Jul 112015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-56, 6th place I.L. North, 14½ games behind

Good Rafael Martin 2-1, 1.23 ERA, 0.82 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Mario Lisson .172BA (5-for-29) in last 10G
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .317/.402/.382 since June 1



HARRISBURG SENATORS 43-45, 5th place E.L. West, 6 games behind

Good Matt Skole .316/.413/.579 in July (10G)
Bad Excluding rehab outings, Nick Pivetta was the 13th starting pitcher in less than 90 games
Interesting After breaking seven-game losing streak on June 9, Senators have won 21 of 31



POTOMAC NATIONALS 10-5, 1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (43-42 overall)

Good Lucas Giolito 0HR allowed in 58⅔ IP
Bad Stephen Perez .171BA in July (10G)
Interesting Alec Keller .316/.366/.421 in 10G since promotion from Hagerstown


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 9-7, 2nd place Sally North, 3 games behind (44-40 overall)

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz .316/.413/.579, 13RBI since All-Star break (16G)
Bad Sam Johns 0-2, 1SV, 6.06 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Suns 29-14 when they score first (15-26 vice versa)



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 8-11, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 6½ games behind

Good Luis Torres 2-0, 0.64 ERA, 0.79 WHIP in five appearances
Bad Luis Guzman .423 OPS, 17K in 12G
Interesting Doubledays have outscored opponents 15-4 in the 9th inning



GCL NATIONALS 7-10, 4th place GCL East, 3½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .385/.492/.635, 10SB in 17G
Bad Steven Fuentes 0-2, 10.45 ERA, 2.23 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Darryl Florentino .419 BA in 11G (hit .195 in 44G last year in GCL)



DSL NATIONALS 16-20, 4th place Boca Chica North, 11½ games behind

Good 20-y.o. Jeffrey Rosa 0-1, 2.63 ERA, 1.04 WHIP in 6GS
Bad 17-y.o. Yoel Andujar .526OPS, 24K in 24G
Interesting 18-y.o. Yonathan Ramirez 27K:6BB in 33IP
May 022015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 8-14, 5th place I.L. North, 6 games behind

Good Mitch Lively 0.71 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 11K in 12⅔ IP over 6 appearances
Bad Steven Lerud .366 OPS in 31PA
Interesting Cutter Dykstra 11BB, 18K in 18G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 10-11, T3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Mario Lisson .323/.382/.516
Bad 15HR allowed, 2nd most in E.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .321/.377/.482, 2HR, 12RBI in 16G


POTOMAC NATIONALS 10-12, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Nick Pivetta 1-2, 1.35/2.93/1.00 in 20IP (4GS)
Bad 26 errors, most in the C.L.
Interesting 13SB allowed, fewest in the C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 10-11, T5th place Sally North, 5 games behind

Good “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, 3HR, .470 SLG%
Bad Ryan Ullmann 8.31 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in 13⅓ IP
Interesting 138 team batting K, 2nd-fewest in Sally Lg.
Dec 192014
 

Baseball America for NPP
Having confirmed the new list via Twitter, here’s the new-and-improved Washington Nationals Top 10 list from Baseball America (Last year’s ranking in parentheses):

1. Lucas Giolito, RHP (1)
2. Michael Taylor, OF (7)
3. Reynaldo Lopez, RHP (–)
4. Erick Fedde, RHP (’14 Draft Pick)
5. A.J. Cole, RHP (2)
6. Wilmer Difo, 2B/SS (–)
7. Drew Ward, 3B (17)
8. Brian Goodwin, OF (3)
9. Nick Pivetta, RHP (22)
10. Austin Voth, RHP (15)

If you’re a TCU an A.J. Cole fan, you’re probably wondering what he did to drop three slots, but I think the better way to look at it is that the three guys ahead of him simply have either more upside (Fedde) or were in stratosphere this past summer (Taylor, Lopez).

Steve Souza was originally the #5 prospect on this list, though I think most most folks already knew this as the top 10 list was leaked (tweeted) earlier this week.

I’m a bit curious as to why Brian Goodwin remains ranked so high, given this tidbit (italics added):

They pushed him to Double-A Harrisburg by the second half of 2012, but he followed a lackluster 2013 with a horrific 2014 campaign at Triple-A Syracuse that ended on July 1 when he tore the labrum in his left shoulder sliding into second base.

Granted, Goodwin throws righthanded, but injury experts have long held that the torn labrum is baseball’s most fearsome injury, not to mention the conventional wisdom that shoulder injuries in general are what ends or alters baseball careers.

Unfortunately, BA did not weigh in on Difo’s defensive prowess so the SS vs. 2B debate will have to wait until the book is released or perhaps John Sickels’s book is released. They did, however, note that Drew Ward may outgrow 3B, pointing to his size-16 cleats and describing his footwork as merely adequate while noting his arm was strong and accurate.

