The Minority Report: An in-depth look at the Nats’ Minor League teams
The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 5-19-10.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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AND THE AWARD GOES TO…: Hagerstown LHP Dan Rosenbaum was named Single-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com for the period of May 10-16. In two starts during the week, the southpaw tossed 14.0 scoreless innings, struck out 13, walked none and allowed only eight hits to garner the award. Overall, Rosenbaum is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA (9 ER/47.0 IP) in eight starts. The 22-year old has 41 strikeouts against only seven walks (5.85/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio) and among Single-A South Atlantic League pitchers, he ranks fifth in ERA and tied for sixth in WHIP (0.94). Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
21-15, 2nd Place, 1.0 Game Back
CHIEF OF STAFF: After having his start rained out yesterday, RHP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his third Triple-A start tonight at 7:05 p.m. in the second game of today’s day-night doubleheader at Rochester (Twins). Strasburg has earned the win in each of his two Triple-A starts, tossing a combined 12.0 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit. In seven combined starts with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, he is 5-1 with a 1.06 ERA (4 ER/34.0 IP). Strasburg’s stingy .120 (14-for-116) batting average against is the lowest in minor league baseball among starting pitchers. Prior to joining Syracuse, he went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22.0 IP) in five starts with Harrisburg.
***MASN will televise Stephen Strasburg’s third Triple-A start tonight on tape delay immediately following the conclusion of Nats Xtra.
HAIL TO VICTOR: LHP Victor Garate was promoted to Syracuse yesterday after dominating hitters in the Double-A Eastern League. Garate posted a miniscule 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), a .119 (6-for-52) batting average against and went 4-for-4 in save opportunities in 14 appearances with Harrisburg. Garate hasn’t allowed a run since his season debut on April 9, hurling 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 13 appearances and opposing left-handed batters are just 2-for-19 (.105) against him. Garate was acquired off waivers from Los Angeles-NL on September 2, 2009.
JOEL THE PROPHET: RHP Joel Peralta is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) in 14 appearances. His nine saves in as many opportunities are tied for second in the International League and tied for sixth in minor league baseball. The Bonao, Dominican Republic native has fanned 20 in 17.0 innings, an average of 10.55 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Peralta was signed by Washington as a minor-league free agent, December 15, 2009.
ATA(HUALPA) BOY: Since surrendering 3 earned runs in 0.1 inning in his season debut, LHP Atahualpa Severino has allowed only two earned runs in his last 18.1 innings (11 appearances). Overall, Severino is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA (5 ER/18.2 IP) in 15 appearances. Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent, February 13, 2004.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
18-20, 4th Place, 4.5 Games Back
TOMMY GUN: On Sunday vs. New Britain (Twins), LHP Tom Milone allowed one run in 7.1 strong innings to earn the ‘W’ for the third straight start…in four May starting assignments, he is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA (6 ER/23.2 IP). Overall, the 23-year-old southpaw is 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP) and a 5.66/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (34 SO/6 BB). Milone, selected in the 10th round of the ’08 Draft out of the University of Southern California, led Washington farmhands with 12 wins last season.
EAZY-E: RHP Erik Arnesen allowed three runs in 7.0 innings to pick up his second straight win, last night vs. Reading (Phillies). Overall, Arnesen is 2-2 with two saves and a 2.43 ERA (8ER/29.2 IP) in 12 games (four starts). Arnesen, who has spent the majority of his pro career as a starter, began the season as a reliever before moving into the Sens’ rotation in early May. In four starts this season, he is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA (8 ER/21.0 IP). The Grove City College (NJ) product has also enjoyed success coming out the bullpen for Harrisburg, posting a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP) in eight appearances. Arnesen was selected by the Nationals in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
DUDE, WHERE’S MY CARR?: RHP Adam Carr is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/18.1 IP) in 13 appearances. The Oklahoma State University product has struck out 18 and walked only one. Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in six of his 13 appearances. The 26-year-old was Washington’s 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
17-22, 2nd Place, 7.0 Games Back
BE LIKE MIKE: OF Michael Burgess has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games, going 24-for-70 (.342) with nine doubles, four homers and 24 RBI. In 36 games overall, Burgess is batting .297 with 13 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBI and 22 walks. The strong-armed outfielder is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with four outfield assists. Burgess, a two-time Minor League All-Star (2008, ’09), was drafted by Washington in the sandwich round (49th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
NOT SO TINY TIM: 1B/3B Tim Pahuta leads the Carolina League with a .626 slugging percentage. The Seton Hall product ranks among the CL leaders in homers (second with nine), OPS (fifth, .973) and total bases (seventh, 72). Pahuta was selected by Washington in the 18th round of the 2005 Draft.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
20-18, 4th Place, 2.5 Games Back
DESTINY’S CHILD: 20-year-old OF Destin Hood is tied for fourth in the league with 47 hits and ranks sixth with a .331 batting average. Hood paces Washington farmhands in both batting average and hits. He has hit safely in 29 of 37 games overall… Hood, selected in the second 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.
HOLDER STEADY: In his last three starts, RHP Trevor Holder is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP). He’s struck out 14 and hasn’t issued a walk in those contests. Overall, he is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in eigth starting assignments. The former Georgia Bulldog has allowed two earned runs or less in six of those starts. Holder, 23, was Washington’s third-round pick in the ’09 Draft.