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A Classic Beginning

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The 2013 World Baseball Classic opened on Saturday with a pair of games in Taiwan and another in Japan. While most Washington fans are probably focused on the two American hurlers – Ross Detwiler and Gio Gonzalez – set to throw for Team USA, a third Nationals player is already making his impact felt for his home country. Roger Bernadina, batting third and playing center field for the Netherlands, had a double, a run scored and a pair of RBI as the Dutch upset Korea, 5-0, in their opening game.

Bernadina is a native of Curacao, one of the islands off the coast of Venezuela formerly known as the Netherlands Antilles, when it was Dutch colony. He also makes his offseason home in Den Haag, a rarity among players on the WBC team. Playing with the likes of Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons and former All-Star Andruw Jones, Bernadina has the opportunity to play a more leading role than he has had to this point in the Major Leagues.

Team Netherlands dropped its second game of pool play on Sunday, and will need a win over Australia on Monday for a chance to advance to the second round.

Detwiler will make just one more start with the Nationals Sunday afternoon before departing for Phoenix for Team USA’s first round games. He is set to piggyback Giants starter Ryan Vogelsong in the team’s March 9 game vs. Team Italy at Chase Field.

Gonzalez, meanwhile, is set to start the March 12 contest against either Canada or Mexico at Marlins Park in Miami, should the U.S. advance out of the first round.

The Nationals got one last piece of World Baseball Classic news on Sunday, when they learned that outfielder Eury Perez will join the Dominican Republic squad. Should both the DR and USA teams advance, they would meet in the second round, with Gonzalez potentially squaring off against Perez.

Back in Viera, the Nationals will play the back half of a home-and-home with the Cardinals today, who they defeated by a count of 6-2 in Jupiter on Saturday. The offense was led by home runs from Ian Desmond, Chris Marrero and Anthony Rendon, who took St. Louis starter Adam Wainwright deep off the top of the batter’s eye just left of dead center field.

Sunday’s game will feature the first full lineup of the spring, including Ryan Zimmerman’s Grapefruit League debut. Here’s the full lineup, as well as a list of Spring Training results to date.

Lineup:

1. Span CF

2. Werth RF

3. Harper LF

4. Zimmerman DH

5. LaRoche 1B

6. Desmond SS

7. Espinosa 2B

8. Suzuki C

9. Lombardozzi 3B

P. Detwiler

Results:

2/23 @ New York (NL) – L, 5-3

2/24 vs. Miami – T, 2-2

2/25 @ New York (NL) – W, 6-4

2/26 @ Atlanta – L, 9-5

2/27 vs. Miami – L, 5-1

2/28 vs. New York (NL) – T, 4-4

3/1 @ Atlanta – W, 6-5

3/2 @ St. Louis – W, 6-2

Day 17 in Viera: The Nats are 3-0

Hello again gang. This is John Dever again, and for one day only I am stepping in for Mark Lerner, who likely will return to the blogosphere tomorrow.

 

I have the honor of being the baseball PR Director for your Nationals. I hope to keep in touch with you for much of this spring, perhaps once a week now that Mark in on the ground here in Viera. As always, I will be utilizing the keen eyes and ears of my PR brethren, Mike Gazda and Bill Gluvna. They are great to work with and they know what they are talking about, whether it be this team or the game of baseball in general.

 

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty…

 

*Obviously, with our 3-0 start in mind, optimism is abound. That’s patently obvious, but it feel really GOOD.

 

*What a difference a year makes. Remember, last year the Nationals dropped their first 11 Grapefruit League contests? As great as the 3-0 start is, what is even more impressive is just how well the team has actually played. The games have been played with precision, have been quick and seemingly everything done on the field has a positive purpose. Our chuckers have walked just 3 batters in 3 games. That, my friends, is unheard of in late February/early March. Last spring, the Nationals opened the Grapefruit League slate with split squad action on March 4. Nationals pitchers issued 8 walks and 25 runs in those 2 games. Yea, I like this year better…

 

*One of Mike Rizzo’s mantras is that competition is good for everyone, including the team. Well, 3 games in, that thought is being reaffirmed, especially in left field, where Rick Ankiel, Roger Bernadina and Michael Morse are vying for Jim Riggleman’s affections. The 3 LF amigos are a combined 10-for-19 with 4 home runs and 9 RBI. In fact, the LF trio has combined on 4 of Washington’s 5 home runs to date. All 3 gentlemen look comfortable at the plate, so let’s look for more of the same type of production in the coming week…

 

*This weekend’s 2 contests—Sat. at NYY and Sun. vs. ATL—will offer stiff tests for Rick Eckstein’s battalion of bats. Why? Washington will be opposed by C.C. Sabathia and Tommy Hanson. Not-so subtle reminder that you can watch Sunday’s action on MASN as your Nationals host the Braves from Space Coast Stadium. Ross Detwiler will get the starting nod. He will throw the first pitch at 1:05 p.m.

 

*Let’s play the name game. The following is a list of actual first names of Nationals players, but these same guys “go” by other names. Follow?

Example would be Edwin was Duke Snider’s actual first name. Or Larry is Chipper Jones’ first name. So, let’s ramp up the Nationals fun below:

 

1B Robert (Michael) Aubrey

OF Rogearvin (Roger) Bernadina

RHP Justin (Todd) Coffey

INF Jose (Alex) Cora

RHP Eisler (Livan) Hernandez

1B David (Adam) LaRoche

RHP John (J.D.) Martin…middle name: Dale

RHP Olise (Cla) Meredith…middle name: Claibourne

 

*A few defensive nuggets… Chris Marrero made a few nice scoops, and in the process showed some solid footwork around the bag, in Tue.’s home opener vs. NYM… this is a strong statement, but Yunesky Maya is a Grade A fielder… his skills are akin to those of his big brother (not literally) Livan Hernandez… both our Cuban starters act almost insulted a batter would have the audacity to drive a grounder up-the-middle for a single… that is fun to watch.

