Jul 182014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 58-39, 1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .329/.422/.530, 6HR, 30RBI in 42G
Bad Daniel Stange 27BB in 45IP (5.4/9IP)
Interesting 75 offensive SB 2nd best in I.L.



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-58, 5th place E.L. West, 18½ games behind

Good Paolo Espino 1-0, 2.51 ERA, 0.63WHIP in July (3 appearances, 2 starts)
Bad Drew Vettleson .170/.216/.234 in July (16G)
Interesting 7 team shutouts, 4th best in E.L.; 8th of 8 teams in pitching (5.4 R/G allowed)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-12, 1st place C.L. North, ½ game ahead (51-43 overall)

Good Estarlin Martinez .316/.355/.421 since All-Star break (19G)
Bad Matt Spann 2-3, 5.26 ERA, 1.91 WHIP since All-Star break (5GS)/td>
Interesting 4th-best offense in C.L., 2nd fewest total bases



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 18-10, T1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead (62-36 overall)

Good David Napoli 1-0, 0.68 ERA, 0.832 WHIP in seven appearances
Bad James Yezzo 11BB in 84G
Interesting Tied with Greensboro for both 2nd half and overall records



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 15-17, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8½ games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .850 OPS
Bad Drew Van Orden 0-2, 11.05 ERA, 2.32 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 14SB – 14th in 14-team NYPL (also CS = 14)



GCL NATIONALS 13-11, T2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 3 games behind

Good Anderson Martinez 1-0, 0.73 ERA, 0.97 WHIP in 4 appearances (12⅓ IP)
Bad Darryl Florentino .424 OPS in 20G (58PA)
Interesting Oliver Ortiz five OF assists in 20G



DSL NATIONALS 23-18, T3rd place Boca Chica South, 3 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Joan Baez 3-1, 1.21/3.12/0.90 in 9GS
Bad 17-y.o. Luis Perdomo .214/.233/.214 in 16G
Interesting 17-y.o. Panamanian Steven Fuentes 6HBP, 7BB, 35K in 33IP
Sep 292011
 

If you just look at wins and losses, the 2011 campaign was a step back from 2010 for the DSL Nationals. If, however, you consider the trend of the team getting younger for the third straight year, then there’s a modicum of success for this year’s crew. The average batter was 18.1 years old, the average pitcher was 18.9 years old; the league averages were 18.5 and 19.0. In 2008, the year the DSL Nationals1 team won the league, those figures were 19.3 and 21.2 respectively.

Of course, the real sign of success is going to be how many of these kids “graduate” to the GCL and beyond. Three bats (four if you count Bowden’s folly) and six arms made the jump from the D.R. to the U.S. from 2010 to 2011. In the 2009 to 2010 offseason, four position players and three pitchers made that leap. Of those seven, only Manny Rivera made it north of Florida for any significant playing time in 2011. That’s not all bad news because among those six are a couple of teenagers (Estarlin Martinez and Gregory Baez, both 19).

Following my size 13B’s from last year, let’s take a look at how the team did as a whole vs. the league averages…

HITTING * GPA = Gross Production Average.

PITCHING




Like last year, the team was slightly above average on offense, though the tradeoff was more hits for fewer walks. The pitching wasn’t quite as good and it wasn’t helped by a defense that was 28th out of 33 teams in terms of errors committed. Sight unseen, I’d attribute many of these things to a younger team, particularly the lower walk totals.

So who were the 2011 DSL Nationals? Using 100PA as the cutoff and defensive games played, here’s how the position players broke down. Folks interested in seeing the full team and its stats can click here.














The fielding percentages are at the position listed (G/GP = Games At The Position/Games Played), except for the utilty/bench guys, for which the percentage is cumulative and the number of games at each position is listed between commas. As aforementioned, this was not a strong fielding club. It is, however, encouraging to see such strong GPAs from some of the teenagers.

Two names that did not make the “cut” but will get some play right here are Algenis Ramirez and Junior Geraldo. The former is a 17-year-old signed from the Dominican Prospect League, the latter we’ve since learned is an 18-year-old but little else can found on him outside of this site. Ramirez had the team’s best walk rate at 17.5%, Geraldo put up a sick .909 OPS — both in admittedly small sample sizes (63 and 71 PAs, respectively).

On to the pitchers, listing the Top 12 in terms of innings pitched…














I purposely included Miguel Navarro as the 12th pitcher even though he was tied for the position to illustrate the following: The D-Nats had four pitchers with four-digit ERAs, responsible for more than 20 percent of the total runs surrendered despite pitching just 37 innings combined, or roughly six percent of the team’s total innings pitched. The point? They were clearly willing to let these kids (three 18 yo’s, one 17-yo) take their lumps.

As you can see from the HBP and WP numbers, this was a wild bunch — even by DSL standards. But you can also see there were some guys that had strong peripherals: Ivan Pineyro, Gilberto Mendez, and Joel Barrientos all had K rates of 24% or better, stranded more than 71% of their baserunners and walked less than three batters per nine. Which of course brings us to our…

OBLIGATORY TOP FIVE LISTS
Last year’s #1 picks — Wirkin Estevez and Jean-Carlos Valdez — both “graduated” so a pat on the back. My #5 bat (Paul Chacin) got released, so a facepalm. I don’t feel quite so bad when more than a couple of the draft gurus I follow on Twitter have remarked that getting too excited about the DSL stats is an errand for the foolish. And let’s face it: This is basically looking at those numbers, factoring in age, and going with a gut feeling.

Top 5 Batters
1. Diomedes Eusebio
2. Dionicio Rosario
3. Jose Marmolejos-Diaz
4. Wilmer Difo
5. “Fred” Ortega
HONORABLE MENTIONS: Algenis Ramirez and Junior Geraldo

Top 5 Pitchers
1. Gilberto Mendez
2. Ivan Pineyro
3. Joel Barrientos
4. Hector Silvestre
5. Anderson Martinez