May 142016
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-15, 1st place I.L. North, 1 games ahead

Good Brian Goodwin .316/.378/.482, 3HR, 17RBI in 32G
Aaron Laffey 3-0, 1.55/3.02/1.34 in 7 appearances, 6GS
Bad Kevin Keyes .450 OPS, 20K in 15G since callup
A.J. Cole 1.66 WHIP, 5HR in 31⅓ IP (7GS)
Interesting Pedro Severino .355/.375/.581 in May (9G)
16 holds, T2nd in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-18, 4th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto, .353/.411/.608, 3HR, 19RBI in May (13G)
Jaron Long 1-1, 1.33/4.09/1.33 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Shawn Pleffner .387 OPS in 31G
Gilberto Mendez 0-2, 8.24 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 42SB, 2nd in E.L.; 9CS, fewest in E.L. (82.4 SB%)
33HR most allowed in the E.L.


POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .331/.396/.452, 14SB in 30G
Ryan Brinley 2-0, 4 SV, 0.64/1.72/0.79 in nine appearances
Bad Justin Thomas 1-2, 8.10ERA, 11BB in 10IP
Bryan Mejia 6E in 28G
Interesting 28E, fewest (tied) in C.L. (yes, really)
23 GIDP, most (tied) in C.L. (with Salem on both)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-12, 2nd place Sally North, 1½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .336/.423/.484, 12SB in 33G
Matt Crownover 3-1, 1.44/3.61/1.04 in 25IP
Bad Jakson Reetz .504OPS in 19G
Luis Torres 1-1, 7.20ERA, 1.73WHIP in 15IP
Interesting Ian Sagdal .307/.386/.477 in 26G
Jorge Pantoja 5-0, 0.63/2.43/0.70 in 14⅓ IP
Apr 232016
 


In keeping with my motto of doing what I can when I can, I’ve decided to cut back the GBI to something more manageable this year — every three weeks. This will still give us eight editions, and to compensate for the lower frequency, I will double up each section. My apologies in advance to for the disappointment, but the alternative was to scrap it altogether.

For the newcomers…. this a silly little thing I began a few years ago on a lark. It’s somehow become one of the site’s staples. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief (2009-2010) run on Comedy Central, it’s my way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or pointing out something unexpected.

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list — good or bad — his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we embrace science and statistics, superstition will always be a part of baseball. Thus, the effect known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early in the season, small sample sizes, stats in the minors are misleading, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, employees must wash hands after using the bathroom, etc.

And the usual reminder: The guys, their friends, families, and agents reading this, so keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7-8, 4th place I.L. North, 2½ games behind

Good Trea Turner .357/.446/.500, 6SB in 15G
Sammy Solis 1.00/1.08/0.89, 14K in 9IP
Bad Matt Skole .122/.214/.184, 12K in 14G
Taylor Hill 8BB in 15⅔ IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .932 OPS, .390 BA in 13G
Austin Voth 0BB in 12IP


HARRISBURG SENATORS 6-8, 4th place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Rafael Bautista 8SB, 11BB, .443 OBP in 14G
Tyler Mapes 3-0, 3.18/3.85/0.94 in 3GS
Bad Zach Collier .405 OPS in 12G
Reynaldo Lopez 4HR in 16IP
Interesting Stephen Perez .320/.414/.360 in 11G
John Simms 14K in 16IP


POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-7, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos .298/.437/.561 in 16G
Mario Sanchez 1.59 ERA, 80.9 LOB% in 11⅓ IP
Bad 11CS in 30SB attempts
Starters 5.60/4.30/1.47 in 16G
Interesting Drew Ward .333/.412/.550, 11RBI in 16G
R.C. Orlan 1.93 ERA, 1.18WHIP, 8BB, 9K in 9#8531; IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-5, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Victor Robles .327/.465/.582, 7SB, 2HR in 16G
Andrew Lee 1-0, 1.80/3.50/1.27 in 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken .496OPS in 14G
Joan Baez 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Max Schrock .344/.403/.4, 6SB in 15G
Jefry Rodriguez 2.70/2.07/1.20 in 3GS
Dec 092015
 


The trend of a consensus on a handful then free-for-all returns with the latest iteration of the NationalsProspects.com Top 10 Position Players list.

This year 21 players were named on 10 ballots (including mine). It was 24 a couple of years ago but only 15 last year.

