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.

Apr 272013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (1-1, 1.62) vs.
Colome (1-2, 2.08)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-1 @ Bowie,
6:35 p.m.
Karns (1-1, 4.60) vs.
Pettit (1-0, 4.64)
Potomac Won, 5-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Jordan (1-1, 1.48) vs.
Jackson (3-0, 1.33)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-2 vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Turnbull (1st Low-A
start of ’13) vs.
Sadzeck (2-0, 1.69)

Given a choice, you should always pick good pitching over good hitting… but, oh man, why can’t you have both? That’s the question/theme for Friday night on the Nats farm.

Rochester 4 Syracuse 2
• Perry (L, 0-1) 7IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 3K, HR
• Davis 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 1BB, 1K
• Walters 1-3, 2B, SF, RBI (9-game hit streak)
• Rhymes 1-3, R, BB

After three games with softball scores, it was some good ol’ hardball in Game Four as the Red Wings doubled up the Chiefs, 4-2. Ryan Perry tossed seven strong innings, letting in both Rochester runs on six hits (one home run) and four walks with three strikeouts, but left trailing 2-0. His teammates loaded em up with no outs in the 7th but came away with just one run on a Zach Walters sacrifice fly. Two innings later, they got two runners into scoring position with one out, but again could only plate one with a flyball out. Wondering why Chris Marrero was taken out of Thursday’s game and skipped yesterday. Auburn Citizen sportswriter Ben Meyers has the answer.

Bowie 3 Harrisburg 1
• Broderick (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Holland 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Komatsu 2-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, SF, RBI

Brian Broderick rebounded from a poor outing last Saturday to turn in his second quality start, but the offense fell three runs short as Bowie knifed Harrisburg, 3-1. The BaySox scored single runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 6th frames as Broderick worked around nine baserunners (seven hits, two walks) with rehabbing Wilson Ramos gunning down one of ’em. Erik Komatsu was the sole Senator with multiple hits as Bowie’s trio of moundsmen held Harrisburg to just six hits and struck out 10. Justin Bloxom drove in the lone run with a sacrifice fly in the 6th. Roster move: To make room for recently demoted LHP Pat McCoy, RHP Pat Lehman was placed on the 7-Day DL, while C Wilson Ramos joined the team on rehab assignment

Potomac 5 Myrtle Beach 1
• Ray (W, 2-1) 6IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 8K
• Herron (H, 3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Keyes 2-3, R, HR, RBI, CS
• Taylor 1-3, R, HR, 3RBI

This was the lone game that had both good hitting and good pitching as Potomac beat Myrtle Beach, 5-1. Robbie Ray threw six shutout innings in his fourth straight quality start and fanned eight to raise his league-leading strikeout total to 34 (in 29IP) and lower his ERA to 1.55 (his 2.53 FIP is not too shabby, either). Kevin Keyes missed the scoreboard with his solo shot, while Michael Taylor’s three-run shot landed in the LF cheap seats as both homered for the second time on this road trip.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 2
• Anderson 6IP, 4H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 5K, WP
• Dupra (L, 1-2) 3IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Wa. Ramos 1-3, 2B, BB, RBI
• Renda 2-5, R, 2B
• 0-for-12 RISP, 9 LOB

The clutch hit eluded the Suns all night long as Hickory got the big fly in the 8th for a 3-2 win. Brian Dupra took the loss for his one mistake, a two-run homer, in three innings of relief. Dixon Anderson pitched the first six with just an unearned run allowed on four hits and a walk. He struck out five. Hagerstown had but six hits but got 12 men into scoring position and plated none of them, as an error sent in the first Suns run and an RBI double by “Help Me” Wander Ramos drove in Stephen Perez (who reached on an error) for the second.

Apr 262013

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-12, T4th place I.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Erik Davis 0.63WHIP, 10K in 8IP (7 appearances)
Bad Carlos Maldonado .237OPS (2-for-24, 0BB)
Interesting Six rain-affected games out of 20

HARRISBURG SENATORS 9-11, T4th place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good Brian Goodwin .342/.405/.632 in last 10 games
Bad 15HR allowed by SPs, 24 errors on defense in 20 games
Interesting Ian Krol 0.84 ERA, 0.66WHIP, 2.07 FIP in 8 appearances

POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-11, T3rd place C.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Taylor Jordan 1-1, 1.48ERA, 0.99WHIP, 2.58 FIP
Bad Adrian Sanchez 4E in 18G
Interesting Offense: 1st in runs, 2nd in SBs, 4th in Ks, 5th in HRs, 6th in 2Bs

