Good, Bad, Interesting… 2016 Season Final

Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2015 are in italics.

PLEASE NOTE: This format discriminates against multi-level players (hence: no Koda Glover and Lucas Giolito) and age relative to the level is a key factor, especially in the short-season leagues. I’ve also excluded players who were traded away (Max Schrock), though I think that may have only cost him an “Interesting” mention for Potomac; the “Orange” had a longer period of sustained excellence and were it not for my disdain of BA-style double-dipping, I may have named him “Interesting” for Harrisburg because he continued to excel at AA.

61-82, 6th place International League North, 30 games behind

Good Bat: Trea Turner.302/.370/.471, 25SB in 83G
Arm: Austin Voth 7-9, 3.15/3.53/1.24 in 157IP (25GS)
Bad Bat: Jose Lozada .381 OPS in 53G
Arm: Taylor Hill 6-13, 4.60/4.56/1.33, 19HR, 5.64 K/9IP
Interesting Bat: Brian Goodwin .280/.349/.438, 14HR in 119G
Arm: Paolo Espino 8-11, 3.30/3.22/1.15 in 152⅔ IP (24GS)

76-66, 3rd place Eastern League Western Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Christopher Bostick .290/.356/.462 in 62G
Arm: Reynaldo Lopez 3-5, 3.18/3.03/1.23, 100K in 76⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Khayyan Norfork .476OPS in 36G
Arm: Mark Blackmar 4-5, 5.37/5.34/1.33, 3.95 K/9IP in 57IP
Interesting Bat: Rafael Bautista .282/.344/.341, 56SB in 136G
Arm: Phillips Valdez – first six AA starts: 2-2, 7.67 ERA, 2.30 WHIP in 27IP (4.5 IP/GS)
last 10 AA starts 4-2, 3.26 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 60⅔ IP (6.1 IP/GS)

39-31 in 2nd half, T1st place Carolina League Northern Division, 7 games ahead – Lost, 2-1 in CLDS
34-34 in 1st half, 3rd place, 10 games behind
73-65 overall

Good Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .286/.381/.495, 11HR, 59 RBI in 103G
Arm: Erick Fedde 6-4, 2.85/3.22/1.13, 95K, 19BB in 91⅔ IP
Bad Bat: David Masters .539 OPS in 76G
Arm: Luis Reyes 4-8, 5.60/5.74/1.63, 5.86 BB/9IP in 70⅔
Interesting Bat: Austin Davidson .800 OPS in 47G
Arm: Ryan Brinley 4-1, 16SV, 1.37/2.68/0.89 in 39⅓ IP (32G)

40-30 in 2nd half, 2nd place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 5 games behind – Lost, 2-0 SALDS
43-27 in 1st half, 1st place, ½ game ahead
83-57 overall (best in Sally Lg.)

Good Bat: Victor Robles .305/.405/.459, 19SB in 64G
Arm: Grant Borne 5-2, 3.34/3.15/1.20 in 59⅓ IP (21 appearances, 2GS)
Bad Bat: Ryan Ripken .451OPS in 43G
Arm: Luis Torres 2-2, 4.62/5.27/1.43 in 37IP
Interesting Bat: Ian Sagdal, .303/.362/.474, 10 HR in 103G
Arm: Jorge Pantoja 9-1, 3SV, 2.63/2.67/1.15 in 54⅔ IP (28 appearances)

28-47, 5th Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: Tres Barrera .703 OPS in 48G
Arm: Tyler Watson 1-2, 1.88/2.05/0.91 in 43IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 23-y.o. David Kerian .144/.186/.226 in 44G
Arm: A.J. Bogucki 0-6, 8.20/4.53/1.97 in 26⅓ IP (10 appearances, 6GS)
Interesting Bat: (none)
Arm: 19-y.o. Steven Fuentes 3.65/2.16/1.28, 4.70 K:BB ratio

30-23, 2nd place Gulf Coast League East Division, 2½ games behind

Good Bat: 17-y.o. Juan Soto .368/.420/.553, 5HR, 32RBI in 45G
Arm: 21-y.o. Sterling Sharp 3-0, 3.28/2.85/1.26 in 41⅓ IP (11G, 7GS)
Bad Bat: 21-y.o. Chance Shepard .188/.289/325 in 28G
Arm: 23-y.o. Diomedes Eusebio 0-0, 5.01/4.53/1.84 in 23⅓ IP (14 appearances)
Interesting Bat: 21-y.o. Conner Simonetti .280 /.333/.446, 6HR in 42G
Arm: 20-y.o. Francys Peguero 2.20/2.59/1.10, 34K, 5BB, in 32⅔ IP

