October 22, 2014

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for August 24th

Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here’s a look around the Washington Nationals’ farm system.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 77-58

Brandon Laird: Laird, currently five for his last 33, broke a three-game hitless streak with a two-run homer on Sunday afternoon. On the season, he’s hit 16 home runs with 80 RBI.

Aaron Barrett: Barrett is currently on the disabled list for an undisclosed injury. He hasn’t pitched for Syracuse since August 17, but he has only given up just one hit in five innings of work since being optioned to triple-A.

Ryan Mattheus: The former big-league reliever continues to struggle this season at triple-A. In his last 10 games, he has an 8.18 ERA with 18 hits in 11 total innings on the mound. However, his last 3.2 innings spanning three outings has seen him yield hits, but no runs.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 49-84

Michael A. Taylor: This past week, Taylor, who made his big-league debut just a couple weeks ago, was named the Eastern League Rookie of the Year. In 98 games, he bat .313 with 22 homers, 61 RBI and 34 stolen bases.

Oscar Tejeda: Tejeda was promoted to double-A just a couple weeks ago. In 14 games with Senators since his promotion, he’s gone 6-for-40 with a triple and a homer. The transition can be tough, but Tejeda bat .270 with Potomac, so he’s worthy of the challenge.

Cole Leonida: Like Tejeda, Leonida began the year with Potomac before being promoted to double-A. In 28 games with the Senators, he’s batting .227 with three RBI and 12 walks. In his last 10 games, he has six hits and one RBI.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 72-54

Tony Renda: With a hit in both games on Sunday, Renda extended his hitting streak to six games. In his last 10 games, he’s batting .303 with four RBI.

Steven Souza Jr: Currently on a rehab assignment, Souza went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice for an RBI. Souza, who has made a spot appearance for the Nationals, is batting .354 at triple-A.

Stephen Perez: In the night cap of the Sunday double-header, Perez went 2-for-3 with a double, three runs scored and two RBI. On the season, he’s batting .262 with 21 doubles, two homers 47 RBI and 27 stolen bases.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 84-49

Lucas Giolito: Possibly the biggest news out of the farm system this week is the shutdown of Giolito. Being a year removed from Tommy John, this is merely a protocol being following. Through 20 games and 98 innings, he went 10-2 with a 2.20 ERA with 110 strikeouts.

Wilmer Difo: Difo is currently on quite a streak, batting .410 in his last games while picking up a hit in nine of them. On Sunday, he went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBI. On the season, his average has gone up to .323 with 30 doubles, seven triples, 13 homers and 88 RBI.

Carlos Lopez: Lopez has appeared in 75 games this year for the Suns, but has done well in a substitute role. In his last 10 games, he’s batting .294 with six RBI and seven RBI.

Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York Penn League, 29-37

Austen Williams: On Sunday, Williams put together his best effort on the mound this season. He earned his third win of the year. Over five innings, he allowed five hits and one walk while striking out three. It was his first start since June 25 in which he didn’t allow a run to cross.

Matthew Page: A 10th-round draft pick of the Nationals in 2014, Page bat .344 in his last 10 games with seven RBI. His average has been trending upward in recent weeks and he’s doubled his RBI total (13) in that 10-game span.

Austin Davidson: A 13th-round pick of the Nationals this past year, Davidson is batting .254 through 40 games with Auburn. He’s hit 13 doubles, one triple, two homers and 22 RBI since joining the Doubledays.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Nationals and Wizards. He is currently earning a degree in Sports Communications at Shepherd University. Brian was the author of the D.C. sports blog "The Skinny on Sports" but has been a contributor to Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports in recent years. You can follow Brian on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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