Offseason Update: Sept. 24, 2016

Well, it’s been a week. I know some of you are still smarting from another late-inning collapse by the big club, complete with the requisite angst of “the guy we traded away did better than the guy we traded for,” as well as another managerial blunder (pro tip: when you have a true CF available in the late innings, you might want to use him on defense), but this is a site devoted to the minor leagues, so let’s follow my digital 13’s from last year and see what’s what…


Two of the seven affiliates made the playoffs (Hagerstown, Potomac) and two narrowly missed (Harrisburg, GCL). Unfortunately, the other three were not believers in corporal punishment (that’s no hitting, kids) and had league-average pitching (Syracuse, DSL) or worse (Auburn), which resulted in finishes at or near the bottom of the standings.

Naturally, this is not the best bellwether. The system generated another starter for the big club (Trea Turner) and was able to call on a trio of upper-level starters (A.J. Cole, Reynaldo Lopez, Lucas Giolito) to fill in 16 times (as of this writing) for Joe Ross and Stephen Strasburg with subpar-but-not-bad-considering results (4-6, 5.11/5.04/1.51) as well as a hard-throwing reliever (Koda Glover). Even F.P. Santangelo can tell you that most of these guys were probably rushed a little, but it’s in line with the shift league-wide towards going younger.

As written in this space a year ago, the hopes for an influx of positional talent from the D.R. was fulfilled with the strong seasons from Juan Soto, Kelvin Gutierrez, and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos, with half-a-dozen or more guys behind them, though defense is a big “yeah, but” with the latter (e.g. Raudy Read, Osvaldo Abreu). And that’s not to overlook the ascendance of the age-appropriate Americans like Andrew Stevenson and Drew Ward.

In short, the system is still developing talent on both sides of the ball that can be used for both short-term and long-term needs.

These are just starting up, so it looks like it’ll be another few days before we see our first Nationals, though I think most of us can probably guess it’ll be only a handful total and usually one or two (tops), for any given league. In other words, SSDY.

A year ago, I was worried that this may have to be scrapped. I’m less worried about that than I am in keeping the GBI. I scaled it back this year and it still felt like a struggle to produce. I know it’s a popular feature, but if it stays, I think it’ll be monthly in 2017. My apologies in advance.

My season reviews are much, much shorter than they used to be (like below). But one of the writers at District on Deck has taken on that task, and I’m passing along links to his work on the Potomac Nationals and, with my sympathies (for him, not you), the Syracuse Chiefs.

In a word, disappointing. While I don’t follow this level as closely as I used to, it just seems to me that a team with a lot of guys repeating the level should have done better. After being the youngest set of batters in the DSL in 2015, the pendulum swung back to just slight older than the league average (18.4 vs. 18.2) while the pitching staff was still younger (18.7 vs. 19.1).

As alluded to above, the offense was horrible: 35th in the 42-team league and more than a half-a-run worse than the league average (3.80 vs. 4.46). The pitching improved from near-the-worst (33rd out of 38) to middle-of-the pack (4.43 R/G vs. 4.46). The defense was, like 2015, slightly below average (.953FA vs. .957FA — remember, all we have to go on are the stats).

Without further comment, here are the obligatory Top 5’s, excluding the old-for-the-level players…

1. Jose Cabello, C/1B
.259 GPA, 28 BB
1. Yelmery Sisneros, LHSP
0.43/2.39/0.91, 4.56 K:BB ratio
2. Santo Falcon, CF
.234 GPA, 12 SB
2. Angel Guillen, RHSP
1.67/2.61/0.94, 4.17 K:BB ratio
3. Brailin Mesa, RF/LF
.225 GPA, 16 2B
3. Gilbert Chu, LHSP
3.18/2.68/0.96, 1.6 BB/9
4. Jesus Morales, 2B/3B
.215 GPA, 10E
4. Warner Duran, RHRP
1.65/2.59/1.22, 6BB in 32⅔ IP
5. Juan Pascal, SS
.209 GPA, 55 of 56G at SS
5. Jairon Peguero, LHRP
4.91/2.91/1.46, 0HR in 33IP

As you might imagine, there are no honorable mentions this year, especially since there were just two (2) batters above the league average and under the age of 20. Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats can find them here.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-5 vs. Lehigh Valley,
1:05 p.m.
Latos (0-0, 1.80) vs.
Vasquez (3-0, 2.73)
Harrisburg Won, 8-5 @ Richmond,
12:05 p.m.
Fedde (1-1, 6.35) vs.
Molina (1-0, 0.00)
Potomac Lost, 7-6 vs. Frederick,
6:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Long (6-6, 4.47)
Hagerstown Postponed @ Lexington,
1:05 p.m.
Rodriguez (7-9, 4.80) and
Guilbeau (2-2, 4.12) vs.
Puckett (0-2, 3.49) and
Watson (2-10, 8.11)
Auburn Lost, 4-3 @ Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
TBD vs.
Suarez (5-2, 3.27)

Syracuse 6 Lehigh Valley 5
• Voth 6IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 3BB, 7K
• DeFratus (W, 1-1) 2IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K, 2HR
• Grace (SV, 1) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Soto 2-2, BB, RBI
• Martinson 1-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Bostick 1-3, R, 2B, BB

Jason Martinson homered in the bottom of the 8th to end the see-saw battle of the bullpens, with Syracuse proving to less inept for a 6-5 win. It was 2-2 after six innings with Austin Voth spinning a quality start of two runs on six hits and three walks while striking out seven. The “W” was credited to Justin DeFratus despite giving up three runs on two home runs in the 7th and 8th innings. Matt Grace worked around a walk in the 9th to earn his first save for the Chiefs. Neftali Soto reached base three times with two singles and a walk to lead the eight-hit, five-walk offense. Roster moves: RHP A.J. Cole, C Pedro Severino optioned from Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Richmond 5
• Mayberry 4IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Self (W, 4-2) 3IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 4K
• Lee (SV, 2) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 3K
• Bautista 3-5, R, 2RBI, SB(45)
• Ward 2-4, R, 2B, BB, RBI
• Stevenson 2-5, 2R, RBI

The Senators got three-spots twice in the middle innings to rally from a 5-2 deficit and end a five-game losing streak with an 8-5 win. Whit Mayberry was sent down I-95 from Woodbridge to make the spot start and was lit up for all five Richmond runs on five hits and two walks. Derek Self (3IP) and Nick Lee (2IP) combined for five scoreless innings despite six walks for the win and save respectively. Rafael Bautista swiped his 45th base while going 3-for-5 with a run scored and two RBI while Drew Ward singled, doubled, and walked in five PA’s to lead the Harrisburg attack. Roster moves: RHP Whit Mayberry reassigned from Potomac.

