Across the Affiliates 08/03/09

Sorry for the quiet, real life took over this weekend.

My quick take on the two deals on Friday. About the best I expected. Neither Johnson nor Beimel were going to return a premium. Given Rizzo’s comments about Marlins minor leaguer RHP Ryan Tucker’s drop in velocity, Thompson was the better choice. As for Beimel, they get one arm that just underwent Tommy John and another that is an old-for-level reliever in the Sally League. Don’t really know enough about either guy to accurately assess that deal. The bottom line is the Nationals traded one player who was on the cusp on Type B status (Johnson) and one guy solidly Type B (Beimel) for three minor league arms. Johnson has been sliding on and off of the Elias Type B list over the past month and I’m not sure he’ll end up there at the end of the season, so the Nationals got something for him rather than gambling on getting nothing for him. As for Beimel, I strongly doubt the Nationals would have offered him arbitration so the discussions of Type B status are irrelevant. LHRPs (non-closer) would be better served taking arbitration offers for one year than going out on the free agent market.

As for the guys the Nationals got in return, if my understanding of the roster rules is correct, all three would need to be added to the 40-man at the end of the 2009 season or risked being lost in the Rule 5 draft. The fact that RHP Ryan Mattheus will be rehabbing TJ surgery diminishes his chances of selection and RHP Robinson Fabian is a reliever in the Sally League, reducing his chances of selection. LHP Aaron Thompson might be the one guy who the Nationals use a 40-man spot on this off-season.

The Big Board has been updated with those moves along with the ones discussed below.


  • Friday  – Lost to Charlotte 8-5 (box). LHP Horacio Ramirez took the loss, getting knocked around for five runs on twelve hits over 5IP. RHPs Zech Zinicola & Zack Segovia and LHP Yunior Novoa combined on 3 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, allowing one hit & two walks while striking out one. 1B Mike Morse was 1/4 with a three-run homer; CF Justin Maxwell was 2/4 with a run scored; SS Ian Desmond was 0/3 with a walk & run scored; and CA Jhonathan Solano was 2/4 with two RBI.
  • Saturday – Lost to Norfolk 8-6 (box). RHP Shairon Martis gave up five runs on six hits over 6IP. LHP Jack Spradlin made his Triple-A debut, allowing two runs on three hits over 1 1/3 innings to take the loss. Maxwell was 2/4 with two runs scored; RF Kory Casto was 3/4 with a homer & five RBI; Desmond was 1/4; and Morse was 1/3 with a walk & run scored.
  • Sunday – Defeated Norfolk 3-0 (box). RHP Marco Estrada picked up his sixth win of the season, allowing five hits and striking out four over 6IP. Novoa, RHP Josh Wilkie, & Segovia pitched the final three perfect innings. Maxwell was 1/4 with a triple, run & RBI; Casto was 2/4 with a double, run & RBI; Desmond was 0/3 with a walk; LF Jorge Padilla was 2/4 with a run scored and 2B Seth Bynum was 1/4 with one RBI.
  • Notes – OF Elijah Dukes and RHP Jorge Sosa were promoted to Washington replacing 1B Nick Johnson and LHP Joe Beimel. 1B Brad Eldred was activated from the DL to replace Dukes and LHP Jack Spradlin was promoted from Harrisburg to replace Sosa.
  • Today – Syracuse RHP Andrew Kown (2-0, 3.70) at Norfolk RHP Jake Arrieta (3-4, 4.70) 7:15PM


