Across the Affiliates 08/14/09

Syracuse RHP Marco Estrada settled down after a rough first couple of innings and he an three relievers no-hit Toled o over the final six innings of a 4-3 win (box/gamer). Estrada finished his six-inning outing allowing three runs on five hits while strking out four. RHP Josh Wilkie struck out four and walked one over 1 2/3IP; LHP Yunior Novoa retired the one batter he faced; and RHP Zack Segovia pitched a perfect ninth to earn his fourth save of the season. The win moved the Chiefs to 61-55, 4.5 games out of first place (3.5G out of the wild card). RF Kory Casto was 1/4 with a double & run scored; 1B Mike Morse was 1/3 with a double & RBI; DH Daryle Ward was 1/3 with a solo homer; 2B Seth Bynum was 2/4 with a solo homer; CF Justin Maxwell was 1/3 with a double, stolen base & run scored; and SS Ian Desmond was 1/1 with a double.

Today: Rochester (pitcher TBA) at Syracuse LHP Ross Detwiler (0-2, 4.64) 7PM

Harrisburg extended their winning streak to five games, completing a three-game sweep of Binghamton with a 5-2 win (box/gamer). RHP Jeff Mandel moved to 3-0 for the Senators, allowing two runs on nine hits and a walk over 6IP with two strikeouts. RHP Carlos Martinez threw two scoreless innings of relief and RHP Drew Storen earned his second save in as many chances with one scoreless inning, walking one and striking out one. After opening their season 2-16 in April, the Senators have been 53-45. SS Freddie Bynum was 2/4 with a run & RBI. 2B/LF Leonard Davis was 2/3 with a double, run & two RBI; 1B Bill Rhinehart was 1/4 with one RBI; and LF Marvin Lowrance was 1/3 with a solo homer.

Today: Trenton RHP Ryan Pope (4-9, 5.06) at Harrisburg RHP Luis Atilano (7-7, 4.25) 7PM

Potomac dropped a rain-shortened game to Frederick 8-4 in six innings (box/gamer). SS Danny Espinosa was 2/3 with one RBI; 1B Chris Marrero was 1/3 with one RBI; LF Dan Nelson was 2/3 with a triple & run scored; and DH Michael Martinez was 1/2 with a double, RBI & two runs scored. RHP Adam Carr surrendered all eight runs on twelve hits and three walks over 5IP. The P-Nats are now 27-19 and 2.5 games out of first place.

Today: Potomac LHP Tom Milone (8-4, 3.32) at Wilmington (pitcher TBA) 7:05PM

Hagerstown CF Chris Curran  tied the game with a grand slam in the bottom of the ninth, but the Suns pen allowed four runs in the top of the 14th as the Suns were swept away by Rome with a 10-6 win (box/gamer). Curran finished the game 5/7 with a stolen base, three runs & four RBI, he scored or drove in all of the Suns runs. 2B Stephen Lombardozzi was 1/6 with a double, CA Derek Norris was 1/5 with two walks; SS Steve Souza was 1/6 with a walk, stolen base & RBI; and 1B Tyler Moore was 1/7 with a double & RBI. RHP Juan Jaime gave up three runs on two hits and two walks over 4IP while striking out five. LHP Patrick Arnold allowed a run on three hits and a walk over 3IP with three strikeouts. RHP Carlos Peralta took the loss, surrendering four runs (three earned) on six hits in just 1 1/3IP.

Today: Augusta (pitcher TBA) at Hagerstown RHP Marcos Frias (7-4, 3.23) 7:05PM

Vermont lost their fifth straight game, falling 7-1 to Batavia (box/gamer). LHP Mitchell Clegg gave up four runs on four hits and three walks over 4 1/3IP. LF J.P. Ramirez was 2/4 with a double and DH Destin Hood was 1/4.

Today: State College (pitcher TBA) at Vermont RHP Matt Swynenberg (0-2, 8.56) 7:05PM

LHP Bobby Hansen and RHP Taylor Jordan combined on a fourhit 5-1 win over the GCL Cardinals (box). Hansen allowed three hits and one walk over five shutout innings while striking out three and Jordan picked up the win allowing a solo homer and walk over four innings while also striking out three. CF Eury Perez was 1/4; 3B Adrian Sanchez was 1/4 with a run scored; 2B Hendry Jimenez was 2/4 with two stolen bases & two runs scored; DH Wilfri Pena was 1/3 with a run & two RBI; CA Adrian Nieto was 0/4; and SS Justino Cuevas was 2/3 with a two-run homer.

Today: GCL Nationals at GCL Astros 12PM

The DSL Nationals lost 7-2 to the DSL Diamondbacks (box). RHP Antonio Guzman surrendered five runs on six hits over 6IP while striking out six. LF/CF Wander Ramos was 2/3; DH Elvin Rodriguez was 2/4 with a double & run scored; and 1B Juan Urdaneta was 2/4.

Today: DSL Cubs1 at DSL Nationals 10:30AM
  1. #1 by Carl Goldstein - August 14th, 2009 at 08:08

    Just returned from NY – noticed in the Daily News 8/12/09 Transactions: Major League Baseball – Suspended Washington minor league P Stephen Englund 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. I apologize,if I am late on this news.

  2. #2 by VladiHondo - August 14th, 2009 at 09:04

    That’s an almost all DSL highlight for the GCL Nats!

    Keep it up guys.

