Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 18-38, 6th Place I.L. North, 20½ games behind

Good Brandon Snyder .500 SLG%
Brandon Snyder 0.50 WHIP
Bad 39 Batting HR – 10th in I.L. (3 by players <26 y.o.) 371 Pitching K – 14th in I.L. (#13, 436)
Interesting Yesterday’s triple (Snyder) was the 1st of the season
Team E’s 35 – third fewest in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 24-35, 6th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .344/.413/.563 since return from the DL (26G)
Ryan Brinley 5.4 K:BB ratio (27-5 in 27⅔ IP)
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 11E in 55G
Taylor Hill 6HR in 27⅓ IP
Interesting 111 Batting 2B, 2nd in E.L.
3PB – fewest in the E.L. (yes, really)


POTOMAC NATIONALS 27-34, 5th place C.L. North, 11 games behind

Good Jack Sundberg .303/.392/.341 in 39G
Luis Reyes 2-0, 1.45 ERA, 0.77 WHIP, 42K last 5GS (31IP)
Bad Edwin Lora .160/.252/.245 in 34G since May 1
Mariano Rivera 6.86/3.81/1.71 in 13G (21IP)
Interesting Fewest GDPs (tied) in the C.L. (31 in 61G)
2nd Fewest Pitching BB (184 in 61G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-25, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead

Good Jakson Reetz .381 OBP in 21G
Tyler Watson 64K in 61IP
Bad Jakson Reetz 8PB in 21G
Sam Held 1-4, 7.50/4.61/2.17 in 9G (12IP)
Interesting Telmito Agustin .424/.472/.727, 2HR, 5RBI in 9G since his demotion
Hayden Howard 3-0, 1.74 ERA, 1.35 WHIP in last five appearances

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 2


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 13-24, 6th place I.L. North, 12 games behind

Good Brandon Snyder, .849 OPS
Trevor Gott, 1.50 ERA, 1.09 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad Andrew Stevenson .169/.206/.185 since callup (16G)
Greg Ross 1-3, 8.63/7.13/1.96 in 6 appearances (5GS)
Interesting Adrian Sanchez .333/.375/.373 in May (15G)
259 pitching K, fewest in the I.L.

HARRISBURG SENATORS 16-23, 6th place E.L. West, 7½ games behind

Good Drew Ward .304/.431/.554, 3HR, 12RBI in May (17G)
Derek Self 2.95/2.92/09.98 in 12 appearances (18⅓ IP)
Bad Osvaldo Abreu 39K, .551 OPS in 36G
Braulio Lara 6.14/5.28/2.52 in 13 appearances (14⅔ IP>
Interesting Yadiel Hernandez .300/.407/.440 in May .(197/.269/.295 in April)
Wander Suero 5.33 K:BB ratio (16:3 in 18IP)

POTOMAC NATIONALS 19-21, 5th place C.L. North, 6½ games behind

Good Kelvin Gutierrez .359 (14-for-39) last 10G
24 team pitching HR tied for fewest in C.L.
Bad Jake Lowery .483 OPS in 11G
298 pitching K, least in the C.L.
Interesting 1st in HR, 9th in 2B in C.L.
Most balks, wild pitches in C.L.

HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-12, 1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead

Good Carter Kieboom .398/.586/.333, 6HR in 29G
Jordan Mills 4-1, 3SV, 2.29/2.77/1.07 in 13G
Bad Angelo La Bruna .302 SLG% in 16G
Hayden Howard 7.43/5.94/1.74 in 23IP
Interesting Aldrem Corredor .309/.387/.482 in 29G
226 Runs scored (leads Sally Lg.), 211 Runs Allowed (12th of 14 teams)

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1


It’s back! Your semi-monthly look at who’s hot, who’s not, and who’s (or what’s) surprising in the Nationals minors.

For anyone not familiar… This is something that was stolen from that’s named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his TV show from about eight years ago (i.e. around the time this site was born).

