Wednesday’s News & Notes

Team Yesterday Today Pitching Matchup
Potomac Lost, 6-3 @ Lynchburg,
6:30 p.m.
Johnston (A+ Debut) vs.
Hentges (5-5, 3.46)
Hagerstown OFF DAY vs. Columbia,
7:05 p.m.
Alastre (3-3, 4.71) vs. TBD
Auburn OFF DAY vs. Lowell,
7:05 p.m.
GCL Nationals Lost, 5-3 vs. GCL Cardinals,
12:00 p.m.

Tonight is the AAA All-Star game in Columbus and the lone Syracuse Chief, Jacob Wilson, may make an appearance (if there’s a blowout or they need a pinch-hitter). Roster moves: RHP Jefry Rodriguez optioned from Washington; RHPs Wander Suero, Austin Voth recalled to Washington.

Harrisburg – ALL-STAR BREAK
Likewise, the Eastern League’s best players (and Tim Tebow) will face off tonight in Trenton. Five Harrisburg Senators were named to the team, and four will likely be on hand: Taylor Gushue, Dan Gamaches, Austen Williams, and Derek Self (Kyle McGowin has since been promoted to Syracuse).

Potomac 7 Lynchburg 4
• Strasburg 3⅓ IP, 2H, R, ER, BB, 5K
• Guilbeau (W, 1-0) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K, WP
• Bourque (SV, 4) 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• Banks 2-4, R, 2K
• Wiseman 1-3, 2R, HR, RBI, BB, 2K
• Sagdal 1-4, R, HR, 2RBI

Potomac rallied in the 9th and this time it meant something as they came back against Lynchburg for a 7-4 win and snapped a five-game losing streak. Stephen Strasburg made his annual a rehab appearance and was charged with a run on two hits and a walk over three and a 1/3rd innings. He struck out five. Taylor Guilbeau, who worked around the second of two Luis Garcia errors in the 8th, picked up his first win while James Bourque set the side down in order in the 9th for his fourth save. Rhett Wiseman and Ian Sagdal both homered while Nick Banks singled twice to lead the P-Nats attack. Roster moves: RHPs Kyle Johnston, Carlos Acevedo promoted from Hagerstown.

Hagerstown – OFF DAY
After breaking even with a 3-3 roadtrip through Eastern Maryland and West Virginia, it’s a three-game pit stop for the Suns at the Muni against the Fireflies before heading south to North Carolina for four games against the Intimidators.

Auburn – OFF DAY
Likewise, Auburn heads home for just three against the Spinners before they head to Aberdeen over the weekend.

GCL Mets 5 GCL Nationals 3
• Glover 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 2K
• R. Gomez (L, 1-2) 2⅓ IP, 9H, 5R, 5ER, 0BB, 4K, HR
• Segura 3IP, 1H, 0R, BB, 2K
• Connell 1-3, BB, 2SB
• Senior 1-1

For those of you just checking in on the rehabs, Koda Glover struck out two in his second one-inning appearance; Victor Robles went 1-for-3 with a run scored; Alejandro De Aza went 2-for-3 with an RBI. Rafael Gomez failed to hold a 3-1 lead and instead was strafed for nine hits over two and 1/3rd innings to pick up the loss. Among the regulars, Justin Connell got on base twice with a single and a walk and stole two bases. And if I didn’t bury this any deeper, the G-Nats lost to the G-Mets, 5-3.

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.

23 thoughts on “Wednesday’s News & Notes”

    1. In the immortal words of F.P., “He’s ready; call him up!” (I think the target is for the first series after the All-Star break.)

  1. Acevedo was promoted despite a 6.51 ERA and of course immediately got clobbered. His promotion would seem to indicate an extreme bullpen deficit in the Hags-Potomac axis right now.

    With Johnston’s promotion, I’m guessing Crowe will be sent on to Harrisburg, not back to Potomac.

