Good, Bad, Interesting… 2017 Season Final


Our final look at the leaders, trailers, and outliers in the Washington Nationals minor leagues. Repeats from 2016 are in italics.

PLEASE NOTE: This format discriminates against multi-level players and guys who were injured (hence, no Carter Kieboom or Juan Soto). Age relative to the level is a key factor, especially in the short-season leagues, and I do factor in usage. I also exclude players who were traded away.

I’m quite well aware there are more “(none)” than usual, but I’m not in the habit of handing out 10th-place ribbons, iykwim. Finally, it’s also worth noting that one year’s “good” can be next year’s “bad” (e.g. Austin Voth) and vice-versa (e.g. Chance Shepard).

SYRACUSE CHIEFS
54-87, 6th place International League North, 32 games behind – worst record in AAA

Good Bat: Brandon Snyder .263/.356/.490, 23 HR, 77RBI in 121G
Arm: Wander Suero 3-1, 10SV, 1.70/2.79/1.11 in 36G
Bad Bat: Emmanuel Burriss .557 OPS, 7E in 42G
Arm: Taylor Hill 3-5, 7.25/6.24/1.61, 12HR, 4.35 K/9IP in 49⅔ IP
Interesting Bat: Spencer Kieboom .723 OPS in 47G (1st +.700 mark since 2014)
Arm: (none)


HARRISBURG SENATORS
60-80, 6th place Eastern League Western Division, 14 games behind

Good Bat: Jose “Orange” Marmolejos .288/.361/.458, 14HR, 66RBI in 107G
Arm: John Simms 5-6, 3.54/3.71/1.11 in 112IP
Bad Bat: Drew Ward 131K, 10HR in 121G
Arm: Austin Voth 3-4, 5.13/4.35/1.40 in 54⅓ IP after demotion from AAA
Interesting Bat: Raudy Read .265/.312/.455, 17HR, 61 RBI (10E, 14PB)
Arm: (none)


POTOMAC NATIONALS
30-40 in 2nd half, 4th place Carolina League Northern Division, 17 games behind
33-37 in 1st half, 4th place, 7½ games behind
63-77 overall

Good Bat: Victor Robles .289/.377/.495, 16SB in 77G
Arm: Matthew Crownover 3-1, 1.94/2.86/1.06 in 46⅓ IP
Bad Bat: Bryan Mejia .234/.270/.319, 19BB, 22E in 115G
Arm: Joan Baez 4-8, 3.87/5.06/1.65, 7.52 BB/9IP
Interesting Bat: None
Arm: Grant Borne 4-4, 2.50/3.01/1.10 in 72IP


HAGERSTOWN SUNS
35-32 in 2nd half, 4th place South Atlantic League Northern Division, 2½ games behind
38-31 in 1st half, 3rd place, 1½ games behind
73-63 overall

Good Bat: Daniel Johnson .300/.361/.529, 17HR, 12SB in 88G
Arm: None (McKenzie Mills, Tyler Watson traded)
Bad Bat: Angelo La Bruna .531 OPS in 77G
Arm: Yonathan Ramirez 1-2, 5.29/5.90/1.57, 4.34 K/9IP
Interesting Bat: Tres Barrera .278/.354/.464 in 67G
Arm: Phil Morse 13.5K/9IP, 2.61 FIP in 20⅔ IP


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS
30-45, T5th Place Pinckney Division of New York-Penn League, 15 games behind

Good Bat: Chance Shepard .249/.372/.459, 7HR in 54G
Arm: Seth Romero 5.40/1.13/1.25, 32K, 0HR, 6BB in 20IP
Bad Bat: Nic Perkins .494 OPS in 32G
Arm: Jared Brasher 1-2, 4.50/5.32/1.50, 6.23BB/9IP in 26IP
Interesting Bat: 20-y.o. (on Aug. 18) Omar Meregildo, 8HR, 19E in 55G
Arm: Gabe Klobosits 0-0, 5SV, 1.66/2.74/1.15 in 21⅔ IP


GCL NATIONALS
34-22, 1st place Gulf Coast League East Division, 1½ games ahead – lost in GCL Finals, 2-1

Good Bat: 18-y.o. Justin Connell .323/.407/.365 in 30G
Arm: 19-y.o. Tomas Alastre 3-1, 2.55/3.38/1.02 in 42⅓ IP (9G, 6GS)
Bad Bat: 20-y.o. (on Aug. 27) Edwin Ventura .441 OPS, 3E in 35G
Arm: 20-y.o. Jose De Los Santos 3-1, 5.75/5.74/1.67, 4.87 BB/9IP in 20⅓ IP
Interesting Bat: 17-y.o. Yasel Antuna .301/.382/.399, 23BB, 26E in 48G
Arm: 21-y.o. Jackson Stoeckinger 4.72/2.49/1.31, 31K in 26⅔ IP


