Jul 232010
 

Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 54-45, 2nd place IL North, 3 games back

Good Justin Maxwell .342/.432/.605 in July
Bad Jason Jones 20H, 14R, 7HR in last three starts (yes, we can fickle)
Interesting Boomer Whiting .264BA as a LHB (began switching hitting this year)

HARRISBURG 49-50, 4th place, 9 games behind

Good Jesus Valdez .315BA, 18RBI in July
Bad 13E each for starting 1B, 2B, and SS
Interesting Chuck James as a reliever: 3-0, 0.00ERA in 15G

POTOMAC
14-11 2nd Half; 45-50 Overall

Good Tyler Moore 18-for-30, 8-2B, 6HR, 19RBI in last 8G
Bad Nick Moresi .186BA in July
Interesting Justin Phillabaum, four runs allowed over last eight appearances
(vs. 11 runs allowed in first eight appearances)

HAGERSTOWN
10-17 2nd Half; 46-51 Overall

Good Eury Perez .328BA, 13SB in July
Bad Dean Weaver 0-2, five blown saves since return from DL on Jun. 16
Interesting Ben Graham 8K, 5H, 0BB in first four appearances (6⅔ IP) since promotion

VERMONT
22-11, 1st Place Stedler Division of NY-Penn League

Good David Freitas .443BA during 18-game hit streak
Bad Taylor Jordan 0-1, 7.94ERA in July
Interesting Neil Holland 0.66ERA, 1.02WHIP, 14K in 9 appearances (13⅔ IP)

GCL NATIONALS
11-15, 4th place GCL East Division, 7 games back

Good Adrian Sanchez .375/.390/.600 in 19G
Bad Estarlin Martinez .150/.209/.275 in 14G
Interesting Billy Ott 1-0, SV, 0.60ERA, 0.87WHIP in 5G

DSL NATIONALS
23-19, 5th place B.C. South Division, 4 games back

Good 18-y.o. Wirkin Estevez 5-3, 2.44ERA, 61K in 51⅔ IP
Bad Jorge De La Cruz, 9.28ERA, 2.25WHIP, 6HB in 7G
Interesting Nelalexfred Ortega 15/16 in stolen-base attempts

  7 Responses to “Good, Bad, Interesting… Vol. 15”

  1. Maxwell more & more is coming across as a AAAA player. Crushes the ball in AAA and hits .090 in the Majors. Too bad, he’s a local guy.

  2. I knew Moore was on a hot streak but didn’t know he was hitting that well lately. Will definitely start paying attention to him more. It seems like the hitters in our system have made some good improvements this year. Can’t say the same about our pitchers though,

  3. These last two weeks it’s a lot easier to see forward movement with the position players across the board. In the past so much of the good news was predominantly from the pitchers.
    Sue, please keep us posted on Moore, love his numbers lately.

  4. HAR – (Bad) “13E each for starting 1B, 2B, and SS”. And yet, all three were EL All-stars… How pitiful is that?

    Additionally, Tyler Moore has really been ‘locked in’ over the past couple of weeks; He’s hit the ball hard all year (when he made contact), but right now it seems like he’s just hitting everything. I’d personally rather see how it plays for the rest of the season before I jump on the bandwagon.

    • Defense is only noticed when it’s bad or when the player is also a good hitter. Tyler Moore, for example, is now said to be a good 1B now that he’s hitting. I still see a guy with mediocre range that struggles with throws in the dirt. Agree with your assessment about not anointing him — even as hot as he’s been, he’s still sporting a sub-.300 OBP.

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