29-41, 6th place, Boca Chica San Pedro Division, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .277/.391/.333 in 53G (last year’s “Bad”)
Arm: 18-y.o. Yelmy Sisnero, 4-1, 0.43/2.08/0.91, 41K, 9BB in 41⅔ IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Joel Andular .514 OPS in 47G
Arm: 20-y.o. Felix Taveras 4-2, 4.61/3.70/1.37 in 41IP (10GS)
Interesting Bat: 18-y.o. Brian Bencosme 33BB in 64G
Arm: 18-y.o. Warner Duran 1.65/2.28/0.73 in 32⅔ IP (19 appearances)

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 6

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-62, 6th place I.L. North, 19 games behind

Good Jason Martinson .282/.342/.577 since All-Star Break (22G)
Reynaldo Lopez 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP in first 3GS
Bad Jose Lozada .359 OPS in 42G
778K pitching K – 12th in 14-team I.L.
Erik Davis 0-1, 6.97 ERA in last 10 appearances
Interesting Nine IBB issued to Syracuse batters – T3rd fewest in I.L.
Sixteen IBB issued by Syracuse pitchers – 3rd most in I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 61-51, 2nd place E.L. West, ½ game behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .306BA (11-for-36) over last 10G, nine-game hit streak
Mark Blackmar 3-1, 2.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Adrian Sanchez 10BB in 68G
Boone Whiting 0-3, 5.84 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in 5GS prior to reassignment
Interesting Drew Ward, 14HR – leads Nats minors for players born after 1990
John Simms 2-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP as a SP (8GS)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-14, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead (62-48 overall)

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .296/.385/.489 in 36G prior to callup
Erick Fedde 4-1, 0.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad 50CS – 2nd most in C.L.
147 of 953 IP thrown by pitchers league-average age or younger
Interesting 773 batting strikeouts, 2nd fewest in C.L.
761 pitching strikeouts, fewest in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-16, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead (68-43 overall)

Good Ian Sagdal .392/.445/.632 in 31G since All-Star break
Jorge Pantoja 2-0, 1.71 ERA, 0.86 WHIP in 11 appearances since All-Star break
Bad Kelvin Gutierrez 18E in 79G
Joan Baez 4.8 BB/9IP (50, 94⅔)
Interesting Lead the Sally Lg. in sacrifice flies: 43
Tied for fewest balks: 5

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 20-27, T4th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 12 games behind

Good 75.4% SB success rate (46-for-51)
19-y.o. Tyler Watson 1-2, 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
Bad Sheldon Neuse 7E in 31G
A.J. Bogucki 0-3, 14.40 ERA, 2.70 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting Fewest walks drawn in 14-team NYPL
Six shutouts tied for most in NYPL

GCL NATIONALS 20-15, 2nd Place, Eastern Division, 1 game behind

Good 17-y.o. Juan Soto .330/.371/.532, 4HR, 20RBI in 29G
Carlos Pena 1-0, 1.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 24IP
Bad Joshual Ramirez 8E in 26G
Michael Rishwain 1.80WHIP in 11⅔ IP
Interesting 3rd in team offense in 17-team GCL
3rd most pitching HBP (36 in 35G)

DSL NATIONALS 23-30, 6th Place, San Pedro Division, 16 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .299/.425/.350 in 37G

Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
19-y.o. Angel Guillen 4-0, 1.43 ERA, 0.91 WHIP in 44IP

Bad 18-y.o. Juan Pascal, 16E in 45G
19-y.o. Jairon Peguero 0-4, 6.04 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 22⅓ IP
Interesting 20-y.o. Franklin Sierra, 7 triples in 43G
18-y.o. Warner Duran, 23K, 4BB in 23IP over 14 appearances

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 5

GBI for NPP 2

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 44-48, 6th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Matt Skole .342/.447/.658 in July (11G)
Paolo Espino 5-3, 2.92 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in last 10GS
Bad 49 batting HR’s 14th in 14-team I.L.
25% CS rate – 13th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Two GS for Matt den Dekker in last nine games
Koda Glover 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP in first 8G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 48-43, 3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Stephen Perez .382/.462/.509 in last 18G
Michael Brady 4BB in 31IP, 0.90 WHIP
Bad Andrew Stevenson .445 OPS in 16G
Robert Benincasa 7.27 ERA, 2.19 WHIP in 8G
Interesting 30 triples, 2nd in 12-team E.L.
30 wild pitches, tied for 2nd fewest in 12-team E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-7, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (47-41 overall)