    1. I liked Acevedo when he took the bump in Aberdeen opening day NYPL
      With unknown DJ in outfield. Two years ago ??
      Brass must like McGowin cause he
      Fills some IP@ a needed affiliate.
      Which pitch was he taught in camp to his arsenal ?

        1. Any way to tell how much influence new pitching coach Michael Tejera has had? Seems like someone has worked a miracle with Austen Williams. McGowin has had a rough patch recently but has been improved overall. Jaron Long seems to have figured things out at Harrisburg, and Jefry Rodriguez was doing well there before he got on the DC-SYR shuttle.

  2. Rhett Wiseman: 16 home runs. It’s not like there are superstars in the Harrisburg OF holding him back.

    Very good to see Nick Banks getting his footing at Potomac, hitting .299 there after 19 games, albeit with only three extra-base hits. It took Wiseman a few years to find his college power stroke, and maybe Banks will as well.

    1. That Wiseman hasn’t been promoted yet is pretty baffling. It’s not like this organization has a lot of *other* power hitters producing bug numbers in the minors right now.

  3. Will Voth FINALLY make his MLB debut before the ASB? Mixed blessing, of course, as Martinez is likely to leave him in for 127 pitches trying to get him the W.

    Tebow is an all star this year the same way Harper is an all star. If hype produced on-the-field results, they’d each be in the HOF already.

    1. As I noted yesterday, I thought Voth should have been getting the MLB starts that Rodriguez has gotten. This is the third time Voth has been called up to the big club, but he has yet to appear in a game. He’s not even Moonlight Graham! By my reckoning, he should be the “probable” starter for Saturday.

    2. OK, I finally gave in and looked, out of curiosity. Who is your AA All-Star?

      A: .298/.385/.512, 17.9% K rate, 147 wRC+
      B: .240/ .325/.421, 22.0% K rate, 107 wRC+
      C: .274/.384/.367, 21.9% K rate, 117 wRC+
      D: .270/.337/.390, 35.6% K rate, 105 wRC+

      Oh, and “D” is also 30 years old. (A is Davidson, B is Gushue, and C is Gamache. So Tebow is a pretty close comp to Gamache, but three years older and striking out exponentially more.)

  4. Happy for Ryan Williamson. Over two years since he last threw in a competitive game. No matter what happens from here he can always say he played pro ball.

    That said, here’s hoping this is the first step in a rise up the ranks as he shows the talent that had him as a highly-regarded prospect before his injury.

  5. Victor Robles went 2-for-4 with a SB, raising his GCL average to .300 in a whopping *10* ABs over 4 games.

    I wonder what the plan is with Robles. Will they keep him at GCL for a while and then send him to Syracuse or do they give him some tastes of some lower levels and slowly move him back up to AAA?

    1. I’m curious as well about what they’ll do with him after he re-establishes himself at the upper levels. I don’t want to engage in the debate of who should be playing for the big club, and I don’t buy any talk that they’ll actually trade Harper, but where does Robles fit with Soto/Harper/Eaton/Taylor already rotating? I would be surprised if they burn MLB service time for Robles to have him replace Goodwin on the bench as the 5th OF. (I could actually see them trading Taylor, but that still wouldn’t open up a starting spot for Robles.) I don’t know. As it stands, Robles has already re-cooped the “lost” service time from last season and presumably will have reached Super Two status by the time he could be back in the majors. But I also wouldn’t be shocked if he’s not back in the majors until 2019 because of the service time/playing time conundrum.

    2. My guess is about 7-10 games in the GCL, 7-10 at Auburn, then back to Syracuse until Labor Day or the next Adam Eaton injury.

  6. Kyle McGowin pitched 7.2 innings at Bowie Saturday night. That is why he is not participating in the AA all star game.

  7. James Bourque. Gotta figure his promotion is coming very very soon.

    Boggetto released. Wow. Nationals are accelerating the infield line from below, for sure.

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