 

*BTW, best of luck Cla Meredith, who had Tommy John surgery yesterday. A resident of Richmond, VA, Cla was excited at the prospect of pitching for his hometown team. He won’t pitch this season, so that hope will have to be shelved for now. That said, I would not bet against Cla Meredith…

 

Thanks for your time and interest in the Nationals. Let’s be in touch again soon.

 

Day 13 in Viera: Grapefruit League Opener Eve

Grapefruit League Opening Day Eve here on the Space Coast.

My name is John Dever and I’m the Baseball PR contact for your Nationals. To write this blog, I get lots of guidance and observations from Mike Gazda and Bill Gluvna, my PR confidants, so I thank them for their contributions.

Lots happening… so let’s get started.

* Today’s high will reach 86 degrees. Almost toasty, yes, but comfortable thanks to a gentle breeze. So, the perfect spring continues. Last year, it may not have hit 70 degrees during the February workouts. This year, at least since pitchers and catchers reported on Feb. 15, the temps have not dipped below 70, with temps comfortably in the high 70s during the late-morning workouts.

* Jim Riggleman brought up a good point this morning during his session with the assembled media. This spring’s perfect weather to date has allowed the Nationals to get everything that they needed in. Every drill that Jim Riggleman and Spring Training Coordinator Bobby Henley scheduled went off without a hitch. Every one. That NEVER happens. And this should give the Nationals a sense of comfort heading into the Grapefruit League schedule, which begins tomorrow. The team is ready. [VIDEO: More Riggleman]

* Rick Ankiel is an interesting guy. Most know his story. A stud-pitcher-turned-outfielder who signed with the Nationals in December without a guaranteed starting spot. Well, one of the drawing cards for Ankiel was likely his preexisting relationship with Nationals hitting guru Rick Eckstein. After retiring as a pitcher, Ankiel immediately jumped back into St. Louis’ Minor League system in the hopes of becoming an outfielder. Ankiel and Eckstein worked together in Triple-A Memphis in 2008, things “clicked” and the results were phenomenal. Ankiel hit 32 home runs in 102 Pacific Coast League games before being summoned by the Cardinals on August 9, 2008. The hot streak did not end there, as Ankiel hit 11 more bombs in 43 games with the Cardinals. In fact, that summer, Ankiel’s 43 homers led the Cardinals entire organization, as Albert Pujols only (only?) hit 37. So, here’s hoping things “click” again for Ankiel and Eckstein and that they can regain their momentum from the summer of 2008.


91010-202 danny espinosa.jpg* We’ve “talked” a lot about Danny Espinosa’s conversion from shortstop to second base. Which begs the question: who made a similar conversion early in their career? The two best-case scenarios for Nationals fans to salivate over are Alfonso Soriano (a shortstop in the Yankees’ organization, converted to second base in 2001) and Brandon Phillips (a shortstop in the Expos’ organization, converted to second base in 2003). Now, both are All-Stars and Espinosa is not yet at that level, but it does go to show that this type of position change has occurred before and the results have been favorable both offensively and defensively (especially in the case of Phillips).

* With Davey Johnson in camp as an advisor to Mike Rizzo, it’s hard to believe that this is the 25th Anniversary of the iconic 1986 Mets. Where has the time gone. Well, actually, Nationals fans and Beltway baseball junkies likely best remember Davey for his playing days and later his successful managerial stint with the Orioles.

* Today’s “Four Questions” victim will be first baseman Chris Marrero, but before we channel our inner-Marrero, let’s take a look at his career. Marrero, as most know, was the Nationals’ first-rounder in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He was drafted out of Monsignor Pace High School in Miami Gardens, Fla. His assent through Washington’s system has not been as rapid as some outsiders would like, but it has been steady. He has averaged a long ball every 29.6 at-bats in five seasons as a pro. That is not a number to sneeze at. Yes, the level is dramatically different, but here are three National Leaguers who averaged a homer every 29-or-so at-bats last season: Jason Heyward (28.9), Justin Upton (29.1) and Casey Blake (29.9). All three are very good ballplayers, and in the case of Heyward and Upton, two of the great young players in the game. Marrero, who had Lasik surgery in the offseason, has immense power and his career is trending in the right direction. Alright, back to “Four Questions”…

Favorite Team/Player as a Youth?: Marlins, Frank Thomas (wonder if he knows that Mike Rizzo signed Big Frank?)

Favorite Game Show of all-time?: Deal or No Deal (he attended a taping of this show a few years back)

Favorite Superhero?: Spider Man (might help him with some errant throws at first base)

Most apt to watch CNN, Food Network or Travel Channel (and list favorite show)?: None of the above. My favorite show is re-runs of “Vegas” on TNT (with all of the bad shows on network TV, why was this show canceled. Seriously perplexing).

OK, that’s a wrap for today. Tomorrow, look for Mark Lerner to jump into the blogging fray as the Nationals travel to St. Lucie to take on the Mets. He will be your primary blogger going forward, but I may jump back in here and there. Thanks for your interest in the Nationals and see you at the ballpark. Oh, you can also follow us on Twitter (@NationalsPR).