The top two picks were either #1 or #2 in nine of the 10 ballots, as was the #1 pick. Without further ado, ze list:

  1. Trea Turner
  2. Victor Robles
  3. Wilmer Difo
  4. Anderson Franco
  5. Andrew Stevenson
  6. Christopher Bostick
  7. Pedro Severino
  8. Rafael Bautista
  9. Osvaldo Abreu
  10. Spencer Kieboom

Others receiving votes: Brian Goodwin, Drew Ward, Jose “Orange” Marmolejos-Diaz, Isaac Ballou, Blake Perkins, Jakson Reetz, Rhett Wiseman, Telmito Agustin, Max Schrock, Bryan Mejia, Matt Skole

My prediction that half the names from last year’s Top 10 would be gone proved to be true, though just two could be attributed to trade (Steve Souza) and graduation (Michael Taylor). It would be difficult to characterize the disappearance of last years nos. 4-7 (Drew Ward, Jakson Reetz, Brian Goodwin, and Matt Skole) as anything other than disappointment with their 2015 seasons.

One other interesting trend that ought to be obvious: the Dominican pipeline seems to be producing more interesting players (6 of the Top 10, 8 of the twenty) than the domestic draft.

Next up: The pitchers, which I suspect will be a similar case of three or four that everybody agrees on… then a lament of the lack of lefties… and then complaints about age…

Aug 012015
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 42-66, 6th place I.L. North, 18 games behind

Good Tony Gwynn Jr. .444/.545/.600 since All-Star break (15G)
Bad P.J. Walters 6.10 ERA, 1.65 WHIP in July (7 app., 2GS)
Interesting Just one game out of 5th place (well, maybe not that interesting, but…)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 51-56, 5th place E.L. West, 10 games behind

Good Abel De Los Santos 3-0, 3SV, 0.52 ERA, 0.62 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Brian Goodwin .202/.242/.342 in July (28G)
Interesting Sens have team ERA of 4.33 on the road (53G) vs. 2.98 mark at home (54G), per Harrisburg PR team



POTOMAC NATIONALS 15-19, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind (48-56 overall)

Good Rafael Bautista .341/.356/.386, 4SB since return from rehab (10G)
Bad Manny Rodriguez 0-3, 7.71 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting 25 Team saves fewest in the Carolina League



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 15-19, 6ty place Sally North, 9 games behind (50-52 overall)

Good Koda Glover 2SV, 0.90ERA, 0.90WHIP in seven appearances
Bad 86 GIDP — most in the 14-team Sally Lg.
Interesting .975% FA 2nd in Sally Lg., 39% CS rate 1st in Sally Lg.



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-21, 5th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 7½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .367/.418/.633 since promotion from GCL (12G, on base in each)
Bad Mariano Rivera III 7.20ERA, 1.89 WHIP in seven appearances (3GS)
Interesting Relievers’ ERA 2.66, Starters: 5.46 (H/T Auburn PR staff)



GCL NATIONALS 14-20, 4th place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 6 games behind

Good Wilber Pena 8.88K/9IP in 25⅓IP
Bad Thomas Alvarez .330OPS in 12G
Interesting .364 Team SLG% 2nd in 16-team GCL



DSL NATIONALS 25-28, 5th place Boca Chica South, 13 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Aldrem Corredor .791OPS, 34BB in 50G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Jimenez 6.00 ERA, 1.95 WHIP in 21IP
Interesting 92 team 2B fifth-best in 38-team DSL
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
Jul 262014
 


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

NOTE: Stats & standings prior to games of July 25
SYRACUSE CHIEFS 61-45, 1st place I.L. North, 2½ games ahead

Good A.J. Cole 3-0, 2.88 ERA, 1.21 WHIP in July (4GS)
Bad Greg Dobbs .194/.219/.258 in last 10 games
Interesting In first place since June 5, 28-19 over that stretch



HARRISBURG SENATORS 42-62, 5th place E.L. West, 21½ games behind

Good Jason Martinson .280/.375/.440 in July (22G)
Bad Zach Kroenke 0-3, 7.48 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 5HR allowed in July (5 appearances)
Interesting Now up to 55 different players used (record, 61 in 2012 – H/T to Sens PR folks)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, T1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (55-46 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 2-0, 4SV, 0.00 ERA, 0.44 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Stephen Perez .158/.214/.158 in last 10 games
Interesting Jake Walsh 2-0, 1.86 ERA, 0.72 WHIP in first 5 appearances



