Nats Minor League Report-4/18

Nats Minor League Report-4/18
April 18, 2013, 12:45 pm
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Syracuse Chiefs – 6-6 (4th in Intl. League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

First baseman Chris Marrero has come on strong as of late with a home run, three RBI, and three walks over the last week. He ranks second on the Chiefs through two weeks in homers (2), RBI (9), and walks (5). After a disappointing 2012, Marrero looks back to his usual self as before last season he was good for 15+ homers and a solid average.

Pitcher of the Week

Returned from the Rockies via the Rule 5 Draft, lefty Danny Rosenbaum may just be more comfortable as a member of the Nats’ organization. He has picked up right where he left off as a Nats prospect with two strong starts for the Chiefs. Through his first two games, Rosenbaum has allowed just one earned run in 11 innings pitched. He was an excellent minor league pitcher at the Nats’ lower level teams and could some day make an impact on the major league club.

Notes 

* Eury Perez was sent to the disabled list with a sprained wrist he injured diving for a pop-up on April 13
* J.C. Romero has yet to give up a run through five relief appearances. Catcher Jhonatan Solano said he is pitching very well and is a standout of the Chiefs’ staff.
* After beginning the year on a tear, Micah Owings is hitless in his last four games and has more strikeouts (7) than hits (5) in his last eight

Harrisburg Senators – 7-6 (1st in Eastern League Western)

Offensive Player of the Week

Infielder Anthony Rendon is having his way with Double-A pitchers. Through his last ten games, Rendon has 11 hits, ten walks, two home runs, and seven RBI. He went 4-for-4 on April 14 and now sits with a .311/.467/.533 slash on the season. If he stays healthy he will be knocking on the door at Triple-A, at the very least, quite soon.

Pitcher of the Week

Lefty Ian Krol, the PTBNL from the Michael Morse trade, has had a solid first few weeks as a part of the Nats’ farm system. Through five relief appearances he has allowed just one earned run and six hits in seven innings of work.

Notes

* Matt Skole’s initial diagnosis of a microfracture in his left wrist has since been upgraded quite a bit. Skole will in addition now need Tommy John surgery to repair the UCL in his non-throwing arm, a procedure that will sideline him for most of this year.
* Steven Souza, Jr. was also sent to the DL, his injury dealing with the shoulder. He was leading the team with a .370 average, we’ll see how he progresses.

Hagerstown Suns – 8-6 (3rd in South Atlantic League Northern)

Offensive Player of the Week

A second round pick last year out of the University of California, Tony Renda is displaying a knack for making contact at Hagerstown. He has nine hits in his last seven games and has hit at least two in three of his last four. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds he doesn’t hit for a lot of power, but he leads the Suns in stolen bases (5) and runs (8).

Pitcher of the Week

2012 third round pick Brett Mooneyham has already made three starts this season and holds a 0.63 ERA so far. He has allowed just one earned run in 14 1/3 innings despite walking nine batters and striking out only six during that stretch. Batters are making contact, but still struggling with a .089 opponent’s batting average.

Notes

* 24-year-old Brian Dupra isn’t far behind Mooneyham with a 0.73 ERA through three starts. The Notre Dame product has 12 hits through 12 1/3 innings but just one walk.
* Bryce Harper’s older brother Bryan is off to a nice start with a 1.59 ERA through five relief appearances. 

Potomac Nationals – 6-6 (last in Carolina League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

23-year-old Cutter Dykstra has had a nice few weeks with the P-Nats, recording 15 hits over his last ten games. Over that stretch he had four multi-hit games with eight walks to complement. He currently leads the team with a .385 batting average.

Pitcher of the Week

Taylor Jordan gets the nod for a second week in a row after two terrific starts for Potomac. Through 19 innings this season he boasts a 0.95 ERA with only 13 hits and three walks allowed. His opponent’s batting average sits at .194 and he also has 15 strikeouts. Jordan was excellent in 2011 with a 2.48 ERA in the minors, but had over double that number in 2012. Perhaps he has regained his form.

Notes

* A.J. Cole was much better the second time around with just one earned run through six innings vs. Lynchburg on April 13. He has ten strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings this season.
*Power hitter Kevin Keyes is still searching after his first 11 games as he is yet to hit a home run and holds just a .184 average. He does have hits in five straight games so maybe he is close to breaking through.
* The P-Nats have quite the rotation shaping up overall. Jordan leads the way, but behind him are Robby Ray (1-1, 2.12 ERA, 17 IP), Taylor Hill (2-0, 2.25 ERA, 12 IP), and Cole. There could be a few future major league arms in there as all are 24 or younger.