The Scottsdale Scorpions lost to the Peoria Javelinas on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League, but it was a big day for one Nationals prospect.
Outfielder Michael Burgess, hitting seventh and playing right field, went 3-for-5 with a double, triple, two runs scored and another two batted in. He pushed his average to .310 in the AFL, and has an .812 OPS so far in the league.
This is a big opportunity for Burgess, who finished the year at Double-A Harrisburg. He will likely start there again next year, but finished strong at Harrisburg this year, homering six times in 21 games. If Burgess stays strong through the fall and continues to impress early next year, a move to Triple-A Syracuse and a possible late-season call-up could be in order. With Bryce Harper eventually on his tail, it would behoove Burgess to make an impression in the big leagues sooner than later.
Second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi led off again for Scottsdale, going 0-for-4, and right-hander Brad Peacock walked one in a scoreless inning.