Across the Affiliates 05/11/10

DH Josh Whitesell’s RBI single in the bottom of the eighth led Syracuse to a 4-3 win over Norfolk (box/gamer). Whitesell was 1/2 with two walks, a run & two RBI; 2B Chase Lambin was 2/4 with a triple; RF Kevin Mench was 1/3 with a walk, double & run scored; and a rehabbing Mike Morse was 0/3 with a run scored. RHP Shairon Martis started for Syracuse, allowing three runs on eight hits and one walk over 5 1/3 IP; RHP Drew Storen threw 1 2/3IP, striking out one; and RHP Joel Peralta earned his eighth save with a scoreless ninth.

Today: Norfolk LHP Chris George (1-1, 4.50) at Syracuse RHP Chuck James (2-0, 4.85) 7PM

LHP Aaron Thompson and the Senators were knocked around for nine runs on 13 hits in a 9-1 loss at Altoona (box/gamer). Thompson surrendered six runs on eight hits and a walk over 4IP; RHP Hassan Pena gave up a run on two hits and a walk over 2IP; RHP Mike MacDougal allowed two runs on three hits and two walks over 2/3 of an inning; and RHP Zech Zinicola pitched 1 2/3 scoreless innings of relief, striking out two. SS Danny Espinosa was 1/4 with a run scored; 2B Leonard Davis was 2/3 with one RBI; and 1B Chris Marrero was 0/4.

Today: Harrisburg LHP Tom Milone (2-1, 3.52) at Altoona RHP Derek Hankins (2-0, 1.59) 10:30AM

RHP Marcos Frias allowed three first inning runs as Potomac fell 4-1 to Winston-Salem (box/gamer). Frias allowed the three runs (two earned) on three hits and a walk over 4IP while striking out five. RHP Martin Beno struck out five over two scoreless innings of relief; and RHP Cole Kimball struck out one and walked one in his one inning of work. CF Boomer Whiting was 2/3 with a run scored; CA Derek Norris was 0/4; 2B Stephen Lombardozzi was 1/2 with a walk; and RF Michael Burgess was 0/3 with a walk.

Today: Winston-Salem RHP Nate Jones  (3-1, 3.24) at Potomac RHP Jason Marquis (rehab start) 7:03PM [RHP Brad Peacock (1-3, 4.55) will take over for Marquis]

Three Augusta runs in the eighth led to Hagerstown’s 3-2 loss (box/gamer). 3B Steven Souza was 2/4 with a triple & run scored; LF Destin Hood was 1/4 with one RBI; DH J.P. Ramirez was 2/4 with a double; RF Marcus Jones was 1/4 with a double & run scored; and CA Sandy Leon was 1/3 with a double & RBI. LHP Dan Rosenbaum started for the Suns, striking out eight and allowing just four hits over seven shutout innings.

Today: No game scheduled

  1. #1 by Sue Dinem - May 11th, 2010 at 08:20

    Last Night In Woodbridge:

  2. #2 by expo_ram - May 11th, 2010 at 09:15

    So, other than Hood, Rosenbaum, maybe Burgess, and of course Strasburg and Storen, our prospects are not doing all that well so far.

    I know its early, but guys that were our future not that long ago are done or aren’t doing much progression – McGeary, Marrero, Balester, Smoker, Willems, Espinosa, Holder, etc.

    What’s the deal with Lambin. I know he’s old, but is he anything more than AAAA?

  3. #3 by Scott - May 11th, 2010 at 09:31

    Gotta move up Rosenbaum. You don’t learn anything by letting a polished college pitcher dominate in the Sally League. See how his stuff plays in Potomac.

  4. #4 by cjrugger - May 11th, 2010 at 09:37

    Scott- definitely agree. I’m most of the time against promotions, but having him dominate doesnt teach him anything

    expo_ram- I’m happy to say I never saw Holder as part of the future

  5. #5 by expo_ram - May 11th, 2010 at 09:47

    Re: Holder – I agree, but somebody with the org did unfortunately to waste a high pick on him…

  6. #6 by peric - May 11th, 2010 at 11:38

    I don’t know, Holder may yet prove his worth. Same of the same folks who thought Willems and Smoker were better bets out of high school? And you are complaining about McGeary who looks to be improving now that he can focus exclusively on baseball?

    You guys jump to so many conclusions … everyone is AAAA if they are over 21? Sheesh.

    Try Hood, Kobernus, Bloxom (last year’s draft pick), Ramirez for starters. They appear to be doing pretty well.

  7. #7 by Sec 204 Row H Seat 7 - May 11th, 2010 at 11:43

    To echo peric, can’t believe people are on Espinosa’s case. He is doing okay. Patience, people patience. Speaking of Kobernus (currently hurt–again), I hope he does not have Nick Johnson disease.

  8. #8 by Sue Dinem - May 11th, 2010 at 12:17

    @Sec 204 – re: Kobernus: Ack! Don’t tell me he’s got the Ron Jeremy mustache going?!

