May 182012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 6-1 @ Columbus,
7:05 p.m.
Duke (4-1, 3.43) vs.
Slowey (2-3, 5.79)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0
(14 inn.)
vs. Bowie,
7:00 p.m.
Gilliam (1-3, 4.70) vs.
Clark (2-3, 4.12)
Potomac Won, 10-9 vs. Carolina,
7:05 p.m.
Grace (2-4, 6.14) vs.
TBD
Hagerstown Won, 13-11 vs. Delmarva,
7:05 p.m.
Meyer (2-3, 4.32) vs.
Rodriguez (1-0, 2.42)

Syracuse 6 Columbus 1
• Atkins (W, 3-3) 5IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• Roark 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Brown 3-5, R, 2B, RBI, CS
• Paul 2-4, R, RBI
• Negrych 1-3, R, HR, 2RBI

Jim Negrych’s two-run HR started the five-run 2nd off with a bang, as Syracuse downed Columbus, 6-1. Mitch Atkins evened his record with one run given up over five innings while Tanner Roark struck out five over three in his first relief outing. Corey Brown and Xavier Paul remain red-hot, combining for five of the eight Syracuse hits and both scoring a run.

Richmond 1 Harrisburg 0 (14 inn.)
• Rosenbaum (ND) 7IP, 4H, 0R, 2BB, 4K
• Pucetas 3IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 5K
• Frias (L, 1-3) 1⅓ IP, 0H, R, ER, 5BB, 0K, WP
• Valdez 2-6
• Kobernus 1-5, SB, SH

Richmond quite literally walked off as Marcos Frias issued four free passes (one intentional) in the bottom of the 14th to send Harrisburg to a 1-0 loss, snapping the Sens’ five-game win streak. Starter Danny Rosenbaum lowered his ERA to 0.62 with seven shutout innings, but the Flyinq Squirrels’ Chris Heston — the #2 man in the E.L. ERA race at 0.71 — matched him, then threw an 8th scoreless frame. Harrisburg managed just six hits, with Jesus Valdez the sole multihit Senator.

Potomac 10 Frederick 9
• Winters (ND) 5IP, 7H, 4R, 4ER, 2BB, 3K
• Holland (W, 2-1) 3IP, 2H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S
• Taylor 3-4, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Bloxom 3-5, 3R, RBI

A win is a win, even when it’s ugly like it was Last Night In Woodbridge.
Prior to the game, LHP Bobby Hansen Jr. was activated from the DL, with RHP Wilson Eusebio moved to the temporary inactive list to make room on the 25-man roster.

Hagerstown 13 Delmarva 11
• Dupra 3IP, 4H, 4R, 4ER, BB, 2K, 3HR
• Holt (W, 1-0) 2⅓ IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Simko (SV, 1) 2IP, 0H, R, ER, 3BB, 0K
• Ramsey 4-5, 2R, 2B, RBI
• Dykstra 3-5, 3R, HR, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-3, R, 2B, 3B, 3RBI

After blowing leads of 7-4 and 9-8, Hagerstown put another four-spot on the board in the last of the 7th and fended off one last charge from Delmarva for a 13-11 win. Every Hagerstown batter reached base, eight drove in at least one run, and seven had a hit as the Suns piled up 14 hits total. Caleb Ramsey led the hit parade with a 4-for-5 night, while Cutter Dykstra and Jason Martinson both drove in three. Starter Brian Dupra was tagged for four runs on four hits, three of them over the fence. Greg Holt got the win in relief while Todd Simko notched the save. Byron Kerr is reporting that CF Brian Goodwin will be back in action tonight. No word on the corresponding roster move just yet, but look for Billy Burns (29G on-base streak) to shift to LF.

May 132012
 

The much ballyhooed depth of the Nationals’ catching will be put to the test as Harrisburg’s Sandy Leon gets the call to replace Wilson Ramos on the Washington roster.

Geography was apparently a factor in the decision, with the Harrisburg Senators in Akron Ohio, roughly four hours away by car from Cincinnati. Another factor: the undisclosed injury/illness of Jhonatan Solano, who remains on the DL since April 20. As reported last month, the Syracuse radio team referencing him feeling ill in one of the broadcasts.

Folks have pointed out that Solano’s last appearance was on April 16, a game in in which Solano was hit by a pitch in the 7th, however, he did not leave the game, ran the bases, and struck out in the next inning. There was no mention of his name in the timeframe in between April 16th and April 20th in either the Syracuse or Auburn newspapers that would either confirm or refute that remark.

How long Leon stays on the parent club is another question that remains open to debate and speculation. Defensively, there is little doubt that the 23-year-old Venezuelan is MLB-ready, but while the casual fan will note his hitting prowess this season (.319/.356/.457), this offensive outburst has been long time coming.

