PHILADELPHIA | We're in a rain delay at Citizens Bank Park, and as you can see from this picture, it could be a little bit. So here are a couple minor league updates while we wait it out:
Yunesky Maya started for Single-A Potomac today, and the results weren't pretty; he gave up six runs on seven hits in four innings, including five runs in the fourth inning.
He'll likely move on from here to the higher levels of the Nationals' minor league system, but the Cuban right-hander didn't encourage much optimism with his performance for Potomac today.
I talked to an American League scout today who's seen most of the Nationals' farm system, and he thought Danny Espinosa, who's currently at Triple-A Syracuse, has a chance to be a big-time player in the majors relatively soon.
Espinosa has hit 22 homers in the minors this year, and has stolen 24 bases in 33 attempts; the scout thought Espinosa could hit double-digit homers in the majors. And the scout said his range is almost as good as Ian Desmond's at shortstop.
"If Desmond is a 65 (on scouts' 20 to 80 scale), Espinosa is a 60," he said.
If Espinosa can play in the majors, the Nationals could have one of the game's most athletic infields as soon as next year.