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Five Suns Make All-Star Team

Confirming what was in the comments earlier this morning, the Hagerstown Suns had five players named to Sally League All-Star team (three starters &two reserves along with manager Matt LeCroy). Here is the complete release

The Hagerstown Suns will be well represented in the 2010 South Atlantic League All-Star Game. Five players plus Matt LeCroy will head to Greenville for the game on June 22nd to represent the Northern Division.

The five representatives for the Suns will be pitchers Dan Rosenbaum, Trevor Holder, third baseman Steven Souza, outfielder Destin Hood and catcher Sandy Leon. Suns manager Matt LeCroy will serve as a coach for the team. Hagerstown ties Hickory and Kannapolis for the most players each on the SAL North team.

“It is a great accomplishment for all of them, all of them had real good first halves, and I was proud that they chose them,” says LeCroy.

Dan Rosenbaum has been elected as the starting pitcher for the Northern Division. In 12 starts this season, the southpaw has a 1-3 record with a 1.85 ERA in 12 starts, including 56 strikeouts to just 11 walks. He has thrown five starts of at least five and a third innings and not allowed a run. He earned SAL pitcher of the week of the week ending May 17th, with two seven inning scoreless outings with 13 combined strikeouts.

“It is quite an accomplishment, it is my first year and I’m really excited about it,” says Rosenbaum, “The fact we have a lot of players going and LeCroy is going to be a lot of fun.”

Steven Souza will be the SAL North’s starting third baseman. He has hit eight home runs, nearly half of the Suns team total, and driven in 44 RBI, third-best in the SAL. He has played every game for Hagerstown this season, one of two players in the League to have played 58 games. He has hit 13 doubles and four triples on the season. On May 1st this year, Souza hit 2-for-3 with a home run plus the eventual game-winning run against Augusta, helping secure Hagerstown’s 2,000th win as a franchise.

“It is an honor, it is thanks to a good supporting cast,” says Souza, “I am thankful to my manager and everybody on my team helping me push to be a better player every year.”

Destin Hood was chosen as the starting left fielder for the game. Playing in 56 games this season, Hood has hit .286, one of the top-25 hitters in the SAL. He carried the team during the first month of the season, hitting .356 with 14 RBIs in the month of April. His 32 RBIs are second-most on the Suns behind Souza. Hood’s home run was the first hit by a Sun at Municipal Stadium this season.

“I feel good, it is a great opportunity,” says Hood, “I’ll try to make the best of it and do well.”

Trevor Holder was chosen to represent the SAL North as a pitcher. In 11 starts this season, Holder has a 4-3 record with a 2.97 ERA. He has the lowest walks per nine innings among qualified pitchers in the SAL, with just six walks in 60.2 innings. From May 7th to the 24th, Holder in four starts had a 4-0 record with a 1.44 ERA, including 15 strikeouts. Holder has only allowed more than three earned runs in a start once this season.

“It is a huge honor and I am excited to represent our team,” says Holder, “I’m looking forward to getting down there, meeting some other players and having some fun.”

Sandy Leon will be the team’s backup catcher. For the Suns, the switch-hitter has been solid with the bat, hitting .299, including .387 against left-handers. He is tied for the team lead in walks with 23. In 44 games behind the plate, Leon has only allowed three passed balls while throwing 60% of base runners, 27 out of 45, the only catcher in the league with over 50% caught stealing.

“I’ve worked very hard in my two years here, and I feel very happy,” says Leon.

Matt LeCroy will be a coach for the North Division, assisting manager Bill Richardson of Hickory. He has led the Suns to a 30-28 record, third place in the SAL North. It is his second season in Hagerstown, overseeing strong improvement from last year’s 56-78 season.

“I live close to Greenville, which will be great, but also to see the guys compete and be part of it, I feel honored,” says LeCroy.


Rosenbaum, Sally Pitcher of the Week

MiLB has named Hagerstown LHP Dan Rosenbaum the South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week. While he did not register a decision this past week, he made two starts, allowing just eight hits and no walks over 14 scoreless innings while striking out thirteen. Rosenbaum was a 22nd round selection by the Nationals in the 2009 draft.


