October 24, 2020

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 25th

As we wrap up another week of minor league baseball, here’s a look around the Washington Nationals’ farm system and some players making headlines. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 18th

As another week of minor league baseball comes to a close, here is an update on the Washington Nationals’ farm system. We’ll work our way around the organization, checking in with players that have already made this list, plus highlighting some new faces and prospects making headlines. [Read more…]

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 11th

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 19-17

Brian Goodwin: The last time we checked in with Goodwin, his season wasn’t starting off as well as he might have hoped. Recently, however, he’s turned things around. He’s picked up seven hits in his last 10 games including a 2-for-4 effort on Sunday afternoon. In the same stretch, he’s 2-for-2 on stolen base attempts. It’s his first season at triple-A and it looks as though he’s getting used to things in Syracuse.

Michael Gonzalez: Formerly of the Nationals’ bullpen, Gonzalez has pitched well in five appearances out of the Chiefs’ bullpen. In 5.2 innings of work, he’s given up just three hits while striking out six and, most importantly, has yet to give a run.

Johnatan Solano: The former backup catcher for the Nationals, Solano is tearing it up at triple-A this year. He leads the team in average (.298) and homers (5). He’s picked up at least one hit in eight of the team’s last 10 games including two homers. On the year, he’s knocked in 19 RBI.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 11-23

Destin Hood: Hood began the year at Triple-A, but was moved down to Harrisburg after just 11 games. In 19 games with the Senators, he’s thrived. He’s averaging .329 with a double, homer and 5 RBI in Double-A ball. In his last 10 games, he’s got 10 hits including a 3-for-4 night on May 8. On the base paths, he’s a perfect 6-for-6 on stolen base attempts.

Matt Grace: Left-handed reliever Matt Grace has proven to be a solid arm out of the bullpen for the Senators. In 19.1 innings of work spanning 11 appearances, Grace has given up 17 hits and 5 runs (3 earned) all while striking out 17. The Nationals were hurting for left-handers in their big league bullpen, but they’ve got several good ones, like Grace, coming through the system.

Matt Skole: It’s been a couple weeks since we checked in with one of the brightest young stars in the Nationals’ system, but things haven’t gotten much better for Skole as the year’s progressed. He’s shown some spark at times, but his average still hovers at .189 and he hit his first homer of the season on Saturday. This is Skole’s first full year at Double-A, so hopefully he still working through some growing pains.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 19-14

Ronald Pena: Starting right-hander Ronald Pena is a pitcher on the rebound for the single-A P-Nats. After giving up 13 runs combined in his first three starts, he’s settled in as of late. In his most recent start on May 7, he lasted a season-long six innings and gave up just two runs on four hits. While Potomac lost the game, it’s encouraging to see some life in Pena’s stuff on the mound.

Brandon Miller: Statistically, it’s been an odd start to the month of May for outfielder Brandon Miller. While he’s batting just .146, he’s got a hit in six of the team’s 10 games this month. While he hasn’t gotten multiple hits in a game, his one hit is usually a productive swing. This month, Miller has hit a double, three homers and has eight RBI.

Cole Leonida: Catcher Cole Leonida is having a solid season. Averaging a start every 3-5 days, he’s making his moments in the spotlight count. In 12 games this year, Leonida is batting .270 with six doubles, two homers and five RBI. His OPS of .995 leads the team, as well.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 27-8

Lucas Giolito: Giolito has made the report before, but his most recent start on Sunday afternoon has earned him the right to be mentioned. In his seventh start of the season, Giolito threw six scoreless innings of a game that went just seven innings due to it being part of a double-header. In the start, he gave up just one hit, one walk and struck out seven. His ERA drops to 2.51, his opponents batting average drops to .186 and he’s now struck out 36 batters this season.

Craig Manuel: Catcher Craig Manuel is averaging a start every 3-4 days for the Suns and is doing well when he gets his opportunities. His average is hovering at .300 and has picked up a hit in all but one of his last 10 games. Currently, he’s on a five-game hitting streak after hitting a double on Sunday evening.

Jake Walsh: Closer Jake Walsh has been a reliable pitcher out of the bullpen for Hagerstown. In 15 innings spanning 10 games, he’s given up just three runs (two in one game) and seven hits. On top of that, he’s also struck out 16 batters. After pitching two scoreless innings on Sunday evening, the left-hander has dropped his season ERA to 1.80.

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 4th

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 14-15 

Brandon Laird: Laird has bounced between the minors and majors over the past few seasons, but is currently manning third base for the Chiefs. In the last week of basball, he has picked up eight hits, including a 3-for-4 game last Thursday. On the season, he’s hitting a slugging percentage of .567 with an OPS of 1.024.

Brock Peterson: Peterson played well in Spring Training and he’s translating that success to the regular season in Syracuse. He’s picked up a hit in seven of the team’s last 10 games to go along with three RBI.

Taylor Hill: Hill currently sits at 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA for the Chiefs and his most recent outing this past Sunday was a gem. He pitched a complete-game shutout and gave up just three hits and one walk. Hill has been steady on the mound while also picking up his fair share of strikeouts with 34.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 8-19

Michael Taylor: A center fielder, Taylor has been getting stronger and stronger with his bat as the season goes on. He’s picked up a hit in eight of his last 10 games including three doubles, four homers and 12 RBI. Most notably, he went 3-for-4 with three home runs on April 27th.