Frederick 7 Potomac 6
• Whiting 5⅓ IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 2K, 2HR, WP
• Orlan (BS, 5; L, 5-5) ⅔ IP, 1H, 3R, 3ER, 3BB, 1K, 2-1 IR-S
• Thomas 1⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 3-5, R
• Davidson 1-2, 2R, 2B, 2BB
• Robles 1-3, R, 2BB, RBI

Potomac’s tailspin continued with a seventh straight loss, 7-6, which dropped the team into second place and sliced the lead over third-place Frederick to just 4½ games. Boone Whiting allowed three runs on four hits, including two home runs over five and a 1/3rd innings. He walked one and struck out two. R.C. Orlan blew his fifth save in 14 chances, with a little “help” from Justin Thomas, who let in all three runners he inherited from Orlan in the Frederick’s three-run 8th inning that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max “For Those About To” Schrock singled three times while Austin Davidson and Victor both walked twice to pace the Potomac offense, which scored single runs in the 8th and 9th innings but did not get the tying run into scoring position in either frame.

Hagerstown vs. Lexington – PPD
The Suns and Legends were washed on Saturday night. They’ll shoot to make it up this afternoon with a doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Samuel Held promoted from Auburn; RHP Jake Johansen placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hudson Valley 4 Auburn 3
• Mills (L, 3-4) 4IP, 2H, 3R, 2ER, 5BB, 4K
• Howard 3IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, K, HR
• Ortiz 2-4, RBI
• Kerian 2-4, R

Auburn lost its ninth straight and saw its tragic number reduced to one with a 4-3 loss to Williamsport. McKenzie Mills lost for the fourth time with three runs charged to him on two hits and five walks over four innings. The Doubledays collected ten hits, with Andres Martinez, Oliver Ortiz, and David Kerian each having two hits, but just two came in 12 chances with RISP.

GCL Update
With a 5-1 mark, the G-Nats are now one game behind the G-Cards with a chance to tie with a win today. As noted in the comments, 17-y.o. Juan Soto is living up to the hype, batting .345 (second-best in the GCL) with 77 total bases (third-best) in 39 games. 24th Rd. pick Joseph Waltrip is leading the team in appearances with 15 and has a 2-1 record with four saves.

DSL Update
The D-Nats enter their final week of play with pair of games against D-Cards, D-Angels, and the D-Braves. Nineteen-y.o. Angel Guillen leads the age-appropriate pitchers with a 4-1, 1.67/2.52/0.94 mark while Jose Cabello, also 19, is leading the hitters with a .279/ .390/.339 line.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Columbus,
5:05 p.m.
Espino (6-10, 3.58) and
Hill (6-9, 4.49) vs.
Murata (6-2, 3.74) and
Morimando (4-1, 1.96)
Harrisburg Won, 8-4 vs. Binghamton,
1:30 p.m.
Valdez (4-2, 5.57) vs.
Zeid (3-3, 3.98)
Potomac Won, 12-6 @ Frederick,
6:00 p.m.
J. Martin (1st Hi-A start of
’16) vs. Keller (0-1, 1.59)
Hagerstown Won, 3-2 vs. Kannapolis,
2:05 p.m.
TBD vs. Johnson (6-2, 3.65)
Auburn Tied, 0-0
vs. Batavia,
12:00 p.m.
TBD and Reyes (0-1, 1.13) vs.

Syracuse vs. Columbus – PPD
Syracuse didn’t lose on Saturday, thanks to the rain that forced a doubleheader today. Roster move: RHP Reynaldo Lopez recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 8 Binghamton 4
• Mapes (W, 11-8) 6IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 4K, HBP
• Suero (H, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Ballou 2-3, R, 2B, 2BB, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 2-3, 2R, BB, HR, RBI
• Kieboom 1-2, 2BB, RBI

The Senators put up four in the 1st, survived a scare in the 6th, and rallied in the 7th and 8th innings to double up the B-Mets, 8-4. Tyler Mapes won for the 11th time with all four Binghamton runs on 10 hits and a walk over six innings. Wander Suero tossed two scoreless and Andrew Robinson pitched a 1-2-3 ninth to close out the game. Jose “Orange” Marmolejos smacked his first AA longball and went 2-for-3 as did Isaac Ballou, who drove in two and walked twice to lead the Harrisburg offense.

Potomac 12 Frederick 6
• Williams (W, 4-3) 6+ IP, 10H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 1K, HR, WP
• Orlan (H, 7) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-1 IR-S
• Schrock 3-4, R, BB, HR, 2RBI, CS
• Keller 3-5, 2R, 2-2B, 2RBI
• Read 2-5, 2R, 2B, BB

Potomac went double-single-homer-walk-double-triple to open the 9th to turn a 6-5 game into a 12-6 smackdown of Frederick. Austen Williams got the Jack Morris win with five runs allowed on 10 hits and two walks over six-plus innings while fanning one. R.C. Orlan, who let in one of Williams’s runs, earned his seventh hold pitching the rest of the 7th and a scoreless 8th. Max “For Those About To” Schrock and Drew Vettleson both went deep, combining for five RBI while Schrock and Alec Keller led the hit column with three apiece as the P-Nats pounded out 17 hits total on the night.

