Here is the weekly minor-league report from Nats PR man Bill Gluvna, who is a treasure trove of information on all things Syracuse, Harrisburg, Potomac, Hagerstown, Vermont and Viera. Seriously, if you’re ever stuck in any of those cities, consider the dude your walking version of AAA, Yelp and OnStar, all in one.
Well, maybe not. But he does know his minor-league stuff. Anyway, here’s the report, in all its punny goodness:
WASHINGTON, DC - The Nationals minor league report is a weekly window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. Player bios can be found in the Scouting/Player Development section of the Nationals Media Guide (Pages 285-323).
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DESTIN-ED TO SUCCEED: OF Destin Hood leads the Single-A South Atlantic League and ranks 3rd in all of minor league baseball with 22 hits...he ranks among SAL leaders in hitting (3rd, .407), total bases (4th, 29), OPS (8th, .955) and slugging percentage (10th, .537)...the 20-year-old has hit safely in 12 of 13 games and is currently riding a 7-game hit streak...Hood, selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, opened the 2010 campaign rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals chain according to Baseball America.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
8-4, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead
WEEKEND AT BERNADINA’S: OF Roger Bernadina has hit safely in 7 of his 8 games, going 12-for-36 (.333) with one double, one triple, one homer, 4 RBI and 4 steals...Bernadina had a brief one-game stint with the Nationals earlier this season before being optioned to Syracuse, April 14.
JUST DOMINANT: RHP J.D. Martin is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/ 18.1 IP) in 3 starts to begin the season...Martin, a 2009 Triple-A International League All-Star, went 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts at the big league level with Washington last season...Martin is scheduled to make his next start, Saturday vs. Rochester (Twins).
THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, owns a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/ 6.2 IP) in 4 appearances...the 25-year-old has limited opponents to a .100 (2-for-24) batting average against...Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent, June 14, 2006.
SOLID SLATE-N: LHP Doug Slaten has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in 4 appearances this season...on Monday vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies), he struck out 5 in 2.0 innings of relief and pocketed his first win of the 2010 campaign...for the season, the southpaw has 10 strikeouts and just one walk...lefties are just 2-for-11 (.182) against him...Slaten was claimed off waivers from Arizona on November 4, 2009.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
5-9, 5th Place, 5.5 Games Back
EVEN STEPHEN: Earlier today vs. Reading (Phillies), RHP Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit and struck out 6 in 5.0 shutout innings to earn his 2nd win this season...Strasburg is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) in his first 3 starts as a professional...the 21-year-old hurler owns a 5.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (17 K/3 BB).
THE ‘PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Senators’ bullpen has allowed just 8 earned runs in 53.2 innings to post a 1.34 ERA through the season’s first 13 games...the 7 relievers have combined on a .178 (32-for-179) batting average against.
DR. DREW: RHP Drew Storen, Washington’s 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has posted a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) and a .085 BAA (2-for-21) in 5 appearances on the young season...he has successfully converted both of his save opportunities...in 2009, the Stanford product went a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 appearances with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.
EAZY-E: In 10.0 innings (4 appearances) this season, RHP Erik Arnesen has posted a 0.90 ERA (1ER/12.0 IP) and a .132 BAA (5-for-38)...earlier today vs. Reading, Arnesen worked a perfect inning to record his first save of the season...in 2009, Arnesen’s 12 wins finished tied for first among Washington minor leaguers, while his 116 strikeouts ranked 2nd...Arnesen was selected by Washington in the 17th round of the 2006 First-year Player Draft.
GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR: RHP Adam Carr is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) in 5 games...the Oklahoma State University product has struck out 9 and walked none...Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in 3 of his 5 appearances...the 26-year-old was Washington’s 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
4-8, 4th Place, 4.0 Games Back
EVAN ALMIGHTY: In his first start of the season, Sunday at Wilmington (Royals), LHP Evan Bronson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball to record the win...Bronson is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in 4 games (1 start)...the 23-year-old was a short-season Single-A New-York Penn League All-Star with Vermont in 2009.
ROB’S FAB: RHP Robinson Fabian has allowed just one earned run over 7.2 innings (1.23 ERA) in 2 starts with the P-Nats...Fabian, 24, was acquired along with RHP Ryan Mattheus in exchange for LHP Joe Beimel on July 31, 2009.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
6-7, T-4th Place, 2.0 Games Back
EVERY ROSENBAUM HAS HIS THORN: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in his first 3 starting assignments of 2010...the 22-year old southpaw has struck out 18 and walked just 3 (6.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio)...his .133 (8-for-60) batting average against ranks 3rd in the SAL, while his minuscule WHIP of 0.63 ranks 5th...Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
MULTI-HIT MADNESS: 2B Jeff Kobernus has posted 5 multi-hit games in 10 starts to begin the season...Kobernus, Washington’s 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has yet to commit an error in 9 starts at second base.