BA’s projections for 2015 were as follows:

AAA –Taylor, Cole, Goodwin
High-A — Giolito, Lopez, Difo, Ward, Pivetta
Not specified — Fedde, Voth

I still believe Giolito will be jumped to AA (and would love to be wrong) because the Nats have not been keen on letting high-profile prospects play at Potomac (see: Strasburg, Harper, Goodwin). Voth is a near-lock to return to Harrisburg, while I’d expect Fedde to follow the track of Giolito and start out at the GCL and perhaps make an appearance with Auburn late in the year.

Jun 232014
 

Hagerstown took both Pitcher and Player of the Week awards for the Sally League while Brandon Laird was named the Imnternational League’s Batter of the Week for week of June 16-22.

Pivetta pitched just once, but six no-hit innings with one unearned run allowed on one walk and two strikeouts last Friday was enough to earn the honor of the Sally League’s Pitcher of the Week. Hagerstown won the game 9-1 and finished with a combined one-hitter with Andrew Cooper (2IP) and Ryan Ullmann (1IP) finishing up the game. For the season, Pivetta is 9-3 in 13 appearances (12 starts) with a pitcher’s line of 3.57/4.37/1.27 with 47K (6.71/9IP) and 23BB (3.29/9IP) in 63 innings pitched.

Even an 0-for-3 game yesterday couldn’t dissuade voters from naming 19-y.o. (yes, really) Drew Ward as Batter of the Week for the Sally League. Of course, the week was shortened by the All-Star break but in those four games, Ward went 7-for-17 (.412) with three doubles and two home runs for a Nintendo-esque .941 slugging percentage and a .444 on-base percentage. He scored four times and drove in six. The third baseman has struggled on defense (14 errors in 48 games) and has whiffed 60 times in 57 games but has also hit .274/.328/.465 with eight HRs and 48 RBI total on the season thus far.

Brandon Laird did play a full slate, as the I.L. all-star break isn’t for another couple of weeks, and hit .423 with a double, four homers for eight RBI and eight runs scored. The four longballs came in four straight games, one shy of the franchise record set by Corey Brown in 2012. The 26-y.o. was originally drafted by the New York Yankees in the 27th Round of the 2007 Draft and has seen time at the MLB level with New York (11 games, 2011) and Houston (17 games, 2012; 25 games, 2013) as a corner infielder. He was acquired in a spring-training trade with Kansas City for cash and/or a PTBNL this past March.

Jun 132014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 38-28, T1st place I.L. North, 5 games ahead

Good Warner Madrigal 1.08 ERA, 1.20 WHIP since return to AAA (8 appearances)
Bad Josh Johnson .161BA (and SLG, and OBP) over last 10G
Interesting Jhonatan Solano .462/.500/.731, 2HR, 8RBI in June



HARRISBURG SENATORS 26-38, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind

Good Cutter Dykstra .316/.341/.421 in last 10G
Bad Team Pitching WHIP, 1.48 — 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .462/.523/.513 in June



POTOMAC NATIONALS 36-29, 1st Half C.L. North Division Winner

Good Robert Benincasa 1-0, 3SV, 0H, 3BB in last 5 appearances (5⅓ IP)
Bad Pedro Severino .178BA, 6E since May 1 (30G)
Interesting Randolph Oduber .309/.346/.443 since return from AA (38G)



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good Spencer Kieboom .348/.379/.551 since coming off the DL in May (23G)
Bad Nick Pivetta 10.61 ERA, 2.57 WHIP in last 3GS
Interesting Nine holds, T11th in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS SUNS 42-23, 1st place Sally North, 2½ games ahead

Good 18-y.o. Israel Mota .349/.391/.721, 3HR, 14RBI in 11G
Bad 19-y.o. Carlos Acevedo 11.81 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in 1st two appearances
Interesting 16-y.o. Anderson Franco 7E, 7RBI in 11G
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 232014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 24-22, T3rd place I.L. North, 1½ games behind

Good Steve Souza .351/.439/.544 in May (15G)
Bad Aaron Laffey 2-2, 6.35 ERA, 1.90 WHIP in May (4 appearances, 3GS)
Interesting Brock Peterson 4HR, 11RBI in last 10G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-30, 6th place E.L. West, 14½ games behind

Good James Simmons 0.79 ERA, 0.53 WHIP in first five appearances (11⅓ IP)
Bad 63 team doubles, 11th in 12-team E.L.
Interesting Zero passed balls in 45 games



POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-21, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Shawn Pleffner .303/.378/.424 in last 10G
Bad 4.52 Team ERA, 1.40 Team WHIP both 8th in the Carolina League
Interesting Stephen Perez team leader in 2B, BB, SB, and E’s



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 32-13, 1st place Sally North, 8 games ahead

Good Nick Pivetta 4-0, 2.01 ERA, 1.16 WHIP in May (4GS)
Bad Willie Medina .041 ISO%
Interesting 3rd fewest pitching BB, 4th most pitching HBP
Sep 062013
 

Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2012 are in italics.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
66-78, 6th place International League North, 14½ games back

