Dec 312015
 

Final Winter League Update
In lieu of a 2015 review, for which I just couldn’t find more than a couple of truly good stories (never mind ten), here’s a final look at how players in the Nationals organization are doing in the Winter Leagues for the 2015-16 offseason. All statistics as of 12/31/2015.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Marquez Smith PWL 43 136 28 39 10 1 4 27 28 29 .287 .425 .374 7
Rafael Bautista DWL 40 104 14 29 5 1 0 6 9 11 .279 .348 .346 8
Jose Lozada PWL 37 122 13 38 7 0 0 14 15 17 .311 .403 .369 1
Brian Goodwin VWL 35 133 21 42 8 1 3 18 19 28 .316 .401 .459 5
Reegie Corona VWL 30 89 12 21 5 0 0 4 12 18 .236 .327 .292 2
Pedro Severino DWL 23 58 9 12 4 0 2 4 2 14 .207 .233 .379 0
Isaac Ballou PWL 17 62 11 12 3 1 0 4 10 8 .194 .333 .274 0
Jose Marmolejos-Diaz DWL 3 9 0 3 0 1 0 2 0 1 .333 .333 .556 0
Melvin Rodriguez PWL 1 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 0
Estarlin Martinez DWL 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Paolo Espino VWL 2 3 0 4.28 10 10 40 48 24 19 5 18 33 1.65
Jon Velasquez PWL 1 0 4 2.03 14 0 13⅓ 9 3 3 1 5 12 1.05
Stephen Shackleford VWL 2 2 0 3.65 14 0 12⅓ 11 5 5 0 7 10 1.46
Rafael Martin MWL 1 2 0 3.60 10 0 10 7 4 4 1 1 12 0.80
Wander Suero DWL 0 0 0 5.40 2 0 1⅔ 3 1 1 0 0 1 1.80

The Venezuelan and Mexican Leagues finished up on Tuesday; the Puerto Rican Winter League ends on Monday. Before folks get too excited about Lozada and Smith, both are 30 years old (Smith turning 31 in March) and are doing precisely what they ought to be against the uneven pitching found in the winter leagues. Sadly, the latter part of that caveat should also apply to Goodwin, even if it seems fairly obvious that the Nats may only value him as a trade chip at this point.

Enjoy your New Year’s Eve and stay safe. See you in 2016.

Nov 222015
 

Monday Morning Box Scores
Time for our first update on how the Nationals’ minor-leaguers are doing in the winter leagues thus far. All statistics as of 11/22/2015.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Rafael Bautista DWL 26 91 12 27 5 1 0 6 9 11 .297 .360 .374 5
Brian Goodwin VWL 20 75 13 21 5 1 1 11 10 16 .280 .365 .413 3
Reegie Corona VWL 20 65 10 12 3 0 0 3 10 15 .200 .307 .246 1
Jose Lozada PWL 16 54 9 22 5 0 0 9 10 5 .407 .493 .500 1
Pedro Severino DWL 19 49 8 12 4 0 2 4 1 11 .245 .260 .449 0
Jose Marmolejos-Diaz DWL 1 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 3 .250 .250 .250 0

PITCHER

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Paolo Espino VWL 2 2 0 4.41 8 8 34⅔ 39 20 17 5 15 27 1.56


I thought last year’s group was small… but this is three fewer players and just one (1) pitcher. Not sure what to make of it aside from that it may be an indication of how desperate I am for offseason topics. 😉

Most folks will probably (and rightly) be obsessed with how Bautista and Goodwin are doing. Indeed it’s good to see both players putting up numbers that are closer to their reputation and/or capabilities.

But, a reminder that winter-league pitching varies widely in quality (Low-A to AAA) is in order, and that plenty of players have had monster winters with zero carryover into the next winter (e.g. Tyler Moore in 2014, Sandy Leon in 2013, Jesus Flores, 2011).

So take these numbers for what they’re worth: A chance to look at some stats when the news is slow (though maybe not this slow).

