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Down on the Farm: Michael Taylor

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When the Nationals entered camp in Viera this spring, there were few positions on the field that were yet to be decided. In fact, one could argue that the only truly open position was in center field. Sure, there has been discussion over the last rotation and bullpen spots, as there is with most every team every year, but center field seemed to be the one position for which fans and media-types alike couldn’t arrive at a definitive answer. Needless to say, though, it will not remain a question mark in the long term. In fact, with the recent assignment of Bryce Harper to Triple-A Syracuse with the specific task of playing in the middle of the outfield, the center field position might now be the deepest in the Nationals farm system. And whether Harper sticks in center or eventually shifts back to a corner outfield spot may depend less on him and more on another player many are talking about in the Nationals chain: Michael Taylor.

That may seem like an overstatement for a young man who has never played above Low-A and who won’t turn 21 until next Monday. But he has impressed enough both inside the organization and out to be placed fourth in Washington’s system in MLB.com’s most recent prospect rankings.

While Taylor’s career slash line through his first two seasons is just .240/.301/.400, that hides the progress he made in the second half of last year at Low-A Hagerstown, where he batted .291/.351/.498 after the break. At 6’2” and just 190 pounds, he is still quite slender, but has a projectable frame that coaches believe will fill out over the next few years, bringing more power along with it. If Taylor’s offense plays out according to plan, he could possess the full regiment of tools at one of the premiere defensive positions in the game.

Michael Taylor has impressed since his move to center field.

Taylor was drafted as a shortstop, but the Nationals saw an athlete with great instincts and a solid arm that they believed could handle the premiere outfield defensive slot. Ironically, it was the defensive move that may have helped unlock Taylor’s offensive potential and allowed him to become the complete player the Nationals envisioned when they drafted him in the sixth round out of Ft. Lauderdale’s Westminster Academy in 2009.

“The move to the outfield freed him up a great deal offensively,” explains Doug Harris, the Nationals director of player development. “He’s a gifted defender, in part because of his athleticism, but he’s very instinctive as well. Physically, the sky is the limit for him.”

It is hard to imagine, though, that anyone saw that he would take to it as well as he has. Tony Tarasco, Washington’s Minor League hitting coordinator, saw him come to life in the instructional league last fall.

“I watched him go gap-to-gap his first day out there,” recalls Tarasco. “Of course his playing at shortstop helped him when he went to the outfield, because he could get rid of the ball quicker than a lot of other players. And he’s got a cannon arm, but he’s precise. He doesn’t miss the relay man often.”

Tarasco, who was has been very impressed with what he’s seen out of Taylor in his short time in the system, thinks that the change may have even occurred slightly earlier than when Harris saw it come about. He cites a change in attitude as a key factor in the young player’s development.

“He spent some time with Bob Boone in the cage,” recounts Tarasco. “Mike has always been a shy, quiet kid. He was so respectful that it made him almost timid. I think he left Boony with a little bit of aggression.”

Taylor himself recognizes that whatever his adjustments were, they required some work both with his physical and psychological approach. He is quiet, as Tarasco describes, and almost impossibly polite, and describes his progress earnestly.

Tony Tarasco (back turned) teaching fundamentals in Minor League camp.

“I think the work that I did on the physical side helped me relax more and I was able to be at ease in the box,” he explains of the work he did to improve his swing.

However, he goes on to describe the mental side of the adjustment as well, and in doing so, reveals that he is well beyond his years in terms of mental make-up. One of the words that you will hear the most around a professional baseball diamond is “consistency.” Those who can achieve it, who can ride out the slumps by simplifying the game to its individual pieces, are the ones that survive and move up.

“I really enjoy just having a routine,” explains Taylor, showing a keen understanding of that consistency. “That just keeps me focused on right here, on the field.”

According to Tarasco, for Taylor that means keeping a detailed black book of every at-bat, notes on every pitcher faced, for the entire season. Last year, that meant nearly 500 plate appearances, each tracked meticulously.

“I’ve seen guys start it,” says Tarasco of the exhaustive process. “But they get to July, then they don’t finish it. He was still doing it at the end of the year.”

It is that drive and approach, coupled with what Tarasco describes as a through-the-roof IQ, that he believes will help Taylor continue to progress in the years to come. For his part, Taylor is asking plenty of questions, trying to soak up as much as possible. He also appears to be listening, and not over-thinking when it comes to the larger picture.

“As long as I get my work in and stay focused on what I’m doing, everything else will kind of run its course and things will happen,” says the young outfielder.

In talking to Tarasco, it is easy to see where Taylor gets his approach to the game.

“Every single day, you wouldn’t know if he was 0-for-5 or 5-for-5, he continues to have that relentless attitude,” says Tarasco. “The willpower to move slowly, to go day-by-day, eventually is going to catapult him and spring him ahead.”

While there won’t be any rush to get Taylor to the big leagues, those in the Washington-area may have the chance to keep an especially close eye on him as he will likely make his 2012 debut at High-A Potomac in April.

Down On The Farm: Alex Meyer

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What do we really know about Alex Meyer? It’s hard to say, at this early juncture, but this much is for sure – he’s got a build pitching coaches dream of, standing at an eye-popping 6’9”. After two pedestrian years at the University of Kentucky, Meyer really impressed in his junior year, going 7-5 with a 2.94 ERA, a very low mark going up against metal bats in the SEC, one of the premiere baseball conferences in America. He also lowered his walk rate while striking out 9.8 batters per nine innings, and yielded only two home runs in 101.0 innings pitched. Although Meyer still walked 4.1 batters per nine innings in his final collegiate year, a control issue not uncommon with tall hurlers, Nationals director of player development Doug Harris isn’t worried.

