Jun 132015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-43, 6th place I.L. North, 19½ games behind

Good Paolo Espino 1-0, 1.63 ERA. 0.76 WHIP in 4GS
Bad 3.44 R/G, 14th in 14-team International League
Interesting Oldest batters (29), second-oldest pitchers in I.L. (28.4)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 25-35, 5th place E.L. West, 10½ games behind

Good Matt Skole 3HR, 12RBI, .289BA in last 10 games
Bad 8-21 road record
Interesting 2nd fewest doubles, fewest triples in Eastern League



POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-33, 4th place C.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Lucas Giolito 1.43 FIP (Car. Lg. Avg. = 3.39)
Bad Drew Ward 12 errors, 60 strikeouts in 57 games
Interesting John Wooten .404/.429/.723 in June (11 games)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 30-30, 4th place Sally North, 8 games behind

Good Alec Keller .294/.351/.500 in June (9G)
Bad Robbie Dickey 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP in four appearances
Interesting Anything hit to the left side of the IF — 32 of 53 team errors committed by 3B or SS



DSL NATIONALS 4-8, 9th place Boca Chica South, 4½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Pedro Avila 0-1, 2.89 ERA, 0.54 WHIP, 15K in 9⅓ IP (2GS)
Bad 17-y.o. Jesus Morales .136/.208/.136 in 8 games
Interesting 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo .350/.435/.750, 2HR, eight 2B, one 3B, three E in 11G
Jun 062015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-38, 6th place I.L. North, 14 games behind

Good Tony Gwynn Jr. .316BA (12-for-38) over last 10G
Bad 27 pitching HBP “leads” International League
Interesting Still trail Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (16-39) for worst record in minors



HARRISBURG SENATORS 22-31, 5th place E.L. West, 10½ games behind

Good Austin Voth 3.47/2.51/1.19 in 11 games (59⅔ IP)
Bad Drew Vettleson .488 OPS in 11 games
Interesting 26 of 53 games decided by one run (9-17)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-30, 4th place C.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .325 BA (13-for-40), HR in last 10G
Bad Kevin Perez 6.32 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in six appearances
Interesting 17-1, 17-0, 16-0 when leading after 6, 7, 8 innings



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 28-26, 3rd place Sally North, 7 games behind

Good Drew Van Orden 2-1, 2.63 ERA as starter; 3-3 SV-SVO as reliever
Bad Cody Dent .481 OPS in 25G
Interesting 11-1 when starter goes six or more innings
May 302015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 17-31, 6th place I.L. North, 9½ games behind

Good Scott McGregor 2-2, 2.12 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in May (5GS)
Bad Cutter Dykstra .517 OPS in 40G
Interesting Syracuse starters have had 19 quality starts in May (27G)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 21-26, 5th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Brian Jeroloman .846 in 10G
Bad Hector Ambriz 2-4 SV-SVO, 8.59 ERA, 1.64 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Paul Demny 1.66 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 14 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 21-27, T3rd place C.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Wander Suero 1-0, 0.00ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 5 relief apperances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .140 BA in May (7-for-50)
Interesting Five IBB issued is the most in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-23, 3rd place Sally North, 7½ games behind

Good Grant DeBruin .314/.380/.396, HR, 25RBI in 41G
Bad Jefry Rodriguez 1-3, 7.58 ERA, 1.72 WHIP
Interesting 33CS 2nd most in Sally Lg., 60.7% success rate 2nd worst
May 232015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 16-25, 6th place I.L. North, 7½ games behind

Good Matt den Dekker .286BA (11-for-38) over last 10G
Bad Rich Hill 12BB, 4HBP in 17IP
Interesting Six (6) of 25 on current roster drafted by Washington



HARRISBURG SENATORS 18-22, 3rd place E.L. West, 5½ games behind

Good Richard Bleier 3-0, 2.77 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Matt Skole .194BA, 44K in 37G
Interesting 13-11 at home, 5-11 on the road



