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.

Apr 202013
 

With injuries to catchers becoming a thing in the Nationals organization, it should come as no surprise to see that the latest transaction post from Baseball America has Washington signing two of them along with a shortstop:

  • C Kevin Flynn
  • C Robert “Thor” Meeks
  • SS Jose Savinon

Flynn is a product of Hofstra University, where he was a C-DH from 2010 to 2012 and played briefly (i.e. one game) in the American Association (Independent).

Meeks graduated from Marshall University in 2012 but went undrafted, presumably after poor showing in his senior season that saw his line drop from .257/.337/.444 to .227/.349/.325.

Nothing could be found on Savinon, so the logical inference is that he is an international free agent.

Apr 202013
 

Rain For NPP

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Scranton/WB,
5:35 p.m.
Maya (0-1, 5.25) and
Perry (0-0, 6.30) vs.
Wang (2-0, 4.35) and
Marshall (0-1, 11.25)
Harrisburg Postponed vs. Altoona,
6:00 p.m.
Karns (0-1, 7.27) and
Broderick (1-0, 3.94) vs.
Liriano (MLB rehab) and
Bromberg (0-1, 3.60)
Potomac Postponed vs. Frederick,
5:30 p.m.
Turnbull (0-2, 12.00) and
Hill (2-0, 2.25) vs.
Davies (1-0, 3.27) and
Rodriguez (1-1, 4.50)
Hagerstown Won, 13-2 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (1-1, 3.06) vs.
Holmes (1-0, 2.57)

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre vs. Syracuse — PPD
Make that four rainouts in 15 days (with a fifth game shortened by rain) for Syracuse. The makeup is tonight in the first visit for the Chiefs at the rebuilt facility in Moosic, PA against the renamed RailRiders. Roster moves: OF Corey Brown placed on the 7-Day DL (oblique); OF Chris Rahl activated from Harrisburg DL, assigned to Syracuse (freed from XST).

Harrisburg vs. Altoona — PPD
Rainout #1 for the Senators, who will make it up tonight with a doubleheader.

Frederick vs. Potomac — PPD
The entire Carolina League was rained out last night, creating a boon in concessions doubleheaders at all four stops tonight.

Hagerstown 13 West Virginia 2
• Encarnacion (W, 1-0) 5IP, 2H, 2R, 1ER, 4BB, 4K
Schwartz (SV, 1) 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Renda 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3B, 2RBI, BB
• Ramos 1-3, 3R, 3BB
• Severino 2-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Rain halted play from upstate New York to the Florida panhandle, but perhaps the folks in Charleston might have wished it was there, too, as the Suns shorted the Power, 13-2. Starter Pedro Encarnacion got the win with two runs allowed on two hits and four walks over five innings while setting down four on strikeouts. Even on a full slate, Blake Schwartz would probably have the line of the night with four perfect innings and seven K’s for the save. Tony Renda was home run shy of the cycle with a pair of doubles and a triple, plus a walk to lead the Hagerstown offense, which took full advantage of West Virginia’s miscues (including two from former pitching phenom Stetson Allie at first base) to cash in 13 runs on 12 hits and nine walks. Roster moves: C Craig Manuel placed on the 7-Day DL; C Erick Fernandez assigned from XST

Apr 182013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsThe Hagerstown Suns and Harrisburg Senators have both announced a series of moves shuffling pitchers on and off their rosters:

HARRISBURG

  • RHP Rob Wort placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Michael Broadway assigned from XST

While Wort may have been stung by the decision by Matthew LeCroy to lift him in his last outing, this has all the hallmarks of a procedural move designed to give the recently signed Broadway a chance to pitch.

HAGERSTOWN

  • LHP Brett Mooneyham placed on the 7-Day DL
  • LHP Bryan Harper placed on the 7-Day DL
  • RHP Cody Davis assigned from XST
  • RHP Christopher McKenzie assigned from XST

Unfortunately, as noted in the comments yesterday, Mooneyham’s early exit from the Wednesday afternoon game was due to “arm discomfort” per Lacy Lusk on Twitter. Lusk also noted that Ivan Pineyro, who exited in the first inning of Tuesday night’s game after taking a line drove off his glove-side hand, did not suffer a break. Otherwise, it’s the usual roster machinations for this time of year.