Nothing Minor about these Ten Nationals

There are 13 days left before the Nationals’ pitchers and catchers report to Spring Training in Viera, Fla. That means there isn’t a better time to look at impact prospects in the Nationals system than now. We won’t rank them–ESPN’s Keith Law did that for us. It is hard enough to rank the Super Bowl teams, and there are just two, let alone the Top 10 Nationals prospects. It is the type of arbitrary system that if ten people ranked them, there would be ten different results. That’s just how it works.

 

Here is the Nationals’ Top 10 Prospects:

 


Bryce Harper AFl 1.jpg1- OF Bryce Harper:
Harper became a household name when he was anointed by Sports Illustrated as “Baseball’s Chosen One” as a 16-year-old sophomore in high school. He has lived up to the lofty expectations in his short professional career too. The No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft from the College of Southern Nevada, moved to right field during the Instructional League and proved he can play there in the Arizona Fall League. He faced the top pitching prospects in the AFL and hit .343/.410/.629 with one home run in 35 at-bats as a taxi-squad player. The brazen 18-year-old with superstar potential was possibly the most-hyped prospect in Draft history, besting teammate Stephen Strasburg. He won’t be in the Majors in 2011 but don’t ever count him out for buzz-worthy quotes or memorable made-up words like “oppo-boppo.”

 

2- C Derek Norris: It was an interesting 2010 year for Norris to say the least. The Nats top catching prospect with a Russell Martin like build and playing style enjoyed his first Big League camp after he broke his hamate bone in 2009. But he then missed the first month of the 2010 season due to complications from surgery. Shortly after he returned to action, he was sidelined again when he was hit in the head with a 95 mph fastball. He never fully recovered until the Arizona Fall League. He hit .278 (15-for-54) with 19 RBI, 11 walks and a .403 on-base percentage in the AFL. The 22-year-old is a beast at the plate with a short, strong and compact swing with power to all fields and has led his league in walks each of the past seasons.

 


Wilson Ramos 1.JPG3- C Wilson Ramos:
The 6-foot-0, 220 pound Ramos is built like a linebacker and has legs like Secretariat. He will enter the spring as part of the Nats’ catching platoon with Rodriguez, much like how they rotated starts in September, but he could become the No. 1 catcher by midseason. He led Aragua to the Venezuelan Winter League finals, batting .296 with seven doubles, a triple, two home runs and 21 RBI in 24 games.

 

4- RHP AJ Cole: Cole was drafted in the fourth round in the 2010 Draft out of Oviedo (Fla.) High School. He has the potential to be a frontline starter and could move fairly quickly for a high school draftee. His fastball has touched the mid-to-upper 90s, and he continues to master a solid curveball. His change-up may be a work in progress, but shows promising potential. He will likely start the season with Single-A Hagerstown.

 


 
Danny Espinosa Curtain Call.JPG5- SS Danny Espinosa:
He is a switch hitter who can hit for power to both sides of the field. He is a sound defensive player too. He played shortstop at Long Beach State–a shortstop factory–and was drafted in 2008 and continued to play the position until he was converted into a second baseman when he was called up to Triple-A Syracuse in August. It was an inevitable move for him with the Nationals knowing full well it wouldn’t be long before he arrived in the Big Leagues where Ian Desmond was already proving his potential as the Nationals’ shortstop of the future. Despite the change of position, Espinosa has excelled and his days as a shortstop seem to have only strengthened his ability to play with speed and agility.

6- LHP Sammy Solis: The 2010 Draft will always be about Bryce Harper, but don’t sleep on Solis. He was the 51st overall selection in last year’s Draft out of the University of San Diego and he signed two days before the Aug. 16 deadline. He was impressive against older competition in the Arizona Fall League and posted a 3.80 ERA in 24 innings. He will likely start the season at Single-A Potomac and could arrive in DC sometime next season.

 


 
Eury Perez 1.jpg7- OF Eury Perez:
Perez adjusted well to Single-A ball and showed signs of improvement throughout the summer months. The 20-year-old athletic center fielder has plus-speed and he utilizes it both defensively, at the plate and on the base paths. He finished second in the Minors with 64 steals and succeeded at an 83 percent rate, up from 67 percent in 2009. He will likely start the season at Single-A Potomac.

 

8- LHP Robbie Ray: Ray is another high school pitching gem from the 2010 Draft. The 12th-round pick from Tennessee –slightly misleading because it was assumed he had a strong commitment to pitch at the University of Arkansas which hurt his Draft stock–pitched one inning for the short-season Vermont Lake Monsters. He will likely start the season with Single-A Hagerstown.

 

9- 1B Chris Marrero: Marrero was ranked No. 1 on Baseball America’s list entering the 2008 season but he broke the fibula in his right leg and tore ligaments in his ankle on a slide at home plate. After recovering, he turned in a solid Double-A performance in 2010 to claim a spot on Washington’s 40-man roster. Marrero hit .306 and impressed his Manager, Pat Listach, with his defense in the Puerto Rican League playing with teammate and friend Danny Espinosa. He is becoming a more consistent overall hitter. He was selected to the Eastern League All-Star team and showcased his plus-raw power by finishing second in the Home Run Derby, hitting 13 home runs in two rounds. He will likely start the season in Triple-A Syracuse.

