Nats Minor League Report-5/3

Nats Minor League Report-5/3
May 3, 2013, 12:00 pm
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Syracuse Chiefs – 9-16 (Last in Int’l League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

First baseman Chris Marrero continues to rake with multi-hit games in five of his last seven outings. He ranks second in the International League in home runs (6) and fourth in RBI (20). The Chiefs’ cleanup hitter, Marrero leads the team in both categories and is third in runs with 11 on the season. He also ranks second with a .354 average this year with a team-leading OPS of 1.048. 

Pitcher(s) of the Week

The Chiefs have three relief pitchers in the middle of solid seasons at the Triple-A affiliate. Lefties J.C. Romero and Fernando Abad, plus right-hander Erik Davis have given Syracuse a trio of reliable options out of the bullpen. Romero has a 0.82 ERA through ten appearances with 14 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched. Abad holds a 1.93 ERA through ten games and Davis is even better with a 1.64 mark and two saves.

Notes

*Chris Young had another rough outing after his unfortunate debut, giving up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings to Durham. Through two appearances, ten total innings, Davis has a 9.00 ERA with ten earned runs, 17 hits, and five walks. Opponents are hitting .395 off of him.
*Starter Ross Ohlendorf is also having trouble this season with 17 earned runs through six games (5.46 ERA). The only starting pitcher on the Chiefs having a good year is lefty Danny Rosenbaum (2-1, 1.14 ERA).

Harrisburg Senators – 13-14 (3rd in Eastern League East)

Offensive Player of the Week

Outfielder Justin Bloxom, 25, is heating up as of late with a five-game hit streak and six RBI in his last eight games. He has helped fill the void of an injured Steven Souza, Jr. who hasn’t played since April 13 because of an injured shoulder. Bloxom is behind his 21-homer pace of last season, but does have two in his last eight outings.

Pitcher of the Week

25-year-old Caleb Clay has put in four nice starts since a rocky debut against Bowie. He has allowed just three earned runs over his last four appearances to lower his ERA to 2.17 on the year. He leads the Senators' staff in ERA, wins (3), WHIP (1.07), and is second in innings pitched (29.0).

Notes

*Lefty Ian Krol, acquired in the Michael Morse trade from the Athletics, has terrific numbers through his first ten games with a 0.61 ERA and 14 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings.
*Center fielder Brian Goodwin has seen his average dip to .261 in recent games as he continues to search for consistency. When he does get on base, however, he makes things happen with a team-best 18 runs and five stolen bases on the year.

Potomac Nationals – 12-14 (3rd in Carolina League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

Offense has been an issue for the P-Nats so far this season, but second baseman Cutter Dykstra has been a standout. He is hitting .303 on the year with a .379 on-base percentage and has four RBI in his last five games. Dykstra is showing patience with 11 walks compared to 14 strikeouts in 24 games this season.

Pitcher of the Week

Lefty Matt Grace has been solid out of the bullpen in recent weeks having not allowed a run since April 10, a span of five games and 11 innings. The 2010 8th round draft pick is now 2-0 with a 2.57 ERA through seven outings. Those numbers include a forgetful season debut when he gave up three earned runs in 2 1/3 innings to Lynchburg.

Notes

*Potomac’s trio of young pitchers – Taylor Hill, Robbie Ray, and Taylor Jordan – finally saw one of its members have an ERA above 2.00. Hill allowed three earned in 5 2/3 innings to the Mudcats on April 30 and now has a 2.43 ERA on the year. Still a good mark, but quite on the level of his teammates anymore (Ray: 1.85; Jordan: 1.59).
*Center fielder Billy Burns leads the Eastern League in runs scored with 21 on the season. He is hitting just .261, but also leads the P-Nats in stolen bases with 11.

Hagerstown Suns – 14-11 (1st in South Atlantic League North)

Offensive Player of the Week

Outfielder Wander Ramos leads the Suns with 17 RBI in 17 games this season after hitting seven in his last nine outings. He is hitting just .259 on the year but has a .397 on-base percentage thanks to 12 walks. Ramos, 23, is playing in his first season at the Single-A level.

Pitcher of the Week

Hagerstown also has a relief pitcher off to a great start this year. 6-foot-6 right-hander Travis Henke hasn’t allowed a run in his last 9 2/3 innings and now has a 0.87 ERA on the year. He has proved a reliable option out of the bullpen to eat multiple innings on a given night.

Notes

*Bryan Harper, Bryce’s older brother, holds a 1.59 ERA through three relief appearances this season. He has seven strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings with no walks.
*Brandon Millier, a 4th round pick in 2012 out of Samford, is really struggling this season with a .194 ERA in his first 23 games. He does have four home runs and 11 runs scored, but needs to get closer to the .292 clip he posted at Auburn last year.