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 – 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