 

10- OF Destin Hood: Hood had a nice April to start out the 2010 season and is beginning to see the fruits of his hard labor. He came to Spring Training last season in tremendous shape determined to succeed on the field, at the plate and on the base paths. Destin possesses well-above-average raw power and is working to improve his command of the strike zone by creating a consistent approach at the plate. The 20-year-old Hood is one of the younger prospects in the organization. He has shown tremendous strides in the past year batting .285 (140-for-492) with 65 RBI in 129 games with Single-A Hagerstown.

 

Baseball America has a slightly different ranking–don’t we all–but Harper is the unanimous No. 1.

 

Top 10 Prospects 2011

1. Bryce Harper, of

2. Derek Norris, c

3. Danny Espinosa, ss/2b

4. A.J. Cole, rhp

5. Wilson Ramos, c

6. Sammy Solis, lhp

7. Cole Kimball, rhp

8. Eury Perez, of

9. Chris Marrero, 1b

10. Brad Peacock, rhp

 

In case you forgot or never knew… here are the rankings for the past few seasons. You can use it to discredit the ranking system or use it as proof to show just how hard it is to turn potential into Major League results.

 

Top 10 Prospects 2010 (according to Baseball America)

1. Stephen Strasburg, rhp

2. Derek Norris, c

3. Drew Storen, rhp

4. Ian Desmond, ss

5. Danny Espinosa, ss

6. Chris Marrero, 1b

7. Jeff Kobernus, 2b

8. Justin Maxwell, of

9. Michael Burgess, of

10. Destin Hood, of

 

Top 10 Prospects 2009

1. Jordan Zimmermann, rhp

2. Ross Detwiler, lhp

3. Chris Marrero, 1b

4. Michael Burgess, of

5. Jack McGeary, lhp

6. Derek Norris, c

7. Destin Hood, of

8. Adrian Nieto, c

9. J.P. Ramirez, of

10. Carlos Alvarez, ss

 

Top 10 Prospects 2008

1. Chris Marrero, 1b

2. Ross Detwiler, lhp

3. Collin Balester, rhp

4. Michael Burgess, of

5. Jack McGeary, lhp

6. Josh Smoker, lhp

7. Jordan Zimmermann, rhp

8. Glenn Gibson, lhp

9. Justin Maxwell, of

10. Colton Willems, rhp

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

The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 7-14-10.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

 I’M SEEING STARS…ALL-STARS!:  The Harrisburg Senators tonight host the 2010 Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game at Metro Bank Park…the Eastern League’s Western Division All-Stars will take on All-Stars from the Eastern Division with first pitch slated for 7:05 p.m….the Senators had 7 players selected to the Western Division squad:  RHP Adam Carr, SS Danny Espinosa, 1B Chris Marrero, RHP Rafael Martin, INF Michael Martinez, LHP Tom Milone and C Jhonatan Solano…additionally, Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr and his staff from the Senators will lead the Western Division squad…also later today, 1B Chris Marrero (12 home runs) and INF Michael Martinez (7 homers) will participate in the EL Home Run Derby.

 


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

51-40, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Behind

 

THRILL OF THE CHASE:  2B/3B Chase Lambin will represent the Syracuse Chiefs as a member of the International League All-Star team at tonight’s Triple-A All-Star game…the International League All-Stars will face off against the Triple-A Pacific Coast League All-Stars at Lehigh Valley’s (Phillies) Coca-Cola Park in Allentown, PA…tonight’s IL vs. PCL tussle can be seen live on MLB Network with coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m…Lambin is hitting .288 with 28 doubles, 2 triples, 11 homers and 45 RBI in 88 games…he ranks among IL leaders in doubles (3rd) and total bases (t-4th, 154)…Lambin signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent, January 7, 2010.

 

WHERE THERE’S A WILKIE, THERE’S A WAY:  RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has allowed just 2 earned runs over 17.0 innings (1.05 ERA) in 14 appearances beginning June 1…Wilkie, 25, owns a 1.69 ERA in 32 appearances overall…in 42.2 innings of work, he has allowed just one home run, fanned 35 (7.4 K’s per 9.0 innings) and has posted a .216 BAA.

 


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

Eastern League Western Division

44-47, 4th Place, 12.0 Games Behind

 

DON’T MISS CHRIS:  1B Chris Marrero has hit safely in 47 of his last 55 games, batting at a .333 (70-for-210) clip with 10 doubles, 9 homers and 33 RBI…the right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (70), walk (17) or HBP (1) 88 times (1.6 times per contest) during that stretch…Marrero hit .359 (37-for-103) in 28 games during the month of June…in 91 games overall, Marrero is batting .292 with 16 doubles, 12 home runs and 50 RBI…the 22-year-old was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

DR. KIMBALL:  RHP Cole Kimball is a combined 5-1 with a 1.56 ERA in 35 appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League…he’s offered scoreless relief in 27 of 35 appearances…since being promoted to Harrisburg on May 27, Kimball is 2-1 with a 1.32 ERA (4 ER/27.1 IP) and a stingy .147 BAA (14-for-95) in 16 appearances…the 24-year-old began the season with Potomac, where he went 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 19 games…Kimball was Washington’s 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Centenary College (NJ).

 

MARTIN PAYNE:  In his first domestic season as a pro, RHP Rafael Martin has enjoyed immediate success…Martin has gone 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA and a .203 BAA in 33 appearances en route to earning a 2010 Eastern League All-Star selection…after struggling during the month of May (4.85 ERA in 11 apps.), he has posted a 2.18 ERA (6 ER/24.2 IP) in 15 appearances beginning June 2…Martin signed with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent, February 25, 2010.