Hagerstown 3 Asheville 2
• Bourque 4⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 5K
• Dickey (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 2-0 IR-S
• Rivera (SV, 8) 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Sagdal 2-3, R, HR, 2RBI
• DeBruin 2-3

Ian Sagdal’s two-run HR capped a three-run 6th as Hagerstown took a 2-1 series lead with a 3-2 win over Asheville. James Bourque got the start and was charged with both Tourist runs on six hits and no walks as he set down five on strikes. The 59-minute rain delay ended his night after four and 2/3rds innings. Robbie Dickey got the win as he stranded two while getting the last out of the 5th and pitched two more scoreless innings. The save went to Mariano Rivera III with two more goose eggs. Sagdal and Grant DeBruin both went 2-for-3 to lead the Suns attack.

Batavia 0 Auburn 0
• Dunning 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Dulin 0-0, BB

The score was still 0-0 when the rain halted play after three innings in Auburn. They’ll pick it up today at noon and complete it, followed by a seven-inning game for a de facto doubleheader.

GCL Update
Despite a 3-2 week, the G-Nats have drifted to 3½ games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East. The tragic number is 12 with two and half weeks left to play.

DSL Update
The D-Nats took a tailspin last week with five straight losses before winning yesterday, 3-2 over the D-Brewers. For those obsessed with large sums of money thrown at teenagers, $700K and 17-y.o. Elvis Alvarado was transferred from the DSL Roster to the GCL Roster last Tuesday but has yet to play professionally.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 4-2 @ Scranton/W-B,
1:05 p.m.
Lopez (2-0, 1.80)
Montgomery (0-1, 2.70)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-0 vs. Trenton,
1:30 p.m.
Brady (3-5, 3.42) vs.
Camarena (7-3, 2.38)
Potomac Won, 6-2 vs. Wilmington,
6:05 p.m.
Williams (2-3, 4.10) vs.
Ferguson (0-2, 2.63)
Hagerstown Lost, 4-2 @ Lakewood,
1:05 p.m.
Baez (7-7, 4.47) vs.
Tirado (3-1, 4.72)
Auburn Won, 5-1 @ Batavia,
4:05 p.m.
Dunning (0-1, 4.66) vs.

Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4 Syracuse 2
• Giolito (L, 1-1) 3⅔ IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HBP, HR
• Glover 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Lozada 1-3, 3B, RBI
• den Dekker 1-3, 2B, BB

Trade two u’s for an “n” from August and you’ve got the angst that’s sure to come today to the Natmosphere as Lucas Giolito was less than stellar in a 4-2 Syracuse loss to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last night. The 22-y.o. labored through three and 2/3rds innings, giving up three runs on seven hits (one HR) and two walks. He threw 93 pitches and struck out six but lost his first AAA game. As usual, the point was moot since the Chiefs offense was once again like a eunuch in a brothel with just four hits and three walks. Matt den Dekker was the sole batter to reach base twice with a walk and a double. Roster moves: OF Brian Goodwin recalled to Washington; 1B Neftali Soto reassigned from Harrisburg.

Trenton 6 Harrisburg 0
• Mapes (L, 10-8) 6IP, 8H, R, ER, 2BB, 2K
• DeFratus 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Sanchez 2-3
• Marmolejos 2-4

The Thunder returned the favor from Friday as they shut out the Senators, 6-0 on Saturday. Tyler Mapes did his part with six innings of one-run ball, scattering eight hits and walking two and striking out two in his eighth loss. Trenton went to town on Robert Benincasa for two runs in the 7th to break it open, and put it away with three against Nick Lee in the 9th. Adrian Sanchez and Jose “Orange” Marmolejos both singled twice, but the rest of the lineup produced just three hits (all singles) and a walk and left on six baserunners. Roster move: (unofficial) RHP Erick Fedde promoted from Potomac.

Potomac 6 Wilmington 2
• Crownover (W, 3-4) 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 8K
• Mayberry (SV, 1) 4IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Davidson 2-4, 2R, HR, 3RBI
• Schrock 2-4, 2B, 2RBI, SB
• Carey 1-3, BB

Potomac jumped on Wilmington for five runs in the first, highlighted by Austin Davidson’s three-run homer as they beat Wilmington for the 17th time this season, 6-2. Matthew Crownover won for the third time in four starts with both Blue Rocks runs allowed on five hits and a walk over five innings while fanning a career-high of eight. Whit Mayberry tossed four scoreless on four days’ rest to earn the save (hint). Davidson and Max Schrock both went 2-for-4 with Schrock smacking a two-run double before running into the 1st inning’s first out trying to advance to third on a ball hit to short (that’s two baserunning mistakes in one play though). Unofficial roster move: RHP Erick Fedde promoted to Harrisburg.

Lakewood 4 Hagerstown 2
• Avila 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Howell (L, 1-1) 1⅓ IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, BB, K
• Encarnacion 1-3, R, BB
• Gutierrez 2-4, RBI

The Blue Claws pinched the Suns, 4-2 to end Hagerstown’s four-game win streak and their own four-game slide. Pedro Avila was touched for a two-out solo HR in his fifth and final inning as he gave up four hits total, walked none, and struck out four in the no-decision. Jacob Howell took the loss as he was charged with three runs over an inning and a 1/3rd of relief. Hagerstown was limited to six hits, with Kelvin Gutierrez (two singles) and Randy Encarnacion (single, walk) the only two batters to reach base twice. Roster move: C Jorge Tillero assigned to the GCL for MiLB rehab.

Auburn 5 Batavia 1
• Silvestre 4IP, 5H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Pirro (W, 1-0) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramirez (SV, 1) 3IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Ripken 2-4, BB
• Banks 2-4, BB, RBI (OF assist at 1B)
• Johnson 2-4, R (OF assist at 2B)

Auburn beat Batavia for third time in as many meetings this season with a 5-1 decision on Saturday. Hector Silvestre made his first appearance north of Florida in nearly two years as he tossed four scoreless innings, scattering five hits and a walk while setting down three on strikes. Matt Pirro vultured the win with a single inning pitched after Auburn took a 3-1 lead in the 5th. The save went to Yonathan Ramirez with three scoreless innings to finish the game. Ryan Ripken and Nick Banks both reached base twice with two singles and a walk as the Doubledays collected nine hits total.