  • Friday – Lost 8-3 to Portland (box). LHP Matt Chico took the loss, allowing four runs on six hits and one walk over 2IP. RHP Carlos Martinez struck out five over 4IP while allowing a run on three hits & two walks. DH Joel Guzman & 1B Bill Rhinehart were each 1/4 with a solo homer; 3B Matt Whitney was 2/4 with two doubles & a run scored; CA Sean Rooney was 1/2 with one RBI; and LF/2B Leonard Davis was 1/4.
  • Saturday – Defeated Portland 4-2 (box). RHP Jeff Mandel picked up his second win for the Senators, giving up two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out seven. RHP Clint Everts earned his third save, retiring all three batters he faced, two on strikeouts. CF Edgardo Baez was 2/4 with a two-run homer; Guzman was 2/3 with a double; 2B Ofilio Castro was 2/4 with a double & RBI; CA Luke Montz was 1/3 with a double & run scored; and SS Freddie Bynum was 2/4 with a double & run scored.
  • Sunday – Defeated Portland 6-2 (box). RHP Luis Atilano allowd an unearned run on six hits over 7IP, he did not walk walk or strikeout a batter. RHP Adrian Alaniz picked up his first save, allowing one hit over 1 1/3 shutout innings with two strikeouts. Castro was 1/5 with a solo homer; Davis was 1/3 with a run & two stolen bases; DH Marvin Lowrance was 1/3 with a homer & three RBI; and Rooney was 2/4 with a double & run scored.
  • Notes – LHP Aaron Thompson, acquired from the Marlins in the Johnson trade, will replace Spradlin on the Senators roster
  • Today – No game scheduled


  • Friday – Defeated Winston-Salem 4-1 (box). RHP Trevor Holder won his Carolina League debut, allowing a run on one hit and two walks over 5IP with five strikeouts. RHP Cole Kimball earned the save, striking out seven over three innings of no-hit/shutour relief. DH Chris Marrero was 1/4 with a solo homer; RF Michael Burgess was 0/4; SS Danny Espinosa was 1/3 with a walk; LF Jesus Valdez was 2/3 with a double & run scored; and CF Francisco Plasencia was 1/3 with a double, run & RBI.
  • Saturday – Lost 5-0 to Winston-Salem (box). RHP Adam Carr took the loss allowing three runs on nine hits and a walk over 6IP while striking out three. RHP Osvaldo Rodriguez pitched two scoreless innings of relief without allowing a hit; he struck out two and walked one. RHP Justin Phillabaum made his Carolina League debut, surrendering two runs on three hits and one walk over 1IP with two strikeouts. Espinosa was 0/3 with a walk & stolen base; Marrero was 0/3 with a walk; Valdez was 3/4; and CA Devin Ivany was 1/4 with a double.
  • Sunday – Postponed by wet field conditions. The game will be made up as part of a doubleheader when the Nationals make their final trip to Winston-Salem from August 18-20.
  • Notes – RHP Martin Beno was placed on the DL and RHP Justin Phillabaum was promoted from Hagerstown
  • Today – Potomac RHP Hassan Pena (0-1, 6.75) at Frederick RHP Pedro Beato (5-7, 4.53) 7PM
  • Friday – Game with West Virginia postponed due to wet grounds
  • Saturday – Lost 2-1 to West Virginia (box). RHP Paul Demny started for Hagerstown, allowing a run on four hits and two walks over 5 1/3IP with two trikeouts. LHP Ricardo Pecina pitched three scoreless innings, allowing a walk and two hits while striking out five. 2B Stephen Lombardozzi was 1/3 with one RBI; CA Derek Norris was 0/2 with two walks; 3B Nick Arata was 1/3 with a walk & run scored; and CF Chris Curran was 2/4.
  • Sunday – Doubleheader with West Virginia postponed due to wet grounds. No word yet on a makeup date.
  • Notes – RHP Patrick Lehman was promoted to Hagerstown from Vermont, replacing Phillabaum. RHP Robinson Fabian (acquired from Colorado for Joe Beimel) has been assigned to the Suns but is not active.
  • Today – No game scheduled.


