Robbie Ray Promoted To Harrisburg

Moving On Up for NPP
The Potomac Nationals announced today that LHP Robbie Ray has been promoted to the Harrisburg Senators.

This is a bit of surprise, given the hammering (7HR, .245OBA) he took in June (vs 2HR, .184OBA in April/May) but apparently the powers that be are satisfied that he has made enough progress to be challenged with the next level.

Indeed, compared to the pitcher he was a year ago (especially in the second half, when he would get hit early, often, and hard), the 21-year-old southpaw has improved by leaps and bounds, getting more ground balls overall and converting more of the long counts (which are still a little too frequent to not glaze over) into strikeouts.

For the season, Ray is 6-3 with a 3.11 ERA, 3.82 FIP, and a WHIP of 1.20 with 100 strikeouts and 41 walks in 84 innings. That’s 4.39 BB/9 and 10.71 K/9. The walk rate is actually a career high, while the home run rate is only down slightly (0.96 vs. 1.19).

While not officially confirmed yet by the Senators PR folks, it would appear that Ray is the “TBA” listed in yesterday’s media notes for the probable pitcher of first game in tomorrow’s doubleheader in Harrisburg.

Last Night In Woodbridge

With the threat of a suicide squeeze, the Winston-Salem infield had to play in with two outs in the 9th inning against Potomac leadoff man Billy Burns. The extra step or two in gave the speedy outfielder the margin he needed to shoot one past the Dash third baseman for a 2-1 walkoff win last night.
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It was the fifth walkoff win, and the 50th win overall for the P-Nats this season, but almost an afterthought considering who the starting pitcher was.

The announced pitcher had been Ivan Pineyro, who had pitched last Thursday in a game suspended by rain. With four pitchers throwing in the interim, it was his turn in the rotation. To your right can see that that is not a righthander warming up but a lefty.

Starting a day earlier than what sources had said, was one Matthew Taylor Purke, the Nationals’ 3rd Round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

It continues the Nationals’ pattern of minimizing the exposure and scrutiny of high-profile prospects (e.g. preventing Stephen Strasburg from starting in MD or VA, skipping Bryce Harper from Low-A to AA in 2011) as today is one of the few times the paid attendance listed in the Potomac box score will be closer to the number of people versus the number of limbs or bones.

With the caveat that you see in the header, here’s my scouting report on Purke’s first High-A start.

There’s an obsession with velocity nowadays. It’s invariably the first question I get asked via Twitter. Perhaps I’m feeding the beast, but the reports of low-to-mid-90s heat are true.

What struck me more was the movement on his pitches. Rare was the fastball that came in straight. More often was the heater that had what Ryan Kelley from Baseball Newshound described here as “spin…with razor-sharp slider movement.” The southpaw also unleashed a handful of both his slurve and the 11-5 curve, but stayed mostly with the fastball in the early going.

The command last night, however, was spotty. Purke ran up long counts to five of 22 batters faced, with 20+ pitch* innings in the 1st and 5th. But let’s not forget who he was facing — Winston-Salem is the cream of the crop offensively in the Carolina League. They get some credit for working the count, too.

The lone run Purke gave up came in the 1st, on sacrifice fly following a triple to right-center that Justin Miller, a utility player, couldn’t track down. Had he gotten the next two out, the narrative might have been “well, with Caleb Ramsey or Randolph Oduber out there, they go scoreless” but he gave up a single and hit a batter so it’s not that simple.

The second inning was perhaps his best, even though most would say the fourth, in which he dispatched the 7-8-9 batters on less than 10 pitches. Winston-Salem got a break on an error by Cutter Dykstra and ambushed Purke on first-pitch fastball to put two runners on. The count went to 3-0 but Purke bore down to get it to 3-2 and got the first out on a grounder to short, then ran the next batter to 0-2 and got the double play on a grounder to second to escape further damage.

The third saw Purke get two quick outs then give up a single and a five-pitch walk before retiring the fifth batter on a flyout to center.

After the aforementioned 1-2-3 4th inning, Purke got the leadoff man in the 5th on three pitches but walked the second batter on six and needed more than seven pitches to put away Dash SS Chris Curley. He got the final batter on routine flyout to right to finish his night, roughly 70 pitches thrown over five innings with one run given up on four hits with two walks, two strikeouts, a wild pitch, and a hit batsmen.

