Saturday’s News and Notes

Just two teams played on a rainy Friday night

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Lost, 3-2 (13 inn.) @ Lehigh Valley, 6:35 p.m. Garrett Mock (1-1, 4.09) vs.
Eddie Bonine (4-1, 4.63 for DET)
Harrisburg Senators PPD vs. Bowie, 7:00 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals PPD vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 2-0 @ Rome, 7:00 p.m. Chris McKenzie (1-2, 8.54 @ NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Syracuse 2 Buffalo 3 (13 innings)
∙ Detwiler 6IP 4H 1ER 1BB 8K
∙ Martin 4IP 1H 0R 1BB 3K
∙ Chico (L, 0-1) ⅓IP 2H 1ER 1BB 0K
∙ Marrero 2-5, BB, 2B, 2RBI
∙ Solano 2-4, BB
∙ Brown 2-5, R, BB, CS

It was a closely matched game between the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons as the game was not decided until the 13th inning, when the Bisons were able to score a run off of Chico and win the game in walk-off fashion. Unfortunately, just four out of the 13 batters got a hit, including a pair from Marreno, Solano, Brown, and a single from Bixler. The Chiefs’ problem in today’s game was execution, going 1-for-10 with RISP and leaving 14 men on base. One strength of the game was pitching, as starter Ross Detwiler pitched 6 complete innings, allowing one run on four hits, while walking one and striking out eight. J.D. Martin also pitched four outstanding innings, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out three.

Harrisburg vs. Bowie — PPD

Last night’s Harrisburg Senators game versus the Bowie Baysox was postponed due to rain. The game has been rescheduled for Sunday, May 29th at 5:00 p.m. as part of a doubleheader, and tonight’s fireworks show has also been shifted to that date.

Potomac Nationals vs. Lynchburg Hillcats — PPD

Ditto for Potomac, who will make up the game when Lynchburg returns next month, according to beat writer Robert Daski. Unlike Harrisburg, the fireworks show will still be held.

Hagerstown 2, Rome 0
∙ Grace (W, 1-0) 6IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Manno (SV, 1) 1IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Oduber 2-5, 2B, 2SB
∙ Kelso 1-3, BB, RBI

Hagerstown took their second straight with a 2-0 win as three pitchers combined for an eight-hit shutout. The Suns scored just single runs in the 7th and 8th innings, with Wade Moore singling in Jason Martinson and Blake Kelso driving home Bryce Harper, who was hitless in three at-bats but drew a walk. The Suns were outhit 8-4 but ran rampant with four stolen bases in five tries.

Friday’s News and Notes

All three affiliates won yesterday, highlighted by a 5-0, 15K shutout in Harrisburg

The Quick Rundown…

Team Yesterday’s Result Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10 Record @ Level)
Syracuse Chiefs Won, 8-5 @ Buffalo, 5:05 p.m. Ross Detwiler (1-0, 1.80) vs.
Jenrry Mejia (0-0, 1.13)
Harrisburg Senators Won, 5-0 vs. Bowie, 7:05 p.m. Ryan Tatusko (12-3, 2.63) vs.
Steve Johnson (7-8, 5.09)
Potomac Nationals Did Not Play vs. Lynchburg, 7:05 p.m. Danny Rosenbaum (3-2, 2.09) vs.
Arodys Vizcaino (0-0, 4.61)
Hagerstown Suns Won, 3-2 @ Rome, 7:05 p.m. Matt Grace (1-2, 6.41 @ GCL/NYPL) vs.
TBD (0-0, -.–)

Editor’s note: We’re trying a slightly different format this year. The bullet points will highlight the SP, one or two outstanding RPs, and the game’s top two or three batters. When there’s some related tidbits, we’ll add sentence or two in italics. The mission is to keep this succinct and manageable, so there may be times when not every prospect gets a mention.

Syracuse 8 Buffalo 5
∙ Maya 4.2IP 8H 5ER 2BB 2K 1HR
∙ Kimball (W, 1-0) 1.1IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Balester (H, 1) 1.2IP 2H 0R 0BB 2K
∙ Bynum 2-4, R, 1HR, 5RBI
∙ Bixler 2-4, R, 1-2B

Both the Syracuse Chiefs and the Buffalo Bisons scored all of their runs in the 4th and 5th innings. In fact, all five of Buffalo’s runs came off Chief’s starter, Yunesky Maya. Syracuse put eight runs up on the board, paced by 5 RBI (including a 3-run HR) from Seth Bynum, and was enough to give the Chiefs the win. The team got both stellar relief pitching (4 innings of shutout baseball), and the key hit when it mattered (3-for-6 with RISP).

