October 13, 2015

Pitchers Reynaldo Lopez and Lucas Giolito Take Home Weekly MiLB Awards

Reynaldo Lopez:

The Potomac Nationals announced today that RHP Reynaldo Lopez has garnered the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week Award for the period of August 11th – August 16th.

Lopez, in his start on August 12th at Pfitzner Stadium against the Winston-Salem Dash hurled seven shutout innings. The 6’0”, 185-pound Dominican born righty allowed only two hits to the first-place Dash, while not issuing a walk and recording a career high 11 strikeouts. Lopez was so dominant in the outing that Winston-Salem never had a man in scoring position against him and he went to a three-ball count just three times.

The San Pedro de Macoris, DR native has pitched to a tune of a 6-7 ledger in 2015 with the Nationals and an ERA of 4.22. In 18 trips to the mound, all as a starter, spanning 96.0 innings, Lopez has allowed 92 hits and 47 runs (45 earned). He’s only walked 28 hitters and recorded 89 strikeouts and opposing hitters are swinging .257 against him.

A 2012 International Free Agent Signee by the Washington Nationals, Lopez began his season in extended spring training. He made his professional debut with the Dominican Summer League Nationals in 2012, going 1-1 with a 3.37 ERA over five appearances out of the bullpen and 10.2 innings. His 2013 campaign saw him split time at two levels in the Nationals organization, making only one appearance with both Auburn and Hagerstown as a starter. Lopez pitched 5.1 innings in 2013 giving up 10 runs (all earned) in his two outings. 2014 saw Lopez turn in a bounce back campaign, recording a 7-3 record. In 16 starts, Lopez finished up with an ERA 1.08 in 83.1 innings. Opposing hitters picked up 42 against him but scored only 12 runs (ten earned) on 26 walks and 70 strikeouts.

Lopez becomes the fifth National to bring home a weekly honor in 2015 in the Carolina League. RHP Brian Rauh (4/21/15 – 4/27/15) was the first, followed by RHP Dakota Bacus (5/11/15 – 5/17/15), IF Adrian Sanchez (6/22/15 – 6/28/15) and RHP John Simms (7/20/15 – 7/26/15).

The P-Nats hauled in five weekly honors in 2014, including 1B/DH Kevin Keyes, RHP Austin Voth (two), 3B/DH Oscar Tejeda and RHP Ian Dickson, who all claimed Carolina League Player of the Week Awards a season ago.

Lucas Giolito:

The Eastern League announced today that Harrisburg Senators’ starting pitcher Lucas Giolito has been named the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week for August 10th – August 18th. The right-hander is the second Senator to win a player of pitcher of the week award this season, joining LHP Richard Bleier (May 18th – 24th)

Giolito, who is a native of Santa Monica, California, made his lone start of the week on Friday night against the Bowie Baysox at Metro Bank Park and gave up just one hit over seven shutout innings to earn the win in the Senators’ 2-0 victory. He tied a career-high with 11 strikeouts and walked one batter while earning his first career Double-A win. Lucas retired the final 17 batters he faced after allowing a single with one out in the second inning.

Lucas, who is currently rated by MLB.com as the third best prospect in all of Minor League Baseball, was selected by the Washington Nationals with the 16th overall pick in first round of the 2012 draft after going 9-1 with 78 strikeouts and a 1.00 ERA over 70.1 innings during his senior season at Harvard-Westlake High School in Studio City, California.

Washington Nationals Minor League Update and Prospect Report for August 17

Here is a look around the Washington Nationals farm system.



Week: (4-2) Season: (54-69. 5th in IL North. 15.0 GB )

Matt Skole: Week: 5-20, 3 runs scored, 3 walks, 3 RBIs.  Season: .228/.337/.409 with 16 homers and 70 RBIs.  106 Ks and 62 BBs.

Trea Turner: Week: 7-20, 4 runs scored, 3 walks, 1 RBI.  Season: .319/.369/.456 with 8 homers and 54 RBIs.  95 Ks and 38 BBs.



Week: (1-5) Season: (57-64. 5th in EL East. 12.5 GB)

Lucas Giolito: In his start on Friday against the Bowie Baysox, the number one prospect in the Washington Nationals organization threw 7 innings and struck out 11 only allowing 1 hit and 1 walk as he earned the win.  Season (High-A, AA): 4-6, 3.09 ERA with 109 Ks and 31 BBs in 93.1 innings pitched.

Wilmer Difo: Week: 9-24, 1 run scored, 1 home run, 1 walk, 6 RBIs.  Season:.294/.338/.414 with 4 homers and 43 RBIs.  71Ks and 18 BBs.



Week: (4-3) Season: (55-64. 3rd in CL North. 5.5 GB)

Austen Williams: Week: In his start on Friday against the Wilmington Blue Rocks he pitched 6 innings and struck out three while allowing 3 hits and 3 walks.  Season: 12-5, 2.41 ERA with 90 Ks and 26 BBs in 115.2 innings pitched.