POTOMAC NATIONALS 18-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Brandon Miller .311/.415/.622, 4HR, 8BB, 8RBI in May (15G)
Bad Justin Thomas 5.06 ERA, 1.59 WHIP in seven appearances
Interesting Team SB rate 79.1% (38-for-48)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-20, 4th place Sally North, 6 games behind

Good Phillips Valdez 3-1, 0.82 ERA in May (4GS)
Bad Brennan Middleton .441 OPS in 19G
Interesting 245 batting K’s — fewest in the Sally League
May 162015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 16-19, 4th place I.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Taylor Jordan 1.89 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in May (3GS, 19IP)
Bad Mark Minicozzi .534 OPS in 30G
Interesting Steven Lerud .394 (13-for-33) over last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 14-20, 3rd place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Wilmer Difo .318/.340/.545 in 12G since promotion (.319/.369/.538 in 31G overall)
Bad Gilberto Mendez 6.00 ERA, 1.73 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Just 13 of the 25 men on the Opening Day roster are still active



POTOMAC NATIONALS 14-21, 3rd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Tyler Mapes 2.25 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in 4 appearances (12IP)
Bad Team BA (.234), OBP (.308) 8th in eight-team C.L., 7th in runs scored
Interesting Stephen Perez 11BB in 14G since demotion from AA



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 16-18, T5th place Sally North, 8½ games behind

Good Matt Reistetter .316/.380/.419 in 11G
Bad Team 1.40 WHIP dead last in 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting Sam Johns 0-0, 1 SV, 1.46 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in eight appearances
May 092015
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 11-17, 5th place I.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Emmanuel Burris, 10-game on-base streak
Bad Rafael Martin 5H, 5R, 4BB in last three appearances (1-2, BS)
Interesting Evan Meek 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 5SV in nine appearances


HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-17, 4th place E.L. West, 6½ games behind

Good Joe Ross — three straight QS, 2.81/2.69/1.31
Bad Brian Goodwin, 3E in 12G
Interesting 67 pitching BB is second fewest in E.L.


POTOMAC NATIONALS 11-17, 3rd place C.L. North, 4½ games behind

Good Spencer Kieboom .324, 7BB, 4RBI over last 10G
Bad 15 pitching HBP, leads C.L.
Interesting 1-11 in games where the opponent scores first


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 12-15, T5th place Sally North, 7 games behind

Good Austen Williams, Phillips Valdez both 3-1 with sub-2.00 ERAs, sub-1.05 WHIPs
Bad Rest of the rotation: 0-4, 5.34 ERA, 1.59 WHIP
Interesting Alec Keller .333/.359/.427 in 19G
May 022015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-14, 5th place I.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Mitch Lively 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 11K in 12⅔ IP over 6 appearances
Bad Steven Lerud .366 OPS in 31PA
Interesting Cutter Dykstra 11BB, 18K in 18G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-11, T3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Mario Lisson .323/.382/.516
Bad 15HR allowed, 2nd most in E.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .321/.377/.482, 2HR, 12RBI in 16G


POTOMAC NATIONALS 10-12, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Nick Pivetta 1-2, 1.35/2.93/1.00 in 20IP (4GS)
Bad 26 errors, most in the C.L.
Interesting 13SB allowed, fewest in the C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-11, T5th place Sally North, 5 games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, 3HR, .470 SLG%
Bad Ryan Ullmann 8.31 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in 13⅓ IP
Interesting 138 team batting K, 2nd-fewest in Sally Lg.
Apr 252015
 


Not sure if there’s joy in Mudville, but I’m hoping this will help. After five years of being a Friday feature, we’re shifting this feature to the weekends (Saturday’s the goal, but I reserve the right to push it to Sunday 😉

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 another way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or 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 have a place in baseball narrative. Therefore, this effect is known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early, sample sizes are small, stats in the minors aren’t as meaningful as we think, void where prohibited, professional driver on closed course, etc.