Cutter Dykstra: After a hot start to the season, Dykstra is currently on a is currently on a four-game hitless streak. Prior to that, the third baseman had a hit in his previous six games. He’s proven to be a solid minor leaguer in years past, and he could break out of this minor slump in a big way.

Justin Bloxom: The Nationals have several talented first baseman in their farm system and Bloxom is certainly one of them. In his second full season at double-A, Bloxom is on a six-game hitting streak and has a hit in eight of his last ten games. On the season, he’s batting .318 with eight doubles.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 16-10

Randolph Oduber: Since he was moved to Potomac from Hagerstown early in the season, Oduber has done well for the PNats. He has a .244 average, but is playing strong as of late. In his last 10 games, in eight of them. In five of those eight games, he’s picked up at least two hits. In an 11-run rout on Sunday, Oduber went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Oscar Tejeda: Tejeda has picked up a hit in seven of his last ten games, highlighted by grand slam in the eighth inning on Sunday. On the season, he’s hit five doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.

Gilberto Mendez: In eight appearances out of the bullpen this season, Mendez has been a steady pitcher. Averaging just over an inning of work per outing, he’s given up just eight hits, three of which came in one uncharacteristically bad appearance. On Sunday, he was the only Potomac pitcher not to give up a base runner as he pitched two no-hit innings.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 21-7

Isaac Ballou: The Suns are a team stocked with young talent and Ballou certainly belongs in this group. The outfielder has a hit in nine of his last 10 games including four doubles. He’s batting .299 with an on-base percentage of .387. On top of that, he’s stolen five bags.

John Wooten: Like Ballou, Wooten has also collected a hit in nine of his last 10 games. The right fielder has hit five doubles, a homer and six RBI in that same stretch. This is his third season in the system and he’s make quite a buzz.

Wander Suero: Out of the bullpen, Suero has been a solid pitcher for the Suns. In 27.1 innings spanning six outings, the right-hander has given up just six earned runs while fanning 19 batters. His 1.98 ERA is the best on the team.

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending April 27

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 10-13

Brian Goodwin: In the Chiefs past 10 games, Goodwin has batted just .216. One of the fastest men in the clubs’ system, he’s stolen just two bags all season long. In the past 10 games, the 23-year old has 5 RBI, a triple and two doubles. This is his first season at triple-A, so it may take some time to adjust to the elevated level of play.

Ryan Mattheus: Once an important member of the Nationals’ bullpen, the right-handed Mattheus is off to a rough start in Syracuse. Through nine outings, he’s amassed a 5.40 ERA and opponents are hitting .275 against him.

Jhonatan Solano: If not for Sandy Leon, Solano would be the backup behind home plate. In triple-A, his season is off to a solid start. Through 54 at-bats spanning 15 games, Solano is hitting .333 with a .537 slugging percentage. He’s hit five doubles, two homers and 11 RBI.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 5-16

Destin Hood: In his second full season with the Senators, the outfielder leads the team with a .329 batting average. In the past 10 games, he’s collected at least one hit in six of them. On the season, Hood has stolen six bases, scored nine runs and has collected 5 RBI.

Matt Skole: Possibly the most powerful bat in the Nationals’ farm system, Skole is off to a rather slow start. In 74 at bats, he’s hitting .149 with a slugging percentage of .189. He has hit three doubles and 6 RBI, but is still waiting on his first long ball. Last year, an early season injury saw his season cut short; so it’s important to stay patient with him as he returns to action.

A.J. Cole: One of the brightest young arms in the system, Cole got off to good start, but has hit some tough times in recent outings. He started off 2-0 with a 1.80 ERA, but went 0-1 in his next two games and gave up 17 hits and five runs collectively.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 14-8

Tony Renda: Before a quad injury sent him to the disabled list on April 11, second baseman Tony Renda got off to quite a start for Potomac. He put together a slash line of .375/.400/.438 with two doubles and eight RBI. On the base paths, he found success stealing three bags and scoring eight runs.

Bryan Harper: Bryce’s older brother, Bryan Harper has been pitching well out of the bullpen for Potomac. In 9.1 innings of relief work, Harper has given up just one earned run while striking out seven. The left-hander has been rather versatile as he’s been a solid option for 1-2 innings of work.

Brian Dupra: Another young arm available out of the bullpen, right-hander Brian Dupra has been just as solid as Harper. Over 17 innings of long-relief spanning five games, he’s allowed just one run across the plate and opponents are batting just .177 against him. He’s struck out 23 while walking just one.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 18-5

Wilmer Difo: Difo has spent time bouncing around the lower ranks of the Nationals’ farm system, but he’s beginning to bear the fruits of that hard work. In 22 games this season with the Suns, he’s batting .313 with eight doubles, two triples and 17 RBI. On top of that, he’s stolen nine bases and has at least three hits in three of his last five games.

Lucas Giolito: The Nationals’ first round pick in 2012, Lucas Giolito is off to a solid start in his first full season of action (last year he missed due to Tommy John Surgery). In five starts, he’s 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA. He’s struck out 24 batters and opponents are hitting just .192 against him.

Drew Ward: Difo’s biggest competition for most valuable player through the early part of the season, Drew Ward is off to just as good a start, if not better. Through 61 at bats, Ward is batting .311 with a slugging percentage of .508. The third baseman has hit four doubles, a triple, two homers and 21 RBI. He’s currently on an eight game hitting streak, as well.

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