Friday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Probable Pitchers
Syracuse Lost, 6-0 vs. Indianapolis,
7:05 p.m.
Simms (0-3, 8.14) vs.
Brault (10-5, 1.94)
Harrisburg Won, 5-4 vs. Trenton,
7:00 p.m.
Estevez (3-1, 4.02) vs.
Tate (0-1, 4.50)
Potomac Won, 1-0 vs. Winston-Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Taylor Guilbeau (4-3, 4.58) vs.
Lambert (3-3, 4.97)
Hagerstown Lost, 3-0 vs. Kannapolis,
7:00 p.m.
Bourque (5-7, 4.98) vs.
Hickman (3-6, 4.23)
Auburn Lost, 9-8 vs. Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Raquet (1-2, 2.54) vs.
Howard (0-1, 6.27)
GCL Nationals Lost, 7-6 @ GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Durham 6 Syracuse 0
It was pumpkin time for Esmil Rogers as Durham lit him up for four in the 1st and all six runs in a 6-0 shutout of Syracuse. Roster move: IF Emmanuel Burris placed on the 7-Day DL, retroactive to August 15; 1B-3B Matt Skole activated from the 7-Day DL; LHP Enny Romero assigned from Washington for MLB Rehab.

Harrisburg 5 Richmond 4
• Dragmire (W, 3-1) 5IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 0K, HR; 1-2, R
• Cordero (H, 2) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Perez 3-4, R, CS
• Read 2-4, 2K
• Robles 2-5, R, 2B

The Senators completed the sweep of the Flying Squirrels with a 5-4 win in the series finale. Brady Dragmire won for the third time as he let in three runs on seven hits over five innings. he walked one and struck out none. Kyle Schepel, Derek Self, and Jimmy Cordero each put up a goose egg to earn a hold before Andrew Robinson was touched for a run in the 9th but got the save anyway. Stephen Perez led the hit column with three singles, followed by Raud Read with a 2-for-4 night, and Victor Robles with a single and a double.

Potomac 1 Salem 0

• McGowin (W, 1-1) 6IP, 5H, 0R, BB, 4K
• Pantoja (H, 1) 1⅔ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Mills (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, 1-0 IR-S
• Beckwith 1-3, R, 3B
• Johnson 1-3, BB

Three pitchers combined on a 1-0, eight-hit shutout as the P-Nats took the four-game series from Salem, 3-1. Kyle McGowin won for the second time in 16 starts with six shutout innings, allowing a walk and five hits while setting down four on strikes. Jorge Pantoja followed with an inning and 2/3rds scoreless to notch the hold while Jordan Mills got the last four outs for the save. Tyler Beckwith tripled to lead off the 3rd and scored on a double-play ball for the game’s only run. Roster move: 1B Ian Sagdal placed on the 7-Day DL.

Hickory 3 Hagerstown 0
• DeRosier (L, 2-3) 5⅔ IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 6K, HR, 2WP, BK
• C. Pena 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K, WP
• Perkins 1-3, 3BB
• Banks 1-4

Hagerstown was no-hit for seven innings before Blake Perkins broke it up, but Hickory still got the shutout, 3-0 and took the series, 2-1. Matt DeRosier took the loss with all three Crawdads runs allowed on six hits and two walks over five and 2/3rds innings Carlos Pena finished the game with two and a 1/3rd scoreless innings. Perkins also walked three times while Nick Banks collected the second of two Suns hits on the night.

Williamsport 9 Auburn 8
• Johnston 5IP, 2H, 2R, 0ER, BB, 2K
• McKinney (L, 1-1) 1IP, 4H, 5R, 2ER, 0BB, 1K, 2HR
• Shepard 2-2, R, 2B, 3BB, RBI
• Jo. Ramirez 2-3, R, RBI
• Guibor 2-5, 2R, 3B, 2RBI

The Doubledays were unable to hold an 8-4 lead in the 9th and were felled by the Crosscutters, 9-8. Kyle Johnston turned in five innings two-run ball on two hits and a walk and was rewarded with a no-decision. The loss went to Jeremy McKinney with five runs allowed (two earned) on four hits (two homers) in a single inning thrown. Chance Shepard reached base five times with a single, double, and three walks to lead Auburn’s 12-hit parade.

GCL Marlins 7 GCL Nationals 6
• German 4IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, BB, 4K
• De Los Santos 2⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Zwetsch (L, 1-1) 1IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K
• Bautista 2-5, R, 2B
• Connell 1-3, R, 2B, BB
• Antuna 1-4, BB, RBI, E(20)

The G-Nats also fell in the 9th in a back-and-forth, 7-6 loss to the G-Marlins. Jhonatan German went the first four and gave up two runs on three hits and a walk while striking out four. The loss went to Connor Zwetsch on an unearned run in the 9th, courtesy of Yasel Antuna’s 20th error. Rafael Bautista singled, doubled, and scored a run to pace the G-Nats’ nine-hit, four-walk offense.

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.

12 thoughts on “Friday’s News & Notes”

  1. After his promotion last year, Robles produced a .741 OPS at Potomac over the rest of the season. Thus far this year after promotion, he’s at a .751 OPS, so he’s following a similar pattern. His K rate has actually ticked down a little at AA thus far, to a very respectable 16.1%. The guess would be that he will be headed to Arizona in the fall to keep playing against other top prospects.

    Speaking of such folks, FanGraphs has Robles at #8 in it’s mid-summer update:

    http://www.fangraphs.com/blogs/summer-top-100-prospects/

    Soto at #60 despite his mostly lost season, and Kieboom at #87.

  2. These 7 day DL stints are humorous. Good example. Tyler Mapes.
    Some of these NCAA relievers from June draft are hitting their walls
    With long summers.
    Asset utilization – nice term for org.
    With utilizing all assets on roster.
    I.E. sagdal goes on DL. Just use Masters even more. Hmm 9 HRs for him.

    1. Everyone hates the term “org guy,” but players who perform well enough to keep advancing have value. Sometimes the light bulb goes on for one of them, like Sanchez. Heck, Goodwin and Difo have both taken on the look of “org guys” at times over the last couple of years despite their pedigrees, but look at them now. Where would the big club be without the contributions of those three over the last couple of months?

      Instead of “org guys,” let’s refer to farm hands who aren’t among the top 20 or so prospects because of age, performance, pedigree, or whatever. Potomac seems to have a better cut of these types of players than Harrisburg does, and I’m interested to see how guys like Gushue, Davidson, Masters, Carey, Sagdal, Sundberg, Wiseman, and Lora (listed in descending order of OPS) do at the next level. Is there a potential Sanchez-like surge among them? I’m holding out less hope for Mejia, who has really struggled in his second year in Woodbridge. I didn’t mention Daniel Johnson, who has actually vaulted himself onto some prospect lists.

      1. I usually think of true org guys as those who are over 26 and whose development has topped out. Difo & Goodwin were still up and comers before this year. Sanchez has indeed been a surprise, but only turns 27 this year.

      1. Doesn’t bode well for Mejia.

        Love the power Noll has shown, but the clock is also working against him, as he’ll be 24 before next season starts. He’d benefit a lot by learning to be more selective and take a few walks (only 20 this year).

  3. I see that the Blue Jays have signed a minor-league pitcher named Taylor Cole. Wouldn’t it have been awesome to have had him as part of a rotation a couple of years ago with A. J. Cole, Taylor Jordan, and Taylor Hill? I guess Rich Hill was there for a while as well. Yet we held onto the other three and let him walk . . .

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