All in all, a decent outing.

Thursday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Lehigh Valley,
5:00 p.m.
Mandel (1-5, 6.14) and
Roark (5-3, 3.36) vs.
Cloyd (1-7, 7.79) and
Miner (5-5, 4.62)
Harrisburg Won, 5-0
(7 inn., rain)
vs. Bowie,
7:05 p.m.
Treinen (6-6, 3.61) vs.
Chen (MLB rehab)
Potomac Won, 2-1 vs. Wilmington,
6:35 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Zimmer (2-7, 5.40)
Hagerstown Won, 3-0 @ Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Anderson (5-5, 3.20) vs.
Hader (3-3, 2.67)
Auburn Lost, 12-2 vs. Jamestown,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Brewer (2-0, 3.29)
GCL Nationals Lost, 18-3 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Losing, 5-1
(Susp.)
@ DSL Cardinals,
10:30 a.m.
Morales (0-2, 1.54) vs.
Jo. Rodriguez (0-1, 1.84)



Syracuse 2 Lehigh Valley 0
• Rosenbaum (L, 5-6) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• Davis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Brown 2-4
• Walters 1-3, BB
• 63 minute rain delay

The Iron Pigs got the best of a pitcher’s duel, defeating the Chiefs 2-0. Danny Rosenbaum took the loss, giving up both Lehigh Valley runs on six hits and a walk while striking out four. The Chiefs were held to just five hits and two walks total, with Corey Brown (2-for-4) and Zach Walters the only two batters to reach base twice.

Harrisburg 5 Erie 0 (7 inn., rain)
• Karns (W, 6-3) 5IP, 1H, 0R, 2BB, 5K, HBP
• Frias (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Goodwin 1-4, R, HR, RBI
• Souza 1-4, R, HR, RBI

Brian Goodwin and Steve Souza hit back-to-back jacks with one out in the 7th to put the exclamation point on a 5-0 Harrisburg shutout of Erie, shortened to seven inning thanks to (would you believe?) rain. Nathan Karns made his third start since returning to the Senators rotation, giving up a hit and two walks over five innings with five strikeouts. Marcos Frias go the save with a scoreless sixth inning. Jason Martinson led the Harrisburg hit column with a 2-for-3 night.

Potomac 2 Winston-Salem 1
• Purke 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K, HBP, WP
• Holt (W, 4-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Dykstra 2-4, R
• Burns 2-5, 2B, RBI

Some guy named Matt Purke made his High-A debut Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 3 West Virginia 0
• Pena 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Harper (W, 4-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Martinez 2-3, R, BB, RBI
• Perez 1-4, 2RBI

Four Hagerstown pitchers combined on a five-hit shutout to complete the sweep of West Virginia, 3-0. Ronald Pena got the start and gave up a hit over three innings, walking one and striking out one. Bryan Harper got the win with two hits allowed over the next three, Travis Henke pitched two scoreless for the hold and Derek Self retired the side 1-2-3 in the 9th for the save. Estarlin Martinez led the five-hit Suns offense with a 2-for-3 game, scoring a run, driving in a run, and drawing a walk.

Batavia 12 Auburn 2
• Barrientos (L, 0-1) 4⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 4ER, 6BB, 0K, HR (solo)
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Lippincott 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Masters 1-3, R, BB
• 38 minute rain delay

When a position player is the most effective pitcher, you know it’s been a bad night. Batavia took advantage of 11 base-on-balls to score 12 times on just seven hits in a 12-2 decimation of Auburn. Joel Barrientos walked six in his four and a 1/3rd inning, giving up the first four runs on three hits, including a home run. The Doubledays collected eight hits, led by Bryan Lippincott who singled and doubled and drove in a run.

GCL Cardinals 18 GCL Nationals 3
• Giolito ⅓ IP, 1H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K
• Ullmann 3⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 5K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Ramos (BS, 1; L, 1-1) 1⅔IP, 3H, 6R, 6ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, HBP
• Read 2-3, R, CS
• Bautista 1-3, BB

The G-Cards scored 16 unanswered runs as they overcame an early 3-2 deficit to pulverize the G-Nats, 18-3. Lucas Giolito made his first post-surgery appearance but retired just one (strikeout) of five batters faced, giving up two runs (one earned) on a hit and two walks. David Ramos took the loss with six runs charged to him over an inning and 2/3rds on three hits and two walks. Raudy Read went 2-for-3 with a run scored to lead the hit column as the G-Nats managed just seven hits and two walks.

