Jun 082012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 8-2 vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Atkins (4-5, 4.33) vs.
Feierabend (1st AAA start
of ’12)
Harrisburg Lost, 4-1 @ Reading,
7:05 p.m.
Pucetas (3-1, 1.50) vs.
May (5-3, 4.94)
Potomac Lost, 6-2 vs. Salem,
6:05 p.m.
Ray (2-2, 5.01) and
Hansen (1-2, 6.49) vs.
Couch (5-3, 3.23) and
Rivera (3-2, 4.89)
Hagerstown Won, 6-5 @ Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Turnbull (2-3, 4.91) vs.
Walters (3-2, 2.58).
DSL Nationals Lost, 10-4 @ DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Louisville 8 Syracuse 2
• Roark (L, 3-8) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Bynum 2-3, R, BB
• Komatsu 1-3, BB, CS

Louisville built a 4-0 lead off losing pitcher Tanner Roark and cruised to an 8-2 win over Syracuse. Roark gave up seven hits and walked two while striking out five, but suffered his team-leading 8th loss. Seth Bynum led the Chiefs attack with singling twice and walking in four plate appearances. Former Nats farmhand “Dolla” Bill Rhinehart homered in the 9th inning. OF Jason Michaels was activated from the Restricted List, putting the Syracuse roster back to the full 25

Binghamton 4 Harrisburg 1
• Rosenbaum (L, 7-2) 7IP, 8H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 7K
• VanAllen 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zinicola 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mayo 1-2, BB, E
• Lozada 0-2, 2BB

In duel between the teams’ aces, Zach Wheeler bested Danny Rosenbaum, allowing just two IF hits over seven innings as the B-Mets beat the Sens, 4-1. Rosenbaum also went seven frames, but gave up all four runs on eight hits while striking out seven. Jeremy Mayo came off the bench as Beau Seabury became the latest catcher to suffer an injury (elbow) and went 1-for-2 in his 2012 and AA debut. Roster moves: RHP Cameron Selik was placed on the DL. Mayo was assigned from XST. RHP Zech Zinicola was activated from the restricted list and assigned from Syracuse.

Frederick 6 Potomac 2
• Olbrychowski (L, 2-5) 5⅓ IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 5K, 2HR
• Demmin 2⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K, HR, 3-2 IR-S
• Walters 3-4, R, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, BB

After tying the game at 2-2 in the 6th, the P-Nats allowed four unanswered runs while mustering just two baserunners over the last three innings as the Keys took the game, 6-2, and the series, 3-2. Pitchers Adam Olbrychowski and Ryan Demmin gave up three HRs (all solo) on the night, working around three errors and three walks. Zach Walters led the offense with a 3-for-4 game, but the team left on nine, including three in the 4th when the P-Nats loaded the bases with no outs and couldn’t score. Potomac heads home for its final homestand of the 1st half, a five-game, two doubleheader weekend series against the Salem Red Sox.

Hagerstown 6 Kannapolis 5
• Meyer (W, 5-3) 6IP, 4H, 3R, 2ER, 2BB, K
• Bates 2IP, H, R, ER, 0BB, 0K, HR
• Goodwin 2-4, RBI, SB
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, HR, 2RBI, 2E
• Leonida 1-3, R, HR, RBI

A trio of two-spots helped Hagerstown build a 6-1 lead while the bullpen gave up two home runs late in a 6-5 win over Kannapolis, completing the three-game sweep. Alex Meyer turned in his third quality start with three runs (two earned) given up over six innings to notch his fifth win. Jason Martinson and Cole Leonida both homered, while rehabbing Chris Marrero went 1-for-3 with a double, as the Suns scored six runs on just seven hits. The two teams meet again for another three-game set starting tonight in Kannapolis.

DSL Giants 10 DSL Nationals 4
• A. Martinez (L, 0-1) 4IP, H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 7K, 0HR
• A. Ramirez 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Abreu 2-5, R
• Cerda 2-3, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Atencio 0-1, 3BB

When the most effective pitcher is a position player, you know it’s been a bad game. A five-run 6th broke open a 2-1 game as the DSL Giants beat the DSL Nationals, 10-4. Starter Anderson Martinez allowed just a hit over four innings, but walked four and struck out seven. NYC native Kevin Cerda went 2-for-3 with a walk and a home run to lead the offense.

Jun 072012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 2-1;
Won, 1-0
vs. Louisville,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (3-7, 5.33) vs.
Gallagher (4-3, 5.17)
Harrisburg Won, 4-3 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Rosenbaum (7-1, 1.75) vs.
Wheeler (5-2, 1.88)
Potomac Won, 8-6
(13 inn.)
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Olbrychowski (2-4, 5.71) vs.
Simon (2-7, 4.15)
Hagerstown Won, 9-6 vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Johnson (1-0, 0.00) vs.
Meyer (4-3, 3.71)
DSL Nationals Lost, 23-6 vs. DSL Giants,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 2 Louisville 1— GAME ONE
• Maya 5⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Severino (BS, 1) ⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 2-1 IR-S
• Pena (W, 1-2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Carroll 1-2, R, 2B
• Negrych 1-1, 2B, RBI

Jim Negrych’s pinch-hit RBI double in the last of the 7th gave the Syracuse Chiefs a 2-1 victory in the opener. Yunesky Maya turned in another strong start, charged with one run on four hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds, but got the no-decision when Atahualpa Severino gave up a double to the first batter he faced. Hassan Pena got the win by pitching a scoreless inning in the top of the 7th.

