Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 3-2 @ Norfolk,
7:15 p.m.
Roark (4-10, 5.33) vs.
Tillman (8-8, 3.63)
Harrisburg Won, 3-1 vs. Erie,
7:00 p.m.
Demny (6-4, 5.25) vs.
De La Cruz (5-7, 4.20)
Potomac Lost, 8-3 @ Carolina,
7:15 p.m.
Holder (5-2, 3.52) vs.
Salazar (0-2, 3.00)
Hagerstown Won, 11-9 @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
Hill (8-4, 4.02) vs.
Oviedo (1-6, 8.72)
Auburn Lost, 7-1 @ Jamestown,
7:00 p.m.
Monar (0-1, 6.14) vs.
Milroy (0-1, 9.00)
GCL Nationals OFF DAY @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.
DSL Nationals OFF DAY @ DSL Phillies,
10:30 a.m.
Silvestre (2-0, 3.21) vs.
Dominguez (2-3, 3.41)

Norfolk 3 Syracuse 2
• Lannan (L, 6-7) 6⅓ IP, 9H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 4K, HR
• Pena 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, BB, K, 1-1 IR-S
• Rivero 1-3, 2B, BB, CS
• Carroll 1-4, R, RBI, SB

Syracuse hung with Norfolk for seven innings, but with just four hits to the Tide’s eleven, the Chiefs were edged 3-2 on a sacrifice fly in the last of the 7th. John Lannan took the loss, giving up all three Norfolk runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out four. Corey Brown’s 18-game hit streak was snapped with an 0-for-4 night (though he walked to keep the on-base streak going). Carlos Rivero, who saw his 18-gamer snapped the night before, went 1-for-3 with a double and a walk to pace the Syracuse offense.

Harrisburg 3 Erie 1
• Bibens-Dirkx (W, 1-0) 5IP, 4H, R, ER, 0BB, 5K
• Davis (H, 5) 2IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 3K
• Kobernus 3-4, R, SB
• Van Ostrand 2-4, R

A pair of runs early and stellar bullpen work were the key ingredients in a 3-1 win over Erie. Starter Austin Bibens-Dirkx made his longest appearance, giving up a run on four hits over five innings to get the win. Erik Davis led a trio of relievers that combined to throw four shutout innings of relief, with Davis and Henry “El Infarto” Rodriguez earning holds and Zech Zinicola notching his first save. Jeff Kobernus led the hit column with a 3-for-4 afternoon, stealing his league-leading 31st base. Roster move: C Sandy Leon was assigned to Harrisburg as an MLB rehab. Local media are reporting that Bibens-Dirkx will return to Syracuse. Demoted starter Robert Gilliam and swingman Ryan Tatusko are reportedly not taking his slot, leading to speculation that a starter from Potomac will be promoted, with Trevor Holder the most obvious candidate.

Carolina 8 Potomac 3
• Ray (L, 3-5) 5⅔ IP, 7H, 4R, 3ER, BB, 3K
• Barthmaier 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Kimball ⅔ IP, 2H, 3R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Taylor 2-4, 2B, SB
• Fernandez 1-2, R, 2BB, RBI

Five Potomac errors, including two in the 8th that plated four unearned runs to turn a 4-3 deficit into an 8-3 blowout. Robbie Ray took the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on seven hits and a walk, but avoided the first-inning bugaboo that had been the hallmark of his previous two outings. The P-Nats made the most of their five hits, scoring three runs but went just 1-for-11 with RISP. Michael Taylor led the way with a single, double, and a stolen base. Cole Kimball gave up two hits to the five batters he faced, but was in position to get out of the inning when Adrian Sanchez booted a one-out grounder to second with a runner on first.

Hagerstown 11 Lakewood 9
• Turnbull (W, 4-4) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, K, HR
• Barrett (SV, 12) ⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, K, 1-1 IR-S, 2WP
• Newsome 3-5, R, 2B, 3RBI
• Leonida 3-5, R, 2B, 2RBI
• Miller 2-4, 3R, 2B, HR, 3RBI

After taking a 9-1 lead after four and a half innings, Hagerstown nearly blew the eight-run cushion, surviving a three-run rally in the 9th to hold on for an 11-9 triumph. Kylin Turnbull evened his record at 4-4, giving up three runs on seven hits and four walks, striking out just one. The trio of Brett Newsome, Cole Leonida, and Justin Miller combined for eight hits and eight RBI. Aaron Barrett got the save (#12) while giving up a single and uncorking two wild pitches.

Jamestown 7 Auburn 1
• Baez (L, 1-1) ⅓ IP, 5H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 0K, 0HR
• Peters 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Poole 2-4, 2B
• S. Perez 1-4, SB

Gregory Baez was smacked around for five runs on five hits, getting just one of six batters faced out as Jamestown cruised to a 7-1 win over Auburn. The Doubledays were held to just four hits and stranded seven runners, hitting into four double plays. Jordan Poole had two of the four safeties, including a double. The Doubledays still remain in first, 1½ ahead of State College and Williamsport in the NYPL’s Pinckney division.

