Nationals Minor League Report: April 20, 2016

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Welcome to the first installment of the 2016 Washington Nationals Minor League Report.

All the information listed here, and linked below, reflects games played from April 7-19.

April 7-19 Record: 26-21
Organizational Record: 26-21 (.553, 8th in MLB)

Organizational Top Performer: SS Trea Turner – Syracuse Chiefs

After going 13-for-30 (.433) with three doubles, one homer, five RBI, four walks, two stolen bases and six runs scored, SS Trea Turner was named the first International League Player of the Week for the 2016 season…Turner went 4-for-4 with a double and an RBI in a 4-3 win, 4/12 vs. Buffalo (TOR)…He then posted back-to-back three-hit games, 4/14-15 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (NYY)…He clubbed his first home run of the season, 4/16 at SWB, a solo shot in the third inning.

Through his first 11 games of the season, Turner ranks among International League hitters in stolen bases (T2nd, 4), runs scored (T1st, 10), hits, (T5th, 15), on-base percentage (8th, .449), and batting average (8th, .357)…Turner entered the season rated as the No. 2 prospect in Washington’s Minor League system and the No. 9 prospect in MLB, according to Baseball America.

Potomac’s Hot Hitters

The Potomac Nationals boast three hitters ranked in the top 11 in batting average in the Carolina League…INF Khayyan Norfork ranks second at .407 (11-for-27), 1B Jose Marmolejos is fourth at .366 (15-for-41) and 3B Drew Ward is 11th at .340 (16-for-47)…As a club, the P-Nats rank among Carolina League clubs in on-base percentage (1st, .371), slugging percentage (1st, .431), batting average (2nd, .273), runs scored (2nd, 74), home runs (2nd, 9), walks (2nd, 62), doubles, (T3rd, 27) and triples (T3rd, 6).

Schrock rocks

Hagerstown infielder Max Schrock used a five-hit effort (5-for-5, 2 2B, 5 RBI, 2 SB, 3 R)  on April 19 at Lakewood (PHI) to propel himself into the top 10 in hitting in the South Atlantic League…His .370 batting average is good for 10th in the SAL (and third among Nationals Minor Leaguers), while his 17 hits are tied for sixth in the league.

Through 12 games, Schrock is 17-for-46 with four doubles, eight RBI, five walks, five stolen bases and 10 runs scored…He was selected in the 13th round of the 2015 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of South Carolina…Prior to the season, Schrock was cited by Baseball America as having the “Best Strike-Zone Discipline” among Nationals Minor Leaguers.

For more information & notes on the Nationals’ Minor League system, view the full Minor League Report here:

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