Good Max Schrock (duh) .405/.420/.582 in 17G
Erick Fedde 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in four appearances (3GS) since All-Star break
Bad .800+ OPS hitters not named Jose Marmolejos: Zero
Mario Sanchez 2-0, 6.97 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in last 10G
Interesting Bryan Mejia 16-game on-base streak (7 of 15 season BBs drawn during the streak)
Justin Thomas 1-0, 3SV, 0.00 ERA in five appearances since All-Star break

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 13-9, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (56-36 overall)

Good Matt Page .306/.375/.500, 3HR, 13 RBI
since All-Star break
Pedro Avila 2-1, 3.05 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
since All Star Break
Bad .800 OPS players under Lg. Avg. Age (21.4): Zero
Philip Walby 14BB in 12⅓ IP, 2.11 WHIP
Interesting Lead Sally Lg. in runs scored, RBI – no other offensive category
Lead Sally Lg. in fewest stolen bases allowed – 58, next-fewest: 71

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 14-14, 3rd Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 4 games behind

Good Tres Barrea .269/.377/.423, HR, 7RBI in 16G
Tyler Watson 1-1, 2.25/2.21/1.04, 26K in 24IP (5GS)
Bad Paul Panaccione .364 OPS, 4E in 13G
Wilber Pena 6.75/5.87/1.64 in 14&8532; IP (4G, 3GS)
Interesting Fewest batting K’s in 14-team NYPL
Youngest pitchers: 20.3 y.o. vs. Lg. Avg. of 21.4

GCL NATIONALS 10-8, T1st Place, Eastern Division, ½ game ahead

Good Branden Boggetto .459/.512/.541, 5RBI in 16G
Jonathan Reid 1.74/2.99/0.58 in 10⅓ IP
Bad Omar Meregildo .283 OPS, 3E in 9G
Jefry Rosa 0-3, 6.57/4.29/1.38, 5HBP, 5BB, 10K in 12⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. Carter Kieboom 7BB in 10G
2nd in assists in 17-team GCL (OK, maybe not)

DSL NATIONALS 15-20, 7th Place, San Pedro Division, 9 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
18-y.o. Yelmery Sisnero 2-3, 0.65/2.41/0.98 in 27⅔ IP(6GS)
Bad 18-y.o. Jesus Morales .467 OPs in 32G
20-y.o. Yordani Garcia 12.27/6.58/3.27 in 7⅓ IP
Interesting 32 of 61E committed by four listed SS’s
Incl. 18-y.o. Bryan Bencosme who has 26H, 20BB in 34G

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-39, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good 60 for 70 on SB attempts – best in professional baseball, per Chiefs PR staff
41 HR allowed, 2nd best in the I.L.
Bad Team .668 OPS – 13th in 14-team I.L.
516 Team K’s 11th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .293/.359/.362 in June
Zero balks in 73G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Zach Collier .327/.365/.449 in June
Greg Ross 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.82WHIP in 4GS since callup
Bad Stephen Perez 10E in 46G
Phillips Valdez 1.56WHIP in 3GS since callup
Interesting 83SB 2nd-most in E.L.
20WP 2nd-fewest in E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 35-34, 1st place C.L. North, ½ games ahead (35-34 overall)

Good Drew Ward .509 SLG% (Highest in organization among regulars)
Boone Whiting 1.2BB/9IP (Lowest in organization among SPs)
Bad Drew Vettleson .414 OPS in 16G
Matt Spann 1.85WHIP in 24⅓IP/td>
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – most in C.L. (H/T P-Nats, PR)
17HBP (batting) – fewest in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 2-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-27 overall)

Good Jorge Tillero .371 (13-for-35) in last 10G
Trey Lambert 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP in 15G
Bad Edwin Lora 14E in 61G
James Bourque 0-3, 7.71ERA, 2.14WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 24SV in 45W
No. 2 in runs scored (352, 4.89 R/G) T9th in HR (43 in 72G)

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 27-26, 5th Place I.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Matt Skole .354/.382/.492 vs. LHPs
Matt Grace 1.00ERA, .212OBA vs. LHBs
Bad Scott Sizemore 8E in 50G
Taylor Hill 8HR in 53⅓IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .307/376/.412 in 48G
10HBP by Chiefs pitchers – fewest in the I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 27-25, 3rd place E.L. West, 9 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .324/.382/.468 in May
Lucas Giolito 3-0, 1.82 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in last 5GS
Bad Wilmer Difo .549OPS, 11E in 50G
Nick Lee 20BB in 26IP
Interesting Shawn Pleffner 20RBI, 34H (one HR)
Koda Glover 2-0, 2SV, 22K, 5BB in 15⅔ IP since callup