“Anytime you have a guy who is that size, they tend to have more difficulty than smaller guys holding their delivery together,” explains Harris. “I think he’s done a great job with that. He’s got very good body control for a big man. It’s something that he’s going to continue to learn as he does get bigger and stronger, being able to repeat more consistently.”

Nationals pitching coordinator Spin Williams echoes Harris’ assessment of the lanky righty, noting that height is not necessarily the determining factor in creating a repeatable delivery.

From left to right: Alex Meyer stands a head taller than fellow 2011 draftees Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin.

“I think it’s the athleticism, the body awareness and the feel that you have of what you’re doing out there,” says Williams. “There are guys that are 5’9” that have trouble keeping their mechanics together, keeping their delivery together. You’ve got to keep an eye on it obviously, but he’s seemed to pick up on the things we’ve talked to him about and taken them out into the game.”

While Meyer did not pitch at all professionally last year, he did go to the Nationals instructional league, where Williams got his first look at the young pitcher from Greensburg, Indiana. Armed with a mid-90s fastball and a power slider that sits in the mid-80s, Meyer acknowledges that the continued development of his changeup will be crucial to his success as a professional. Just like any first-year pro, the pitch itself is also a work in progress.

“I feel good with where it’s at,” Meyer says of his off-speed pitch. “It still needs a good amount of work, but now that I’m down here with the coaches I feel like it will progress at a quicker rate than it was there.”

The Nationals certainly see the potential in Meyer. Enough so that the club selected him with the 23rd overall pick in last year’s draft, a compensation pick from the Chicago White Sox for the loss of free agent Adam Dunn. That continued a tradition of University of Kentucky stars going in the first round to Washington sports franchises. Most D.C. sports fans know that John Wall, the number one overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, was a prodigy with the Wildcats for a year before entering the league. But Kentucky also boasts Victoria Dunlap, the first-round selection of the Washington Mystics last year.

“There’s a good contingent of Kentucky players in the D.C. area,” acknowledges Meyer, who had a funny story involving Wall after being drafted. “All of the sudden, my friends started telling me ‘John Wall is following you on Twitter,’ which was cool. I knew John, though if he remembers me I’m just the tall baseball player that he met a couple times. But he was a good guy when I met him.”

Meyer’s modesty in acknowledging the moment is not something lost on Williams. The coach is encouraged as much by his young hurler’s attitude and approach as he is by his electric arm.

While the media spotlight is on big league camp, there are plenty of interesting stories on the Minor League side of the complex.

“I think the biggest thing with Alex is that he’s not that arrogant guy that’s a number one draft choice, who’s got a lot of money and thinks everybody owes him everything,” says Williams. “He knows he’s going to have to work. He’s been wonderful with us. He’s trying to soak in as much information as he can.”

Meyer will look to parlay that information into a successful inaugural season in the Nationals farm system. His biggest focus for the year is not on hitting specific statistical goals or advancing to any particular level of the system. Instead, he is concerned mostly with trying to make the successful transition from the amateur ranks.

“You want to play well, that’s the first thing that sticks out,” he explains. “I’ve got to get used to throwing every five days, adjusting from a seven-day college rotation, which is a pretty big difference. When I came down from the instructional league and I was trying to adjust, it took me a little bit. My arm was a little tired, trying to come back, was a little stiff, but I threw through it. By the end I liked it, I felt stronger.”

There is more to the process of adjusting to the professional ranks than what happens on the field, though. Meyer shows his keen understanding of the changes in lifestyle that await him, supporting Williams’ observations about his maturity and character.

“There’s the whole aspect of really being on your own,” says Meyer. “You’re traveling, you’re going on seven-day, 10-day road trips. When you’re in college, you’re gone three days, then you’re back Monday for class. So it’s going to be a bit of an adjustment period. I just want to mature and figure things out, and obviously I want to pitch well and see what happens from there.”

We know we won’t be the only ones keeping an eye on Meyer as he tackles his first year in the minors. We’ll keep tabs on him and the other prospects featured in Down on the Farm as the season wears on.

A Minor Thread

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With the team traveling down the east coast of Florida to Melbourne for a 7:05pm start against the Miami Marlins, here at Curly W Live we thought it would be a good time to check in on the Nationals Minor League camp, to which all players reported this week.

When we showcased our first prospect of the year, Tyler Moore, a few weeks ago, we asked you who you would like to see us feature next. The voting was very close, with Destin Hood, Alex Meyer and Michael Taylor all receiving a near equal amount of votes. Since the interest is obviously there, we decided we might as well go ahead and talk to all three of them, as well as a couple other prospects you may not know about just yet. We’ll bring them all to you in our Down on the Farm series as we progress through Spring Training.

For now, though, let’s hold a quick tie-breaker poll to see who you would like us to feature today:

Down on the Farm: Tyler Moore

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Ed. Note: Here at Curly W Live, we will be taking a closer look at some of the top up-and-coming prospects in the Nationals farm system throughout the 2012 season. Make sure to vote in our poll at the end of this article to help determine which player we will profile next.

There have been plenty of heralded prospects making their way up the ranks of the Nationals farm system over the last few years. Strong, talent-rich drafts have stocked Washington’s minor league affiliates to the point that prior to the Gio Gonzalez trade – which sent four of the club’s top 13-rated prospects to the Oakland AthleticsBaseball America had the Nationals ranked as the top overall minor league system in the game heading into 2012. Even after that deal, there are plenty of big names left, led of course by Bryce Harper. Those who keep their eyes on the minors will get their first glimpse of the likes of Anthony Rendon and the first regular season action for Matt Purke, who made his professional debut in the Arizona Fall League. These few will dominate the headlines, but we begin this season’s slate with one of the most promising power hitters in the system, Tyler Moore.