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-10, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Wander Ramos .268/.412/.585, 15RBI in 13G
Bad Ronald Pena, Pedro Encarnacion — both 10BB in 17&#8531 IP
Interesting Team 37SB is 2nd in Sally League (McQuillan, Renda both with 7SB)
Apr 262013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 10-5
(11 inn.);
Lost, 10-7
vs. Rochester,
7:00 p.m.
Perry (0-0, 5.93) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg OFF DAY @ Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Broderick (1-0, 6.16) vs.
Wright (1-0, 6.75)
Potomac Lost, 4-1 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Ray (1-1, 1.96) vs.
N. Martinez (2-1, 3.78)
Hagerstown Won, 4-0;
Lost, 3-2
vs. Hickory,
6:35 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 2.86) vs.
Edwards (1-1, 2.45)

Rochester 10 Syracuse 5 (11 inn.)
• Ohlendorf ⅔ IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 0K, 3-3 IR-S

Ross Ohlendorf was called upon to get out of the bases-loaded, one-out situation when play was halted on Wednesday night but served up a triple to empty the bases to the first batter he faced then gave up his own run on a groundout to the second batter before a popup to the third batter ended the five-run Rochester 11th. The Chiefs went in order in the bottom half to complete the 10-5 extra-inning loss.

Rochester 10 Syracuse 7
• Maya 5⅓ IP, 10H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 3K
• Romero (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 3K
• Walters 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rhymes 2-4, R
• Kobernus 2-5, 2R, SB

Rochester scored in six of nine frames, including a picket fence in the last three to pull away with a 10-7 win over the Syracuse Chiefs. Starter Yunesky Maya pitched into the sixth, but gave up seven runs on 10 hits and two walks and struck out just three. J.C. Romero was pushed an inning too far, giving up a run on two hits in his second inning of work after stranding three in his first, and took the loss. Zach Walters paced the Syracuse offense with a single, double, and an RBI.

It’s a swing up and down 95 this upcoming week as the Senators head to Bowie for three this weekend, then a jaunt up to Connecticut for four in New Britain next week. Harrisburg is on a five-game slide but trails its division by just two as parity reigns in the Eastern League as all 10 teams are within four games of .500 in either direction.

Carolina 4 Potomac 1
• Hill (L, 3-1) 5IP, 8H, 4R, 2ER, 0BB, K, HR
• Grace 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Taylor 2-4, R, HR, RBI, OF assist at 1B
• Nieto 2-4

No lights were shattered as the P-Nats fell to the Mudcats 4-1 for a 3-1 series loss. A leadoff homer by Carolina’s Tyler Naquin quashed any hopes of Taylor Hill pitching back-to-back shutouts. Naquin would strike again in the third with a double and come around to score what proved to be the gamewinner. Hill would give up all four runs (two earned) on eight hits over five innings but suffered the loss, his first of the season. Michael Taylor remains red-hot, connecting for a solo HR in the first and going 2-for-4 on the night (as did Adrian Nieto) as the P-Nats collected eight hits total but got just five men into scoring position and left on six.

Hagerstown 4 Augusta 0 — GAME ONE
• Pena (W, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 0R, 3BB, 2K
• Rauh 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• S. Perez 2-2, R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Schill 0-1, 2R, 2BB

It was the Stephen Perez show in the opener, as the 22-year-old from Miami doubled and homered and drove in three of the four Hagerstown runs in a 4-0 shutout of Augusta. Fellow Floridian Ronald Pena got his first Low-A win, tossing five innings of shutout ball with three hits and three walks allowed and two strikeouts. Brian Rauh closed out the game with a pair of goose eggs and two baserunners allowed.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 2 — GAME TWO
• Encarnacion 3⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, K
• Henke 2⅔ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, 3-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 2-3, 2-2B, 2RBI
• B. Miller 1-3, OF assist at 2B

Shawn Pleffner nearly matched Perez in the nightcap by driving in both Suns runs on a pair of doubles, but the proverbial one bad inning was enough for Augusta to edge Hagerstown, 3-2. Two errors made it too hard for starter and losing pitcher Pedro Encarnacion to work around three singles, as the GreenJackets scored all three (unearned), including the game-winner on a bases-loaded walk. Encarnacion gave up five hits and two walks total over three and 1/3rd innings. Travis Henke worked out of the jam with a double-play and went two more innings, but the Hagerstown offense was held to just four hits total (six for the doubleheader).

