The Minority Report: An in-depth look at the Nats’ Minor League system
The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 6-2-10.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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COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF: In ten combined starts with Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, RHP Stephen Strasburg is 6-2 with a 1.43 ERA. Strasburg’s stingy .157 batting average against is the second lowest in the Minor Leagues among starting pitchers. With 60 strikeouts and 12 walks in 50.1 innings pitched, Strasburg owns a 5.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and averages 10.7 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. In five Triple-A starts with Syracuse, he is 3-1 with a 1.27 ERA (4 ER/28.1 IP). Prior to joining Syracuse, Strasburg went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA (4 ER/22.0 IP) in five starting assignments with Harrisburg. Strasburg is scheduled to make his final Triple-A start tomorrow at Buffalo (Mets).
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
30-21, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Back
SAVE-A-LOT: RHP Joel Peralta‘s 16 saves in as many opportunities rank second in the International League and third in the Minor leagues. In 21 appearances, he is 1-0 with a 0.75 ERA (2 ER/24.0 IP). Peralta last allowed an earned run on April 30 at Toledo (Tigers), or 33 days ago. The Bonao, Dominican Republic native has fanned 30 in 24.0 innings, an average of 11.25 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Peralta was signed by Washington as a Minor-League free agent on December 15, 2009.
START ME UP: RHP Jeff Mandel is 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA (5 ER/23.1 IP) in four starts with Syracuse. Mandel began the season in Harrisburg, where he posted a 3.83 ERA (17 ER/40.0 IP) in seven outings. Mandel, 25, was a 2009 Single-A Carolina League All-Star last season with Potomac. Following the season, Mandel played with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the highly-acclaimed Arizona Fall League.
THRILL OF THE CHASE: 2B/3B Chase Lambin‘s .318 batting average paces Washington farmhands, ranks fourth in the International League and 13th among Triple-A hitters. He has hit safely in 38 of 48 games overall. Lambin signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent on January 7, 2010.
Syracuse Player and Pitcher of the Month – May
2B/3B Chase Lambin – hit .314 (32-for-102) with ten doubles, two triples, two homers, and 17 RBI in 28 games.
RHP Joel Peralta – went a perfect 11-for-11 in saves and did not allow an earned run in 13.0 innings of work.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
26-26, 4th Place, 8.5 Games Back
MY, OH MEYERS: RHP Brad Meyers, Washington’s 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, is 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP) and a .194 BAA (20-for-103) in five starts. He’s fanned 33 and walked only five (6.6/1 SO/BB ratio). The 24-year-old has allowed two earned runs or less in each of his five starts. Meyers was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).
THE BIG PAHUTA & DR. KIMBALL: 1B/3B Tim Pahuta and RHP Cole Kimball were promoted from Single-A Potomac to Harrisburg on May 27. In just his fourth career game at the Double-A level, May 30 at Erie (Tigers), Pahuta blasted two home runs (11,12). At the time of his promotion, he led the Carolina League with a .593 slugging percentage. Including 4.0 scoreless frames in three appearances since joining the Senators, Kimball has fired a combined 15.1 consecutive scoreless innings (13 appearances) with Harrisburg and Potomac. He’s offered scoreless relief in 20 of 22 appearances overall. The 24-year-old out of Centenary College (NJ) was Washington’s 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Harrisburg Player and Pitcher of the Month – May
C Jhonatan Solano – batted .299 (20-for-67) with three homers and 12 RBI in 18 contests.
RHP Brad Meyers – went 1-0 with a 1.26 ERA (4 ER/28.2 IP) and a .194 BAA (20-for-103) in five starts.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
23-29, T-2nd Place, 6.0 Games Back
BURGESS KING: OF Michael Burgess recorded 31 RBI in May, third most in the Minor Leagues during the month. The left-handed hitting slugger ranks second in the Carolina League in RBI (40) and walks (27). He has hit safely in 24 of his last 31 games, going 37-for-120 (.308) with 11 doubles, five homers and 33 RBI. The strong-armed outfielder is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with five outfield assists. Burgess, a 2-time Minor League All-Star (2008, ’09), was drafted by Washington in the sandwich round (49th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
IN LEHMAN’S TERMS: RHP Patrick Lehman struck out a season-high eight in 5.1 innings to earn his third win of the season, May 30 vs. Salem (Red Sox). The 6’6″ righty from George Washington University ranks among CL leaders in strikeouts (fourth, 55) and K/9.0 IP for starters (fourth, 9.66)…Lehman was selected by Washington in the 13th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.
SCORING RUNS IS FUN: 2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks among the top five CL hitters in runs scored (t-second, 37), triples (third, five), walks (t-fourth, 25) and hits (t-fifth, 59). The 2009 mid-season Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star finished second in the SAL in both runs scored (90) and hits (147) last season. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).
Potomac Player and Pitcher of the Month – May
OF Michael Burgess – hit .313 (35-for-112) with 10 doubles, four home runs, 31 RBI and 15 walks in 29 games.
RHP Patrick Lehman – in six games (five starts), went 3-1 and struck out 33 in 31.2 innings.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
28-25, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back
CULTIVATON OF ROSENBAUM: In his last five starts, LHP Dan Rosenbaum has allowed just four earned runs in 29.0 innings (1.24 ERA). He has 25 strikeouts against just three walks (8.3/1 SO/BB ratio) in that span. Despite his 1.87 ERA (13 ER 62.2 IP) in 11 starts, Rosenbaum hasn’t earned a win since his season debut on April 8. The southpaw was the MiLB.com South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 10-16. Among South Atlantic League pitchers, he is tied for sixth in ERA and tied for seventh in WHIP (1.01). Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
HOLDING HIS OWN: RHP Trevor Holder has won four of his last five starts, going 4-1 with a 2.03 ERA (7 ER/31.0 IP). He’s struck out 20 and has issued just two walks in those contests. Overall, he is 4-2 with a 3.13 ERA in nine starting assignments. The former Georgia Bulldog has allowed two earned runs or less in seven of those starts. Holder, 23, was Washington’s 3rd-round pick in the ’09 Draft.
Hagerstown Player and Pitcher of the Month – May
3B Steve Souza – led the team in homers (five), RBI (26) and slugging (.505) during the month.
RHP Trevor Holder – went 4-1 with a 2.75 ERA (11 ER/36.0 IP) with 22 strikeouts and just two walks in six starts.