GCL Update
The G-Nats dropped two games behind the G-Cards in the GCL East with a 2-4 week. Today and Friday are off days while tomorrow and Thursday are home games as they continue to cycle between the Mets, Astros, Marlins, and Cardinals.

DSL Update
A 4-2 week improved the D-Nats to 24-30, which is roughly the pace they’ll need to keep over the next three weeks to finish .500 absent any rainouts. This week it’s games against the D-Angels, D-Braves, and D-Brewers, as they play out the string (tragic number 3 for the division, 7 for the wild card).

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 2-0 vs. Durham,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (6-7, 3.12) vs.
Schultz (5-4, 3.43)
Harrisburg Won, 4-2
(12 inn.)
@ Altoona,
1:00 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.56) vs.
Waddell (6-4, 4.48)
Potomac Won, 5-4 @ Salem,
4:05 p.m.
Williams (0-3, 4.00) vs.
Ball (5-4, 3.71)
Hagerstown Won, 8-5 @ Greenville,
4:05 p.m.
Avila (7-6, 2.95) vs.
Auburn Lost, 5-3 vs. Mahoning Valley,
5:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-2, 3.32) vs.
Civale (0-0, 0.00)

Durham 2 Syracuse 0
• Cole (L, 6-6) 6IP, 4H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 6K
• E. Davis 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, HBP
• Bostick 0-2, BB
• den Dekker 0-2, BB

Durham’s Justin Marks was on the mark (well, except one HBP) as he no-hit Syracuse for a 2-0 shutout. A.J. Cole took the loss despite a quality start with of two unearned Bulls runs on four hits and a walk while six. Brian Goodwin was hit by a pitch while Christopher Bostick and Matt den Dekker both walked once to account for three Chiefs baserunners. Roster moves: RHP Lucas Giolito reassigned from Hagerstown; RHP Austin Voth placed on the 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 4 Altoona 2 (12 inn.)
• Valdez 3⅔ IP, 2H, R, ER, 6BB, 3K, WP (90-44 PIT-K)
• Suero (W, 2-0) 2IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• De Los Santos (SV, 5) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 0K
• Keyes 2-4, RBI
• Stevenson 2-2, 2B, RBI

The Sens got back-to-back doubles from Rafael Bautista and Wilmer and a two-out single by Andrew Stevenson to take a 4-2 lead in the top of the 12th and held off the Curve’s last gasp for a 4-2 win in extras. Philips Valdez and strike zone remain estranged as the 24-y.o. walked six of 18 batters faced. He needed 90 pitches to get through three and 2/3rds innings with one run and two hits allowed. Wander Suero picked up the win in relief as he worked aroun four hits over two scoreless. Abel De Los Santos cordero’d his way through the 12th, giving up a one-out double and a two-out walk to earn his fifth save.

Potomac 5 Salem 4
• Mayberry (W, 2-1) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, WP
• Thomas (H, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Mendez (SV, 3) 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Keller 2-4, 2RBI
• Marmolejos 1-3, 2R, 2B, BB
• Abreu 1-3, R, 2B, BB, RBI, CS

Potomac dug out of a 4-0 hole after four innings for a 5-4 win over Salem in the series opener. Whit Mayberry got the Jack Morris win with all four Red Sox runs let in on seven hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out two. Justin Thomas (2IP) and Gilberto Mendez (1IP) combined for three scoreless innings of relief to earn the hold an save, respectively. Alec Keller’s two-run single plated the tying and a go-ahead runs as he led the P-Nats hit column with a 2-for-4 night, with Jose “Orange” Marmolejos and Osvaldo Abreu also reaching base twice with a double and a walk apiece.

Hagerstown 8 Greenville 5
• Baez 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 6K, HR, HBP
• Borne (W, 2-0) 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K, 1-0 IR-S
• Encarnacion 3-5, R, 2-2B, 3RBI, SB(10)
• DeBruin 2-5, 2B, 2RBI
• Agustin 2-4, 2R, 2B, RBI

The Suns scored three times in the 6th to break a 5-5 tie as they took Game Two from the Drive, 8-5. Hagerstown starter Joan Baez was charged with all five Greenville runs on five hits and three walks over three and 2/3rds innings while fanning six. Grant Borne got the last out of the 4th and went three more frames to earn the win. Jake Johansen and Mick VanVossen each threw a scoreless inning to earn the hold and save. Randy Encarnacion singled, doubled twice, and drove in three to pace the Hagerstown offense, followed by Grant DeBruin, who doubled in two while going 2-for-5. Roster moves: IF-OF Cody Dent, RHP Luis Torres released.

West Virginia 6 Auburn 5
• Ramirez 4⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 4ER, 3BB, 5K
• Acevedo (L, 0-3) 3⅔ IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 4K, 2-1 IR-S
• Neuse 3-5
• Barrera 2-4, 3R, HR, 2RBI
• Sundberg 2-4, BB, OF assist at 2B

Tres Barrera’s two-run shot with one out in the 7th capped a rally from a 5-2 deficit but West Virginia pushed across the game-winner in the 8th to take the game, 6-5 and complete the series sweep. Yonathan Ramirez started and gave up five runs on nine hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. Carlos Acevedo suffered the loss, his third, as he was charged with the final Black Bears run on four hits over three and 2/3rds innings. Sheldon Neuse singled three times, Barrera scored three times, and Jack Sundberg singled twice and walked once to the lead the Doubledays’ attack.

GCL Update
The G-Nats remain atop the Eastern Division despite a 3-3 week. The team is 3rd in the league in runs scored, 7th in runs allowed after three full weeks of the 2016 season.