  • Friday – Lost 3-2 to Lowell (box).LHP Mitchell Clegg allowed four runs & three hits over five scoreless innings with one strikeout. RHP Johan Figuereo struck out two over two shutout innings of relief. LHP Clayton Dill struck out three over two innings of work. 2B Francisco Soriano was 2/5 with a walk, run & two stolen bases; LF J.P. Ramirez was 0/6; RF Destin Hood was 1/3 with one RBI; DH Justin Bloxom was 1/3 with two walks; and CF/RF J.R. Higley was 4/6 with a run scored.
  • Saturday – Defeated Lowell 8-3 (box). RHP Matt Swynenberg started for the Monsters, allowing a run on six hits over 4 2/3IP with five strikeouts. LHP Evan Bronson picked up the save with three innings of relief, giving up an unearned run on two hits with two strikeouts. Soriano was 2/5 with a double; Ramirez was 2/5 with a triple & run scored; Hood was 1/5 with a run & RBI; Bloxom was 2/4 with a homer & two RBI; Higley was 2/4 with a triple, RBI & two runs scored; and CA Sandy Leon was 3/3 with two doubles & two RBI.
  • Sunday – Lost 6-1 to Lowell (box). LHP Graham Hicks was torched for six runs (four earned) on seven hits and five walks over just 2 1/3IP. Soriano was 2/4; Ramirez was 0/3; Hood was 1/4 with a run scored; 3B Jack Walker was 2/3 with a double; Higley was 2/4 with a double & RBI; and Leon was 1/3.
  • Notes – RHP Dustin Crane was promoted from the GCL Nationals, replacing Lehman on the roster
  • Today – Vermont LHP Chad Jenkins (0-0, 0.00) at Lowell 7:05PM

GCL Nationals

  • Friday – Game with GCL Mets was suspended by rain with the score tied at 4-4 in the tenth inning (box). LHP Bobby Hansen struck out six over his 4 1/3 innings of work; he allowed a run on five hits. RHP Dustin Crane surrendered three runs on one hit and two walks over 2 1/3IP while striking out four. RHP Wilson Eusebio struck out two over 1 1/3IP. CF Eury Perez was 2/5 with a stolen base & run scored; SS Justino Cuevas was 2/4 with a run scored; 3B Yeurys Tejeda was 2/3 with a run & RBI; and RF Angelberth Montilla was 1/4 with a double & two RBI.
  • Saturday – Split a doubleheader with the GCL Marlins, winning game one 2-1 (box) and losing game two 6-5 (box). LHP Paul Applebee started the first game, allowing one run on one hit over 5IP with six strikeouts but did not figure in the decision. RHP John Santiago picked up the win in relief with two perfect innings, striking out three. Perez was 1/3 with a stolen base; Cuevas was 1/2 with a walk & run scored; 2B Hendry Jimenez was 1/1 with a walk and run scored; and PH Derrick Phillips was 1/1 with two RBI. In the second game, RHP Ironel Paez gave up three runs in three hits and one walk in just 1/3 of an inning. RHP Wanel Vasquez pitched two scoreless innings of relief, striking out two. Perez was 3/4 with a stolen base and RBI; 1B Brett Newsome was 2/4 with a solo homer; CA Adrian Nieto was 1/4 with a run scored; and Montilla was 1/2 with a run scored.
  • Sunday – No game scheduled
  • Today – GCL Cardinals at GCL Nationals 7PM

DSL Nationals

  • Friday – Lost to DSL Diamondbacks 4-1 (box). RHP Danubio Gonzalez gave up four unearned runs on five hits over 5 1/3IP with one walk and five strikeouts. SS Estarlin Martinez was 2/4 with two doubles and a run scored and 1B Joseph Cabreja was 1/3.
  • Saturday – Lost to DSL Cubs1 6-4 (box). RHP Antonio Guzman struck out eight over 6IP while giving up two runs on four hits and one walk. Martinez was 1/4 with a walk; Cabreja was 1/4 with a homer & two RBI; and 3B Paul Chacin was 2/4
  • Sunday – No game scheduled
  • Today – DSL Nationals at DSL Orioles 10:30AM
  1. #1 by cjrugger - August 3rd, 2009 at 08:49

    Like the NJ deal, not so sure about Beimel. If he’s gonna be a type b guy than I think we shold have kept him. Best case we pick up a 2nd round pick, worst case we get a very good lefty reliver on another one year deal and we can play this game again next year. And from some of his comments this year, I would be shocked if he accepted arbitration.

    Also, how is it possible that Estarlin Martinez has 26 errors in 49 games?!?!

  2. #2 by Ronny/Daggerrrrrr - August 3rd, 2009 at 09:18

    God! I wish we had drafted Mike Stanton instead of Mike Burgess.