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list—good or bad—his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we (OK, some more than others) embrace analytics and statistics, superstition will always have a place in baseball narrative. Therefore, this effect is known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early, sample sizes are small, stats in the minors aren’t as meaningful as we think, void where prohibited, do not taunt Happy Fun Ball, etc.

And the usual reminders: The guys, their families, their significant (and perhaps insignificant) others, and their agents reading this, too. So keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
8-11, 6th place International League North, 4½ games behind

Good Bat: Rafael Bautista .291/.325/.354, 14R in 19G
Arm: Austin Adams 2-1, 0.82/2.34/1.00 in 11IP (7G)
Bad Bat: Grant Green .390 OPS, 3E in 7G
Arm: Taylor Hill 1-2, 8.14/7.25/1.81, 7HR, 11K in 21IP (4GS)
Interesting (Since 2014) Home: 122-101, .547 W%
Away: 95-132, .419 (H/T Syracuse PR)


HARRISBURG SENATORS
10-9, T2nd place Eastern League Western Division, ½ game behind

Good Bat: Andrew Stevenson .361/.439/.458, 14R, 11RBI, in 18G
Arm: Erick Fedde 1.80/3.48/0.96 in 4GS (25IP)
Bad Bat: Stephen Perez .380OPS, 16K in 14G
Arm: Jimmy Cordero 0-1, 21.94/11.74/4.50 in 6G (5⅓ IP)
Interesting Bat: Raudy Read .345/.377/.569 in 15G
Arm: Jaron Long 2-2, 1.57/2.59/1.13 in 4GS (23IP)


POTOMAC NATIONALS
11-9, 2nd place Carolina League Northern Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Edwin Lora .364/.442/.530in 19G
Arm: Matt Crownover 3-0, 0.68/2.99/1.13 in 4G (13⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Telmito Agustin .461 OPS in 17G
Arm: Joan Baez 0-3, 8.27ERA, 21BB in 16⅓ IP (4GS)
Interesting Bat: Taylor Gushue .302/.371/.642, 5HR in 15G
Arm: Jefry Rodriguez 4.30 ERA, 2.69 FIP in 4GS (23IP)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS
13-9, 1st place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 1½ games ahead

Good Bat: Juan Soto .359/.432/.526, 13RBI in 21G
Arm: McKenzie Mills 3-1, 2.18/2.31/0.77 in 4GS (20⅔ IP)
Bad Bat: Anderson Franco .456OPS, 18K in 19G
Arm: Mick VanVossen 2-1, 6.35/4.65/1.59 in 11⅓ IP (5G)
Interesting Bat: Daniel Johnson .296/.351/.606, 6HR in 20G
Arm: Sterling Sharp 0-1, 3.50/3.36/0.89 in 18IP (4G, 3GS)

Good, Bad, Interesting… 2016 Season Final


Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2015 are in italics.

PLEASE NOTE: This format discriminates against multi-level players (hence: no Koda Glover and Lucas Giolito) and age relative to the level is a key factor, especially in the short-season leagues. I’ve also excluded players who were traded away (Max Schrock), though I think that may have only cost him an “Interesting” mention for Potomac; the “Orange” had a longer period of sustained excellence and were it not for my disdain of BA-style double-dipping, I may have named him “Interesting” for Harrisburg because he continued to excel at AA.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
61-82, 6th place International League North, 30 games behind

Good Bat: Trea Turner.302/.370/.471, 25SB in 83G
Arm: Austin Voth 7-9, 3.15/3.53/1.24 in 157IP (25GS)
Bad Bat: Jose Lozada .381 OPS in 53G
Arm: Taylor Hill 6-13, 4.60/4.56/1.33, 19HR, 5.64 K/9IP
Interesting Bat: Brian Goodwin .280/.349/.438, 14HR in 119G
Arm: Paolo Espino 8-11, 3.30/3.22/1.15 in 152⅔ IP (24GS)


HARRISBURG SENATORS
76-66, 3rd place Eastern League Western Division, 1½ games behind

