Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 17

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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 49-61, 4th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Brad Meyers 1.23 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in August
Bad Seth Bynum .194/.248/.280 since All-Star Break
Interesting Garrett Mock 1.50 ERA, 0.67 WHIP in August

HARRISBURG SENATORS 66-52, 2nd place E.L. West, ½ game behind

Good Tyler Moore .333/.385/.590 since All-Star Break
Bad Adam Fox .159/.245/.318 since All-Star Break
Interesting Rafael Martin 0.95 ERA, 0.88 WHIP

POTOMAC NATIONALS 24-22, 2nd place C.L. North Division, 4 games behind (53-62 overall)

Good Sandy Leon .275/.331/.443 since C.L. All-Star Break
Bad 535 RA (4.65/G) is 36 R more than 7th place C.L. pitching staff
Interesting The chance to make the playoffs despite being 6th in hitting, 7th in fielding, 8th in pitching

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 23-22, 4th place Sally League North Divison, 4 games behind (63-52 overall)

Good Michael Taylor .324/.373/.610 since All-Star Break
Bad Dean Weaver 6.62 ERA, 1.53 WHIP
Interesting Adrian Nieto .522 SLG in first 6G

AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 32-22, T1st place Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 1½ games ahead

Good Brian Dupra 2.96 ERA, 1.23 WHIP as a starter
Bad Angel Montilla .184/.304/.289 in August
Interesting Justin Miller .467 SLG, 1E in 44G

GCL NATIONALS 14-27, 4th place GCL East, 17 games behind (Eliminated)

Good 19-y.o. Estarlin Martinez .311/.406/.517
Bad J.C. Valdez, Wes Schill 12E in 29, 32G
Interesting Jack McGeary 1.13 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in first 3G (8IP)

DSL NATIONALS 29-32, 7th place, Boca Chica South Division, 10 games behind

Good Gilberto Mendez 5-0, 2.35 ERA, 1.16 WHIP
Bad Bienvenido Valdez .111/.304/.111 in last 10G
Interesting Wilman Rodriguez .333/.389/.515 since DSL All-Star Break

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.

6 thoughts on “Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 17”

  1. Moore seems to be doing what he did last year…start REALLY slowly and then tear it up in the second half. Maybe he plays 1B for the Nats after they unload LaRoche for prospects next year. (and Morse stays in Left)

  2. Boy, sure is a lot of great stuff to chew on here.
    There’s now 3 pitchers in Syracuse who have a decent shot of starting in S.W. next spring.
    So many good stories in Harrisburg right now. I 2nd Sec 314 on Moore, hopefully he can carry them into the playoffs.
    There seems so much buzzz on the internet about Taylor in Hagerstown now. A .983 OPS? Wow!
    For all of those who were paying attention during the bad old days…… Go Jack McGeary!

    Finally, allow me….
    1) Bill Rhinehart — .986 OPS since being dumped, er traded, by the Nats.
    2) Chris Manno — 5 games- 2 hits & 2 walks allowed, and a LOWER ERA than he had in Hagerstown.
    The Rhinhart Mafia & Manno’s Minions live!

    1. Mark L,
      Just curious who your 3 pitchers are with a decent shot next spring and why?

      Thanks for the info!

      1. Tom D — The front office has been saying for a month now that they want to see what Milone and Peacock can do in September.
        You have to add Meyers now to that mix, he’s back to his old self now with a great August. It’s easy to forget that Meyers missed almost all of 2010 with that foot injury, so there was some mystery as to what he could do this year. It’s so much easier to root for these guys than the Jason Marquis’s of the world.

  3. Sue with those type of team statistics for Potomac and they will likely make the playoffs what does that say about the Carolina League? A down year?

    1. It shows that the playoff format has some flaws. In an eight-team league with a balanced schedule, divisions are meaningless, so there is a certain degree of luck to making the playoffs.

      In any given half in which there are more than two “good” teams in a given division, someone’s going to get screwed.

      Kinston, for example, could miss the playoffs and have a better record than Potomac in the second half.

      It’s close this year, but I recall rather vividly a 2007 Potomac team that won 40+ games in the second half but had to step aside to a ~.500 Salem team that backed into the playoffs because Kinston won both halves.

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