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Day 5 in Viera: Defensive Versatility a Key in 2011

Happy
weekend to everyone, well except to the Nationals’ players and coaches. As we
all know, weekends don’t exist in baseball, so our pitchers and catchers were
back at it this morning under beautiful sunny skies in Viera. The high is
supposed to be 74 today. Very little wind, which is unusual for this area. I
know I am a bit redundant with my weather comments, but I hope everyone
understands that this has been the best February weather I have ever
experienced down here. It has been perfect. I am also hoping that this entices
all our fans from in/around DC to cut their winters short and visit us in the
Grapefruit League for a week or so. You won’t regret it.

Once
again, my name is John Dever and I am the PR Director for your Nationals. I
have a pair of fine gentlemen, Mike Gazda and Bill Gluvna, that I work closely
with and we are sharing some of our top Nationals-centric observations with you
in hopes of revving up your engines for the upcoming season. On Mon., Feb. 28,
we will pass the blogging baton to Mark Lerner, who will share his unique
thoughts about the Nationals’ 2011 Grapefruit League efforts.

Here
are some of our Saturday-morning observations:

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New arrivals today included Jerry Hairston, Jr. and Chris Marrero. Hairston is
going to be interesting to watch. This guy can play everywhere at anytime. In
the midst of a pennant race, Hairston served as the Padres’ regular shortstop
for much of the second half of 2010 as Everth Cabrera dealt with injuries. From
what I have gathered, and what O’s fans might recollect, Hairston’s best
position is second base. But don’t be shocked to see him playing a bit of
center field too. Hairston is going to be a very valuable player for Jim
Riggleman. I think this was one of Mike Rizzo’s most underrated signings of the
offseason.

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Speaking of shortstop, it appears like Jim Riggleman might be using the
3-shortstop defensive alignment quite a bit this summer. What? Well, think
about it. First of all, Ian Desmond is a young shortstop. And a darn good one.
Then you have his pivoting partner, Danny Espinosa, the latest in a long line
of Long Beach State shortstops (Crosby, Tulowitzki, Longoria). Yes, he’ll be
playing second base this season in Washington, but he had only played shortstop
as a pro until being summoned to Syracuse last summer. And then we have this
guy named Ryan Zimmerman. You may have heard of him. Zimmerman played quite a
bit of shortstop at UVA before being drafted fourth overall in 2005. The
established presence of Mark Reynolds at UVA forced Zimmerman, then a freshman
(or a First Year as they like to say in Charlottesville), to shift over. And
let’s remember, Zimmerman has played a part in a handful of 4-5-3 or 6-5-3 GDPs
during his Big League career. He knows his way around the second-base bag. So,
keep Adam LaRoche and the 3-shortstop defense in the back of your minds this
summer at Nationals Park.

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You might be surprised as to who the biggest NBA fan is among Nationals. How
long would it take you to guess Livan Hernandez? True story. Hernandez watches
games on ESPN, TBS and TNT all the time. This guy knows what is happening in
the Association. He plans to get up to an Orlando Magic game in the coming
weeks. But tonight, Hernandez is jacked about the dunk contest. He is hardly
the only one excited to see Blake Griffin tonight, but let’s remember that
JaVale McGee will represent the Wizards too. Here’s hoping McGee can do some
damage and represent The District.

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Pudge Rodriguez is suddenly very into MLB’s First-Year Player Draft, and it has
nothing to do with the impending arrival of Bryce Harper to camp. Rather, Pudge
is interested to see how his son Ivan Dereck fares, as he is in his
draft-eligible season. Ivan Dereck is a center fielder and he is a wiry-strong
6-foot-2. He also closes games for Monsignor Pace (FL) High in Miami
Gardens (same HS from which Chris Marrero was drafted). Pudge says Ivan Dereck
can throw 90-92 mph, but his bat is too good to waste, so he sees him as a
center fielder. Ivan Dereck will be one to watch as we get into early June.

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Book Club Note of the Day: DC-resident Josh Wilkie, the pride of George
Washington University, really enjoyed reading The Help, by Kathryn Stockett,
during the offseason. You can read more about The Help here.
Josh recently started reading Horse Soldiers by Doug Stanton (no relation to
the former Nationals lefthander). Here is Stanton’s website.

We’ll be back at it tomorrow afternoon as we watch the final position
players trickle in. Enjoy your weekend everyone!

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

The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 7-14-10.pdf) is a bi-weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. 

 

 This Week’s Top Headline

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

 


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

51-40, 2nd Place, 2.0 Games Behind

 

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

 

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

 


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

Eastern League Western Division

44-47, 4th Place, 12.0 Games Behind

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


potomac nationals 1.JPGSingle-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

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

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

 

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

 

EVEN STEPHEN:  2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks among the league leaders in runs scored (2nd, 60), triples (t-2nd, 87), walks (t-5th, 42), hits (7th, 98), stolen bases (7th, 16) and OBP (8th, .383)…the 2009 mid-season Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star finished 2nd in the SAL in both runs scored (90) and hits (147) last season…Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 


hagerstown suns 1.JPGSingle-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

Second Half – 7-12, T-5th Place, 5.5 Games Behind

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

18-7, 1st Place, 5.0 Games Ahead

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

7-12, 5th Place, 4.0 Games Behind

 

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

 

BILLY THE KID:  In 4 appearances, RHP Billy Ott has allowed just one earned run in 10.0 IP (0.90 ERA)…he’s struck out 8 and walked just one…Ott, 22, has worked 2.0 or more innings in 3 of his appearances…he was signed by Washington as a non-drafted free agent on June 17, 2010 after completing his college career at Cal State Northridge.

 

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

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

The Nationals Minor League report (
MLR 6-30-10.pdf) is a weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. 

This Week’s Top Headline

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

 


Chiefs 2.JPGTriple-A Syracuse Chiefs

International League North Division

45-35, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Behind

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


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

Eastern League Western Division

38-40, 3rd Place, 11.5 Games Behind

 

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

 

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

 

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

 


potomac nationals 1.JPGSingle-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

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

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

 

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

 

EVEN STEPHEN:  2B Stephen Lombardozzi ranks second in the CL in runs scored (54), triples (7) and walks (40). He also ranks among the league leaders in hits (7th, 84), stolen bases (7th, 15) and OBP (7th, .385). The 2009 mid-season Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star finished second in the SAL in both runs scored (90) and hits (147) last season. Lombardozzi was a 19th-round pick in the 2008 Draft out of St. Petersburg JC (FL).

 


hagerstown suns 1.JPGSingle-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

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

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

 

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

 

JUSTIFIED:  1B Justin Bloxom continues to be one of the SAL’s best offensive players, as he ranks among the top five SAL batters in hits (2nd, 95), total bases (2nd, 146), batting average (3rd, .322), doubles (3rd, 25), runs scored (4th, 50) and RBI (5th, 51). Bloxom, a 2010 SAL mid-season All-Star selection, has posted an organization-best 26 multi-hit games. The 22-year-old Kansas State University product was Washington’s 11th-choice in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft.

 

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

 

 


vermont_lake_monsters.jpgShort-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters

New York-Penn League Stedler Division

9-3, 1st Place, 2.0 Games Ahead

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

Gulf Coast League Nationals

Gulf Coast League East Division

2-6, 5th Place, 3.5 Games Behind

 

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

 

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

 

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

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