Luke Erickson

Luke Erickson is a season-ticket holder for the Potomac Nationals, but makes a point of seeing games in Hagerstown and Harrisburg at least once a summer. When the PNats are away on the weekend, Luke finds a minor-league game somewhere to watch, and generally attends 70-80 baseball games a year up across several states. A former sportswriter with newspapers in Massachusetts and Oregon, Luke lives in Western Fairfax County with his wife and two sons.

Oct 032015

Rained-Out-2014There’s still more than a week to go before the Arizona Fall League starts up, while the hot mess that is the 2015 Washington Nationals limps to a finish.

As much as I’d like to keep the focus on the minor-leaguers, times like these I understand why people want to discuss the parent club. It’s certainly better than in the days of the Nationals Farm Authority, where there was a sizable contingent of folks who only came to whine and campaign for replacements for the product in D.C. and bitch about the perceived lack of spending [Insert remark about Papelbon salary with rhetorical question here].

For what it’s worth, I too, worry that the proverbial window is closing and that Rizzo might not be able to trade his way out of “cleanse the palate” season (or three). But that’s as much as I think I should write about that; I’d like to shift back to why we’re here: to follow the paths of the future Nationals (and/or trade bait ;-)…

Speaking of trade bait, shortly after last week’s post went to virtual press, the Nationals announced the 2015 Organizational Awards with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz earning the Player of the Year, Austin Voth was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year, and Austen Williams earned the third annual Bob Boone Award. For the folks not on the inside joke, take a look at that link and scroll down: Eight of the last 17 award winners have been traded.

As expected, no Nationals made the South Atlantic League Top 20 or were referenced in its “In A Box” feature. The home office in Durham, NC chose to do the Florida State League ahead of the Carolina League, so the adulation for Lucas Giolito will have to wait until next week.

As usual, it’s pretty quiet on this front: one pitcher re-signing (Justin Amlung) another getting cut loose (Manny Rodriguez). With the free agency period starting in roughly five weeks, we may see one or two more guys re-up rather than test the waters.

For the fifth time in the last six seasons, the G-Nats finished fourth with a 24-34 record. Like most of the affiliates, they had league-average pitching (4.00 R/G vs. 3.99) and were below-average offensively (3.59 R/G). Defensively, they were a shade better (.966FA vs. .964). This is where I also remind you to not get too excited or too depressed: short-season baseball = small sample size, not to mention the bevy of pitchers recuperating from Nationals elbow.

Without further ado…

1. Victor Robles, CF, .358 GPA, 12SB in 23G 1. Matt DeRosier, RHP, 1.29/2.21/0.90, 9.4 K/9
2. Telmito Agustin, LF, .278 GPA, .446 SLG% 2. Joan Baez, RHP, 2.13/2.67/1.18, 6.6 H/9IP
3. Anderson Franco, 3B, .259 GPA, 4HR in 43G 3. Rocky Harmening, RHP, 2.86/3.26/1.14, 4:1 K:BB ratio
4. Darryl Florentino, OF, .267 GPA, .329 BA 4. Brayan Serrata, RHP, 1.80/3.26/1.35, converted from C
5. Oliver Ortiz, 1B-OF, .226 GPA, .982 FA at 1B 5. Maximo Valerio, RHP, 1.72/3.36/0.98, 88.8 LOB%

There were three players that were statistically better than 19-y.o. Ortiz, who was repeating the level, but all three were significantly older (~22 y.o.) Thus, no honorable mentions. Three of the top five pitchers were also on a subsequent tour, but unlike the 2014 staff, they were at or below league-average in terms of FIP. Folks who are interested in seeing the entire team’s stats, should click here.

Sep 252015

Now I can follow last year’s digital size 13’s, so here goes…


All seven affiliates had losing records and missed the playoffs. Obviously, that’s not the only measuring stick or even the most important one. But I’ve long felt that the reflexive, “stats are meaningless in the minors” trope by baseball folks to be disingenuous. I’m sure many of you had this reaction at least three times a week when looking at the daily rundown. Like a taxi on a rainy night, offense (age-appropriate or not) was hard to find. A lot of you are pinning your hopes on the influx of talent from the D.R. and I have little reason to disagree.

Victor Robles was named the #2 prospect in both the GCL and the NYPL (remember Baseball America loves to double-dip) and was joined by Erick Fedde (#4). That, of course, means there’s a small chance that Fedde will make the cut for the Sally Lg., too. Aside from Lucas Giolito, I have little confidence we’ll see many more.