Syracuse 1 Louisville 0 — GAME TWO
• Mandel 5IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Garcia (W, 1-0) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Negrych 1-2, R, 2B, BB
• Skelton 1-3, RBI

Jeff Mandel and Christian Garcia combined on a one-hit shutout while Jim Negrych and James Skelton combined on the two Syracuse hits for a 1-0 win that completed the doubleheader sweep. Negrych’s two-out double broke up the Louisville bid for a no-hitter. The win was the Chiefs’ third straight.
Tyler Moore was pulled in the 4th inning of game one and recalled to Washington. No corresponding move has yet been announced.

Harrisburg 4 Binghamton 3
• Ballard 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K
• Tatusko (W, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Davis (SV, 4) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 4K
• Perez 2-4, R, 2-2B, 2RBI, OF assist
• Rahl 2-4, R, 2B

Early on, it look like Mike Ballard was going to have a short night, lit up for three runs on five hits in the first. But a critical baserunning mistake — attempting to stretch a leadoff triple into an inside-the-park job — gave the southpaw the standing eight count he needed to come off the ropes, as the Senators came off the ropes for a 4-3 win. Eury Perez’s two-run double in the bottom of the 7th proved to be the gamewinner, making a winner out of Ryan Tatusko, while Erik Davis locked down the last two innings for his 4th save.

Potomac 8 Frederick 6
• Swynenberg 6⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 2K, HR
• Holland 2+IP, 0H, R, ER, 2BB, 0K, HBP
• Wort (BS, 2; W, 1-2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 4K, 3-1 IR-S
• Freitas 5-6, R, RBI
• Bloxom 2-6, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI

It took 13 innings and four hours, but the P-Nats finally locked out the Keys, 8-6. The question now is “which position players can pitch?” whether the win was pyrrhic as the ‘pen was forced to turn in six and 2/3rds innings of work with five games to play in less than 72 hours. Frederick battled back from deficits of 3-0, 5-2 in regulation and 6-5 in the 11th. David Freitas’s 5th single set up the gamewinner, scoring on a passed ball and pair of groundouts. Justin Bloxom’s 2nd HR provided the insurance run. Rob Wort got the blown-save-win, surviving a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the 11th but pitching a scoreless 12th. Newly side-arming Jimmy Barthmaier made his second appearance in as many games and tossed a 1-2-3 13th for the save, his 1st of 2012 but just his second in his pro career.

Hagerstown 9 Kannapolis 6
• Encarnacion 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K, HR
• Holt (H, 2) 2IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, K
• Souza 3-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Miller 2-5, R, 2B, RBI
• Ramsey 2-4, 3B

With a five-run 3rd, the Suns put the Intimidators into the wall en route to a 9-6 win. Steve Souza singled, doubled, and homered to lead the 13-hit attack. Ben Hawkins got the win in relief of Pedro Encarnacion, though neither pitcher was terribly effective (3IP, 3R and 3IP, 2R). Wilson Eusebio pitched a scoreless 9th for the save. Prior to the game, C Adrian Nieto was placed on the 7-Day DL, with C Sam Palace activated and assigned from Potomac to replace him on the Suns roster.

DSL Yankees1 23 DSL Nationals 6
• Valerio (L, 0-1) ⅔ IP, 6H, 7R, 6ER, BB, 0K, 0HR, 2 fielding errors
• Aquino 2IP, H, R, ER, BB, K, 0HR
• De Los Santos 2-5, R, 2B
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI

Well, at least nobody got hurt. The DSL Yankees1 put up rallies of seven and eight runs and only failed to score three times out nine innings, skewering the DSL Nationals, 23-6. Five pitchers took the beating, giving up 19 hits (2HRs, one triple, eight doubles) and 11 walks. 16-year-old Maximo Valerio committed the only two D-Nat errors. Offensively, 18-year-old Juan De Los Santos led the seven-hit attack with a single, a double, and a run scored.