Moore sizes up a blast while with Potomac in 2010. (Steve Mihelerakis)

At the minor league level, where seasons are shorter and younger players are still filling out their athletic frames, large power totals are rare. In fact, only 15 minor leaguers hit 30 or more home runs in 2011, and only two have turned the trick in each of the last two years. The first name may ring a bell: Paul Goldschmidt. He was the rookie phenom who, after swatting 35 longballs for Double-A Mobile, was called up in September and played a key role in the Arizona Diamondbacks’ run to the National League West crown. The other player was Moore, a soft-spoken first baseman who, even after such an impressive two-year run, still does not appear in Baseball America’s top 10 prospect list for the Nationals.

Ranking or no ranking, that kind of power will earn you some respect and, in Moore’s case, some investment from the organization. The slugger was added to the 40-Man Roster in November, along with Eury Perez, Jhonatan Solano and the recently traded Derek Norris, to prevent him from being selected by another club in the annual Rule V Draft.

“This was his protection year,” explained Doug Harris, the Nationals Director of Player Development. “With power being a premium in today’s game, we felt like it was an easy decision for us.”

While Harris was not yet with the organization back when Moore first came into the system, he saw him as an opposing player while Harris was with the Cleveland Indians and Moore was at Low-A Hagerstown in 2008.

“As an opposing scout watching him, he was a guy that could always impact the baseball,” recalled Harris. “When he was in Hagerstown, it was really pole-to-pole power. Really his best power was to right-center, which is a true indicator of a guy who has a chance to come into bigger power down the road. So you saw glimpses of it, and I think a lot of the doubles he hit in Hagerstown got turned into home runs over the last couple of years.”

Moore slides feet first into second. (Steve Mihelerakis)

After hitting 30 two-baggers but just nine home runs in 111 games at Hagerstown in 2009, Moore got off to a rough start his next season at High-A Potomac. In 79 games through July 12, he had collected 47 RBI, but was batting just .191. Moore made an adjustment, though, and turned his season around completely. Over his final 50 contests, he went a staggering 76-for-193 (.394) with 21 home runs and 64 RBI. He would go on to lead the Carolina League in home runs (31), RBI (111), doubles (43), slugging percentage (.552), extra-base hits (77) and total bases (277), earning both league MVP honors and the Nationals Organizational Player of the Year. Moore put together another impressive campaign last year in the pitcher-friendly Eastern League, where he matched his home run total of 31, and again lead the league in RBI, extra-base hits and total bases.

In fact, in 189 games played since his remarkable turnaround, the 6’2”, 210-pound righty has swatted 52 home runs and driven in 154.

“When you break down the 2010 season that he had at Potomac…he really came into his own in the second half,” explained Harris. “It’s a credit to him. He’s a tireless worker, he never wavered in his approach or his intent day-to-day, and it really speaks volumes about who he is.”

Like many sluggers with such impressive power numbers, Moore also racks up his fair share of strikeouts, averaging 125 K’s over the past three seasons. However, he has also batted a very respectable .277 over that same stretch and it’s hard to argue with the run production.

Clearly, the Nationals have seen something in Moore’s potential ever since he was just a prep player at Northwest Rankin High School in Brandon, Mississippi. They actually drafted him on three separate occasions: in the 41st round straight out of high school in 2005, in the 33rd round after a year at Meridian Junior College in 2006, and finally in the 16th round after two years at Mississippi State in 2008. Moore signed at last, and has spent each of the last four seasons at a different level of the farm system, slowly playing his way up to Double-A in 2011. Now, as he enters his first big league camp in Florida, Moore will face new pressures and expectations from the Nationals staff. So, just how high is Moore’s ceiling?

Moore's power continued at Harrisburg in 2011. (Will Bentzel)

“I think a lot of that is really up to Tyler,” said Harris. “He’s obviously put together two very productive years back-to-back. He’s going to be given an opportunity at a higher level and a chance to continue to show what he’s capable of doing. I know that our Major League staff is excited to get a glimpse of him in Spring Training.”

As for how Moore will respond to the challenge, Harris is not worried.

“Tyler is a very high-character young man, a tremendous teammate,” said Harris. “He’s an early-to-the-ballpark kind of guy. He blends with every mix of player. He’s a quiet leader, not a big-time vocal leader, but he’s got a great presence and he’s very well-liked amongst his teammates.”

Those traits should serve him well, as Harris suggested that the coaching staff may try Moore out at several defensive positions to see where he can best fit into the Nationals’ future plans. Originally drafted as a third baseman, he has played exclusively at first base (or been a designated hitter) in his 448 career minor league games. Harris said the staff has tried him in the outfield a bit as well, and that they will continue to “kick the tires” on that experiment moving forward. Either way, it will just be one more adjustment, something Moore has shown that he’s good at making.

“There’s an adjustment period going to a new level each year,” said Harris. “I know that he’s preparing himself to be ready to go out of the gate this year. He’s a kid that’s had to earn everything he’s got.”

While Moore seems destined for Syracuse in April, if he is able to find similar success at the Triple-A level in 2012 as he has the past two years, fans in the District may get a glimpse of him before the year is out.

Video: Moore goes deep for Harrisburg

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

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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).

 


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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.

