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR: RHP Adam Carr is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) in 5 games. The Oklahoma State University product has struck out nine and walked none. Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in three of his five appearances. The 26-year-old was Washington’s 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
4-8, 4th Place, 4.0 Games Back
EVAN ALMIGHTY: In his first start of the season, Sunday at Wilmington (Royals), LHP Evan Bronson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to record the win. Bronson is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in four games (one start). The 23-year-old was a short-season Single-A New-York Penn League All-Star with Vermont in 2009.
ROB’S FAB: RHP Robinson Fabian has allowed just one earned run over 7.2 innings (1.23 ERA) in two starts with the P-Nats. Fabian, 24, was acquired along with RHP Ryan Mattheus in exchange for LHP Joe Beimel on July 31, 2009.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
6-7, T-4th Place, 2.0 Games Back
EVERY ROSENBAUM HAS HIS THORN: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in his first three starting assignments of 2010. The 22-year old southpaw has struck out 18 and walked just three (6.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio) and his .133 (8-for-60) batting average against ranks third in the SAL, while his minuscule WHIP of 0.63 ranks fifth. Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
MULTI-HIT MADNESS: 2B Jeff Kobernus has posted five multi-hit games in 10 starts to begin the season. Kobernus was Washington’s 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and has yet to commit an error in nine starts at second base.