Jun 062012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 11-1 vs. Louisville,
5:00 p.m.
Maya (4-5, 3.65) and
Mandel (1st AAA start of ’12)
vs. Villareal (2-2, 3.90)
and Obispo (0-1, 8.38)
Harrisburg Won, 9-6 vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
Ballard (1-4, 3.12) vs.
McHugh (5-3, 2.17)
Potomac Lost, 8-5;
Won, 3-1
@ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (4-3, 4.74) vs.
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-6
(11 inn.)
vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Jaye (2-2, 5.97) vs.
Encarnacion (0-0, 6.00)
DSL Nationals Won, 3-2
(11 inn.)
vs. DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Syracuse 11 Louisville 1
• Lannan (W, 5-5) 9IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 6K, HR; 1-3, 2R, BB
• Paul 4-5, R, RBI
• Brown 3-4, 4R, HR, BB, RBI
• Komatsu 3-5, 2R, HR, 4RBI

John Lannan went the distance while Tyler Moore, Corey Brown and Erik Komatsu each homered as Syracuse throttled Louisville, 11-1. Just a fourth-inning solo shot kept the southpaw from a shutout, as he allowed just four hits and a walk otherwise and contributed to his own cause with a single and a walk. Xavier Paul led the hit column with a 4-for-5 night, Brown scored four times, and Komatsu drove in four to pace the 15-hit attack.

Harrisburg 9 Binghamton 6
• Demny (ND) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR
• McCoy (BS, 1; W, 3-1) ⅔ IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, K
• Valdez 3-4, 2R, 2HR, 3RBI, OF assist at HP
• Mayorson 2-4, R, 2RBI

Harrisburg rallied from deficits of 3-0 and 6-5, scoring the last four runs of the game to win this one, 9-6. Jesus Valdez homered twice to lead the offense, which made the most out of its chances with nine runs on 10 hits. Starter Paul Demny got the no-decision when the B-Mets rallied for two against the Sens ‘pen, with Pat McCoy giving up three hits after Cameron Selik left the game with an apparent elbow injury (he retired the first batter and left the game with a 3-2 count on the second). McCoy got the blown-save-win while Marcos Frias and Hector Nelo tossed scoreless frames in the 8th and 9th to put the game on ice. The Sports ‘Burger is reporting that the Selik injury was to his lat, not his elbow.

Frederick 8 Potomac 5 — GAME ONE
• Karns (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 3H, 7R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HBP
• Applebee 3⅓ IP, 3H, R, ER, BB, 4K, HR, 2-2 IR-S
• Oduber 2-2, BB, 2RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2BB, RBI

Nathan Karns struggled with his control in his High-A debut, walking three and hitting a batter over an inning and 2/3rds as Potomac couldn’t dig themsleves out of an early 7-0 hole and fell to Frederick, 8-5. Randolph Oduber led the seven-hit attack with a 2-for-2 and 2RBI game.

Potomac 3 Frederick 1 — GAME TWO
• Holder (W, 3-1) 6IP, 5H, R, ER, 2BB, 6K
• Wort (SV, 3) 1IP, H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Walters 1-3, RBI
• Ramirez 1-2, RBI
• Kelso 1-2, 2R, SB

Trevor Holder essentially matched his last outing, going six innings and giving up just a single run on five hits as the P-Nats took the nightcap, 3-1. Like the first game, Potomac struggled in the clutch, going 1-for-11 with RISP — a number warped, however, by five walks and four stolen bases. Rob Wort closed out the game by striking out the side for his third save.

Hagerstown 7 Kannapolis 6 (11 inn.)
• Purke 4⅔ IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 8K
• Meza 3⅓ IP, H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Leonida 2-3, R, 2B, BB, 2RBI
• Skole 2-4, 2R, 2BB
• Martinson 2-6, R, SB

The Intimidators rallied for four in the 9th to send this to extras, but the Suns batters bailed out the ‘pen for a 7-6 win in 11 innings. Starter Matt Purke was slightly better than his previous outing, walking three and allowing two runs on five hits to go with eight strikeouts. Cole Leonida came off the bench for another apparent injury (Adrian Nieto) and went 2-for-3 with a walk, a double, and 2RBI to lead the Hagerstown offense.

DSL Nationals 3 DSL Yankees1 2 (11 inn.)
• J. Rodriguez 5IP, H, 0R, 4BB, 2K
• Moscat 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• K. Rodriguez (W, 1-0) 2IP, H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Aguero 1-3, 2R, 3B, 2BB, SB
• De Los Santos 1-2, 2RBI

“Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz’s RBI triple in the 11th was the difference as the DSL Nationals edged the DSL Yankees1 squad, 3-2. Kelvin Rodriguez got the win in relief with two scoreless innings, allowing just a hit and a walk. Younaifred Aguero scored twice and walked twice to lead the D-Nats offense.

Jun 052012
 


A series of transactions were made this afternoon to reshuffle the minor-league deck. More moves are undoubtedly coming with rosters below the limit as well as the restocking from the draft, so stay tuned to dispatches such as these as well as the morning News & Notes.

SYRACUSE
• RHPs Christian Garcia, Jeff Mandel promoted from Harrisburg

HARRISBURG
• LHP Cory VanAllen assigned from Syracuse
• RHP Cameron Selik promoted from Potomac
• RHP Rafael Martin placed on the restricted list

POTOMAC
• RHP Nathan Karns promoted from Hagerstown
• RHP Shane McCatty placed on 7-Day DL
• RHP Jimmy Barthmaier assigned from Washington (XST)

HAGERSTOWN
• 1B Chris Marrero assigned from Washington (rehab)

Jun 052012
 

The South Atlantic League has officially announced its All-Star representatives, which will include four Hagerstown Suns:
• C Adrian Nieto

• 3B Matt Skole

• OF Caleb Ramsey

• RHP Aaron Barrett

This is the second All-Star game for Skole, who represented the Auburn Doubledays in the 2011 New-York Penn League game. Skole currently leads the league in BBs (51 in 55G), second in HRs (12) and third in RBIs (53).