More Rosters



  • Luis Atilano
  • Collin Balester
  • Andrew Kown
  • Shairon Martis
  • JD Martin
  • Scott Olsen
  • Mike MacDougal (DL)
  • Joel Peralta
  • Atahualpa Severino
  • Doug Slaten
  • Jack Spradlin
  • Josh Wilkie
  • Zech Zinicola


  • Devin Ivany
  • Carlos Maldonado
  • Jamie Burke (DL)


  • Eric Bruntlett
  • Seth Bynum
  • Eric Duncan
  • Chase Lambin
  • Luis Ordaz (DL)
  • Pete Orr
  • Josh Whitesell


  • Roger Bernadina
  • Justin Maxwell
  • Kevin Mench
  • Marvin Lowrance
  • Jerry Owens (DL)



  • Brad Peacock
  • Marcos Frias
  • Robinson Fabian
  • Patrick Lehman
  • Evan Bronson
  • Clayton Dill
  • Justin Phillabaum
  • Jesse Estrada
  • Ricardo Pecina
  • Cole Kimball
  • Luis Garcia
  • Patrick McCoy
  • Martin Beno


  • Derek Norris
  • Brian Peacock


  • Tyler Moore
  • Stephen Lombardozzi
  • Jose Lozada
  • Tim Pahuta
  • Nick Arata
  • Robby Jacobsen


  • Michael Burgess
  • Nick Moresi
  • Boomer Whiting
  • Francisco Plasencia



  • Paul Applebee
  • Patrick Arnold
  • Mitchell Clegg
  • Paul Demny
  • Austin Garrett (DL)
  • Glenn Gibson
  • Trevor Holder
  • Jack McGeary
  • Kyle Morrison
  • Daniel Rosenbaum
  • Josh Smoker
  • Wanel Vasquez
  • Dean Weaver
  • Colton Willems


  • Sandy Leon
  • Adrian Nieto


  • Justin Bloxom
  • Jeffery Kobernus
  • Brett Newsome
  • Sean Nicol
  • Francisco Soriano
  • Steven Souza


  • J.R. Higley (DL)
  • Destin Hood
  • Marcus Jones
  • Eury Perez
  • J.P. Ramirez


Minor League Rosters

Spoke with the Nationals and was told that minor league rosters will likely be announced this weekend. I’ll keep everyone posted on the information and post it once I receive it.


An Updated Big Board

full of guesses.

I have had a few comments over the past couple of weeks asking who will be assigned to what levels in the minor leagues. Over the past couple of days, I attempted to make an educated guess and this is what I came up with.

There is an overabundance of arms that need to be assigned (and I still didn’t find a home for Josh Smoker or Colton Willems in full season ball).

Let’s use this as a jumping off point. Feel free to critique, criticize or tell me I’m nuts.


Minor League Coaches Announced

Minor League Coordinators

  • Field Coordinator: Bobby Henley (GCL manager in 2009)
  • Pitching Coordinator: Spin Williams (returns)
  • Hitting Coordinator: Rick Schu (new)
  • OF/Baserunning Coordinator: Devon White (returns)
  • Infield Coordinator: Jeff Garber (also Vermont manager) [returns]
  • Rehab Pitching Coordinator: Mark Grater (returns)
  • Strength & Conditioning Coach: Landon Brandes (TBD)


  • Manager: Trent Jewett (Potomac manager in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: Greg Booker (was scout for Rockies in 2009; previously coach with Indians, Rockies & Padres)
  • Hitting Coach: Jerry Browne (Potomac hitting coach in 2009)
  • Trainer: Beth Jarrett (returns)


  • Manager: Randy Knorr (Nationals bullpen coach in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: Randy Tomlin (returns)
  • Hitting Coach: Troy Gingrich (returns)
  • Trainer: Atsushi Toriida (returns)


  • Manager: Gary Cathcart (coach/manager in Blue Jays organization)
  • Pitching Coach: Paul Menhart (returns)
  • Hitting Coach: Matt Nokes (new)
  • Trainer: Jeff Allred (TBD)


  • Manager: Matt LeCroy (returns)
  • Pitching Coach: Chris Michalak (new)
  • Hitting Coach: Tony Tarasco (returns)
  • Trainer: Alan Wood (TBD)


  • Manager: Jeff Garber
  • Pitching Coach: Franklin Bravo
  • Hitting Coach: Paul Sanagorski
  • Trainer: Jon Kotredes


  • Manager: Bobby Williams
  • Pitching Coach: Joel Sanchez
  • Hitting Coach: Sergio Mendez/John Poppert
  • Trainer: Wilkin Perez


Updated Organizational Chart

I have once again updated my best guess of the Nationals hierarchy. There are still some unknown players in the chart (my pet rock of an overseer of the Pacific Rim a prime example).