Jan 032015
 

Winter Baseball Update
With the close of the Venezuelan Winter League last night, here’s the last look at how players in the Nationals organization did in the 2014-15 Winter Leagues.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Tyler Moore DWL 22 77 19 23 4 0 6 17 18 20 .299 .429 .584 2
Emmanuel Burriss DWL 17 55 4 16 4 1 0 4 2 6 .291 .350 .400 1
Estarlin Martinez DWL 2 7 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .143 .250 .143 0
Wilman Rodriguez DWL 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 .500 .500 .500 0
Jose Lozada PWL 29 99 11 23 8 0 2 7 5 23 .229 .295 .429 0
Sandy Leon VWL 46 147 13 31 8 1 2 14 17 27 .211 .290 .320 1
Mario Lisson VWL 32 112 11 26 5 1 4 13 18 20 .232 .372 .402 2
Wilson Ramos VWL 18 67 4 15 2 0 1 6 2 17 .224 .257 .299 0
Adrian Sanchez VWL 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Richard Bleier DWL 1 3 0 5.23 7 4 20⅔ 26 14 12 2 4 12 1.45
Manny Delcarmen DWL 1 0 0 8.71 14 0 10⅓ 15 10 10 2 6 7 2.03
Gilberto Mendez DWL 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 2⅔ 0 0 0 0 0 1 0.00
Rafael Martin MWL 1 0 10 1.90 24 0 23⅔ 22 8 5 1 4 22 1.10
Jose Lozada PWL 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 0⅔ 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Paolo Espino VWL 3 0 0 3.74 8 8 33⅔ 34 14 14 3 11 34 1.34
Mitch Lively VWL 1 2 0 3.38 6 2 18⅔ 21 8 7 2 5 18 1.39
David Ramos VWL 0 1 0 2.95 6 0 18⅓ 19 6 6 0 6 7 1.36


As usual in early January, there’s very little to report on the minor-league front. Earlier this week, the Nationals signed another veteran catcher: 33-year-old Omir Santos, who appeared in just 11 games last summer with Pittsburgh’s AAA affiliate due to a concussion and an ankle injury. Santos was orignally drafted by the Yankees in 2001, but made his MLB with Orioles in 2008. Since filling in for former Nats catcher Brian Schneider for 96 games with the Mets in 2009, Santos has played sparingly — just 226 games across five seasons for the Mets, Tigers, Rockies, Indians, and Pirates, with only 15 games played at the MLB level (14 for Detroit in 2011 and 2012, one for Cleveland in 2013).

Nov 232014
 

Monday Morning Box Scores
Time for our first update on how the Nationals’ minor-leaguers (and a couple of 40-man guys, natch) are doing in the winter leagues.
All statistics as of 11/23/2014, 12:22 a.m. EST.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Emmanuel Burriss DWL 15 47 3 13 1 1 0 4 2 6 .277 .346 .340 1
Tyler Moore DWL 22 77 19 22 4 0 6 17 18 20 .299 .429 .584 2
Jose Lozada PWL 11 35 2 8 3 0 1 5 2 10 .229 .270 .400 0
Sandy Leon VWL 23 72 3 13 2 1 0 6 8 17 .181 .259 .236 0
Adrian Sanchez VWL 5 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 .000 .000 .000 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Manny Delcarmen DWL 1 0 0 5.00 11 0 9 10 5 5 1 5 5 1.67
Rafael Martin MWL 0 0 5 3.00 12 0 12 12 6 4 0 2 10 1.17
Paolo Espino VWL 3 0 0 3.74 8 8 33⅔ 34 14 14 3 11 34 1.34
David Ramos VWL 0 0 0 0.00 6 0 9 7 0 0 0 2 4 1.00


One of the first things that strikes me is that this easily the smallest winter contingent since I began this feature in 2010 — and a couple of these names may already be done for the season, as it’s been a week or more since they last made an appearance.

