It’s back! Our weekly look at the leaders (good), trailers (bad), and outliers (interesting) in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.
SYRACUSE 6-8, T4th place IL North, 3 games back
|Good||Tom Milone 0.85WHIP, 0BB in 13 innings|
|Bad||Garrett Mock 17BB, 2.29WHIP in 11⅓ IP|
|Interesting||Brian Bixler .326/.483/.370 in 14G|
HARRISBURG 6-7, T3rd place E.L. West, 1 game back
|Good||Brad Meyers 2-1, 3.07 in 3GS|
|Bad||Jonathan Tucker .140/.178/.209 in 12G|
|Interesting||Hassan Pena 9K, 0.90WHIP in 4 appearances|
POTOMAC 5-7, 3rd place, Carolina League North, 3½ games back
|Good||Steve Souza 5HR, 1.079OPS in 12G|
|Bad||Alex Caldera 14.40ERA, 2.60WHIP, 3HR in 2 appearances|
|Interesting||Destin Hood 10BB, .467OBP in 12G|
HAGERSTOWN 9-6, 3rd Place Sally League Northern, 2 games back
|Good||Cameron Selik 20K in 15IP, 0.00ERA, 3GS|
|Bad||Michael Taylor .143/.205/.229 in 13G|
|Interesting||Blake Kelso .333/.380/.422, 1E in 14G|
Before folks chime in about who did or didn’t get named, bear in mind that:
(a) This ain’t Little League
(b) I try to keep the bats and arms balanced
(c) Outliers aren’t necessarily organizational soldiers; mostly it’s the unexpected in either extreme. For example, Bryce Harper might have been an “Interesting” because he’s not tearing up the Sally League, but Blake Kelso (who is a watchlist player) is both hitting and fielding better than expected.
(d) I also try to highlight (or lowlight) different folks every week unless someone’s on a run like Tyler Moore or Stephen Strasburg, in which case, I owe it to both you, the reader, and them to give them their due.
Now, comment away!