Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 7

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

For the newer Twitter followers, this is an homage to Demetri Martin’s segments of the same name

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

SYRACUSE 22-29, 5th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good Tom Milone 2-1, 2.55ERA, 0.74WHIP, 42K last 5 GS
Bad Gregor Blanco .560 OPS
Interesting Matt Antonelli .359/.432/.538 in 11G since callup

HARRISBURG 30-21, 1st place E.L. West Division, 3 games ahead

Good Tyler Moore .312, 11-2B, 3B, 6HR since May 1
Bad Matt Chico 23H, 7BB, in 12IP since demotion
Interesting Team FA .981, 3rd best in E.L.

POTOMAC 19-34, 4th place C.L. North Division, 12 games behind

Good Jeff Kobernus .351/.400/.432 in last 10G
Bad Paul Demny 6HR allowed in last 6GS
Interesting 41% CS by C’s, 2nd best in Carolina League

HAGERSTOWN 33-21, 1st place Sally League Northern Division, 2½ games ahead

Good Blake Kelso .348/.417/.446
Bad Matt Grace 1.60 WHIP
Interesting 82SBs, 1st in Sally League

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of Potomac is his home base as a season-ticket holder, but he has visited every affiliate north of Florida at least once, with multiple trips to Hagerstown and Harrisburg.

20 thoughts on “Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 7”

  1. Go Tyler Moore! His power #’s are much better than Marrero’s and he’s made the transition to AA flawlessly. Sue, you were right to be concerned about possible problems moving forward, but those concerns were thankfully unfounded.

    What do with Matt Chico, he seriously needs a change of scenery.

    I think it’s safe to say Blake Kelso has mastered Low A at this point. Another terrific story.

    1. Time to move Mr. Marrero in my opinion as a secondary piece. To me, Moore’s performance, Morse’s hot streak, and LaRoche’s injury mean that Marrero deserves a cup of coffee to showcase him to teams defensively in the big leagues, but he has all the makings of a right handed pinch hitter, that guy everybody has thought Morse is.

      1. Add to that Morse looks like a plus fielder at first base. Wonder what his UZR will end up at at the end of the season? I don’t think Marerro could match Morse’s fielding at first … not sure Moore could either?

        Given Rizzo’s stated underlying philosophy, Morse’s performance in the field, and Riggleman managing you have to think they would stick with Morse/LaRoche unless they go for Pujols in the offseason.

  2. DSL roster insights so far(after a whopping quintet of games): of the 16 named last winter as signees, only 8 have played. The most touted, Raudy Read, 17 yr old C, is 0-13. OF R Novas has not played.

    Of named last winter, OF D Rosario is 2-17 .118, 3B D Eusebio is 3-19 .158. Moscat (20 yr old) and Mendez (18) have started games, with Barrientos (17), Escolastico (18), A Martinez (18) all appearing in relief.

    Brand New names are Yermin Mercedes (C – 18 yr old) 4-7 so far, and Bryan Mejia (17 yr old OF) 3-15. Plus Ivan Pineyro (19 yr old) has started a game and Deury Vazquez (18 – signed out of the Dominican Prospect League) has pitched in a game.

    6 returnees have started in the field for most the games (Difo, E Gonzo, Adderling Ruiz, “Fred” Ortega, B Valdez and Aladin Reyes). 6 returners also have pitched, Greg Baez down from GCL last year, W Suez, A Marcelino (SP), I Heredia, Kelvin Rodriguez switches to P from catcher last year,and Jesus Guzman.

    So now total signed last winter/fall is 20, the 16 in the article and the 4 new names. Whether all of the original 16 are actually good enough to play is another story.

    1. Wow. What’s your take on the guys from the DSL playing in the GCL and short-season Vermont this season?

  3. Tyler Moore in May had a slugging pct. of .604 & OPS of .956. Those are eyepopping numbers. For those who missed the earlier post, Tyler played last year with what turned out to be a golf-ball sized tumor in his leg, preventing him from any offseason baseball activities. He was definitely allowed a slow April, thankfully the tumor was benign.

    By contrast, Marrero so far this year has slugging pct of .397.

    1. Uh, I think it’s safe to say at this point that Moore > Marrero on next year’s prospect lists. I did not see this coming from Mr. Moore at all. I need to give the man his props. Plus I believe that his bombs pass the eye test.

  4. MarkL – I didn’t know that. Even more impressive. Glad to see it wasn’t malignant.

    What is the take on him in the public scouting world like Goldstein, etc? I thought last year he was considered old for his level. Still there, or moving into prospect territory?

  5. Sue,
    Do you have any idea when Harper is getting promoted? He seems to have mastered low-A pitching, and I would like to move him along so he at least finishes the year in Harrisburg. I still have hopes of seeing him in Washington in 2012, though I think that might be a little unrealistic.

    1. I really don’t. I had thought it would be early this week, but now it appears that after the first half is done (June 19) might be the better bet.

  6. I’m of the opinion that Harper ought to spend a full two years in the minors because the only thing he doesn’t have is experience and that’s the one thing the Org can give him.

    1. I’m of the opinion that once he should spend about a half season everywhere except AAA. That means end of next year or early 2013 is when we expect the debut. You know that there will be all kind of hype in the org over the offseason is Strasburg shows some mojo in either spring training or at the end of this year.

      1. Ladson reported (he didn’t say he was guessing either) that Harper would be moved to Harrisburg next. I think a quote attributed to either Davey Johnson or someone in Nats player development stated that “Harper’s would stay at his next stop for a good long while”.

        Given the two together one would think Harrisburg after the first half in Hagerstown?

  7. The boys in hagerstown found out who made the all-star team yesterday… Harper is definitely on it so he probably won’t get promoted until after the all-star game.

  8. I can’t remember if I have got everyone, but boys from hagerstown who made the team were: Kelso, Freitas, Harper, Manno, Jordan

      1. No, it would JoeB’s might have some inside dope on that one. The names haven’t been officially announced yet.

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