Fellow ’11 Draft pick Caleb Ramsey got the nod with a .299/.370/.446 line, while ’10 Draft pick Barrett has gone 3-1 with 6SV in 17 appearances, striking out 33 in 20⅔ innings. Adrian Nieto (’08), who split time between Auburn and Hagerstown last season, rounds out the quartet with a .261/.333/.406.

Manager Brian Daubauch was also named one the Northern Division coaches for the game, which will be held in two weeks in Charleston, SC.

Jun 052012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-3 vs. Louisville,
7:05 p.m.
Lannan (4-5, 5.63) vs.
Gustafson (2-2, 5.04)
Harrisburg OFF DAY vs. Binghamton,
7:00 p.m.
TBD vs.
Cohoon (3-5, 3.52)
Potomac Lost, 4-0 @ Frederick,
5:00 p.m.
Holder (2-1, 4.99) and
Nathan Karns (A+ debut) vs.
Zagone (2-0, 3.13) and
Howard (1-2, 5.71)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Kannapolis,
7:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Snodgress (1-2, 5.29)
DSL Nationals Won, 12-5 @ DSL Yankees1,
10:30 a.m.
TBD vs. TBD

Indianapolis 4 Syracuse 3
• Duke (L, 6-3) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 3K, HR
• Arnesen 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Teahen 2-3, R, 2B, RBI
• Hoffpauir 2-4, R, 2B, 3B

An RBI triple in the 5th broke a 2-2 tie and the sac fly that followed proved to be the gamewinner as the I-tribe downed the S-Chiefs, 4-3. It was the third straight loss for Syracuse, but the closest game as the Indians outscored the Chiefs 30-19 during the series. Zach Duke took the loss, giving up all four runs on seven hits and three walks. Jarrett Hoffpauir doubled and tripled to lead the seven-hit offense while Corey Brown smacked his 13th HR. Syracuse plays its next 21 games at Alliance Bank Park, thanks to a shifted four-game series vs. the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees next week.

HARRISBURG — OFF DAY
After a weekend jaunt to lovely (no, not really) New Britain, the Senators return to City Island to host the Binghamton Mets for three games, hoping to make a dent in their 10-16 home record (vs. 20-10 on the road).

Frederick 4 Potomac 0
• Lidge (L, 0-1) ⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K
• Grace 7⅔ IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K
• Taylor 2-3, 2B
• Bloxom 1-3
• Oduber 1-3

Potomac’s four-game win streak came to a screeching halt in Frederick, as the Keys scored one in the first and three in the second and blanked the P-Nats, 4-0. Brad Lidge hit his pitch limit in the first inning in the space of just four batters and was charged with the loss. Matt Grace was roughed up early, but went the rest of the way for a serviceable three runs over seven and 2/3rds innings. Offensively, the P-Nats put just two baserunners into scoring position as the lineup was limited to just four hits. Prior to the game, OF J.R. Higley was activated while OF Kevin Keyes was placed on the 7-Day DL. Higley started in LF and went 0-for-4 with 2K.

HAGERSTOWN — OFF DAY
After their final scheduled off day of the first half, the Suns have a home-and-home series vs. Kannapolis over the next six games, where all signs point to Hagerstown playing out the string despite a .589 win pct. (33-23) as they trail the 40-17 Greensboro Grasshoppers by 6½ with 13 to play.

DSL Nationals 12 DSL Mets1 5
• Suero (W, 1-0) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 7K, HR
• Gomez (H, 1) 3IP, H, R, ER, 2BB, 5K
• Mejia 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, 4RBI
• Bautista 3-4, 2B, 3B, 3RBI
• Diaz 3-5, 2B, 3B
• Novas 2-4, 4R, RBI, 2SB

With four big innings, the DSL Nationals overcame an early 2-0 deficit and pounded the DSL Mets1 squad, 12-5. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz and Rafael Bautista both singled, doubled, and tripled to combine for six hits and seven RBI as the D-Nats tallied 12 hits total. DSL veteran Wander Suero got the win with two runs allowed on three hits (one a HR) and two walks while fanning seven.

Jun 042012
 

Hi everyone,

Sean Hogan here (@seanhoganvt). I will be liveblogging the entire first round (plus supplemental!) of the draft tonight, so keep this page and your F5 button handy.

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The Astros surprise everyone and choose Puerto Rican high school SS Carlos Correa, who I considered for the #1 spot on my big board before eventually settling for Byron Buxton. Has similar upside to Buxton but is a SS and should be able to stick around there. Kudos to the Astros for being brave. I really like Correa.

