Monday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Lost, 7-1 vs. Pawtucket,
6:35 p.m.
Voth (4-3, 4.35) vs.
Cuevas (3-3, 3.39)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 OFF DAY N/A
Potomac Won, 7-1 @ Salem,
5:05 p.m.
TBD and TBD vs.
Hagerstown Won, 4-3 (11 inn.) @ Lakewood,
7:05 p.m.
DeRosier (2-3, 4.28) vs.
Brown (1-0, 1.80)

Gwinnett 7 Syracuse 1
• Vargas (L, 1-7) 5IP, 6H, 6R, 3ER, 2BB, 0K, HR, HBP
• Torres 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Wilson 1-3, R, BB
• Hague 1-3, BB

The Stripers scored five times in the first two innings and cruised to a 7-1 win over the Chiefs in the series finale. Cesar Vargas lost for the 7th time and gave up the first six Gwinnett runs on six hits and two walks over five innings. He stuck out none. John Simms and Carlos Torres each put up a donut before Austin Adams gave up the final run in the 8th. Chris Dominguez’s sac fly in the 7th broke up the Stripers’ shutout bid. Jacob Wilson and Matt Hague both walked and singled to pace Syracuse’s five-hit, four-walk assault. Roster moves: RHPs Trevor Gott, Wander Suero recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• Dragmire 5IP, 11H, 6R, 6ER, BB, 2K, WP, 2-2
• Fleck (W, 2-3) 2IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Collier 1-4, R, BB, HR, 3RBI
• Gutierrez 1-5, R, HR, 2RBI
• Gamache 2-5

Kelvin Gutierrez smacked the second of two HRs in the 9th to complete another comeback from five runs down as Harrisburg edged Richmond, 7-6. The longballs masked a terrible outing from Brady Dragmire, who gave up all six Flying Squirrels runs on 11 hits and a walk over five innings. Relievers Bryan Harper and Kaleb Fleck both turned in two scoreless innings, which earned the latter his second win; the former remains Bryce’s big brother. Zach Collier also went deep, hitting a three-run shot in the Sens’ four-run 6th while Dan Gamache led the Harrisburg hit column with two singles in five trips to the plate.

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 1
• Mapes (W, 5-1) 7IP, 5H, R, ER, BB, 5K, PO @ 1B
• Howard 2IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Noll 3-4, 2R, BB, HR, 2RBI, SB, E(5)
• Keller 2-4, 2R, 2-2B, BB
• Kieboom 2-5, R, HR, RBI, SB

Seven strong innings from Tyler Mapes plus three solo HRs powered the P-Nats past Lynchburg, 7-1. Mapes allowed the lone Hillcats run on five hits and a walk while striking out five in his fifth win. Hayden Howard mopped up with two perfect innings and two K’s. Jake Noll, Carter Kieboom, and Jack Sundberg each went deep while Noll went 3-for-4 with two RBI to pace the Potomac attack. Coupled with another Salem loss, Potomac now leads the C.L. North by 3½ games with one week and nine games slated to play.

Hagerstown 4 Delmarva 3 (11 inn.)
• Alastre 6IP, 7H, 2R, 1ER, BB, 4K, HBP, WP
• Fuentes (W, 1-1) 4IP, 1H, 1R, 0ER, BB, 3K
• Corredor 2-5, BB, RBI
• Banks 2-4, 2B, BB

Aldrem Corredor’s RBI single in the 9th sent it to extras and two Delmarva errors by Billy’s nephew in the 11th gave Hagerstown a 4-3 win. Tomas Alastre went the first six innings and allowed two runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four. The win went to Steven Fuentes, who went the last four innings and let in the free runner in the 11th with the “help” of the Suns’ fifth of six errors. He struck out three and walked one. Corredor and Nick Banks combined for four of the six Hagerstown hits and two of the six walks drawn. The Suns still trail the Crawdads by two games in the race for 6th place in the seven-team Sally Lg. North.

In the latest Baseball America transaction post, we learned that the Nationals released:
• LHP Nick Lee
• OF Austin Guibor

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.