Good Bat: Christopher Bostick .290/.356/.462 in 62G
Arm: Reynaldo Lopez 3-5, 3.18/3.03/1.23, 100K in 76⅓ IP)
Bad Bat: Khayyan Norfork .476OPS in 36G
Arm: Mark Blackmar 4-5, 5.37/5.34/1.33, 3.95 K/9IP in 57IP
Interesting Bat: Rafael Bautista .282/.344/.341, 56SB in 136G
Arm: Phillips Valdez – first six AA starts: 2-2, 7.67 ERA, 2.30 WHIP in 27IP (4.5 IP/GS)
last 10 AA starts 4-2, 3.26 ERA, 1.39 WHIP in 60⅔ IP (6.1 IP/GS)


POTOMAC NATIONALS
39-31 in 2nd half, T1st place Carolina League Northern Division, 7 games ahead – Lost, 2-1 in CLDS
34-34 in 1st half, 3rd place, 10 games behind
73-65 overall

Good Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .286/.381/.495, 11HR, 59 RBI in 103G
Arm: Erick Fedde 6-4, 2.85/3.22/1.13, 95K, 19BB in 91⅔ IP
Bad Bat: David Masters .539 OPS in 76G
Arm: Luis Reyes 4-8, 5.60/5.74/1.63, 5.86 BB/9IP in 70⅔
Interesting Bat: Austin Davidson .800 OPS in 47G
Arm: Ryan Brinley 4-1, 16SV, 1.37/2.68/0.89 in 39⅓ IP (32G)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS
40-30 in 2nd half, 2nd place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 5 games behind – Lost, 2-0 SALDS
43-27 in 1st half, 1st place, ½ game ahead
83-57 overall (best in Sally Lg.)

Good Bat: Victor Robles .305/.405/.459, 19SB in 64G
Arm: Grant Borne 5-2, 3.34/3.15/1.20 in 59⅓ IP (21 appearances, 2GS)
Bad Bat: Ryan Ripken .451OPS in 43G
Arm: Luis Torres 2-2, 4.62/5.27/1.43 in 37IP
Interesting Bat: Ian Sagdal, .303/.362/.474, 10 HR in 103G
Arm: Jorge Pantoja 9-1, 3SV, 2.63/2.67/1.15 in 54⅔ IP (28 appearances)


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
28-47, 5th Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: Tres Barrera .703 OPS in 48G
Arm: Tyler Watson 1-2, 1.88/2.05/0.91 in 43IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 23-y.o. David Kerian .144/.186/.226 in 44G
Arm: A.J. Bogucki 0-6, 8.20/4.53/1.97 in 26⅓ IP (10 appearances, 6GS)
Interesting Bat: (none)
Arm: 19-y.o. Steven Fuentes 3.65/2.16/1.28, 4.70 K:BB ratio


GCL NATIONALS
30-23, 2nd place Gulf Coast League East Division, 2½ games behind

Good Bat: 17-y.o. Juan Soto .368/.420/.553, 5HR, 32RBI in 45G
Arm: 21-y.o. Sterling Sharp 3-0, 3.28/2.85/1.26 in 41⅓ IP (11G, 7GS)
Bad Bat: 21-y.o. Chance Shepard .188/.289/325 in 28G
Arm: 23-y.o. Diomedes Eusebio 0-0, 5.01/4.53/1.84 in 23⅓ IP (14 appearances)
Interesting Bat: 21-y.o. Conner Simonetti .280 /.333/.446, 6HR in 42G
Arm: 20-y.o. Francys Peguero 2.20/2.59/1.10, 34K, 5BB, in 32⅔ IP


DSL NATIONALS
29-41, 6th place, Boca Chica San Pedro Division, 21½ games behind

Good Bat: 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .277/.391/.333 in 53G (last year’s “Bad”)
Arm: 18-y.o. Yelmy Sisnero, 4-1, 0.43/2.08/0.91, 41K, 9BB in 41⅔ IP (9GS)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Joel Andular .514 OPS in 47G
Arm: 20-y.o. Felix Taveras 4-2, 4.61/3.70/1.37 in 41IP (10GS)
Interesting Bat: 18-y.o. Brian Bencosme 33BB in 64G
Arm: 18-y.o. Warner Duran 1.65/2.28/0.73 in 32⅔ IP (19 appearances)