DSL Update
The D-Nats are in 7th place in the San Pedro division going into the DSL’s All-Star break. 18-y.o. OF Brailin Mesa and 21-y.o. RHP are listed on the N.L. roster for this morning’s All-Star game.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Norfolk,
6:05 p.m.
Espino (5-7, 3.06) vs.
Gunkel (5-6, 3.93)
Harrisburg Lost, 6-4 vs. Akron,
1:30 p.m.
Ross (4-1, 0.44) vs.
Brown (5-3, 3.17)
Potomac Lost, 6-5 vs. Carolina,
6:05 p.m.
Mayberry (1-0, 2.25) vs.
Hagerstown Won, 4-2 @ Delmarva,
5:05 p.m.
Avila (6-6, 3.07) vs.
Alvarado (7-4, 3.19)
Auburn Lost, 10-3 @ State College,
6:05 p.m.
W. Davis (2-1, 1.20) vs.
Farinaro (2-0, 5.56)

Norfolk 5 Syracuse 2
• Long (L, 1-3) 5IP, 10H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 2K
• Grace 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 0K
• Ramsey 1-2, 2BB
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R

As it has more often than not in 2016, the clutch hit eluded Syracuse as they fell last night to Norfolk, 5-2. Jaron Long was rolled for 10 of the 15 Tide hits and four of the five runs in his five innings. He walked one and struck out two while losing his third AAA game. Caleb Ramsey walked twice while Steve Lombardozzi singled twice as the Chiefs managed just seven hits and were 0-for-7 with RISP.

Akron 6 Harrisburg 3
• Valdez (L, 2-2) 4+ IP, 4H, 6R, 6ER, 7BB, 4K, HR
• Brinley 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Ballou 2-4
• Kieboom 1-3, BB, RBI

It was too little, too late for the Senators as they fell into 6-0 and only made it halfway out for a 6-3 loss to the RubberDucks. Phillips Valdez was charged with all six Akron runs on four hits, including a three-run HR to third batter he faced in the 5th. He walked seven and struck out four while losing his second AA game. Isaac Ballou singled twice while both Spencer Kieboom and Kevin Keyes singled and walked to pace the Harrisburg offense.

Carolina 6 Potomac 5
• Crownover 5⅔ IP, 6H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 5K
• Orlan (H, 4; L, 5-3) ⅓ IP, 2H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• M. Sanchez (BS, 2) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 3-3 IR-S
• Schrock 2-4, R, BB, HR, RBI
• Vettleson 2-4, R, RBI, 2SB
• Masters 2-4, R

Apparently, if you have to choose, you should pick bad defense over poor relief. At least that’s what Carolina demonstrated as six errors weren’t enough to give away the game. Potomac’s 9th-inning meltdown turned a 5-3 win into a 6-5 loss and cost Matthew Crownover his first A+ “W.” In fairness, the Mudcats should have gotten more against the southpaw starter, who issued four walks and gave up six hits (including two doubles and a triple) over five and 2/3rds innings but only gave up two runs. Likewise for the P-Nats, who only got two unearned runs and stranded six despite stealing five bases against Sal Giardina, who committed three errors but smacked the game-winning double against Mario Sanchez. R.C. Orlan took the loss as he retired just one of four batters faced but was credited with a hold nonetheless.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 2
• Baez (W, 6-6) 5IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 10K
• Hearn 3IP, 4H, 0R, 0BB, 7K
• Encarnacion 2-2, 2BB, RBI, 2CS
• La Bruna 1-1, R, RBI, 3BB

It was almost the same story in Salisbury, Md., as the Shorebirds scored twice in the 9th in a 4-2 loss to the Suns. Joan Baez struck out a career-high 10 batters in five scoreless innings with one hit and one walk allowed as he evened up his won-loss record at 6-6. Taylor Hearn piled on seven more over the next three frames, though he gave up four hits and needed 63 pitches to do it (vs. 80 for Baez). Philip Walby loaded the bases with two walks and a hit batsman in the 9th, getting a groundout in between, before giving way to Mariano Rivera III who let in one run on a sacrifice fly and the other on a single before ending the threat with a flyout to deep right-centerfield. Randy Encarnacion and Angelo La Bruna both reached base four times with two RBI, three singles, and five walks combined to lead the Hagerstown offense.

State College 10 Auburn 3
• Ramirez (L, 2-1) 1⅔ IP, 5H, 7R, 5ER, BB, 2K
• Banks 2-5, R, 2B, 3B, RBI
• Barrera 2-4, 2B
• Brandt 2-3, 2B

A touchdown and an extra point in the 2nd was the difference as State College took another one from Auburn, 10-3. Doubledays starter Yonathan Ramirez didn’t make it out of the inning as he was charged with the aforementioned seven runs (five earned) on five hits and a walk while fanning two to lose for the first time this season. Nick Banks doubled and tripled while Tres Barrera and Clayton Brandt both singled and doubled to lead the Auburn attack.

GCL Update

The G-Nats sit atop the GCL East (five teams this year) with an 8-5 mark after back-to-back wins on Friday and Saturday. Still no Anderson Franco, but Juan Soto has cooled off to a mere 1.155 OPS through 11 games. Sample sizes for the age-appropriate pitchers are still too small to comment on.