The logical inference from the previous two items is that the watchlist has become a depth chart. This has always been my worst fear, and it makes me less interested in creating a 2016 edition. This is not necessarily a result of a disappointing season; a year ago I wrote that I knew the list will become smaller and less comprehensive, but I was hoping not to scrap it altogether. Perhaps I’ll feel differently in a few weeks, or someone can make a case in the comments for a way to preserve this.

After years of being one of — if not the — oldest teams in the DSL, the 2015 edition had the youngest set of position players in the league (average age: 17.6 vs. 18.3) and the fourth-youngest pitching staff (18.3 vs. 19.0). But being young is only a part of the equation; were they any good? In the 38-team DSL, the bats were 29th (4.46 R/G vs. 5.02) and the arms were 33rd (5.74). The defense was also below average with a .947FA (.952).

So, no, not really.

The million-peso question is how many of these guys will repeat, with the follow-up of how many will be let go. We won’t know until next May. But the hope is that those that do repeat — and are still age-appropriate — will improve dramatically.

Without further ado…

1. Aldrem Corredor, 1B/OF, .289 GPA, 39 BB 1. Pedro Avila, RHSP, 2.26/1.87/1.06, 13.1 K/9
2. Luis Perdomo, LF, .275 GPA, 16 2B 2. Francys Peguero, RHRP, 1.82/1.99/0.84, 13.5 K/9
3. Edwin Ventura, RF, .265 GPA, 15SB 3. Yonathan Ramirez, LHSP, 2.75/2.91/1.12, 1.7 BB/9
4. Roberto Medina, C, .278 GPA, .442SLG% (34G) 3. Gilbert Chu, RHRP, 2.55/2.90/1.09, 11.0 K/9
5. Juan Evangelista, CF, .258 GPA, 108 TB 5. Warner Duran, RHRP, 2.67/2.35/1.22, 0HR in 33⅔ IP

Honorable mentions go to 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo, who led the team in slugging at .443 (but also faded badly, .450 OPS in August vs. .643 in July and .885 in June) and 18-y.o. RHRP Angel Guillen, who had a very respectable 3.02 FIP and an extremely unlucky .423 BABIP, which can be obscured by his ERA (6.08) and H/9IP (10.8). Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats can find them here.

Sep 172015

Uninspired for NPP
We’re in a weird place right now. Whenever I would hit a lull like this, I would quite literally see what I posted this time a year ago. Well, can’t really do that since a year ago today I made the decision to dial back (if not off) this site.

I appreciated the kind thoughts at the season’s end. I’ve also appreciated the break from the daily grind over the last week and a half. So even though I plan to resume covering the Arizona Fall League — which doesn’t start for nearly a month — I will need to resist the temptation to do more than that.

Hence, today’s post to reset the hot stove comments and let folks know we’re still here; we’re just back to weekly (or semi-weekly) posts.

Now, for a couple quick hits…

• For those that missed it, Byron Kerr posted a list of who’s been assigned to the Fall Instructional League. Like the Rule 5 Draft, this mole hill becomes a mountain when the parent club isn’t doing well and we’re desperate for discussion fodder. The first year of this site a commenter broke it down. Five years later, I see little reason to disagree.

• Our Hagerstown guy has his takes on the Suns’ hitters and Suns’ pitchers. The only thing I have to add or object to is the characterization of Raudy Read’s defense as being anything other than subpar. The kid can hit, but a catcher he is not.

Until next time…

Sep 122015

Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2014 are in italics.

66-78, 4th place International League North, 15 games behind

Good Bat: Trea Turner.314/.353/.431, 14SB in 48G
Arm: Taylor Jordan 5-6, 2.95/3.41/1.15 in 103⅔ IP (19GS)
Bad Bat: Ricky Hague .557 OPS in 58G
Arm: Taylor Hill 3-10, 5.23 ERA, 1.62 WHIP, 5.31 K/9IP in 118⅔ IP (22GS)
Interesting Bat: Kevin Keyes .256/.309/.384, 8HR in 76G
Arm: Paolo Espino 8-6, 3.21/3.63/1.15 in 117⅔ IP

