October 24, 2020

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending June 1st

As another week of minor league baseball comes to an end, here are some players in the Washington Nationals’ system that are making headlines.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 31-25

Ryan Tutusko (Starting Pitcher): His start on Sunday wasn’t that spectacular, but Tutusko put together a pretty impressive stat line for the month of May. In six starts, he went 2-2 with a 2.25 ERA and .231 batting average against. He gave up just nine earned runs and struck out 26 batters.

Brian Goodwin (Outfield): Let’s check back in the Nationals’ fastest farmhand. After batting .224 in the month of April, Goodwin then slumped to bat .194 in May. In his last 31 at bats, he’s picked up just three hits.

Destin Hood (Outfield): If you haven’t checked out Destin Hood, it’s time to get educated. With the Chiefs in the month of May, he batted .333 with four homers and 13 RBI. He’s picked up a hit in nine of his last 10 games, including four doubles.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 19-36

Michael Taylor (Outfield): After batting .374 with nine homers and 22 RBI in May, Taylor went 2-for-3 with a home run to open June on Sunday. He has at least one hit in his last 10 games and a 1.034 OPS on the season.

Cutter Dykstra (Third Base): With a .290 average on the season, Dykstra opened up June with an RBI base hit Sunday. In his last 10 games, he has 11 hits and 10 RBI.

Neil Holland (Relief Pitcher): Out of the bullpen, Holland is tied for the team-lead with four wins. Over 30.1 innings pitched this year, he holds a 2.97 ERA and .195 average against. On Sunday, he was the only Senator pitcher not to give up a base runner in his one inning of work.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 29-26

Ryan Zimmerman (LF/3B/1B): Yes. THAT Ryan Zimmerman (who knows what position he’s going to play?). In 10 at bats in three rehab games with Potomac, Zimmerman has three hits, a double and three RBI. He’s also gotten ample time at left field.

Tony Rendon (Second Base): Renda struggled to hit .208 in May after hitting .402 in April, but it looks like things may be starting to turn around. He’s on a five-game hitting streak and went 3-for-5 with a triple and three RBI on Sunday.

Matthew Spann (Pitcher): Spann has worked out of the bullpen while with Potomac, but recently moved to the rotation. In two starts, he’s 1-0 with a 1.60 ERA over 11 combined innings. In his second start of the season last Thursday, he gave up no runs on four hits in six innings.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 37-19

Lucas Giolito (Starting Pitcher): The last time Giolito took the mound was May 11. It has led to some concern from members of the media that cover the press, but The Washington Post reported that it’s all part of the Nationals’ plan for his recovery from his 2012 Tommy John Surgery. It should be interesting to see when, exactly, he’ll pitch again.

Wilmer Difo (Second Base): After Difo finished the month of May on a run in which he picked up two hits in 20 at bats, his 3-for-4 effort in the nightcap of the Suns’ double-header on Sunday was a welcomed sight. He bat .313 in the month of April, so we’ll track him for a while to see if he’ll break out of this small slump.

Joseph Webb (Relief Pitcher): Webb has pitched in just five games this season, but his last two outings have been solid. In five combined innings, he’s given up no runs on just one hit with six strikeouts. Of the three runs given up by him this year, two of them were in one game. Three of his five outings were scoreless.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area. He’s had work published on Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports, and has made several radio show appearances across the country to discuss his works. Follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+!

About Brian Skinnell

Brian Skinnell is a Staff Writer for District Sports Page covering the Redskins, Nationals and college football. He is a born-and-raised follower of Washington, D.C. sports, “The” Ohio State Buckeyes and auto racing. A graduate of Shepherd University in December of 2014, he has a degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies with a Concentration in Sports Communications. Prior to joining District Sports Page (for his second stint), he spent time with Rant Sports, Yahoo Sports and the Washington Redskins. For his day job, he is an Editor for Team Velocity Marketing. Follow him on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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