 


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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.

 


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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.

 


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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.

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

The Nationals Minor League report (
The MLR 5.12.10.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

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF:  Syracuse RHP Stephen Strasburg is scheduled to make his second Triple-A start tonight at 7:05 p.m.  vs. Norfolk (Orioles). In his Triple-A debut last Friday, Strasburg fired 6.0 shutout innings of one-hit ball to earn the win. In six combined starts with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, he is 4-1 with a 1.29 ERA (4 ER/28.0 IP). Strasburg’s stingy .143 (14-for-98) batting average against is the second 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 2nd Triple-A start tonight on tape delay immediately following the conclusion of the Orioles-Mariners game.

 


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International League North Division

18-12, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead

 

DR. DREW:  In 11 combined appearances with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, RHP Drew Storen owns a 1.23 ERA (2 ER/14.2 IP) and a 14.0/1 strikeout-to walk ratio (14 SO, 1 BB). Since joining Syracuse on April 29, he has allowed one earned run over 5.1 innings pitched (1.69 ERA) in four appearances. Storen was Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and went 4-for-4 in save opportunities and recorded a 0.96 ERA (1 ER/9.1 IP) in seven appearances with Harrisburg.

 

JOEL THE PROPHET:  RHP Joel Peralta is 1-0 with a 1.29 ERA (2 ER/14.1 IP) and a .184 (9-for-49) batting average against in 12 games. His eight saves in as many opportunities are tied for second in the International League and tied fifth in Minor League baseball. The Bonao, Dominican Republic native has fanned 16 and walked three, an average of 10.29 strikeouts per 9.0 innings and only 1.93 walks per 9.0 innings. Peralta was signed by Washington as a Minor League free agent on December 15, 2009.

 

THRILL OF THE CHASE:  2B/3B Chase Lambin‘s .343 batting average paces Washington farmhands and ranks fourth in Minor League baseball among switch hitters. He has hit safely in nine straight games and 23 of 27 games overall. Lambin signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on January 7, 2010.

 

ATA(HUALPA) BOY:  Since surrendering three earned runs in 0.1 inning in his season debut, LHP Atahualpa Severino has allowed only one earned run in his last 15.0 innings (11 appearances). Overall, Severino is 1-0 with a 2.35 ERA (4 ER/15.1 IP) in 12 appearances. Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent on February 13, 2004.

 


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

Eastern League Southern Division

13-19, 5th Place, 7.5 Games Back

 

VICTOR’S SECRET:  LHP Victor Garate has hurled 14.2 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 11 appearances. The 25-year-old owns a 0.57 ERA (1 ER/15.2 IP) in 12 games. His .115 (6-for-52) BAA ranks 8th among all Minor League pitchers and opposing left-handed batters are just 1-for-15 (.100) against him. Garate was acquired off waivers from Los Angeles-NL on September 2, 2009.

 

TOMMY BOY:  Last night at Altoona (Pirates), LHP Tom Milone pitched 5.0 innings of two-run ball in sleet and snow to earn his third win of the season. In three May starts, he is 2-1 with a 2.76 ERA (5 ER/16.1 IP). Overall, the 23-year-old southpaw is 3-1 with a 3.53 ERA (14 ER/35.1 IP) and a 5.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (30 SO/6 BB). Milone, selected in the 10th round of the ’08 Draft out of the University of Southern California and he led Washington farmhands with 12 wins last season.

 

START ME UP:  RHP Jeff Mandel allowed two runs and three hits in 7.1 strong innings on Sunday vs. Richmond (Giants). In six starts with Harrisburg, Mandel owns a 3.82 ERA (14 ER/33.0 IP). Mandel, 25, was a 2009 Single-A Carolina League All-Star last season with Potomac and following the season, Mandel played with the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the highly-acclaimed Arizona Fall League.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

14-18, 3rd Place, 6.0 Games Back

 

BURGESS KING:  OF Michael Burgess is 15-for-44 (.341) with six doubles, three homers, 15 RBI, eight walks and eight runs in his last 12 contests. In 31 games overall, Burgess is batting .286 with 10 doubles, three home runs, 22 RBI and 20 walks. The strong-armed outfielder is third in the Carolina League with four outfield assists. Burgess is a two-time Minor League All-Star (2008, ’09) and was drafted by Washington in the sandwich round (49th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

 

DR. KIMBALL:  RHP Cole Kimball leads the club with three wins and is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. In 13 appearances, Kimball is 3-0 with a 2.45 ERA (5 ER/18.1 IP). Left-handed hitters are just 2-for-22 (.091) against him. The 24-year-old was Washington’s 12th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

16-15, T-3rd Place, 3.5 Game Back

 

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES:  LHP Daniel Rosenbaum struck out eight in 7.0 shutout innings of four-hit ball but received a no-decision on Monday at Augusta (Giants). In seven starts, he is 1-1 with a 2.03 ERA (9 ER/40.0 IP). The 22-year old southpaw has 36 strikeouts against seven walks (5.14/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio). Among Single-A South Atlantic League pitchers, he ranks ninth in ERA and tied for ninth in WHIP (1.00). Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

 

EVEN STEVEN:  INF Steven Souza ranks among the South Atlantic League leaders in runs (2nd, 26), RBI (t-3rd, 26), total bases (6th, 61) and slugging percentage (8th, .530). In his last 12 games, he is 16-for-41 (.390) with four doubles, two triples, one home run, 10 RBI and 10 runs scored. He has collected six multi-hit games in those 12 contests. Souza, 21, was Washington’s 3rd-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. 