 


potomac nationals 1.JPGSingle-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half – 9-8, 3rd Place, 2.0 Games Behind

 

AND THE AWARD GOES TO…:  Earlier this week, RHP Brad Peacock was named Single-A Carolina League Pitcher of the Week by MiLB.com for the period of July 5-11…Peacock fired a 5-hit shutout on July 5 vs. Wilmington (Royals) to earn the award…Peacock’s 107 strikeouts rank 2nd in the CL and 13th in minor league baseball…with 107 strikeouts and just 20 walks in 81.0 innings pitched, Peacock has posted a 4.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 10.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings…the 22-year-old was drafted by Washington in the 41st round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

EVEN STEPHEN:  2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks among the league leaders in runs scored (2nd, 60), triples (t-2nd, 87), walks (t-5th, 42), hits (7th, 98), stolen bases (7th, 16) and OBP (8th, .383)…the 2009 mid-season Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star finished 2nd 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 – 7-12, T-5th Place, 5.5 Games Behind

 

BUILDING BLOX:  1B Justin Bloxom continues to be one of the SAL’s best offensive players, as he ranks among the top 5 SAL batters in hits (2nd, 108), total bases (2nd, 168), RBI (4th, 58), batting average (5th, .318) and doubles (5th, 25)…Bloxom, a 2010 SAL mid-season All-Star selection, has posted an organization-best 30 multi-hit games…the 22-year-old Kansas State University product was Washington’s 11th-round pick in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

GUNS N’ ROSENBAUM:  Despite his 2.27 ERA in 17 starts overall, LHP Dan Rosenbaum hasn’t earned a win since his season debut on April 8…among South Atlantic League pitchers, he is 4th in ERA…he was the MiLB.com SAL Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 10-16…Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

 

GOOD WOOD:  After hitting just .235 (23-for-98) in 24 games during June, 2B Jeff Kobernus is batting at a .353 (18-for-51) clip with 5 doubles and a team-best 11 RBI in 12 July contests…Kobernus, Washington’s 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has made 54 starts at second base for the Suns this season.

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

18-7, 1st Place, 5.0 Games Ahead

 

MONSTER MASH:  At 18-7, Vermont is off to its best start in the 17-year history of the franchise…the Lake Monsters are 5.0 games ahead in the Stedler Division, marking the largest division lead in franchise history…Vermont has outscored its opponents 125-88 (+37) over the first 25 games…Lake Monsters’ pitching paces the NY-P League in ERA (2.82) and WHIP (1.19).

 

WARRIOR TURNED MONSTER:  C/DH David Freitas hit safely in 11 consecutive games, posting 9 multi-hit efforts during the streak…the University of Hawaii product is 20-for-43 (.465) with 5 doubles, 7 RBI, 7 walks and 6 runs scored over his 11-game run…Freitas is 3rd in the league with a .381 batting average…the 21-year-old was selected in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

 

BLAKE IS LIVELY:  INF Blake Kelso, selected in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .354 with 2 doubles, 6 RBI and 8 runs scored in 17 contests…the University of Houston product has hit safely in 13 of 17 games as a pro.

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

7-12, 5th Place, 4.0 Games Behind

 

YO, ADRIAN!:  SS Adrian Sanchez has opened the 2010 GCL season by hitting in 10 of 12 games…his .391 batting average ranks 2nd in the GCL (min. 12 games played), while his 6 doubles are tied for 3rd…born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 2007 season.

 

BILLY THE KID:  In 4 appearances, RHP Billy Ott has allowed just one earned run in 10.0 IP (0.90 ERA)…he’s struck out 8 and walked just one…Ott, 22, has worked 2.0 or more innings in 3 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.

 

YOU COMPLETE ME:  RHP Kelvin Lopez  is 2-0 with a 2.74 ERA in 4 starts this season…on July 2 vs. GCL Mets, the 20-year old tossed a complete game, allowing 4 runs on 11 hits while striking out 9 to earn the victory.

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

The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 6-30-10.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. 

This Week’s Top Headline

HEY NOW, YOU’RE AN ALL-STAR!:  The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Double-A Eastern League, yesterday announced the rosters for the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game being played on Wednesday, July 14 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA. The Senators had six players selected:  SS Danny Espinosa, 1B Chris Marrero, RHP Rafael Martin, INF Michael Martinez, LHP Tom Milone and C Jhonatan Solano. Additionally, Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr and his staff will lead the Western Division squad.

 


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

45-35, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Behind

 

THE JOSHUA TREE:  RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has allowed just one earned run in 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA) in 10 June appearances. He’s fanned 13 and walked only two in that span. Wilkie owns a 1.67 ERA in 28 appearances overall. The 25-year-old has limited opponents to a team-best .194 (25-for-129) batting average against. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.

 

ATA(HUALPA) BOY:  In 10 appearances beginning May 31, LHP Atahualpa Severino has tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings. Overall, Severino is 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 appearances. Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 13, 2004.

 

TAKING IT TO THE MAX:  OF Justin Maxwell is batting .300 (30-for-100) with four doubles, three homers, 10 RBI, five stolen bases and 12 walks in 29 games during June. Maxwell hit .121 with one homer and three RBI in 21 games at the Big League level this season with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 28.

 


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Eastern League Western Division

38-40, 3rd Place, 11.5 Games Behind

 

JOHNNY ON THE SPOT:  LHP John Lannan allowed just four hits in 7.0 innings of one-run ball in his first start with the Senators. Lannan, Washington’s Opening Day starter this season, was optioned to Harrisburg on June 21 after going 2-5 with a 5.76 ERA in 14 starts with the Nationals. Lannan is scheduled to make his second Double-A start, tonight at Portland (Red Sox).

