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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.

 

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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.

 

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

 

In 14 combined appearances with Single-A Potomac and Single-A Hagerstown, RHP Drew Storen has 33 strikeouts and 0 walks in 19.0 innings, Storen, Washington’s first-round pick (10th overall) in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has fanned 22 and allowed just one hit over 11.0 scoreless innings in his last eight games between Potomac and Hagerstown. Prior to joining the P-Nats on July 19, the Stanford University product struck out 26 and did not walk a batter in 14.2 innings (11 games) with the Suns.

 


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International League North Division

53-48, 2nd Place, 3.5 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 32 of his last 35 games, going 51-for-134 (.381) with 20 runs scored during the tear. His .423 on-base percentage ranks second in the IL. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 132 times in 88 games (1.5 times per contest).

 

RHP Jorge Sosa has offered scoreless relief in 12 of his last 13 appearances, posting a 0.93 ERA (2 ER/19.1 IP) along the way. As a reliever, he owns a 1.48 ERA (4 ER/24.1 IP) and a .182 (16-for-88) BAA in 12 games. Overall, he is 1-2 with two saves and a 2.91 ERA in 18 games (four starts). He has 50 strikeouts against just 12 walks in 46.1 innings. Sosa signed with the Nationals as a Minor League free agent on December 18, 2008.

 

RHP Shairon Martis scattered five hits in 7.0 scoreless frames, Monday vs. Louisville (Reds), to earn his second straight win. In his last two starts, Martis has allowed two earned runs in 13.0 innings (1.38 ERA). Before being optioned to Syracuse on June 28, the 22-year-old went 5-3 with a 5.25 ERA in 15 starting assignments with the Nationals.

 


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Eastern League Southern Division

46-55, 5th Place, 15.5 Games Back

 

RHP Clint Everts is a combined 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA and a 3.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (50 K/14 BB) in 29 appearances (44.2 innings) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Since joining the Senators on June 9, he is 2-1 with two saves and a 1.82 ERA (5 ER/24.2 IP) in 16 games. Prior to his promotion, 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 top pick (5th overall) in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

RHP Erik Arnesen‘s 10 wins are tops among Washington farmhands, while his 91 strikeouts rank second. He is 10-4 with a 2.76 ERA in a combined 21 games (20 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac. Arnesen has gone 6-3 with a 2.96 ERA (28 ER/85.0 IP) in 15 games (14 starts) since his promotion to Harrisburg on May 11. In six starts with the P-Nats, the 25-year-old went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP).

 

I’M SEEING STARS…ALL-STARS:  The Harrisburg Senators and the City of Harrisburg announced that the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game will be held at Metro Bank Park on July 14, 2010.

 


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Carolina League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 21-11, First Place, 3.5 Games Ahead

 

 21-year-old 1B Chris Marrero leads the Carolina League with 108 hits, and ranks among the league leaders in batting average, total bases, slugging, OPS, home runs, RBI and on-base percentage. In 25 July games, he is hitting at a .372 (32-for-86) clip with seven doubles, one triple, four homers, 16 RBI and 14 walks, which equates to .472 and .616 on-base and slugging percentages, respectively. Marrero was selected by Washington in the first round (15th overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

 

For the second consecutive week, a Potomac National has earned MiLB.com Single-A Carolina League Player of the Week honors. INF/OF Dan Nelson followed up last week’s winner, 1B Chris Marrero, by picking up his first POTW award of the season earlier this week. Nelson hit .391 (9-for-23) with four doubles, two triples and a league-leading eight RBI during the week of July 20-26. For the season, the switch-hitter is batting .275 with 21 doubles, two triples, five homers and 35 RBI in 76 games. His .388 OBP ranks fourth in the CL. As the P-Nats utility man, Nelson has appeared in games at second base (47), outfield (15), third base (12), shortstop (1) and as a DH (1).