67-75, 5th place Eastern League Western Division, 12 games behind

Good Bat: Matt Skole .232/.332/.398, 12HR, 34SB in 90G (20HR, .417SLG% overall)
Arm: Austin Voth 6-7, 2.92/3.07/1.11, 148K in 157⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Drew Vettleson .570 OPS, 92K in 86G
Arm: Nick Pivetta 2-4, 7.27ERA, 1.82WHIP in 43⅓ IP
Interesting Bat: Shawn Pleffner .269/.342/.355 in 117G
Arm: Richard Bleier 8-3, 2.45/3.66/1.01 in 103IP (16 appearances, 15 starts)

32-37 in 2nd half, 2nd place Carolina League Northern Division, 6½ games behind
33-37 in 1st half, T2nd place, 5 games behind
65-74 overall

Good Bat: Christopher Bostick .274/.344/.393 in 62G
Arm: Lucas Giolito 3-5, 2.71/1.96/1.22, 11.11 K/9IP in 69⅔ IP
Bad Bat: Jimmy Yezzo .506 OPS in 49G
Arm: Jake Johansen 1-7, 5.44/4.69/1.81 in 48IP (24 appearances)
Interesting Bat: Rafael Bautista .291/.332/.352, 22SB in 2nd half
Arm: Tyler Mapes 5-1, 1.29 ERA, 0.98 WHIP as a starter (8GS)

33-37 in 2nd half, 5th place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 17 games behind
35-33 in 1st half, 3rd place, 9 games behind
87-53 overall

Good Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .310/.363/.485, 11HR, 87 RBI in 124G
Arm: Austen Williams 8-1, 2.10/2.81/1.10 in 73IP (13 starts)
Bad Bat: David Masters .621 OPS, 21E in 91G
Arm: Sam Johns 0-2, 5.56 ERA, 1.42 WHIP in 26 appearances (43&#8532 IP)
Interesting Bat: Bryan Mejia .345/.369/.555, 14SB, 5HR, 5BB in 62G
Arm: None (sample sizes too small)

35-38, 3rd Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 9 games behind

Good Bat: Victor Robles .343/.424/.479, 12SB in 38G
Arm: Erick Fedde 1-2, 2.57/2.60/1.31 in 35IP (8 starts)
Bad Bat: 24-y.o. Melvin Rodriguez, .575 OPS in 35G
Arm: Luis Torres 5-1, 5.66/4.55/1.37 in 35IP (16 appearances)
Interesting Bat: Kelvin Gutierrez .305/.358/.414 in 62G
Arm: Matthew Crownover 1-1, 2.17 ERA in last 10 appearances

24-34, 4th place Gulf Coast League East Dvision, 9½ games behind

Good Bat: 18-y.o. Telmito Agustin .331/.371/.446, 9SB in 38G
Arm: 20-y.o. Joan Baez 1-3, 2.13/2.67/1.18 in 42⅓ IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 23-y.o. Clayton Brandt .193/.304/.261 in 34G
Arm: 19-y.o. McKenzie Mills 0-3, 7.04/4.46/1.87 in 23IP (8 appearances)
Interesting Bat: 18-y.o. Anderson Franco .269/.346/.389, 4HR in 57G
Arm: 20-y.o. Maximo Valerio 4-1, 1.72/3.36/0.98 in 36⅔ IP (9 appearances – promoted to Auburn)

31-41, 4th place, Boca Chica North Division of Dominican Summer League, 19 games behind

Good Bat: 18-y.o. Luis Perdomo .295/.385/.405, 14SB (13CS) in 63G
Arm: 18-y.o. Pedro Avila 6-3, 2.26/1.87/1.06, 11.25K/9IP in 59⅔ IP (13GS – promoted to GCL)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Jose Cabello .165/.266/.182 in 40G
Arm: 19-y.o. Gerald De La Cruz 1-1, 9.68/6.35/2.60, 27BB in 17⅔ IP
Interesting Bat: 17-y.o. Roberto Medina .317/.372/.442 in 40G (catcher)
Arm: 19-y.o. Francys Peguero 3-1, 12SV, 1.82/1.99/0.84, 13.5K/9IP in 22 appearances
Sep 082015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-4 (11 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Potomac Lost, 4-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 END OF SEASON N/A
Auburn Won, 11-10 (10 inn.) END OF SEASON N/A

Syracuse 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 (11 inn.)
• Espino 5IP, 7H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• J. Gutierrez 1⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Overton (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Hague 2-4, BB
• Sizemore 2-5, R, BB, HR, 2RBI

