Jun 132015

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-43, 6th place I.L. North, 19½ games behind

Good Paolo Espino 1-0, 1.63 ERA. 0.76 WHIP in 4GS
Bad 3.44 R/G, 14th in 14-team International League
Interesting Oldest batters (29), second-oldest pitchers in I.L. (28.4)

HARRISBURG SENATORS 25-35, 5th place E.L. West, 10½ games behind

Good Matt Skole 3HR, 12RBI, .289BA in last 10 games
Bad 8-21 road record
Interesting 2nd fewest doubles, fewest triples in Eastern League

POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-33, 4th place C.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Lucas Giolito 1.43 FIP (Car. Lg. Avg. = 3.39)
Bad Drew Ward 12 errors, 60 strikeouts in 57 games
Interesting John Wooten .404/.429/.723 in June (11 games)

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 30-30, 4th place Sally North, 8 games behind

Good Alec Keller .294/.351/.500 in June (9G)
Bad Robbie Dickey 0-2, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP in four appearances
Interesting Anything hit to the left side of the IF — 32 of 53 team errors committed by 3B or SS

DSL NATIONALS 4-8, 9th place Boca Chica South, 4½ games behind

Good 18-y.o. Pedro Avila 0-1, 2.89 ERA, 0.54 WHIP, 15K in 9⅓ IP (2GS)
Bad 17-y.o. Jesus Morales .136/.208/.136 in 8 games
Interesting 17-y.o. Omar Meregildo .350/.435/.750, 2HR, eight 2B, one 3B, three E in 11G
Jul 282014

Moving On Up for NPP
The moves first heard here in the comments are now being officially confirmed as 1B-3B John Wooten has been promoted from Low-A Hagerstown to Potomac and IF Oscar Tejeda has been promoted from Potomac to Harrisburg.

Wooten has been on a tear since returning to the Suns lineup earlier this month after taking a pitch to the face in mid-June, hanging a .413/.423/.652 line with 2HRs and 15 RBI in 12 games. Overall, he’s hitting .309 with eight HR and 54 RBI in 72 games for Hagerstown. The 23-y.o. was acquired last November from Oakland in a trade for Fernando Abad.

Tejeda, who was named the Carolina League’s Batter of the Week earlier today, returns to AA where he’s spent the past three seasons as a former farmhand for Boston, who signed him as an IFA in 2006, and Pittsburgh, where he spent 2013 largely as a backup for AA Altoona and AAA Indianapolis.

In a related move, OF Brandon Miller’s rehab stint with Auburn has been completed and he’ll be returning to the P-Nats. Miller had strained a hamstring in Frederick in mid-May and missed more than two months before returning to action in the GCL for six games, then spending a series with the Doubledays to play back into game shape.

Jun 032014

For the second straight season, six Hagerstown players have been named to the Northern Division’s entry into the Sally League’s All-Star game on June 17th. But, instead of just two coaches in 2013, manager Patrick Anderson, hitting coach Luis Ordaz, and pitching coach Sam Narron have been asked to join their charges at L.P. Frans Stadium in Hickory, NC.

Without further ado, here’s who’s been named:

  • 2B Wilmer Difo
  • C Spencer Kieboom
  • RHP Nick Pivetta
  • RHP Austin Voth
  • LHP Jake Walsh
  • RHP John Wooten

Also, for the second straight year — all six players appear to be going to an All-Star game for the first time. Manager Patrick Anderson was named to the same position on the 2013 GCL postseason all-star team after guiding the 2013 G-Nats to the GCL Championship.

For highlights on the Hagerstown players, visit the Suns official press release.

May 162014

GBI for NPP 2

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 20-20, 4th place I.L. North, 1 game behind

Good Taylor Jordan 0.82 ERA, 0.82 WHIP in first 2GS since demotion
Bad Will Rhymes .164/.230/.274 in May (13G)
Interesting Brian Goodwin 45K, 31BB in 40G

HARRISBURG SENATORS 11-26, 6th place E.L. West, 14 games behind

Good Quincy Latimore .371/.425/.514 in 18G
Bad Blake Schwartz 0-7, 7.04/5.47/1.83 in 8GS
Interesting 7-8 at home, 4-18 on the road

POTOMAC NATIONALS 20-16, 1st place C.L. North, 3½ games ahead

Good Bryan Harper 1.72/2.36/1.09 in 9 appearances, 14K in 15⅔ IP
Bad Narciso Mesa .342 OPS in 9 games
Interesting 58 team doubles, 8th in 8-team Carolina League

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 30-8, 1st place Sally North, 9 games ahead

Good John Wooten .396/.411/.698, 3HR, 9RBI in May
Bad 600 per game attendance, 14th in Sally Lg.
Interesting Sally Lg. 13th place team = 1,585 per game.