22 thoughts on “Monday’s News & Notes”

  1. Overlooked (by the commentariat) yesterday was Rafael Bautista’s release. Hope they can bring him back next year, once he’s recovered. But with the Nats OF situation as it is, it’s a no-brainer to release him now.

    Meanwhile, Kieboom continues to do Kieboom-like things. When is the Carolina League ASG? It can’t come soon enough.

    Also, you might have missed it, but the DSL Nats are currently destroying the Dominican Summer League. On Saturday, they beat the Cardinals 20-6 to go 6-1. Offensively, they’re led by 17 year old SS Viandel Pena (.375/.500/.750) and RF Jorge Hurtado (.364/.375/.636) and 19 year old CF Braian Fernandez (.450/.476/.500). Most interestingly, Fernandez racked up three outfield assists on Saturday. That’s more than some players get in a season!

    On the pitching side, the DSL Nats so far lead the league in ERA, despite having one of the youngest pitching staffs in the league (their hitters are also significantly below league average). So far only 2 of 33 players who’ve feature have been above the age of 19.

    When does the GCL season start?

    1. Farewell to Bautista and to Nick Lee as well, an 18th-round pick who probably would have seen some MLB time if his arm hadn’t disintegrated during a spring training game a couple of years ago. He threw harder than most of the other lefty relievers but also had some high WHIPs at AA to go with the velocity. Bautista got farther than I expected, as his skill set beyond ++ speed was never great.

    2. Bautista cleared waivers and was signed to a minor league contract by the Nats. Hopefully, he will recover in time for spring training 2019.

      1. That’s good to hear because Nats usually are very loyal to solid troopers. Raffle deserves rehab and time with young kids to sow seeds if his talents wisdom in others

    3. 6 errors today yet GCL loses only 3-2

      Poll question : Did Ben Braymer turn the corner tonight vs Sassy Salem Sox ? Nice 1b on Salem.

  2. FanGraphs’ updated prospect list:

    Robles (5), Soto (9), and Kieboom (34) are all that we’ve got. Ex-Nats include Luzardo (47) and Dunning (91).

    I do laugh at them including several recent draftees before they’ve even played a game. Of note, Kieboom is just one spot behind Nick Madrigal, the #4 overall pick. Kieboom is younger and showing significantly more power than Madrigal, though.

    1. Juan Soto still only being 9th is being light on him and giving him a 60 when guys like Acuna, Vladdy, Tatis, Robles have 65s. I really believe Soto is on that level with them and he has a better hit tool then all of them except Vlad Jr.

      1. Yes progress not helped with Robles DJ and Augusteeeeeen on DL.
        Banks , Freeman and Raquet the promotions earned if Noll, healthy Augustin, Sagdal , Crowe and Mapes move up. Berrerra too?

  3. Luke I did not want to blow up a server with my comment ; get a load of DSL Nats 20 Runs 20 hits. New cast of. Characters except Diaz behind the plate. Bryan Pena converted to pitcher . Where did the scouts find all these lefty swingers toppping off @6’3″??? The kid who stands out seems to be Daniel Hernandez L/R playing 2b/3b.
    Now to Hagerstown. Bogecki starting on a bullpen/ Tony LaRussa-Esque
    Night in Lakewood.
    Many Nats fans mumbling like Yosemite Sam with Burg playing the fighting f- phils and Hags vs blue fish… we sure hate philly. Dating back to – pardon the comment , Mr Boone- those expo days where phils always won out.
    Which arms Nat nation deserve a chorus line tryout from 17 or 18 draft ????
    First place despite injuries. Voth and Fedde probably going to get a look before July ending .
    Thoughts anyone ?
    Too bad Bingham Hill not off DL along with Troop to help out Hags IP load

  4. Carolina League All-Stars: Kieboom, Noll, Barrera, Crowe, Mapes, and Sharp. AS Game is on June 19, presumably with Kieboom, Crowe, Mapes, and maybe Noll joining Harrisburg soon thereafter.

  5. Could we be waiting on Hags promotions lead by Nick Banks to happen once brass sees what nuggets pan out in auburn lead by Jonathan
    Pryor, Phil Caufeild or maybe massive B Chisholm. ( RS better name in draft than Onix Vega!!!).
    Choruby should see suns by seasons end

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