May 20, 2022

Photos: All-Star Jersey Presentation to Washington Nationals

Prior to the Washington Nationals game against the Colorado Rockies on Friday, July 6, Nationals Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond were presented with their All-Star jerseys for the 2012 All-Star game in Kansas City next week. Congratulations to all three Nats and best of luck in KC!

Nationals three 2012 All-Stars were presented an All-Star jersey – Colorado Rockies v. Washington Nationals, 7/06/2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page) [Read more…]

NATS/SENATORS: Six Harrisburg Senators named to Western Division All-Star Team

Hector Nelo Named to Western Division All-Star Team

The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Eastern League and the Reading Phillies, are pleased to announce that Senators’ reliever Hector Nelo has been added to the Western Division All-Star Roster and will participate in the 2012 Baseballtown All-Star Classic on July 11 in Reading. Previously, the Harrisburg Senators had five players named to the Western Division All-Star Team in the 2012 Baseballtown All-Star Classic on July 11 at First Energy Stadium in Reading. The Harrisburg Senators representatives for the game are Pitchers Danny Rosenbaum and Kevin Pucetas were selected along with infielder Jeff Kobernus and outfielders Eury Perez and Chris Rahl.

Hector Nelo is 1-2 with a 1.53 ERA in 24 games this year with a team leading eight saves in nine tries. He was signed by the Nationals as a minor league free agent on April 2, 2011. Last year, he led the Nationals minor leagues with 18 saves while pitching with Potomac. He was originally selected in the 15th round of the 2007 draft by the Texas Rangers. He has struck out at least two batters in 15 of his 24 games this season. He replaces Senators’ starter Danny Rosenbaum who is unavailable to pitch in the game. Nelo is the sixth Senator named to the Western Division All-Star team. He joins Kevin Pucetas, Danny Rosenbaum, Jeff Kobernus, Eury Perez and Chris Rahl, who were all named to the team on Thursday evening.

Danny Rosenbaum (7-4, 2.76) is sixth in the Eastern League with a 2.76 ERA. He had tossed two nine-inning complete games this year on 4/18 vs. Altoona and 5/5 at Binghamton. He was the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for the week ending April 22. He was a South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010. The Washington Nationals selected the 25-year-old in the 22nd round of the 2009 draft.

Kevin Pucetas (6-2, 2.63) is fifth in the Eastern League in ERA. He started the season in the bullpen but moved into the rotation on June 3. As a starter, he is 4-1 with a 3.69 ERA. He was a Pacific Coast League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009. In 2008, he was a Baseball America Class A All-Star, and was also selected to play in the Futures Game. This is his first time in AA having played the past three seasons in AAA. The Nationals signed the 27-year-old as a minor league free agent on March 28, 2012.

Jeff Kobernus is second in the league in stolen bases with 28. He’s currently batting .272 with a home run and 12 runs batted in. He enters the 2012 season as the 20th ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to Baseball America. He was a Baseball America High Class A All-Star last year. He was a Carolina League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star in 2011. The 24-year-old was a 2nd round selection in the 2009 draft by the Washington Nationals.

Eury Perez is tied for 3rd in the Eastern League in stolen bases with 21. After starting the season slowly, since May 1 Perez is batting .343 with 17 runs scored, 18 runs batted in, and is 16 for 18 in stolen base attempts. He is the 22nd ranked prospect in the Nationals organization according to Baseball America and he received an invite to major league spring training this year. He participated in the 2010 XM All-Star Futures Game for the World Team. The 22-year-old was signed as a non-drafted free agent on April 13, 2007.

Chris Rahl is hitting .295 with six home runs and 33 runs batted in, both good for second on the club. He is second on the Senators with eight multi-rbi games. This is the third time in his career he has been a mid-season All-Star previously being selected as a Southern League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009 and a California League Mid-Season All-Star in 2006. The 28-year-old was acquired from the Arizona Diamondbacks on April 19, 2011 for cash considerations.

Washington Nationals send three – with possible fourth – to 2012 All-Star Game

MLB announced the rosters for the 2012 All-Star Game on Sunday, to be held at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City July 10. For the first time since their relocation, the Washington Nationals will have three representatives and perhaps a fourth.

Stephen Strasburg, Gio Gonzalez and Ian Desmond were all named to the team, while Bryce Harper was included in the final fan ballot.

Strasburg and Desmond make their first All-Star Games, Gonzalez his second as he represented the Oakland A’s last season.

In the final fan ballot, Harper goes up against the Braves’ Chipper Jones and Michael Bourn, Diamondbacks shortstop Aaron Hill and Cardinals third baseman David Freese, last year’s World Series MVP.