The Chiefs blew it in the 9th and fell behind in the top of the 11th but rallied for two in the bottom of the 11th for their second walk-off in the series, 5-4 over the RailRiders. Paolo Espino started and went the first five innings, giving up a run on seven hits, no walks, and struck out six. The win went to Connor Overton, who was actually in town, though it was a pedestrian one-run, two-inning outing. Matt Skole and Scott Sizemore both homered while Syracuse connected for twelve hits total.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 2
• Rauh 5IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 3K, WP
• Purke (L, 1-3) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bostick 2-4, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Norfork 2-4, R, 2-2B

Akron scored single runs in the 4th, 7th, and 8th to edge Harrisburg, 3-2 in the season finale. Brian Rauh gave up the first run on three hits over five innings while walking two and striking out three for a no-decision. The loss went to Matt Purke, who gave up the go-ahead run in the 7th. Christopher Bostick doubled and homered while Khayyan Norfork doubled twice to account for four of the six Senators hits and both runs scored.

Salem 4 Potomac 2
• A. Williams (L, 4-6) 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 4K, WP
• Thomas 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Read 1-3, 2B, BB
• Ward 1-3, R, BB

Salem struck for three in the 3rd and never looked back as they doubled up Potomac for a 4-2 win. Austen Williams gave up all four runs on nine hits, walked none, and struck out four in his sixth Hi-A loss. Jeff Howell and Justin Thomas combined for three scoreless innings of relief, but the P-Nats bats were limited to three singles, three walks, and two doubles (Drew Ward and Raudy Read, who both went 1-for-3).

Hagerstown 6 Lexington 2
• Fedde (W, 1-2) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 7K, WP
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Stevenson 2-4, 2R, BB, 2SB, CS

Hagerstown scored in three of the first four innings to build a 4-0 lead and took the series finale, 6-2 from Lexington. Erick Fedde tossed five shutout innings, with two hits and one walk allowed and seven strikeouts to win his first Low-A game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz singled twice and homered once to go 3-for-4 and drive in two as the Suns registered nine hits and drew three walks on the afternoon.

Auburn 11 Batavia 10 (10 inn.)
• DeRosier 3⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K, WP
• Johns (W, 3-2) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Dulin 4-5, 3R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Kerian 3-4, R, 2B, 3B, BB, 3RBI

Auburn rallied for two in the 9th to send it into extras, then plated the game-winner in the 10th for an 11-10 win. Matt DeRosier was ineffective in his second NYPL start, giving up two runs on three hits and a walk over three and 2/3rds innings for a no-decision. Sam Johns was the winning pitcher with one run let in on two hits over three innings. Every Doubleday batter had a hit with tablesetters Dalton Dulin and David Kerian combining for seven hits, four runs scored, two doubles, a triple (Kerian), two walks, and six RBI.

Sep 072015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-0 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (8-6, 3.28) vs. TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 2-0 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (2-5, 5.25) vs.
Morimando (10-12, 3.22)
Potomac Lost, 8-0 vs. Salem,
1:05 p.m.
A. Williams (4-5, 2.22) vs.
McAvoy (11-9, 3.90)
Hagerstown Lost, 14-8 @ Lexington,
1:35 p.m.
Fedde (0-2, 5.25) vs.
Ray (5-6, 6.06)
Auburn Won, 6-1 vs. Batavia,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 18.00) vs.
Holloway (5-6, 2.95)

Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 0
• Jordan (L, 5-6) 5⅓ IP, 11H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K
• Billings 2⅔ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Mastroianni 1-3, 2B, BB
• Skole 1-4, 2B

The RailRiders ran roughshod on the Chiefs for four runs and 14 hits in a 4-0 shutout. Taylor Jordan was charged with all four runs on 11 hits and two walks (one intentional) over five and a 1/3rd innings while striking out four in his sixth loss. Bruce Billings let in one of three inherited runners on the 6th and tossed two more scoreless innings in the 7th and 8th to give the offense a chance to come back. They did not. Matt Skole and Darin Mastroianni both doubled while the rest of the lineup managed just four singles.
Roster move: RHP Connor Overton reassigned from Auburn (probably a paper move to activate today’s starter for the Doubledays).

Akron 2 Harrisburg 0
• Voth 6IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Suero (L, 1-2) 1IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Corona 1-2, 2B, BB
• Bostick 1-4, 3B

A no-decision for Austin Voth? How novel. The 23-y.o. one-hit Akron for six innings as Harrisburg was shut out 2-0. He walked none and struck out seven and received neither a win nor a loss for the 14th time in 28 appearances. The loss went to Wander Suero, who allowed both RubberDuck runs on three hits and two walks in his lone inning pitched. Reegie Corona doubled and Christopher Bostick tripled for the two (2) Senators hits.

