July 3, 2022

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.

About Dave Nichols

Dave Nichols is Editor-in-Chief of District Sports Page. He is credentialed to cover the Washington Nationals, Capitals, Wizards and Mystics. Dave also covers national college football and basketball and Major League Soccer for Associated Press and is a copy editor for the Spokesman-Review newspaper in Spokane, WA. He spent four years in radio covering the Baltimore Orioles, Washington Redskins and the University of Maryland football and basketball teams. Dave is a life-long D.C. sports fan and attended his first pro game in 1974 — the Caps’ second game in existence. You can follow him on Twitter @DaveNicholsDSP

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