Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Postponed @ Rochester,
5:05 p.m.
Maya (3-5, 4.58) and
Tatusko (1-2, 3.79) vs.
De Vries (3-3, 8.60) and
Worley (4-3, 3.47)
Harrisburg Lost, 1-0 @ Erie,
7:05 p.m.
Gilliam (2-2, 5.34) vs.
Link (0-1, 1.80)
Potomac Lost, 5-3 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m
Rauh (0-0, 4.00) vs.
Blough (7-4, 3.92)
Hagerstown Won, 6-2 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Encarnacion (5-4, 3.51) vs.
Glasnow (4-1, 2.44)
Auburn Postponed vs. Batavia,
7:05 p.m.
Barrientos (0-0, 2.45) vs.
Garner (0-0, 3.00)
GCL Nationals Postponed vs. GCL Marlins,
11:00 a.m. (DH)
DSL Nationals GNR vs. DSL Braves,
10:30 a.m.
Reyes (2-0, 1.82) vs.

Syracuse vs Rochester — PPD
Syracuse was rained out for the seventh time on Monday, but will attempt to make it up tonight for an actual two for Tuesday.
Roster moves: RHP Erik Davis optioned from Washington; OF-1B Micah Owings released.

Erie 1 Harrisburg 0
• Hill (L, 1-1) 7IP, 6H, R, ER, BB, 3K, HR
• Barrett 1IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Martinson 1-3
• Hood 1-3
• Lozada 1-3, 3B

Jose Lozada’s one-out triple in the 6th broke up a string of 18 hitless innings for the Senators, who were shut out again, 1-0 in Erie. Starter Taylor Hill basically matched his previous outing with a run over seven innings, albeit on a home run, but took the loss. He gave up six hits total, walked one, and struck out three. Destin Hood and Jason Martinson also singled as Harrisburg managed just three hits and one walk on offense. For those wondering, sources say that Karns’ start was shifted to Wednesday from last night to give him more time to work with coaches on “stuff,” which usually means mechanics.

Winston-Salem 5 Potomac 3
• Schwartz 6IP, 4H, 2R, 1ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Wort (L, 1-1) 1IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K
• Soriano 3-4, R
• Keyes 2-4, R, HR, RBI

The P-Nats bullpen woes resurfaced Last Night In Woodbridge.

Roster moves: LHP Matt Purke promoted from Hagerstown. His first start is scheduled for Thursday.

Hagerstown 6 West Virginia 2
• Lee (W, 2-2) 7IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 9K
• Self (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 2-0 IR-S
• Pleffner 4-5, 2R, 2-2B
• Perez 3-4, R, 2RBI

A four-run 4th plus Nick Lee’s strongest outing to date added up to a 6-2 Hagerstown win over West Virginia. Lee tossed seven shutout innings, giving up five hits and a walk while fanning nine. Derek Self stranded two in the 8th and worked around a double in the 9th for his first save with the Suns. Shawn Pleffner singled, doubled, and scored twice as part of a 4-for-5 night, while Stephen Perez went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBI as the Hagerstown offense produced 13 hits total.

Auburn vs. Batavia — PPD
The rain that soaked Syracuse also bathed Batavia, postponing the game to an undetermined date as it will not be on Wednesday. Auburn visits Batavia three more times in late August (21, 22, 27).
Roster moves: RHP Austin Dicharry released; LHP Justin Thomas promoted from the GCL.

GCL Nationals vs. GCL Marlins — PPD
Rain washed out Monday’s game between the Marlins and Nationals. It will be made up today with a doubleheader.

DSL Nationals vs. DSL Rojos — GNR
Game Not Reported.
Today is the “New Year” for IFAs and there have been whispers that the Nationals will be spending up to half of their $1.85MM bonus pool in August to sign the #29 prospect, Anderson Franco, a not-yet-16 (DOB: 8/15/97) third baseman who’s the reverse of the usual scouting report for Dominicans his age (polished defender, raw on offense). At 6’1″ and 185 lbs, the projection is for power but not a lot of speed. His arm is considered one of the best in the D.R.(H/T to Brian Oliver for putting this on our radar).

Author: Luke Erickson

Since 2009, Luke Erickson has been chief writer, editor, and bottle-washer of NationalsProspects.com. 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.

9 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Ugh. Teams are now signing Dominican kids younger than my eldest. It wasn’t that long ago that at least one person my age was still in the Majors (thank you, Jamie Moyer).

    I enjoyed following the Micah Owings story, but I have to admit that it doesn’t seem to have served any purpose for the Nats. It appears that they considered him so far down the depth chart that he never had any chance of a promotion. What was the point of signing him? Was he signed to be purely filler as a favor to an old friend? That’s nice and all, but it may serve some other team in the end.

    1. They should have let him pitch every fifth day. He would have been an upgrade over their other starters. As a hitter he had 2 big issues. 1. inexperience in the outfield. 2. catching up to heat inside.
      He did ask for his release as per an opt out in his contract.

      Wish him the best of luck!

  2. From MinorLeagueBaseball.com on Anderson Franco:

    “17) Anderson Franco, SS/3B, 6’1 182, R/R, Dominican Republic

    Comparison: Jhonny Peralta

    Age: 15.10 years

    Physically mature build with extra thick lower half. Average to below average runner (7.00) and clearly lacks range and footwork for short. Only fifteen, he will definitely outgrow the position if he hasn’t already. Profiles better at third with his strong arm (5 rating) and soft hands, though he lacks ideal size for the corner infield. Offensively his bat should be able to handle the position shift. He has a simple approach. Starts from an open stance with a slight leg lift to close. Small load, very quiet without a lot of movement in his set up. Generates power from his lower half. Good weight transfer to his back leg. Flat swing stays in the zone a long time. Strength in hands and forearms. Aggressive hitter who attacks the baseball. Pull oriented approach. Best power to left. Good looking young hitter, who could hit for at least average power. In the MLB Amateur Prospect League he ended up 1 for 4 with a triple in 1 game played.”

    They have him pretty far up the rankings compared to the 29th you mentioned. It would be intriguing to see if they wrap him up or not.

  3. Bummed about the Dicharry release. What happened there? His numbers last year were just fine. How does he go from that to being released after just 3 appearances in 2013? Anyone have any insight?

  4. Suddenly looking for big power and not necessarily a lot of speed in the Dominican? Albeit with the fielding? Looking at the #3 draft pick it seems like a trend? It seems very different from the Rizzo and Clark approach to the selection of prospects over the past 2 years?

  5. Amateur drafts are crap dice rolls anyway
    Rizzo 0-4 on Longhorn alums
    File this under reading between the box score
    Lines too much – Estarlin replaced Pleff @
    1 b in middle of game. Why? A phone call from
    Harris calling him to Potomac or an ailment ?
    Cat Ballou doing nice so far as Auburn table setter

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