Salem 8 Potomac 0
• Dickson (L, 3-3) 1⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 4BB, 1K, WP
• M. Rodriguez 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Mesa 2-4
• Wooten 1-3, 2B

Potomac dropped an 8-0 decision to Salem for its tenth shutout loss of the season. Ian Dickson walked only four this time out but lost again after letting in one run on one hit and four walks over an inning and 2/3rds. R.C. Orlan stranded three to finish the 2nd but was lit up for two homers in the 5th to effectively put the game away. The P-Nats bats were held to five hits total with Narciso Mesa the sole hitter to reach base twice with a pair of singles.

Lexington 14 Hagerstown 8
• A. Lee (L, 3-1) 2⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 2WP, HBP
• Brinley 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mejia 4-4, R, 2-2B, BB, 5RBI, SB

The Legends put up four big innings to take an 11-3 lead early as they cruised to a 14-8 victory that clinched a losing record for Hagerstown. Andrew Lee lost for the first time in five starts and was manhandled for six runs on five hits and three walks over two and 2/3rds innings. Bryan Mejia drove five of the eight Hagerstown runs and drew his fifth walk in 67 games as he went 4-for-4 with two doubles to lead the offense.
Roster move: C Jake Mayer placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Andrew Stevenson activate from the 3-Day TIL.

Auburn 6 Batavia 1
• Baez (W, 2-2) 6IP, 3H, 0R, 4BB, 6K
• Rivera 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Sagdal 2-2, 3R, 2BB
• Agustin 3-4, R, 3B, 3RBI
• Tillero 3-4, R

The Doubledays exploded for four runs in the 7th to break open a 1-0 lead as they took this one from Batavia, 6-1. Joan Baez evened his won-loss record with Auburn at 2-2 with six shutout innings, though he put seven runners on with three hits and four walks while fanning six. The bottom third of the order combined for eight hits, five runs, two walks (Ian Sagdal), and three RBI (Telmito Agustin) as Auburn collected 13 hits total.

Sep 062015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 (10 inn.) vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (5-5, 2.75) vs.
Davies (10-8, 3.44)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Voth (6-7, 3.03) vs.
Plutko (8-5, 3.05)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Dickson (3-2, 3.52) vs.
Stankiewicz (4-11, 4.22)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-5 (10 inn.) @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
A. Lee (3-0, 0.34) vs.
Griffin (3-6, 5.49)
Auburn Won, 5-1 vs. Batavia,
5:05 p.m.
Baez (1-2, 10.80) vs.
Weaver (0-1, 0.56)

Syracuse 6 Scanton/Wilkes-Barre 5
• Hill 6IP, 9H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 3K
• Runion (W, 3-3) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K
• Martinson 2-5, R, 2B, HR, RBI
• Lozada 2-4, R, BB
• Sizemore 2-2, R, HR, 3RBI

The Chiefs built an early 5-1 lead, blew it, then rallied in the 10th for 6-5 win over the RailRiders. Jose Lozada drew a leadoff walk, took second on an Emmanuel Burriss sacrifice, and came home on rulebook single as Isaac Ballou drove the ball over the centerfielder’s head for the gamewinner. Taylor Hill went the first six innings and gave up the first four runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out three for a no-decision. P.J. Walters gave up the equalizer, thus the blown save, in the 7th. Sam Runion got the win with three scoreless innings in the 8th, 9th, and 10th.

Akron 3 Harrisburg 1
• Bates (L, 6-6) 6IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Davis 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B
• Goodwin 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI

Akron broke through for three in the 3rd and stifled Harrisburg for a 3-1 win. Colin Bates gave up all three RubberDuck runs on a home run, and six hits total over six innings. He walked three and struck out four. Matt Purke pitched a scoreless 7th while Erik Davis kept Akron at bay in the 8th and 9th. Wilmer Difo scored the lone Senators run after leading off the 4th with a triple and coming home on a Brian Goodwin sacrifice fly. Goodwin later doubled, but the Sens mustered just five hits total and were 0-for-1 with RISP.