We’ve already heard some rumblings about how Tyler Moore is doing, though without the caveat that he’s facing pitching that ranges from Low-A to AAA.  Obviously, vice-versa for the pitchers, which is why I’m not impressed by either Martin or Ramos. I tend to get more concerned by particularly poor showings like Sandy Leon’s, even if I know the sample size is unreliable.

So take these numbers for what they’re worth: A chance to look at some stats when (ordinarily) it’s cold and bleak and not much else is going on in minor-league baseball.

Jan 022014
 

Winter Baseball UpdateWith the close of the Venezuelan Winter League earlier this week, we can kill some time take a final look at how the notable Nats minor-leaguers did in Winter baseball last year 😉

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Oscar Tejeda DWL 28 86 9 20 4 1 2 9 4 27 .233 .269 .422 1
Eury Perez DWL 18 49 9 10 0 0 1 2 4 8 .204 .291 .265 5
Francisco Soriano DWL 17 16 5 3 0 0 1 1 2 7 .188 .278 .375 0
Estarlin Martinez DWL 2 8 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .125 .125 .125 0
Wander Ramos DWL 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0
Michael Taylor PWL 36 137 20 50 7 2 3 10 13 38 .365 .428 .511 3
Jose Lozada PWL 18 29 6 8 1 1 0 3 3 4 .276 .344 .379 0
Sandy Leon VWL 38 119 19 42 8 1 2 15 20 26 .353 .451 .487 0
Adrian Sanchez VWL 25 51 6 11 3 0 0 3 1 10 .216 .245 .275 0
Zach Walters VWL 15 50 6 12 1 0 3 6 6 19 .240 .321 .440 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Manny Delcarmen DWL 0 2 0 1.88 12 0 14⅓ 14 4 3 1 4 18 1.26
Kelvin Perez DWL 0 0 0 1.00 8 0 9 5 1 1 0 4 5 1.00
Paul Demny DWL 0 0 0 0.00 7 0 6 2 0 0 0 4 5 1.00
Gilberto Mendez DWL 0 0 0 18.00 1 0 1 2 2 2 1 0 0 2.00
Rafael Martin MWL 1 1 0 5.28 12 0 15⅓ 17 11 9 3 4 13 1.37
Christian Garcia MWL 0 0 0 2.16 5 0 8⅓ 4 2 2 0 6 8 1.20
Tyler Herron PWL 1 0 12 0.84 19 0 21⅓ 9 2 2 0 11 21 0.94
Danny Rosenbaum VWL 2 2 0 4.28 7 6 27⅓ 36 14 13 3 8 15 1.61
Gabriel Alfaro VWL 3 1 0 5.14 24 0 21 17 17 12 0 12 17 1.38



Things have slowed to the usual crawl on the minor-league front. As the slash-through joke implies, if I weren’t writing this, I might be typing something else, which folks to the north of the DMV very well may be with the first Nor’easter of 2014 bearing down on them tonight. I don’t expect much in the next BA transaction post, so I’ll be working on the essays and the player reports as best as I can until the new scouting books arrive in the mail.

Dec 162013
 

Winter Baseball Update
Time for our semi-weekly update on how the notable Nationals minor-leaguers are doing in the winter leagues. All statistics as of 12/14/2013, 1:38 a.m. EST.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Francisco Soriano DWL 14 16 5 3 0 0 1 1 2 7 .188 .278 .375 0
Oscar Tejeda DWL 22 64 7 15 4 1 2 7 3 21 .234 .269 .422 1
Eury Perez DWL 16 48 8 10 0 0 1 2 4 8 .208 .296 .271 4
Jose Lozada PWL 8 5 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0
Michael Taylor PWL 29 118 16 44 7 1 2 8 5 33 .373 .408 .500 3
Adrian Sanchez VWL 23 51 5 11 3 0 0 3 1 10 .216 .245 .275 0
Sandy Leon VWL 28 88 14 27 6 1 1 9 15 22 .307 .410 .432 1