 

DESTIN(Y) IS CALLING:  20-year-old OF Destin Hood is tied for third in the league with 41 hits and ranks fourth with a .336 batting average. He has hit safely in 24 of 31 games overall. Hood was selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft and opened the 2010 campaign rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals chain according to Baseball America.

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DESTIN-ED TO SUCCEED: OF Destin Hood leads the Single-A South Atlantic League and ranks third in all of Minor League baseball with 22 hits. He ranks among SAL leaders in hitting (3rd, .407), total bases (4th, 29), OPS (8th, .955) and slugging percentage (10th, .537). The 20-year-old has hit safely in 12 of 13 games and is currently riding a seven-game hit streak. Hood, selected in the 2nd 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.

 


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International League North Division

8-4, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead

 

WEEKEND AT BERNADINA’S: OF Roger Bernadina has hit safely in seven of his eight games, going 12-for-36 (.333) with one double, one triple, one homer, four RBI and four steals. Bernadina had a brief one-game stint with the Nationals earlier this season before being optioned to Syracuse on April 14.

 


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is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/ 18.1 IP) in three starts to begin the season. Martin was a 2009 Triple-A International League All-Star and went 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts at the Big League level with Washington last season. Martin is scheduled to make his next start, Saturday vs. Rochester (Twins).

 

THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie played collegiately at nearby George Washington University and owns a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/ 6.2 IP) in four appearances. The 25-year-old has limited opponents to a .100 (2-for-24) batting average against. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.

 

SOLID SLATE-N: LHP Doug Slaten has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in four appearances this season. On Monday vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies), he struck out five in 2.0 innings of relief and pocketed his first win of the 2010 campaign. For the season, the southpaw has 10 strikeouts and just one walk and lefties are just 2-for-11 (.182) against him. Slaten was claimed off waivers from Arizona on November 4, 2009.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

5-9, 5th Place, 5.5 Games Back

 

EVEN STEPHEN: Earlier today vs. Reading (Phillies), RHP Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit and struck out six in 5.0 shutout innings to earn his second win this season. Strasburg is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) in his first first starts as a professional. The 21-year-old hurler owns a 5.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (17 K/3 BB).

 


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The Senators’ bullpen has allowed just eight earned runs in 53.2 innings to post a 1.34 ERA through the season’s first 13 games. The seven relievers have combined on a .178 (32-for-179) batting average against.

 

DR. DREW: RHP Drew Storen was Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and has posted a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) and a .085 BAA (2-for-21) in five appearances on the young season. He has successfully converted both of his save opportunities too. In 2009, the Stanford product went a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 appearances with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.

 

EAZY-E: In 10.0 innings (four appearances) this season, RHP Erik Arnesen has posted a 0.90 ERA (1ER/12.0 IP) and a .132 BAA (5-for-38). Earlier today vs. Reading, Arnesen worked a perfect inning to record his first save of the season. In 2009, Arnesen’s 12 wins finished tied for first among Washington Minor Leaguers, while his 116 strikeouts ranked second. Arnesen was selected by Washington in the 17th round of the 2006 First-year Player Draft.

 

GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR: RHP Adam Carr is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) in 5 games. The Oklahoma State University product has struck out nine and walked none. Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in three of his five appearances. The 26-year-old was Washington’s 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

4-8, 4th Place, 4.0 Games Back

 

EVAN ALMIGHTY: In his first start of the season, Sunday at Wilmington (Royals), LHP Evan Bronson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of two-hit ball to record the win. Bronson is 1-0 with a  3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in four games (one start). The 23-year-old was a short-season Single-A New-York Penn League All-Star with Vermont in 2009.

 

ROB’S FAB: RHP Robinson Fabian has allowed just one earned run over 7.2 innings (1.23 ERA) in two starts with the P-Nats. Fabian, 24, was acquired along with RHP Ryan Mattheus in exchange for LHP Joe Beimel on July 31, 2009.

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

6-7, T-4th Place, 2.0 Games Back

 

EVERY ROSENBAUM HAS HIS THORN: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in his first three starting assignments of 2010. The 22-year old southpaw has struck out 18 and walked just three (6.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio) and his .133 (8-for-60) batting average against ranks third in the SAL, while his minuscule WHIP of 0.63 ranks fifth. Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH). 

 


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has posted five multi-hit games in 10 starts to begin the season. Kobernus was Washington’s 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft and has yet to commit an error in nine starts at second base.

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The GCL Nationals defeated the GCL Marlins, 3-1, today in Game One of the best-of-three GCL championship series. 3B Yeurys Tejeda went 2-for-4 en route to driving in all three runs for the Nationals. RHP Shane McCatty, son of Nationals Pitching Coach Steve McCatty, was credited with the win. LHP Josh Smoker started and allowed one run in 5.0 innings of work.

 


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International League North Division

73-64, 2nd Place, 4.5 Games Back

 

SS Ian Desmond is hitting a combined .325 with 23 doubles, three triples, seven homers, 30 RBI and 21 stolen bases in 90 games with Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg. He is batting.346 (53-for-153) with 11 doubles, two triples, one homer, 12 RBI, 18 walks and eight stolen bases in 48 games since being promoted to Syracuse on July 16. In 42 contests with Harrisburg, he collected 52 hits, including 19 of the extra-base variety (12 doubles, one triple, six home runs). Desmond was the franchise’s 3rd-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

 

LHP Ross Detwiler is 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA (4 ER/23.0 IP) in his last four starts. In nine Triple-A starts, Detwiler is 3-2 with a 3.05 ERA (15 ER/44.1 IP). He has struck out 41 and walked 16 with the Chiefs. Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Big League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

SS Ian Desmond – batted .360 (36-for-100) with eight doubles, two triples, one homer, eight RBI and a .413 OBP in 31 games.

