May 042012

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 10-17, 6th place I.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Austin Bibens-Dirkx 1.38 FIP
Bad Jason Michaels .549 OPS
Interesting Carlos Rivero .343/.378/.514 in last 10G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-12, 2nd place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Danny Rosenbaum 3-0, 0.76ERA, 0.70WHIP
Bad Eury Perez .130/.130/.152 last 10G
Interesting Sandy Leon .796 OPS

POTOMAC NATIONALS 10-14, 3rd place C.L. North Division, 3½ games behind

Good David Freitas .377/.457/.609
Bad Wilson Eusebio 9.31ERA, 4HBP, 8BB in 9⅔ IP
Interesting Matt Swynenberg 1ER in last 14⅓ IP

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 14-11, 3rd place Sally League North Divison, 3½ games behind

Good Cutter Dykstra .400/.464/.520, 11G hit streak
Bad Chris McKenzie 12.96ERA, 3.12WHIP in 5 appearances
Interesting Billy Burns 17G on-base streak (.469 OBP)

  8 Responses to “Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 3”

  1. Erik Komatsu has been claimed on waivers by the Minnesota Twins. Let’s see if they can keep him all year..


    • Well, that’s certainly, um, interesting. Good for him, though – we’ve already got a couple of OFs that could be playing at a higher level in another organization.

      • Who would you think could play at a higher level than AAA for another MLB organization?
        Abreu could have helped the Nats in the OF. Now Dodgers have a stronger bench and more options, including power!

        • Rahl and Valdez play at AAA, Brown could be a 4th/5th OF just like Komatsu.

        • Abreu is fat and can barely move. Not sure what the Dodgers are thinking he’s a DH. Can you say Matt ‘Stares’ redux?

          This year they appear now to see Brown as a starter not a bench player … it seem likely they
          acquired Komatsu for his left-handed bat. With outfielders Brian Goodwin, Corey Brown, Caleb Ramsay and I suppose you add Matt Skole as another lefty.

          On the right side Chris Rahl, Jesus Valdez, Billy Burns …

  2. why would you want to add Abreu, can’t play the field, is overweight and has a huge salary. We have more then enough youngsters as Luke and Peric have named. I am amazed at people who want to keep adding veterans to a team that has jelled and is playing well. Give me Tyler Moore anytime over Abreu.

    • Agree completely, except that the Angels are paying Abreu’s huge salary, so the Dodgers just pay league minimum to see if a change of scenery gives him some motivation. Like Peric, I assumed an AL team would be a better fit, but there are so many of these DH types floating around and I guess LA figured it was worth a flyer.

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