 


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South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half: 12-20, 7th Place, 6.5 Games Back

 

C Derek Norris continues to dominate the South Atlantic League, leading the league in home runs, RBI, total bases 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 (12th, .588). The right-handed hitting slugger has posted a team-best 33 multi-hit games. He has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP 171 times in 96 games (1.8 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 74 runs scored and ranks second in hits with 112. In 96 games overall, the 20-year-old is hitting .299 with 19 doubles, six triples, three homers and 43 RBI. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 

RHP Trevor Holder, Washington’s third-round pick in this June’s Draft, hurled 5.0 innings of one-run ball to earn his second straight win, Saturday at Bowling Green (Rays). The 22-year-old, who played collegiately at the University of Georgia, is 2-0 with a 3.53 ERA in three starts with the Suns.

 


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New York-Penn League Stedler Division

19-19, T-2nd Place, 4.0 Games Back

 

OF Destin Hood, Washington’s second-round selection in the 2008 Draft, was promoted to Vermont on Monday from the rookie-level GCL Nationals. At the time of his promotion, Hood led the GCL with 24 RBI and a .614 slugging percentage. In 25 GCL contests, the 19-year-old hit a team-best .330 with 10 doubles, three homers and 18 runs scored.

 

After being drafted by Washington in the 29th round of the 2009 Draft, LHP Evan Bronson has gone 2-0 with one save and a 1.13 ERA in his first 10 games as a pro. He has limited opponents to a .184 (16-for-87) BAA. The southpaw has struck out 16 while walking just one in 24.0 innings of work. Bronson played collegiately at Trinity College (TX).

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

16-11, 2nd Place, 2.5 Games Back

 

OF Eury Perez is hitting .318 with one double, one triple, one home run, eight RBI and 12 walks in 19 games. He has recorded a team-high nine stolen bases. Perez, 19, ranks third in the GCL with a .438 OBP. He signed with Washington as an international free agent on April 13, 2007.

 

1B Brett Newsome leads current GCL players with a .597 slugging percentage and a 1.029 OPS. Fourteen of his 24 hits overall have been of the extra-base variety (nine doubles, two triples, three homers). The left-handed hitting slugger has hammered right-handed pitching, batting .420 (21-for-50) with a 1.352 OPS. In 27 games overall, he is hitting .312 with 16 RBI, 19 runs scored and 16 walks.

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.

 

 

Down on the Farm

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

 

Harrisburg INF Ofilio Castro was named Double-A Eastern League Offensive Player of the Week by MILB.com, while Hagerstown LHP Patrick McCoy earned MILB.com Pitcher of the Week honors in the Single-A South Atlantic League.

 

Castro reached base 14 times in 17 plate appearances (.823 OBP), hitting .786 (11-for-14) with one double, one homer, seven RBI, three walks and four runs scored to garner the award. During the tear, he raised his average 50 points from .241 to .291. Castro leads the Senators in hitting and ranks second overall among Washington farmhands.

 

McCoy went 2-0 and fired 11.1 shutout innings in two relief appearances to earn the citation. The 20-year-old has fired 14.1 consecutive scoreless innings over his last three games. In four relief appearances this season, the southpaw is 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), 20 strikeouts and a .175 batting average against (11-for-63). Overall, he has gone 2-1 with a 1.85 ERA while posting an impressive 13.5 strikeout-to-walk ratio (27 K/2 BB). McCoy, a Tucson, AZ native was Washington’s 10th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

 

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International League North Division

32-32, 3rd Place, 7.5 Games Back

 


Balester Collin 1.JPGRHP Collin Balester:
He has won four straight starts and is 4-0 with a 1.52 ERA (6 ER/35.1 IP) and just 11 walks in his last six outings. Beginning with his May 17 start, Balester has lowered his ERA from 6.35 to 3.89. He has allowed three runs or less in 10 of 13 starts overall. Balester, 23, made 15 starts at the Big League level last season with Washington.

 

RHP Tyler Clippard: He has not allowed an earned run in 16.2 consecutive innings (12 games), beginning May 18. During that stretch, opposing batters have gone just 5-for-54 (.092) against him. For the season, Clippard is 3-1 with one save, a 0.98 ERA and a .159 BAA in 22 appearances. The 24-year-old has worked more than 1.0 inning on 15 occasions. He made two spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA. Clippard was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.

