Tuesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Syracuse Won, 9-4 @ Lehigh Valley,
7:05 p.m.
Milone (4-4, 4.94) vs.
Eshelman (1-7, 6.78)
Harrisburg Won, 7-6 vs. Richmond,
6:30 p.m.
Mapes (1-0, 1.50) vs.
Johnson (0-1, 1.52)
Potomac Lost, 5-0 @ Myrtle Beach,
7:05 p.m.
Braymer (3-1, 1.85) vs.
Lange (4-5, 3.69)
Hagerstown Won, 5-3 vs. West Virginia,
7:05 p.m.
Romero (0-1, 4.91) vs. TBD
Auburn Won, 5-3
(7 inn.)
@ Williamsport,
7:05 p.m.
Cate (0-0, 4.50) vs.
Armas (1-1, 3.97)
GCL Nationals Won, 3-0 @ GCL Marlins,
12:00 p.m.

Syracuse 9 Buffalo 4
• Read 1-5, PB(2)
• 12H, 4HR, 2-2B
Roster move: RHP Trevor Gott placed on 3-Day TIL.

Harrisburg 7 Richmond 6
• McGowin 2⅔ IP, 5H, 4R, 4ER, 0BB, 5K
• Williams 3⅓ IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 4K, 1-0 IR-S
• Fleck (W, 4-3) 1⅓ IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 3K, 1-0 IR-S
• Kieboom 1-2, R, 2BB, 2RBI
• Noll 2-4, R, 2K
• Gushue 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

The Sens blew an early 3-0 lead but got a clutch two-run HR from Taylor Gushue to go up 6-5 and held off the Flying Squirrels for a 7-6 win to tie the five-game series at 2-2. Kyle McGowin turned in his shortest outing of the year as Richmond sent him to the showers after just two and 2/3rds innings and four runs let in. He walked none and struck out five. Austen Williams stranded a runner and then laid three goose eggs to help set up the comeback bid. Kaleb Fleck picked up the win with four outs in the 7th and 8th while Roman Mendez cordero’d through the 9th with three runners put on and one let in but was credited with the save. Carter Kieboom continues his quest to accede to the desperation of the casual Nats fans follow Juan Soto to DC with a single, two walks, and two RBI.

Myrtle Beach 5 Potomac 0
• Baez (L, 3-7) 4⅓ IP, 4H, 4R, 3ER, 3BB, 4K
• Bourque 1IP, 1H, 0R, 0BB, 1K
• Corredor 3-4, 2B
• Lora 1-4, 2B, E(10)
• Boggetto 4BB

Potomac’s Carolina slide—six losses in eight games in NC and SC so far on this nine-game roadtrip—continued with a 5-0 loss to Myrtle Beach. Like an EPA report, Joan Baez produce a line full of crooked numbers with four runs allowed on four hits and three walks over four and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out four while losing his seventh game. Aldrem Corredor and Edwin Lora combined for all four P-Nats hits (two singles, two doubles) while Branden Boggetto drew all four walks as the team went 0-for-10 with RISP and left on these three batters eight times.

Hagerstown 5 West Virginia 3
• Tetreault (W, 2-7) 7IP, 2H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 9K
• Lee ⅔ IP, 0H, 2R, 2ER, 4BB, 0K
• Held (SV, 1) 1⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 2K, 3-1 IR-S, HBP
• Freeman 3-4, R, 3B, RBI
• Upshaw 2-3, R
• Scudder 2-4

Jackson Tetreault turned in his best outing of the season and the Suns ‘pen held off a late Power surge for a 5-3 win. The 22-y.o. northpaw struck out a career-high of nine over seven innings in which he allowed one unearned run on two hits with nary a base on balls. Those came in spades from Andrew Lee as he walked four of six before Sam Held hit the first batter he faced then got the last out of the 8th before working around a two-out walk in the 9th for the save. Cole Freeman, Jake Scudder, and Armond Upshaw combined for seven of the 10 Suns, including a triple (Freeman) and two runs scored (Freeman, Upshaw).

