Apr 222011
 

It’s back! Our weekly look at the leaders (good), trailers (bad), and outliers (interesting) in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE 6-8, T4th place IL North, 3 games back

Good Tom Milone 0.85WHIP, 0BB in 13 innings
Bad Garrett Mock 17BB, 2.29WHIP in 11⅓ IP
Interesting Brian Bixler .326/.483/.370 in 14G

HARRISBURG 6-7, T3rd place E.L. West, 1 game back

Good Brad Meyers 2-1, 3.07 in 3GS
Bad Jonathan Tucker .140/.178/.209 in 12G
Interesting Hassan Pena 9K, 0.90WHIP in 4 appearances

POTOMAC 5-7, 3rd place, Carolina League North, 3½ games back

Good Steve Souza 5HR, 1.079OPS in 12G
Bad Alex Caldera 14.40ERA, 2.60WHIP, 3HR in 2 appearances
Interesting Destin Hood 10BB, .467OBP in 12G

HAGERSTOWN 9-6, 3rd Place Sally League Northern, 2 games back

Good Cameron Selik 20K in 15IP, 0.00ERA, 3GS
Bad Michael Taylor .143/.205/.229 in 13G
Interesting Blake Kelso .333/.380/.422, 1E in 14G

Before folks chime in about who did or didn’t get named, bear in mind that:
(a) This ain’t Little League
(b) I try to keep the bats and arms balanced
(c) Outliers aren’t necessarily organizational soldiers; mostly it’s the unexpected in either extreme. For example, Bryce Harper might have been an “Interesting” because he’s not tearing up the Sally League, but Blake Kelso (who is a watchlist player) is both hitting and fielding better than expected.
(d) I also try to highlight (or lowlight) different folks every week unless someone’s on a run like Tyler Moore or Stephen Strasburg, in which case, I owe it to both you, the reader, and them to give them their due.

Now, comment away!

  13 Responses to “Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1”

  1. Mr. Bixler comes to Washington…that’s interesting, eh…

  2. More interesting is what to do about Mr. Mock … again?

  3. More importantly, if Mock gets the boot, will Meyers replace him in Syracuse?

  4. Sue, time for the fireworks………. GBI has arrived!

    I personally don’t think the season has truly begun until the first GBI.

  5. Hopefully, the Bixler promotion inspires a surge from the players in Syracuse and Harrisburg.

  6. Hassan Pena posted some very interesting numbers in the PWL in 2010 as well. Nice to see him make the opening GBI.

  7. Wondering if the weather on the East Coast is part of the reason for the delay in backfilling Ramos’ roster spot. Another rainout – doubleheader could force the Nationals into calling up another SP.

    • Its the bullpen that’s been getting hammered … because one half of it is far less than reliable … while the other half is almost lights out. Balester’s latest effort cast a pall on him as well.

  8. Stammen was skiped for a scheduled start on the 18th & hasn’t pitched in a week. Just sayin’.

  9. Harper went 3 for 3 with 6 RBI last night. His average is up to .306. Even more interesting is that he recently got contact lenses, Apparently, his previous feats of strength with done with less-than-optimal vision.

    • There’s also more than one ballplayer that decided to go without after determining that the added detail was more distracting than helpful. Paul Waner is a famous example.

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