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 6


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 51-62, 6th place I.L. North, 19 games behind

Good Jason Martinson .282/.342/.577 since All-Star Break (22G)
Reynaldo Lopez 2-0, 1.80 ERA, 0.95 WHIP in first 3GS
Bad Jose Lozada .359 OPS in 42G
778K pitching K – 12th in 14-team I.L.
Erik Davis 0-1, 6.97 ERA in last 10 appearances
Interesting Nine IBB issued to Syracuse batters – T3rd fewest in I.L.
Sixteen IBB issued by Syracuse pitchers – 3rd most in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 61-51, 2nd place E.L. West, ½ game behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .306BA (11-for-36) over last 10G, nine-game hit streak
Mark Blackmar 3-1, 2.16 ERA, 1.20 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Adrian Sanchez 10BB in 68G
Boone Whiting 0-3, 5.84 ERA, 1.82 WHIP in 5GS prior to reassignment
Interesting Drew Ward, 14HR – leads Nats minors for players born after 1990
John Simms 2-2, 2.70 ERA, 1.15 WHIP as a SP (8GS)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 28-14, 1st place C.L. North, 2 games ahead (62-48 overall)

Good Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .296/.385/.489 in 36G prior to callup
Erick Fedde 4-1, 0.68 ERA, 0.99 WHIP in last 10 appearances
Bad 50CS – 2nd most in C.L.
147 of 953 IP thrown by pitchers league-average age or younger
Interesting 773 batting strikeouts, 2nd fewest in C.L.
761 pitching strikeouts, fewest in C.L.


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 25-16, 1st place Sally North, 1½ games ahead (68-43 overall)

Good Ian Sagdal .392/.445/.632 in 31G since All-Star break
Jorge Pantoja 2-0, 1.71 ERA, 0.86 WHIP in 11 appearances since All-Star break
Bad Kelvin Gutierrez 18E in 79G
Joan Baez 4.8 BB/9IP (50, 94⅔)
Interesting Lead the Sally Lg. in sacrifice flies: 43
Tied for fewest balks: 5


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 20-27, T4th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 12 games behind

Good 75.4% SB success rate (46-for-51)
19-y.o. Tyler Watson 1-2, 2.19 ERA, 0.97 WHIP
Bad Sheldon Neuse 7E in 31G
A.J. Bogucki 0-3, 14.40 ERA, 2.70 WHIP in 4 appearances
Interesting Fewest walks drawn in 14-team NYPL
Six shutouts tied for most in NYPL


GCL NATIONALS 20-15, 2nd Place, Eastern Division, 1 game behind

Good 17-y.o. Juan Soto .330/.371/.532, 4HR, 20RBI in 29G
Carlos Pena 1-0, 1.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP in 24IP
Bad Joshual Ramirez 8E in 26G
Michael Rishwain 1.80WHIP in 11⅔ IP
Interesting 3rd in team offense in 17-team GCL
3rd most pitching HBP (36 in 35G)


DSL NATIONALS 23-30, 6th Place, San Pedro Division, 16 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Jose Cabello .299/.425/.350 in 37G

Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
19-y.o. Angel Guillen 4-0, 1.43 ERA, 0.91 WHIP in 44IP

Bad 18-y.o. Juan Pascal, 16E in 45G
19-y.o. Jairon Peguero 0-4, 6.04 ERA, 1.43 WHIP in 22⅓ IP
Interesting 20-y.o. Franklin Sierra, 7 triples in 43G
18-y.o. Warner Duran, 23K, 4BB in 23IP over 14 appearances

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 5

GBI for NPP 2

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 44-48, 6th place I.L. North, 13½ games behind

Good Matt Skole .342/.447/.658 in July (11G)
Paolo Espino 5-3, 2.92 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in last 10GS
Bad 49 batting HR’s 14th in 14-team I.L.
25% CS rate – 13th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Two GS for Matt den Dekker in last nine games
Koda Glover 0.00 ERA, 0.62 WHIP in first 8G