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The Astros’ pick of Correa creates a chain reaction that likely made the Twins pretty happy, getting to choose between Buxton and Appel. They chose Buxton, which is a bit of a risk as a HS bat, but #1 on my board. Buxton isn’t exactly the prototypical “toolsy” HS hitter, as he doesn’t have plus plus power, but does have a special arm and blazing speed.

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Florida C Mike Zunino to Seattle at #3. Honestly, I don’t see the excitement surrounding him. He doesn’t have true star potential and his swing isn’t a sure thing to keep working against better pitching. I can see Zunino being a solid, league average catcher with an all star season in an exceptional year, but Seattle could have chosen a better player here in my opinion.

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Orioles had a ton of options here. Interesting to see they had Gausman above Appel on their board. I like Gausman more and more every day (more because he started off pretty low in my mind), but he still lacks good enough secondary stuff at the moment. With the right pitching coach, though, he could turn into a Verlander. Pretty solid pick here.

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Royals grab Kyle Zimmer. My #3 guy due to the ace potential, but another big risk/reward guy. As they just mentioned on MLB Network, he’s got a great stuff/control combination for someone so new to pitching. Appel keeps falling.

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Almora to the Cubs is the most predictable pick so far. Rates as above-average across the board but with no true plus tool. I like him in CF and think he’ll develop more speed and a higher OBP but less power than MLB Network’s Adam Jones comparison.

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San Diego was known to be on HS LHP Max Fried for a while, but I think Appel would have been a better choice here. Fried is considered to be pretty low risk for a HS pitcher (which inherently are huge risks) and should move through the organization. But Appel is a tier above Fried as this draft class’ pitchers go and must be asking for the moon in cash.

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Appel finally drops to Pittsburgh at 8. Great pick for them. Let the Deven Marrero to DC rumors begin…

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The Marlins take LHP Andrew Heaney. Doesn’t have ace potential, but should be a pretty solid mid-rotation starter with low end #2 potential. Reminds me of Ross Detwiler when he was drafted. As a guy who doesn’t like the Fish, I’m happy to see them take a guy without a ton of upside, but not a bad pick by any means. Heaney was one guy I thought the Nats would be very interested in at 16 if he dropped to them.

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Rockies take OF David Dahl. Known to be a bit of a loafer, but can hit, run and play great defense. Can turn into a beast of a leadoff hitting CF if all breaks well, but a lot depends on his effort level. Also doesn’t have much power potential. Decent pick, as he was #12 on my board.

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Not a huge fan of A’s pick Addison Russell. I don’t think he sticks at SS and don’t think he’ll be able to hit high-level pitching. Best case scenario he turns into an Ian Desmond-type SS or a slightly above average 3B, but he was #30 on my big board for a reason.

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Mets go with prep SS Gavin Cecchini. #21 on my big board, can make it to the big leagues as a fielder/speedster, but lacks power (even of the line drive variety). He’s a good contact hitter, but is going to have to be really good at beating out infield hits if he wants to be a ML starter.

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White Sox take Courtney Hawkins. Has a long swing, but could have dynamite power if he gets it straightened out. Definitely a project, but could pay huge rewards. Needs to find a better tie (for those of you watching MLB Network). His backfip probably just made Kenny Williams poop his pants, but as a David Wilson fan, I thought it was cool.

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Reds go way off my board with prep RHP Nick Travieoso. Huge arm, huge upside, huge risk. He’s got ace potential, but bust floor. I think he ends up as a reliever, but if he can improve his secondary stuff and continue his control improvements, he can be good. Glad my team didn’t take him, though.

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The Indians take Tyler Naquin. I love the bat (he will hit .300 at some point I’m convinced), but he can’t play any better than average CF and doesn’t have enough power to play a corner. Won’t kill you if he ends up in CF, though.

I expect Nats to choose between Wacha, Marrero and Stroman, leaning towards Wacha (although I like Marrero more than Wacha).

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Nats select RHP Lucas Gioloto. You’ll be reading about him at Nationals Prospects for a long time because he’s not ML ready. Has the highest ceiling out of all pitchers in the draft, but as a HS pitcher with injury concerns (UCL sprain held him out all season), you just never know. But WOW, hell of a value pick. 4th straight year the Nats have gotten a guy who would have been 1st overall without injury concerns (well, Stras and Harper didn’t have those concerns, but you know what I mean). Fell to 14 on my big board due to injury concerns, but I’m no doctor.

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Blue Jays pick DJ Davis has incredible speed, 20 HR pop, great range but a terrible arm. Juan Pierre comparisons work for me, but with more power obviously. Elite leadoff potential. I really like this pick for Toronto. #18 on my big board.

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Dodgers selection 3B Corey Seager has a projectable bat with sneaky power (25+ HR potential). Lower risk than most other HS bats, but doesn’t have elite upside. Good pick and good value – #16 on my board.

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And to think, I had RHP Michael Wacha all written up for the Nats at 16. He’s #10 on my list – doesn’t stand out at anything, but is above average across the board and has 3 good pitches to go with excellent control. I see Jon Garland comps everywhere, and I’m sure the Cardinals would be happy with that.