Apr 252013

Transactions for NPP 3It took a couple of days, but another series of moves necessitated by the activations of RHP Chris Young and OFs Eury Perez and J.R. Higley along with the waiver claim of Xavier Cedeno were revealed this afternoon:


  • LHP Pat McCoy assigned from Syracuse


  • OF Estarlin Martinez placed on the 7-Day DL
  • OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned from XST

This leaves the Harrisburg roster one over the limit. With an off day today, it’s quite possible that the player removed from the Senators won’t be announced until tomorrow. For folks wondering about the Suns move, there is no indication that Martinez was hurt in Tuesday’s game. Given that Piwinica-Worms has been moved around four times in 11 days, it’s likely that Martinez is a procedural move, too.

Apr 252013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Losing, 6-5
(Susp., Top 11th)
vs. Rochester,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (0-2, 6.00) vs.
Walters (1-2, 4.43)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-5 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 2-0 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Hill (3-0, 1.42) vs.
Roberts (0-3, 8.56)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Augusta,
5:05 p.m.
Pena (0-2, 6.57) and
Encarnacion (1-0, 3.21) vs.
Gregorio (2-0, 1.06) and
Stratton (2-0, 1.08)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — SUSP
• Tatusko 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Mandel 1⅔ IP, 4H, 4R, 2ER, BB, K
• Rahl 2-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Marrero 2-5, R, HR, 2RBI

Rain suspended play in the top of the 11th with the Rochester Red Wings leading 6-5. It’ll be completed today at 5 p.m. with the regularly scheduled game at 6 p.m. Prior to the rains, the Red Wings rallied for four to tie it in a mistake-laden 8th, which took away a possible “W” from Syracuse starter Ryan Tatusko, who threw six innings of one-run, four-hit ball with no walks and four K’s. Chris Marrero and Chris Rahl both homered and drove in two to lead the Chiefs offense, which will send up the Carloses Rivero and Maldonado and Rahl in the bottom of the 11th.

Reading 6 Harrisburg 5
• Holder (L, 0-1) 4IP, 5H, 4R, 2ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Broadway 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 3K
• Goodwin 2-4, BB, SB
• Bloxom 2-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB

Sloppy defense and mental miscues put Harrisburg in an early 4-0 hole that they couldn’t dig themselves out of for a 6-5 loss and a series sweep by Reading. Spot starter Trevor Holder took the loss, giving up those first four runs (two earned) on five hits, a walk, and a hit batsman. Brian Goodwin singled twice and stole his fifth base of the season while Justin Bloxom homered and scored twice to pace the Senators offense. They may not have been lollygagging to first, but manager Matt LeCroy had some strong words for his team’s play, captured here by Mick Reinhard at Mayflies and Big Flies

Potomac 2 Carolina 0
• Schwartz (W, 1-0) 6IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Herron (H, 2) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Self (SV, 1) 1IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Three Potomac pitchers combined on a six-hit shutout while Kevin Keyes went deep in a 2-0 triumph over Carolina. Blake Schwartz retired the leadoff man five times in six innings, allowing a pair of one-out doubles in the first two innings before running into some trouble in the 4th. A leadoff single and a walk put two runners on with no outs, but a DP and a K got him out of the jam as the Minnesota native retired eight straight to finish his night. Jason Martinson walked ahead of Keyes’s first big fly of 2013, while Randolph Oduber doubled to lead off the 5th as the Mudcats pitchers nearly matched their counterparts with just seven baserunners allowed. Roster moves: OF Randolph Oduber reassigned from Harrisburg, OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned to XST.

Augusta vs. Hagerstown — PPD
It’s a doubleheader today thanks to a rainout yesterday, which the team let folks know the new-fashioned way: via Twitter and Instagram. Roster move: C Andruth Ramirez reassigned to XST.

Apr 242013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 8-7
(13 inn.)
vs. Rochester,
6:00 p.m.
Tatusko (0-1, 7.11) vs.
Albers (0-0, 3.09)
Harrisburg Lost, 7-5 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Holder (0-0, 0.00)
vs. Neris (1-0, 3.18)
Potomac Lost, 7-1 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Schwartz (High-A debut) vs.
Morimando (1-1, 1.29)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-1 vs. Augusta,
6:35 p.m.
Pena (0-2, 6.57) vs.
Gregorio (2-0, 1.06)

Syracuse 8 Rochester 7 (13 inn.)
• Young 4⅓ IP, 9H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, 3HR
• Roark 3⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 2-0 IR-S
• Perez 4-7, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Owings 3-5, R, HR, BB, 2BB
• Howell 3-6, R, 2B

A bunt single by Jeff Kobernus, an error, a sacrifice, and another single by Jimmy Van Ostrand put an end to a long night in Syracuse as the Chiefs clipped the RedWings, 8-7 in 13 innings. Chris Young got smacked around for six runs on nine hits, including three home runs over four and a 1/3rd innings in his ’13 debut. A quintet of Syracuse relievers combined to hold Rochester to just one run over eight and 2/3rds innings. Eury Perez led the hit column with three singles and a double, while Micah Owings homered and walked twice, once intentionally.