DSL NATIONALS
28-43, 8th place, South Division, 21 games behind

Good Bat: 19-y.o. Wilmer Perez .313/.382/.464 in 61G
Arm: 17-y.o. Alfonso Hernandez, 1-1, 2.10/2.53/1.17, 61K in 55⅔ IP (12GS)
Bad Bat: 18-y.o. Elvis Alvarado .427 OPS, 5E in 45G
Arm: 18-y.o. Alejandro Vallejo 0-6, 8.90/4.96/1.95, 11HBP, 40K in 31⅓ IP
Interesting Bat: 19-y.o. Caldioli Sanfler 37BB in 61G
Arm: 17-y.o. (on Jul. 16) Pedro Gonzalez 1-3, 5.30/3.51/1.63 in 52⅔ IP

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 6


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 45-74, 6th place I.L. North, 31½ games behind

Good Neftali Soto .309/.359/.541 in 47G
Esmil Rogers 1-1, 2.65 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in first 3GS (17IP)
Bad Chad Huffman .418 OPS in 12G
Kevin Jepsen 8.76 ERA, 1.86 WHIP in 10 appearances
Interesting Next Chiefs loss or IronPigs win eliminates team from playoffs


HARRISBURG SENATORS 48-68, 6th place E.L. West, 12½ games behind

Good Dan Gamache .356/.417/.575, 4HR, 15 RBI in 26G
Brady Dragmire 2-1, 2.25 ERA, 1.25 WHIP in 13 appearances (24IP)
Bad Drew Ward 111K in 100G
Taylor Hill 24K in 71IP
Interesting 41-17 when scoring four or more runs (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 20-26, 5th place C.L. North, 9 games behind (53-63 overall)

Good Daniel Johnson .333/.373/.526, 3HR, 11RBI, 5SB in 18G since promotion
Joan Baez one HR allowed in 56IP
Bad Bryan Mejia 17E, 16BB in 96G
202 of 998 IP thrown by pitchers league-average age or younger (SSDY)
Interesting Most sacrifice hits, fewest GIDPs in Carolina League


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 27-18, 1st place Sally North, .004 W% ahead (65-50 overall)

Good Blake Perkins 56BB in 109G
James Bourque 102⅔ IP in 2017 (113IP in 2014, 2016)
Bad Blake Perkins 102K in 109H
James Bourque 15WP
Interesting Eight IBBs issued to Suns batters, most in Sally Lg.
57SB allowed, least in Sally Lg.


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 19-30, 5th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 11 games behind

Good 32HR, 3rd in the 14-team NYPL
21-y.o. Nick Raquet Watson 1-1, 1.88 ERA, 1.25 WHIP
Bad Armond Upshaw .172/.343/.216, 43K in 40G
David Smith 1-3, 8.27 ERA, 1.89 WHIP in nine appearances
Interesting 22/42 CS-SB attempts (52% CS), 71E (2nd most in NYPL)


GCL NATIONALS 23-16, 1st Place, Eastern Division, 1 game ahead

Good Alex Dunlap .279/.439/.488, 3HR, 7BB in 16G
Angel Guillen 2-0, 0.56 ERA, 0.75 WHIP in 16IP
Bad Juan Pascal .485 OPS in 26G
Nector Ramirez 3-1, 7.07 ERA, 1.93 WHIP in 14IP
Interesting 19-y.o. Nelson Galindez 2.61 ERA, 16BB, 14K in 20⅔ IP
20-y.o. Jose Cabello .396 OBP in 14G (splitting time with Dunlap)


DSL NATIONALS 24-35, 8th Place, South Division, 16 games behind

Good 19-y.o. Jesus Morales .298/.379/.374 in 48G
18-y.o. Alfonso Hernandez 1-1, 2.47 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 52K in 47⅓ IP
Bad 19-y.o. Brailin Mesa, .430 OPS (13G)
20-y.o. Gerald De La Cruz, 2.36 WHIP (18⅔ IP)
Interesting 19-y.o. Caldioli Sanfler, 32BB in 49G
18-y.o. Alejandro Vallejo 9HBP, 27BB, 37K in 30IP

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 34-63, 6th place I.L. North, 28½ games behind

Good Spencer Kieboom .297/.366/.405 in 21G
Austin Adams 13.02K/9IP
Bad Emmanuel Burriss .488 OPS, 7E in 36G
Austin Adams 7.11 BB/9IP
Interesting Leading after 8 innings, 24-3; Trailing: 1-44


HARRISBURG SENATORS 40-57, 5th place E.L. West, 11½ games behind

Good Corban Joseph .291/.355/.455 in July (15G)
Wirkin Estevez 3-1, 3.15/3.84/1.40 in 6GS
Bad 793 Team Batting K, 2nd most in E.L.
636 Team pitching K, 2nd fewest in E.L.
Interesting Darian Sandford 14SB, 8th most in E.L. despite having played just 29G (H/T Sens PR)



POTOMAC NATIONALS 8-18, 5th place C.L. North, 9 games behind (41-55 overall)