DSL Braves 5 DSL Nationals 1 — SUSP.
• Reyes 3⅔IP, 4H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 4K
• Aguero 2-2

The D-Braves scored in three of four innings before the game was suspended due to rain. Luis Reyes gave up all five runs on four hits and three walks while striking out four. “Fred Aguero” was 2-for-2 in his first two ABs.

Catching Up On Transactions

Catching Up On TransactionsAn unusually high number of transactions coming in from the affiliates this afternoon, so to maximize page views help you guys sort through them, here’s a recap of what I’ve got so far…

HARRISBURG
• IF Carlos Rivero reassigned from Syracuse
• RHP Paul Demny placed on the 7-Day DL

HAGERSTOWN
• OF Wander Ramos activated from the 7-Day DL
• LHP Kylin Turnbull reassigned from Auburn

AUBURN
• IF Matt Foat reassigned from Hagerstown
• RHP Austin Voth transferred from the GCL
• RHP John Simms transferred from the GCL

GCL NATIONALS
• LHP Elliott Waterman reassigned from Auburn
• LHP Niko Spezial reassigned from Auburn
• OF Brenton Allen assigned from Washington

Geoff Morrow of the Patriot-News is reporting via Twitter that Demny has been suffering from some arm soreness and won’t be taking part in next week’s All-Star Game. Rivero hasn’t played since Saturday and would appear to have been transferred to get some more playing time as the parent club seems hell-bent on not benching Danny Espinosa.

Kylin Turnbull’s recent success in Auburn seems to spurring the club to give him another chance at testing his stuff against Low-A batters. Likewise, it would appear that the swapping of pitchers between upstate NY and the Space Coast is a matter of getting higher-calibre competition for the guys escaping Florida and more time to work with coaches at the complexes for the guys returning.

Zach Walters To Represent Syracuse In 2013 AAA All-Star Game

The Syracuse Chiefs have announced that SS Zach Walters has been named to the International League All-Star team.

Zach WaltersWalters, who was recently named the I.L. Player of the Week, leads the Chiefs with 18 home runs and is second to Chris Marrero with 44 RBIs. With 40 extra-base hits total (20 doubles, two triples), he’s third in the International League, three behind Atlanta farmhand Joey Terdoslavich.

Overall, Walters is hitting .246/.275/.508, but since June 1, he’s hit .316 with 8HR and 20RBI. Originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2010, the 23-y.o. Wyoming native was picked up in a trade of RHP Jason Marquis at the July 2011 trade deadline.

Last Night In Woodbridge

Bumped from his spot on defense, Adrian Nieto put on a show on offense last night, having a hand in all five runs in a 5-3 Potomac win over Winston-Salem.

The 23-year-old Floridian backstop went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and two runs driven in, batting as the designated hitter* for the second straight night with Wilson Ramos catching on a rehab assignment. Ramos went 0-for-3 but threw out a baserunner and ran well when he took to the bases after getting plunked in the 5th.
* Whoever let told PA guy to stop that “hitter by designation” crap, thank you.

Nieto drew walks in each of his first two plate appearances. The other Adrian, Sanchez that is, drove him in with a two-out single in the 8th and cue-shot on a hit-and-run play in the 4th. (As an aside, Sanchez played shortstop last night and racked up six assists, showing some fire on defense that’s been missing for most of this season. Perhaps someone told him about Tony Renda?)

After ripping an RBI single to RF in the 5th, Nieto was on his way to his third walk in his fourth plate appearance, even going so far to toss his bat on a 3-0 count, which unfortunately, was a strike. Perhaps he realized the error of showing up the umpire, taking a little extra time to dry off his bat.

Winston-Salem’s Bryan Blough, however, opted not to see if Nieto would be punished for his faux pas by throwing something on the edges. Perhaps he forgot that first base was open, vacated by Mike Gilmartin who was on second after a slow roller moved him up after leading off the inning with a single and Michael Taylor grounded out to short for the second out of the 7th.

Instead, Blough fed Nieto a 3-1 fastball that he did not miss, smacking long home run off the third level of signage above the right-centerfield wall. The blast put Potomac on top 5-3.