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Giants take another solid college RHP in Chris Stratton. I’m not as high on him as I am on Wacha, but could develop into a nice starter if he can develop a solid third pitch. Although so could a lot of other players. At worst, he’ll be a solid reliever.

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Braves take HS RHP Lucas Sims. Nats were rumored to be after him for a while (maybe just to annoy the Braves?), but I never really considered their interest in him to be that serious. Slight overdraft (#29 on my board) but I think he’ll end up as a starter more than a lot of people do, apparently.

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It’s probably no surprise to you, but I think Marcus Stroman is an amazing pick for the Blue Jays. He was #5 on my big board and can contribute immediately (aka signing today, pitching tomorrow) in an ML bullpen. I think the Jays would be silly to not at least try him as a starter, but his worst case scenario is as an excellent reliever.

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Cardinals choose a college senior in FSU 2B/OF James Ramsey. Will sign for way under-slot and allow Cardinals to spend some cash in the compensation rounds. Naquin-lite…profiles better at 2B if he can stick there, but likely a .280-.290 hitter peak with not a whole lot else.

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Devin Marrero finally goes to the Red Sox. I was significantly higher on him than most (#9 on my list) and still think he’ll turn into a good SS. You can never have enough middle infielders, and he’s a great fielder, so I think this is a great pick.

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Richie Shaffer is a great value pick for the Rays at 25. #15 on my board due to his combination of defense, plate discipline and developing power. Might have to move to a corner OF position rather than 3B, but with Longoria at 3B anyways, it won’t be an issue for Tampa Bay. Shaffer will make it into their lineup somewhere.

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Stryker Trahan to the Diamondbacks is about where I figured he’d end up. If you think he can stick behind the plate, this is a good value. If not, will he hit enough to play OF? He’s got solid power and a great arm, but question marks about his ability to make contact. There weren’t really any surer bets on the board, but were some guys with more upside like Joey Gallo.

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The Brew Crew have back to back picks at 27 & 28. With pick 27, they went with prep C Clint Coulter. He barely missed my top 30, but I like his power and defense behind the plate. Not amazing upside, but looks like a good shot at being an average or a little better catcher that can put up 20 homers a few times.

Brewers take OF Victor Roache with pick 28. Massive, massive power. Not a whole lot of tools beside the power, but damn, he has some impressive power. Power power power power.

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Texas goes with Lewis Brinson, another prep OF. This is a better place to take a risk on a toolsy high school kid with bat issues than top 15 like some other teams did, so a solid pick by Texas. Good situation for Brinson because of Texas’ minor league depth, so they can keep him in the minors for extra development.

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The Yankees grab HS RHP Ty Hensley. Super high potential, love his stuff (especially curveball), but far from the majors. Could use some help with his command. Great pick. #24 on my big board.

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Boston takes LHP Brian Johnson from Florida. I’m skeptical about his potential long-term. His secondary pitches are solid but his fastball will be knocked around by big league hitters (especially AL East batters). Looks like a #5 starter or LOOGY to me. A stretch here, but Boston could be saving $ for their next pick. I wouldn’t be surprised at all to see Boston or St. Louis grab Joey Gallo in the compensation round here.

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Puerto Rican HS RHP Orlando Berrios to the Twins at 32. Small, throws hard, could be a shutdown reliever.

Florida HS RHP Zach Eflin goes to Padres. #2 potential, great pick.

HS SS Daniel Robertson to Oakland at 34. Don’t know a lot about him, but from what I’ve just read, he’s a good contact hitter that plays above his talent level (a la Lombardozzi?)

Mets take C Kevin Plawecki from Purdue. Not a lot of pop, can hit for average, but profiles as a backup/platoon guy.

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Steve Piscotty, a 3B from Stanford, goes to the Cardinals. Looks more like a bench/platoon guy due to the lack of high-end power or defense, but wouldn’t be surprised if he turned into a league average 3B.

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Red Sox take RHP Pat Light from Monmouth. An overdraft, but has pitched in the northeast and can dial it up to the mid 90s.

Brewers take OF Mitch Haniger from Cal Poly. I like his contact tool and think he can be a 50+ guy across the board.

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Joey Gallo finally goes to the Rangers. Huge power, huge arm on the mound, can he turn either into greatness? Plus plus power/arm, but meh contact with the bat and control on the mound.

Phillies grab California HS RHP Shane Watson. Don’t like his control, but has 2 very good pitches. Needs to add a 3rd (or since I don’t like the Phillies, he can stick with 2).

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Houston goes with prep RHP Lance McCullers. Great arm, and a great pick at #41. I was afraid the Nats would grab him too high, but #41 is fantastic value for him. Correa + McCullers would be a great combination for a team that is dying for talent.

Twins grab RHP Luke Bard from Georgia Tech with pick #42. An overdraft, especially given his current injury concerns. Looks like a bullpen arm to me like his brother.

