The Minority Report: An in-depth look at the Nats’ Minor League system

The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 7-28-10.pdf) is a bi-weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. 

This Week’s Top Headline

MOORE COWBELL:  On Monday, Potomac 1B Tyler Moore was named Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week for the second consecutive week (July 12-18 & July 19-25). During the two award-winning “weeks”, he hit a combined .481 (25-for-52) with seven homers, 10 doubles, 26 RBI and a 1.077 slugging percentage in 13 games. Moore’s 34 doubles are tied for tops in all of Minor League baseball, while his 53 extra-base hits are tied for fifth in MiLB. Moore, Washington’s 16th-round pick from the 2008 Draft, leads the Carolina League in doubles, homers (17) and RBI (73).


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

54-50, 2nd Place, 6.0 Games Behind


WHERE THERE’S A WILKIE, THERE’S A WAY:  RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has allowed just three earned runs over 23.2 innings (1.14 ERA) in 19 appearances (one start) beginning June 1. Wilkie, 26, owns a 1.64 ERA in 37 appearances (one start) overall. In 49.1 innings of work, he has allowed just one home run, fanned 39 (7.1 K’s per 9.0 innings) and has posted a .218 BAA.


GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR!:  In his Triple-A debut last night, RHP Adam Carr struck out four in 2.2 scoreless innings. Carr, 26, was promoted from Double-A Harrisburg to Syracuse on Monday. In 36 appearances with Harrisburg, Carr posted a 3.04 ERA and recorded 48 strikeouts in 50.1 innings pitched (8.58 strikeouts per 9.0 innings). Washington selected Carr with its 18th-round pick in the 2006 Draft.


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

Eastern League Western Division

52-53, 4th Place, 9.0 Games Behind


DON’T MISS CHRIS:  1B Chris Marrero is batting .352 (64-for-193) with 12 doubles, five homers, 30 RBI and 27 runs scored in 53 games beginning June 1. The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (64), walk (19) or HBP (two) 85 times (1.6 times per contest) during that stretch. In 104 games overall, Marrero is batting .292 with 19 doubles, 13 home runs and 59 RBI. The 22-year-old was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.


SHOWING HIS FEATHERS:  In his Double-A debut earlier this afternoon, RHP Brad Peacock fired 7.0 shutout innings of two-hit, five-strikeout ball vs. New Hampshire (Blue Jays). At the time of his July 26 promotion from Potomac to Harrisburg, Peacock ranked second in the Carolina League with 118 strikeouts. Earlier this season, he earned Carolina League Pitcher of the Week honors for the period of July 5-11. The 22-year-old was drafted by Washington in the 41st round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.


MARTIN PAYNE:  In his first domestic season as a pro, RHP Rafael Martin has enjoyed immediate success. Martin has gone 3-2 with a 2.75 ERA and a .207 BAA in 38 appearances en route to earning a 2010 mid-season Eastern League All-Star selection. After struggling during the month of May (4.85 ERA in 11 apps.), he has posted a 2.67 ERA (9 ER/30.1 IP) in 20 appearances beginning June 2. Martin signed with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent, February 25, 2010.


CHUCKY DOLL:  LHP Chuck James is 5-0 with a minuscule 0.91 ERA in 13 games (two starts). He’s offered scoreless relief in 12 of 13 appearances, and has fired 11.0 straight scoreless innings. With 31 strikeouts and just two walks in 29.2 innings, James has posted a 15.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 9.4 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. James signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent prior to the 2010 season.


potomac nationals 1.JPGSingle-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

First Half – 31-39, 3rd Place, 10.0 Games Behind

Second Half – 17-14, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Behind


STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES:  In his 2nd Carolina League start, LHP Dan Rosenbaum tossed 8.0 scoreless innings of five-hit ball to earn the win, Monday at Wilmington (Royals). Since joining Potomac on July 20, the southpaw is 2-0 with a 0.69 ERA (1 ER/13.0 IP) and a .182 BAA (8-for-44). Before his promotion, he recorded a 2.37 ERA (27 ER/102.2 IP) in 18 starting assignments with Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League. Overall, Rosenbaum has posted an impressive 2.18 ERA in 20 combined starts with Potomac and Hagerstown. Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).


EVEN STEPHEN:  2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks among the top 10 Carolina League hitters in runs scored (t-1st, 66), triples (t-1st, nine), walks (5th, 46), hits (6th, 114), stolen bases (7th, 19), OBP (9th, .371) and total bases (10th, 161). 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).


hagerstown suns 1.JPGSingle-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half – 36-34, 3rd Place, 6.0 Games Behind

Second Half – 12-20, 7th Place, 9.0 Games Behind


JUSTIN CASE YOU MISSED IT:  1B Justin Bloxom continues to be one of the SAL’s best offensive players, as he ranks among the top five SAL batters in hits (2nd, 121), doubles (3rd, 28), total bases (2nd, 187), RBI (4th, 66) and batting average (5th, .307). He’s posted 33 multi-hit games, including 11 three-hit efforts. The 22-year-old Kansas State University product was Washington’s 11th-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.


GOOD WOOD:  Including a 12-game hitting streak along the way, 2B Jeff Kobernus has hit safely in 23 of 27 games dating to June 29th, raising his batting average 37 points (.251 to .288). During that span, the UC-Berkeley product has hit at a .352 (38-for-108) clip with nine doubles, one homer, 23 RBI, 19 runs scored and 10 stolen bases. Kobernus began the 2010 season rated as the No. 7 prospect in the Washington system according to Baseball America. He was selected in the 2nd round (50th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

23-14, 1st Place, 3.0 Games Ahead


21-HIT SALUTE:  Before going 0-for-2 on Monday, C/DH David Freitas hit safely in a Vermont team-record 21 straight games. During the 21-game tear, he posted 12 multi-hit efforts and batted .425 (34-for-80). His .373 batting average is second-best in the NY-Penn League. The 21-year-old was selected in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Hawaii.


BLAKE IS LIVELY:  INF Blake Kelso, selected in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .327 with four doubles, 12 RBI and 10 runs scored in 27 contests. The University of Houston product has hit safely in 21 of 27 games as a pro.


Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

12-19, 5th Place, 8.5 Games Behind


YO, ADRIAN!:  SS Adrian Sanchez continues to be one of the GCL’s top hitters, ranking among league leaders in average (2nd, .361), OPS (2nd, .920), doubles (t-4th, nine), homers (t-3rd, three) and runs scored (t-4th, 20). Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent before the 2007 season.


BILLY THE KID:  RHP Billy Ott hasn’t allowed a run since his professional debut, firing 18.0 consecutive scoreless innings beginning June 27. He’s allowed just one earned run in 19.0 IP (0.47 ERA) overall. He’s fanned 15 and walked just two. Ott, 22, has worked 3.0 or more innings in four of his appearances. He was signed by Washington as a non-drafted free agent on June 17, 2010 after completing his college career at Cal State Northridge.


HANDY RANDY:  OF Randolph Oduber has hit safely in 13 of 15 games this season…he is 24-for-63 (.381) with three doubles, three triples, three home runs, 14 RBI, 16 runs scored and a 1.095 OPS. Oduber was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Oklahoma State Junior College.

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