 

UH-OH, HERE COMES MARRERO:  1B Chris Marrero has hit safely in 34 of his last 42 games, batting at a .341 (56-for-164) clip with eight doubles, eight homers and 26 RBI. The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (56), walk (12) or HBP (1) 69 times (1.61 times per contest) during that stretch. He is 37-for-101 (.366) in 27 games during the month of June. In 78 games this season, Marrero is hitting .290 with 14 doubles, 11 home runs and 43 RBI. The 21-year-old was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

CLEAN COLE:  RHP Cole Kimball is a combined 5-1 with a 1.61 ERA in 31 appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League. He’s offered scoreless relief in 25 of his 31 games. Since being promoted to Harrisburg on May 27, Kimball is 2-1 with a 1.35 ERA (3 ER/20.0 IP) and a .143 BAA (10-for-70) in 12 appearances. The 24-year-old began the season with Potomac, where he went 3-0 with a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 19 appearances. Kimball was Washington’s 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft out of Centenary College (NJ).

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half – 2-3, 4th Place, 1.5 Games Behind

 

SHOWING HIS FEATHERS:  RHP Brad Peacock‘s 101 strikeouts lead the Carolina League and rank fifth in Minor League baseball. With 101 strikeouts and just 20 walks in 81.0 innings pitched, Peacock has posted a 5.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 11.22 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Peacock is scheduled to toe the rubber tonight at Winston-Salem (White Sox). The 22-year-old was drafted by Washington in the 41st round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

EVEN STEPHEN:  2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks second in the CL in runs scored (54), triples (7) and walks (40). He also ranks among the league leaders in hits (7th, 84), stolen bases (7th, 15) and OBP (7th, .385). 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).

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half – 2-4, 5th Place, 3.0 Games Behind

 

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES:  In his last nine starts, LHP Dan Rosenbaum owns a 1.94 ERA (11 ER/51.0 IP). Despite his 2.14 ERA in 15 starts overall, Rosenbaum hasn’t earned a win since his season debut on April 8. Among South Atlantic League pitchers, he is sixth in ERA. Earlier this month, the southpaw was named a South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star. In addition to the All-Star selection, he was the MiLB.com SAL Pitcher of the Week for the period of May 10-16. Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

 

JUSTIFIED:  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, 95), total bases (2nd, 146), batting average (3rd, .322), doubles (3rd, 25), runs scored (4th, 50) and RBI (5th, 51). Bloxom, a 2010 SAL mid-season All-Star selection, has posted an organization-best 26 multi-hit games. The 22-year-old Kansas State University product was Washington’s 11th-choice in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

CLEGGO MY EGGO:  LHP Mitchell Clegg, who began the season pitching in relief, is 8-1 with a 2.55 ERA in 15 games (8 starts). Since moving to the starting rotation on May 12, he is 5-1 with a 1.37 ERA (7 ER/46.0 IP) in eight starts. The 23-year-old has allowed one earned run or less in seven of those eight (87%) starting assignments. In four June outings, he is 2-1 with a miniscule 0.38 ERA (1 ER/24.0 IP). Clegg, a 2009 New York-Penn League All-Star, was selected in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

9-3, 1st Place, 2.0 Games Ahead

 

SWYN MOVE:  RHP Matt Swynenberg has allowed just one earned run in 10.0 innings (0.90 ERA) in his first two starts of the 2010 campaign. In his season debut, he fired 5.0 shutout innings on one-hit ball to earn the win against Lowell (Red Sox). Swynenberg was selected by the Nationals in the 28th round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

BLAKE IS LIVELY:  SS Blake Kelso, selected in the 10th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .357 with two doubles and three RBI in eight contests. The University of Houston product has hit safely in five of the last six games.

 

JORDAN BRAND:  RHP Taylor Jordan, 21, is 1-0 with a 1.23 ERA in three starts this season. He’s fanned 14 and walked three (4.6/1 SO/BB ratio). The Merritt Island, FL native was drafted by Washington in the 9th round of the ’09 Draft.

 

BOBBY’S WORLD:  In 10.1 innings (3 games, 2 starts), LHP Bobby Hansen has 17 strikeouts against 0 walks. His strikeout total is second-best in the league, and he’s averaging 15.1 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Hansen was selected by the Nationals out of Lewis-Palmer High School (CO) in the 18th round of the 2008 Draft.

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

2-6, 5th Place, 3.5 Games Behind

 

MANNO MAN:  In three appearances to start the season, LHP Christopher Manno has allowed just one unearned run on two hits while striking out 10 batters in 4.2 innings. Manno, 21, paces all GCL hurlers with an average of 19.29 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. The Duke University product was a 26th-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

 

CRAZY EIGHT:  SS Adrian Sanchez has opened the 2010 GCL season with an eight-game hitting streak. His 14 hits pace the GCL, while his .424 batting average ranks fourth. Sanchez has collected three doubles, one home run, three RBI and eight runs. Born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 2007 season.

 

OLIVER’S TWIST:  1B Tyler Oliver has hit safely in 5 of 7 GCL games, with 3 multi-hit efforts in those contests. Overall, he is 8-for-22 (.364) with two doubles, five RBI, and three runs scored to begin his pro career. Selected in the 35th round in 2010 out of Wabash Valley Community College (IL), Oliver led all Warriors in hitting in 2010 with a .456 average (88-for-193), 19 doubles, 30 home runs and 103 RBI.