Good Edwin Lora .324 in last 10G
Taylor Guilbeau 2-2, 3.07 ERA, 1.24 WHIP in 7GS
Bad Taylor Gushue .217/.260/.348 in 18G since All-Star Break
Ten team holds – fewest in the Carolina League
Interesting 14-45 record when their opponent scores first;
27-10 when they score first


HAGERSTOWN SUNS 14-12 2nd place Sally North, ½ game behind (52-43 overall)

Good Jake Noll .294/.341/.565, 6HR, 16 RBI
since All-Star break (23G)
Hayden Howard 1-0, 1.37 ERA, 1.06 WHIP in last 10G
Bad Angelo La Bruna .482 OPS
McKenzie Mills 11HBP in 97⅔ IP
Interesting 26CS on defense – fewest in the Sally Lg


AUBURN DOUBLEDAYS 11-20, 6th Place, Pinckney Division, New York-Penn League, 8 games behind

Good Oliver Ortiz .309/.370/.505, 4HR, 17RBI in 23G
Ben Braymer 1-0, 2.38/3.17/1.37, 31K in 22⅔IP (5GS)
Bad Joshual Ramirez 12E in 18G
30 pitchers used so far
Interesting 2nd most errors committed, 2nd most runners CS (53% CS rate)


GCL NATIONALS 12-8, 1st Place, Eastern Division, .009 W% ahead

Good Ricardo Mendez .294/.400/.490, HR, 9RBI in 16G
Tomas Alastre 1-0, 1.29ERA, 0.86 WHIP in 14IP
Bad Edwin Ventura .416 OPS in 14G
Malvin Pena 0-1, 5.73 ERA, 2HR allowed in 11IP
Interesting 17-y.o. Yasel Antuna 10E, .735 OPS in 18G


DSL NATIONALS 16-25, T7th Place, South Division, 14 games behind

Good 18-y.o. Cesar Porte .775 OPS in 23G
18-y.o. Niomar Gomez 0-2, 3.45 ERA, 1.15 WHIP in 31⅓ IP (7GS)
Bad 19-y.o. Bryan Bencosme 14E in 36G
18-y.o. Edwin Michel 2.82 WHIP in 11IP (25H, 6BB)
Interesting 18-y.o. Luis Aquino 19SB in 36G
17-y.o. Alfonso Hernandez 34K in 31⅓ IP

Good, Bad, Interesting — Vol. 4


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

SYRACUSE CHIEFS 28-50, 6th place I.L. North, 21 games behind

Good Andrew Stevenson .327/.373/.464, HR, 11RBI, 7SB in June
Wander Suero 1-1, 3SV, 2.03 ERA, 0.90 WHIP in June
Bad Wilmer Difo .492 OPS since demotion from MLB
Dustin Antolin 2-3, 6.20 ERA, 1.87 WHIP in 22 appearances (4GS)
Interesting Jhonatan Solano will be inducted into the Syracuse Wall of Fame on 7/30,
the first player to be named while not retired



HARRISBURG SENATORS 34-45, 5th place E.L. West, 7½ games behind

Good Raudy Read .278/.313/.478, 4HR, 14 RBI in June (24G)
Derek Self 1-0, 1.74 ERA, 0.87 WHIP in June (6G, 2GS)
Bad Drew Ward .103/.221/.172, 23K in June (18G)
Kyle McGowin 0-3, 9.60ERA, 2.27 WHIP in 3GS since demotion from AAA
Interesting 43 players used so far



POTOMAC NATIONALS 4-5, 3rd place C.L. North, 3 games behind (37-42 overall)

Good Ian Sagdal .330/.380/.577 in June (25G)
Grant Borne 3-3, 1.95/3.21/0.99 in 10G (6GS)
Bad Rhett Wiseman .181/.242./337 in June (23G)
Tyler Skulina 1-1, 6.17/5.44/1.71 in June (6G)
Interesting Eight Doubleheaders played thus far – 1-2-5 record



HAGERSTOWN SUNS 8-1, 1st place Sally North, 2 games ahead (46-32 overall)

Good Daniel Johnson, .330/.407/.600, 6HR in June (27G)
McKenzie Mills 5-0, 2.45 ERA, 0.79 WHIP in June (5GS)
Bad Anderson Franco 12E in 62G
69HR allowed, 2nd most in the Sally Lg.
Interesting Eight holds, tied for fewest in the Sally Lg. with Lakewood



DSL Nationals 9-15, 8th place, DSL South

Good 19-y.o. Jesus Morales .368/.430/.474, 13RBI in 21G
17-y.o. Alfonso Hernandez 1-0, 2.75/2.81/1.27 in 4GS
Bad 18-y.o. Elvis Alvarado .403 OPS in 16G
18-y.o. Alejandro Vallejo 0-2, 5.40/4.07/1.53 in 4GS
Interesting 19-y.o. Rafael Gomez, 1.20/2.53/0.80 in 3GS
19-y.o. Caldioli Sanfler, .217/.362/.313, 17BB, 16K in 23G

Editor’s note: Auburn has played just 10 games.

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