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 22-12, T1st place Sally North, 3 games ahead (66-38 overall)

Good Rafael Bautista 55-for-63 in SB attempts (87.3% success rate)
Bad Jake Johansen 5.11 BB/9IP
Interesting Isaac Ballou 24-game on-base streak



AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 18-21, 4th place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 9½ games behind

Good Travis Ott 1-1, 2.27/3.39/1.14 in 7GS
Bad Jeff Gardner .123/.200/.192 in 21G
Interesting Tyler Mapes 3SV, 0R first 5 appearances (9IP)



GCL NATIONALS 17-14, 2nd place East Division, Gulf Coast League, 4 games behind

Good “Fred” Aguero .321/.357/.434 in 19G
Bad D.J. Jauss 7.71 ERA, 2.29 WHIP in 7 appearances
Interesting Jakson Reetz .410 OBP (11BB in 19G)



DSL NATIONALS 25-21, 5th place Boca Chica South, 9 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Victor Robles .312/.410/.478, 21SB in 40G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 6.86/5.93/2.33 in 9 appearances, 4GS
Interesting Catchers 51% CS rate (44/86) — 2nd best in DSL
Jun 272014
 

GBI for NPP 2Our weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 49-31, 1st place I.L. North, 6 games ahead

Good Aaron Laffey 4-0, 1.95ERA, 1.18WHIP in June (5GS)
Bad Brian Goodwin .147/.237/.235 in last 10G
Interesting Six-game division lead the largest since August 12, 1998
(H/T Kevin Brown, Syracuse Dir. of Media & P.R.)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 30-47, 5th place E.L. West, 16 games ahead

Good Matt Skole .299/.409/.571, 5HR, 24RBI in June (22G)
Bad Neil Holland 1-1, 6.60 ERA, 1.53 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Interesting Tyler Herron 1-0, 2SV, 1.88 ERA, 1.26 WHIP in last 10 appearances



POTOMAC NATIONALS 5-2, T1st place C.L. North, 1½ games ahead (43-33 overall)

Good Gilberto Mendez 3-1, 3SV, 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Estarlin Martinez .157/.228/.196 vs. RHPs (.261/.292/.391 vs. LHPs)
Interesting Will Piwnica-Worms .324/.366/.432, 1HR, 16RBI in June (21G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 6-2, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (50-28 overall)

Good Isaac Ballou .310/.365/.448, 2HR, 15RBI, 6SB in June (24G)
Bad Hector Silvestre 2-3, 6.49 ERA, 6HR allowed in June (5GS)
Interesting Rafael Bautista 33SB since May 1 (54G)


DSL NATIONALS 13-10, 3rd place Boca Chica South, 2 games behind

Good 17-y.o. Davinson Pimentel .362/.448/.517 in 17G
Bad 18-y.o. Jose Nunez 7.71 ERA, 2.49 WHIP, 11BB in 11⅔ IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Victor Robles 13SB in 18G
Jun 202014
 


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 43-30, 1st place I.L. North, 2 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .383/.500/.660 in June (14G)
Bad Mike Gonzalez 5.00 ERA, 1.78 WHIP over last 10 appearances
Interesting Daniel Stange 11⅓ consecutive IP w/o an ER allowed (7 appearances)



HARRISBURG SENATORS 28-42, 5th place E.L. West, 13½ games behind

Good Tyler Herron 1-0, 2 SV, 1.88 ERA, 1.40 WHIP over last 11 appearances
Bad 68 errors in 70 games (9th in 12-team E.L.)
Interesting 48 different players have played for the Senators thus far (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 0-1, T2nd place, 1 game behind (38-32 overall)

Good Oscar Tejeda .297/.381/.514, 2HR, 5RBI in last 10G
Bad 7th or 8th in every team pitching category except BB (6th)
Interesting (No, not really) Excluding MLB rehabs, the P-Nats have used 13 different SP, 23 pitchers overall



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 1-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-26 overall)

Good Jake Walsh 0-2, 4SV, 1.50 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Drew Ward 56K in 54G
Interesting .977 Fld%, 46% CS rate — both #1 in 14-team Sally League



DSL NATIONALS 11-6, 2nd place Boca Chica South, 2 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Angher Cespedes 1-0, 3SV, 14K in 9⅔ IP (six appearances)
Bad 18-y.o. Luis Rengel .459 OPS, 5E in 13G
Interesting 17-y.o. Victor Robles 11SB, .916OPS in 14G