PHILADELPHIA - Nationals PR man Bill Gluvna is back with his weekly minor league report, which is good news for anyone who loves prospects or puns. Here it is:
KILLER B: Right-hander Brad Peacock struck out eight in seven scoreless innings of two-hit ball to lead Double-A Harrisburg to a 3-0 win at Bowie (Orioles) last night...the 23-year-old is 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA in five games (four starts)...he leads the Eastern League with four wins, and ranks 2nd in ERA, strikeouts (36) and WHIP (0.74)...with 36 strikeouts and just four walks in 31.0 innings pitched, Peacock has posted a 7.75/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 10.45 strikeouts per nine innings...Peacock was a 41st-round pick by Washington in the 2006 First Year Player Draft.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
9-16, 6th Place, 7.0 Games Behind
CLEAN COLE: Right-hander Cole Kimball hasn't allowed a run in 9.2 innings (nine appearances) this season...he is 1-0 and is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities...Kimball, 25, owns a stingy .171 (6-for-35) batting average against...last season, Kimball went 8-1 with 2.17 ERA and 19 saves in 57 appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League.
JESUS, I LIKE HIM VERY MUCH: Catcher Jesus Flores has hit safely in six straight, nine of 10 and in 10 of 13 games overall at the Triple-A level...he's batting .277 with six doubles and three RBIs...Flores, 26, appeared in two big leagues games earlier this season during a 10-day stint with the Nationals.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Western Division
13-11, 1st Place, 0.5 Game Ahead
START ME UP!: Right-hander Brad Meyers, who missed most of the 2010 season due to injury, is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in five starts to begin 2011...in 29.1 innings, Meyers has struck out 31 and walked none...in 2009, Meyers earned Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors after he went 11-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League...Meyers, 25, was selected by Washington in the fifth round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA)...he is scheduled to make his next start tonight at Bowie (Orioles).
EVEN STEPHEN: Infielder Stephen Lombardozzi is hitting .400 (24-for-60) with nine extra-base hits (five doubles, three triples, home run) in his last 15 games to raise his average from .133 to a team-leading .311...in 24 games, the 22-year-old has collected six doubles, three triples, two homers, 11 RBIs and five stolen bases...Lombardozzi, a Fulton, MD native, was the Nationals' 19th-round selection in the 2008 First Year Player Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
10-14, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Behind
IN LEHMAN'S TERMS: Right-hander Patrick Lehman is 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA in eight appearances...his six saves pace the Washington chain and are tied for tops in the Carolina League...he's fanned nine and hasn't walked a batter...opposing batters are just 5-for-35 (.143 BA) against him...Lehman, a product of nearby George Washington University (DC), was selected in the 13th round of the 2009 Draft.
STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES: Left-hander Daniel Rosenbaum fired seven shutout innings of three-hit ball but did not receive a win...despite an impressive 2.15 ERA in five starts, he has just one win in 2011...in 2010 Rosenbaum suffered a similar fate, receiving only five wins in 25 starts despite posting a 2.25 ERA overall...Rosenbaum, a Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010, was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).
SOUSOUZA: First-baseman Steven Souza ranks among Carolina League leaders in RBIs (t-2nd, 21), homers (t-3rd, 5) and total bases (7th, 46)...11 of his 23 hits (four doubles, two triples, five homers) have gone for extra bases...Souza, 21, was selected in the third round of the 2007 First Year Player Draft.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
17-9, 2nd Place, 1.5 Games Behind
ONE HOT SUN: Eighteen-year-old ouftfielder Bryce Harper leads Nationals minor leaguers in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.358), home runs (6), runs scored (17), OBP (.453), slugging (.679) and OPS (1.152)...additionally, he is tied for tops in doubles (8) and RBIs (21)...since starting the season 9-for-39 (.230) with two extra-base hits (double, home run) in the first 12 games, Harper has gone 20-for-42 (.476) with 12 extra-base hits (7 doubles, 5 home runs) in the last 12 games...the left-handed hitting slugger has homered five times in the last 11 games...Harper, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 Draft, entered the 2011 campaign as the Nationals No. 1 prospect, according to Baseball America.
WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU CAM!: Right-hander Cameron Selik had his streak of 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings (dating to 2010) snapped on Saturday at Rome (Braves)...Selik's 0.31 ERA is the lowest among all MLB and MiLB pitchers in 2011 (min. 23.0 IP)...Selik, 23, is 3-0 and owns a 10.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (30 K, 3 BB) in his five starts this season...Selik was Washington's 22nd-round pick in the 2011 First Year Player Draft.