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm 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. This week, we feature the best pitcher and player of the month from each organization.

 

This Week’s Top Headline

 

21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero leads the Single-A Carolina League with 112 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in slugging, OPS, batting average, total bases, home runs, on-base percentage  and RBI. In 28 July games with Potomac, he hit .354 (34-for-96) with seven doubles, one triple, five homers, 17 RBI and 14 walks, which equates to .453 and .604 on-base and slugging percentages, respectively. Marrero was Washington’s first round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 


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International League North Division

57-51, 2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back

 

SS Ian Desmond is batting a combined .305 with 16 doubles, one triple, six homers, 22 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 62 games with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg. He is 20-for-66 (.303) with four doubles, four RBI, 11 walks and four stolen bases in 20 games since being promoted to Syracuse, July 16. In 42 games with Harrisburg, he collected 52 hits including 19 of the extra-base variety (12 doubles, one triple and six home runs). Desmond was Washington’s third-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

 

In 12 appearances since joining Syracuse, July 7, RHP Zack Segovia has allowed one earned run in 13.0 innings (0.69 ERA). He owns a .174 (8-for-46) batting average against and a 3.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (14K/4 BB) with the Chiefs. The 26-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he appeared in 24 games (three starts). Segovia signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent on June 18, 2008. He was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the second round of the 2002 Draft.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – July

INF Mike Morsebatted .337 (35-for-104) with seven doubles, three homers, 18 RBI and a .410 OBP in 28 games.

RHP Jorge Sosa – in 11 appearances, posted 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.0 IP), recorded three saves and struck out 21.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

50-57, 5th Place, 16.5 Games Back

 

RHP Clint Everts is a combined 6-1 with a 1.31 ERA and a 3.8/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (54 K/14 BB) in 31 appearances (48.0 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Since joining the Senators on June 9, he is 3-1 with three saves and a 1.61 ERA (5 ER/28.0 IP) in 18 games. Prior to his promotion, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA in 13 appearances with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s first-round pick (fifth overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Jeff Mandel is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA (4 ER/14.0 IP) in two starts with Harrisburg. He went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA (40 ER/99.2 IP) in 17 starts with Potomac before earning a July 20 promotion to Double-A. For the season, he is a combined 10-4 with a 3.48 ERA in 19 starts with the Senators and P-Nats. His 10 wins are tied with fellow Senator Erik Arnesen for tops among Washington minor leaguers. Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the ’07 First-Year Player Draft. He is scheduled to make his next start, Friday at Trenton (Yankees).

 

C Sean Rooney is hitting .341 (14-for-41) with two doubles, three RBI and seven runs scored in 13 games as a Senator. The 23-year-old joined Harrisburg on July 16 from Potomac, where he batted .300 (65-for-217) with 18 doubles, six home runs and 40 RBI in 60 games. In a combined 55 games at catcher with Harrisburg and Potomac, he has gunned down 25 of 59 (42%) would-be basestealers. Rooney, a 2008 Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star, was drafted in the eighth round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – July

INF Joel Guzmanhit .347 (35-for-101) with 9 doubles, 3 homers and 19 RBI in 27 games.

RHP Clint Everts – went 3-0 with one save and a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) in 9 appearances.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

Second Half: 25-13, First Place, 1.5 Games Ahead

 

RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s second selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has 36 strikeouts and only one walk in a combined 22.2 innings (16 appearances) with Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown. The Stanford University product has fanned 25, walked one and posted a .063 (3-for-47) batting average against in his last 10 games (14.2 innings) between Potomac and Hagerstown. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, he struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with the Suns.

 

For the third consecutive week, a Potomac National has earned MiLB.com Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week honors. OF Jesus Valdez follows 1B Chris Marrero (July 13-19) and INF/OF Dan Nelson (July 20-26) as the CL POTW. Valdez posted five multi-hit games, going 13-for-23 (.565) with five doubles, three RBI and six runs scored during the week of July 27-August 2 to garner the selection. He is hitting .312 with 13 doubles, one triple, three home runs, 30 RBI and 34 runs scored in 57 games with the P-Nats.

 

RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, hurled 5.0 innings of one-run ball to earn the win in his Carolina League debut, Friday vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox). The 22-year-old, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, is a combined 3-0 with a 3.52 ERA in six starts with the Potomac, Hagerstown and GCL Nationals.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – July

OF Francisco Plasenciahit at a .330 (31-for-94) clip with 4 home runs, 22 RBI and 16 runs scored in 25 games.

LHP Tom Milone – went 3-1 with a 2.84 ERA (12 ER/38.0 IP) in 6 starts.

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back

Second Half: 14-22, 7th Place, 7.5 Games Back

 

Derek Norris continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in home runs, total bases, walks and OBP. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. Norris ranks among full-season minor league leaders in home runs and slugging percentage. The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 33 multi-hit games. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 178 times in 100 games (1.78 times per contest). Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.

 

2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 75 runs scored, and ranks second in hits with 115. In 99 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .299 with 20 doubles, six triples, three homers and 44 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – July

1B Tyler Moorehit .305 with 18 extra-base hits (12 doubles, one triple, 5 homers) and a team-high 29 RBI.

RHP Marcos Frias – in 5 starts, went 3-1 with a 2.83 ERA (9 ER/28.2 IP).

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

22-23, 3rd Place, 4.5 Games Back

 

After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with two saves and a 1.00 ERA in his first 11 games as a pro. He has limited opponents to a .182 (18-for-99) batting average against. The southpaw has 18 strikeouts against just one walk in 27.0 innings of work. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).