Apr 172013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed vs. Buffalo,
4:00 p.m.
Ohlendorf (2-0, 1.64) and
Tatusko (0-1, 5.40) vs.
Germano (1-1, 10.13) and
TBD
Harrisburg Lost, 4-3
(10 inn.)
OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 3-2
(12 inn.)
@ Salem,
11:00 a.m.
Jordan (0-0, 1.50) vs.
Owens (0-0, 1.80)
Hagerstown Won, 11-2 vs. Lakewood,
12:05 p.m.
Mooneyham (1-0, 0.90) vs.
Brady (0-1, 5.79)

Syracuse vs. Buffalo — PPD
Rain continues to beguile Syracuse (not only that, Skipper, it’s really starting to annoy them) as the Chiefs had their third rainout in the past week. The game is scheduled to be made up this afternoon with a pair of seven-inning games at 4 p.m.

Reading 4 Harrisburg 3 (10 inn.)
• Demny 5⅔ IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 5K, HR
• Krol 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Leon 2-4, R, HR, BB, 3RBI, 2-5 CS-SB
• Hague 1-3, BB
• Nicol OF assist at 2B
• 1-for-10 w/ RISP

Sandy Leon’s two-run shot in the top of the 9th forced extra innings for Harrisburg, but the jubilation was short-lived as Reading needed just four pitches to win it in the 10th. Starter Paul Demny scattered 10 hits over five and 2/3rds innings and gave up just three runs (one via HR) with one walk and five strikeouts. The Leon homer, however, masked another poor showing on offense as the Senators collected just five hits total and left 10 men on base. Matt Swynenberg, Ian Krol, and Aaron Barrett combined to shut down the Fightins for three and a 1/3rd innings, allowing two hits, no walks, and four strikeouts. Marcos Frias gave up a triple and a single to the two batters he faced in the 10th to take the loss.

Potomac 3 Salem 2 (12 inn.)
• Ray 6IP, 4H, R, ER, 4BB, 4K, HBP, WP, 2PO
• Grace 3IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Mirowski (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Dykstra 3-6, R, 2RBI
• Taylor 3-5, R, BB, SB
• Martinson 2-4, R, 2BB
• 3-for-15 w/ RISP, 12 LOB

Like the Phils in Reading, Potomac had numerous chances to score but needed extras to win in Salem. Cutter Dykstra’s RBI single in the 12th, his third hit of the contest and second two-out RBI, delivered the gamewinner as the P-Nats edged the S-Sox, 4-3. Starter Robbie Ray struggled some with his control (4BB, HBP, WP) but was more than good enough to win, letting in just one run on four hits over six innings. Michael Taylor (3-for-5, BB) and Carolina Lg. POTW Jason Martinson (2-for-4, 2BB) both reached base four times while Mark Grace and Richie Mirowski combined for five shutout innings following Salem getting the tying run in the 7th on a two-out wild pitch.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 2
• Pineyro ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Dupra (W, 1-0) 5⅓ IP, 8H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 3K, WP
• Hudgins (SV, 1) 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Pleffner 1-3, 2R, HR, 2BB, 2RBI
• Ramos 2-3, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI, SB, 2 OF assist (3B, 2B)
• Martinez 2-4, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

Three home runs, including a grand slam by Brandon Miller, powered the Suns past the Blue Claws for an 11-2 win on Tuesday. Brian Dupra got the win in long relief, as the one hit allowed by Ivan Pineyro was literally off the starting pitcher, forcing him from the game (no word on the extent of his injury). “Help Me” Wander Ramos, activated from the DL before the game, was a three-way force: doubling and homering for three RBI and two runs scored, swiping a bag, and gunning down two runners from right field. Shawn Pleffner also went deep and drew two walks in his second game since being activated from XST. Will Hudgins got the save with three perfect frames and five strikeouts. Roster moves: C Andruth Ramirez placed on the 7-Day DL; OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL

Apr 152013
 

RippleThe injuries to OFs Eury Perez in Syracuse, Steven Souza Jr. in Harrisburg, and J.R. Higley in Hagerstown (the latter two detailed here by MASN’s Byron Kerr) have created a ripple effect throughout the Nats’ minors.