    Lombardozzi’s cooled off a bit but is still playing well. Norris has an oh-fer last night but one of ‘em was a warning-track out on a night in the low-50s and no breeze.

    To tag on to Peric (and yes, that means ‘agree’), my source in Hagerstown is telling me that McGeary’s stopped throwing 55′ curves and has got the heater into the 90s.

    Patience is right. Help may be on the way, but it ain’t coming this year, at least not as fast or at the level that the entitled DC fans seem to feel they “deserve.”

  9. #9 by Chris - May 11th, 2010 at 12:24

    What about Steve Souza? He’s put together a pretty nice first month at Hagerstown.

    The only kids that seem to have regressed are Marerro and Smoker. Willems quit baseball altogether, but most people had written him off before the season began anyways.

  10. #10 by Greg - May 11th, 2010 at 12:28

    Now that he’s back, let’s not forget about Derek Norris

  11. #11 by Pilchard - May 11th, 2010 at 12:32

    expo_ram :Re: Holder – I agree, but somebody with the org did unfortunately to waste a high pick on him…

    The Nats essentially wasted the Holder pick on purpose because of the money they knew that had to pay for Strasburg and Storen. Holder was the 1st pick of the 3rd round after being projected to go in round 9 or 10.

    The Nats signed Holder right after the draft for $200k, and even though he was the 1st pick in the 3rd round, he signed for more than $100k less than any other 3rd round pick out of 26 other signees (all but 3 signed). Will be interesting to see how some of the high profile 3rd rounders selected after Holder fare (Will Myers signed for $2 million; Jack Marisnick signed for $1 million; David Renfroe signed for $1.4 million; Todd Glaesman signed for $930k). As the Nats simply did not want to lay out the cash for another high-profile prospect.

    The Nats got what they paid for with Holder.

  12. #12 by cjrugger - May 11th, 2010 at 12:46

    Plichard- exactly, they needed some signable guys after Strasburg, and Holder would take the guaranteed sub market contract

    Chris- Souza could be intriguing. He just turned 21, but is repeating the league, and just commited errors 8 and 9 last night. If he keeps this up he should be in potomac by mid season

  13. #13 by Gusto - May 11th, 2010 at 13:41

    Yeah, I want to know more about Lamdin too. He’s 30 years old, never been in the majors as far as I can tell, and has an OPS over a thousand for almost 100 AB this spring? Is it just a fluke with pitchers who aren’t warmed up yet up there in NY? Can he field at all? (dare I think RF?). Has he been hurt and missed chunks of time? Or was he just drafted low enough that no one looked at him hard?

  14. #14 by markfd - May 11th, 2010 at 13:51

    Is there a position change in Souza’s future? I know he is just 21 but I think Zim has the position locked up for another 10 years or so.

  15. #15 by Mark - May 11th, 2010 at 14:42

    Gusto – I agree with your line of questioning. Perhaps we need to have more light shed on the mystery that is Chase Lambin. My guess is that no one in the FO cares about him and nothing will become of him as he ages year by year, team by team…

  16. #16 by cjrugger - May 11th, 2010 at 14:43

    Lambin is almos 31, hit 192 last year in japan, and looks like a 2b/3b. I wouldnt get too excited

  17. #17 by Souldrummer - May 11th, 2010 at 18:38

    Harrisburg wins today 3-2 in a rain shortened 5 inning game for Milone. Not much from the usual suspects outside of a 2Bagger from Marrero. Homerun by Brad Koon was the major blow.

  18. #18 by Toast - May 11th, 2010 at 18:47

    Watched Norris in Potomac last night. Have to say not really impressed. I know, I know only his 2 start this season blah, blah but I saw no energy from him. you would think he would be like the energizer bunny coming back for his 1st real start of the season. He’ll prob. hit a homer and go 4-4 tonight but his energy level was way too low for my liking. anyone else see the game?

  19. #19 by Pilchard - May 11th, 2010 at 19:22

    The assessment of Norris is a bit harsh. Not sure if he has played a full game since 2009. Essentially, Norris is playing his spring training right now. Would not put much stock in Norris’ play for at least a couple of weeks.

  20. #20 by Toast - May 11th, 2010 at 20:29

    I know its harsh I was just surprised by the lack of energy he showed. I thought he would have been more excited.

  21. #21 by RD - May 11th, 2010 at 22:06

    When do we start putting guys in the pen to get them use to it?

    Holder clearly doesn’t have big league stuff as a starter. At draft time, people said he can touch 95 in short stints … Screams reliever to me. Why not make the move now?

    Demny isn’t doing too bad as a starter, but IIRC, he was a reliever at the JC level, and his long term potential is there. I understand the point of accumulating innings to work on things, but this is his third season. He could sky rocket if he was switched the pen now.

    Why wait til they stall out at the higher levels like Van Allen and Alaniz, when you know they don’t likely have the stuff to be a factor at the big league level?

    As far as the bullpen … When the hell do we put Bruney on the DL with some sort of fake injury, just to shut him down for a bit? He’s been terrible this year.

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