Fergie Jenkins and the Cubs take RHP Pierce Johnson from Missouri State with pick 43. I like this pick a lot for the Cubbies. #32 on Baseball America’s big board. Lots of K’s come from his arsenal of pitches led by his fastball.

The Padres select OF Travis Jankowski from the Cinderella story of the NCAA baseball tournament, Stony Brook. Good speed, defense and contact, not a lot of power or arm, though. Baseball America compares his swing to Dustin Ackley.

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The Pirates take OF Barrett Barnes from Texas Tech 45th overall. Reminds me a ton of Drew Stubbs due to his power, speed and defense combo with that goes along with mediocre contact and a bunch of K’s.

The first local player off the board, RHP Eddie Butler from Radford goes 46th to the Rockies. His pitches don’t do a lot for me (not a lot of movement, decent control), but he throws hard and could be a solid reliever.

The A’s go with Georgia HS 1B Matt Olson. More HS talent that can hit for Oakland. I think he’ll hit for more average than power in the pros, but could do both.

White Sox take Keon Barnum, a HS 1B from Florida. Plus power, questionable contact, probably a bit of an overdraft here.

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Cincinnati takes Florida HS OF Jesse Winker, a guy who should hit for average but again I am skeptical about the power.

The Blue Jays are killing it, now grabbing HS LHP Matt Smoral. If he’s not injured, he’s a top 15 pick. He’s tall as hell, but doesn’t have as bad mechanical issues as a lot of tall guys do (aka Alex Meyer).

The Dodgers go with Jesmuel Valentin, a Puerto Rican HS SS. I like his defense a lot, but don’t know about the bat contact-wise.

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St. Mary’s 3B Patrick Wisdom goes to St. Louis at #52. I think the bat is better than his 2012 stats. Decent defense at 3B too.

Rangers go with a HS RHP Collin Wiles at #53. Considered to be unsignable or close to it according to Baseball America, he’s not that impressive to me but projectable at 6’4″ 180 lbs.

Phillies get RHP Mitch Gueller, a talented pitcher who could turn into something if he can get more consistent.

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The Padres go with high school righty Walker Weickel. Right now he only throws an 89 MPH fastball, but at 6’6″ 180 or so he can add some velocity. Good secondary pitches for a prep guy.

The Cubbies take HS RHP Paul Blackburn from California. He’s got 3 really good pitches. Signability is questioned by some and not by others, but I think the Cubs have a chance to sign him.

The Reds take UCLA OF Jeff Gelalich, another college outfielder with a pretty good contact tool but little power and a questionable ability to play CF in the pros.

The Blue Jays take a prep 3B in Mitch Nay. Haven’t heard much on him, but it looks like he’s got some power, a nice arm and could hit for average contact.

The Cards select Texas HS C Steve Bean, a guy with an excellent arm who can hit for solid contact and could develop into a decent power hitter. I like this pick a lot.

The Blue Jays grab Texas HS RHP Tyler Gonzales. Baseball America says he’s the nephew of Nats crosschecker  Jimmy Gonzales, and I’m sure Uncle Jimmy would have loved to select his nephew when the Nats pick first tomorrow. It sounds like his delivery is violent enough to be an injury concern. Will probably end up as a back-end bullpen guy.

Looks like that’s it for tonight. Thanks to Luke for having me and to anyone who read this far! Check back on me this week with more Nats draft coverage at DC is for Baseball and 2012 Nationals Draft Info.

Jun 042012
 

As many of you know, I’m not “all in” for the MLB First-Year Player Draft, which may be a bit unusual for prospects guy. But even before I were to tell you that I graduated from the University of Oregon, you already knew I was an odd duck.

As I’ve written before, it just doesn’t interest me to speculate on who “we” might get so much as I like to follow who “we’ve” got. As a buddy of mine put it, it’s hard for MLB to manufacture the excitement of the NFL or NBA drafts because you’re pretty much going on the opinions of perhaps a dozen people.

However, this year is a little different.

Sean Hogan, author of the three-part draft series that ran the past three Tuesdays, will be live-blogging the event for us, so I hope you’ll check in tonight to see what he has to say. I’ll be keeping an eye on the minors, as usual, and resting up for a busy weekend in Potomac.

Jun 042012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 14-6 @ Indianpolis,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (6-2, 3.97) vs.
Owens (3-2, 2.30)
Harrisburg Won, 6-1 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 8-0 @ Frederick,
7:00 p.m.
Grace (2-6, 6.02) vs.
Wilson (1-1, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 13-5 OFF DAY N/A
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Mets1,
10:30 a.m.
N/A

Indianapolis 14 Syracuse 6
• Atkins (L, 4-5) 3IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Paul 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• Rivero 2-3, BB, SB

Indianapolis scored early and often, pummeling Syracuse for a 14-6 win. Despite the double-digit “R” column, just four pitchers were used (and all were scored upon), with starter Mitch Atkins bearing the brunt of it with six runs allowed on seven hits and three walks. Xavier Paul and Carlos Rivero were the only two Chiefs to collect multiple hits, while James Skelton led the team in RBIs with two. Corey Brown went 1-for-5 in his first start since his return from D.C.