Robert Benincasa came on in the 8th, the third Potmac pitcher of the night. Brian Rauh had started and turned in five innings with three runs allowed on six hits, walking none and striking out none. Richie Mirowski, who seems to have found his niche as a setup man, struck out three and let up a single while pitching the 6th and 7th. He would get his team-leading seventh win for his efforts.

Benincasa gave up a leadoff single to Dash No. 2 batter Adam Heisler, but bore down and showed why it’s actually possible, if not advisable, to have your “closer” pitch the 8th as he retired the meat of the Winston-Salem order then mowed down the next three in the 9th (six in a row) for the two-inning save, his fourth in as many appearances since his promotion last month.

Weather permitting, the two teams will conclude their three-game series tonight. Ivan Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) takes the hill for Potomac with Myles Jaye (5-2, 4.96) his counterpart for Winston-Salem.

Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 5-2; Lost, 6-5 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Rosenbaum (5-5, 4.04) vs.
Smith (2-1, 3.12)
Harrisburg Lost, 2-1 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (5-3, 4.02) vs.
Crouse (4-6, 4.54)
Potomac Won, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Pineyro (0-0, 9.64) vs.
Jaye (5-2, 4.96)
Hagerstown Won, 4-1 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Pena (3-3, 4.32) vs.
Heredia (1-0, 2.00)
Auburn Won, 6-5 @ Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Johansen (0-0, 1.93) vs.
Newell (0-1, 1.80)
GCL Nationals Lost, 1-0; Won, 11-0 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
Giolito (’13 Debut) vs. TBD
DSL Nationals Lost, 3-0 (6½ inn.) @ DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.
TBD



Syracuse 5 Rochester 2 — GAME ONE
• Maya (W, 4-5) 6IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 2K
• Broadway (SV, 5) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marrero 2-3, 2R, 2B, 2RBI
• Rahl 2-3, 2B, 2RBI

Yunesky Maya turned in his second straight quality start as the Chiefs took the opener, 5-2. Maya allowed two runs (one earned) on six hits and a walk while stirking out two to win his fourth game overall. Mike Broadway set ’em down 1-2-3 in the 7th to earn his fifth save. Chris Marrero and Chris RAhl both went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI to pace the Syracuse offense.

Rochester 6 Syracuse 5 — GAME TWO
• Garcia 1⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, 2K
• Tatusko (L, 1-3) 2IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Brown 3-4, 2R, HR, 2RBI
• Kobernus 2-3, 2B, BB, 2RBI, OF assist at 3B
• Marrero 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

The RedWings’ three-run 4th broke a 3-3 tie as the Chiefs’ comeback fell short, 6-5. Christian Garcia got his rehab in early, starting the game but giving up two hits and two walks over an inning and a 1/3rd. He was charged with three runs, two earned, and struck out two. Ryan Tatusko took the loss with three runs on five hits and a walk over two innings. Corey Brown led Syracuse’s nine-hit attack with two singles and a HR, scoring twice and driving in two.
Roster moves: RHP Cole Kimnball removed from Washington 40-man roster, outrighted to Syracuse.

Erie 2 Harrisburg 1
• Gilliam 5⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 2BB, 7K
• Holland (L, 0-3) 1IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K
• Goodwin 2-4, 2B, RBI, 2E
• Leon 1-2, R, BB

The Senators snapped a scoreless inning streak at 26⅔ with a run in the 6th, but four errors led to a fourth straight loss, 2-1 to Erie. Brian Goodwin drove in Sandy Leon with a double to tie the game at 1-1. Goodwin and Leon combined for three of the five Harrisburg hits. Starter Rob Gilliam let in a run over five and 2/3rds, giving up three hits and two walks and striking out seven. Neil Holland took the loss with a run on two hits in the 8th.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 3
• Rauh 5IP, 6H, 3R, 2ER, 0BB, 0K, HR, WP
• Mirowski (W, 7-3) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Benincasa (SV, 4) 2IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 2K, WP
• Nieto 2-2, 3R, HR, 3RBI, 2BB
• Dykstra 2-3, 2B, BB

It was the Adrian Nieto show Last Night In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 4 West Virginia 1
• Encarnacion (W, 6-4) 7IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Mendez (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Martinez 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Miller 1-3, 2R, BB
• Pleffner 1-1, R, HR, 2RBI (left w/ foot injury)

The Suns struck for three in the first to give Pedro Encarnacion all he would need as the Suns downed the Power, 4-1. Encarnacion threw seven innings of scoreless one-hit ball, fanning six and walking none for the win. Gilberto Mendez earned his second save, working around a hit in the 9th. Estarlin Martinez doubled twice and drove in a run to lead the Hagerstown offense.

