November 1, 2014

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report for Week of June 29th

Another week of minor league baseball is in the books. Here is a look around the Washington Nationals’ farm system at some players making headlines.

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League, 50-33

Jeff Kobernus (OF): After working his way through the system rehabbing, Kobernus is back with the Chiefs. On Sunday afternoon, he went 3-for-5 with an RBI.

Emmanuel Burriss (SS): Burriss is currently finishing off a month in which he’s batting .307. On Sunday, he went 4-for-4 with a walk, double, homer and two RBI. He’s picked up a hit in seven of his last 10 games.

Aaron Laffey (SP): Laffey picked up his 10th win of the year in his best start of the year. Over seven innings, he gave up just three hits and a walk while striking out three. He dropped his season ERA to 2.98.

Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League, 32-48

Matt Skole (3B): Skole is currently on the tail end of his best month yet with Harrisburg. He’s batting .287 with five home runs and 24 RBI. In his last 10 games, he’s 9-for-31 with four RBI and 12 walks.

Michael A. Taylor (OF): Despite an unusual 0-for-5 day on Sunday, Taylor is batting .343 this June. Before Sunday, he went 13-for-38 over nine games. Taylor was given quite the honor this past week when he was named a representative for the Nationals in the 2014 MLB Futures Game.

Bryce Harper (OF): To finish up his rehab stint, Harper had quite a three-game stretch with Harrisburg. He went 6-for-10 with three homers and 11 RBI. He drew three walks and also stole two bags. All signs point to him being ready to return.

Potomac Nationals, High-Class A Carolina League, 44-34

Bryce Harper (OF): Before heading to Harrisburg, Harper started off with Potomac. In two games, he went 3-for-4 with a homer and four RBI. He played both left field and centerfield while with the P-Nats.

Will Piwnica-Worms (OF): On Sunday, Piwnica-Worms hit his third home run of the year as Potomac won 7-2. He’s been a hot hitter in June, batting .312 with 16 RBI.

Austin Voth (SP): Voth has made two starts since being promoted to high-class A and has done well both times. In 13 total innings, he’s given up four hits, one earned run and struck out 13.

Hagerstown Suns, Low-Class A South Atlantic League, 52-29

Lucas Giolito (SP): This past week, Giolito was named to the 2014 MLB Futures Game during All-Star Weekend. On the year, Giolito is 3-2 in 12 starts with a 2.30 ERA and 61 strikeouts.

Wilmer Difo (2B): Difo has picked up a hit in nine of his last 10 games. This June, he’s bating .346 with three homers and 14 RBI. His power numbers are down from last month, but his average is up by nearly 50 points.

Isaac Ballou (OF): After batting .222 in the month of May, Ballou has bounced back to hit .305 with 16 RBI in June. It should be interesting to see if Ballou can keep up his hot hitting next month.

Auburn Doubledays, Class A Short-Season New York Penn League, 7-9

Jose Marmolejos-Diaz (1B): Marmolejos-Diaz as off to a great start in his first season with Auburn. Currently on an eight-game hitting streak, he’s batting .318 with seven RBI and an .892 OPS.

Austin Davidson (IF): In five games this year, Davidson is 6-for-17 with two doubles and six RBI. On Sunday, he went 2-for-3 with three RBI.

Reynaldo Lopez (SP): In three starts for the Doubledays this year, Lopez is 1-1 with a 1.23 ERA and 13 strikeouts. In his most recent start on June 26, he pitched 5.2 scoreless innings giving up just two walks and eight strikeouts. He earned his first victory of the season.

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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 Nationals and Wizards. He is currently earning a degree in Sports Communications at Shepherd University. Brian was the author of the D.C. sports blog "The Skinny on Sports" but has been a contributor to Yahoo Sports and Rant Sports in recent years. You can follow Brian on Twitter @Brian_Skinnell.

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