Strasburg and Gonzalez have battled all season for the N.L. lead in strikeouts. The two starters have combined to go 19-6 for the team with the best record in the league, both featuring ERAs under 3.00. Desmond leads N.L. shortstops in extra-base hits, is second in home runs (13) and leads in RBIs (43). Harper, the 19-year old rookie, is hitting .274/.347/.475 with eight home runs, 22 RBIs and eight stolen bases in 56 games.

Exercise in futility: Predicting the All-Star teams

One of my favorite exercises every year is picking the All-Star teams and evaluating my process after the teams have been announced. With balloting now closed and the selection show slated for Sunday afternoon, it’s time to get my picks in.

The N.L. All-Star team will have eight elected starters and 25 reserves, for the A.L. it’s nine and 24. I will follow MLB’s guidelines for having a representitive of each team, a rule I vigorously agree with. I’ll also list players that didn’t quite make the cut, and who I would put on the final “fan vote”. [Read more…]

NATS/CHIEFS: Corey Brown, Zach Duke, Carlos Rivero and Jim Negrych named to 2012 International League All-Star Team

Updated July 11: You can listen to the Triple-A All-Star Game at 7:00 p.m. tonight on The Score 1260, the Chiefs’ flagship radio station.

Updated July 9: Chiefs infielder Jim Negrych has been added to the International League All-Star Team. Negrych, a Buffalo native, is in his first season with the Nationals’ organization.  He’s hit .284 in 54 games with the Chiefs and has six home runs and 30 RBI.

Updated July 7: Chiefs infielder Carlos Rivero has been added to the International League All-Star Team as announced today by the league office. Rivero, in his first full Triple-A season, has hit .289 in 77 games with the Chiefs.

Outfielder Corey Brown at Nationals Park in September 2011 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that outfielder Corey Brown and starting pitcher Zach Duke have been named to the 2012 International League All-Star Team. The game between the IL and the Pacific Coast League will be played on July 11th at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo.

Brown, in his second season in Syracuse, has hit .298 with this point and leads the Chiefs in home runs (17) and RBI (45). He is currently tenth in the league in batting average and third in homers. The Tampa native is also third in the IL with 37 extra-base hits and fourth with a .578 slugging percentage. At the time of his selection, Brown has hit in 14 consecutive games, the longest hit streak of his six-year career.

Duke, a former Major League All-Star in 2009, leads the International League with nine wins. Eight of those wins have come since May 1st. The 29-year-old Duke is fourth in the International League with 90 innings and a third pitched. He leads the Chiefs with 14 induced double plays.

With the International League’s 3-0 victory at last year’s Triple-A All-Star Game, the IL owns an 8-6 lead in the fourteen years since the event changed to the current IL vs. PCL format. The winning League this season will once again earn the right to have its champion play as the “home team” at the Gildan Triple-A National Championship Game which will take place Tuesday, September 18 in Durham, North Carolina.

NATS/SUNS: Alex Meyer selected to represent USA in All-Star Futures Game

Congratulations to Washington Nationals top pitching prospect Alex Meyer! Meyer was selected to represent USA in the All-Star Futures Game in Kansas City on July 9. Meyer was also recently named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week.

1st round pick, 23rd overall (2011) Alex Meyer pitching at spring training 2012 (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Suns’ Meyer to Represent U.S. in MLB Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game
Suns starter selected among 50 of MiLB’s top prospects to play at Kansas City’s Kauffman Stadium

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns, Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are pleased to announce that starting pitcher Alex Meyer has been selected to represent the United States of America at the 14th Annual Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game as a part of Major League Baseball’s Taco Bell All-Star Sunday festivities.

The 6-foot-9, 220-pound, right-hander leads the Suns staff with six wins on the season to go along with a 3.33 ERA. In his 14 starts, Meyer ranks fifth in the South Atlantic League (SAL) with 77 strike outs over 70.1 innings pitched. The Greensburg, IN, native also claims the league’s fifth lowest opponent batting average against (.217).

Meyer is the reigning SAL pitcher of the week, having earned the honor by going 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in his final two starts of the first half. His accomplishments included a shortened complete game (6.0 IP) shutout victory over the Hickory Crawdads and a career high nine strike out performance against the West Virginia Power in his second outing.

The Futures Game will take place on Sunday, July 8, at 5:00 p.m. and can be seen on MLB.TV, ESPN2 and ESPN2 HD and followed live on MLB.com’s Gameday. In addition, XM Radio will broadcast play-by-play coverage of the event live on MLB Network Radio XM 89. MLB.com will also provide complete coverage before, during and after the game.

The Suns will begin their second half schedule at Municipal Stadium tonight at 7:05 p.m. against the Lakewood BlueClaws. A Thirsty Thursday, presented by Benny’s Pub, will kicks off a four game home-stand on Civil War Weekend.

