February 26, 2020

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 18th

As another week of minor league baseball comes to a close, here is an update on the Washington Nationals’ farm system. We’ll work our way around the organization, checking in with players that have already made this list, plus highlighting some new faces and prospects making headlines.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 21-22

Steven Souza Jr. (Outfield): Souza has appeared in eight games at the major-league level, but he’s spent a majority of his time playing in the outfield for the Chiefs. In his last 10 games at triple-A, he’s picked up a hit in eight of them. In his last four games, he’s got at least two knocks. On the season, he’s hit three homers and 13 RBI with a batting average of .351.

Sean Nicol (Shortstop): Thanks to some recent changes around the organization, Nicol was promoted from Harrisburg (double-A) to Syracuse this past week. In his first four games, he’s got a hit in all but one of them, including a 2-for-4 day with an RBI and a double on Sunday. He did well at double-A batting .291, so it should be interesting to see if he can carry that solid hitting up a level.

Ryan Tatusko (Starting Pitcher): Don’t let his 1-5 record through nine starts fool you, Tatusko’s 2.31 ERA should speak for itself. His most recent outing this past Sunday wasn’t his best (7 IP, 6 H, 4 ER, 4 K), but he’s given Syracuse an opportunity to win in all of his other outings. When it comes to starting pitchers, that’s just about all you can ask.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 13-28

Cutter Dysktra (Third Base): We’ve checked in with Dykstra before on our list, but the month that he is currently having deserves some attention. In the past 10 games, he’s picked up a hit in all but one of them and is batting .432 in that stretch. On the season, he’s batting .293, but it’s on the rise as he’s hitting .299 this May with three doubles and eight RBI.

Rafael Martin (Right-Handed Pitcher): Martin makes his first appearance on our list and for good reason. After a rough start in his first double-A outing of the season (he spent time at single-A prior to this), he hasn’t allowed a base runner, let alone a hit, in his last three innings spanning two outings of relief work. He was on a similar run while with Potomac, so this is no fluke.

A.J. Cole (Starting Pitcher): One of the Nats’ most promising young starting arms, Cole makes another appearance on our list thanks to the body of work he’s putting together this month. In four starts, he’s 2-1 with a complete-game shutout and 1.19 ERA. He’s struck out 23 while walking just four and has allowed just three runs through 22.2 innings.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 22-18

Khayyan Norfolk (Third Base): Norfolk spent some time with the Hagerstown Suns, but he’s beginning to find his swing with Potomac. He’s currently on a five-game hitting streak and has picked up a hit in eight of his last nine games. After a rough start to the month, he’s on the comeback.

Matthew Spann (Left-Handed Pitcher): Spann makes his first appearance on our list. Like Norfolk, he began the season with Hagerstown, but has been moved up to Potomac. In five appearances out of the bullpen, he’s allowed three runs (two in one outing, one in another) over 13.1 innings of work. He’s also struck out 13 batters while walking six.

Stephen Perez (Shortstop): After a great month of April, Perez is at it again in May. After posting a .338 average in the first month, his 4-for-5 game with two doubles on Sunday helped to bring his average this May up to .323. On the season, he has 12 doubles and 18 RBI.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 31-11

Isaac Ballou (Outfield): In an unusually quiet game for the Suns in which they were one-hit and shutout on Sunday, Ballou picked up the team’s only knock. After batting .292 in April, he’s in a bit of a slump with a .250 average in May. He’s batting just .139 in his last 10 games, but is on a four-game hitting streak.

Ryan Ullmann (Right-Handed Pitcher): If you’re looking for a young minor-league arm to keep an eye on, I suggest Ullmann. After throwing a perfect inning in relief on Sunday, he’s dropped his ERA .87 through 20.2 total innings of work. Through 11.2 innings of work this month, he’s struck out 10 batters.

Austin Voth (Starting Pitcher): His record may be 1-3, but it certainly isn’t due to a lack of production on the mound. Voth has given up just two earned runs this month for an ERA of .78, dropping his overall ERA to 1.82. Hitters are struggling to make contact, as well, batting just .193 against him and striking out 23 times this month.

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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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