Good Bat: Zach Walters .253/.286/.517, 29HR, 77RBI in 134G
Arm: Tanner Roark 9-3, 2SV, 3.15 ERA, 33 appearances, 11 starts, 105⅔ IP
Bad Bat: Danny Espinosa 101K in 75G, .566 OPS
Arm: Chris Young 1-2, 7.88 ERA / 7.17 FIP / 2.00 WHIP, 9HR in 32IP
Interesting Bat: Chris Rahl .293/.308/.431, 14SB in 111G
Arm: Caleb Clay 5-2, 2.49/3.37/0.99 in 14 appearances (13 starts):

HARRISBURG SENATORS
77-65, 1st place Eastern League Western Division, 1 game ahead

Good Bat: Steve Souza .300/.396/.557, 15HR, 20SB in 77G
Arm: Nathan Karns 10-6, 3.26/3.48/1.18, 155K in 132⅔ IP
Bad Bat: Jose Lozada .529 OPS, 11E in 81G
Arm: Ryan Perry 2-5, 4.43/4.86/1.21 in 22⅓ IP (18 appearances)
Interesting Bat: Billy Burns .325/.434/.360, 20SB in 30G
Arm: A.J. Cole 4-2, 2.18/2.56/0.90 in 45⅓ IP (7 starts)

POTOMAC NATIONALS
42-28 in 2nd half, 1st place Carolina League Northern Division, 9 games ahead
42-27 in 1st half, 1st place, 6 games ahead
84-55 overall

Good Bats: Michael Taylor .263/.340/.426, 51SB, 87RBI, .986FA, 21 assists in 133G
Adrian Nieto .285/.373/.449, 11HR, 53 RBI in 110G
Arm: Robbie Ray 6-3, 3.11/3.82/1.20, 100K in 84IP (16 starts)
Bad Bat: Adrian Sanchez .278OBP (17BB in 120G)
Arm: Derek Self 4-2, 4SV, 6.29/4.52/1.66, 4BS in 23 appearances
Interesting Bats: Cutter Dykstra .308/.459/.456, 50BB in 55G
Arm: Blake Schwartz 11-4, 2.65/3.52/1.08

HAGERSTOWN SUNS
42-28 in 2nd half, 2nd place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 3 games behind
38-29 in 1st half, 1st place, ½ game ahead
80-57 overall

Good Bats: Tony Renda .294/.380/.405, 43 doubles, 30SBs in 135G
Brandon Miller .243/.308/.456, 18HR, 72RBI in 103G
Arm: Brett Mooneyham 10-3, 1.94/3.65/0.98 in 93IP (17 starts)
Bad Bat: Pedro Severino .608 OPS in 84G
Arm: Will Hudgins 2-1, 4.79/5.96/1.60 in 20⅔ IP (16 appearances)
Interesting Bat: Shawn Pleffner .288/.386/.399 in 101G
Arm: Gilberto Mendez 3-2, 7SV 0.91/2.53/0.94 in 29⅔ IP (24 appearances)

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
26-49, 6th Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 22 games behind

Good Bat: Isaac Ballou .294/.405/.398, 20RBI in 59G
Arm: Jake Johansen 1-1, 1.06/2.77/0.92 in 42⅓ IP (10 starts)
Bad Bat: David Masters .183/.254/.242 in 45G
Arm: Deion Williams 0-6, 9.42/4.35/1.99 in 28⅔ IP (8 starts)
Interesting Bat: Jean-Carlos Valdez .374 SLG as a 20-y.o. in 48G
Arm: Austin Voth 2-0, 1.47/0.95/0.82 in 30⅔ IP (7 starts)

GCL NATIONALS
49-9, 1st place Gulf Coast League East Dvision, 24½ games ahead

Good Bat: Randy Encarnacion .349/.437/.523 in 34G
Arm: Wander Suero 8-1, 1.65/2.77/0.82 in 49IP (13 appearances, 3 starts)
Bad Bat: 17-y.o. Luis Guzman .222/.278/.265 in 36G
Arm: 23-y.o. Michael Boyden 0-0, 4.61/5.25/2.27 in 13⅔ IP (13 appearances)
Interesting Bat: Drew Ward .292/.402/.387, 28RBI in 49G (turns 19 in Nov.)
Arm: Nick Pivetta 1-0, 2.13/2.41/1.03 in 3GS (promoted to Auburn)

DSL NATIONALS
38-32, 3rd place, Boca Chica South Division of Dominican Summer League, 11 games behind

Good Bat: 19-y.o. Kelvin Gutierrez .255/.333/.337 in 60G
Arm: 18-y.o. Deibi Yrizarri 5-3, 1.99/2.66/1.10 in 68IP (14 appearances, 13 starts)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Miguel Atencio .183/.246/.183 in 23G
Arm: 22-y.o. Adrian Green 0-2, 5.40ERA, 2.00 WHIP in 10IP (12 appearances)
Interesting Bat: 17-y.o. Oliver Ortiz .307/.402/.386 in 26G
Arm: 18-y.o. Luis Reyes 5-3, 2.82/2.76/1.07 in 54⅓ IP (promoted to GCL)