by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (4-13)
Bryce Harper: He finally hit his first AAA home run (and second RBI) on Sunday, but his average is still sitting at .234. Lefties are still killing him (just 4-for-21 against them this season), but he did have five extra-base hits total this week and drew four walks. Progress.
Tyler Moore: Moore continues to be hot with the bat, with his best game this week coming on Thursday – a 3-for-4 day with one double, three RBIs and one walk. He’s begun his experiment in left field, which could be his path to the majors. The major league club could use his pop, but he’s still very new in the outfield.
Corey Brown: His average took a hit this week (.171 in his last 10 games), but he’s walking a lot (13 walks to 12 strikeouts this season) and had two home runs this week. He finished last year strong in Syracuse and is off to a good start, but he’s not on the Nats’ 40-man roster which hurts his chances for a call-up. He’s worth monitoring, though, especially if the major league club can’t get any consistent production out of the center and left field positions.
Josh Wilkie: Three appearances this week: three innings, four hits against, two runs, four strikeouts. His ERA isn’t good (5.68), but it’s still early.
Ryan Perry: Perry has recovered from his first two appearances and three four scoreless innings this week, striking out four and giving up three hits and a walk.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (11-6)
Destin Hood: He’s heating up, as he had two three-hit games this week and one two-hit game to bring his season line to .246/.309/.393 with four stolen bases. I don’t think it will be long before that average gets closer to .300.
Jeff Kobernus: Kobernus is already well over .300, hitting .365 through the season’s first 17 games with eleven stolen bases. He had four steals this week to go along with two three-hit games.
Eury Perez: He’s cooled down, going just 2-for-23 (.087) this week with one walk and two caught-stealings.
Daniel Rosenbaum: He pitched an absolute gem this week, tossing a complete game on Wednesday, giving up one unearned run on four hits with no walks and nine strikeouts. He has yet to walk a batter in 21 2/3 innings this season (with 16 strikeouts) and is sporting an ERA of 1.25.
Potomac Nationals, High A Carolina League (6-7)
Note: A commenter asked for the status of shortstop Rick Hague, who played with Potomac last year and was the team’s third-round pick in 2010. Hague injured his shoulder very early last season and is currently in extended spring training, according to Byron Kerr of MASN.
Anthony Rendon: He’s still on the disabled list with an ankle injury.
Michael Taylor: He remains very raw (as a commenter pointed out last week), but he had a very solid week, going 5-for-16 (.312) with three doubles, four RBIs, two walks and one steal. He has a lot of strikeouts (16 in 46 at-bats), but his 10 walks have his OBP at .386 despite a low batting average (.239).
David Freitas: He’s still swinging a hot bat, hitting .324 in his first 11 games on the season. Even better: nine walks to just four strikeouts in 37 at-bats; on Friday, he was 0-for-1 with three walks. The same commenter points out that Freitas has problems behind the plate, especially with his throwing arm.
Hagerstown Suns, Low A South Atlantic League (8-8)
Brian Goodwin: Goodwin is moving closer to a return from his leg injury, according to Kerr.
Matthew Skole: He capped off a very strong week with a 4-for-4 day on Friday, hitting two doubles and a home run, knocking in four and even walking once. He’s riding a five-game hitting streak and is hitting .370 on the season with three home runs and 22 RBIs.
Alex Meyer: He rebounded from his rough start on April 12 (2/3 inning pitched, five runs), pitching five innings on Tuesday, giving up three runs on four hits and a walk, striking out seven.
Wirkin Estevez: Estevez pitched well on Friday, giving up two runs on four hits in six innings while walking none and striking out nine. He has 24 strikeouts in 20 1/3 innings this season, an encouraging sign for the young pitcher, who still sports a high ERA thanks to a rough first two starts.
Kylin Turnbull: He got rocked on Wednesday, giving up nine hits, two walks and six runs in 4 2/3 innings against Delmarva. He’ll look to rebound this week.