Roger Bernadina was out of the lineup due a family issue and is expected out for a few games. Matt Chico appeared in relief while Josh Wilkie appeared in the ninth for the rulebook save. Chris Marrero went 0-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

Harrisburg 5 Bowie 0
∙ Meyers (W, 1-0) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 9K
∙ Rodriguez 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 3K
∙ Moore 2-4, R, 2RBI
∙ Lombardozzi 0-2, 2R, 2BB

Pitching was the story last night, as Brad Meyers tossed five shutout innings, allowing only five hits and striking out nine. The bullpen, including Henry Rodriguez, Pat McCoy and Ryan Mattheus followed suit with four more goose eggs, one hit allowed and six more strikeout. No Harrisburg pitcher issued a walk. The Baysox moundsmen could not say the same, walking eight batters. Moore and Lombardozzi were the key hitters of the game, collectively batting 2-6, while scoring 3 runs from 2 walks and collecting 2 RBI.

Derek Norris went 0-for-2 with a walk, a stolen base, and a run scored. The OF was a veteran contingent of Jesus Valdez, Jonathan Tucker, and Buck Coats.

Hagerstown 3 Rome 2
∙ Selik (ND) 5IP 4H 0R 0BB 4K
∙ Graham (SV, 1) 2IP 0H 0R 0BB 1K
∙ Harper 2-4, SB, CS, RBI
∙ Oduber 1-3, 2R, BB, SB

Bryce Harper wasted no time in making his presence felt, driving in Randolph Oduber in the top of the 1st after the “Groovin Aruban” had drawn a walk and stolen second. Former reliever Cameron Selik got the start blanked the Rome nine for five frames and left with a 2-0 lead. Former starter Taylor Jordan was touched for two runs in the 6th to tie the game. Wade Moore walked, stole second, took third on an error and trotted home on a Jason Martinson single for what what proved to be the gamewinner in the top of the 7th. Ben Graham closed out the game with two innings of one-hit relief for the save.

Michael Taylor’s shift to the OF is now official, as he took CF, flanked by Oduber and Harper in LF and RF, respectively. David Freitas was the cleanup hitter and caught while Mills Rogers was the first baseman.

Catching Up On Transactions

Some more releases, plus a couple of Sens moves

The latest BA transactions report has been issued and here are the highlights, i.e. what we haven’t reported previously…

RELEASED
RHP Adrian Alaniz (Harrisburg)
C Lou Santangelo (MLFA signed in offseason)
2B Alex Cintron (Syracuse)
3B Dan Lyons (Hagerstown/Potomac)
OF Robby Jacobsen (Potomac/Harrisburg)

PLACED ON THE DL
SS Matt Antonelli (Harrisburg)

ON REHAB
RHP Henry Rodriguez (Harrisburg)

Opening Day!

Three of the four full-season affiliates start up today

Three of the four full-season affiliates start up today, with the Syracuse Chiefs visiting Buffalo this afternoon, the Harrisburg Senators hosting the Bowie Baysox tonight, and the Hagerstown Suns visiting the Rome Braves tonight.

Team Today’s Game Pitching Matchup (’10/level stats)
Syracuse Chiefs @ Buffalo, 3:05 p.m. Yunesky Maya (1-1, 0.87) vs. Dillon Gee (13-8, 4.96)
Harrisburg Senators vs. Bowie 7:05 p.m. Brad Meyers (1-0, 1.47) vs. Chorye Spoone (7-6, 4.02)
Hagerstown Suns @ Rome, 7:05 p.m. Cameron Selik (1-0, 2.54) vs. TBD

As we proceed through the first five or so games, pay attention to how these pitchers line up because it’s not necessarily that so and so is the team ace, it’s how Washington wants the starters to align when the promotions start, give or take a slot. Yunesky Maya and Ross Detwiler are the first two Chiefs starters while Brad Meyers and Ryan Tatusko are the first two Sens and Danny Rosenbaum and Trevor Holder are the first two P-Nats.

Cameron Selik gets the opening-night nod for the Hagerstown, making his first professional start after 15 relief appearances last summer in Vermont. No word yet on who the Suns’ #2 will be just yet.

As aforementioned, Rosenbaum will get the ball tomorrow night, weather permitting, as the Potomac Nationals mount their 2010 Mills Cup title defense against the Lynchburg Hillcats, a team that’s expected to be a force in the Northern Division with eight BA Top-30 prospects from the Atlanta organization (Myrtle Beach switched affiliation to Texas, thanks in no small part to having the same owner).

News & Notes starts back up tomorrow, so a shout-out in advance to our foreign correspondent, April Whitzman (a.k.a. @Alleycat17 on Twitter) who’ll be helping out for the second straight year.

BEAT-GUY ROUNDUP

While I hope folks come here first, I also want to help support the local media in each market with a few links…

Hagerstown Announces Its 2011 Roster

Fifteen watchlist players make up the 25-man roster, including you-know-who

The last of the full-season rosters has been announced (thanks again to our commenters for tipping me off).