Suns individual game tickets, season tickets, mini-plans, and group packages are on sale now. For more information and to reserve your seat at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

NATS/SUNS: Alex Meyer Named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week

Top Nats Prospect Alex Meyer named South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

Meyer Named Pitcher of the Week, Skole Reaches Derby Finals
Suns starter earns first SAL weekly honor, Skole bids for Home Run King honors tonight

Hagerstown, MD – The Hagerstown Suns, Single-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, are please to announce that starting pitcher Alex Meyer has been named the South Atlantic League (SAL) Pitcher of the Week for June 11-17, 2012. Meyer is the first Suns player to be selected as a player or pitcher of the week this season.

The 6-foor-9, 220-pound, right-hander earned the honor by going 1-0 with a 1.64 ERA in two starts, including a complete game (6.0 IP) shutout victory over the Hickory Crawdads. In his second start of the week, the Nationals’ first-rounder struck out a career high nine batters in a no-decision against the West Virginia Power. In total, Meyer racked up 14 strike outs over 11 innings pitched, while walking just three batters and allowing two earned runs in his two outings combined.

Meanwhile, Suns All-Star third baseman Matt Skole advanced to the finals of the South Atlantic League Miller High Life Home Run Derby on Monday afternoon from the flight deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston (SC) harbor. Skole, who is tied for the SAL lead in home runs with 14, will participate in the championship round of the derby later this afternoon at 5:30 p.m. prior to the start of the 53rd SAL All-Star Game, which begins at 7:30 p.m.

The Suns will begin their second half schedule at 7:05 p.m. on Thursday, June 21, at Municipal Stadium against the Lakewood BlueClaws. A Thirsty Thursday, presented by Benny’s Pub, will kick-off a four-game home-stand on Civil War Weekend.

Suns individual game tickets, season tickets, mini-plans, and group packages are on sale now. For more information and to reserve your seat at Municipal Stadium, call 301-791-6266, or www.hagerstownsuns.com. The Hagerstown Suns are owned by Hagerstown Baseball, LLC.

NATS/P-NATS: Nathan Karns Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week

Nathan Karns Named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week
Karns Becomes First P-Nat to Win Weekly Award

(WOODBRIDGE, VA) – The Carolina League has named Potomac righty Nathan Karns the Pitcher of the Week for the week of June 11th to 17th. Karns won the award by tossing six and two-thirds scoreless innings striking out ten batters on Friday, June 15th at Myrtle Beach.

Karns, 24, was dominant in a 3-0 win for the Nationals on Friday night against the Myrtle Beach Pelicans in South Carolina. He struck out ten batters allowing just two walks and four hits earning his first Carolina League win. This is the first pitcher of the week award in the career of Karns. Also, he becomes the first Potomac player to earn a player of the week award in 2012.

A 12th Round pick in the 2009 Draft out of Texas Tech, Karns missed all of 2010 with a shoulder injury. He didn’t make his pro debut until June of 2011 and this is his full first year of professional baseball. He started the year going 3-0 with a 2.03 ERA in 44 1/3 innings with Hagerstown (A – South Atlantic League) striking out 61 batters. With Potomac, Karns is 1-2 with a 4.15 ERA over three starts he’s tossed 13 innings striking out 19 batters. He has allowed just one homer over 57 1/3 innings this season over two levels.

The Texas native is scheduled to make his next start at 1:05 on Sunday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

The Nationals return to action after the All-Star Break on Thursday against the Winston-Salem Dash at 7:05 in Woodbridge. The Potomac Nationals are celebrating their 35th Anniversary of professional baseball and family fun, for all your ticket needs please call the box office at 703-590-2311 or visit www.potomacnationals.com.

Washington Nationals Bryce Harper: All-Star?

Washington Nationals CF Bryce Harper scores in 3rd inning, May 20, 2012. (Cheryl Nichols/District Sports Page)

A spirited email chain yesterday among close baseball friends started with a debate about why there aren’t any Washington Nationals among the top vote-getters for the National League All-Star team, despite owning the league’s second best record and leading the East by fives games. The answer is pretty simple really: No one on the ballot really deserves it.

The Nats biggest name, Ryan Zimmerman, is hitting .239 with three home runs. Adam LaRoche is putting up some nice numbers, and in a down year for first basemen he might earn a reserve spot, but garners very little national attention. Ian Desmond? With the N.L. shortstop pool littered with big names it’s no surprise he’d be an afterthought to voters. It’s the same way up and down the ballot.

But there is one position player that isn’t on the ballot, and that’s where the debate got interesting. Some of my friends on the email chain felt that Bryce Harper is deserving of a place on the N.L. All-Star team. Is Bryce Harper already one of the best outfielders in the National League? My initial reaction was no. As in, heck no, he’s only had 177 plate appearance, how can we call him an All-Star? If someone had come back from injury after missing all of April I generally wouldn’t consider him for an All-Star position, unless his stats were otherworldly. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for week ending June 10

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (31-33, 5th in North Division)

Corey Brown: After his cup of coffee with the big club last month, Brown went right back to mashing AAA pitching. In his last ten games, Brown isn’t making much contact (.216/256) but is making it count when he does, slugging .595 over that period with four homers, two doubles and nine RBIs. His overall numbers sparkle (.284/.377/.586, 16 homers, 11 doubles, four triples and 39 RBIs).