Auburn 6 Batavia 5
• Turnbull 5IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 4K
• Sylvestri (W, 2-0) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 0K
• Lippincott 1-5, R, HR, 4RBI (1st pro HR)
• Ballou 3-5, 2R

Bryan Lippincott’s three-run HR in the bottom of the 9th capped a five-run comeback as the Doubledays put down the Muckdogs, 6-5. Michael Sylvestri gave up a ninth-inning run in his lone frame worked but wound up the winner. Starter Kylin Turnbull put on nine baserunners (three walks, six hits) in five innings, giving up three unearned runs with four strikeouts. Eight of nine Auburn batters hit safely, with Isaac Ballou leading the way with a 3-for-5 night, and Jean Valdez as “el hombre de cerveza” with an 0-for-4 game.

GCL Marlins 1 GCL Nationals 0 — GAME ONE
• Voth 3IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Simms (L, 0-1) 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 3K
• Wa. Ramos 0-1, BB

Two Marlins farmhands combined on a seven-inning no-hitter as the G-Marlins edged the G-Nats, 1-0. John Simms took the loss with a run given up on two hits over two innings. Austin Voth got the start and tossed three scoreless freames, allowing one hit and no walks, and struck out three. Wander Ramos was the sole G-Nat to reach base without an error, drawing the lone walk of the game.

GCL Nationals 11 GCL Marlins 0 — GAME TWO
• Ott 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Webb (W, 1-0) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Suero (H, 1) 3IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Marmolejos-Diaz 3-4, 3R, 2B, 2RBI
• Gordon 3-3, 3R, 2B, BB, RBI

The G-Nats pounded out 14 hits in the second game of the doubleheader en route to an 11-0 smackdown. Four pitchers combined on the three-hit shutout, with Joe Webb getting the win and Wander Suero earning a hold. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz and Garrett Gordon led the onslaught with three hits apiece, both singling twice and doubling once.
The Nats 2012 #1 pick Lucas Giolito is scheduled to make his first appearance of 2013 per MASN’s Byron Kerr.

DSL Braves 3 DSL Nationals 0
• Valerio (L, 1-2) 4⅔ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 6K, HR
• Charlis 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Mota 1-1, BB
• Mendoza 1-3

The D-Braves struck for all three runs in the 5th as they took the rain-shortened contest, 3-0. Maximo Valerio took the loss and was charged with two runs on four hits, including a solo HR to open the frame. He walked one and struck out six. The D-Nats were held to just three hits, with Israel Mota the only D-Nat to reach base twice, singling in the 3rd and walking in the 5th.
The Nationals reportedly spent $600K of the $1.85MM they’ve been allotted to spend on IFAs on seven players yesterday. Amanda Comak of the Washington Times has the skinny on the seven.

Last Night In Woodbridge

In a battle of the top two offenses in the Carolina League, No. 1 Winston-Salem beat No. 2 Potomac with three runs in the 8th for a 5-3 win.

Rob Wort took the loss, his first for Potomac this season. After retiring the first two batters on weak flyballs to second and right field, a walk followed by three long hits — a double to left-center, a double to right, a triple to right-center — broke open the 2-2 game and gave the Dash a 5-2 lead.

It’s tempting to write this one off as just another bullpen implosion — which it was — but the ten runners left on and the 0-for-9 with runners in scoring position also bears mention. Indeed, three of the ten were left on in the final two frames as Potomac could only get back one run with a sacrifice fly in the 9th.

Early on, it looked like Potomac was going to have its way with Jake Cose, getting five hits in the first two innings. But the damage was limited to just the one run, which came in on a wild pitch, though Michael Taylor did rip a liner into left that would have plated the run anyway.

Meanwhile, starter Blake Schwartz was doing his part as the starters have for the most part since Kylin Turnbull was sent packing in April. Schwartz gave up a solo shot in the 1st and an unearned run in the 4th for a quality start of two runs over six innings with no walks and four strikeouts.