Potomac 6 Salem 2
• Mapes (W, 6-3) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, 3BB, 3K, WP
• Johansen 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K
• Read 3-3, R, 2B, BB, 3RBI
• Webb 3-3, 3R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI, SB, CS
• Bautista 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

Tyler Mapes turned in another seven innings of one-run ball as the P-Nats tripled up the Red Sox, 6-2. Mapes allowed six hits and walked three for his sixth Hi-A win of ’15. Jake Johansen closed out the game with a run in the 8th and a scoreless 9th. Raudy Read and Brendan Webb both reached base four times and combined for two doubles, four runs scored, and four RBI as Potomac collected 11 hits and drew three walks total.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 5
• Bach 4⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• D. Williams (L, 1-2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 0K, HR
• Abreu 4-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Ruiz 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 2RBI

The Legends walked off with a two-run shot in the 10th for a 7-5 win over the Suns. Connor Bach started and let in three on five hits and a walk over four and a 1/3rd innings for a no-decision. The loss went to Deion Williams gave up the one hit and walked a batter for the loss, his second. Osvaldo Abreu was a homer short of the cycle as he went 4-for-5 with a run scored and an RBI to pace the Hagerstown offense.

Batavia 6 Auburn 3
• Guilbeau (L, 2-3) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K
• Johns 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Robles 3-5, R, SB, CS
• Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, BB

Auburn never led in this one as they dropped a 6-3 decision to Batavia. Taylor Guilbeau gave up the first three runs on five hits and two walks over five innings for his third loss. He struck out seven. Victor Robles singled three times in five trips to the plate to lead the Doubledays’ 11-hit parade.

Sep 052015

The second of two silent auctions for the Potomac Booster Club is scheduled for tonight at the Pfitz. Come early, bid often, and help support the folks who help the players during the long season.

Without further ado, here’s a list of the items that will be up for auction:

  • Jordan Zimmermann Autographed Major League Baseball; MLB Certified; Washington Nationals Donation Item
  • 2015 Team Autographed Bat
  • Ryan Zimmerman Autographed Game Used Carolina League Baseball
  • Anthony Rendon Autographed Major League Baseball
  • Tyler Moore Autographed Major League Baseball
  • 2015 P-Nat Difo Autographed Home Opener Game Used Jersey
  • 2015 P-Nat Difo Autographed Blue Home Game Used Jersey
  • Wilmer Difo Autographed Engraved Cracked Bat
  • David Carpenter Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Esix Snead Autographed Photo – Carolina League 106th Stolen Base
  • Tanner Roark Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Tyler Moore Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Denard Spann Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Dan Uggla Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Michael Taylor Pillow
  • Lucas Giolito Autographed Button
  • Wilmer Difo Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Reed Johnson Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Michael Taylor Flattop Bobblehead
  • Tyler Moore Bobblehead
  • One Eyed Willie Bobblehead
  • Justin Maxwell Bobblehead
  • John Lannan Bobblehead
  • Drew Storen Bobblehead
  • Danny Rosenbaum Bobblehead
  • Manny Machado Captain Manny Bobblehead
  • Eric Davis Autographed P-Nat Baseball Cap
  • Uncle Slam Bobblehead
  • Randy Knorr Bobblehead
  • Ian Desmond Bobblehead
  • Bryce Harper Bobblehead
  • Danny Rosenbaum Bobblehead
  • Jayson Werth Autographed Cracked Bat
  • Michael Taylor Autographed 8×10 Photo
  • 2014 Arizona League Ball Autographed by Spencer Kieboom, Pedro Severino, Tony Renda, Matt Grace, Neil Holland, Derek Self, Felipe Rivero
  • Virginia Sports Hall of Fame 2015 Induction Ceremony Program
  • July 9th Game One Line-Up Card vs Lynchburg
  • July 9th Game Two Line-Up Card vs Lynchburg
  • July 15th Line-Up Card vs Myrtle Beach
  • Anthony Rendon Engraved Cracked Bat
  • Clint Robinson Autographed Major League Baseball
  • 2014 Arizona Fall League (AFL) Packet – Autographed Pedro Severino 8×10, Autographed Tony Renda 8×10, Autographed Spencer Kieboom 8×10, Autographed Felipe Rivero 8×10, Autographed Neal Holland 8×10; Two 2014 AFL Fan Guides, Two 2014 Nats AFL Photos
  • Matted USPS Legends of Baseball Postage Stamps (20); USPS Baseball’s Legendary Playing Fields Postage Stamps (20)
  • P-Nat Backpack with Two Gray Potomac Tee Shirts; Two Potomac White Jerseys (Give-Away Item); Five Misc. P-Nat Team Card Sets; Two Misc. Potomac Cannons Team Card Sets; 2010 All-Time Potomac Team Card Set; P-Nat Logo Baseball; Cannons Logo Baseball; Ross Detwiler Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Ross Detwiler Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • John Lannan Autographed Carolina League Baseball
  • Reynaldo Lopez Autographed Carolina League Baseball
Sep 052015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-1 vs. Scranton/Wilkes-Barre,
7:05 p.m.
Lail (3-2, 3.71) vs.
Hill (3-10, 5.19)
Harrisburg Won, 7-4 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Bates (6-5, 4.19) vs.
Brown (1-3, 3.86)
Potomac Lost, 6-3 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Mapes (5-3, 2.47) vs.
Buttrey (8-9, 3.98)
Hagerstown Lost, 5-4 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Bach (6-4, 3.75) vs.
Blewett (3-5, 4.97)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (2-2, 3.91) vs.
Squier (5-2, 3.69)