Grant DeBruin: Week: 10-24, 2 runs scored, 9 RBIs.  Season: .312/.364/.409 with 3 homers and 57 RBIs.  52 Ks and 29 BBs.



Week: (4-2) Season: (60-57. 4th in SL North. 11.0 GB)

Osvaldo Abreu: Week: 4-19, 6 runs scored, 3 home runs,3 walks, and 3 RBIs.  Season: .278/.357/.419 with 5 homers and 40 RBIs.  72 Ks and 40 BBs.

Jose Marmolejos-Diaz: Week: 10-22, 4 runs scored, 1 home run, 4 walks, and 6 RBIs.  Season: .308/.488/.844 with 10 home runs and 73 RBIs.  72 Ks and 27 BBs.





Giolito, Turner star in MLB Futures Game

One of the best parts of the MLB All-Star festivities in the Futures Game the Sunday before the All-Star break. This year, tow of the Washington Nationals top prospects — pitcher Lucas Giolito and shortstop Trea Turner — participated in the event and impressed, as they have throughout their minor league careers.

Giolito and Turner are both listed among Baseball America’s Mid-season Top 50 prospects, with Giolito the top pitcher and No. 2 overall and Turner at No. 9.

Giolito started for the U.S. team and pitched two innings, allowing two singles and no walks while striking out one. Turner came on for J.P. Crawford at shortstop and went 2 for 2 with a two-run double in the U.S.’s five-run sixth inning.

Giolito, 20, was the Nats first round pick (16th overall) in the 2012 Amateur Draft. He made one appearance in the Gulf Coast League that year before undergoing Tommy John surgery. He returned in late 2013 and made 11 appearances between the GCL and short-season Auburn, posting a 2-1 record with a  1.96 ERA and 9.6 K/9.

In 2014 for Low-A Hagerstown, Giolito went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA in 20 starts with a 10.1 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9. So far this season for High-A Potomac he’s 3-4 in 11 games (nine starts) with a 2.76 ERA, 11.7 K/9 and 2.3 BB/9.

Turner, 22, came to the Nats — along with Joe Ross — from the San Diego Padres in the Steven Souza, Jr. trade this off-season. He was the “player to be named later” and joined the Nats in June once he was eligible to be traded (ed. note: players are not eligible to be traded until one year past their draft date.).

Turner hit .323/.406/.448 between Low and High A last season in the Padres organization and so far this season he’s hit .318/.368/.472 with seven homers and 17 steals between Double-A and Triple-A.

Giolito will more than likely start next season in minors but could very well factor in the Nats plans in the big leagues later in the summer. Turner should compete for a roster spot in spring training depending on how the Nats shake out their middle infield situation.

Washington Nationals minor league affiliate rosters announced

The Washington Nationals minor league affiliates all announced their season opening rosters and while there weren’t any real surprises about where players were set to begin the season, a couple of notable omissions stood out.

Top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez were not assigned to an affiliate right out of camp. Rather, the two presumably will stay behind in Viera, Florida, at the Nats training facilities to participate in extended spring training before being assigned to a team.

Both, presumably, will be eventually assigned to High-A Potomac when they are assigned to an affiliate.

Wilmer Difo, No. 7 on Baseball America’s list of top prospects in the Nats organization, was assigned to the P-Nats, along with 3B Drew Ward (8) and RHP Nick Pivetta (10).

RHP Joe Ross (5), one of the players acquired in the Steven Souza Jr trade over the offseason, will start at AA Harrisburg, with RHP Austin Voth (11) and catcher Pedro Severino (12).

A.J. Cole, Taylor Jordan and Taylor Hill will highlight Syracuse’s starting rotation, with lefties Matt Grace and Rich Hill in the bullpen.

Catcher Raudy Reed, the Nats No. 22 ranked prospect, starts out in Low-A Hagerstown.

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Washington Nationals sign first round pick Erick Fedde


The Washington Nationals signed first round pick RHP Erick Fedde, just moments before Friday’s 5:00 pm ET deadline, according to multiple reports.

Fedde’s signing bonus is $2,511,100, per Jim Callis.

Fedde, a right-handed starter from UNLV who played on the same high school team as Nats outfielder Bryce Harper, had Tommy John surgery two days before the draft.

The team issued a press release shortly after the deadline.

Suarez, a 21-year-old left-handed starter with a long history of arm problems, will return to the Univeristy of Miami for his senior year, the school announced via Twitter earlier in the afternoon. This marks the second time he’s been drafted without signing a pro contract. Suarez was the 57th overall pick in the draft, and as such, the Nats will receive the 58th pick in the 2015 draft as compensation for failing to sign their draftee.

The Nationals also did not come to terms with ninth round draft pick Austin Byler, a junior first baseman from the University of Nevada.

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