RHP Marco Estrada – went 4-0 with a 1.15 ERA (5 ER/39.0 IP) in six starting assignments.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

67-67, 5th Place, 15.0 Games Back

 

RHP Drew Storen has fired scoreless ball in 11.0 innings of work and recorded a save in each of his nine appearances since joining the Senators on August 11. Before reaching Double-A, Storen went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in seven Carolina League games with Potomac. 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 Single-A Hagerstown. Overall, the Stanford University product has fanned 46 and walked just 8 in 35.2 combined innings (27 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.

 

RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 10-2 with a 1.65 ERA in 22 games (21 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 17 of those contests. In seven starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 4-0 with a 2.19 ERA (9 ER/37.0 IP). At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg on July 7, he was 6-2 with a Carolina League-leading 1.43 ERA (14 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Potomac. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

INF Jemel Spearman – went 19-for-56 (.339) and posted a .431 OBP in 19 contests.

RHP Drew Storen – fired scoreless ball in 11.0 innings of work and recorded a save in each of his nine appearances.

LHP Atahualpa Severino – went 5-0 with two saves and did not allow an earned run over 13.1 innings (9 games).

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 39-25, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back

 

After hitting just .219 (21-for-96) in 27 games during July, SS Danny Espinosa is batting .316 (30-for-95) in his last 28 games. Espinosa paces the Carolina League with 88 runs scored and ranks among the league leaders in walks (2nd, 71) and OBP (5th, .375). Espinosa entered the season as the Best Defensive Infielder among Nationals prospects according to Baseball America. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State University (CA).

 

Including 7.0 shutout innings of three-hit ball on Sunday at Kinston (Indians), LHP Tom Milone has won six of his last seven starts. In those seven starts, the 22-year-old has allowed just seven earned runs in 43.1 innings (1.45 ERA). Milone, a product of the University of Southern California baseball program, is 11-5 with a 3.08 ERA in 26 games (24 starts) overall. He was selected in the 10th round of the ’08 Draft.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

SS Danny Espinosa – hit .316 (30-for-95) with four doubles, one triple, seven homers, 19 RBI and nine steals in 28 games.

LHP Tom Milone – in six starts, went 5-1 with a 1.49 ERA (6 ER/36.1 IP).

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 22-39, 8th Place, 18.0 Games Back

 

Earlier this week, the South Atlantic League named C Derek Norris as its Most Outstanding Major League Prospect. Additionally, Norris has earned both mid-season and postseason SAL All-Star honors. Norris leads the league in total bases (222), walks (86) and on-base percentage (.414). His 23 home runs and 84 RBI both rank second in the league. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI. He has reached base safely via hit (123), walk (86) or HBP (8) 217 times in 122 games (1.77 times per contest) He entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.

 

2B Stephen Lombardozzi earned his first career All-Star selection after he was named as an SAL postseason All-Star earlier this week. Lombardozzi, 20, ranks second in the league with 82 runs scored, and is tied for second in hits with 140. In 121 games overall, he is hitting .296 with 26 doubles, seven triples, three homers and 56 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

2B Stephen Lombardozzi – batted .286 (26-for-91) with seven doubles, 13 RBI and 13 runs scored in 24 games.

RHP Juan Jamie – posted a 3-1 record with a 2.74 ERA (7 ER/23.0 IP) in six games (5 starts).

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

31-38, 3rd Place, 9.0 Games Back

 

In 18 games as a pro, LHP Evan Bronson has allowed just three earned runs in 45.2 innings (0.59 ERA). He is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has recorded 37 strikeouts against just three walks (12.3/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio). He has limited opponents to a .160 batting average against along the way. The southpaw has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 16 of his 18 appearances. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft out of Trinity College (TX).

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

2B Francisco Soriano – in 25 games, went 31-for-100 (.310) with 13 RBI, 17 walks and 21 runs scored.

LHP Evan Bronson – went 1-0 with three saves and did not allow an earned run in eight appearances.

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

36-19, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Back – Wild Card Champions

 

OF Eury Perez won the GCL batting title with a .381 batting average and led the league with 69 hits. Perez ended the regular season riding a 27-game hitting streak, hitting .486 (48-for-110) during the tear. The 19-year-old hit safely in 40 of 47 games overall while playing error-free ball along the way.

 

LHP Dan Rosenbaum started and tossed 6.0 shutout innings of two-hit ball in yesterday’s 1-0, 12-inning GCL semi-final victory over the GCL Twins. In 11 games (eight starts) during the regular season, he went 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA and a 4.2/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (38 K/9 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month – August

 

OF Eury Perez – hit .434 (43-for-99), tallying three doubles, two homers, 16 RBI and six steals in 25 contests.

LHP Dan Rosenbaum – in four starts, went 3-0 with a 1.29 (3 ER/21.0 IP), striking out 22 and walking four.

 

Down on the Farm

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Nationals prospects ­­- SS Danny Espinosa (14 HR in Carolina League, played in ’09 MLB Futures Game), 1B Chris Marrero (.294, 16 HR, 70 RBI with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac), C Derek Norris (leads WAS system with 23 HR and 78 RBI), RHP Drew Storen (2.20 ERA, 6.14/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio at 3 levels, currently with Harrisburg) and RHP Stephen Strasburg (top overall selection in ’09 Draft)will play for the Phoenix Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. Washington prospects will join farmhands from the Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Rays and Toronto Blue Jays on the Desert Dogs roster. Additionally, Harrisburg Head Athletic Trainer Atsushi Toriida will serve as one of the trainers for the Desert Dogs. The AFL, regarded throughout professional baseball as the “finishing school” for Major League Baseball’s top prospects, begins its 18th season on Tuesday, October 13.