Reading 7 Harrisburg 5
• Clay 6⅓ IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 4K
• Lehman (BS, 1;L, 1-2) 1IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 1K, HR (three-run)
• First four batters 10-18, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Last five batters: 1-17, 3BB, 4K

Reading rallied for four runs in the 9th to turn a would-be 4-3 win into a heartbreaking 7-5 loss, the fourth in a row for Harrisburg. Caleb Clay posted his third straight quality start by pitching into the 7th with three runs allowed on six hits and two walks. Brian Goodwin (3-for-5), Josh Johnson (3-for-5) and returnees Erik Komatsu (2-for-5) and Jerad Head (2-for-3) combined for 10 hits and drove in three of the four runs, but after that the Senators lineup was ice-cold with just one hit and three walks.

Carolina 7 Potomac 1
• Cole (L, 0-1) 3IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K
• Bates 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Burns 1-3, 3B, BB, 2SB
• Taylor 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB, 2SB

Despite seven walks, five stolen bases, and three extra-base hits, Potomac was nearly shut out for the second straight night in a 7-1 loss to Carolina. Adrian Nieto’s two-out double following a Carolina error drove in the sole run for the P-Nats, who left on six and went 1-for-10 with RISP. A.J. Cole continues to struggle, roughed up for three runs on seven hits over three innings and lifted after 78 pitches. Likewise for reliever Christian Meza, who let in both runners he inherited and gave up two more in just 2/3rds of an inning.

Augusta 3 Hagerstown 1
• Pineyro (L, 0-2) 5IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 1K, WP
• Fischer 4IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, K, 2HBP
• Ramos 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Pleffner 2-4, 2B
• Miller 2-4, 2B

Augusta’s Martin Agosta outdueled Ivan Pineyro for a 3-1 win over Hagerstown. “Help Me” Wander Ramos homered for the Suns only run, his third in 11 games to extend his hitting streak to seven games. Ivan Pineyro, making his first start after getting hit by a line drive last week, took the loss with two runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five innings. Shawn Pleffner and Brandon Miller both went 2-for-4 with a double as the Suns were held just eight hits total and set down on strikes 12 times.

Apr 232013

Transactions for NPP 2Another day, another set of transactions. Here’s the rundown on the latest roster moves on the Nats farm…


  • RHP Chris Young activated
  • LHP Bobby Bramhall released
  • OF Eury Perez activated from 7-Day DL
  • LHP Xavier Cedeno claimed off waivers from Houston, optioned to Syracuse


  • OF Jerad Head reassigned from Syracuse


  • OF J.R. Higley activated from 7-Day DL
  • IF Matt Foat reassigned to Extended Spring Training

With the exception of Young-for-Bramhall and Xavier Cedeno, most of these moves are simply a reversal of transactions made earlier this month. The corresponding move to make room for Cedeno has not yet been announced, but when it is, this space will be updated.

This also returns Harrisburg back to full strength at 25, which means if/when Rendon is returned from Washington, another move will have to be made.

Apr 232013
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-1 vs. Rochester,
6:00 p.m.
C. Young (’13 debut) vs.
V. Vasquez (2-1, 4.80)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-2 vs. Reading,
7:00 p.m.
Clay (2-0, 2.65) vs.
Rosin (1-1, 2.81)
Potomac Lost, 3-0 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Cole (0-0, 4.76) vs.
Lee (0-1, 4.41)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Augusta,
6:35 p.m.
Pineyro (0-1, 8.31) vs.
J. Reyes (1-2, 7.71)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 8 Syracuse 1
• Ohlendorf (L, 2-2) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 7R, 7ER, 2BB, 5K, 0HR
• McCoy 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Owings 2-3, R, 2B
• Rivero 1-3, BB