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Manny Delcarmen DWL 0 2 0 1.88 12 0 14⅓ 14 4 3 1 4 18 1.26
Paul Demny DWL 0 0 0 0.00 3 0 3⅓ 0 0 0 0 1 4 0.30
Kelvin Perez DWL 2 3 0 0.00 6 0 6 1 0 0 0 4 2 0.83
Tyler Herron PWL 1 0 7 0.52 15 0 17⅓ 8 1 1 0 7 18 0.87
Gabriel Alfaro VWL 2 1 0 4.50 20 0 18 12 14 9 0 10 15 1.22


A few additions, thanks to MLFA signings… and a few subtractions, though all but Yunesky Maya appear to be due to the player no longer playing since our previous edition. Most of the leagues will finish up in two weeks, after which we’ll have a final wrapup of all the Nats stats from the winter leagues.

Nov 232013
 

Monday Morning Box Scores
Time for our semi-weekly update on how the notable Nationals minor-leaguers are doing in the winter leagues. All statistics as of 11/23/2013, 1:19 a.m. EST.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Francisco Soriano DWL 5 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 .000 .000 .000 1
Jose Lozada PWL 4 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 0
Michael Taylor PWL 15 57 7 24 3 1 2 5 4 15 .421 .476 .614 2
Adrian Sanchez VWL 20 46 4 11 3 0 0 2 1 8 .239 .271 .304 0
Sandy Leon VWL 18 60 9 17 1 1 1 5 9 16 .283 .377 .383 1
Zach Walters VWL 15 50 6 12 1 0 3 6 6 19 .240 .321 .440 0
Corey Brown VWL 9 27 5 8 3 0 0 5 8 10 .296 .472 .407 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Yunesky Maya DWL 2 3 0 3.45 6 6 31⅓ 33 15 12 2 5 25 1.21
Rafael Martin MWL 1 1 0 5.28 12 0 15⅓ 17 11 9 3 4 13 1.37
Christian Garcia MWL 0 0 0 2.16 5 0 8⅓ 4 2 2 0 6 8 1.20
Tyler Herron PWL 0 0 7 0.00 9 0 9⅓ 3 0 0 0 4 10 0.75
Danny Rosenbaum VWL 2 2 0 4.28 7 6 27⅓ 36 14 13 3 8 15 1.61
Nov 042013
 

Winter Baseball Update
Time for our semi-weekly update on how the notable Nationals minor leaguers are doing in the winter leagues, beginning of course, with the Arizona Fall League. All statistics as of 11/3/2013, 11:30 p.m. EST.

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Brian Goodwin AFL 13 56 7 17 3 0 1 6 2 16 .304 .339 .411 2
Matt Skole AFL 11 35 7 6 1 0 3 7 13 10 .171 .396 .457 0
Steve Souza Jr. AFL 8 29 5 10 1 0 0 5 5 7 .345 .441 .379 9
Adrian Nieto AFL 8 28 4 8 1 1 0 4 5 8 .286 .382 .393 0
Francisco Soriano DWL 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .— .— .— 0
Carlos Rivero VWL 18 64 6 20 4 0 1 6 8 8 .313 .392 .422 0
Zach Walters VWL 15 50 6 12 1 0 3 6 6 19 .240 .321 .440 0
Adrian Sanchez VWL 12 33 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 7 .182 .206 .242 0
Sandy Leon VWL 10 31 5 6 0 1 0 1 3 7 .194 .265 .258 1
Corey Brown VWL 9 27 5 8 3 0 0 5 8 10 .296 .472 .407 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Sammy Solis AFL 3 2 0 2.29 5 5 19⅔ 21 7 5 1 6 20 1.37
Matt Purke AFL 2 1 0 3.00 4 4 15 11 6 5 0 5 13 1.07
Robert Benincasa AFL 0 0 0 4.50 8 0 8 10 4 4 1 3 7 1.63
Richie Mirowski AFL 0 0 1 1.29 6 0 7 5 1 1 0 1 5 0.86
Yunesky Maya DWL 1 0 0 1.72 3 3 15⅔ 14 5 3 0 3 11 1.09
Jeff Mandel DWL 0 0 0 3.00 3 3 12 15 5 4 0 3 6 1.50
Rafael Martin MWL 1 0 0 6.23 10 0 13 13 9 9 3 3 10 1.23
Christian Garcia MWL 0 0 0 0.00 5 0 5⅔ 2 0 0 0 3 6 0.88
Danny Rosenbaum VWL 2 0 0 1.88 4 3 14⅓ 14 3 3 1 3 6 1.19