 

C Jhonatan Solano: He has gunned down a combined 43% (11-for-26) of would-be basestealers with Columbus and Harrisburg. Before his June 4 promotion to Triple-A, the Barranquilla, Columbia native batted .280 with seven doubles, one homer and 11 RBI in 26 games with the Senators. Solano, 23, signed with Washington as a non-drafted free agent, September 14, 2005.

 

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Eastern League Southern Division
23-38, 5th Place, 17.5 Games Back

 


 
Everts, Clint 2.JPGRHP Clint Everts
: He is a combined 3-0 with a 0.69 ERA and a 5.2 strikeout-to-walk ratio (31 K/6 BB) in 17 appearances (26.0 innings) with Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac. Since being promoted to Harrisburg on June 9 he has pitched scoreless ball in 6.0 innings (four appearances) and recorded one save. Prior to joining the Senators, Everts went 3-0 with two saves and a 0.90 ERA in 13 games with Potomac. The Cypress, Texas native was Montreal’s first-round pick in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

 

In a combined 14 games (13 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac, RHP Erik Arnesen has gone 7-3 with a 2.76 ERA. He is tied with J.D. Martin (Syracuse) for most wins among Washington Minor Leaguers and ranks second with 63 strikeouts, trailing only Potomac’s Terrence Engles (73). Arnesen is 3-2 with a 3.16 ERA (15 ER/42.2 IP) and 38 strikeouts in seven games (six starts) since joining Harrisburg on May 11. The 25-year-old Arnesen went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (8 ER/32.2 IP) in six starting assignments with the P-Nats.

 

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Carolina League Northern Division

36-27, 2nd Place, 5.5 Games Back

 

RHP Jeff Mandel and RHP Brad Meyers were selected to represent the Potomac Nationals and the Carolina League in the Single-A California/Carolina League All-Star Game being played June 23 at The Diamond, home of the Lake Elsinore Storm (Padres).

Mandel is 6-4 with a 3.63 ERA in 12 starts. The 24-year-old ranks among Carolina League leaders in innings pitched (fourth, 69.1 IP), wins (t-fourth) and WHIP (seventh, 1.21). Mandel won a CL-best six consecutive starts from April 23-May 24. He was a 19th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

 

Meyers leads Carolina League starting pitchers with a 1.87 ERA. In his most recent start, Monday vs. Wilmington (Royals), he allowed three runs in a career-high 7.2 innings to earn the win. Meyers has allowed no more than one run in nine of his 12 appearances (11 starts) overall. He was selected in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).

 

1B Chris Marrero: He is batting at a .454 clip (10-for-22) with one double, one home run, three RBI and three walks in his last six games. Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 51 of 60 games this season. The 20-year-old is tied for fourth in the Carolina League with 66 hits. Marrero entered the season rated by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect -the top hitter- in Washington’s system. He was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

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Single-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

29-32, 6th Place, 8.5 Games Back

 

C Derek Norris and RHP Marcos Frias were named Single-A South Atlantic League All-Stars. The All-Star festivities will take place on June 23 at Appalachian Power Park, home of the West Virginia Power (Pirates).

 


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leads all catchers in professional baseball with 13 home runs and 46 RBI. The 20-year-old ranks among the Single-A South Atlantic League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including RBI (first), home runs (t-first), total bases (second, 124), slugging (second, .571), OPS (second, .968), runs (sixth, 40), walks (sixth, 30), doubles (t-sixth, 17) and OBP (seventh, .398). Norris has posted a team-best 19 multi-hit games. The Kansas native has thrown out 40% (22-for-57) of would-be basestealers. Per Baseball America, he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington’s system.

 

Frias is 4-0 with a 2.07 ERA (9 ER/39.0 IP) and 38 strikeouts in his last eight games (seven starts). Overall, he is 4-1 with a 2.52 ERA (seventh-best in SAL) and has 50 strikeouts against just 13 walks (3.8 SO/BB ratio) in 11 games (10 starts). Frias, 20, signed with Washington as a Minor League free agent, March 5, 2007.

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