Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here are some names around the Washington Nationals’ organization that are making headlines. Notice that the Auburn Doubledays have begun their schedule.
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 40-29
Tyler Moore (1B): After spending time with the big-league club, Moore is back in the minors and doing well. In his past 10 games, he’s batting .387 with two homers and seven RBI.
Josh Roenicke (SP): On Sunday afternoon, Roenicke put together arguably his best game of the season. In six strong innings, he gave up seven hits and no runs while striking out three en route to his second win of the season.
Zach Walters (SS): Walters is currently on a six-game hitting streak. In the first four games of his current streak, he hit four home runs. Over the span, he’s put 10 RBI. He was their best statistical hitter in Spring Training and things certainly seem to be on the up and up now.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 28-39
Matt Skole (3B): After struggling in April and May, the month of June has been promising thus far for Skole. He’s hit three home runs, has 18 RBI and a hit in eight of his last 10 games. His .298 average for the month is certainly an improvement from the .155 that he hit in April.
Destin Hood (OF): After batting .316 in 41 games with Syracuse, Hood has found equal success in AA ball. In 19 games, he’s batting .329 with a homer, five RBI and six stolen bases. Just a couple days ago, however, Hood rejoined the Chiefs.
Quincy Lattimore (OF): For as much attention as other players have received, Lattimore is making plenty of plays, as well. He’s currently on a six-game hitting streak and went 3-for-3 on Sunday. On the season, he’s batting .323.
Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 38-31
Gio Gonzalez (SP): After giving up eight earned runs in his first rehab start, Gonzalez locked in for four solid innings his second trip to the mound. In four innings, he gave up two hits, one run and struck out seven. He’s now expected to return to the Nationals for his scheduled start on June 18th.
Jeff Kobernus (OF): Kobernus is currently on a rehab assignment for a fractured left hand. He started with Hagerstown, but is currently with Potomac. In four games, he’s 5-for-15 with three RBI and five stolen bases.
Mike McQuillan (3B): In eight games this June, McQuillan is batting .360 with seven RBI. On Sunday, he went 3-for-5 with a double and four RBI.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 44-26
Wilmer Difo (2B): In 16 games this June, Difo is batting .323 with two homers and 10 RBI. On Sunday, he broke a four-game hitless streak when he went 2-for-4 with two stolen bases. On the season he is 22-23 on stolen base attempts.
Isaac Ballou (OF): The Suns are littered with talent and Ballou is no exception. Batting .293 this June, he has a hit in six of the team’s last 10 games.
Drew Ward (3B): On Sunday, Ward hit his sixth home run of the season for the Suns to go along with three RBI on the day. His .264 average is offset by his .426 slugging percentage and his ability to drive in runs, 42 of them to be precise. He’s also hit 12 doubles and two triples this season.
Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League, 1-2
Cody Gunter (3B): Gunter has played in two of Auburn’s three games and is 2-for-6 in those games. Gunter was selected in the sixth round of the 2013 MLB Draft by Washington.
Reynaldo Lopez (SP): Lopez started two games for Hagerstown earlier this year, but was Auburn’s Opening Day starter. In that start, he pitched five in which he struck out five, gave up two hits and on unearned run. On the day, he received a no decision for his effort.
Diomedes Eusebio (1B): On Sunday, Eusebio went 2-for-4 with a double, homer and three RBI for the Doubledays. In the GCL in 2013, he bat .330 with two home runs.
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