Tuesday’s News & Notes

Unbundle those undergarments – Juan Soto got a hit!

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse OFF DAY @ Rochester,
7:05 p.m.
Vargas (0-2, 3.62) vs.
Slegers (3-1, 2.41)
Harrisburg Winning, 6-0
(Susp., 3rd)
@ Bowie,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and Long (0-2, 5.63) vs.
TBD and Harvey (1-1, 3.63)
Potomac OFF DAY vs. Salem,
7:05 p.m.
Baez (2-2, 5.52) vs.
Thompson (1-2, 5.14)
Hagerstown Postponed vs. Charleston,
10:05 a.m.
DeRosier (0-1, 8.31) and
Stoeckinger (1-3, 8.68) vs. Lehnen (2-2, 2.14) and
Junk (1-2, 0.71 in GCL in ’17)

Syracuse – OFF DAY
After a 4-2 homestand Syracuse visits Rochester for the next three games for sole possession of second place in the I.L. North. Roster moves: OF Yadiel Hernandez promoted, C Jake Lowery reassigned from Harrisburg.

Harrisburg 6 Bowie 0 (Susp., 3rd)
• Rodriguez 2IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Abreu 1-2, 2B, 2RBI
• Collier 1-2, 2RBI
• Johnson 1-2, R, BB, SB(10)

The Senators were opening up a can of whoop-ass when the skies did likewise with rain and suspended the game. They’ll resume it tonight at 5:05 and play the full nine, then a seven-inning game afterward for a completion doubleheader. Roster moves: RHP Kyle McGowin reassigned from Potomac, C Matt Reistetter reassigned from Syracuse.

Potomac – OFF DAY
After a 5-1 road trip, Potomac now leads the C.L. North by 2½ games as Salem comes to town looking to break an eight-game losing streak that’s dropped them five games off the pace. Meanwhile, Carter Kieboom has kept the “Player of the Week” honors in Woodbridge for a second straight week with a 15-for-27 surge last week that’s raised his line to .268/.381/.443 for the season after a .654 OPS in April.

Hagerstown vs. Charleston – PPD
The rain that suspended the Sens postponed the Suns, forcing a getaway day doubleheader this morning in Hagerstown.

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.

15 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Yes, but if Soto’s hit was in a game that isn’t official, did it really happen?

    Good to see Hernandez promoted, as was discussed yesterday. If he hit from the right side of the plate, there might be a path for him to get an MLB look, considering how bad Sierra has been. But they’ve got LH LF options in Adams and Stevenson, not to mention Marmolejos if they’re willing to tolerate more Adams-like defense. I don’t want to hyperventilate over a 30-year-old who hasn’t played above AA, but since he got his footing in the U.S. in the middle of last season, Hernandez has been an impressive gap-power type guy, with very high OBP. Considering some of the stiffs the big club has run through the OF in 2017 and 2018, they could do worse.

    1. Hernandez is another left-handed bat … so given Stevenson’s speed and defense I kind of doubt you could replace him … Sierra has historically never been very good as a right-handed bat so you can see him swapped out given Reynolds … if Matt Adams goes down then perhaps then we likely see Hernandez unless Goodwin is ready and then it would be a tough choice because it sure looks as if Hernandez is the better hitter.

  2. Soto finally got another hit, after going 0-12. I guess maybe he’s not over the hill just yet.

    1. Yeah … especially given he still features an OBP of .350 and an adjusted/weighted wOBA or .348 according to statcorner.com. 20 plate appearances so far in AA … I guess we should just ignore the Ted Williams-esque over all minor league numbers he has been putting up just as he did in his age 19 year. Maybe its a coincidence? A fluke? Maybe he’s another Justin Maxwell, or Roger Bernadina or worse, Elijah Dukes? He is after all an infamous California desperado.

  3. Marcia Marcia Marcia ( Soto Soto Soto. ) lol. Can we discuss other topics ?
    Andrew Lee back in action @ Hags .
    Phil Morse takes place of Sycamore
    Jeremy McKinney off to Potomac.
    That pen just improved for Narron .
    Murphy healing continues
    Those of us over 50 Ryan 11 know aches in the body. Lol

    1. Zim has the shoulder … it hasn’t looked right in years, its amazing he’s made the throws he’s made … so many followers of other teams keep asking how a you can have a major league baseball player who can’t throw?

    2. I missed Andrew Lee’s reappearance. Hmm, looks like it’s one he would like to forget as well, but at least he’s back after almost two years since the second TJ. Kudos to him for his diligence. I keep saying to let him hit!

    3. I missed Andrew Lee’s reappearance. Hmm, looks like it’s one he would like to forget as well, but at least he’s back after almost two years since the second TJ. Kudos to him for his diligence.

  4. So excellent to see McKinney get promoted. What a huge leap forward in performance for him this year. And kudos to the draft team for being able to secure him after the 30th round. Now he will get more of a test as a college product, but one has to acknowledge that here is a 31st round pick who has been promoted faster than other hurlers drafted far above him.

    Between injuries and underperformance, a number of players are going to be auditioning for continuing in the Nats organization with the draft coming. To me, the best prospects who have not yet appeared at Hagerstown (or higher) are:

    1) Pineda – C
    2) Romero – P
    3) Mendez – OF
    4) Connell – OF
    5) Borne – P
    6) Sanchez – SS
    7) Chu – P
    8) J. Johnson – P
    9) Barnett – P
    10) Cousins – P
    11) Senior – OF
    12) Peroni – C
    13) Peterson – P
    14) Choruby – OF
    15) Pryor – OF
    16) Williamson – P

    Borne must be injured, though when I saw him in spring training, he said he was healthy and looked forward to being in AA. So I’m not sure what’s up there. The other top 5 are baby Nats who may prove to be the anchor of the Auburn squad and are being trained for such. But these are names we shpould look for to potentially appear at Hagerstown once attrition claims Harrisburg folks, Potomac players are promoted, and Hagerstown players move up to fill the spots that ex-Harrisburg players are not filing at Potomac (like Keller).

    I think we’re going to see steady movement between now and late June, because the Nats have to figure out what their plans are for inventory that hasn’t yet seen the field. The Dominican league and short season are around the corner.

    1. Nick Banks performing yeomans
      Duty with CF in game 2 of DH to give Armond a rest.
      Bullpens evolve not created. Anonymous .

      1. Truer words never spoken and why bullpen design, that must be done pretty much almost every season, is one of the toughest tasks for FO’s and coaching staffs.

    2. Sanchez will shore up the defense at shortstop in A ball and above. That’s a big deal for pitchers used to error prone infields behind them.

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