It’s still another 10 days until the Suns’ home opener (and not uncoincidentally, single-game tickets don’t go on sale until that morning). If I’m able to go, we’ll have a “Last Night in Hagerstown” next weekend. But fret not, we’ve got some eyes out there if I can’t.

Without further ado…

PITCHERS
Paul Applebee
Sam Brown
Wilson Eusebio
Matt Grace
Ben Graham
Bobby Hansen
Chad Jenkins
Taylor Jordan
Christopher Manno
Shane McCatty
Christopher McKenzie
Cameron Selik
Matt Swynenberg

CATCHERS
David Freitas
Cole Leonida
Sam Palace (On disabled list)

INFIELDERS
Blake Kelso
Jason Martinson
Brett Newsome
Sean Nicol
Mills Rogers
Adrian Sanchez

OUTFIELDERS
Bryce Harper
Wade Moore
Randolph Oduber
Michael Taylor

Led by some Bryce Harper kid, there are 15 of our watchlist players — not as “loaded” as Potomac seems, but in a trend that started last year, younger and closer to the ideal age for the league.

Almost the entire Vermont rotation, the one that faded badly last August, made the jump. But joining them from the GCL are Matt Grace and Christopher Manno (can the minions get a holla? OK, sorry. That sounded more on the Cape than outta Compton) so who will start and who will relieve will be a much bigger question than in Potomac.

Who’s missing? Justin Bloxom, J.R. Higley, Dean Weaver and Evan Bronson are the most notable over-22 names that we might have expected back. Now the question is who’s hurt or who’s been released. As of this writing, at roughly 8:15 p.m., neither the Hagerstown roster nor the Auburn roster on MiLB.com has been updated, so like last week, we await the transactions news to find out the answers.

We’re now less than 72 hours from the “other” Opening Day

Potomac Announces Its 2011 Roster

Twenty of our watchlist players, including several BA-ranked prospects, make up the 25-man squad

As folks have noted in the comments, the Potomac roster has been released to the (mainstream) media.

For the newbies, this is home base for me (disclosure: I’m a season ticket holder, and have been since 2006) so when the P-Nats are home, I’ll do a gamer entitled “Last Night In Woodbridge” and let you know what I saw and/or am seeing. Though I mostly play it straight, I’ve been known to go off on a tangent or sometimes try a new angle.

This I offer in advance even if my tagline above or my bio below ought to explain it. My favorites are pretty easy to spot and I’ve been influenced to go a little easier on the players when they’re struggling, but I’m sure it can happen again. This is a blog, after all.

Without further ado…

PITCHERS
Alex Caldera
Mitchell Clegg
Ryan Demmin
Paul Demny
Marcos Frias
Trevor Holder
Pat Lehman
Carlos Martinez
Kyle Morrison
Adam Olbrychowski
Danny Rosenbaum
Josh Smoker
Rob Wort

CATCHERS
Brian Peacock
Sandy Leon

INFIELDERS
Cutter Dykstra
Rick Hague
Stephen King
Jeff Kobernus
Francisco Soriano
Steven Souza

OUTFIELDERS
Chris Curran
Destin Hood
Eury Perez
J.P. Ramirez

This is the inverse of what I’m used to. Usually, Potomac opens with just two or three guys 22 or younger and nine or ten guys 25 or older. This year, just three guys are 25 or older and twelve are 22 or younger. And while not all of our watchlist players are full-fledged prospects, there are still 19 20 of them here. Seven guys from the BA Top 30 and John Sickels’s book are here.

The biggest surprises we already knew: Rosenbaum and Holder are back, and are likely the first two in the rotation. The other three are going to be the tough to guess, with five guys that have mostly been starters. Josh Smoker and Rob Wort have both been late-inning guys, but one has to think that Demmin making the jump from Vermont has to mean he’s in the running to finish games, too.

Most of the other surprises are mild or have ready explanations (e.g. Sammy Solis is nursing a groin injury, per Adam Kilgore). Justin Bloxom is not here, which means that either someone’s been converted (Souza, King, Ramirez) or we’re likely to see a carousel at both first base and DH in order to balance offense and defense.

In any case, this may be the best roster on paper we’ve ever seen in Potomac. Like all teams in baseball, the question will be whether or not the pitching will be there, particularly in the second half. Opening Day is this Friday against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Syracuse Announces Its 2011 Roster

The second of the four full-season affiliate roster has been released

With a H/T to frequent commenter Peric, it appears that the Syracuse Chiefs roster has been announced. Without further ado…

PITCHERS
Collin Balester
Adam Carr
Matt Chico
Ross Detwiler
Lee Hyde
Cole Kimball
J.D. Martin
Yunesky Maya
Tom Milone
Garrett Mock
Craig Stammen
Josh Wilkie

CATCHERS
Jesus Flores
Carlos Maldonado
Jhonatan Solano

INFIELDERS
Michael Aubrey
Brian Bixler
Seth Bynum
Chris Marrero
Chris McConnell
Alex Valdez

OUTFIELDERS
Roger Bernadina
Corey Brown
Jeff Frazier
Boomer Whiting

Some notably absent names… Shairon Martis, Atahualpa Severino, Alex Cintron, and Oliver Perez. We’re still waiting for sources from both within and without the organization to inform us on releases and, of course, the last two full-season rosters. But it’s possible that three of these four have been released.

