May 092011
 

For the second time this season a pair of Nationals farmhands garnered Player of The Week Honors, as Archie Gilbert won it for the Eastern League and Bryce Harper won it for the South Atlantic League.

Gilbert clubbed four of the five HRs he hit for the week against the Reading Phillies on Saturday and Sunday, and went 8-for-23 for the week (May 2-8) with 6 RBI overall. Gilbert is the current Eastern League leader in slugging percentage at .609.

Bryce Harper only hit one HR for the same timeframe but hit .500 (12-for-24) with four doubles and four RBI and is in the midst of a 12-game hitting streak that has pushed his batting average to .371. The 18-year-old was the #1 pick overall in the 2010 draft

  17 Responses to “Gilbert, Harper Named POTW”

  1. Archie Gilbert had a later start in pro ball, after his days at Harvard. Doesn’t strike out much, has good speed (attributes the Nats need). How is his defense? Age is not on his side, but he can hopefully open more eyes in the organization. Any thoughts?

  2. Hi Sue. Whatever happened to Rafael Martin? He had a pretty good sesaon last year, but I can’t find him listed anywhere. I recall reading that he “lost his arm slot” and was working to regain it. Any news?

  3. So far:

    Robbie Ray: 5 innings pitched 0 walks 6 strike outs 1 hit.
    Harper 2/2 is hitting around .480
    Kelso still around .450.

  4. Syracuse should definitely go under the “interesting” category. ALL THREE catchers in the lineup tonight? Jhonatan Solano is your second baseman. Jesus Flores the DH.

    Looks clearly like an attempt to get some hitting into the most pathetic lineup (so far) in all of professional baseball. Pitch count is high for Bradley Meyers due to a bit of a shaky start but he appears to have righted himself in the third. Pitch count is his problem now and he is currently at 51 after three.

  5. Look’s like Knorr’s strategy to get the offense working worked: Flores just hit a grand slam home run its now 6 – 2 Chiefs. He’s got Whiting and Corey Brown in the #1/#2 slots followed by Aubrey and Marerro.

    Wonder if Knorr would think it “smart ball” to bat Ankiel 2nd?

  6. Bradley Meyers did not fare so well in his first AAA start. 5 innings pitched, 5 hits including two triples and a double. Part of that might be the outfield. Left field is not Aubrey’s position and Whiting looked a bit loss in CF at times. Still Meyers is still winning
    6 – 4 so he could get a win. Meyers will probably not come back out, he’s thrown 89 pitches. 1 walk, (his first of the year), and 5 K’s.

    Hopefully, the bullpen can hold the lead and win this one for Randy Knorr and his all catcher lineup.

  7. Yup JD Martin is in. He’s back to middle relief.

  8. Sue,
    You may have already opined on this, but since I am too lazy to look back at the previous posts, I’ll ask here:

    When do you see the Nats moving Harper from Hagerstown to (most likely) Potomac? I have July 1st in the pool….

    • From what I’ve heard they want him to get at least 100-125 games in “A” ball. At least that’s the plan I’ve heard … whether that means “A” and “A+” or just “A” I’m not sure. An injury to someone in Potomac might bring Harper sooner … I think July 1st is a pretty good guess considering everything.

      Its might be a question to ask NFA_Brian on twitter given his connections …

    • At the current pace, I’m still thinking Memorial Day. I’ve been told it could be as soon as this weekend, but I’m hesitant to believe he’ll be bumped in less than 40 games.

      • I think you’re right Sue….after this home stand is over at Hagerstown, he’s gone to Potomac. Although I think he should go right to Harrisburg. If he gets left at Hagerstown any longer – if I was Harper – i’d drive down to Nationals park and refuse to leave until he gets promoted. What else does the young man have to do – hit .900? :P

  9. Arnesen is back starting in AA. Congratulations and good luck.

    • I hope he pitches well, but I’m not sure that this is good for the organization at this point. They’ve been treating him like upper minors barely more than OG for awhile now it seems to me.

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