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

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. 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. 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. 2, 2016

Glendale rallied from an early 5-0 deficit with three in the 3rd, three in the 6th, and a pair in the 9th for an 8-7 walkoff win over Scottsdale.

Andrew Stevenson and Osvaldo Abreu were both in the starting lineup while Fall Star (ugh) Ryan Brinley and Nick Lee made appearances in relief.

Stevenson played RF, where he made on putout, and went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He also stole his fifth base for the Desert Dogs.

Abreu played shortstop and struck three times while going 0-for-4. He committed his third error of the fall and made six assists.

Lee let in the baserunner that got on courtesy of Abreu’s miscue in the 6th and got just one out in the 7th before giving way to Brinley with the bases loaded. Brinley rolled a double play to get out of the 7th but was touched for a run in the 8th on a walk and two hits.

The AFL West cellar-dweller Desert Dogs visit the AFL East-leading Solar Sox this afternoon. Austin Voth is scheduled to pitch tomorrow.

AFL Update: Nov. 1, 2016

drew-ward-afl-11-1-16The Desert Dogs outhit the Saguaros 9-6, but couldn’t push any of their baserunners across in a 2-0 loss.

Drew Ward (pictured) and Andrew Stevenson were the only two Nationals to appear in the game.

Ward, who batted fifth and played 3B, was 1-for-4 with a strikeout and grounded into a double play. In the field, he had one assist.

Stevenson led off, played CF, and singled once in five trips to the plate. He fielded six balls and made one putout.

Glendale, which saw its tragic number reduced to nine with loss no. 12 in 18 games, returns home to host Scottsdale.

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Rosters for the Fall Stars game were announced yesterday for this Saturday’s showcase event. Drew Ward and Ryan Brinley were both named to the West Division team. Tim Tebow, despite his .147/.194/.176 line in 10 games, somehow did not make the East Division team. The game will be televised on the MLB Network at 8 p.m. (Oh, THAT’S why…)

AFL Update: Oct. 28, 2016

osvaldo-abreu-10-28-16Glendale rallied for three in the bottom of the 7th to take a 7-5 lead but the ‘pen gave away five unanswered runs for a 10-7 loss to Mesa.

Two position players and two relievers saw game action:

  • Drew Ward batted second and played 3B, going 1-for-5 with a run and an RBI.
  • Osvaldo Abreu (pictured) singled twice and struck out twice in four AB’s, scoring once. He batted seventh and played SS.
  • Nick Lee was knocked around for two runs on four hits and a walk over an inning and a 1/3rd and was charged with a blown save.
  • Ryan Brinley’s streak of perfection ended at 17 batters as he was lit up for three runs (two earned) on four hits in the 9th after getting the final two batters of the 8th. He was charged with the loss.

The Desert Dogs stay at home this afternoon to host the Rafters. Austin Voth is slated to start for Glendale.

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UPDATE: District on Deck has a season review of the Hagerstown Suns, featuring an interview with manager Patrick Anderson. Check it out.

AFL Update: Oct. 26, 2016

jake-johansen-10-25-16The Desert Dogs couldn’t make it two in a row as they were shut out by the Saguaros, 4-0.

It was another busy day for the Nats, as four players saw game action.

Drew Ward hit safely for the ninth time with a 5th-inning single as part of a 1-for-4 afternoon with a whiff. In the field, he had a putout and two assists and no errors.

Andrew Stevenson started again in left field and got the first of Glendale’s four (4) hits with a two-out single in the 3rd. He stole second for his third swiped bag of the fall. Defensively, he made just one putout.

Jake Johansen (pictured) turned in his third straight scoreless outing, stranding a single in his first inning and denying a double in his second inning of work to lower his fall ERA to 1.17 in seven and 2/3rds innings total.

Ryan Brinley spun another 1-2-3 frame to remain perfect (0.00 ERA, 0H, 0BB) in five innings over four appearances. He threw eleven pitches, eight for strikes.

AFL West cellar dweller Glendale visits AFL East-leading Salt River this afternoon.

AFL Update: Oct. 18, 2016

austin-voth-10-17-16The Desert Dogs got good pitching from the starter, the first man out of the ‘pen, and the last man out of the ‘pen.

In between? Not so much as Peoria overcame a 3-1 deficit with four runs in the final three innings to beat Glendale, 5-4.

Austin Voth (pictured) made his second start and was much more effective, giving up one run (albeit on a home run) on two hits and no walks over four innings. He struck out seven and threw 57 pitches, 39 for strikes.

Jake Johansen followed and tossed two scoreless innings with two hits allowed and no walks or whiffs. He threw 31 pitches, 19 for strikes.

Ryan Brinley was the last reliever to appear, coming on with two outs in the 9th with the bases loaded. He left ’em that way as he retired the only batter he faced with a grounder to Drew Ward, who tossed across the diamond for the third out and his fourth assist.

At the plate, Ward reached base twice with a leadoff walk in the 4th and an RBI single in the 6th. He also grounded out and struck out looking and committed an error in the top of the 9th. He was the only Nationals position player to appear in the game.

The loss drops the Desert Dogs to 2-4 on the season. The two teams will rematch and switch venues for a night game in Peoria.