Here is the Nationals’ weekly minor league report, courtesy of PR man Bill Gluvna. Your usual dose of farm system updates and puns is below. I’m a particularly big fan of, “I’m Chuck James!” Unfortunately, the entire pun (a Chappelle’s Show reference) isn’t there. But hey, we’ve got to keep it clean for the kids:
MOORE POWER!: With 28 home runs and 102 RBI, Single-A Potomac 1B Tyler Moore is the first minor leaguer in Washington Nationals history (2005-present) to record at least 28 homers and 100 RBI in the same season...Moore is the first franchise farmhand to reach the 28-homer, 100-RBI plateau since Andy Tracy (37 HR, 128 RBI) turned the trick in 1999...Moore’s 71 extra-base hits are tied for tops in professional baseball...he is tied for 2nd in minor league baseball with 40 doubles and ranks 3rd with 102 RBI...on Monday, Moore was named MiLB.com Single-A Carolina League Batter of the Week for the 4th time in 6 weeks...during the award-winning week of August 16-22, Moore went 11-for-24 (.458) with 2 doubles, 4 homers, 13 RBI and 6 runs scored...beginning July 15, he is hitting .404 (61-for-151) with 16 doubles, 18 homers, 54 RBI and 39 runs scored in 38 games...during that stretch he’s posted a .457 OBP, .880 slugging percentage and 1.337 OPS...he was selected by the Nationals in the 16th round of the 2008 First Year-Player Draft out of Mississippi State University.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
66-63, 3rd Place, 11.5 Games Behind
HEY, MR. WILSON!: C Wilson Ramos is batting .309 (21-for-68) with 2 doubles, one triple, 2 home runs and 7 RBI in 17 games with Syracuse since being acquired from Minnesota in exchange for RHP Matt Capps and cash considerations, July 29...in 69 combined games at catcher with Triple-A Rochester (Twins) and Syracuse, Ramos has gunned down 24 of 48 (50%) would-be basestealers.
GOSH, JOSH!: RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has fired 13.2 consecutive scoreless innings in 9 August appearances...beginning June 1, he’s allowed just 6 earned runs over 39.1 innings (1.37 ERA) in 30 appearances (one start)...Wilkie, 26, owns a 1.66 ERA in 48 games (one start) overall...in 65.0 innings of work, he has allowed just one home run, fanned 55 (7.6 K’s per 9.0 innings) and has posted a .215 BAA.
NOTHING MINOR ABOUT IT: With 22 home runs and 24 stolen bases, SS Danny Espinosa is one of only 2 players in minor league baseball to have already reached the 20-20 mark in 2010...Nick Franklin (20 homers, 23 stolen bases) of the Seattle organization, currently with Single-A Clinton of the Midwest League, is the other...Espinosa, a Long Beach State University product, spent the majority of the season with Harrisburg in the Double-A Eastern League before earning an August 6 promotion to Syracuse...since moving to the Triple-A level, Espinosa is batting .254 (16-for-63) with 4 home runs, 13 RBI, 12 runs scored and 4 steals in 16 games...in 99 games at Double-A with the Senators, he hit .264 (102-for-386) with 16 doubles, 18 homers, 54 RBI and 20 stolen bases...earlier this month, the 23-year-old was cited as having the Best Infield Arm in the Eastern League according to Baseball America’s annual Best Tools survey voted upon by league managers...Espinosa, a switch hitter, entered the 2010 campaign as the Nationals’ No. 5 prospect according to Baseball America.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Western Division
68-60, 2nd Place, 8.5 Games Behind
TOM “THE MAILMAN” MILONE: LHP Tom Milone continues to deliver for the Senators, having won 4 consecutive starts and 5 of his last 6...the southpaw hasn’t been charged with a loss since allowing one unearned run in 6.0 innings on July 9 at Reading (Phillies)...overall, he is 11-5 with a 2.93 ERA in 25 starts...with 143 strikeouts and just 22 walks in 144.1 innings, Milone has posted a 6.5/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 8.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...he leads the Eastern League in strikeouts and ranks 2nd in ERA...the University of Southern California product was Washington’s 10th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
TR & RT: RHP Tanner Roark and RHP Ryan Tatusko, both acquired from Texas in exchange for INF Cristian Guzman at the July 31 trade deadline, have enjoyed immediate success since joining the Washington chain...the 23-year-old Roark, is 1-1 with a 2.04 ERA and a .212 BAA in 3 starts with the Senators...in a combined 25 games (20 starts) with Frisco of the Double-A Texas League and Harrisburg, Roark is 11-6 with a 3.89 ERA...since arriving in Harrisburg, Tatusko has gone 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in 3 starting assignments...he’s fanned 20 in 16.2 innings (10.8 strikeouts per 9.0 innings)...overall, Tatusko is 10-3 with a 2.93 ERA in 27 appearances (16 starts) with Frisco and Harrisburg.