Either one of the two big innings the RailRiders put up on the board would have been enough to send the Chiefs to their third straight loss, as Scranton/Wilkes Barre pounded Syracuse, 8-1. Ross Ohlendorf took the brunt of the beating, giving up seven runs on eight hits and two walks for his second straight loss. Micah Owings singled, doubled and scored a run but the Chiefs were held to just six hits total.
Zach Walters was back in the lineup after leaving Sunday’s game in the 7th. Chris Young is expected to make his season debut tonight, with a reliever most likely getting sent to the DL to make room.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 2
• Demny (L, 1-2) 5IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 8K, HR
• Swynenberg 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 7K
• Hague 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Goodwin 1-4, 2B, RBI
• Leon 0-3, 0K (only position player to not strike out)

Reading’s Jesse Biddle was perfect through six and a 1/3rd and struck out 16 of 24 batters faced, but nearly got the no-decision when Harrisburg rallied for two in the 8th and got the tying and winning runs on in the 9th. Alas, the Senators fell short of the comeback and fell, 3-2. Paul Demny took the loss, all three Fightin runs on five hits, including a two-run HR in the 4th. Ricky Hague doubled and scored a run while Brian Goodwin doubled and drove in a run to lead the late Harrisburg charge.

Carolina 3 Potomac 0
• Jordan (L, 1-1) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 5K
• Hawkins 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 0K, 2-1 IR-S
• Dykstra 2-3, BB, SB
• Nieto 2-4, CS

Potomac put all the pressure they could on Carolina ace Cody Anderson — stealing three bases, including third twice — but couldn’t break through as the Mudcats shut out the P-Nats, 3-0. Starter Taylor Jordan took the loss, with two runs charged to him over five and a 1/3rd innings on seven hits and a walk. Potomac managed just six hits, none consecutively, with Cutter Dykstra and Adrian Nieto collecting two singles apiece.

Hagerstown — OFF DAY
After scoring 33 runs versus the Power, the Suns looks to carry that offense over to the Muni as Hagerstown hosts Southern Division-leading Augusta for three games followed by a weekend series against Northern Division-leading Hickory.

Apr 222013

On the strength of their Saturday night performances, Nathan Karns and Taylor Hill were named the Pitchers of the Week for the Eastern and Carolina Leagues respectively while Jason Martinson repeated as the Player of the Week for the Carolina League for the period of April 15-21.

Nathan KarnsKarns pitched just once during the week, but was masterful: In a 7-inning complete game to open Harrisburg’s doubleheader, Karns settled down from giving up back-to-back doubles with two outs in the first to retire 19 of 20 and the last 15 batters straight while racking up a career-high 13 strikeouts. For the season, the Franklin, PA native is a modest 1-1 with an ERA of 4.60 ERA but has an FIP of 2.94 and a WHIP of 1.09 despite giving up seven runs and seven hits in his first outing.

Taylor HillHill pitched twice during the week, allowing one run on four hits to in a win against Salem last Monday and a one-hit, seven-inning shutout in the opening game of Potomac’s doubleheader on Saturday night. Hill struck out seven and walked none in his masterpiece. The Vanderbilt alum is 3-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 0.79WHIP (second-best in the Carolina League) and a 2.52 FIP (fifth-best) in three starts and one relief appearance.

Jason MartinsonMartinson took home player of the week honors for the second straight week, punishing opposing pitchers for a .400 average (10-for-25) including a double, a home run and four RBI in a 12-inning game last Thursday. The 24-year-old Texan is batting .328/.425/.656 overall and is tied for the league lead in HRs with five and leads the Carolina circuit with 15RBI.

Apr 222013

The Hagerstown Suns have announced that RHP Blake Schwartz has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

Schwartz was 2-0 with an ERA of 1.26 and a WHIP of 0.49 in four appearances (one start) for Hagerstown, with 21 strikeouts and two walks. He is one the “Notables” on the 2013 Watchlist, in large part because he made the rare jump from the GCL to the Suns last summer. Schwartz was a 17th-Round pick in the 2012 Draft with Oklahoma City University(NAIA).

Taking his place on the Suns roster is LHP Kylin Turnbull, who was routed this past Saturday in the nightcap of a doubleheader by Frederick and roughed up twice by Salem for a total of three losses in three starts, a 14.81ERA, a 2.71WHIP in 10⅓ innings, with eight walks and just three strikeouts. Turnbull was previously drafted (2011 30th Round, White Sox) before signing with the Nationals as a fourth round pick out of Santa Barbara City College (Santa Barbara, CA) in 2011, but did not pitch until last season with Hagerstown.

Schwartz last pitched on April 19th (four perfect innings against West Virginia) and if he’s assuming Turnbull’s spot in the Potomac rotation, he’ll mostly likely make his High-A debut on Wednesday against the Carolina Mudcats in Zebulon, NC.