HARRISBURG SENATORS 48-43, 3rd place E.L. West, 4 games behind

Good Stephen Perez .382/.462/.509 in last 18G
Michael Brady 4BB in 31IP, 0.90 WHIP
Bad Andrew Stevenson .445 OPS in 16G
Robert Benincasa 7.27 ERA, 2.19 WHIP in 8G
Interesting 30 triples, 2nd in 12-team E.L.
30 wild pitches, tied for 2nd fewest in 12-team E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 13-7, 1st place C.L. North, 1 game ahead (47-41 overall)

Good Max Schrock (duh) .405/.420/.582 in 17G
Erick Fedde 2-0, 1.00 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in four appearances (3GS) since All-Star break
Bad .800+ OPS hitters not named Jose Marmolejos: Zero
Mario Sanchez 2-0, 6.97 ERA, 1.69 WHIP in last 10G
Interesting Bryan Mejia 16-game on-base streak (7 of 15 season BBs drawn during the streak)
Justin Thomas 1-0, 3SV, 0.00 ERA in five appearances since All-Star break


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 13-9, 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (56-36 overall)

Good Matt Page .306/.375/.500, 3HR, 13 RBI
since All-Star break
Pedro Avila 2-1, 3.05 ERA, 1.21 WHIP
since All Star Break
Bad .800 OPS players under Lg. Avg. Age (21.4): Zero
Philip Walby 14BB in 12⅓ IP, 2.11 WHIP
Interesting Lead Sally Lg. in runs scored, RBI – no other offensive category
Lead Sally Lg. in fewest stolen bases allowed – 58, next-fewest: 71


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 14-14, 3rd Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 4 games behind

Good Tres Barrea .269/.377/.423, HR, 7RBI in 16G
Tyler Watson 1-1, 2.25/2.21/1.04, 26K in 24IP (5GS)
Bad Paul Panaccione .364 OPS, 4E in 13G
Wilber Pena 6.75/5.87/1.64 in 14&8532; IP (4G, 3GS)
Interesting Fewest batting K’s in 14-team NYPL
Youngest pitchers: 20.3 y.o. vs. Lg. Avg. of 21.4


GCL NATIONALS 10-8, T1st Place, Eastern Division, ½ game ahead

Good Branden Boggetto .459/.512/.541, 5RBI in 16G
Jonathan Reid 1.74/2.99/0.58 in 10⅓ IP
Bad Omar Meregildo .283 OPS, 3E in 9G
Jefry Rosa 0-3, 6.57/4.29/1.38, 5HBP, 5BB, 10K in 12⅓ IP
Interesting 18-y.o. Carter Kieboom 7BB in 10G
2nd in assists in 17-team GCL (OK, maybe not)


DSL NATIONALS 15-20, 7th Place, San Pedro Division, 9 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Brailin Mesa, 1HR, 13RBI, .289/.339/.386 in 32G
18-y.o. Yelmery Sisnero 2-3, 0.65/2.41/0.98 in 27⅔ IP(6GS)
Bad 18-y.o. Jesus Morales .467 OPs in 32G
20-y.o. Yordani Garcia 12.27/6.58/3.27 in 7⅓ IP
Interesting 32 of 61E committed by four listed SS’s
Incl. 18-y.o. Bryan Bencosme who has 26H, 20BB in 34G

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 34-39, 6th place I.L. North, 10 games behind

Good 60 for 70 on SB attempts – best in professional baseball, per Chiefs PR staff
41 HR allowed, 2nd best in the I.L.
Bad Team .668 OPS – 13th in 14-team I.L.
516 Team K’s 11th in 14-team I.L.
Interesting Pedro Severino .293/.359/.362 in June
Zero balks in 73G



HARRISBURG SENATORS 39-33, 3rd place E.L. West, 3 games behind

Good Zach Collier .327/.365/.449 in June
Greg Ross 3-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.82WHIP in 4GS since callup
Bad Stephen Perez 10E in 46G
Phillips Valdez 1.56WHIP in 3GS since callup
Interesting 83SB 2nd-most in E.L.
20WP 2nd-fewest in E.L.



