May 132011

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

SYRACUSE 12-21, 6th place I.L. North, 7 games behind

Good Tug Hulett .288/.373/.404 in 15G
Bad Alex Valdez .145/.234/.290 in 25G
Interesting Jeff Mandel 0.65WHIP in 5G

HARRISBURG 16-17, 3rd place E.L. West Division, 1½ games behind

Good Archie Gilbert .324/.400/.765 in last 10G
Bad Jimmy Barthmaier 2.07WHIP in 18.1 IP
Interesting Chris Rahl .333BA in 17G

POTOMAC 12-20, 4th place C.L. North Division, six games behind

Good Danny Rosenbaum 1.16WHIP, 1.98ERA
Bad Cutter Dykstra .473OPS
Interesting Evan Bronson 1.42ERA in 3G

HAGERSTOWN 22-12, 2nd place Sally League Northern Division, .009 W% behind

Good Bryce Harper .395/.473/.702
Bad Chris McKenzie 10.23ERA, 2.14WHIP
Interesting David Freitas .286/.395/.467, 25RBI in 30G
Jul 072010

It’s a familiar story to Nationals fans at nearly every level: When the pitching is there, the hitting is not. Evan Bronson was the latest victim on Tuesday night, allowing just two runs on nine hits over seven innings with one walk.

But he still lost 2-0.

While by no means overpowering, Bronson was throwing strikes: 58 out of 87 pitches, which is more than good enough to beat a young team with only one true batting threat (Eric Hosmer, who collected three of the Blue Rocks’ 10 hits). It was his third consecutive quality start and second straight outing of seven innings.

Offensively, the team was shut out for the eighth time in 82 games, collecting just seven hits and 12 baserunners overall. Ten times runners reached second or third, and all ten times the batters behind them made an out.

With the loss, Potomac falls to 5-7 in the 2nd half, tied with Lynchburg for last place in the Carolina League’s North Division. The team heads north to second-place Frederick for three games before heading to Fenway Park to face the Salem Red Sox as part of the fifth annual “Futures at Fenway” on Saturday.