by Tyler Radecki, Staff Writer
Syracuse Chiefs, AAA International League (49-64)
Tom Milone: He was placed on the minor league disabled list and missed last week with “bicep tiredness,” but the injury was not major, according to Nats manager Davey Johnson. Milone is scheduled to start today for the Chiefs and could see a call-up when rosters expand in September.
Brad Meyers: His first two starts back with Syracuse were successful; he pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings on Monday (two hits, five walks and six strikeouts) and pitched five innings of two-run ball on Saturday.
Yunesky Maya: Maya pitched 6 1/3 innings in his one start last week, giving up five runs on eight hits and a walk. Maya’s minor league ERA (5.44) is higher than his major league ERA (5.40).
Brad Peacock: He was wild on Tuesday, giving up two runs in just four innings with one hit and five walks against. He just couldn’t control his stuff and his pitch count forced his early exit. He also pitched Sunday, giving up four runs on seven hits and three walks in five innings. So far in AAA, the results have been a mixed bag. On the bright side, opponents are only hitting .171 against him.
Josh Wilkie: His lone appearance this week was a scoreless inning with one strikeout.
Steve Lombardozzi: His .319 average leads Syracuse, thanks to three multi-hit games this week. He also added a double, a triple, two walks and a stolen base – in other words, he’s being a great lead-off man.
Chris Marrero: Marrero continues to rake (slash line at .307/.377/.448), though he’s struck out a lot recently (14 times in the last 10 games). He hit .350 in his last 10 games and hit three more home runs this week, bringing his total to 13 on the year.
Matt Antonelli: He hit two home runs this week and had two multi-hit games as well as three walks and seven RBIs. After hitting .202 in July, he’s hitting .400 so far in August.
Corey Brown: Brown hit .353 with four home runs this week, by far his best week of the season. It raised his average twenty points to .224, and it was encouraging to see him show some power consistently.
Harrisburg Senators, AA Eastern League (64-51)
Shairon Martis: The Senators’ leader in innings pitched, Martis added another strong start to his resume with six innings of no-run, one-hit ball this week. His ERA is down to 3.17 and his strikeout to walk ratio is the best it’s ever been, at 110:31.
Rafael Martin: In 2 2/3 relief innings this week, he gave up one unearned run with a walk and strikeout.
Daniel Rosenbaum: His first start in AA: 5 2/3 innings, four runs (one earned) on three hits, three walks and three strikeouts. It’s a new challenge for him, and hopefully he’s going to pitch as well as he did in Potomac.
Bryce Harper: He came just a double shy of the cycle on Saturday and his slash line over the last 10 games is .282/.364/.513. His AA slash is up to .262/.325/.408 with seven doubles, two homers, eight RBIs and five stolen bases, which is encouraging considering his struggles immediately after the promotion.
Derek Norris: He ended last week in a bad way (0-for-11) but bounced back this week by going 4-for-14 (.285) with five walks, two doubles and a home run. The catcher is still hitting just .212 on the season, but his walk rate and power remains strong.
Tyler Moore: After a 3-for-4 game with a home run on Tuesday, Moore slumped back a little bit. He’s been due to come back to earth after a month of July in which he hit .330. His season has been up and down all year (.202 average in June and .307 in May).
Eric Komatsu: He belted his first home run with the Senators on Sunday and is 7-for-26 (.269) since the trade.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (52-59)
Josh Smoker: He was wild on Thursday – two walks, two hits and an earned run in 2/3 innings – but that was his first poor outing in a long time. In nine July appearances, he did not surrender a run, though he has had a problem with control: in 41 2/3 innings, Smoker has 30 walks.
Cameron Selik: Selik’s start this week was so-so, as he gave up three earned runs in 5 1/3 innings with five hits and three walks against. His ERA in Potomac is 4.18 after a rough July (5.06 ERA).
Sammy Solis: He gave up eight hits and three earned runs (two home runs) with a walk and five strikeouts. He’s been better in Potomac (3.38 ERA) than in Hagerstown (4.02 ERA).
Eury Perez: Perez is mired in a slump, hitting .158 in his last 10 games and has two hits in his last 14 at bats. He also has just one walk and one double during that time period.
Destin Hood: After a hot week, Hood had just three hits this week with three walks and an RBI. His July was fantastic as he hit .340/.400/.520 in 100 at-bats.
Jeff Kobernus: He – like many, it seems – is also slumping, hitting just .214 in his last 10 games, though he did go 2-for-9 with two RBIs on Saturday and Sunday.
Zach Walters: Walters is 5-for-22 (.227) with two walks, a stolen base and one double since coming to Potomac.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (62-50)
Stephen Strasburg: He made his first rehab start in Hagerstown Sunday, giving up three hits (one earned run – a home run) in 1 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. He threw 31 pitches, 25 for strikes and sat 96-97 with his four-seam fastball. He should pitch again Friday somewhere in the organization.
Robbie Ray: Ray struggled on Thursday as he gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings. He’s walked two or more in nine of the last ten starts, which is concerning, but for his age Ray has still pitched well.
Taylor Jordan: Jordan has been out since July 9.
A.J. Cole: He pitched well Tuesday, giving up two earned runs in five innings with three walks and two strikeouts. He also pitched Sunday and it didn’t go as well – he gave up four runs on seven hits in four innings.
Collin Bates: After a rough first appearance in Hagerstown, Bates pitched three scoreless innings this week with one hit against and two strikeouts.
David Freitas: The catcher has hit a bit of a slump – he’s hitting .200 in his last 10 games, though he has 14 walks to just eight strikeouts in that period. Because of his patience, his OBP is over .400 and even when he’s not hitting, he’s helping offensively.
Blake Kelso: Kelso, like Freitas, has slumped recently (.220 average in last 10 games), but has used his patience to remain productive (four walks this week).
Auburn Doubledays, Short-Season A New York/Penn League (30-20)
Ben Grisz: His last appearance was July 27.
Wirkin Estevez: He struggled in his start this week, giving up four earned runs in five innings on eight hits and three walks.
Matthew Skole: He started off the week with a 4-for-6 game (one double, four RBIs) to break out of a slump and added five more RBIs before the week was over, bringing his total to 32 in 48 games.
Hendry Jimenez: He hasn’t played since Monday and even with a slump, he’s still hitting .292 on the year, though the team is concerned about his defense – he has 12 errors already.
Pitcher to Watch: Daniel Rosenbaum, Harrisburg. Finally promoted to AA, Rosenbaum’s first start was solid, giving up one earned run on three hits and three walks in 5 2/3 innings. He doesn’t have overpowering stuff, so it’ll be interesting to see how he does with the advanced hitters in AA.
Hitter to Watch: Eric Komatsu, Harrisburg. Acquired for Jerry Hairston, Komatsu is hitting .269 in his first handful of games in the organization, but is already batting leadoff and playing every day. He is a patient hitter who should continue to develop his power, and he’s not that far from the major leagues.