POTOMAC NATIONALS 29-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 5 games behind

Good Alec Keller .307/.372/.405, 36RBI in 46G
Greg Ross 2-2, 1.45ERA, 1.19WHIP in 19 appearances
Bad Narciso Mesa .551OPS in 30G
Luis Reyes 29BB in 49⅔ IP
Interesting 26CS, 69.4% CS rate – 2nd most/worst in C.L.
R.C. Orlan .094 OBA by RHBs

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-19, 1st place Sally North, 4 games ahead

Good Max Schrock .314/.373/.440, 13SB in 52G
Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 0.53ERA, 0.88WHIP in last 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken 5BB, 38K in 43G
Joan Baez 1.66WHIP in 10GS
Interesting Austin Davidson .928OPS – leads the team (Robles, .888)
W’s and SV’s only two team-pitching categories Suns lead in for Sally Lg.
(Yes, they have league’s best record)

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 2

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-15, 1st place I.L. North, 1 games ahead

Good Brian Goodwin .316/.378/.482, 3HR, 17RBI in 32G
Aaron Laffey 3-0, 1.55/3.02/1.34 in 7 appearances, 6GS
Bad Kevin Keyes .450 OPS, 20K in 15G since callup
A.J. Cole 1.66 WHIP, 5HR in 31⅓ IP (7GS)
Interesting Pedro Severino .355/.375/.581 in May (9G)
16 holds, T2nd in I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-18, 4th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto, .353/.411/.608, 3HR, 19RBI in May (13G)
Jaron Long 1-1, 1.33/4.09/1.33 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Shawn Pleffner .387 OPS in 31G
Gilberto Mendez 0-2, 8.24 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 42SB, 2nd in E.L.; 9CS, fewest in E.L. (82.4 SB%)
33HR most allowed in the E.L.

POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .331/.396/.452, 14SB in 30G
Ryan Brinley 2-0, 4 SV, 0.64/1.72/0.79 in nine appearances
Bad Justin Thomas 1-2, 8.10ERA, 11BB in 10IP
Bryan Mejia 6E in 28G
Interesting 28E, fewest (tied) in C.L. (yes, really)
23 GIDP, most (tied) in C.L. (with Salem on both)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-12, 2nd place Sally North, 1½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .336/.423/.484, 12SB in 33G
Matt Crownover 3-1, 1.44/3.61/1.04 in 25IP
Bad Jakson Reetz .504OPS in 19G
Luis Torres 1-1, 7.20ERA, 1.73WHIP in 15IP
Interesting Ian Sagdal .307/.386/.477 in 26G
Jorge Pantoja 5-0, 0.63/2.43/0.70 in 14⅓ IP

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1

In keeping with my motto of doing what I can when I can, I’ve decided to cut back the GBI to something more manageable this year — every three weeks. This will still give us eight editions, and to compensate for the lower frequency, I will double up each section. My apologies in advance to for the disappointment, but the alternative was to scrap it altogether.

For the newcomers…. this a silly little thing I began a few years ago on a lark. It’s somehow become one of the site’s staples. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief (2009-2010) run on Comedy Central, it’s my way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or pointing out something unexpected.

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list — good or bad — his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we embrace science and statistics, superstition will always be a part of baseball. Thus, the effect known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early in the season, small sample sizes, stats in the minors are misleading, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, employees must wash hands after using the bathroom, etc.

And the usual reminder: The guys, their friends, families, and agents reading this, so keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7-8, 4th place I.L. North, 2½ games behind

Good Trea Turner .357/.446/.500, 6SB in 15G
Sammy Solis 1.00/1.08/0.89, 14K in 9IP
Bad Matt Skole .122/.214/.184, 12K in 14G
Taylor Hill 8BB in 15⅔ IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .932 OPS, .390 BA in 13G
Austin Voth 0BB in 12IP

HARRISBURG SENATORS 6-8, 4th place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Rafael Bautista 8SB, 11BB, .443 OBP in 14G
Tyler Mapes 3-0, 3.18/3.85/0.94 in 3GS
Bad Zach Collier .405 OPS in 12G
Reynaldo Lopez 4HR in 16IP
Interesting Stephen Perez .320/.414/.360 in 11G
John Simms 14K in 16IP

POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-7, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos .298/.437/.561 in 16G
Mario Sanchez 1.59 ERA, 80.9 LOB% in 11⅓ IP
Bad 11CS in 30SB attempts
Starters 5.60/4.30/1.47 in 16G
Interesting Drew Ward .333/.412/.550, 11RBI in 16G
R.C. Orlan 1.93 ERA, 1.18WHIP, 8BB, 9K in 9#8531; IP

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-5, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Victor Robles .327/.465/.582, 7SB, 2HR in 16G
Andrew Lee 1-0, 1.80/3.50/1.27 in 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken .496OPS in 14G
Joan Baez 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Max Schrock .344/.403/.4, 6SB in 15G
Jefry Rodriguez 2.70/2.07/1.20 in 3GS

Good, Bad, Interesting… 2015 Season Final

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

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 18

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 60-74, T4th place I.L. North, 15 games behind (eliminated)

Good A.J. Cole 4-0, 0.84 ERA, 0.77 WHIP in August (5GS)
Bad Jason Martinson 177K in 121G
Interesting 158 transactions thus far this season

HARRISBURG SENATORS 63-69, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind (tragic # = 4)

Good Isaac Ballou .338/.400/.632, 4HR, 15RBI in August (20G)
Bad 90HR allowed, 3rd worst in the E.L.
Interesting John Simms five quality starts out of six games started (H/T Sens PR)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-33, 3rd place C.L. North Division, 8½ games behind (60-70 overall; tragic # = 1)

Good Tyler Mapes 1-1, 2.75 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in August (5 appearances, 2 GS)
Bad 46HR – 8th in eight-team Car. Lg.
Interesting Leads Car. Lg in pitching strikeouts (most), batting strikeouts (fewest)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 29-31, 5th place Sally League North Divison, 13 games behind (64-64 overall; eliminated)

Good Andrew Stevenson .318/.375/.424 in August (24G)
Bad 31 passed balls – most in Sally Lg.
Interesting 18 different starting pitchers

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 29-35, 4th place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 12 games behind (tragic # = 5 for WC)

Good Matthew Crownover 1-0, 2.22 ERA, 0.82 WHIP in August (5GS)
Bad Melvin Rodriguez .163/.268/.245 in August (16G)
Interesting Leads NYPL in SLG (.367), 13th in BB drawn

Editor’s note: The final GBI will be published after the close of the regular season.

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 17

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 54-67, 4th place I.L. North, 15 games behind

Good Trea Turner .358/.397/.453, 12R, 6SB in August (12G)
Bad 10E in 44G for Turner
Interesting Chiefs 28-18 since Turner promoted to AAA

HARRISBURG SENATORS 57-62, 5th place E.L. West, 10½ games behind

Good Austin Voth – pitched 5IP or more 17 times in 23 appearances, 12 quality starts/td>
Bad RHB Christopher Bostick .176/.230/.294 vs LHPs
Interesting 58 players used, just four have played all season long (Voth, Mendez, Severino, Pleffner)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 22-25, 3rd place C.L. North, 5½ games behind (55-62 overall)

Good Narciso Mesa .333/.326/.400 in August (11G)
Bad Ian Dickson 23BB in 35⅓ IP (5.86/9IP)
Interesting Fewest batting strikeouts in the eight-team Car. Lg.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 23-24, T4th place Sally North, 9 games behind (58-57 overall)

Good Connor Bach 87K in 89⅔ IP (8.73 K/9IP)
Bad Raudy Read .167/.167/.333 in August (10G)
Interesting 25-y.o. Justin Amlung, 32-y.o. Jeff Howell combined 6GS since July 27

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 24-27, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 9½ games behind

Good Max Schrock .311/.370/.422 in 26G
Bad Luis Torres 11BB, 13K in 23⅔ IP (4.18, 4.94 per 9IP)
Interesting Nine pitchers have recorded at least one save (13 in 51G)

GCL NATIONALS 20-27, 4th place GCL East, 5½ games behind

Good .966 FA 4th best in 16-team GCL
Bad 106BB drawn by batters fewest in the the GCL
Interesting 5 passed balls tied for fewest in the GCL

DSL NATIONALS 29-36, 3rd place Boca Chica North, 18 games behind (eliminated)

Good 20-y.o. Jeyner Baez .314 (11-for-35) in last 10G
Bad 17-y.o. Yelmery Sisnero 1-0, 5.79 ERA, 1.79 WHIP
Interesting 17-y.o. Edwin Ventura .286/.366/.382, 11SB, 15BB in 55G

Editor’s note: GBI will skip next week and return on or around August 29