POTOMAC NATIONALS 35-34, 1st place C.L. North, ½ games ahead (35-34 overall)

Good Drew Ward .509 SLG% (Highest in organization among regulars)
Boone Whiting 1.2BB/9IP (Lowest in organization among SPs)
Bad Drew Vettleson .414 OPS in 16G
Matt Spann 1.85WHIP in 24⅓IP/td>
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – most in C.L. (H/T P-Nats, PR)
17HBP (batting) – fewest in C.L.



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 2-0, T1st place Sally North, 1 game ahead (45-27 overall)

Good Jorge Tillero .371 (13-for-35) in last 10G
Trey Lambert 2-0, 1.95 ERA, 1.18 WHIP in 15G
Bad Edwin Lora 14E in 61G
James Bourque 0-3, 7.71ERA, 2.14WHIP in 3GS
Interesting 24SV in 45W
No. 2 in runs scored (352, 4.89 R/G) T9th in HR (43 in 72G)

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 3

Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS – 27-26, 5th Place I.L. North, 3 games behind

Good Matt Skole .354/.382/.492 vs. LHPs
Matt Grace 1.00ERA, .212OBA vs. LHBs
Bad Scott Sizemore 8E in 50G
Taylor Hill 8HR in 53⅓IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .307/376/.412 in 48G
10HBP by Chiefs pitchers – fewest in the I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 27-25, 3rd place E.L. West, 9 games behind

Good Christopher Bostick .324/.382/.468 in May
Lucas Giolito 3-0, 1.82 ERA, 1.08 WHIP in last 5GS
Bad Wilmer Difo .549OPS, 11E in 50G
Nick Lee 20BB in 26IP
Interesting Shawn Pleffner 20RBI, 34H (one HR)
Koda Glover 2-0, 2SV, 22K, 5BB in 15⅔ IP since callup


POTOMAC NATIONALS 29-23, 2nd place C.L. North, 5 games behind

Good Alec Keller .307/.372/.405, 36RBI in 46G
Greg Ross 2-2, 1.45ERA, 1.19WHIP in 19 appearances
Bad Narciso Mesa .551OPS in 30G
Luis Reyes 29BB in 49⅔ IP
Interesting 26CS, 69.4% CS rate – 2nd most/worst in C.L.
R.C. Orlan .094 OBA by RHBs


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 35-19, 1st place Sally North, 4 games ahead

Good Max Schrock .314/.373/.440, 13SB in 52G
Jefry Rodriguez 3-0, 0.53ERA, 0.88WHIP in last 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken 5BB, 38K in 43G
Joan Baez 1.66WHIP in 10GS
Interesting Austin Davidson .928OPS – leads the team (Robles, .888)
W’s and SV’s only two team-pitching categories Suns lead in for Sally Lg.
(Yes, they have league’s best record)

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 2


Our semi-weekly look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 19-15, 1st place I.L. North, 1 games ahead

Good Brian Goodwin .316/.378/.482, 3HR, 17RBI in 32G
Aaron Laffey 3-0, 1.55/3.02/1.34 in 7 appearances, 6GS
Bad Kevin Keyes .450 OPS, 20K in 15G since callup
A.J. Cole 1.66 WHIP, 5HR in 31⅓ IP (7GS)
Interesting Pedro Severino .355/.375/.581 in May (9G)
16 holds, T2nd in I.L.


HARRISBURG SENATORS 15-18, 4th place E.L. West, 8½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto, .353/.411/.608, 3HR, 19RBI in May (13G)
Jaron Long 1-1, 1.33/4.09/1.33 WHIP in 4GS
Bad Shawn Pleffner .387 OPS in 31G
Gilberto Mendez 0-2, 8.24 ERA, 1.88 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 42SB, 2nd in E.L.; 9CS, fewest in E.L. (82.4 SB%)
33HR most allowed in the E.L.


