As another week of minor league baseball comes to a close, here are some names making headlines around the Washington Nationals’ farm system.
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 46-30
Ryan Tatusko (SP): This past week, pennlive.com reported that the Nationals sold the contract of Tatusko to Hanwha of the Korea Baseball Organization.
Steven Souza Jr. (RF): Souza continued his hot hitting on Sunday for the Chiefs with a 2-for-5 performance including a homer and three RBI. On the month, he’s batting .358 with a 1.017 OPS.
Blake Treinen (SP): Treinen has made two starts with the Chiefs since returning from the majors and has done well in both outings. On June 17, he pitched six innings and gave up three runs on six hits. This past Sunday, he threw six scoreless innings while only giving up three hits and striking out eight.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 30-43
Wilson Ramos (C): Ramos began his rehab for a pull hamstring this past weekend with the Senators. In two games, he’s 2-for-7 with a home run and four RBI. He’s expected to receiver 2-3 more rehab starts before rejoining the big league ball club.
Bryan Harper (LHP): This past week, Harper was promoted to AA from Potomac. In 3.2 innings spanning three appearances, he holds a 2.45 ERA with three strikeouts. It’s worth noting that the only runs he’s given up in those three appearances came on Sunday. In the same game, he picked up his first win in double-A ball.
Jeff Kobernus (OF): Kobernus continues to work his way back from a fractured hand, this time with the Senators. In six games, he’s 7-for-24 with three RBI, two stolen bases and a double.
Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 40-32
Stephen Perez (SS): After batting .342 in April and .283 in May, Perez’ batting average has declined again to .245 in the month of June. He’s only picked up eight hits in last 33 at bats and hasn’t hit a homer since April. His RBI’s are also down from 14 a month ago to just five in June.
Randolph Oduber (OF): On Sunday night, Oduber went 2-for-4 with a home run and two RBI for Potomac. It’s his second home run in his past five games and his RBI totals for the month have now climbed to nine.
Khayyan Norfork (3B): Norfork is currently on a nine game hitting streak highlighted by a 3-for-4 night on Sunday. This June, he’s batting .316 with an on-base percentage of .394. He’s also hit seven doubles.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 47-27
Spencer Kieboom (C): Currently 14 for his last 41, Kieboom went 2-for-4 on Sunday with an RBI and a stolen base. His monthly batting average now sits at .317, but it’s on the rise as he looks to climb back up to the .365 mark he hit in May.
Joseph Webb (LHP): In nine appearances out of the bullpen this season, Webb has three wins and 2.87 ERA with 11 strikeouts. On Sunday, he pitched two scoreless innings in which he gave up just two base runners on balls and recorded his third win of the season.
Nick Pivetta (SP): On June 20, Pivetta put together his best start of the year. Over six innings, he gave up one unearned run and walk, but no hits. It’s the third time this year that he’s given zero earned runs in a game and it dropped his ERA to 3.57.
Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York Penn League, 5-5
Austin Davidson (3B): A 2014 13th round pick of the Nationals, Davidson is 2-for-7 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI for Auburn. His .429 batting average currently leads the team.
Matthew Page (RF): A 2014 10th round pick of the Nationals, Page picked up the first hit, home run and RBI of his minor league career all in one swing. He also drew a walk in the same game.
Dale Carey (CF): A 2014 7th round pick of the Nationals, Carey went 0-for-4 with a walk and strikeout in his debut for the Auburn Doubledays on Saturday.
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