DSL Update

The D-Nats are on a four-game losing streak to fall below .500 at 14-16. Brailin Mesa (18-y.o.) remains the top hitter among the regulars with a .323/.377/.430 line while Yelmery Sisnero (also 18) is the top pitcher thus far, having given up just one earned run in five starts (22⅔ IP) with 22K and 5BB for pitcher’s line of 0.40/2.40/0.97.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-3 vs. Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (3-7, 4.99) vs.
Dean (1-5, 4.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 3-0 @ Reading,
6:35 p.m.
Brady (1-1, 3.77) vs.
Leiter (3-0, 4.14)
Potomac Lost, 11-9 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Reyes (4-7, 5.00) vs.
Stinnett (6-3, 3.36)
Hagerstown Lost, 8-3 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Guilbeau (0-0, 4.87) vs.
Peralta (3-4, 4.04)
Auburn Lost, 7-6 @ West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Ramirez (2-0, 0.90) vs.
Meyer (1-1, 5.27)

Rochester 6 Syracuse 3
• Hill (L, 3-8) 6IP, 6H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2HR, WP
• Masset 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 1K, HBP, 2-0 IR-S
• Turner 2-4, 2B, BB
• Severino 2-4, 2B

Syracuse once again had no answer for Rochester’s rallies in the late innings as they were doubled up, 6-3. Taylor Hill gave up HR nos. 11 and 12 and four runs total on six hits over six innings to lose for the eighth time in 16 starts. He walked two and struck out four. Syracuse totaled nine hits and four walks, leaving nine men on and going 3-for-12 with RISP. Trea Turner led the way with a single, walk, and a double while making no errors in CF.

Reading 3 Harrisburg 0
• Brady (L, 1-2) 5IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K, HR; 1-2
• Robinson 2IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 1K, HR
• Stevenson 2-4, CS
• Kieboom 1-2, BB

Three Reading pitchers combined on five-hit shutout of Harrisburg, 3-0. Michael Brady started and lost for the second time, though he turned in a serviceable five innings of two-run ball on three hits and a walk while striking out three and went 1-for-2 at the plate. Andrew Stevenson single twice and Spencer Kieboom walked and singled; they were the only two Sens to reach base twice.

Myrtle Beach 11 Potomac 9
• Reyes (L, 4-8) 2⅓ IP, 5H, 9R, 6ER, 4BB, 1K, 0HR
• Lambert 3IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Robles 3-4, 2R, 2B, BB, 2RBI, 2SB
• Schrock 2-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Keller 2-5, 2R, SB

The Pelicans thrashed the P-Nats early and held off a late charge for an 11-9 win. Luis Reyes continues to struggle, as he failed to give up less than three runs for the sixth time in seven starts. He was charged with nine runs (six earned) on five hits (no HR) and four walks over just two and a 1/3rd innings to lose for the 8th time. Down 11-3 after five full, Potomac struck back with five in the 6th, one in the 7th and got the tying runs into scoring position with two out in the 8th before a groundout ended the threat. They went down in order in the 9th.

Delmarva 8 Hagerstown 3
• Guilbeau (L, 0-1) 4IP, 7H, 3R, 2ER, BB, 5K, HR, WP
• Page 1-4, R, 2B
• Reetz 1-3, 2B, BB

Delmarva failed to score just twice in nine “ups” in an 8-3 beatdown of Hagerstown. Taylor Guilbeau was charged with the loss, giving up three runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five. The Suns were held to one hit through the first six innings but got help from the Shorebird ‘pen with two walks, a hit by pitch, and two wild pitches for two runs in the 7th. Matthew Page doubled with one down in the 9th while Ian Sagdal singled with two out to score the third and final Hagerstown run.

West Virginia 11 Auburn 5
• Y. Ramirez 4IP, 4H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• Conner (L, 0-1) 1IP, 1H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 0K, 2HBP
• Johnson 2-5, RBI
• Banks 2-5, 2R
• Ortiz 1-4, R, HR, 4RBI

The Black Bears gashed the first man out of the Doubledays ‘pen for four runs on just one hit as they overcame a 4-1 deficit early to win 7-6. Nick Conner loaded the bases with two hit batsman and a walk before getting a ground ball to the right side for the first out. Another walk loaded the bases, and triple unloaded them. Yonathan Ramirez started but was ineffective, allowing three runs on four hits (one HR) and two walks while striking out three. Dave Johnson and Nick Banks both singled twice while Oliver Martinez drove in four runs with an Earl Weaver special in the 4th and an RBI groundout in the 7th.

GCL Update

The G-Nats took four of six in the first full week of play, capped off by two touchdowns and a field goal in a 17-0 victory yesterday, which, of course, will skew the stat leaders. Juan Soto, for example, is batting .550/.571/.750 through six games after yesterday’s 3-for-5 effort. Anderson Franco remains in witness protection active on the roster but has not yet played.

DSL Update

The D-Nats stand at 12-12 after four weeks of play, having had a 3-2 week with yesterday’s game suspended by (presumably) rain. Of course, all eyes are on the prize for next year’s entrants. Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post has the story.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-4 vs. Toledo,
1:05 p.m.
Cole (5-4, 4.64) vs.
Farmer (0-3, 6.90)
Harrisburg Won, 4-0 @ New Hampshire,
1:35 p.m.
Mapes (6-5, 3.78) vs.
Cole (0-0, 3.86)
Potomac Won, 3-2 (12 inn.) @ Lynchburg,
2:00 p.m.
Reyes (3-7, 5.34) vs.
Brown (2-5, 4.71)
Hagerstown Won, 7-2 @ Lexington,
2:05 p.m.
DeRosier (3-3, 4.76)
Garabito (0-4, 6.94)
Auburn Won, 5-4 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Y. Ramirez (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Falter (0-1, 13.50)

Syracuse 6 Toledo 4
• Espino (W, 4-7) 8IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 6K
• Turner 3-4, 2R, BB, RBI
• Lombardozzi 2-4, R, RBI, SB

Paolo Espino pitched eight strong innings of one-run ball while Nick Masset nearly gave away the game as the Chiefs plucked the Mud Hens, 6-4. Espino gave up four hits and no walks while striking out six to win his fourth game. Toledo scored three times in the 9th against Masset. Tablesetters Trea Turner and Steve Lombardozzi combined for five of the nine Syracuse hits with Turner drawing a walk and Lombardozzi stealing a base.