  3. #3 by Dick - August 3rd, 2009 at 10:16

    Brian: What do you hear about Eury Perez? He seems to be doing well in the GCL.

  4. #4 by homegrown - August 3rd, 2009 at 10:49

    Ronny what’s your opinion on Burgess. Don’t even let me start!!

  5. #5 by Jeff E. - August 3rd, 2009 at 12:31

    a month to go: pitcher of the year- Brad Meyers player of the year- Michael Burgess???? who agrees?

  6. #6 by Berndaddy - August 3rd, 2009 at 12:37

    Player of the year for me is Ian Desmond.

  7. #7 by Brian Oliver - August 3rd, 2009 at 12:38

    Meyers is a strong choice as pitcher of the year.

    Derek Norris seems the slam dunk as hitter of the year

  8. #8 by Ronny/Daggerrrrrr - August 3rd, 2009 at 13:05

    Homegrown- My opinion on Burgess is he was a wasted pick. He’s not even getting better. Mike Stanton is improving every year. It just makes me sick to my stomach because we could have had him.

  9. #9 by RT - August 3rd, 2009 at 13:10

    any word on whether we will be able to sign Miguel Pena or Nathan Karns?

  10. #10 by Brian Oliver - August 3rd, 2009 at 13:18

    RT – No rumors at all. Perez (8), Davis (15), and Stroman (18) are the three remaining unsigned hitters in the first 25 rounds. Strasburg (1), Pena (5), Karns (12) and Ridings (25) are the remaining unsigned arms.

    My guess is the draft class will close out with Strasburg, Pena, and an oustide shot at Karns.

  11. #11 by expo_ram - August 3rd, 2009 at 13:35

    Anyone know where I can buy Crow (the bird, not the pitcher). I need lots, re: Holder.

    Brian, did the scouts just see something special in him that he didn’t display in college? Maybe a mechanics tweak made him that much better? What is his raw stuff like – I can’t remember.

  12. #12 by homegrown - August 3rd, 2009 at 14:39

    If season ended today. Pitcher of the year Erik Arneson Hitter of the year D. Norris

    Sleeper of the year CA Sean Rooney. Came into the year as back-up to Brian Peacock in Potomac. Hit .300 for Potomac called up to Harrisburg is currently hitting .351for them, throws out runners at a clip around 50% and calls a good game according to pitchers.

    Ronny I totally agree with you about Burgess. He could be completely different during practice but the old saying you play like you practice? I see very little heart in his game. He seems to be very immature. Hopefully I am wrong and he turns it around and like expo-ram I can buy some Crow!!!

  13. #13 by mcgalinmd - August 3rd, 2009 at 15:20

    The group I watch the Suns games with all refered to Michael Burgess as “strike out king”. He either hit a home run, or struck out. And walked around like his you-know-what didn’t stink. Rarely an autograph, rarely acknowledged fans. He’ll never make it anywhere with his hitting style or attitude. I’ll take small Chris Curran and his day in and out hustle anyday.

  14. #14 by Ted Leavengood - August 3rd, 2009 at 16:15

    If you look back at the 2007 draft–supposedly the Nationals best to date–they emphasized high school over college. Other than Norris the other high draft picks from that year have been busts. The college players are looking to have more upside–Bradley, Detwiler, Zimmermann versus Smoker, Burgess, Souza, Norris and Smolinski (McGeary). Fairly resounding vote for going the way the Nationals went in the 2009 draft.

  15. #15 by Steve - August 3rd, 2009 at 22:52

    I agree homegrown Rooney has definitely exceeded expectations and Clint Everts 3-1, 1.61 ERA 3 saves and 28 K ’s in 28 innings at Harrisburg looks like he might be finally figuring it out, pitches to a little too much contact but does not give up the long ball. Norris is assured to be the best bat and Brad Meyers if he fills out a little and picks up a couple of mph on his fastball MIGHT be better than any pitcher in Syracuse.

  16. #16 by Jeff E. - August 4th, 2009 at 00:06

    What then is it about Tampa Hillsbourough?????

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