Mark Teahen: The MLB veteran is plugging away in minors and quietly putting up a very good season for the Chiefs. He was hot again over the last ten days, hitting .342/.350/.421. For the year, Teahen is hitting .293/.347/.404 with just one home run, but 41 RBIs.

John Lannan: The exiled soft-tossing lefty for a while looked like he’d turned a corner on his season, issuing two straight one earned run performances, the latter on June 5 a complete game four-hitter where he struck out six and walked just one. But Sunday, Lannan got lit up again, allowing five earned runs on nine hits in a loss to Lehigh Valley.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (33-29, 2nd in West Division)

Jesus Valdez: The 27-year old isn’t really a prospect, but he continued a very strong AA campaign the last ten days, hitting .293/.341/.512 for the Senators with two homers and six RBIs, most of which came in a two-homer, three-RBI games on June 5 against Binghampton.

Eury Perez: Perez has gotten hot, going .381/.413/.452 since May 31, though he’s only attempted one stolen base and was caught. The speedster had five RBIs over the span and scored four runs. For the season, Perez is hitting .288/.323/.329 and is 17-for-24 in steals.

Destin Hood: Has not played since May 24 with a wrist “issue,” according to manager Matt Lecroy.

Jeff Kobernus: Has not played since May 23 with a thumb injury.

Daniel Rosenbaum: Rosenbaum had a string of six games where he allowed one earned run total from April 18 – May 17. Since that point he’s been, well, human. His latest two outings were a two earned run, five-hit, three walk performance June 2 against New Britain (where he earned his sixth win of the season) and June 7 when he allowed three earned (four total) on eight hits and no walks, striking out seven in a loss to Binghampton.

Paul Demny: Demny has struggled recently, allowing at least three earned runs in each of his last four starts while failing to get past the sixth inning,. In his latest start, he managed just four innings, giving up three earned runs on five hits and four walks.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (29-34, 2nd in Northern Division)

David Freitas: Freitas was named starting catcher in the Carolina/California Leagues All-Star Game to be held June 19. It is the third straight season Freitas has been named to an all-star game, having played in the NY-Penn League All-Star game in 2010 and South Atlantic League game last season. For the season, the 23-year old is hitting 0282/.386/.397 with three homers and 22 RBIs.

Chris Marrero: The first baseman has been playing in Potomac on a rehab assignment from the torn hamstring he suffered during the off-season. In four games for the P-Nats and two games for Hagerstown, Marrero is hitting .412/.474/.706 with a homer and four RBIs.

Justin Bloxom: The 24-year old third baseman has been on fire, hitting .323/.417/.742 with four homers and seven RBIs in his last 10 games. He leads the P-Nats with 11 home runs and 32 RBIs this season.

Michael Taylor: Hyped this off-season about having all the tools necessary to someday compete for the Nats center field job, Taylor has struggled to put it together in High-A this season. His season line of .236/.333/.352 (no homers, 23 RBIs and 10-for-17 SB attempts) doesn’t show the promise his athletic ability might indicate. Over the last ten games, Taylor is 6-for-30 (.200) with two RBIs and two stolen bases.

Robbie Ray: Ray put together a couple of stellar outings in the past week. On June 3 he went eight innings shutout innings, allowing just two hits and one walk, striking out nine in a win against Lynchburg. Five days later, he went five innings, allowing one earned run on three hits (but four walks), striking out six in a win over Salem.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (38-24, 2nd in Northern Division)

 The Slugging Suns had four players named to the South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Infielder Matt Skole, catcher Adrian Nieto, outfielder Caleb Ramsey and pitcher Aaron Barrett, along with skipper Brian Daubach, will represent the Suns and the Washington Nationals at the game, to be played June 19.

Matt Skole: Skole is having a monster year at the plate, hitting .294/.442/.544 with 13 home runs and 56 RBIs. Over his past ten games, the left-handed hitting third baseman hit .229/.372/.429 with two homers and six RBIs.

Caleb Ramsey: A 23-year old outfielder, Ramsey is hitting .298/.365/.439 with five homers and 35 RBIs for the Suns.

Adrian Nieto: A fifth round pick in the 2008 draft, Nieto is hitting .259/.331/.403 with four homers and 25 RBIs this season.

Aaron Barrett: Barrett, the ninth round pick of the 2010 draft, has seven saves with 37 strikeouts against just nine walks in 23 2/3 innings this season with a 3.42 ERA.

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