Yes, he’ll get the benefit of major-league coaching, though the diminishing offensive returns of the Washington Nationals under Rick Eckstein’s watch begs the question, “Might this do more harm than good?”

The move fills the Nationals 40-man roster to the 40-man limit, with seven players (Mark DeRosa, Brad Lidge, Michael Morse, Ramos, Drew Storen, Chien-Ming Wang, and Jayson Werth) on the 15-day DL and two on the 60-day DL (Chris Marrero, Cole Kimball). It’s worth noting that Wang’s rehab period ends in roughly 15 days, while the 60-day period for Marrero and Kimball is up about week after that.

Predicting the next move is always a fool’s errand, for if there’s one thing that’s certain, the current front office will find a way to exploit this confluence of events if there’s any way possible. (You can go looking for the rules for the 60-Day DL, but I suspect they’re not found on a sign on Jimmie Dimmick’s front lawn).

My personal opinion is that this may be harmful to Leon because it’s going to interrupt his offensive development, while folks I highly respect (e.g. Brian Oliver) feel that with a ceiling of a backup catcher, you can kill two stones with one bird instead of making an impulsive trade or burning an organizational player (e.g. Carlos Maldonado or Devin Ivany).

Congratulations to Sandy nevertheless. Quite a phone call he got to make to su mama esta la noche, no?

May 102012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Won, 15-8 vs. Durham,
7:00 p.m.
Roark (1-5, 5.70) vs.
Torra (2-3, 5.45)
Harrisburg Lost, 8-2 @ Akron,
7:05 p.m.
Mandel (3-1, 2.97) vs.
McFarland (5-1, 2.62)
Potomac Lost, 10-0;
Lost, 6-2
@ Salem,
7:00 p.m.
Swynenberg (2-1, 3.77) vs.
Pressly (2-0, 7.06)
Hagerstown OFF DAY @ Lexington,
7:05 p.m.
Karns (0-0, 1.35) vs.
Dufek (0-0, 5.14)

Syracuse 15 Durham 8
• Wang (W, 1-0) 7IP, 8H, 2R, 2ER, BB, K
• Severino (SV, 3) 1⅓ IP, H, 0R, 2BB, 2K, 2-2 IR-S, WP
• Teahen 3-5, R, 2B, BB, 5RBI, SB
• Hoffpauir 3-3, 2R, 2BB, 3RBI
• Brown 2-3, 3R, 2B, 3BB,

It was a battle of attrition in the late innings, turning what should have been a three-hour cruise into Gilligan’s Island in a 15-8 win for Syracuse. Chien-Ming Wang turned in seven decent innings, scattering eight hits and giving up two runs while the Chiefs offense broke out and built a 10-2 lead. The Bulls gored the Chiefs ‘pen for six runs in the top of the 8th, with Austin Bibens-Dirkx facing four batters and giving up the minimum of four runs possible with three singles and grand slam allowed. The Chiefs steered things around in the bottom of the inning with a five-run rally, highlighted by Mark Teahen’s two-run double and lowlighted by a pair of ejections after a Seth Bynum strikeout (Bynum, manager Tony Beasley). Atahualpa Severino, who had gotten the final out in the 8th, retired the side in the 9th to end the game after three hours, 38 minutes.

Richmond 8 Harrisburg 2
• Demny 5⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 3BB, 7K, HR
• Frias 2IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 0K
• Nicol 2-3
• Kobernus 2-4, 2R
• Valdez 2-4, 2B

A pair of three-run rallies vaulted Richmond over Harrisburg for an 8-2 win and a two-game sweep of the rain-shortened series. The Senators collected nine hits, with three players getting two hits apiece, but went a dreadful 1-for-9 with RISP and stranded eight baserunners. Paul Demny took the loss, charged with five runs on five hits and three walks, with reliever Pat McCoy letting the last two runs before giving up two of his own over one and 2/3rds innings. The Senators hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set against the Akron Aeros tonight.

Salem 10 Potomac 0 (comp. of susp. gm.)
• Olbrychowski (L, 1-4) ⅔ 5H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Applebee 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, 0BB, K
• Taylor 1-2, 2B, 2BB, OF assist at 3B
• Sanchez 1-2

Down 6-0 after 3½ innings, Salem had its way with relievers Shane McCatty and Wilson Eusebiom scoring a pair of runs off both to run the score to 10-0. Potomac was held to just three hits, with David Freitas and Adrian Sanchez both singling and Michael Taylor collecting his league-leading 13th double.

