Nats Minor League Report-4/26

Nats Minor League Report-4/26
April 26, 2013, 12:15 pm
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Syracuse Chiefs - (8-12, 5th in Int’l League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

The Nats may have questions at second base on their major league team, but there is no denying the organizational depth at the position. 24-year-old Jeff Kobernus is proving that notion with a .411/.457/.521 split through his first 19 games. The 2009 second round pick has 14 hits in his last ten games with at least two in four of his last seven. He leads the Chiefs in both runs (16) and stolen bases (8), ranking second in the International League in both categories.

Pitcher of the Week

Lefty J.C. Romero took the loss on Thursday after allowing the go-ahead run to Rochester, but his season so far can’t be overlooked. The 36-year-old has one earned run through nine relief appearances, posting a 0.93 and 14 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings pitched. Romero’s progress is a good sign for the Nats any way you look at it as he could be the next man up to help Washington’s bullpen.

Notes

*Erik Davis is also standing out in the Chiefs’ bullpen with a 1.13 ERA and a save through seven relief appearances. He has ten strikeouts in eight innings and a 0.630 WHIP.

*Chris Marrero is finding his power stroke with nine RBI in his last eight games. He is also hitting .317/.380/.667 after 63 at-bats.

*Danny Rosenbaum took the loss on April 21 after giving up two earned in 5 2/3 innings, but remains solid overall with a 1.62 ERA this season.


Harrisburg Senators
- (9-11, 5th in Eastern League Western)

Offensive Player of the Week

Center fielder Brian Goodwin has heated up as of late, batting .342 with 13 hits over his last ten games. He leads Harrisburg in runs (15), total bases (39), stolen bases (5), and ranks second in walks (9). The former first round pick also has two home runs in his last four games, showing the power he displayed late last season. 

Pitcher of the Week

Karns earned Eastern League Pitcher of the Week honors after striking out 13 batters and allowing just two hits through seven innings vs. Altoona. He now has 24 Ks in 15 2/3 innings pitched despite a 4.60 ERA on the season.  Karns has now put in two solid starts since his forgettable season debut and looks back on the right track as the leader of the Senators’ staff.

Notes

*Outfielder Destin Hood is still having trouble this season with just five hits in his last ten games. He is hitting .211/.300/.282 on the year and has 19 strikeouts in 20 games.

*25-year-old right-hander Caleb Clay has put in three consecutive quality starts and now sits 2-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 18 strikeouts in 23 1/3 innings pitched.


Potomac Nationals
- (9-11, 3rd in Carolina League Northern)

Offensive Player of the Week

2010 fifth round pick Jason Martinson has become the star of the P-Nats lineup, leading the team in homers (5) and RBI (15) after 20 games. Over his last ten he is batting .324 with 11 hits and eight walks. On the season he holds a .306/.427/.583 slash with a  1.010 OPS.

Pitcher(s) of the Week

This week it’s hard to pick a favorite when Potomac has three young starting pitchers playing so well. Taylor Jordan, Taylor Hill, and Robbie Ray – all 24 or younger – each hold sub-2.00 ERAs with four starts apiece. Hill leads the staff in wins (3), Ray is tops in strikeouts (26), and Jordan has the best ERA (1.48) of the rotation.

Notes

*Slugger Kevin Keyes is having a rough time so far with a .175 average and 26 strikeouts through his first 19 games, but he did do this. 

*Starter A.J. Cole is not having as good a month as his counterparts are with a 4.95 ERA through his first four outings. He has allowed four earned runs in two of those games and failed to get past the third inning in his most recent start after surrendering seven hits and two earned runs.


Hagerstown Suns
- (11-10, 4th in Atlantic League Southern)

Offensive Player of the Week

The Suns don’t have a lot of good to report on when it comes to their performance at the plate, but 2012 second round pick Tony Renda has continued his strong start to the season. He has seven runs in his last ten games and leads the Suns in the category with 13 overall. He also tops the club in doubles (7), stolen bases (7), and places second in RBI (12).

Pitcher of the Week

Hagerstown has seem a nice start for most of their starting pitchers and perhaps no one has been better than Dixon Anderson. Picked in the ninth round in the 2011 draft, Anderson put in another solid start on April 20. He gave up just one earned run in 4 1/3 innings and now sits with a 2.86 ERA after four starts. He has 22 strikeouts in 22 innings and a .193 opponent’s batting average.

Notes

*23-year-old first baseman Mike McQuillan has been a bright spot in the Suns’ lineup with 12 runs and seven stolen bases through his first 20 games. His .257 average isn’t great, but he is getting on base at a .402 clip.

*Right-hander Blake Schwartz, taken in the 17th round last season, has given up only two earned runs through his first 20 1/3 innings this season. He made his first four appearances with Hagerstown before heading to Potomac where he put in a six-inning start with three hits and no runs allowed.