Lehigh Valley 4 Syracuse 1
• McGregor (L, 6-6) 4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Harper 1IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Sizemore 2-4, R
• Ballou 2-4, 2B, RBI

Syracuse closed out its road scheduled with a 4-1 loss to Lehigh Valley. Scott McGregor got the nod in place of A.J. Cole and was knocked for two runs on five hits and a walk over four innings to lose his sixth game. Dakota Bacus made his AAA debut but was dinged for a two-run homer in the 5th. Isaac Ballou and Scott Sizemore both went 2-for-4 to pace the Chiefs offense.

Harrisburg 7 Akron 4
• Giolito (W, 4-2) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 4K, HR
• Corona 1-2, 2R, HR, RBI, 2BB, SB
• Vettleson 1-2, 2RBI, 2BB, SB
• Difo 2-5, 2R, 2-2B, RBI

Lucas Giolito finished up his 2015 campaign with six innings of four-run ball as the Sens beat the ‘Ducks, 7-4. Washington’s top prospect allowed seven hits, including a HR in the 6th, walked one and struck out four to finish with a mark of 4-2 for Harrisburg, 7-7 overall with a combined pitcher’s line of 3.15/2.58/1.28 with 6HR, 37BB, 131K in 117IP. Nick Lee, Gilberto Mendez, and Paul Demny each turned in a scoreless frame to earn the hold(s) and save, respectively. Reegie Corona walked twice, scored twice, and smacked a HR top lead the Harrisburg offense, which drew eight walks total.
Roster move: RHP Tanner Roark recalled to Washington.

Salem 6 Potomac 3
• Howell (L, 1-2) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 5BB, 1K, HR, BK
• Walsh 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Mesa 2-4, R
• Read 2-4

Salem scored six times in the 2nd and cruised to a 6-3 win over Potomac in the series opener. Jeff Howell gave up all six runs on five walks and three hits over an inning and 2/3rds to lose for the second time for the P-Nats. Jake Walsh and Derek Self both turned in three and 2/3rds scoreless innings to give the offense a chance to catch up, but the offense could only muster three runs on ten hits and two walks. Narciso Mesa and Raudy Read accounted for four of those hits, each going 2-for-4.

Lexington 5 Hagerstown 4
• Amlung (L, 3-4) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 5K
• Napoli 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 0K
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, R, HR, BB, RBI
• Abreu 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, RBI
• Marmolejos-Diaz 2-4, 2-2B, RBI

Hagerstown stranded 12 runners, five in the final three innings, as they were edged by Lexington, 5-4 in game two of the five-game series. Justin Amlung let in all five runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out five in his fourth Low-A loss. David Napoli walked two in two scoreless innings of relief. Osvaldo Abreu and Wilman Rodriguez both homered as the Suns pounded out 11 hits and drew six walks in the loss.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 1
• Valerio (W, 2-0) 5IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Van Vossen (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, K
• K. Gutierrez 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Kerian 2-4, 2B
• Schrock 1-3, R, 3B, BB, RBI

The Doubledays scored all five runs in the first four innings as they took the game, 5-1, and the series, 2-1 from the Scrappers. Maximo Valerio spun five scoreless innings for his second NYPL win, with two hits and one walk allowed and four K’s. Mick Van Vossen lost the shutout in the 8th but earned the hold, his second for Auburn. Kelvin Gutierrez and David Kerian both went 2-for-4 with a double as the offense registered 11 hits total.

