Movin’ On Up: Peacock & Karns

Some old news and some new news this morning while making the sweep of the transaction reports.

First, the old news: Brad Peacock has been promoted from AA Harrisburg to AAA Syracuse, with OF Bryce Harper taking his spot on the Senators roster by virtue of being activated from the Temporary Inactive List. Peacock was 10-2 for Harrisburg with a 2.01 ERA, a 0.86WHIP, and 129Ks in 98⅔ innings, all of which were in the top 5 for the Eastern League this season. He’s expected to make his first start this Saturday against Lehigh Valley.

Now, the new news: As predicted in the comments, Nathan Karns has been freed from Viera and promoted to Auburn. Karns, a 12th-round 2009 draft pick that signed at the deadline, missed the 2010 season with an unspecified injury. This year, he’s made five appearances without a decision in the GCL, pitching 18⅔ innings, allowing two (2) hits, no (0) runs, six walks and compiling 26 strikeouts. He’s expected to join the Doubledays rotation, starting perhaps as soon as Monday, July 18th or Tuesday, July 19th.

In other transactions, RHP Anthony Marcelino was placed in the 60-day DL for the GCL Nationals, a move that typically signifies season-ending surgery.

UPDATE: J.C. Romero has been given his unconditional release, a option that apparently was his if the Nationals weren’t going to activate him by July 15. Minutes later, he signed a minor-league contract with the New York Yankees. Meanwhile, the other predicted move — Oliver Perez being taken off the TIL to take Peacock’s spot in the rotation — has now officially been announced, with Jonathan Tucker going on the DL, retroactive to July 12 (which begs the question: Who’s next?) to keep the Harrisburg roster at 24.

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.

17 thoughts on “Movin’ On Up: Peacock & Karns”

    1. I read somewhere else that Romero was asking for his release (contract clause for callup by July 15) so he could possibly sign with the Evil Empire.

  1. Also… did Wander Ramos get promoted to Auburn as well? Or is he hurt?

    I haven’t seen him in the GCL box scores for about the last week.

    His line so far….


    1. Here’s the scoop on Molenhauer fron Andy Seiler — “Moldenhauer was a 3rd round pick with the Angels in 2006 to the Angels, and he didn’t sign. That was clearly a horrible decision in hindsight, as he’s now finished his senior year.”
      Also, was listening to Doug Harris on the radio and he was talking about Moldenhauer back in May. He said that he definitely had some pop in his bat, but it was pretty obvious that they threw away his glove for the whole 4 years at Texas. They have been working him very hard the last year to teach him fielding and find him a position. Texas had him listed at 6′ 0″, but Harris said he was more like 5′ 10″ -5’11”.

      TBRFan, we await your scouting reports.

      1. I watched him at instructs in Sept/Oct. He’s definitely not 6ft. tall. He was built more like a fire hydrant. 🙂 Spirited play at first base, and I think maybe some outfield, don’t rememer how he hit. You know i’ll have a report. LOL


        Apparently, the Nats have now officially reprimanded Potomac for the condition of the field. Ben Goessling just released a post about Rizzo’s condemnation. It may be why Manno moved two steps forward and there could be others before the week is out. Once the moving and shaking is over with post-All Star break.

        Have to wonder what’s next for the Potomac Nationals nee’ Cannons. Losing shots at players like Strasburg, Harper, perhaps Rendon as well can’t be good.

        1. Manno deserves it if he got to Harrisburg. His control is better than average and more often than not he was let down by the team behind him. Go, go Manno!

          1. He was also a senior out of Duke. Too old not to be in AA at this point anyway … something to keep in mind. I imagine if Hassan Pena doesn’t pan out they match him up with the now reasonably recovered Nate Karns.

        2. “Team sources have said the Nationals are upset with the ownership group at Potomac for not fixing the field, but sources have also said that Potomac owner Art Silber believes it is the responsibility of Prince William County to improve the playing conditions at the stadium.”

          I really wish I could say this is a unique situation, but it’s not. There always seems to be bickering between teams and municipalities over who’s responsible for maintenance. There comes a point, however, when being penny-wise is pound-foolish.

  2. I did not hear anything on manno , is that true Wally . If so , that will be a great challenge for him, and I think he will do very well

  3. Looks like Syracuse may be worth watching in the near term. (Sorry KLaw I know you think AAA is too old to bother with … its why we listen more to Sickels.)

    Knorr has changed up the starting rotation. Out of the break we saw JD Martin and Ryan Tatusko cover the double header with the IronPigs. Tomorrow’s finale will be Craig Stammen followed on Saturday by Bradley Peacock. The guy skipped is Yunesky Maya? Have to assume Milone pitches Sunday or perhaps Knorr is being conservative and giving Milone 5 days from the All Star. So, we might see Maya on Sunday followed by Milone.

    With Maya’s performance of late you have to wonder if perhaps they might push him down to AA to work with pitching coach whizzard Tomlin and recall a refurbished and still young Martis to Syracuse?

    Interesting days ahead I suspect.

  4. From MLBTradeRumors:

    Brad Peacock is now represented by the ACES agency, reports MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes (Twitter link). The Nationals right-hander was a 41st-round pick in the 2006 draft but was recently ranked as the 42st-best minor leaguer in the game on Baseball America’s midseason prospect list.

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