As reported previously, the winter leagues in Australia and Puerto Rico started up over the weekend, but it appears there are no current Nats down under and just two on La Isla del Encanto — Jose Lozada and Tyler Herron, neither of whom have appeared in a game yet.

Oct 212013
 

Monday Morning Box Scores
With three of the five winter leagues now playing — the Australian and Puerto Rican Leagues and start up next Thursday and Friday respectively — it’s time for our semi-weekly peek at how the notable minor-leaguers are doing, starting of course with the boys in the AFL:

BATTERS

PLAYER LG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO AVG OBP SLG SB
Brian Goodwin AFL 6 26 3 9 2 0 0 2 1 7 .346 .393 .423 2
Matt Skole AFL 5 16 6 5 1 0 2 5 8 3 .313 .542 .750 0
Steve Souza Jr. AFL 3 13 2 4 1 0 0 5 5 3 .308 .500 .385 6
Adrian Nieto AFL 3 13 2 4 1 0 0 2 4 3 .308 .444 .385 0
Adrian Sanchez VWL 9 32 3 6 2 0 0 0 1 7 .188 .212 .250 0
Carlos Rivero VWL 8 30 3 7 3 0 1 4 3 6 .233 .303 .433 0
Zach Walters VWL 6 19 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 7 .158 .238 .211 0

PITCHERS

PLAYER LG W L SV ERA G GS IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
Sammy Solis AFL 2 0 0 1.17 2 2 7⅔ 6 1 1 1 3 10 1.17
Matt Purke AFL 2 0 0 0.00 2 2 7 2 1 0 0 2 9 0.57
Robert Benincasa AFL 0 0 0 4.50 4 0 4 5 2 2 1 2 3 1.75
Richie Mirowski AFL 0 0 0 3.00 3 0 3 2 1 1 0 0 3 0.67
Yunesky Maya DWL 0 0 0 0.00 1 1 5⅔ 1 1 0 0 2 5 0.53
Rafael Martin MWL 1 0 0 6.75 4 0 5⅓ 6 4 4 2 0 3 1.13
Christian Garcia MWL 0 0 0 0.00 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 1.00
Danny Rosenbaum VWL 0 0 0 8.10 2 1 3⅓ 5 3 3 1 2 2 2.10


As in years past, a disclaimer: the sample sizes here are small and unreliable, which of course won’t stop folks from checking (or me from posting 😉

Jan 042013
 

With the close of the Venzuelan League’s regular season, we can now take a look at the final numbers of the Nationals players in the 2012-13 winter leagues.
VWL HITTERS
VWL Hitters 1-4-13
DWL HITTERS
DWL Hitters 1-4-13
PRWL HITTERS
PWL Hitters 1-4-13
VWL PITCHER

DWL PITCHERS
DWL Pitchers 1-4-13
PRWL PITCHER
PWL Pitcher 1-4-13
MWL PITCHERS
MWL Pitchers 1-4-13



As I semi-predicted, the latest BA Transaction post was indeed no new news. Still a bit surprising is how slow the FA market has been in terms of former Nationals — just four have signed thus far. Even the Nationals themselves have been less active than last offseason — just nine signed as opposed to 15 by this time last year.