Salem 6 Potomac 2 (5 inn, rain)
• Ray (L, 0-1) 1⅔ IP, 7H, 6R, 6ER, 3BB, K, 2HR
• Holder 2⅓ IP, 3H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Hague 1-1, R, 2BB, SB, RBI
• Bloxom 1-3, 2B, RBI

Robbie Ray lasted just 15 batters before the Salem Red Sox chased him from the game, sending him to the showers after six runs and seven hits, including a solo HR and a grand slam. Trevor Holder turned in another fine relief outing, but the offense was limited to just two hits: a single by Rick Hague, a double by Justin Bloxom. Rain halted play after five full innings, saving the bullpen further work after having pitched 9⅔ innings in less than 24 hours.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS — OFF DAY
After a 5-2 homestand, the Suns hit the road for seven games, beginning with a four-game set with the Lexington Legends. Prior to yesterday’s game, Kylin Turnbull was assigned from “Auburn,” taking the roster spot of Steve Souza, who had been placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 6.

May 032012
 
Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 5-2 @ Buffalo,
6:05 p.m.
Atkins (2-2, 3.68) vs.
Familia (2-1, 5.40)
Harrisburg Lost, 5-4 vs. New Britain,
7:00 p.m.
Wang (rehab) vs.
Hirschfeld (2-2, 3.14)
Potomac Won, 5-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
10:35 a.m.
Ray (2-3, 3.13 in ’11)
vs. McCray (0-0, 0.00)
Hagerstown Won, 10-5 vs. Rome,
7:05 p.m.
Dupra (2-3, 3.63) vs.
Filak (1-1, 1.73)

Buffalo 5 Syracuse 2
• Arnesen (L, 1-1) 3⅓ IP, 6H, 5R, 5ER, 2BB, 3K
• Martin 2⅔ 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 2-1
• Rivero 2-4, 2B, RBI
• Carroll 0-1, 2BB

The Bison stampeded the Chiefs with two runs in the 3rd and three in the 5th en route to a 5-2 win. Erik Arnesen was charged with all five runs, giving up six hits and two walks over three and 1/3rd innings. Rafael Martin let in one of two inherited runners but combined with Atahualpa Severino and Josh Wilkie to shut down Buffalo the rest of the way. Unfortunately, the Bison ‘pen was just as effective — limiting the Chiefs to just two hits over the final five frames. Carlos Rivero had two of the five Syracuse hits and has 10 in his last 19AB.

New Britain 5 Harrisburg 4
• Ballard (ND) 6IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 8K, HR
• Pucetas (L, 1-1) 3IP, 2H, R, ER, 0BB, 2K
• Pahuta 2-4, R, HR, RBI
• Valdez 2-4, R, 2B
• Kobernus 2-4

The Sens smacked three big flies but the Rock Cats scratched to a 5-4 win. Sandy Leon, Tim Pahuta both delivered solo shots while Chris Rahl drove in two with his 5th HR, but Harrisburg had trouble scoring otherwise — just five runners got past first base and only one scored (Valdez double followed by Rahl homer) as the Sens stranded five runners and hit into two double plays. Mike Ballard started and was charged with four runs over the first seven innings while Kevin Pucetas took the loss as a pair of singles and a wild pitch scored the gamewinner for New Britain in the 9th.

Potomac 5 Winston-Salem 0
• Olbrychowski 6⅔ IP, 5H, 0R, 3BB, 5K
• Selik 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 5K
• Freitas 3-4, R
• Bloxom 2-4, R, 2RBI
• Keyes 2-4, 2B, RBI

Three P-Nats pitchers combined on a 5-0 shutout Last Night In Woodbridge

Hagerstown 10 Rome 5
• Estevez (W, 3-1) 5⅓ IP, 3H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 6K, HR
• McKenzie 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Souza 2-5, 2R, 2B, HR, 3RBI
• Martinson 2-5, 2B, HR, 2RBI
• Ramirez 3-4, 2-2B, RBI

A five-run 5th broke open a 3-1 game as the Suns doubled up the Braves of Rome, 10-5. Steve Souza and Jason Martinson both went 2-for-5 with a double and a HR as Hagerstown registered seven extra-base hits in the rout. Wirkin “For The Weekend” Estevez returned from “Auburn” to pitch five and a 1/3rd innings and earn his third win, but also gave up his 4th HR in six starts. Kylin Turnbull was assigned to the Auburn roster prior to the game to make room for Estevez. He’ll likely swap places with another pitcher in another 5-6 days, perhaps even Estevez himself.

Nov 182011
 

It’s like so weird…

According to multiple online sources, the Nationals have re-claimed Cole Kimball, who had been placed on waivers by Toronto Blue Jays in the wake of tonight’s midnight deadline to submit 40-man rosters for the the Rule 5 draft.

According to Mark Zuckerman
, the move was required when the Blue Jays claimed another pitcher (Andrew Carpenter) off waivers from the Padres and were trying to clear room for him.

At virtual press, 16 of the 30 MLB teams have added players thus far, per MLBDepthCharts.com

UPDATE:
As pointed out below, the Nationals have announced the following four players have been added to the 40-man roster:

  • 1B Tyler Moore
  • C Jhonatan Solano
  • CF Eury Perez
  • C Derek Norris

The selection of Solano is the most curious, and one has to think that this means that either Jesus Flores or Norris could be traded, with Solano as the fallback option. Perez is a close second, especially for a position player that hadn’t reached AA.