POTOMAC NATIONALS 17-15, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .331/.396/.452, 14SB in 30G
Ryan Brinley 2-0, 4 SV, 0.64/1.72/0.79 in nine appearances
Bad Justin Thomas 1-2, 8.10ERA, 11BB in 10IP
Bryan Mejia 6E in 28G
Interesting 28E, fewest (tied) in C.L. (yes, really)
23 GIDP, most (tied) in C.L. (with Salem on both)


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 21-12, 2nd place Sally North, 1½ games behind

Good Victor Robles .336/.423/.484, 12SB in 33G
Matt Crownover 3-1, 1.44/3.61/1.04 in 25IP
Bad Jakson Reetz .504OPS in 19G
Luis Torres 1-1, 7.20ERA, 1.73WHIP in 15IP
Interesting Ian Sagdal .307/.386/.477 in 26G
Jorge Pantoja 5-0, 0.63/2.43/0.70 in 14⅓ IP

Good, Bad, Interesting – Vol. 1


In keeping with my motto of doing what I can when I can, I’ve decided to cut back the GBI to something more manageable this year — every three weeks. This will still give us eight editions, and to compensate for the lower frequency, I will double up each section. My apologies in advance to for the disappointment, but the alternative was to scrap it altogether.

For the newcomers…. this a silly little thing I began a few years ago on a lark. It’s somehow become one of the site’s staples. Stolen from Named after comedian Demetri Martin’s segment of the same name from his too-brief (2009-2010) run on Comedy Central, it’s my way of taking a look at who’s doing well, poorly, or pointing out something unexpected.

Invariably, it seems that whenever a player makes this list — good or bad — his fortune turns. Of course, that’s merely coincidence, but as much as we embrace science and statistics, superstition will always be a part of baseball. Thus, the effect known as “the curse of the GBI.”

Now, for the usual disclaimers… it’s early in the season, small sample sizes, stats in the minors are misleading, void where prohibited, valid only at participating locations, employees must wash hands after using the bathroom, etc.

And the usual reminder: The guys, their friends, families, and agents reading this, so keep it clean in the comments. This is just for fun.

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 7-8, 4th place I.L. North, 2½ games behind

Good Trea Turner .357/.446/.500, 6SB in 15G
Sammy Solis 1.00/1.08/0.89, 14K in 9IP
Bad Matt Skole .122/.214/.184, 12K in 14G
Taylor Hill 8BB in 15⅔ IP
Interesting Caleb Ramsey .932 OPS, .390 BA in 13G
Austin Voth 0BB in 12IP


HARRISBURG SENATORS 6-8, 4th place E.L. West, 3½ games behind

Good Rafael Bautista 8SB, 11BB, .443 OBP in 14G
Tyler Mapes 3-0, 3.18/3.85/0.94 in 3GS
Bad Zach Collier .405 OPS in 12G
Reynaldo Lopez 4HR in 16IP
Interesting Stephen Perez .320/.414/.360 in 11G
John Simms 14K in 16IP


POTOMAC NATIONALS 9-7, 2nd place C.L. North, 4 games behind

Good Jose “The Orange” Marmolejos .298/.437/.561 in 16G
Mario Sanchez 1.59 ERA, 80.9 LOB% in 11⅓ IP
Bad 11CS in 30SB attempts
Starters 5.60/4.30/1.47 in 16G
Interesting Drew Ward .333/.412/.550, 11RBI in 16G
R.C. Orlan 1.93 ERA, 1.18WHIP, 8BB, 9K in 9#8531; IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 11-5, T2nd place Sally North, 2 games behind

Good Victor Robles .327/.465/.582, 7SB, 2HR in 16G
Andrew Lee 1-0, 1.80/3.50/1.27 in 3GS
Bad Ryan Ripken .496OPS in 14G
Joan Baez 0-2, 6.75 ERA, 1.67 WHIP in 3GS
Interesting Max Schrock .344/.403/.4, 6SB in 15G
Jefry Rodriguez 2.70/2.07/1.20 in 3GS