May 26, 2018

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 27


Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (23-27)

Corey Brown: Brown is the current minor league player everyone wants to see called up to the big club. He’s been on fire for the Chiefs, especially over the last ten games, where he’s hitting .372/.417/.930 with six home runs and 15 RBIs in that period. He had homered in five straight games through Friday, but curiously hasn’t played since that time, perhaps on instruction from the big club as they assess Chad Tracy‘s injured groin. Brown is a rightleft-handed hitting outfielder that can play all three positions, and for the season is hitting .297/.399/.584 with 12 homers and 30 RBIs.

Mark Teahen: The veteran infielder is slumping, hitting just .189/.262/.270 over the last ten games, though he’s driven in six runs in his past four contests. For the season, Teahen is hitting .282/.349/.391 and has played all four corners.

Zach Duke: The lefty had a rough week, allowing nine earned runs in 11 innings over two starts. He gave up 16 hits and five walks, striking out just five. For the season, the MLB veteran is 5-2 with a 4.25 ERA and .277 BAA in nine starts.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (27-22)

Jesus Valdez: Valdez, 28, is no longer a prospect, but he’s been hot for Harrisburg, hitting .395/.400/.658 over his last ten games, including a two-homer game Sunday against Reading. For the season, he’s hitting .305/.329/.433.

Eury Perez: Perez continues to work on his game in Double-A, and over his last ten games he’s .268/.333/.268 with three RBIs and five stolen bases, though he’s been caught four times as well. For the season, he’s hitting .257/.294/.293 with 13-for-19 steals. Still very much a work in progress, Perez will turn 22 on Wednesday.

Destin Hood: Another 22-year old prospect, Hood’s had a tough go of it recently, hitting just .175/.244/.200 over his last ten games. He has one extra base hit during that time, a double on May 18 against Bowie. This season, Hood is hitting .220/.291/.302 and really struggling against right-handed pitchers, hitting a paltry .193.

Daniel Rosenbaum: The most prolific pitching prospect in the system right now due to graduation or attrition by trade, Rosenbaum had an uncharacteristicly poor outing Wednesday against Altoona, allowing three earned runs on seven hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings, striking out four. For the season, the 24-year old is 6-0 with a 0.99 ERA and .194 BAA in nine starts. He’s struck out 41 and walked just nine in 63 1/3 innings.

Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (19-27)

David Freitas: The catcher has been productive att he plate in his last ten games, going .296/.457/.370 with seven runs driven in. For the season, his .407 OBP is very encouraging.

Michael Taylor: The toolsy, 21-year old  outfielder is 11-for-40 (.275) in his last ten games with six RBIs in and five extra-base hits, all doubles. For the season, Taylor — who some think has a chance to be the Nats center fielder of the future — is just 8-for 15 in stolen bases this season, though his .345 OBP is showing signs of better plate discipline.

Robbie Ray: Tuesday was a nice outing for the 20-year old lefty. He gave up just one earned run on five hits and two walks — striking out eight — in 5 2/3 innings. That halted a string of three consecutive poor starts for Ray, who’d given up at least four earned runs in each of the three previous games.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (29-20) 

Matthew Skole: The slugging third baseman has been raking in his last ten games to the tune of .371/.476/.657 with two homers and six RBIs. The 6’4″, 230 22-year old for the season is hitting .309/.456/.562 with ten homers and 48 RBIs. The power is legit, but his 13 errors makes many wonder if he isn’t destined for first base at some point in his near future.

Billy Burns: The diminutive (5’9″, 180) speedster is having a great season leading off for th Suns but is in a little dry patch right now, hitting just .258/.303/.355 in his last ten games. Overall, the Nats 2011 32nd round pick is hitting .300/.427/.379 and is 19-for-21 in stolen bases.

Alex Meyer: Meyer had a good game this week, allowing just one hit and two walks in five innings Wednesday against Greensboro. He struck out eight, but did not factor in the decision. For the season, he’s 2-3 with a 4.36 ERA in nine starts.

Nathan Karns: Karns threw a gem Saturday, beating Lakewood 7-1, Karns went seven innings, allowing one run on one hit and one walks, striking out ten to improve his record to 2-0 for the season with a 2.35 ERA in 10 games, four starts.

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


  1. Rob Riggle says:

    Great to see this report back! Enjoyed it.

  2. souldrummer says:

    FYI, Corey Brown is left handed

    • Dave Nichols says:

      but of course. I wrote the rport at 2:30 am, so I was a bit sluggish. thanks.

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