Harrisburg 4 New Hampshire 0
• Lopez (W, 3-5) 8IP, 7H, 0R, 2BB, 10K, WP
• Abel De Los Santos 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Keyes 1-3, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Ballou 1-2, R, 2B, 2BB

Reynaldo Lopez pitched a career-high eight innings and back-to-back starts for the first time in more than a year as he combined with Abel De Los Santos on a 4-0 Harrisburg shutout of New Hampshire. Lopez fanned ten, walked two, and allowed seven hits on 110 pitches (80 for strikes) to win his third game and finish June with a mark of 2-1 and a 1.57 ERA in five starts. Kevin Keyes drove in two while going 1-for-3 with a double while Isaac Ballou walked twice and also doubled to pace the Senators offense.

Potomac 3 Lynchburg 2 (12 inn.)
• Williams 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Mendez 2IP, 0H, 0R, 2BB, 3K
• M. Sanchez (W, 3-0) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 3K, 2-0 IR-S
• Stevenson 2-5, R,
• Vettleson 1-5, R, HR, RBI

Drew Vettleson’s solo home run with one out in the 12th broke a 2-2 deadlock as the P-Nats edged the Hillcats, 3-2 in extras. Starter Austen Williams turned in his third straight quality start of two runs let in on four hits and a walk over six innings and was rewarded with his third straight no-decision. Mario Sanchez, who stranded two in the bottom of the 11th, worked around a single in the 12th to garner the win, his third. Andrew Stevenson remains red-hot, going 2-for-5 with a run scored to lead the way for the Potomac offense, which scored two in the 1st before cooling off and collecting just seven hits total.

Hagerstown 7 Lexington 2
• Avila (W, 6-5) 5⅔ IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 8K, 2HR
• Borne (H, 1) 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Schrock 2-3, R, 2B, BB, SF, 2RBI, CS
• Robles, 2-4, 2R, 2B, 3B, SB
• Davidson 2-4, R

Hagerstown jumped on Lexington twice for two-spots early as the Suns debunked the Legends, 7-2 for their third straight win. Pedro Avila served up two solo HRs and three hits total over five and 2/3rds innings to win his sixth game. Grant Borne stranded two while getting the last out in the 6th and pitched two more scoreless innings to earn the hold, his first. Max “For Those About To” Schrock got the party started with a sacrifice fly to plate Victor Robles, who led off the game with a triple. The two combined for four hits and three runs as the Suns pounded out 12 hits, with Grant DeBruin enjoying the reverse GBI jinx with his second HR.

Auburn 5 Williamsport 4
• Pena (W, 1-1) 5IP, 5H, 4R, 3ER, 0BB, 0K, HBP
• Dickey (H, 2) 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Cespedes (SV, 2) 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• La Bruna 3-3, BB, 2RBI, CS
• Johnson 2-4, 2R, 3B, RBI
• Ortiz 2-4

The Crosscutters got to Wilber Pena for three in the top of the 2nd but the Doubledays answered with four in the bottom of the inning as Auburn edged Williamsport, 5-4 to take the series opener. Pena gave up all four Crosscutters runs on five hits over five innings to win his first game of 2016. Nick Conner, Robbie Dickey, and Angher Cespedes combined for four scoreless innings in relief. Angelo La Bruna reached base with three singles and a walk and drove in two followed by Dan Johnson and Oliver Ortiz, who both went 2-for-4 as Auburn totaled 11 hits and drew three walks.

GCL Update
Not much to tell after two games – a 7-3 win in 11 innings on Friday, a 10-0 loss yesterday – as the G-Nats start their 10-week scrimmage with the G-Mets, G-Astros, and the G-Cards. Juan Soto has appeared once as a pinch-hitter (making an out), one of 16 batters to make a plate appearance while 11 pitchers have been used thus far.

DSL Update
The D-Nats finished out the week with a three-game win streak to improve to 9-10 for the season. Thus far, the offense has been well below the league average (3.58 R/G vs. 4.88) but the pitching has been better than league average, too (4.26). It’s early, of course, but outliers on the opposite side of good include 18-y.o. Yoel Andujar (5-for-57, 21K) and Jairon Peguero (0-3, 9.00 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in four appearances, one start).

Offseason Update: Sept. 25, 2015

Now I can follow last year’s digital size 13’s, so here goes…


All seven affiliates had losing records and missed the playoffs. Obviously, that’s not the only measuring stick or even the most important one. But I’ve long felt that the reflexive, “stats are meaningless in the minors” trope by baseball folks to be disingenuous. I’m sure many of you had this reaction at least three times a week when looking at the daily rundown. Like a taxi on a rainy night, offense (age-appropriate or not) was hard to find. A lot of you are pinning your hopes on the influx of talent from the D.R. and I have little reason to disagree.

Victor Robles was named the #2 prospect in both the GCL and the NYPL (remember Baseball America loves to double-dip) and was joined by Erick Fedde (#4). That, of course, means there’s a small chance that Fedde will make the cut for the Sally Lg., too. Aside from Lucas Giolito, I have little confidence we’ll see many more.

The logical inference from the previous two items is that the watchlist has become a depth chart. This has always been my worst fear, and it makes me less interested in creating a 2016 edition. This is not necessarily a result of a disappointing season; a year ago I wrote that I knew the list will become smaller and less comprehensive, but I was hoping not to scrap it altogether. Perhaps I’ll feel differently in a few weeks, or someone can make a case in the comments for a way to preserve this.

After years of being one of — if not the — oldest teams in the DSL, the 2015 edition had the youngest set of position players in the league (average age: 17.6 vs. 18.3) and the fourth-youngest pitching staff (18.3 vs. 19.0). But being young is only a part of the equation; were they any good? In the 38-team DSL, the bats were 29th (4.46 R/G vs. 5.02) and the arms were 33rd (5.74). The defense was also below average with a .947FA (.952).

So, no, not really.

The million-peso question is how many of these guys will repeat, with the follow-up of how many will be let go. We won’t know until next May. But the hope is that those that do repeat — and are still age-appropriate — will improve dramatically.