Here’s the rundown on the transactions announced today by the Suns and, Senators, and P-Nats:

  • Taking Perez’s place on the Syracuse roster is Harrisburg OF-1B Jerad Head
  • OF Randolph Oduber and UT Francisco Soriano have been reassigned from Potomac to Harrisburg, taking the place of Head and Souza
  • IF Khayyan Norfork and OF Will Piwinica-Worms have been transferred from Hagerstown to Potomac, taking the place of Oduber and Soriano
  • IFs Hunter Bailey, Matt Foat, and Shawn Pleffner were activated from XST and assigned to Hagerstown, taking the place of Norfork and Piwinica-Worms
  • IF Carlos Lopez was placed on the 7-Day DL for Hagerstown
  • IF Blake Kelso was placed on the 7-Day DL for Potomac
  • UT Justin Miller was activated from XST and assigned to Potomac

With those moves, the four full-season affiliates roster are back to the 25-man limits.

This morning, Baseball America issued its weekly update on transactions, most of which were previously reported.

As usual, signings tend to be found here and not via MiLB.com. This time, it’s SS Kelvin Gutierrez, who appears to be an NDFA from Bates College. Absent a DOB, that’s a best guess.

Also of note are some of the players placed on the 7-Day DL, which include RHPs Rafael Martin and Shane McCatty, LHP Josh Smoker, and Cs Beau Seabury and Sean McCauley, who is listed as a coach for Potomac (and mentioned in last week’s update) could logically be inferred as this year’s Sam Palace (who’s on the Syracuse DL as of this writing).

UPDATE: Potomac issued its press release after this went to virtual press. Changes are in red.

Apr 142013
 

As predicted in this morning’s news & notes, the injury to Wilson Ramos has set off a chain reaction of roster moves:

  • C Wilson Ramos placed on the Washington DL
  • C Jhonatan Solano recalled to Washington from Syracuse
  • C Jeff Howell reassigned from Harrisburg to Syracuse
  • C Kris Watts activated from the Harrisburg DL
  • OF Steven Souza Jr. placed on the Harrisburg DL
  • OF J.R. Higley placed on the Hagerstown DL
  • C Andruth Ramirez activated from the Hagerstown DL

As of this writing, Potomac has not made any moves, which is the natural inference as there are currently three catchers on the Suns roster, not to mention the unknown severity of the wrist injury suffered by Eury Perez on a diving play in the 5th inning of yesterday’s game.

If/when such a move occurs (and I’m able to access the WordPress admin), this space will be updated.

UPDATE: OF Eury Perez has indeed been placed on the DL. As mentioned in the comments, there are two candidates in XST to replace him or Souza on the corresponding rosters of Syracuse and Harrisburg.

Apr 122013
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse OFF DAY vs. Lehigh Valley,
2:00 p.m.
Roark (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Morgan (0-0, 3.00)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 @ Altoona,
6:30 p.m.
Clay (0-0, 7.20) vs.
Taillon (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac OFF DAY @ Lynchburg,
6:05 p.m.
Jordan (0-0, 0.00) vs.
Holland (0-0, 7.71)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4
(10 inn.)
vs. Delmarva,
6:35 p.m.
Mooneyham (0-0, 2.25) vs.
Taylor (0-0, 0.00)

Syracuse — OFF DAY
The tied-for-first-place Syracuse Chiefs return home after a 5-1 road trip to open the season, leading the International League on offense with 50 runs scored (8.33R/G) and second in pitching with just 16 runs allowed (2.67R/G).