Auburn 5 Williamsport 3 (7 inn.)
• Pena (W, 3-0) 5IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 6K
• Driskill (SV, 1) 2IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K
• Pineda 2-3, R, BB, 2RBI
• C. Wilson 2-4, R, 2B
• R. Mendez 1-3, BB, RBI

After waiting 77 minutes to start, Auburn built a 5-3 lead over Williamsport after 7 innings before the rains returned. Thirty minutes later, the game was called and the win streak extended to eight. Malvin Pena won for the third time with a five innings of three-run ball on eight hits. he walked none and whiffed six. Tanner Driskill followed with two scoreless to earn the save. Israel Pineda drew a bases-loaded walk to tie the game at 3-3 while Ricardo Mendez singled in the go-ahead run in the Doubledays’ two-run 5th. Two innings later, Pineda scored on the seventh walk issued by Crosscutters pitchers. Pineda and Cody Wilson both had multiple hits to lead the nine-hit parade that was a bit windy (13 K’s).

GCL Nationals 3 GCL Astros 0
• Niomar Gomez 4IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 4K
• Vann (W, 1-0) 2IP, 2H, 0R, BB, 3K
• O’Connor 2-4, 2R
• Senior 1-3, RBI

Five G-Nats pitchers combined on a six-hit, 3-0 shutout of the G-Astros. Niomar Gomez went the first four innings with just one hit allowed, no walks, and four strikeouts. After a LaLoosh-eqsue inning (2BB, 3K) from Colin Morse, Chris “Don’t Call Me Chevy” Vann picked up the win with two scoreless innings pitched with one walk and three whiffs. Pablo O’Connor led the seven-hit, four-walk offense with two singles and scored twice.

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.

41 thoughts on “Tuesday’s News & Notes”

  1. Can we get a “Did I mention Carter Kieboom enough?” tag?

    Since promotion to Harrisburg, he’s only raised his AVG 82 points, his OBP 50 points and his SLG 86 points.

    He’s actually batting BETTER than Soto did in Harrisburg.

    Kieboom: .380/.436/.580
    Soto: .323/.400/.581

    1. In fairness, Soto wasn’t in Harrisburg long enough to unpack! Plus he’s doing about the same as Kieboom now, but in a little higher league: .313/.429/.570. Kieboom isn’t exactly facing Kimbrel with two outs in the bottom of the 9th! (For those who didn’t see it, Soto had an amazing AB, coming back from 0-2 in the count to draw a walk against one of the toughest guys to face. And he’s only 19, which may have been mentioned before.)

      Kieboom’s chances for promotion to the big club this year will have a lot to do with whether Murphy is healthy enough, and mobile enough, to play 2B on a regular basis. Unless and until Kieboom starts getting reps at 2B, I don’t think it’s close to becoming a “thing.” (Although Trea Turner only got six games in AAA in CF before being stuck in an MLB OF.)

      1. Kieboom was ranked 2nd best prospect pre-season by Fangraphs. He would have to play every day so Murphy would have to permanently move to first base allowing Turner to slide right and Kieboom to play shortstop as he is in AA. Probably happens when the rosters expand and the Nat’s are out of the running.

  2. Any word on Daniel Johnson? He’s been out now for two months, and I didn’t remember his injury being anything particularly serious at the time.

    1. Someone said that DJ has a broken hamate bone in his hand. Never heard that confirmed, though. That’s usually two to three months, as I recall.

        1. Thanks for confirming. Johnson turns 23 next week, so he’s not too “old” to bounce back from this delay in his progress. If one can get past the glaring drop in homers, he was actually having a pretty good season: .286/.354/.408, with 16 SBs and six triples. All in all, not bad for what would qualify as his “age-22 season” at AA.

  3. I guess the bloom is now officially off the McGowin rose. Austen Williams remains dandy, though. He’s given up no (zero, zip, nada) HRs in 43.2 IP while walking only 11 and striking out 54 (11.13 K/9). WHIP is 0.94, FIP 1.60, so it’s all legit.

    Meanwhile, it looks to be about time to give Baez the Austen Williams treatment and see how he and his “big arm” can do as a reliever.

  4. Raudy Read’s two passed balls are probably the least popular development among yesterday’s results in the Nats’ front office. Severino is now 7 for his last 96 (.073).