Without further ado…

1. Aldrem Corredor, 1B/OF, .289 GPA, 39 BB 1. Pedro Avila, RHSP, 2.26/1.87/1.06, 13.1 K/9
2. Luis Perdomo, LF, .275 GPA, 16 2B 2. Francys Peguero, RHRP, 1.82/1.99/0.84, 13.5 K/9
3. Edwin Ventura, RF, .265 GPA, 15SB 3. Yonathan Ramirez, LHSP, 2.75/2.91/1.12, 1.7 BB/9
4. Roberto Medina, C, .278 GPA, .442SLG% (34G) 3. Gilbert Chu, RHRP, 2.55/2.90/1.09, 11.0 K/9
5. Juan Evangelista, CF, .258 GPA, 108 TB 5. Warner Duran, RHRP, 2.67/2.35/1.22, 0HR in 33⅔ IP


Honorable mentions go to 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo, who led the team in slugging at .443 (but also faded badly, .450 OPS in August vs. .643 in July and .885 in June) and 18-y.o. RHRP Angel Guillen, who had a very respectable 3.02 FIP and an extremely unlucky .423 BABIP, which can be obscured by his ERA (6.08) and H/9IP (10.8). Folks interested in seeing the entire team’s stats can find them here.

Sunday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 3-1 @ Buffalo,
1:05 p.m.
Espino (5-6, 3.70) vs.
Hutchison (1st AAA start of ’15)
Harrisburg Won, 12-1 vs. Portland,
1:30 p.m.
Rauh (1-3, 5.06) vs.
Wilkerson (1-1, 5.09)
Potomac Won, 4-2 @ Lynchburg,
4:00 p.m.
Howell (A+ debut) vs.
Peoples (9-3, 3.76)
Hagerstown Lost, 7-4 vs. Lexington,
3:05 p.m.
Reyes (5-7, 5.12) vs.
Marte (4-2, 5.95)
Auburn Lost, 6-3 vs. Williamsport,
5:05 p.m.
Hearn (1-4, 2.84) vs.
Gueller (7-1, 1.84)

Syracuse 3 Buffalo 1
• Billings (W, 8-5) 6IP, 5H, 0R, 0BB, 6K
• Martin (SV, 10) 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K
• Skole 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI
• Martinson 1-3, R, BB

Matt Skole’s two-run HR in the 6th proved to be the difference as the Chiefs rebounded to beat Buffalo, 3-1. Bruce Billings tossed six shutout innings without a walk and five hits allowed to earn his eighth win. Rafael Martin worked around a two-out walk in the 9th to earn save no. 10. Jason Martinson singled and walked in four trips to the plate and was the sole Syracuse batter to reach base twice.
Roster moves: IF Scott Sizemore assigned from Washington.

Harrisburg 12 Portland 1
• Voth (W, 5-6) 5IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, K
• Bacus 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Difo 2-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Goodwin 2-5, 2R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bostick 2-5, R, RBI

Austin Voth recovered from the shock of having a nine-run lead to work with in the top of the 2nd as the Senators went medieval on the Sea Dogs’ [buttocks] in the 1st en route to a 12-1 demoliton. Voth gave up the lone Portland run on five hits total over five innings to get the win, his fifth. Brian Goodwin singled and doubled and drove in three and led the regulars in the 15-hit outburst by Harrisburg.
Roster move: C Adderling Ruiz reassigned from Potomac.

Potomac 4 Lynchburg 2
• Spann (W, 2-6) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, BB, 2K
• Dupra (H, 2) 3IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Keller 3-5, R, RBI
• Bautista 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, SB(20)

Potomac took advantage of an error and a wild pitch to score twice in the 6th as they doubled up Lynchburg, 4-2. Matt Spann won his second Car. Lg. game with five innings of one-run ball on four hits and a walk while fanning two. Bruan Dupra followed with three scoreless for his second hold. Alec Keller singled three times in five ABs to lead the Potomac offense, followed by Rafael Bautista’s two doubles and stolen base No. 20.
Roster move: 3B Drew Ward reassigned to GCL Nationals for MiLB rehab.

Lexington 7 Hagerstown 4
• Fedde 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K, HR
• K. Perez (L, 0-2) 2IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 3K
• Read 2-4, R, 2B, RBI
• W. Rodriguez 2-4, RBI

The Legends scored five times in the last four innings to turn a 2-2 tie into a 7-4 win. Erick Fedde started but had a no-decision with two runs let in on five hits and two walks. He struck out three and gave up a HR. Kevin Perez took the loss with a runs allowed in both the 6th and 7th innings. Raudy Read and Wilman Rodriguez both went 2-for-4 with an RBI to pace the Hagerstown attack.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 3
• Crownover 5IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K
• Johns (L, 2-2) 1IP, 3H, 4R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Wiseman 2-4, 2-2B, RBI
• Florentino 2-4, R, 3B

Williamsport scored four in the 8th and three in 9th to turn a 2-2 tie into a 9-3 smackdown of Auburn. Matt Crownover started and turned in five shutout innings but saw his 2-0 lead vanish in the top of the 6th. Sam Johns lost for the second time this week as he allowed four unearned runs in the 8th. Rhett Wiseman doubled twice and drove in one while Darryl Florentino singled and tripled to account for four of the eight Doubledays hits.

GCL Update
The G-Nats went 2-4 in their penultimate week of play and were eliminated from the GCL East division race. Looking ahead to 2016, Dominican teenagers Anderson Franco and Telmito Agustin (both 18) are sporting OPS’s of .753 and .855 respectively while almost-20-y.o. Wilber Pena and and 21-in-Dec. Joan Baez are 1-2 in games started.

DSL Update
Likewise, the D-Nats closed out their season with a 2-4 mark and overall record of 31-41, which was good for a 4th-place finish in the Boca Chica North division and 19 games behind the D-Rangers1. Among the first-timers, 17-y.o. Roberto Medina led the batters with a .317/.372/.442 albeit in 34 games while 18-y.o. Pedro Avila had the lowest ERA (2.26) and WHIP (1.06), was second in IP and GS, and averaged a staggering 13.1 K/9IP vs. an equally impressive 2.6 BB/9IP.