The next step we have is the announcing of the coaching staffs. To date we have …


  • Manager: Jim Riggleman (returning, had interim tag removed)
  • Bench Coach: John McLaren (replaces Pat Corrales)
  • Hitting Coach: Rick Eckstein (returning)
  • Pitching Coach: Steve McCatty (returning)
  • First Base Coach: TBD (replaces Marquis Grisson)
  • Third Base Coach: Pat Listach (returning)
  • Bullpen Coach: TBD (replaces Randy Knorr)

Overall Minor Leagues

  • Minor League Pitching Coordinator: Spin Williams (returning)
  • Minor League Hitting Coordinator: Rick Schu (replaces Ralph Dickenson)
  • Minor League Field Coordinator: Bobby Henley


  • Manager: Trent Jewett (replaces Tim Foli; Jewett was Potomac manager in 2009)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (replaces Darnell Coles)
  • Pitching Coach: TBD (replaces Rich Gale)
  • John Poppert served as the bullpen coach in 2009, no idea if this role will be retained


  • Manager: Randy Knorr (replaces John Stearns)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (Troy Gingrich in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: Randy Tomlin (returning)


  • Manager: TBD (replaces Jewett)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (Jerry Browne in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: TBD (Paul Menhart in 2009)


  • Manager: TBD (Matt LeCroy in 2009)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (Tony Tarasco in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: TBD (Franklyn Bravo in 2009)


  • Manager: TBD (Jeff Garber in 2009)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (Sergio Mendez in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: TBD (Mark Grater in 2009)


  • Manager: TBD (replaces Bobby Henley)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD (Paul Sanagorski in 2009)
  • Pitching Coach: TBD (Joel Sanchez in 2009)
  • Cesar Cedeno was a coach in the GCL in 2009, no word if this position will be refilled


  • Manager: TBD (Juan Bernhardt in 2009)
  • Hitting Coach: TBD
  • Pitching Coach: TBD


Topps/MiLB Name Players of the Year has the news today that Topps and MiLB named their top players for each league and the Nationals had one representative and one huge omission (in my opinion).

OF Eury Perez was named the top player for the Gulf Coast League. The 19-year old Perez led the GCL with a 0.381 BA during a breakout season that saw him hit 381/443/503 with 18/24 SB. He’s one of the more promising bats in the Nationals organization.

More surprising was the lack of a Nationals prospect.

Topps and MiLB named Rockies CA Jordan Pacheco the top player in the South Atlantic League, overlooking Nationals CA Derek Norris. I’m puzzled at this choice because here are Norris’ rankings in the various Sally offensive categories:

  • BA: 17th
  • OBP: 1st
  • SLG: 5th
  • H: 13th
  • R: 4th
  • RBI: 4th
  • 2B: 10th (T)
  • HR: 2nd

Here are their numbers side by side (or top and botom):

Norris 126 437 78 125 30 0 23 84 224 90 116 6 3 286 413 513
Pacheco 117 451 67 145 30 4 13 79 222 38 44 12 2 322 379 492

From what I can gather, I believe Pacheco is considered a better defender behind the plate, Pacheco was named the Sally League Most Valuable Player but Norris earned the title of Most Outstanding MLB prospect.

The thing that stood out most to me is their respective ages. Norris played at 20 while Pacheco was 23.

I would be interested to know the criteria used to make the ultimate decision.


BA Top 20 Prospects: South Atlantic League

4. Derek Norris, c, Hagerstown (Nationals).

BA South Atlantic league report out and just the obvious candidate is present.  List and scouting reports are here.  The chat is later today where we may find out some “honorable mentions.”

Its a testament to Norris’ season that he’s listed as the 4th best prospect in the whole of the South Atlantic league.  His performance lists him ahead of such big time draft names as Tim Beckham (#1 overall in 2008), Tony Sanchez (4th overall in 2009) and Jared Mitchell (23rd overall in 2009).  Here’s a good quote from the scouting report:

“Norris earned near-unanimous praise as the SAL’s best position player, and managers rated him as the league’s best batting prospect and best power prospect at midseason. His swing is similar to his 6-foot, 210-pound frame: strong and compact. He has natural pull-side power and drives the ball to all fields. He also shows good plate discipline, with league highs in walks (90) and on-base percentage (.413).”

Can’t wait to see what he can do at high-A or AA.

There were 4 phillies prospects in the top 20 (helping to explain why their affilliate from Lakewood won the post-season crown).  Rays with 3, Indians, Red Sox, Pirates, White Sox and Yankees each had two prospects each on the list.

I have a hard time quibbling with the exclusion of any other Nats from this list.  Tyler Moore and Steve Lombardozzi had good seasons but might be a bit old for low-A.  Steve Souza (#3 pick in 2007) took a step back from his 2008 numbers at the same level.  Marcos Frias, Juan Jaime and Patrick Lehman all look promising as starters moving forward.  Other guys worthy of consideration got promoted in june and july (Terrence Engles, Drew Storen, Brad Peacock).

