Transaction Update

We interrupt your Boxing Day celebration to bring you another transaction update, courtesy of BA and MiLB:

RHP Gabriel Arias – Did not pitch in 2016. Unable to confirm whether he was in Dr. Andrew’s waiting room when the Nats were stopped by for their monthly meeting.

• Player-Coaches Devin Ivany & Andruth Ramirez – Presumably both will return to Harrisburg and Potomac, respectively.

C-1B Pat Leyland – As noted in the comments, the son of manager Jim Leyland, and continuing the Nats’ fetish for legacy picks. Also did not play in 2016, though he was signed and released by the Reds last spring.

RHP Mario Sanchez – The other cleat has dropped on the Jimmy Cordero trade with Philadelphia.

A Short-Lived Experiment: No More Mobile

It’s come to my attention that the “improvement” of having a mobile version of this website comes at a cost of making commenting difficult, if not impossible.

Perhaps it’s to my detriment in terms of advertising, but I’m not about to sacrifice community for pageviews.

As the pic suggests, I’ve shut it down. I know some folks liked it, but I’d rather beg for donations than take away the ability of folks to interact. My apologies for any inconvenience.

Notable Essays Added To The 2013 Watchlist

It’s back to work and back to school for most folks today, as the too-long-for-parents winter break is finally over. As the headline says, I’ve completed the essays for the Notable Arms and Notable Bats and will be working on the other portions of the list that can be done without the books by John Sickels and Baseball America.

This, of course, is a tough time for the minor-league baseball blogger fan. Beyond one more winter-league update and the next transactions post from BA, which could very well only contain the signings from last weekend, it’s a waiting game.

As always, I’ll do my best to keep the site fresh, even it means, um, well, a post like this. Happy New Year!

Catching Up On Transactions

Here’s a rundown of player movement from the past week or so.

Having been on vacation in Tennessee the past week, I’m still wading through the detritus of unattended e-mail and RSS feeds. Also lost in the shuffle, has been a whole bunch of transactions, the past week of which I’ll try to summarize for folks:


  • IF  Danny Espinosa called up to Washington, placed on 40-man roster
  • CA Wilson Ramos recalled to Washington
  • LHP Ross Detwiler reassigned from Potomac
  • RHP Collin Balester to be recalled to Washington after 10-day option period expires (September 4)
  • LHP Victor Garate demoted to Harrisburg
  • RHP Yunesky Maya promoted from Potomac
  • RHP Garrett Mock promoted from Harrisburg


  • Adrian Alaniz promoted from Potomac
  • LHP Chuck James placed on 7-day DL


  • Nick Moresi placed on 7-Day DL
  • Marcus Jones promoted from Hagerstown
  • Zach Dials demoted from Harrisburg


  • Sammy Solis assigned from Washington Nationals
  • Michael Taylor promoted from GCL
  • Randolph Oduber promoted from GCL


  • Robbie Ray assigned from Washington Nationals
  • A.J. Cole assigned from Washington Nationals
  • Kevin Cahill placed on Inactive List
  • Cameron Selik placed on 60-Day DL
  • Jack Walker transferred from 7-Day DL to 60-Day DL
  • Christian Meza promoted from GCL
  • Ryan Mattheus promoted from GCL
  • Billy Ott promoted from GCL

Nats Affiliates Playoff Chances, Redux

Another look at the playoff possibilities for the Nats affiliates

Early last week, we looked at the playoff chances for the seven Nationals affiliates. The underlying tone was who and when for promotions that would qualify players for the Arizona Fall League, an exercise that has taken on greater meaning with a front office that promotes deliberately and carefully. Just how (much more) would the Potomac roster be gutted altered to meet this goal was the primary question; who would be backfilled from Hagerstown would be the secondary question.

On Monday afternoon, Michael Burgess got the call providing part of the primary answer. On Monday night, a scan of the Potomac box score provided a little more… Derek Norris and Tyler Moore were staying put. Last night, the secondary answer came when minor-league free agent Jamar Walton was assigned to Potomac and played right field in the second game of a doubleheader. Like a middle child, Potomac would have to achieve without advantage or favor.

Now that the other shoe has dropped, here’s a quick revisit of where the affiliates stand as we enter the home stretch…

Trailing Louisville for the wild card by 4frac12; games going into last night’s game, the Chiefs needed to sweep to have much of a chance of making a run. They lost. Most of the drama will be who gets the callup in September.

The infusion of Mike Burgess and Steve Lombardozzi can only help one of the system’s more lackluster offenses, but the trend of falling behind early continues to put more pressure on the bullpen, as witnessed last night. Still only out by two games, but no games remain against the team they’re trying to catch (Bowie) and there’s still seven games against Eastern Division powerhouses Trenton and New Hampshire.

While not the narc-at-biker-rally beatings of years past, Potomac still has trouble winning in Kinston and has seen its lead dwindle to one in the past two days, thanks to three straight losses by one or two runs. They return home this weekend to play playoff-bound Winston-Salem, then Wilmington next week for three games. After that first-vs.-second showdown, the P-Nats take the road for eight games: three against first-half-winner Frederick and five against division-leading Salem. Meanwhile, after its series with Potomac, Wilmington goes to last-place Lynchburg for three then plays out the string with seven straight at home against Myrtle Beach and Frederick. It will basically come down to who’s the hotter team over the last 11 days of the season.

Three straight wins have pulled the Suns out of the cellar, but with an elimination number of just 10 with ~19 games left, the team needs to go 13-6 just to finish .500 overall for the year.

The Lake Monsters lead the division by one game, but have been playing below .500 ball for nearly six weeks. There’s still a series left against the second-place Connecticut Tigers, but no games left against third-place Tri-City, who could potentially pass both teams in the standings. Still time left, but pitching, which was a strength early on, has become a weakness.

Both teams have been eliminated. The DSL Nationals can still finish above .500 but the GCL Nationals are playing out the string and whatever pride they may perceive in not finishing last in their division.

Carr Promoted to Syracuse

Adam Carr is movin’ on up… and so is Brad Peacock

Sources have indicated to us that Adam Carr is on his way to Syracuse to help bolster the Chiefs bullpen while Colin Balester remains with the parent club. Carr has a 6-1 mark with five saves a 3.04 ERA this season with Harrisburg with 48 strikeouts in 50⅓ innings. He was also named to the 2010 Eastern League All-Star game, in which he struck out the only batter he faced.

Carr was an 18th-round draft pick out of the University of Oklahoma Oklahoma State in the June 2006 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career record of 19-17 with 35 saves and a 4.44 ERA, as well as a .288BA with 3HRs in 71PAs (most at the GCL in ’06).

UPDATE: Per NFA, Brad Peacock and Josh Johnson have been sent up to Harrisburg, with Francisco “Watch Out Behind First Base” Soriano coming up from Hagerstown and Jimmy Barthmaier coming up from the GCL.

UPDATE #2: Replacing Soriano on the Hagerstown roster is Rick Hague, who will bat second as the DH in game one of today’s doubleheader, according to the Suns twitter feed