August 19, 2022

Washington Nationals’ Minor League and Prospect Report for Week Ending May 4th

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 14-15 

Brandon Laird: Laird has bounced between the minors and majors over the past few seasons, but is currently manning third base for the Chiefs. In the last week of basball, he has picked up eight hits, including a 3-for-4 game last Thursday. On the season, he’s hitting a slugging percentage of .567 with an OPS of 1.024.

Brock Peterson: Peterson played well in Spring Training and he’s translating that success to the regular season in Syracuse. He’s picked up a hit in seven of the team’s last 10 games to go along with three RBI.

Taylor Hill: Hill currently sits at 4-1 with a 1.82 ERA for the Chiefs and his most recent outing this past Sunday was a gem. He pitched a complete-game shutout and gave up just three hits and one walk. Hill has been steady on the mound while also picking up his fair share of strikeouts with 34.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 8-19

Michael Taylor: A center fielder, Taylor has been getting stronger and stronger with his bat as the season goes on. He’s picked up a hit in eight of his last 10 games including three doubles, four homers and 12 RBI. Most notably, he went 3-for-4 with three home runs on April 27th.

Cutter Dykstra: After a hot start to the season, Dykstra is currently on a is currently on a four-game hitless streak. Prior to that, the third baseman had a hit in his previous six games. He’s proven to be a solid minor leaguer in years past, and he could break out of this minor slump in a big way.

Justin Bloxom: The Nationals have several talented first baseman in their farm system and Bloxom is certainly one of them. In his second full season at double-A, Bloxom is on a six-game hitting streak and has a hit in eight of his last ten games. On the season, he’s batting .318 with eight doubles.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 16-10

Randolph Oduber: Since he was moved to Potomac from Hagerstown early in the season, Oduber has done well for the PNats. He has a .244 average, but is playing strong as of late. In his last 10 games, in eight of them. In five of those eight games, he’s picked up at least two hits. In an 11-run rout on Sunday, Oduber went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk.

Oscar Tejeda: Tejeda has picked up a hit in seven of his last ten games, highlighted by grand slam in the eighth inning on Sunday. On the season, he’s hit five doubles, four homers and 16 RBI.

Gilberto Mendez: In eight appearances out of the bullpen this season, Mendez has been a steady pitcher. Averaging just over an inning of work per outing, he’s given up just eight hits, three of which came in one uncharacteristically bad appearance. On Sunday, he was the only Potomac pitcher not to give up a base runner as he pitched two no-hit innings.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 21-7

Isaac Ballou: The Suns are a team stocked with young talent and Ballou certainly belongs in this group. The outfielder has a hit in nine of his last 10 games including four doubles. He’s batting .299 with an on-base percentage of .387. On top of that, he’s stolen five bags.

John Wooten: Like Ballou, Wooten has also collected a hit in nine of his last 10 games. The right fielder has hit five doubles, a homer and six RBI in that same stretch. This is his third season in the system and he’s make quite a buzz.

Wander Suero: Out of the bullpen, Suero has been a solid pitcher for the Suns. In 27.1 innings spanning six outings, the right-hander has given up just six earned runs while fanning 19 batters. His 1.98 ERA is the best on the team.

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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