Jun 212013

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 28-43, 6th place I.L. North, 15½ games behind

Good Zach Walters .382/.417/.836, 6HR in June
Bad Mike Crotta 0-4, 4.87 ERA, 2.00 WHIP since May 1 (17 appearances)
Interesting .973 Fielding Pct. – dead last in I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, T1st place E.L. West, 1 game ahead

Good Steve Souza Jr .570 SLG%
Bad Rob Gilliam 5.27 ERA / 5.47 WHIP in last three starts
Interesting Senators pitching in June – 1.75ERA (28ER, 144IP)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 42-27, 1st place C.L. North Champs, 6 games ahead

Good Taylor Hill 1-0, 0.42 in last three starts
Bad Randolph Oduber 8BB in 47G (9 in 52 overall)
Interesting 11 wins trailing or tied after 7 innings

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 1-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (39-29 overall)

Good Robert Benincasa 0.82 ERA, 0.64 WHIP, 16K in last 10 appearances (hence the promotion)
Bad Derek Self 7.14 ERA, 2.12 WHIP, 6K in last 10 appearances (hence the demotion)
Interesting Estarlin Martinez HR last night 1st since 9/3/12 = 144AB (per Hagerstown Suns Fan Club)

DSL NATIONALS 12-5, 1st Boca Chica South, 2½ games ahead

Good 19-y.o. Dionicio Rosario .280/.410/.400 in 15G
Bad 18-y.o. Yefri Pena 9.39 ERA, 2.74 WHIP in four appearances
Interesting 17-y.o. Yorlin Reynoso 1.08 ERA, .172 OBA in four appearances

  13 Responses to “Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 10”

  1. Next wave of promotions.
    Long over due- Robbie Ray and
    Brandon Miller- perhaps brass waiting
    On Carlos Lopez and Hawkeye MM2 to clear
    Maybe Pleff will get get bumped up when
    James Yezzo rakes his way out of Auburn?
    Nice to see Latin kids with left handed hitting
    Skills @ GCL!!!

  2. I’m curious as to the rationale behind making Rendon (who as the franchise’s #1 prospect and highest ranking prospect the Nats have among all prospects in major league baseball) the UT when he absolutely must play every day for that reason. And Lombo the starter at second base?

    Is there a reason I am missing?

    • Well, Rendon is playing every day — he’s hitting really well. I think if/when the time comes that he cools off, he’ll be sent down.

      • As long as Danny continues to HALVE the Mendoza Line at AAA, Rendon is perfectly safe.

        • And that will continue until he gets the rotator cuff surgery … which will end his season.

        • i wonder if Lombo will be anything more than a bench bat once Harper gets back and is in left field? He’s clearly not a defensive replacement for Rendon. He’s also out of a job for the late innings in center and right with Kobernus on the job. And then there’s Bernadina.

          • Yeah, everyone loves Lombo’s work ethic, but he doesn’t get on base much, doesn’t have any power, and isn’t a defensive wizard. He’s versatile, which is nice, and putting him on the bench doesn’t harm anyone else’s development. That’s about all he has going for him.

  3. Looks like former Nat UT prospect Alberto Gonzalez has beaten out former Rays top prospect Reid Brignac for a job in the Yankees 25 man active roster.

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