I’M CHUCK JAMES!: LHP Chuck James is 8-0 with a minuscule 1.02 ERA in 19 games (2 starts)...he’s offered scoreless relief in 17 of 20 appearances...with 49 strikeouts and just 7 walks in 44.1 innings, James has posted a 7.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 9.9 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...James signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent prior to the 2010 season.
MARRERO’S MASHIN’: 1B Chris Marrero is batting .320 (90-for-281) with 18 doubles, 9 homers, 44 RBI and a .409 OBP in 76 games beginning June 1...in 115 games overall, Marrero is hitting .291 with 25 doubles, 17 home runs and 73 RBI...Marrero ranks among EL league leaders in hits (6th, 137), total bases (6th, 213) and RBI (10th)...the 22-year-old was the Nationals’ top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half - 31-39, 3rd Place, 10.0 Games Behind
Second Half - 30-26, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Behind
START ME UP: RHP Adrian Alaniz ranks among Carolina League pitchers in ERA (2nd, 2.50) and WHIP (2nd, 1.08)...in 11 games (7 starts) dating to June 17, he is 6-1 with one save, a 1.62 ERA (11 ER/61.1 IP), 0.99 WHIP and a .187 BAA (41-for-219)...during that stretch, he has lowered his ERA from 3.86 to 2.50...Alaniz was selected by the Nationals in the 8th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum allowed just one hit, a solo homer, in 6.0 innings of work on Monday vs. Wilmington (Royals)...in 6 starts since joining the P-Nats on July 20, Rosenbaum is 2-2 with a 2.43 ERA (9 ER/33.1 IP)...before his promotion to Potomac, he recorded a 2.37 ERA (27 ER/102.2 IP) in 18 starting assignments with Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League...overall, Rosenbaum has posted an impressive 2.38 ERA in 24 combined starts with Potomac and Hagerstown...Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half - 36-34, 3rd Place, 6.0 Games Behind
Second Half - 25-33, 6th Place, 8.5 Games Behind
J-RAM: 20-year-old OF J.P. Ramirez is 31-for-91 (.341) with 5 doubles, 5 homers, 31 RBI and 19 runs scored in 23 August contests...earlier this month, Ramirez was named MiLB.com Single-A South Atlantic League Batter of the Week (August 2-8)...Ramirez is batting .291 with 28 doubles, 4 triples, 15 homers and 67 RBI in 120 games this season...the left-handed hitting slugger was selected in the 15th round of the 2008 Draft.
YO, ADRIAN!: SS Adrian Sanchez has posted 11 multi-hit efforts in 20 games with Hagerstown since his promotion from the GCL Nationals on August 4...he is batting .370 (30-for-81) with 10 RBI with the Suns...born in Maracaibo, Venezuela, the switch-hitting shortstop was signed by the Nationals as a non-drafted free agent prior to the 2007 season.
Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
31-28, 1st Place, 0.5 Game Ahead
DAVE & BUSTER’S: C David Freitas ranks among New York-Penn League leaders in doubles (t-3rd, 17), on-base percentage (4th, .406), RBI (7th, 38), batting (8th, .315) and OPS (9th, .878)...last week, Freitas won the Home Run Derby at the 2010 New York-Penn League All-Star Game...earlier this season, he hit safely in a Vermont team-record 21 straight games...the 21-year-old was selected in the 15th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Hawaii.
MR. HOLLAND’S OPUS: In 16 appearances this season, RHP Neil Holland is 3-0 with a 1.57 ERA...he has collected a team-best 3 saves...Holland, along with C/DH David Freitas and SS Blake Kelso, earned a NY-Penn League All-Star selection earlier this month...Holland was selected in the 11th round of the 2010 Draft out of the University of Louisville, where he left the school as the all-time career leader in saves (19) and a finalist for the 2010 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association’s “Stopper of the Year” Award.
Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
21-31, 4th Place, 12.5 Games Behind
HANDY RANDY: OF Randolph Oduber continues to lead the GCL in several offensive categories, including batting (.366), slugging (.559) and OPS (.992)...he also ranks among the top 5 hitters in OBP (2nd, .433) and RBI (t-4th, 30)...Oduber has hit safely in 30 of 37 games as a pro...he was selected in the 32nd round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft out of Western Oklahoma State Junior College.
LEFT IS RIGHT: LHP Christian Meza owns a 1.52 ERA and a .188 BAA in 9 games (2 starts)...in 23.2 innings of work, he’s struck out 23 and walked 10...Meza was a 25th-round pick in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.