Cose, as you might have guessed, settled down in the middle innings, allowing a pair of two-out runners in the 4th. Kevin Keyes broke up the Dash pitcher’s modest streak of five batters retired with his seventh HR of the season in the 6th, a not-so-modest blast to left-center that tied the game at 2-2.

Dash reliever Joe Dvorksy would get the benefit (i.e. the win) of the Winston-Salem 8th for pitching a scoreless 7th, allowing a one-out double to Billy Burns.

The two teams meet again tonight with Brian Rauh (0-0, 4.00) facing off against Joe Blough (7-4, 3.92).

Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 4.58) and
Tatusko (1-2, 3.79) vs.
De Vries (3-3, 8.60) and
Worley (4-3, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.34) vs.
Link (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 4.00) vs.
Blough (7-4, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.51) vs.
Glasnow (4-1, 2.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Garner (0-0, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
TBD vs. TBD
DSL Nationals GNR vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.
TBD



Syracuse vs Rochester — PPD
Syracuse was rained out for the seventh time on Monday, but will attempt to make it up tonight for an actual two for Tuesday.
Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis optioned from Washington; OF-1B Micah Owings released.

Erie 1 Harrisburg 0
• Hill (L, 1-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3
• Hood 1-3
• Lozada 1-3, 3B

Jose Lozada’s one-out triple in the 6th broke up a string of 18 hitless innings for the Senators, who were shut out again, 1-0 in Erie. Starter Taylor Hill basically matched his previous outing with a run over seven innings, albeit on a home run, but took the loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out three. Destin Hood and Jason Martinson also singled as Harrisburg managed just three hits and one walk on offense. For those wondering, sources say that Karns’ start was shifted to Wednesday from last night to give him more time to work with coaches on “stuff,” which usually means mechanics.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Wort (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats bullpen woes resurfaced Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke promoted from Hagerstown. His first start is scheduled for Thursday.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Lee (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Perez 3-4, R, 2RBI

A four-run 4th plus Nick Lee’s strongest outing to date added up to a 6-2 Hagerstown win over West Virginia. Lee tossed seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk while fanning nine. Derek Self stranded two in the 8th and worked around a double in the 9th for his first save with the Suns. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and scored twice as part of a 4-for-5 night, while Stephen Perez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as the Hagerstown offense produced 13 hits total.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
The rain that soaked Syracuse also bathed Batavia, postponing the game to an undetermined date as it will not be on Wednesday. Auburn visits Batavia three more times in late August (21, 22, 27).
Roster moves: RHP Austin Dicharry released; LHP Justin Thomas promoted from the GCL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain washed out Monday’s game between the Marlins and Nationals. It will be made up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Rojos — GNR
Game Not Reported.
Today is the “New Year” for IFAs and there have been whispers that the Nationals will be spending up to half of their $1.85MM bonus pool in August to sign the #29 prospect, Anderson Franco, a not-yet-16 (DOB: 8/15/97) third baseman who’s the reverse of the usual scouting report for Dominicans his age (polished defender, raw on offense). At 6’1″ and 185 lbs, the projection is for power but not a lot of speed. His arm is considered one of the best in the D.R.(H/T to Brian Oliver for putting this on our radar).

Matt Purke Promoted To Potomac

Moving On Up for NPP
The Hagerstown Suns have announced that LHP Matt Purke has been promoted to the Potomac Nationals.

It’s been a long, long, long time coming for the 22-year-old southpaw who was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2011 First Year Player Draft despite shoulder woes that inevitably led to his having surgery last offseason after making just three starts in 2012.

The past two seasons he’s made limited appearances in spring training and held back from joining a full-season minor-league team until mid-to-late May. Pitch counts limited his appearances in the early going in 2013, but have apparently increased of late as he’s been able to go five and six innings, respectively, in his last two starts.

For the season, he’s 1-1 with a pitcher’s line (ERA/FIP/WHIP) of 2.48/2.54/1.10 in his six starts with 7 walks and 41 strikeouts, which average per nine innings at 2.17 and 12.72 respectively.

With the recent spate of rainouts, as well as the promotion of Taylor Hill last week, it’s unclear when Purke will make his High-A debut. He last pitched on Friday, which with ordinary rest would have him pitching on Wednesday or Thursday.