 


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International League North Division

69-61, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

SS Ian Desmond was recently cited in Baseball America’s Best Tools survey voted upon by league managers as possessing the Best Infield Arm in both the Triple-A International League and Double-A Eastern League. For the season, Desmond is hitting a combined .318 with 21 doubles, three triples, six homers, 26 RBI and 19 stolen bases in 83 games with Syracuse and Harrisburg. He is batting at a .333 (44-for-132) clip with nine doubles, two triples, eight RBI, 16 walks and six stolen bases in 41 games since being promoted to Syracuse on July 16. In 42 contests with Harrisburg, he collected 52 hits, including 19 of the extra-base variety (12 doubles, one triple, six home runs). Desmond was the franchise’s 3rd-round pick in the 2004 First-Year Player Draft.

 


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fired 18.1 consecutive scoreless innings over 14 appearances with Syracuse and Harrisburg from July 12-August 24. For the season, Everts is a combined 8-1 with a 1.44 ERA and a 3.2/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (64 K/20 BB) in 39 games (56.1 innings) at the top three levels of Washington’s system. In six games with Syracuse, he is 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA (2 ER/7.0 IP). In his first career action at the Double-A level, he went 3-1 with four saves and a 1.53 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in 20 appearances with the Senators. Before joining Harrisburg on June 9, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 13 games with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was the franchise’s first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

LHP Ross Detwiler is 2-0 with a 1.00 ERA (2 ER/18.0 IP) in his last three starts. In eight Triple-A starts, Detwiler is 2-2 with a 2.97 ERA (13 ER/39.1 IP). He has struck out 34 and walked 14. Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Big League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

62-66, 5th Place, 16.5 Games Back

 

RHP Drew Storen has fired scoreless ball in 8.0 innings of work and recorded a save in each of his six appearances since joining the Senators on August 11. Before reaching Double-A, Storen went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in seven Carolina League games with Potomac. 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 Single-A Hagerstown. Overall, the Stanford University product has fanned 43 and walked just seven in 32.2 combined innings (24 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown.

 

21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with four doubles, five RBI and six runs scored in his first eight games at the Double-A level. Marrero hit .287 (119-for-414) with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 65 RBI, 42 walks and 58 runs scored in 112 contests with Potomac. At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg, he ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits (3rd), total bases (3rd, 192), home runs (5th), slugging percentage (5th, .464) and batting average (t-5th). Marrero was Washington’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 9-2 with a 1.58 ERA in 21 games (20 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 17 of those contests. On Saturday at Portland (Red Sox), Meyers picked up his third win as a member of the Senators, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball. In six starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA (7 ER/31.0 IP). At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg on July 7, he was 6-2 with a Carolina League-leading 1.43 ERA (14 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Potomac. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 35-23, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back

 

After hitting just .219 (21-for-96) in 27 July contests, SS Danny Espinosa is batting .312 (24-for-77) in 23 games in August. Espinosa leads the Carolina League with 81 runs scored and ranks among the league leaders in walks (2nd, 68) and OBP (5th, .374). Espinosa entered the season as the Best Defensive Infielder among Nationals prospects according to Baseball America. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State University (CA).

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 18-36, 8th Place, 19.0 Games Back

 

C Derek Norris leads the South Atlantic League with 215 total bases and 79 walks. His 23 home runs and .410 OBP are both tied for the league lead with Lexington’s (Astros) Brian Pellegrini. The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI (78). He has reached base safely via hit (119), walk (79) or HBP (8) 194 times in 117 games (1.76 times per contest). Norris was a 2009 SAL All-Star selection and he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.

 


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New York-Penn League Stedler Division

29-34, 3rd Place, 7.0 Games Back

 

In 17 games as a pro, LHP Evan Bronson has allowed just three earned runs in 42.1 innings (0.64 ERA). He is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has recorded 31 strikeouts against just two walks (15.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio). He has limited opponents to a .171 batting average against along the way. The southpaw has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 15 of his 17 appearances. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft out of Trinity College (TX).

 


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Gulf Coast League East Division

33-17, 2nd Place, 1.5 Games Back

 

Including a 5.0-inning, two-run outing on August 25 at GCL Twins, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum has won four straight decisions. In 11 games (eight starts) overall, he is 4-1 with a 1.95 ERA and a 4.2/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (38 K/9 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

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RHP Brad Meyers is a combined 8-2 with a 1.60 ERA in 20 games (19 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg  and Single-A Potomac. He has allowed no more than one earned run in 16 of those contests and on Sunday vs. Trenton (Yankees), Meyers picked up his second win as a Senator, tossing 7.0 innings of one-run ball. In five starts during his first career stint at the Double-A level, he is 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA (6 ER/24.0 IP). At the time of his promotion to Harrisburg on July 7, he was 6-2 with a Carolina League-leading 1.43 ERA (14 ER/88.1 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) with Potomac. He was selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).