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 5-9, 5th place I.L. North, 5½ games behind

Good Jason Martinson .313/.365/.479, 2HR in 13G
Bad Manny Delcarmen 15.95 ERA, 2.73 WHIP in six appearances
Interesting Team 2.7 BB/9IP leads Int’l Lg.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 7-8, T3rd place E.L. West, 2 games behind

Good C’s Pedro Severino & Cole Leonida 2SB, 10CS
Bad Stephen Perez .465 OPS in 15G
Interesting Matt Skole 10BB, 20K in 15G


POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-6, 2nd place C.L. North, ½ game behind

Good Wilmer Difo .305/.379/.525, 3HR, 10RBI in 15G
Bad James Yezzo .138/.278/.207, 8K in 10G
Interesting 10HR in 15G — 1st in Car. Lg.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 6-9, T6th place Sally North, 6 games behind

Good Austen Williams 2-0, 0.57/1.96/0.96 in 3GS
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 6E in 13G
Interesting One (1) hold in 15G
Sep 052014
 

Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2013 are in italics.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
81-62, 1st place International League North, 2½ games ahead

Good Bat: Steve Souza .350/.432/.590, 18HR, 75RBI, 26SB in 96G
Arm: Taylor Hill 11-7, 1SV, 2.81 ERA, 1.56 BB/9, 144 IP
Bad Bat: Josh Johnson .622 OPS in 90G
Arm: Josh Roenicke 5.45 ERA, 1.71 WHIP in 23 appearances, 15 starts (79⅓ IP)
Interesting Bat: Emmanuel Burriss .300/.377/.412, 22SB, 22E in 116G
Arm: Rafael Martin 1-1, 10 SV, 0.80 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in 33⅔ IP


HARRISBURG SENATORS
53-89, 6th place Eastern League Western Division, 26 games behind

Good Bat: Michael Taylor .313/.396/.539, 22HR, 34SB in 98G
Arm: A.J. Cole 6-3, 2.92/2.58/1.32, 61K in 14GS (71IP)
Bad Bat: Adrian Sanchez .568 OPS, 11E in 89G
Arm: Zach Kroenke 3-9, 6.72 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, 13HR in 83IP
Interesting Bat: Kevin Keyes .740 OPS, 20HR in 114G
Arm: Matt Grace 3-1, 3SV, 1.02 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in 22 appearances (35⅓ IP)


POTOMAC NATIONALS
40-27 in 2nd half, 1st place Carolina League Northern Division, 7 games ahead
38-31 in 1st half, 1st place, 4½ games ahead
78-58 overall

Good Bat: Tony Renda .307/.381/.377, 10SB in 107G
Arm: Matt Spann 9-5, 3.81/4.09/1.38, 4HR in 106⅓ IP
Bad Bat: Justin Miller .625 OPS, 53K in 62G
Arm: Brett Mooneyham 2-4, 7.36 ERA, 2.12 WHIP in 33IP (10 appearances, 7 starts)
Interesting Bat: Pedro Severino .308/.379/.477 in 2nd half, .199/.246/.335 in 1st half
Arm: Ian Dickson 3-4, 2.64 ERA in 2nd half, 1-4, 6.25 in 1st half


HAGERSTOWN SUNS
43-27 in 2nd half, T1st place South Atlantic League Northern Division, won on tiebreaker
44-26 in 1st half, T1st place, lost on tiebreaker
87-53 overall

Good Bat: Wilmer Difo .315/.360/.470, 14HR , 49SBs in 136G
Arm: Lucas Giolito 10-2, 2.20/3.16/1.00 in 98IP (20 starts)
Bad Bat: David Masters .522 OPS, 7E in 51G
Arm: Jake Johansen 5-6, 5.19/4.05/1.74 in 100⅔ IP (29 appearances, 18 starts)
Interesting Bat: Rafael Bautista .290/.341/.382, 69SB in 134G
Arm: Reynaldo Lopez 4-1, 1.33/2.91/0.80 in 47&8531; IP (nine starts)


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
34-41, 3rd Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 13½ games behind