GCL Nationals — OFF DAY
The G-Nats are looking to break a seven-game skid this week, having fallen into the cellar of the GCL East, 3½ games behind the G-Cards.

DSL Nationals — OFF DAY
After a 3-3 week, the DSL Nationals are 15-10, tied for 2nd with the DSL Giants and three games behind the DSL Yankees1 squad.

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.

16 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. OK, 6-6 for Gregory Baez seemed unlikely so early in the Auburn season, and it turns out he is 1-1. Not being a pain, just indicating that I pay attention to your blog.

    Pity Lannan didn’t pitch better.


    1. Arrgh. Everytime I come up with what appears to be a time-saver, I end up making a mistake. And I haven’t even gotten my new copyeditor yet!

  2. A little off topic, but it’s quite dissapointing to see the Nats once again strike out with top international free agents. Considering that their rookie league teams are filled with overagers and that their recent draft was underwhelming (outside of Giolito), it would have been great to see them restock the system with international free agents. I just hope that they will at the very least announce that they have signed some lesser known talents.

    1. I’m not as upset by this because the success rate with top IFAs is abysmal. Quick: How many of the 2006 Top 10 D.R. IFAs have made it to the majors? (I picked that year because Kevin Goldstein said that it’ll be until 2018 before anyone signed today will have a significant effect).

      If you said “nada,” you’re right. If MLB is too high a standard, then one (1) has risen to AAA, and two have made it AA. Maybe that was an especially shitty class (Smiley Gonzalez and Angel Villalona) but even when you look at the all-time Top 20 in terms of money spent, you don’t need a second hand to count the number of successes.

  3. Avg. age of position players: GCL Nats – 20.9
    GCL Astros – 18.9
    GCL Cardinals -19.8
    GCL Marlins – 19.9
    Avg. age of pitching: GCL Nats -21.2
    GCL Astros – 20.7
    GCL Cardinals -20.6
    GCL Marlins – 20.5
    Team Batting: GCL Nats -.255
    GCL Astros – .214
    GCL Cardinals – .198
    GCL Marlins – .244

    Standings: GCL Cardinals – 8-4
    GCL Marlins – 7-6
    GCL Astros – 6-6
    GCL Nats -4-9

    Moral of this story, play your younger players and let them develop together, your teenage players American and International!!!! Play your older college players at higher levels against players of the same age.

    LOL. Luke, this is my last post regarding this…..I PROMISE!!

    1. As others have remarked, first you have to draft and/or acquire younger players. The Nats have been getting younger in the DSL, but it’s largely gone unnoticed outside of this space and the likes of Brian Oliver and VladiHondo

      DSL Avg. Bat Age
      2009 – 19.4
      2010 – 18.7
      2011 – 18.1
      2012 – 18.1

      DSL Avg Arm Age
      2009 – 19.7
      2010 – 19.2
      2011 – 18.9
      2012 – 18.8


  5. Goodwin went 2 for 3 last night raising his season line to .323/.449/.524 and .389/.540 (that is not a typo)/.639 over the past 10 games. When do you think they promote him. He clearly owns the SAL.

    1. I think I need to put this into a macro: “Below AA, it’s been roughly a level per year for prospects under the Mike Rizzo F.O. (2009-).”

      Goodwin right now is blocked by Michael Taylor, who in turn, is blocked by Eury Perez, who, to a lesser extent, is blocked by Corey Brown. Between how much time Goodwin has lost to injury this year (roughly six weeks) and his age (21), I don’t think there’s any urgency (besides the fans’ want) to move him up the chain.

      1. Thanks. It’s hard at this point to think of Perez or Brown “blocking” anyone, although I take your point. But at some point if Goodwin keeps dominating SAL pitching — a big “if” I’ll grant — it’s hard to see what is gained developmentally by keeping him at Hagerstown.

        1. If he finishes the season at Hagerstown, it’ll likely be right around 100 games played. That’s about 25 games less than most Low-A prospects play, and about 40 more than he’s ever played before. I don’t have a problem with letting him dominate a few more weeks (remember, I get to see him if/when he’s promoted) — much more damage can be done by promoting too soon (see Rhinehart, Bill) than promoting too late.

          1. Point taken, although I think that invoking “Rhinehart, Bill” in the same paragraph as a guy who, if he had come out this year, might have gone in the top 15 isn’t the best analogy.

            I guess I’m getting ahead of myself.

          2. I do see your point, but don’t mistake mine: The previous front office was fond of social and need-based promotions. And they failed spectacularly. There are a lot of things to criticize Rizzo for (too fond of collegiate players, almost no presence internationally besides the Dominican Republic), but moving guys up too slowly is not one of them.

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