  5. Shazam DSL. Pedro G on the bump.
    Multiple guys put overhead on Twins
    Crooked 7 by curly Ws
    Yes James did say Densburg close

    1. Might be time to move Pedro to America to face some older guys.

      5 games, 26 IP, 3 R, ONE ER, 17 hits, 4 BB and 33 K.

      He turns 18 in weeks.

      Last year, he had 44 BB in 52 IP. This year, in half as much so far, he has 4. That’s a HUGE improvement in control.

      Let’s move him up.

      1. Speaking of improvement, how about Rafael Gomez, a 20-YO right at GCL.

        In his first GCL game, he didn’t get out of the first inning after allowing 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks.

        His next game, he goes 5 scoreless allowing a hit and a walk.

        Today, he throws 5 more scoreless IP and doesn’t give up a hit and walks just one.

        Nice bounce back after what could have been a real confidence-shaking start.

        1. Whoever spoke about getting a scout to Brazil.
          DSL Nats facing DSL Twins who have L/R 1b Alexandre De Olivera from Tupa, Brazil .
          Bryan Pena on the bump for Sandy M

  6. Denaburg deal is done. The Nats also signed 10 rounder from Arkansas Carson Shaddy and 15th rounder Evan Lee. Nats have now inked each of the first 10 picks. Looks like the Nats have completed all of the planned signings from the 2018 draft with 4 days to spare.

        1. They do have Joey Harris G Diaz and Ron Sosa from the left side plus we know Rizzo loves to sign many catchers in wintertime

    1. Shaddy is the guy who over ran the foul popup in the CWS. It would figure we would draft him. College version of Billy Buckner.

        1. Shaddy slashed .330/.426/.609 this season, with 13 HRs and 12 doubles. That’s in the top league in the country. The only thing concerning I see is a 26% K rate. Listed at 5-11, 185, so he’s not another Renda/Freeman. The bad news is that he turns 24 next month, so the clock is already ticking fast on him. Freeman is actually a month younger than him.

          1. Blame is on McNamara for not putting in Dave Stapleton with a two-run lead as he usually did during the regular season.

        2. Several hunches cane True while US grilled : Garcia up to POtomac
          Boggetto back down to Hags and Canning up to lend more wheels in outfield. Good calls everybody

          1. Play of the day in system outside of steller Angel Guillen 4 ip with 6 K in Loss

            Falu steals home vs LV. Impressive , thief!

      1. Don’t say that line about Buckner too close to Canning in Hagerstown . I am sure Canning saw and ingested the Buckner unie & lore @ Arizona State. I would take a five time .300 hitter @ 1b right now in Nats lineup. Gil, correct me if I am wrong but I recall Uncle Tommy once saying in between pasta plates that Buckner was one of his favorite guys coming up the Dodger chain . McNamara really screwed up that game vs the Mets

    2. Anybody concerned about Roark who seems to be off compared to his sharpness and lower heater from last year ?

    3. Evan replaces Nick in the Lee ledger .
      Does anybody have a nice diagnosis
      On Andrew Lee besides the allowance that he is so many months removed from TJ. Or meanwhile Roark ??
      Dombrowski sure has built another stellar club in another city. Diamond Dave for sure .

    1. From Jim Callis:

      10th-rder Carson Shaddy signs w/@Nationals for $10k (pick 311 value = $136,900). Arkansas 2B, senior sign, offers versatility, some pop, strong makeup. By my calculations, if Nats push bonus pool to 105%, they can pay 1st-rder Mason Denaburg $3,065,490. @MLBDraft

      That leaves the Nats with $65k to spare! Maybe that’s what they offer Cole Hamilton or Ridge Chapman? Though it’s probably not nearly enough to get the deal done.

      1. Chapman has already announced that he’s going back for his senior season at South Carolina. The Nats whiffed on both SC draftees, which is curious since they just dealt with Crowe last year and should have good contacts with the program.

        1. Oops, confused Chapman with Linginfelter. He’s still not officially announced one way or another, as far as I can tell.

          Then there’s Cole Hamilton, and a batch of HSers. The HSers will want far more than high 5/low 6 figures, but Linginfelter and Hamilton might still be attainable.

  7. Didn’t somebody mention both Cock recruits failed physicals ?
    I would rather be saying : another QS for Roark than Braymer but way to go BB
    Happy Birthday USA.

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