  3. #3 by Chris - August 14th, 2009 at 09:18

    Carl Goldstein :Just returned from NY – noticed in the Daily News 8/12/09 Transactions: Major League Baseball – Suspended Washington minor league P Stephen Englund 50 games for testing positive for an amphetamine in violation of the Minor League Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. I apologize,if I am late on this news.

    It’s been discussed, but no worries about bringing it up again. You apparently have a life to live, others like me, have no life except following the Nats. Sad, I know :)

  4. #4 by Nick - August 14th, 2009 at 09:28

    Brian, Wilkie has been putting up impressive numbers all season. Is he a legit prospect? What’s the scouting report on him?

  5. #5 by Brian Oliver - August 14th, 2009 at 09:36

    Nick – Not sure he’s a closer of the future but he appears to be legitimately in the conversation for a shot at the Nationals bullpen in 2010 (in my somewhat biased opinion).

    Scouting reports I’ve read have his fastball in the 88-91 range with a 78-82mph curveball. He was graded as having the best changeup back in the Sally League in 2007, so that gives him three pitches … more than enough for a reliever.

    The thing I like best about Wilkie is that he’s worked his way from the GCL in 2006 to Syracuse in 2009, all by a guy who went through 1,500 picks without being selected in 2006. There is something to be said about that drive.

  6. #6 by Nick - August 14th, 2009 at 10:20

    Thanks Brian. Would be great if he got a look with the big league club. I’m getting tired of Saul Rievra.

  7. #7 by natsfan07 - August 14th, 2009 at 10:40

    Wilkie seems like the type of player we need in the Nats pen. Had no clue he worked his way up in three years from the GCL. What’s the story here? Any chance he may come to DC this season?

  8. #8 by Dick - August 14th, 2009 at 11:11

    Adrian Nieto sure seems like a huge disappointment so far.

    That’s an interesting stat on Harrisburg’s record. As i recall, one pundit called them the worst minor league team in history and cited them as another example of how the Nats organization was horrible after the first 3-4 weeks. What a turnaround! Hats off to John Stearns.

  9. #9 by expo_ram - August 14th, 2009 at 11:34

    Between Segovia, Wilkie, Storen, Everts, Novoa, Spradlin, and to a lesser extend Zinicola, it seems we have some RP depth all of a sudden.

    Brian, are you comfortable with these guys as prospects – do they have decent ceilings?

    This just in….Adam Carr is terrible….

  10. #10 by John - August 14th, 2009 at 11:53

    Fingers crossed the Nats notice the success/potential demonstrated by Wilkie and his “classmates”…time for this organization to reward consistency and perseverance over signing bonuses

    Brian, do you know Wilkie’s rule five status?

  11. #11 by Brian Oliver - August 14th, 2009 at 12:05

    John – I believe he is R5 eligible this off-season

  12. #12 by rukidding - August 14th, 2009 at 12:07

    Brian, Any chance you can post in your opinion the best players by position in the organization? also maybe who some of the surprises for the year and dissapointments for the year?

  13. #13 by Brian Oliver - August 14th, 2009 at 12:09

    ruk – It’s on the agenda. Had my last class of the semester last night. One last assignment this weekend then I can focus more on that kind of stuff

  14. #14 by John - August 14th, 2009 at 12:12

    I’m really sick of you making excuses. If you don’t step it up, I’m going to demand a full refund of my NFA membership. In fact I want double what I’ve paid back :)

  15. #15 by Pilchard - August 14th, 2009 at 12:19

    BA’s Jim Callis just posted a summary of the unsigned picks in the first 10 rounds and a status update for each. For Miguel Pena, Callis states “Expected to attend San Jacinto JC”. The link:

    FWIW, there are 19 1st round picks that have not signed heading into the is weekend. That has to be a record.

  16. #16 by John - August 14th, 2009 at 12:19

    According to Jim Callis it looks like 5th rounder Miguel Pena is not going to sign.

    Disappointing, but if they get Strasburg, it’s been a phenomenal draft IMO.

  17. #17 by John - August 14th, 2009 at 12:20

    Now i know how the Nats felt in the Texieria race.

  18. #18 by cjrugger - August 14th, 2009 at 13:43

    Wait, Roberto Perez signed?? When did I miss that?

    Nice work anyway, was hoping to get him

  19. #19 by Brian Oliver - August 14th, 2009 at 13:51

    I cannot find anything confirming that Perez has signed. I think they forgot him

  20. #20 by Kirkie - August 14th, 2009 at 13:55

    Don’t think I’d seen the BA profile of Bradley Meyers posted anywhere (no sub necessary):

  21. #21 by Cole - August 14th, 2009 at 13:58

    Does anyone have an idea how Boras will be able to sign 5 1st rounders, including the top 3, in the minutes before the deadline? It seems impossible unless he hands some of them off to assistants.

  22. #22 by Berndaddy - August 14th, 2009 at 14:14

    Cole – He extend the time…maybe? Brian?

  23. #23 by Tom D - August 14th, 2009 at 16:46


    Nice article by Baseball America on Meyers…thanks for sharing.


  24. #24 by Cole - August 14th, 2009 at 17:58

    I forgot that Boras, and Boras alone, is allowed to extend the deadline.

  25. #25 by Thomas - August 14th, 2009 at 17:59

    Nieto doesn’t even have 200 career at bats. high school catchers are slow to develop. Im sure the nats are more concern on how he handles a pitching staff and how to run a team , than how he does offensively at this point. He’s going to hit according to the experts

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