Nats minor league report-5/17

Nats minor league report-5/17
May 17, 2013, 12:30 pm
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Syracuse Chiefs – 15-25 (last in Int’l League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

First baseman Chris Marrero is putting together a fine season for Syracuse with eight home runs and 27 RBI to go along with a .289 batting average. He has hits in his last seven games and six RBI during that stretch.

Pitcher of the Week

Lefty reliever Fernando Abad has yet to allow an earned run through six appearances in the month of May. He has shown versatility, pitching as much as 2 1/3 innings in relief for Syracuse and has a team-best 1.17 ERA this season. His 1.04 WHIP through 15 1/3 innings also stands out.

Notes

*RHP Erik Davis has also been tremendous out of the bullpen. He his right behind Abad with a 1.42 ERA across 19 innings pitched with four saves on the year.

*Zach Walters leads the Chiefs with nine homers on the season, but can’t keep his batting average up. He is batting just .230 with 41 strikeouts, most on the team.

Harrisburg Senators – 18-22 (Last in Eastern League West)

Offensive Player of the Week

Anthony Rendon was sent back down to the minors recently after a short stint with the big league club, and he must have picked up a few things. He now looks far above the competition in Double-A, batting .432 over his last ten games with three homers and ten RBI. In 26 games this season with the Senators he holds a .348 average and a 1.103 OPS. He also has 23 walks to offset 19 strikeouts.

Pitcher of the Week

22-year-old Ian Krol has been mentioned several times in this space and he keeps getting even better. The Senators’ reliever has the best ERA on the team at 0.93 and has allowed just one earned run in his last ten appearances, has a .167 opponent’s batting average, and 22 strikeouts in 19 1/3 total innings pitched.

Notes

*Outfielder Destin Hood has really fallen off the map after showing promise two years ago with Potomac. He is hitting just .234 on the year with a .587 OPS and has yet to hit a home run.

*After dominating in the Carolina League (2-1, 1.24 ERA), right-hander Taylor Jordan was called up to pitch on May 12. He went four innings against Binghamton, allowing no runs on four hits.

Potomac Nationals – 22-18 (2nd in Carolina League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

First baseman Justin Miller has provided quite the offensive spark for the Senators as of late, batting .394 over his last ten games with two home runs. Through 16 games this year he is hitting .333 after recording hits in nine of his last ten outings.

Pitcher of the Week

23-year-old right-hander Blake Schwartz has made four starts with the P-Nats since being promoted from Hagerstown in late April. He has been even better at high Single-A with a 0.82 ERA through 22 innings, allowing zero homers so far with a .133 opponent’s batting average.

Notes

*A.J. Cole had been going strong for several weeks, but had another hiccup on May 15 with six earned runs through five innings against Wilmington. He has a 4.50 ERA in 42 total innings this year with Potomac.

*Potomac has a 3.60 team ERA this season which ranks second in the Carolina League.

Hagerstown Suns – 23-14 (1st in South Atlantic League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

Outfielder Brandon Miller now leads the Suns in home runs with eight total after hitting four in his last ten games. He also ranks third on the squad with 19 RBI. He does, however, also have a team-worst 48 strikeouts.

Pitcher of the Week

22-year-old Pedro Encarnacion may be a name to watch as he is just carving up Single-A lineups. After posting a 2.60 ERA through April, he has been even better with a  0.56 mark in May. On the season he now holds a 1.62 ERA through 33 1/3 innings, allowing just one home run.

Notes

*2011 ninth round pick Dixon Anderson has been the leader of the Suns staff with a 2.43 ERA through a team-high 40 2/3 innings pitched. He has 39 strikeouts and a .196 BAA to complement.

*In line with what Potomac is doing, Hagerstown has the second best team ERA in their respective league at 3.11.