Altoona 5 Harrisburg 4
• Demny (L, 1-1) 6IP, 7H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR
• Holder 2IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Rendon 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Hague 3-4, R, 2B, RBI

Make that four losses in a row for Harrisburg, which dropped a 5-4 decision to Altoona on Thursday night. Starter Paul Demny gave up all five runs on seven hits, including two home runs. He walked two and struck out four. Trevor Holder did his part to flatten the Curve with two scoreless innings, but pinch hitter Jose Lozada grounded into a double play to quash yet another 9th-inning rally in a Senators loss. Anthony Rendon got off the interstate with a 2-for-3 night, including his first home run of the season while Ricky Hague led the hit column with a double and two singles.

Potomac — OFF DAY
It’s a six-game road swing through southwestern Virginia, as the P-Nats rematch against the Lynchburg Hillcats this weekend for three, then head west to take on the Salem Red Sox on Monday through Wednesday.

Delmarva 7 Hagerstown 4 (10 inn.)
• Pineyro 5IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 7K, HR
• Dupra 4IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Schill 2-4, R
• Manuel 1-3, R, BB

Suns closer Robert Benincasa was roughed up for three runs in the top of the 10th as Hagerstown fell in its home opener, 7-4. Starter Ivan Pineyro went the first five innings, allowing four runs on six hits and a walk while striking out seven. Like Holder in Harrisburg, Brian Dupra shut the door for the next four innings, letting up just two hits. Doubles by Brandon Miller and Tony Renda accounted for the first three Suns runs while Delmarva gave the equalizer in the bottom of the 8th on an Estarlin Martinez single followed by a wild pitch and an errant throw into left field on Martinez’s steal of third. Wes Schill led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-4 night.
Roster moves: OF Wander Ramos placed on 7-Day DL with what Byron Kerr is reporting to be a hamstring pull; OF Will Piwinica-Worms assigned from XST to take Ramos’s place on the Hagerstown roster.

Apr 082013
 

Walking WoundedAs first reported by the Patriot News’ Geoff Morrow, Harrisburg 1B-3B Matt Skole has indeed gone on the D.L. with hairline fracture of his left wrist, as the Harrisburg Senators announced today, along with the corresponding move of activating veteran minor-league OF Jerad Head from extended spring training and assigning him to the AA club.

Skole was injured on Friday night when Bowie’s Ty Kelly collided with him on an infield single in the 8th inning.

On Sunday, Baseball America issued its weekly update on transactions, most of which had been previously reported, with the exception of two more signings…

…RHP Mike Broadway, originally drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 4th Round of the 2005 Draft, but released following a single season with the San Diego Padres at AA San Antonio, pitching in 33 games but posting a 6.35 ERA and 1.613 WHIP, though he struck out 45 in 39⅔ innings — the second straight season he had averaged 10+ K/9IP.

…C Sean McCauley, another local sign as the 2007 graduate of Osbourn High School appears to be resurrecting his professional career after three seasons (2007-2009) in the Kansas City Royals system.

Apr 022013
 

Catching Up On TransactionsAs expected, the latest transaction post from Baseball America was filled with releases and reassignments that have already been covered.

There were, however, two signings that I’ll pass along… but unfortunately there’s not a whole lot to tell.

• Signed RHP Fiyeral Charlis

• Signed OF Anthony Bryant

The presumption is that Charlis is a signee from the Dominican Republic, but there’s no mention of him on the Dominican Prospect League website — from which the Nats have had a couple of other previous IFA signings. Searches on multiple search engines have been like a Yukon Cornelius expedition.

As is always the case when a prospect shares the name of a football player (or two), sifting through the NFL results is tedious and time-consuming. Little can be found on Bryant beyond his stats and commenters confusing him with Anthony Garcia.
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Media days for all four affiliates will be taking place early this week (yesterday in Harrisburg, today in Hagerstown and Syracuse, tomorrow in Potomac). The Suns are expected to unveil new home jerseys (exepcted to be very similar to this) as well as a red Sunday-only jersey (likely the reverse).

As always, if/when there are any transaction-oriented news items discovered (e.g. who’s on the Harrisburg D.L.) in the next 24 hours, this post will be updated.