Thus, notable names that appear to be eligible:
Adrian Sanchez
Marcos Frias
Hector Nelo
Josh Smoker
Sandy Leon
Pat McCoy
Stephen King
Erik Komatsu
Tanner Roark
Brad Meyers

None of these is terribly surprising, and yes, that includes Brad Meyers. As previously reported, players with an injury history are often left unprotected, as are position players with either little AA or AAA experience (e.g. Leon) or coming off subpar seasons (e.g. McCoy).

Aug 012011
 

Still waiting for the official word on Danny Rosenbaum’s promotion, ahem, reassignment, but noticed the following moves in the meantime…

SYRACUSE
• OF Michael Aubrey placed on 7-Day DL
• LHP Tom Milone placed on 7-Day DL
• Activated OF Roger Bernadina
• Activated RHP Brad Meyers from 7-Day DL
• Assigned Evan Bronson from Potomac
Optioned Atahualpa Severino from Washington
Recalled Collin Balester to Washington

HAGERSTOWN
• Assigned C Adrian Nieto from Potomac

These are all dated today on MiLB.com, and I strongly suspect that at least one, if not both, of the two players put on the DL have been placed there retroactively.

Just to recap, the following moves were made over the weekend…

• RHP Yunesky Maya recalled to Washington, optioned back
• LHP Atahualpa Severino recalled to Washington
• IF/OF Brian Bixler recalled to Washington
• Roger Bernadina optioned to Syracuse
• Garrett Mock assigned from Harrisburg
• RHP Chien-Mien Wang activated from 60-Day DL

In case anyone ever wondered, this is not unlike court reporting in a small town… a lot of reading between the lines and being unable to make a definitive statement, even when you *know* what’s really going on.

UPDATE #1: A couple more moves made overnight…

May 312011
 

A busy day today…

SYRACUSE
• Garrett Mock assigned to Potomac

HARRISBURG
• Shairon Martis placed on 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29

POTOMAC
• Evan Bronson assigned to Auburn

HAGERSTOWN
• Chris Curran assigned to Potomac

AUBURN
• Carlos Alvarez assigned from the Dominican Summer League

GCL
• Gregory Baez assigned to the Dominican Summer League

DON’T READ TOO MUCH INTO THESE
Clearly, this list is incomplete. As of this writing, both the Potomac and Hagerstown rosters are at 26 (one over), the Harrisburg roster is at 23 (one under), and Syracuse is also at 25 (one over). Note the use of the word “assigned,” which has become an unfortunate necessity given the facetious nature of the roster moves lately.

My hope guess is that pitching Mock tonight in Winston-Salem is a one-off that’s related to the weekend doubleheaders. Likewise, Evan Bronson may be in Auburn in the same way that Ryan Tatusko was in Syracuse, though I projected Mitchell Clegg to be pitching tonight on six days rest.

What’s probably more curious is the placement of Martis on the DL. Unfortunately, there’s an off day on the 6th and a doubleheader on the 7th that makes it harder to guess what the brass has in mind. Most likely? A older reliever (Rafael Martin or Hector Nelo) will be assigned from Potomac to Harrisburg to fill out the roster.

UPDATE
As predicted in the comments, Garrett Mock’s stay with Potomac is a short one as the 28-year-old was moved to the Harrisburg roster while Hassan Pena was assigned to the Syracuse roster.

UPDATE #2
Making room for Pena, Adam Carr was placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to May 29.

May 172011
 

As discussed in the comments, further roster moves have been made to undo/explain last week’s moves that were deemed questionable by some readers…

• Jesus Valdez was promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse

• Ryan Mattheus was promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse

• Oliver Perez was activated from the Syracuse 7-Day DL and assigned to Harrisburg

• Ryan Tatusko was returned to Harrisburg

With two active players added to the Chiefs roster but only one subtracted, it would appear that another roster move is forthcoming for Syracuse, which has a 24-man limit and currently 25 men listed as active. If more details are discovered this afternoon, look to this space for an update.

UPDATE
As mentioned in the comments, the other shoe dropping in Syracuse is C Carlos Maldonado being placed on the 7-Day DL.

UPDATE #2
Some Potomac moves…
• Cameron Selik was placed on the 7-Day DL
• Chris Curran was activated from the 7-Day DL
• Hector Nelo was assigned from XST
As usual, MiLB.com is listing more active players than allowed so my best guess is that J.R. Higley has been deactivated.

UPDATE #3
• IF Matt Antonelli promoted from Harrisburg to Syracuse
• IF Alex Valdez demoted from Syracuse to Harrisburg