February 26, 2020

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week of July 6th

As another week of minor league baseball is in the books, here are some players in the Washington Nationals’ farm system that are making headlines and All-Star Games.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 53-36

Jhonatan Solano (C): This past week, Solano was one of four Chiefs named to the triple-A All-Star Game. In the first half of the season, Solano bat .264 with 9 home runs and 41 RBI, one shy of a career mark.

Steven Souza Jr. (OF): In 66 games for the Chiefs this year, Souza has hit .350 with a slugging percentage of .570. He has hit 28 extra-base hits including 14 doubles and 13 home runs. When you pile on his 51 RBI, he’s an All-Star. This past week, he was named to the triple-A All-Star Game.

Taylor Hill (Pitcher): Hill has thrown the most innings of any Chiefs player this year and even made his MLB debut. In 16 games (15 starts), Hill has thrown 99.2 innings to the tune of a 9-2 record and 1.90 ERA. All the while, he’s walked just 10 batters while striking out 68. This past week, he joined Solano and Souza as players selected the triple-A All-Star Game.

Aaron Laffey (Pitcher): Laffey is the fourth Chiefs player that will be participating in the triple-A All-Star Game. Laffey has thrown the second most innings on the team with 92 spanning 15 games (12 starts). Overall, he is 10-3 on the year with a 2.93 ERA.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 33-54

Bryan Harper (P): After making a strong start to his transition to double-A ball, Harper has struggled this past week. In two outings combing for 3.2 innings, he gave up five earned runs on five hits while striking out three.

Kevin Keyes (1B): Keyes now has a hit in eight of his last ten games after going 1-for-4 with an RBI and a walk on Sunday night. He has three homers and nine RBI over that period of time.

Cole Leonida (C): In a losing effort, Leonida went 3-for-4 with a double and a walk on Sunday. In four games since being called up to double-A, he’s batting .455 with an RBI and just one strike out in 11 at bats.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 46-39

Eury Perez (OF): Perez is currently on a rehab assignment for a left toe fracture that landed him on the 60-day DL in May. In his first rehab game for Potomac, he went 0-for-2. Perez has seen time as a September call up before, so he’s a player to keep an eye on.

Tony Renda (2B): After going 1-for-11 in the three games prior, Renda rebounded to have a 2-for-4 game on Sunday. In 15 games following the team’s All-Star break, he’s batting .317 with four doubles, eight RBI and five stolen bases.

Matthew Spann (SP): On Sunday, Spann pitched six innings giving up just one run on seven hits while striking out four. Unfortunately, it was in a losing effort, his fourth “L” of the year. Spann is now 5-4 on the year with a 4.15 ERA. On a positive note, Spann rebounded well as his previous two starts saw him give up a combined 10 earned runs.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 55-33

Drew Ward (3B): Ward has been a bit of a regular on this list, but hard work deserves to be recognized. On Sunday, Ward went 4-for-5 with an RBI in Hagerstown’s loss. In 18 games following the team’s All-Star break, he’s batting .352 with three homers and 12 RBI.

Spencer Kieboom (C): Kieboom was the definition of patient at the plate on Sunday. He went 1-for-2 with a homer, but also drew three walks on the day. Kieboom elevated his on-base percentage to .333 with the effort.

Carlos Lopez (DH/1B): With a three-run jack on Sunday afternoon, Lopez is now 10-for his last-34 with four doubles, two home runs and eight RBI. Earlier this week on July 2, he went 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI.

Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York Penn League, 10-13

Drew Van Orden (P): This past week, Van Orden, Washington’s 2014 fifth round selection, made his first start for the Doubledays. In two innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits while striking out one. Prior to that, he pitched a total of five innings over two games (one start) in the Gulf Coast League. There, he gave up six hits, two earned runs and struck out seven.

Austen Williams (P): On Sunday, Williams made his first start for the Doubledays after being drafted in the sixth round of the 2014 draft. In a losing effort, he gave up six hits, three earned runs and struck out two. In two starts for the GCL Nats, he earned two no decisions and gave up one run on five hits in 4.2 combined innings of work.

Matthew Page (RF): A 10th round pick of the Nationals in 2014, Page has struggled adjusting to his new league of play. In 33 at bats in 10 games, he has just four hits including a double, homer and three RBI. He’s drawn three walks while striking out nine times.

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Brian Skinnell is a sports writer born and raised in the Washington, D.C.-metro area and covers the Washington Nationals, Wizards and MiLB for District Sports Page. 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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