Harrisburg 6 New Britain 1
• Pucetas (W, 3-1) 6IP, 3H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• McCoy (H, 4) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Perez 3-4, 2RBI, CS, SF
• Rahl 3-5, R
• Mayorson 2-5, R, RBI

Kevin Pucetas stepped in for a spot start and helped deliver a 6-1 Sens win over the Rock Cats. The 27-y.o. veteran held New Britain to just a run on three hits over six innings for his third win. Harrisburg peppered the field with 14 hits but left 10 men on while going 3-for-15 with RISP. Eury Perez and Chris Rahl both singled three times to lead the Sens hit column.

Potomac 8 Lynchburg 0
• Ray (W, 2-2) 8IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 9K
• McCatty 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Hague 2-4, 2R, HR, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Oduber 3-4, 2R, 2B, SB
• Walters 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

In case you missed it yesterday, Robbie Ray had it going on Sunday Afternoon In Woodbridge.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 5
• Hill (W, 5-4) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 3BB, 2K, HR
• Bates 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Souza 3-4, 2R, 2B, HR, BB, 4RBI, SB
• Dykstra 2-4, 2R, HR, 4RBI, SB
• Martinson 2-2, 2R, HR, BB, RBI, CS

The Suns scored in each of the first six innings to cruise to 13-5 win over the Shorebirds. Steve Souza, Cutter Dykstra, and Jason Martinson each homered, combining to collect 7 of the 11 hits and 9 of the 13 RBIs. Starter Taylor Hill got the win despite a shaky finish, giving up four runs on six hits and three walks over six innings. RHP Wilson Eusebio was assigned from the Potomac Nationals to the Hagerstown Suns, with LHP Bobby Lucas being placed on the 7-Day DL to make room on the roster.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a funny start-stop due to the Saturday debut and Sundays being the regular off day, the D-Nats return to action this week with home and away games against the Yankees1 and Giants1 squads, and road games vs. the DSL Mets1 and the Arizona/Cincy co-op (Redbacks?). Looking over the rosters, it’s roughly a 50/50 split between the newcomers and returnees. Perhaps that’s the bad news. The good news is that the average age of the newcomers is roughly 17½ and just four on the active roster are 20 or older.

Jun 032012
 

It's time to see if the P-Nats can take this show on the road.

With eight masterful innings by Robbie Ray, Potomac completed a three-game sweep of Lynchburg with an 8-0 shutout.

The southpaw allowed just two hits and a walk over eight innings while striking out nine, flirting with a no-hitter for two and 1/3rd innings before Randolph Oduber got turned around on a flyball that fell in for a triple.

Ray retired the next seven just as easily, then gave up a clean double to base of the LF wall to quash any what-if ramblings about a no-hitter.

Working fast, keeping the ball low, and using both sides of the plate, Ray was in command from start to finish — and did it against one of the better offenses in the Carolina League.

Meanwhile, the offense picked up where it left off the night before, making the Hillcats pay for each and every mistake (and even overcoming a couple of their own), using the long ball once again. An error, sacrifice, and another error on a double-steal plated the first Potomac run while Zach Walters went deep (again) for his third HR in five at-bats to give Potomac a 3-0 lead after one.

Back-to-back singles by Kevin Keyes and Randolph Oduber opened up the 2nd inning, but a botched bunt by Blake Kelso erased Keyes at third for the first out. Manager Brian Rupp ordered another double steal but Oduber was gunned down trying to advance on grounder to short for the second out.

But strange things happen in A-ball, such as Rick Hague following those two miscues by lofting a high flyball to RF that seemed destined to be caught or fall foul by the Potomac bullpen. Instead, it somehow went out on a clear and not-too-windy Sunday for another home run, and a 6-0 Potomac lead.

Hague registered five RBI for the game, a season-high for any P-Nat thus far this season, while going 2-for-4 and scoring twice. He drove in the seventh run with an RBI single in the 4th and beat out a double-play ball for the eighth final Potomac tally in the 6th.

The win sliced the Hillcats’ lead to just 2½ games over the Blue Rocks and 3½ games over the P-Nats.

As caption suggests, winning at the Pfitz has not been the team’s problem this year, as their 18 home wins (in 29 games) leads the Carolina League. But on the road? Just six (out of 24).

If Potomac is going to continue this win streak of four games, and make a run at the division title, they’re going to have to play this way in Maryland and in the Carolinas over the next two weeks. And they’re going to need some help. That’s because they have no more games left against Lynchburg (4-8 against) or Wilmington (2-4 against) and just one more home series, a five-game tilt next weekend against Salem.

Next up: a five-game set in Frederick that begins tomorrow, and includes a doubleheader on Tuesday that is likely to be Nathan Karns’s High-A debut. Matt Grace (2-6, 6.02) is slated the start in the series opener, opposed by the Keys’ Tyler Wilson (1-1, 3.00).