Let the debate begin.


Instructional League Roster & Schedule

Hat tip to Space Coast Baseball

Pitchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Baez, Gregori 17 LHSP DSL 09 IFA
Brazoban, Cleto 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Crane, Dustin 22 RHRP GCL, Vermont 09D (24th)
Demny, Paul 19 RHSP Hagerstown 08D (6th)
Encarnacion, Pedro 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Fabian, Robinson 23 RHRP Asheville, Hagerstown 09 Trd (COL)
Frias, Marcos 20 RHSP Hagerstown 07 IFA
Garcia, Luis 22 RHRP Grat Lakes, Potomac 09 Trd (LAD)
Gonzalez, Danubio 17 RHSP DSL 09 IFA
Hansen, Bobby 19 LHSP GCL 08D (18th)
Hicks, Graham 19 LHSP GCL, Vermont 08D (4th)
Jaime, Juan 21 RHSP Vermont, Hagerstown 04 IFA
Jenkins, Chad 21 LHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (17th)
Jordan, Taylor 20 RHSP GCL 09D (9th)
Karns, Nathan 21 RHSP GCL 09D (12th)
King, Brandon 18 RHSP GCL 09D (27th)
McCoy, Pat 20 LHRP Hagerstown, Potomac 07D (10th)
Morris, A.J. 22 RHSP GCL, Hagerstown 09D (4th)
Rosenbaum, Dan 21 LHSP GCL 09D (22nd)
Smoker, Josh 20 LHSP GCL 07D (1st Sup)
Storen, Drew 21 RHRP Hagerstown, Potomac, Harrisburg 09D (1st)
Strasburg, Stephen 21 RHSP - 09D (1st)
Swynenberg, Matt 20 RHSP GCL, Vermont 09D (28th)
Vasquez, Wanel 21 RHSP GCL 06 IFA
Weaver, Dean 21 RHRP GCL 09D (7th)
Catchers Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Killian, Dan* 20 CA Vermont 08D (7th)
Leon, Sandy# 20 CA Vermont, Hagerstown 07 IFA
Martinez, Ricardo 20 CA GCL 07 IFA
Nieto, Adrian# 19 CA GCL 08D (5th)
Pena, Bill 17 CA DSL 09 IFA
Infielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Bloxom, Justin# 21 CIF Vermont 09D (11th)
King, Stephen 21 3B/SS Potomac 06D (3rd)
Kobernus, Jeff 20 2B Vermont 09D (2nd)
Lombardozzi, Stephen# 20 2B Hagerstown 08D (19th)
Moore, Tyler 22 1B Hagerstown 09D (16th)
Perez, Roberto 18 SS GCL 09D (8th)
Sanchez, Adrian# 19 2B GCL 07 IFA
Souza, Steven 20 SS/3B Hagerstown 07D (3rd)
Taylor, Michael 18 SS GCL 09D (6th)
Valdez, Jean 17 SS - 09 IFA
Outfielders Age Pos 2009 Team Acquired
Burgess, Michael* 20 RF Potomac 07D (1st Sup)
Higley, J.R. 21 OF Vermont, Hagerstown 08D (9th)
Hood, Destin 19 LF GCL, Vermont 08D (2nd)
Morales, Jesus 19 CF DSL 07 IFA
Perez, Eury 19 CF GCL 07 IFA
Phillips, Derrick 18 OF GCL 08D (23rd)
Ramirez, J.P.* 19 RF Vermont 08D (15th)
Ramos, Wander 19 OF DSL 09 IFA
Rodriguez, Aridio 20 OF DSL 09 IFA
Whiting, Boomer 25 OF Potomac 07D (24th)
Date Schedule Time
18-Sep Report Date
19-Sep 1st Workout
24-Sep DET 1PM
25-Sep ATL 1PM
26-Sep at HOU 10AM
27-Sep Camp Day 1PM
28-Sep at ATL 1PM
29-Sep HOU 1PM
30-Sep Camp Day 1PM
1-Oct ATL 1PM
2-Oct at HOU 1PM
3-Oct Camp Day 10AM
4-Oct Camp Day 1PM
5-Oct DET 1PM
6-Oct at ATL 1PM
7-Oct HOU 1PM
8-Oct Canada @ Disney 1PM
9-Oct at DET 1PM
10-Oct at HOU 10AM
11-Oct Camp Day 1PM
12-Oct ATL 1PM
13-Oct HOU 1PM