Good Bat: Raudy Read .281/.332/.462, 6HR in 57G
Arm: Travis Ott 1-2, 3.05/3.98/1.24 in 44&⅓ IP (10 starts)
Bad Bat: Osvaldo Abreu .584 OPS, 20E in 58G
Arm: David Ramos 1-2, 1SV, 7.97 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in 15 appearances
Interesting Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .265/.341/.385 in 65G
Arm: 19-y.o. Mario Sanchez 6-1, 3.50 FIP, 1.17WHIP in 35IP (18 appearances)


GCL NATIONALS
25-35, T3rd place Gulf Coast League East Dvision, 12 games behind

Good Bat: 18-y.o. Jakson Reetz .274/.429/.368 in 43G
Arm: 19-y.o. Jean Ramirez 3-1, 1SV, 3.41/3.60/1.45 in 31⅔ IP (14 appearances)
Bad Bat: Darryl Florentino .195/.222/.273 in 43G
Arm: Deibi Yrizarri 2-4, 9.08 ERA, 1.83 WHIP, 10HBP in 36⅔ IP
Interesting Bat: 18-y.o. Aldrem Corredor .411 OBP, 25BB, 18K in 32G
Arm: 20-y.o. John Feliz 3-1, 1.08 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in 10 appearances (promoted to Auburn)


DSL NATIONALS
42-28, 3rd place, Boca Chica South Division of Dominican Summer League, 8½ games behind

Good Bat: 17-y.o. Davinson Pimentel .350/.443/.550 in 55G
Arm: 19-y.o. Joan Baez 4-1, 1.15/2.96/1.00 in 71⅓ IP (15 appearances, 14 starts – promoted to GCL)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Neivy Pilier .171/.265/.205 in 37G
Arm: 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 0-0, 8.25ERA, 2.50 WHIP in 24IP (12 appearances, 4 starts)
Interesting Bat: 17-y.o. Telmito Agustin .300/.413/.495, 25SB in 60G
Arm: 17-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez 3-0, 2SV, 2.63/2.59/0.91 in 27⅓ IP (11 appearances)
Aug 222014
 

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 75-55, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good Matt Grace .114 OBA vs. LHBs
Bad 16-19 record in one-run games
Interesting 53 steals allowed, 2nd fewest in the I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 49-81, 6th place E.L. West, 22½ games behind (eliminated)

Good Matt Skole 69BB, 2nd most in E.L.
Bad Team 21 holds, 2nd fewest in E.L.
Interesting 49 wins fewest since 2007, chance to “beat” 2004 team at 52 wins


POTOMAC NATIONALS 32-22, 1st place C.L. North Division, 5 games ahead (70-53 overall)

Good Kylin Turnbull 2-0, 0.79 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in August (5 appearances)
Bad Randolph Oduber 100K, 14BB in 112G
Interesting 17-17 road record, 1st half; 16-6 road record, 2nd half


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 38-22, 1st place Sally League North Divison, 2 games ahead (82-48 overall)

Good Reynaldo Lopez 2-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.52 WHIP, 16K since return to Low-A (23IP)
Bad Suns bullpen 5.81 ERA in August
Interesting 59-18 record when scoring first


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 27-36, 5th place Pinckney Division, N.Y.-Penn League, 11 games behind

Good Luis Torres 1-1, 1.63 ERA, 1.16 WHIP in 10 appearances (27⅔ IP)
Bad Osavldo Abreu 17E in 47G
Interesting 45 Pitching HBP, 2nd in 14-team NYPL


GCL NATIONALS 25-28, 3rd Place GCL East, 5 games behind

Good Jakson Reetz .341/.436/.477 in August (14G)
Bad McKenzie Mills 2.10 WHIP in 20IP
Interesting 8SV, tied for fewest in GCL


DSL NATIONALS 42-28, 3rd Place Boca Chica South Division, 8½ games behind (eliminated)

Good 17-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez 29K in 27⅓ IP
Bad 17-y.o. Luis Perdomo .520 OPS
Interesting 17-y.o. Telmito Agustin, 40BB, 25SB, 7CS



Editor’s note: The next GBI will be published in two weeks, after the close of the regular season.