 

INF Francisco Soriano has hit safely in a team-high nine straight games, going 13-for-35 (.371) during the tear. His .418 OBP is tied for second in the league, while his 14 stolen bases rank fifth. Soriano signed with Washington as a non-drafted free agent, July 5, 2007.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – June/July

OF J.P. Ramirez – in 41 games, collected 43 hits and recorded 22 RBI.

RHP Pat Lehman – posted a 3-1 mark with a 1.65 ERA (5 ER/27.1 IP) in 7 games (3 starts).

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

19-14, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

OF Eury Perez is hitting .337 with one double, two triples, one home run, 12 RBI and 12 walks in 26 games. He has recorded a team-high 12 stolen bases. Perez, 19, ranks fourth in the GCL with a .419 OBP. He signed with Washington as an international free agent, April 13, 2007.

 

1B Brett Newsome leads the GCL in walks, slugging and OPS. Nineteen of his 32 hits have been of the extra-base variety (12 doubles, three triples, four homers). In 27 games overall, he is hitting .305 with 21 RBI and 21 runs scored.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – June/July

OF Destin Hoodin 25 contests, hit a team-best .330 with 10 doubles, 3 homers and 18 runs scored.  

RHP Ruben De La Rosa – went 3-0 with a 1.12 (2 ER/16.0 IP) in 9 games…struck out 26 and walked 5.

 

Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm 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.

 

This Week’s Top Headline


022508-026 chris marrero2.JPGDON’T MISS CHRIS:
  Earlier this week, Potomac 1B Chris Marrero was named Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week by MILB.com for the period of July 13-19. Marrero hit .500 (12-for-24) with one double, one triple, one home run, four RBI and eight runs scored to garner the award. The 21-year-old leads the CL with 99 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, total bases, RBI, home runs, OPS and slugging. Marrero was Washington’s first round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 


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International League North Division

50-44, 2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back

 

OF Jorge Padilla, a 2009 IL All-Star selection, leads full-season minor leaguers with a .363 batting average. Padilla has hit safely in 27 of his last 28 games, going 44-for-115 (.383) with 17 runs scored during the tear. His .432 on-base percentage is second-best in the IL. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 123 times in 81 games (1.5 times per contest).

 

In his last 11 appearances, RHP Jorge Sosa has allowed just 2 earned runs in 17.1 innings (1.03 ERA). He owns a 1.61 ERA (4 ER/22.1 IP) and a .185 BAA (15-for-87) in 12 games as a reliever. Overall, he is 1-2 with one save and a 3.05 ERA in 16 games (4 starts). He has walked 12 and struck out 46 in 44.1 innings. Sosa signed with the Nationals as a minor-league free agent, December 18, 2008.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

41-54, 5th Place, 17.0 Games Back

 

RHP Erik Arnesen tossed 7.0 scoreless frames of four-hit ball to earn his 10th win of the season, Saturday at Altoona (Pirates). Arnesen’s 10 wins are tops among Washington farmhands, while his 89 strikeouts rank second. He is 10-4 with a 2.85 ERA in a combined 20 games (19 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Arnesen has gone 6-3 with a 3.12 ERA (27 ER/78.0 IP) in 14 games (13 starts) since joining Harrisburg on May 11. In six starting assignments with the P-Nats, the 25-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP).

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

First Half: 37-30, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

Second Half: 17-8, First Place, 3.5 Games Ahead

 

RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s first round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, struck out three in 2.0 scoreless innings to earn the save in his Carolina League debut last night at Lynchburg (Pirates). Prior to joining Potomac on July 19, Storen struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with Single-A Hagerstown. In 12 combined appearances with Potomac and Hagerstown, the Stanford University product has fanned 29 in 16.2 innings, an average of 15.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings.   

 

With his 41st stolen base of the season on July 19 vs. Kinston, OF Boomer Whiting passed fellow Nationals farmhand Ian Desmond to become the P-Nats franchise all-time leader with 55 career steals. Whiting’s professional-high 42 stolen bases this season pace Washington minor leaguers and rank second in the Carolina League. He was selected in the 28th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Louisville (KY).

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

First Half: 31-36, T-6th Place, 10.5 Games Back

Second Half: 8-17, 7th Place, 6.5 Games Back

 


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continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in nearly every offensive category, including home runs, RBI, total bases, walks and OBP. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. Norris ranks among full-season minor league leaders in home runs (t-fifth) and slugging percentage (11th, .579). The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 31 multi-hit games. Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. six prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.

 

RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, fired 5.0 shutout innings to earn his first win as a professional, Monday vs. Asheville (Rockies). The 22-year-old played collegiately at the University of Georgia.

 

Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

16-14, 2nd Place, 1.5 Games Back

 

LHP Mitchell Clegg is 1-1 with a 0.75 ERA in six games (four starts) to begin his pro career. He has fired 10.0 consecutive scoreless innings over his last two starts. Clegg was selected by Washington in the 21st round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of UMass.

 

After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with 0.56 ERA in his first seven games as a pro. The southpaw has struck out 12 and has yet to walk a batter in 16.0 innings. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

13-10, 2nd Place, 3.0 Games Back

 

RHP Ruben De La Rosa is 3-0 with a 0.64 ERA in six appearances (14.0 innings) overall. He has 23 strikeouts against just five walks (4.6/1 SO/BB ratio). The Dominican Republic native has worked more than 1.0 inning in five of his six appearances. De La Rosa signed with Washington as a non-drafted free agent, June 29, 2005.

 

 

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