September 21, 2019

Washington Nationals Minor League Affiliates Report April 22

Compiled from team press releases

SYRACUSE (AAA, International League): The Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, fell to the Rochester Red Wings 11-7 at NBT Bank Stadium on Wednesday afternoon. Jason Martinson, Michael Taylor and Ian Stewart had a home run apiece in the loss. Rochester rallied from a five-run deficit early in the ball game to defeat the Chiefs by four in the third-game of a four-game set.

The momentum completely shifted in the fourth inning as the Red Wings hitters got to starter Taylor Hill in the top half of the frame. Hill put the first two runners on in the inning but seemed to settle down as he recorded the next two outs. Rochester proceeded to score five runs with two away against the Syracuse starter. Doug Bernier started the rally with an RBI single to left. Aaron Hicks plated two more Red Wings with his first of two extra-base hits on the afternoon. Then, Eddie Rosario tied the score at 6-6 with a two-run home run.

Syracuse (5-9) and Rochester play the final game of a four-game series Thursday afternoon at 1:05. Chiefs right-hander Scott McGregor will try and salvage a split of the series against Red Wings right-hander Mark Hamburger.

HARRISBURG (AA, Eastern League): The Harrisburg Senators and the Altoona Curve were postponed Wednesday night due to rain and cold temperatures. No makeup date was announced.

The Senators will return home to begin a seven-game home stand tomorrow night. The first four games will be against the Reading Fightin’ Phils, followed by three games with the New Britain Rock Cats. Tomorrow night’s game will begin at 6:30 p.m.

POTOMAC (High-A, Carolina League): The Potomac Nationals (8-6 Overall, 5-2 Road) settled for a (5-2) two-city road trip after falling to the Wilmington Blue Rocks (7-6 Overall, 4-3 Home) on Wednesday afternoon inside Daniel S. Frawley Stadium by the final score of 6-3 in the series finale of a three-game set.

Wilmington used a five-run 5th inning attack to sink the red, white, and blue, and salvage the series with the lone victory. The Nationals stranded a season-high 13 runners on base and left the bases loaded on three occasions, but still managed to bang out 12 base hits.

Potomac starting slinger, RHP Blake Schwartz (0-2) shouldered his second loss of the 2015 journey after surrendering five earned runs (all scored in the 5th inning) on eight hits in 4.1 innings of work while walking two, striking out three, and hitting one batter.

HAGERSTOWN (Low-A, South Atlantic League): The Hagerstown Suns (6-7) couldn’t maintain a one-run lead in the ninth inning Wednesday afternoon, and wound up falling to the Delmarva Shorebirds (7-6) by a final of 5-4. Despite the loss the Suns finished their first homestand of the 2015 season with a 4-3 record.

Delmarva began its ninth inning rally with a home run by LF Jamill Moquete into the visitor’s bullpen past the center field wall for his first homer of the season. That knotted the score at 4-4, but the rally wasn’t over yet. Catcher Jonah Heim then stepped to the plate and hit a double to left field. He went to third on a single by SS Jared Breen, and scored what wound up being the winning run on a groundout.

RHP David Ramos (0-2) was charged with the loss for Hagerstown. He pitched the final three innings for the Suns, allowing two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out two.

The Suns next head to Lakewood, New Jersey to begin a four-game series against the Lakewood BlueClaws starting Thursday April 23. The Suns will send RHP Drew Van Orden (1-0) to the mound for his third start of the season. He will square off against RHP Tyler Viza (2-0) for Lakewood.

Potomac Nationals win 2014 Carolina League title

The Potomac Nationals won the Mills Cup championship on Wednesday night in Woodbridge for the fifth time in their history. Potomac, the Class A Advanced affiliate of the Washington Nationals, beat the Myrtle Beach Pelicans 5-1.

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 5/5/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players in this columb, and give injury and suspension updates.

Here are some of the system’s notable performances from the first week of May:

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/28/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players, and give injury and suspension updates.

With April coming to a close, the Nationals’ organization is looking pretty strong from top to bottom. The big club is off to a decent 13-12 start. But more importantly, they’re looking strong and equipped to perform at a high level for the duration of the season. Their key players are all healthy, and their crop of young stars continues to move forward at a healthy pace.

Bryce Harper not only appears to have avoided (knock on wood) a slumping sophomore season, but he looks to be putting it all together even earlier than anyone could have hoped. The same goes for their young rotation, which is firing on all cylinders. And while Ryan Zimmerman and Wilson Ramos are sitting on the DL with minor injuries, the Nats used their system to overcome their temporary absence quite effectively. Luckily though, both players are on their way back anyway.

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/21/13

Welcome back to District Sports Page’s weekly Minor League Update. Throughout the regular season we will continue to post up-to-date stats and brief scouting reports on the hottest and coldest prospects in the Nationals’ minor league system. We also will track the progress of top-rated players, and give injury and suspension updates.

So far this season, the Nationals’ minor league system has continued to be one of the most productive and exciting in pro baseball. Flashy young stars like Brian Goodwin and Anthony Rendon are off to loud starts, while an arms race of young pitchers has torn-through opposing lineups, resulting in heaps of strikeouts.

Things got even more interesting on Saturday though. The Nationals announced that they had promoted Rendon, who is widely considered one of the premier prospects in minors, to Washington to make his highly anticipated MLB debut. While the former  Dick Howser Award winner was originally slated to spend at least the first few months of the regular season in the minors at double-A Harrisburg, Ryan Zimmerman’s recent injury and Rendon’s hot-hitting apparently forced the front office’s hand. Regardless, this is yet another exciting development in a system full of exciting developments. Rendon follows a long line of homegrown stars on the Nats big-league roster, graduating after the likes of Ryan Zimmerman, Stephen Strasburg, Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Drew Storen, Bryce Harper and others.

Though Rendon’s promotion has grabbed the attention of the Nats faithful, the club has plenty of other thrilling minor-league storylines. Here are a few of them–hot off the presses:

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Washington Nationals Minor League Update for the Week of 4/14/13

With full-season teams now in to the second-week of their 2013 campaigns, clubs are starting to get a feel for their minor-league talent. Many re-buidling big league teams are preparing to call-up their top prospects in just a couple of more weeks, when arbitration rules will fall in their favor. Contending clubs like the Nationals are less inclined to make front-page moves so early in the season, but they too are keeping an eye on their young’ins. They’re trying to get a read on what these players are worth in preparation for a mid-season trade, and they’re definitely looking for someone who can contribute in the event they need to to patch a hole internally.

The Nationals, who are now 8-5 with their win over the Marlins on Monday night, are very comfortable with their Major League roster. Outside of a few bullpen/bench tweaks they might be preparing to make–like adding an effective left-handed relief pitcher for instance–they probably aren’t going to replace one of their veteran big leaguers with any of their prized prospects just yet. Of course, things will change quickly if one of their stars suffers a serious injury.

As Mike Rizzo proved last season with Bryce Harper, he isn’t afraid to call-up one of his young stars when the club needs a boost. There’s an outside shot that top prospects like Anthony Rendon and Brian Goodwin could be in the Majors by mid-summer, while other promising minor leaguers like Danny Rosenbaum, Christian Garcia, Eury Perez and Zach Walters could contribute earlier.

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