Sep 042015
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won 2-1 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
McGregor (6-5, 4.02) vs.
O’Sullivan (4-2, 3.58)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-2 vs. Akron,
7:00 p.m.
Giolito (3-2, 3.48) vs.
von Schamman (1-2, 7.40)
Potomac Won, 4-2 vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Howell (1-1, 2.45) vs.
Ball (8-3, 4.85)
Hagerstown Won, 5-2 @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Amlung (3-3, 3.88) vs.
Tenuta (2-6, 4.14)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Mahoning Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Valerio (1-0, 4.15) vs.
Robinson (2-3, 2.93)

Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 1
• Bleier 7⅓ IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Runion (BS, 2; W, 2-3) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• J.C. Gutierrez (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Burriss 2-5, R, 2B
• Skole 1-3, BB

A two-out walk and a stolen base by Isaac Ballou followed by an error led to the deciding run in the top of the 9th as Syracuse edged Lehigh Valley, 2-1. The miscue made a winner out of Sam Runion, who blew a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the 8th. J.C. Gutierrez struck out the side in the 9th for his fourth save. Richard Bleier started and pitched into the 8th with six hits and one walk allowed over seven and a 1/3rd innings. Emmanuel Burriss singled and doubled and scored the first Chiefs run to lead the Syracuse offense.
Roster moves: RHP Dakota Bacus, OF Isaac Ballou reassigned from Harrisburg; RHP A.J. Cole recalled to Washington.

Richmond 4 Harrisburg 2
• Simms (L, 2-3) 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K, HR
• Mendez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Difo 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB
• A. Sanchez 2-4, 2B, SB

Richmond posted a picket fence across four innings as they doubled up Harrisburg, 4-2. John Simms started and turned in a quality start of three run on seven hits over seven innings, but lost his third AA game. Wilmer Difo, Christopher Bostick, Adrian Sanchez, and Derrick Robinson each had two hits as the Senators racked up nine total while drawing two walks and stealing four bases.
Roster moves: RHP John Simms activated from the 3-Day TIL; IF Khayyan Norfork reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Myrtle Beach 2
• Spann 6IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K
• Thomas (W, 1-6) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• DeBruin 1-4, R, HR, 3RBI
• Wright 1-1, R, 2BB

Grant DeBruin’s two-out, three-run homer was the difference as Potomac took the game, 4-2 and the series, 2-1 from Myrtle Beach. The Earl Weaver special made a winner out of Justin Thomas for the first time in 2015. Thomas pitched two scoreless innings in relief of fellow southpaw Matt Spann, who started and tossed six innings of two-run ball with four hits, two walks and five whiffs. Phillips Valdez struck out the side in the 9th for his fifth save. Zach Wright was the sole P-Nat to reach base multiple times as he singled once and walked twice in three PAs.
Roster move: IF-OF John Wooten activated from the 7-Day DL.

Hagerstown 5 Lexington 2
• J. Rodriguez 4IP, 2H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• K. Perez (W, 1-3) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 4BB, 3K
• Gardner 2-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• W. Rodriguez 2-3, 2B, RBI, SB, CS

A three-run 4th broke open a 1-0 game as the Suns debunked the Legends, 5-2 to get back to .500. Jefry Rodriguez started and turned in four scoreless innings with two hits and three walks allowed. He struck out four. The win went to Kevin Perez with one less inning and one more walk. Jeff Gardner walked, singled, and doubled and scored twice to pace the Suns nine-hit, five-walk attack.
Roster moves: OF Andrew Stevenson placed on the 3-Day TIL; C Jake Mayer activated from the 7-Day DL.

Auburn 5 Mahoning Valley 4
• Hearn 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, 2BB, 5K, HBP, WP
• Mooney (W, 1-0) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Gutierrez 3-4, 3RBI, E(21)
• Florentino 2-4, R, RBI

Auburn turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 lead that the ‘pen was able to hold for a 5-4 win over Mahoning Valley. Taylor Hearn gave up all four Scrappers runs on five hits and two walks while striking out five in four innings. Kevin Mooney, Adam Boghosian, and Mariano Rivera III combined for five scoreless innings of relief to earn the win, hold, and save respectively. Kelvin Gutierrez singled three times and drove in three to lead the Doubledays’ ten-hit parade.
Despite the win, Auburn was eliminated from the NYPL playoffs.