April 16, 2014

Washington Nationals Minor League and Prospect Report — Week Ending April 29

by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer

Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (8-15)

Bryce Harper: Called up to the majors. They say he’ll be back when Zimmerman returns, but… Harper was hitting .290/.421/.419 his last ten games in the minors with a home run and two RBIs.

Tyler Moore: Called up to the majors. Moore hit .281/.378/.531 over his last ten minor league games with two home runs and nine RBIs. Of course, he also struck out nine times in 32 at bats. It will be interesting to see how he fares at the Major League level.

Corey Brown: Six hits this week (including one home run), but he struck out seven times and only walked once. With Moore and Harper getting the call for outfield help before Brown, it’ll likely take a few more injuries before he gets his chance in the majors again.

Josh Wilkie: Wilkie had two appearances this week, and pitched a combined 1 2/3 innings, giving up no runs on two hits and a walk with three strikeouts. His season ERA stands at 4.50 in nine appearances, and he has 10 strikeouts in eight innings.

Ryan Perry: Called up to the majors. Syracuse loses two hitters and a key member of the bullpen – rough week for the Chiefs.  

Harrisburg Senators AA Eastern League (14-9)

Destin Hood: He continues to heat up, as he had two multi-hit games this week with one double, three RBIs, two walks and one stolen base total. His average is up to .250 and he’s hitting .375/.422/.425 in his last 10 games. The power isn’t quite there yet, but he’s slowly adjusting.

Jeff Kobernus: He still hasn’t slowed down with the bat – he had a hit in all but one game this week and, more impressively, had a four steal game on Tuesday against Altoona (he went 2-for-4 with two runs scored). He’s stolen a remarkable 18 bags in just 23 games and is hitting .340 overall.

Eury Perez: Not a good week for Perez, as he was just 3-for-24 (.125) with no walks and five strikeouts. His slash line is not pretty: .223/.263/.255 with one double, one triple, 10 RBIs, four walks, 16 strikeouts and 5-for-10 in stolen base attempts.

Daniel Rosenbaum: After being named Eastern League pitcher of the week last week, Rosenbaum didn’t miss a beat, throwing seven shutout innings against Altoona on Wednesday with three hits and two walks again.

Potomac Nationals High-A Carolina League (8-12)

Anthony Rendon: He’s still on the disabled list with an ankle injury.

Michael Taylor: His best game this week came on Thursday, when he was 3-for-3 with three doubles, one walk and one RBI. He’s still striking out at a strong rate (24 in 68 at-bats) and, even more alarming, is that he’s been caught stealing six times already (with two steals). His slash line so far this season, 20 games in: .250/.393/.382, which isn’t bad at all for the 21-year-old.

David Freitas: He started off the week going 2-for-4 with two doubles and an RBI, but a 2-for-12 (.167) end of the week brought his average down to .304, which is still fantastic, especially for a catcher. He’s OPS’ing .930 on the young season and has more walks (10) than strikeouts (7), so a slow week isn’t anything to worry about.

Hagerstown Suns Low-A South Atlantic League (12-10)

Brian Goodwin: He still hasn’t returned from his injury, even though he was reportedly close last week. We’ll continue to monitor.

Matthew Skole: Skole is still on fire this season and last Wednesday he had a pretty cool stat line: 1-for-3 with two RBI…with five walks and four runs scored in Hagerstown’s 24-2 win over Rome. He had a seven-game RBI streak snapped on Sunday, but still leads the team with 30 RBI. His OPS: 1.003.

Alex Meyer: He had a pretty solid start Sunday, striking out a career-high eight batters in 5 2/3 innings, giving up two runs on seven hits and two walks. He’s struck out 27 in 20 1/3 innings this season and while he hasn’t gone longer than 5 2/3 innings, he has rebounded from his poor second start of the season and is progressing.

Wirkin Estevez: Estevez had a rough day last Thursday, giving up six runs on eight hits and three walks in just 3 2/3 innings. He’s striking out a lot of batters, but opponents are hitting .299 against him and he’s still inconsistent.

Kylin Turnbull: Turnbull had a good start this week, giving up just one run on five hits in five innings on Friday, striking out three.

Comments

  1. Matt Swynenberg tossed a three-hit CG yesterday for Potomac (link in the name). He’s 23, but four months younger than the median age for the Carolina League.

    Also, Billy Burns in Hagerstown is riding a 15-game on-base streak. He’s 22 and roughly four months older than the median age for the Sally League.

    “For The Weekend” was also sent to XST. How long he’ll stay there — or if he even left the team — remains to be seen.

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