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)

AFL Update: Nov. 18, 2016

andrew-stevenson-11-18-16Alas, the Desert Dogs’ three-game win streak—capped by a 3-1 win over the Javelinas—to close out the 2016 AFL campaign wasn’t enough to get them to the title game, but did secure a winning record at 17-15.

Five Nationals appeared in the season finale: two of the three position players and all three relievers.

Andrew Stevenson (pictured) led off and played CF yet again. He reached base twice with a single and a walk while going 1-for-3 with a strikeout. Defensively, he collected five putouts and fielded eight balls total.

Drew Ward followed Stevenson in the lineup and matched his boxscore line (1-for-3, BB, K). In the field, he had four assists while playing 3B.

Jake Johansen stranded two baserunners in the 6th with a strikeout to end the inning then put on two runners in the 7th before getting two out. His line – 1IP, 1H, 0R, BB, K

Nick Lee kept ’em on by inducing a flyout to finish the 7th, then got the leadoff man in the 8th for a line of ⅔IP, 0H, 0R, BB, 0K

Ryan Brinley completed the Nats reliever sequence with a flyout and strikeout to finish the 8th and a ⅓ IP, 0H, 0R, BB, K line.

It was the fourth, third, and first holds respectively for Johansen, Lee, and Brinley.

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Sad-SpicklesWith the completion of the AFL schedule, the 2016 minor-league season (the seventh this site has covered) is in the books. A shoutout to Lee Magenheim, our photographer in Arizona, who’s provided the AFL pictures for the past FIVE seasons.

AFL Update: Nov. 17, 2016

img_0067Glendale scored in each of the first four innings en route to a 10-0 shutout of Mesa. Combined with a loss by the Saguaros, the Desert Dogs remain alive in the hunt for the AFL West title.

All three Nats position players saw game action again:

  • Andrew Stevenson led off and played left field, reaching base three times with two walks and a single, and scoring three runs. He also stole two bases.
  • Drew Ward (pictured) got the start at first base and drove in two, going 1-for-5 with a walk and two RBI.
  • Osvaldo Abreu handled shortstop on defense and singled and doubled in a 2-for-5 effort that pushed his fall average to .267.

The AFL regular season concludes today. Glendale must win and Surprise must lose for the Desert Dogs to play in Saturday’s AFL Title game.

AFL Update: Nov. 15, 2016

img_0058Mesa broke open a 1-1 game with a four-spot in the 3rd and poured it on with multiple big innings in a 13-5 romp over Glendale.

Two Nationals appeared in yesterday’s game.

Andrew Stevenson (pictured) remains red-hot as he reached base four times with a walk, two singles, and a triple while batting leadoff and playing centerfield. He had two putouts on defense and fielded five balls total.

Drew Ward started at 3B and batted sixth. He walked twice and scored a run while going 0-for-3.

The loss lowered the Desert Dogs’ elimination number to one. They visit the first-place Saguaros this afternoon, with Austin Voth scheduled to make his final start.

AFL Update: Nov. 13, 2016

ryan-brinley-11-13-16Glendale twice rallied back from one-run deficits to edge Scottsdale, 4-3.

Drew Ward was the Desert Dogs’ designated hitter and batted third. He went 1-for-4 with a double, his sixth of the fall season.

Two Nationals relievers saw game action. Jake Johansen dispatched the final two batters of the 8th inning to earn his third hold while Ryan Brinley (pictured) garnered the save with a 1-2-3, six-pitch 9th to notch his first save for Glendale.

The Desert Dogs remain 1½ games behind Surprise with four games left to play. Glendale hosts Mesa tomorrow, then hit the road for games against Surprise, Mesa, and Peoria.

Tomorrow morning I go under the knife to fix what put me out of action in late August. Should be out of the hospital by the end of the week, but have no idea when I’ll be next be able to post. It’ll depend on the painkillers 😉

AFL Update: Nov. 11, 2016

ryan-brinley-11-11-16Glendale fell behind 3-0 after the first three outs and couldn’t catch Surprise as they lost another one, 3-1.