Local beat writer Tom Leo is predicting a rotation of Detwiler, Martin, Maya, Milone and Mock, with Kimball as the closer out of the bullpen. That’s plausible, with perhaps Matt Chico taking the place of either Martin or Mock, should either get traded.

As referenced yesterday, this is not the Opening Day roster and the presence of three catchers as well as just four outfielders is a bit of a giveaway that more moves are coming. As folks have noted in the comments, these past two rosters are evidence that while the lower minors appear to be getting younger, the upper minors still aren’t. Of the bolded watchlist players, only Chris Marrero and Tom Milone are under the age of 25.

Harrisburg Announces Its 2011 Roster

Our first peek at a 2011 roster…

The Harrisburg Senators and Washington Nationals have released the preliminary 25-man roster for the 2011 season, which features 16 returnees and 20 players that played for the organization in 2010.

Derek Norris, Tyler Moore, Patrick McCoy, Bill Rhinehart and Jimmy Barthmaier join the team from the 2010 Carolina League Champions in Potomac while offseason acquisitions Matt Antonelli, Erik Davis, Buck Coats, Jon Turner and Archie Gilbert help round out the roster.

Breaking it down by position (watchlist players are in bold)…

PITCHERS
Luis Atilano
Erik Arnesen
Jimmy Barthmaier
Erik Davis
Jeff Mandel
Ryan Mattheus
Brad Meyers
Pat McCoy
Brad Peacock
Hassan Pena
Ryan Tatusko
Cory VanAllen

CATCHERS
Devin Ivany
Derek Norris

INFIELDERS
Matt Antonelli
Adam Fox
Josh Johnson
Steve Lombardozzi
Tyler Moore
Tim Pahuta

OUTFIELDERS
Buck Coats
Archie Gilbert
Bill Rhinehart
Jon Tucker
Jesus Valdez

As previously reported, Harrisburg opens the season a week from today against Bowie, with an exhibition on Tuesday against the Hagerstown Suns in Hagerstown. As the press release states, the roster is subject to change. Folks interested in learning the numbers associated with the players shold check back with the Harrisburg website on Monday.

So Long, Boys…

Releases are now hitting “the wires”

News of some releases are starting to trickle out. Before folks pile on in the comments, just remember that for some of these young men, it’s the end of the road. Others will hope to hook on with another organization in the minors. A few will try to make a go of it in the indys. And all will be trying to figure out what’s the next chapter in the lives, baseball or otherwise.

I expect some more to show up as MiLB.com and Baseball America releases its weekly transaction post. And I’ll append accordingly.

RELEASED

  • RHP Joe Bisenius
  • RHP Tim Wood
  • OF Jonathan Van Every
  • RHP Michael Allen (Rule 5 pickup)
  • RHP Shane Erb (Hagerstown)
  • RHP Robinson Fabian (Potomac)
  • RHP Justin Phillabaum (Potomac)
  • LHP Clayton Dill (Potomac)
  • LHP Austin Garrett (Vermont)
  • LHP Nick Serino (GCL)
  • LHP Jack Spradlin (Harrisburg/Syracuse)
  • 1B Ronnie Labrie (Vermont)
  • 3B Jack Walker (Vermont)

Watching The Wires

ST coverage is over, now we wait for minors news

As mentioned in yesterday’s post, our Spring Training coverage has ended and now we’re watching the wires, hoping for some transaction news to help us divine who’s going and where. I’ve reached out to each of the full-season affiliates and again to the folks in DC and have had some feedback (and some success) already.

In the next couple of days, we should start getting some information. As we saw yesterday, the parent club’s 25-man roster has been set and with only Danny Espinosa, Wilson Ramos and Brian Broderick making the cut, the Syracuse roster is going to be laden with “veterans,” creating a ripple effect — we may only see a handful of guys from Harrisburg getting the bump, for example, and (as usual) the Potomac roster is likely to have more carryover than we’d prefer.

Of course, as we mentioned last week with Oliver Perez, that means that some guys are going to get cut that might not have otherwise. I can understand the “no tears for these guys that have had their chances,” but lost on the folks that espouse that view is that some younger guys are going to have to wait longer for theirs.

As always, keep an eye on the site, put us in your RSS feed, or follow us on Twitter. It’s now a waiting game for the minors to start up.