 


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International League North Division

65-56, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

Clint Everts has offered scoreless relief in each of his four appearances (3.0 innings) with Syracuse since his promotion from Harrisburg last Wednesday. Everts is a combined 7-1 with a 1.20 ERA and a 3.8/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (61 K/18 BB) in 37 appearances (52.1 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. In his first career action at the Double-A level, he went 3-1 with four saves and a 1.53 ERA (5 ER/29.2 IP) in 20 appearances with the Senators. Before joining Harrisburg on June 9, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA (2 ER/20.0 IP) in 13 appearances with Potomac. The Cypress, TX native was Montreal’s first-round pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, is a combined 7-2 with a 2.19 ERA in 44 games with Syracuse and Harrisburg…the 25-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he went 5-2 with a 2.37 ERA (13 ER/49.1 IP) in 34 games. In 10 appearances with Syracuse, he is 2-0 with one save, a 1.46 ERA (2 ER/12.1 IP) and a .167 (7-for-42) batting average against. He has pitched scoreless relief in 9 of his 10 games. Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent on June 14, 2006.

 

In 18 appearances since joining Syracuse on July 7, RHP Zack Segovia has allowed four earned runs in 18.0 innings (2.00 ERA). He owns a .175 (11-for-63) batting average against with the Chiefs. The 26-year-old began the season with Harrisburg, where he appeared in 24 games (3 starts) as a Senator. Segovia signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent on June 18, 2008 and was originally drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2nd round of the 2002 Draft.

 

LHP Ross Detwiler fired 6.0 scoreless frames of five-hit ball to earn his first win at the Triple-A level, Friday vs. Rochester (Twins). He did not walk a batter and struck out five. In six Triple-A starts or 27.1 innings pitched, he has 27 strikeouts against just 11 walks. The southpaw is scheduled to make his next start, tonight vs. Buffalo (Mets). Detwiler went 0-5 with a 6.40 ERA in 10 games at the Major League level with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on July 12.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

57-63, 5th Place, 17.0 Games Back

 

RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fired scoreless ball in 4.0 innings (3 appearances) since joining the Senators on August 11. Before reaching Double-A, Storen went 1-0 with two saves and a 1.80 ERA (2 ER/10.0 IP) in seven Carolina League games with Potomac. 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 Single-A Hagerstown. Overall, the Stanford University product has fanned 40 and walked just three in 28.2 combined innings (22 appearances) with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.

 


022508-026 chris marrero2.JPG21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero was promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg on Monday. Marrero hit .287 (119-for-414) with 21 doubles, two triples, 16 homers, 65 RBI, 42 walks and 58 runs scored in 112 games with the P-Nats. At the time of his promotion, he ranked among the Carolina League leaders in hits (3rd), total bases (3rd, 192), home runs (5th), slugging percentage (5th, .464) and batting average (t-5th). Marrero was Washington’s first-round pick (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Jeff Mandel is 3-0 with a 1.93 ERA (6 ER/28.0 IP) in four starts with Harrisburg. Mandel went 8-4 with a 3.61 ERA (40 ER/99.2 IP) in 17 starting assignments with Potomac before garnering a July 20th promotion to Double-A. For the season, he is a combined 11-4 with a 3.24 ERA in 21 starts with the Senators and P-Nats. His 11 wins are tied with fellow Senator Erik Arnesen for tops among Washington Minor Leaguers. Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft. He is scheduled to make his next start, tomorrow at Binghamton.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 31-20, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Back

 

LHP Tom Milone has won each of his last five decisions, including his last four starts. In those four starts, the 22-year-old has allowed just two earned runs in 26.1 innings (0.68 ERA). Milone, a product of the University of Southern California baseball program, is 9-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 23 games (21 starts) overall. He was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 Draft.

 

The P-Nats lead the Carolina League with 100 home runs and 168 stolen bases. Potomac paces Washington Minor League affiliates in runs scored (562), homers, walks (440) and steals.

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 16-32, 8th Place, 15.0 Games Back

 

C Derek Norris leads the South Atlantic League in home runs (23), total bases (209) and walks (72). The 20-year-old paces all catchers in professional baseball in homers and RBI (76). The right-handed hitting slugger has reached base safely via hit (114), walk (72) or HBP (8) 194 times in 111 games (1.74 times per contest). Norris was a 2009 SAL All-Star selection and he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system by Baseball America.

 

RHP Juan Jaime is a combined 4-1 with a 2.08 ERA and a .159 batting average against in 10 games (eight starts) with Hagerstown and Short-Season Single-A Vermont. He has struck out 53 in 39.0 innings, an average of 12.23 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. Since joining Hagerstown on July 22, Jaime is 2-0 with a 2.40 ERA (4 ER/15.0 IP) in four games (three starts). He went 2-1 with a 1.88 ERA (5 ER/24.0 IP) in six games (5 starts) with Vermont.

 

2B Stephen Lombardozzi paces the South Atlantic League with 82 runs scored, and is tied for second in hits with 128. In 111 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .295 with 24 doubles, six triples, three homers and 48 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 

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New York-Penn League Stedler Division

26-30, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Back

 

LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with two saves and a 0.72 ERA in 15 games as a pro. He has worked 2.0 or more innings of relief in 13 of those 15 appearances. Bronson, a 2009 NY-Penn League All-Star, has 24 strikeouts against just one walk in 37.1 innings of work. He has limited opponents to a .170 batting average against along the way. Bronson was drafted by the Nationals in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft.

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

27-17, 2nd Place, 3.5 Games Back

 

Including a 5.0-inning, one-run outing yesterday at the GCL Cardinals, LHP Daniel Rosenbaum has won three straight decisions. In 10 games (seven starts) overall, he is 3-1 with a 1.97 ERA and a 4.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (32 K/7 BB). Rosenbaum was a 22nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

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