Andrew Stevenson and Drew Ward were tablesetters in the Desert Dog lineup, playing LF and 3B respectively. Stevenson went 1-for-4 at the plate with two strikeouts and had four putouts on defense. Ward was 1-for-3 with four assists and no errors.

Ryan Brinley (pictured) tossed a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two groundouts and a strikeout on just nine pitches, seven for strikes.

The loss lowered the Desert Dogs’ tragic number to four games with six games remaining in the fall campaign, but just one vs. the first-place Javelinas (next Thursday). Glendale visits Scottsdale tonight before switching venues tomorrow afternoon.

AFL Update: Nov. 9, 2016

drew-ward-11-9-16The Desert Dogs took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the 1st only to see it vanish in the bottom half of the inning as the Scorpions stung them for 10 runs before an out was made in a 13-3 smackdown yesterday afternoon.

Drew Ward (pictured) doubled and scored the third Glendale run in the 8th. He finished the game at 1-for-4 with a strikeout and an assist on defense.

Andrew Stevenson lost his hit streak but extended his on-base streak to ten games with a walk as he went 0-for-4. He also stole two bases.

Jake Johansen came on in the 1st with the bases loaded and nobody out and let in all three runs and two of his own before getting three outs. He pitched a scoreless 2nd to finish with a line of two runs allowed on four hits and a walk and strikeout over two innings.

Glendale visits Salt River this afternoon with Austin Voth slated to make the start. The Desert Dogs remain 1½ games behind the Javelinas in the AFL West, but their elimination number was lowered to six.

AFL Update: Nov. 6, 2016

ryan-brinley-11-6-16The AFL West put up four-spots in back-to-back innings as they cruised to a 12-4 win the 2016 Fall Stars Game.

Both Nationals representatives appeared in the game. Drew Ward started at 3B for the AFL West and batted cleanup while Ryan Brinley (pictured) appeared in the 9th.

Ward got the scoring with an RBI single in the 3rd and went 1-for-5 with a run scored for the game. He had one putout and one assist on defense.

Brinley gave up a home run to the first batter he faced, then walked the second batter before he was lifted for another reliever. He threw nine pitches, but just three were strikes.

The AFL resumes play tomorrow with the Desert Dogs rematching against the Javelinas. Glendale is on a four-game win streak while Peoria has dropped its last two. Two and a half games now separate the two teams as they enter the last full week of play.

AFL Update: Nov. 4, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-11-4-16It’s now a winning streak as Glendale took its third straight, 2-1 over Scottsdale, yesterday afternoon.

Austin Voth turned in a more Voth-like outing — 5IP, 3H, 0R, 2BB, 2K — to win for the frst time in five fall starts. He threw 65 pitches, 37 for strikes.

All three Nats position players got the start in their usual defensive positions.

Andrew Stevenson led off and went 1-for-3 with a walk and had one putout in center.

Drew Ward batted second and was hitless for the first time this fall. He combined with Voth on a 1-5 DP in the 3rd and started a 5-4-3 DP in the 6th.

Osvaldo Abreu singled twice and scored a run while batting from the No. 7 slot in the lineup. He also took park in double play (there were four total) taking a relay from left field to gun down a runner at the plate.

Jake Johansen also appeared in the game, retiring the only batter he faced to get the last out in the 7th.

The last-place Desert Dogs finish the shortened week with a trip to Peoria this afternoon to visit the first-place Javelinas.

AFL Update: Nov. 3, 2016

drew-ward-afl-11-3-16The Desert Dogs put up five in the 5th to dig out of an early 1-0 hole then held off the Solar Sox for a 7-4 victory, their second in a row. Sources tell us that if they win today, it will be known as a winning streak.

Drew Ward was the sole National to play in the game. He extended his hit streak to 13 with an opposite-field double in the 7th and was 1-for-5 with two runs scored at the plate.

In the field, Ward fielded two popups and two ground balls while playing third base.

Glendale returns home this afternoon to host Scottsdale, with Austin Voth scheduled to start.