Syracuse Chiefs, Triple-A International League (58-67)
Tom Milone: He picked up his 10th win of the season in impressive fashion, striking out 10 over 6 2/3 innings on Friday night, giving up eight hits and two runs. He has 16 strikeouts over his last two starts, with no walks surrendered. For the season, his K:BB ratio is 141:13.
Brad Meyers: Make it four consecutive strong starts after his return from injury, the most recent being a six inning, one run outing with five hits, one walk and four strikeouts. He has a 1.31 ERA since returning from the DL with 18 strikeouts in 20 innings and a .211 batting average against.
Yunesky Maya: His first start this week was not good, giving up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He rebounded later in the week, though, going six strong innings with five hits and two runs against with five strikeouts.
Brad Peacock: He was fantastic until the end of this week’s outing, but it ended just fine – seven innings, one hit and no runs against. The problem was, he lost his control at the end, walking a total of five batters (though he did have six strikeouts). He has 21 walks in 38 AAA innings so far, but his ERA is just 3.55 and opponents are hitting just .197 against him.
Steve Lombardozzi: He was 6-for-20 this week (.300), mostly thanks to a 3-for-5 day on Tuesday. What’s encouraging is that he started AAA swinging at everything, but after 55 games his walk rate and strikeout rate is just about back to his AA levels.
Chris Marrero: He had a slow week and is hitting just .194 in his last 10 games, but still shows improved patience with seven walks to six strikeouts during that time. Marrero is going to wrap up his minor league season as the best season of his young career.
Matt Antonelli: Just 3-for-17 (.176) this week, Antonelli saw his average drop below .300 again, to .293. He has 12 strikeouts in his last 10 games – a very high number for him – but does also have five walks, keeping his OBP high at .380.
Corey Brown: After a fantastic last two weeks, Brown came back down to earth a little bit, going 2-for-14 (.143) this week with two walks and a double. His month of August (.345 average) propels him into a possible September call-up.
Harrisburg Senators, Double-A Eastern League (70-57)
Shairon Martis: He was a little wild on Tuesday, walking five batters, but managed to give up just four hits and two runs over 6 1/3 innings with six strikeouts. He then pitched Sunday, going 5 1/3 innings with six hits, one walk, one earned run and eight strikeouts. He’s finishing the season strong.
Rafael Martin: He was shaky in his lone appearance this week, giving up four hits and a run over 1 2/3 innings.
Daniel Rosenbaum: The transition to AA continues to be seamless for Rosenbaum, who threw 6 2/3 innings in his start this week with six hits and one run against. He had a 17 ground ball outs to just one fly out.
Bryce Harper: The first minor league season for Harper is likely over after a hamstring strain landed him on the 7-day DL. Assuming he doesn’t return, he’ll finish with a AA slash line of .256/.329/.395 with seven doubles, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBI and seven stolen bases in 37 games. If you combine his Hagerstown line with his AA line: .297/.392/.501 slash line with 24 doubles, two triples, 17 home runs, 58 RBI, 26 stolen bases in 109 games. Overall, a very strong season for the phenom who turns 19 in two months. We’ll see him again in the fall, and there’s nothing to be disappointed about with his first season. Also, it’s worth checking out this article about the Bryce Harper you don’t know from CBSSports.com.
Derek Norris: He had three home runs this week (bringing his season total to 18), but struck out 11 times in five games and is hitting just .154 over his last 10 games. There’s really no in-between with him, is there?
Tyler Moore: Moore, like Norris, is struggling, hitting just .132 over his last 10 games, keeping up his his hot-month, cold-month routine. His power is his best attribute, but if he can’t get on base more and be more consistent, he’ll have a tough time cracking the majors. But hey, even with the slump, he popped two more home runs this week, bringing his season total to 27.
Eric Komatsu: He’s struggled since the trade, hitting just .236/.282/.319 in 17 games (72 at-bats). He has had a couple games here and there where he explodes, but then follows it up with a few 0-fers, bringing his average down. He does have seven stolen bases already with no caught stealing.
Potomac Nationals, High-A Carolina League (59-66)
Josh Smoker: He had two more scoreless appearances this week, totaling three innings with two hits, one walk and four strikeouts.
Cameron Selik: He had two relief appearances this week, going 1 1/3 innings with four hits and an earned run in the first one and then two innings with three hits and two runs against in the second one. His ERA is now 4.70 in Potomac.
Sammy Solis: In his first return from the DL, Solis went three innings with five hits and one run against and two strikeouts.
Eury Perez: His mid-season improvement in patience seems to have wavered, as he hasn’t walked once in 10 games and has just 18 on the year (.293 OBP). He had two multi-hit games this week, and it seems that his average will have to carry him, because he’s not hitting for power (just 12 extra-base hits on the year) or walking.
Destin Hood: Hood had two multi-hit games this week (with one home run and three RBI), bringing his average to .283 on the year and his OBP up to .365. Just 21 years old, he’s still very young, but is starting to show why he was so touted out of high school.
Jeff Kobernus: He, like Perez, doesn’t walk much, but he has a five-game hitting streak with three RBIs and his season average is at .270. He also is up to an impressive 44 stolen bases (caught seven times).
Zach Walters: He has hits in four straight games, but is hitting just .219 since the trade to the Nationals.
Hagerstown Suns, Low-A South Atlantic League (70-55)
Stephen Strasburg: He had a rough outing in his third rehab start, but he felt fine afterwards, which is the important thing. Read the recap here. He’ll make another appearance in Hagerstown on Monday.
Robbie Ray: He had two starts this week, totaling seven innings with two hits, two walks and 11 strikeouts. It was great to see him rebound so strongly after a poor start last week (four earned runs in four innings).
A.J. Cole: Cole pitched five innings on Friday, giving up one run on three hits and three walks with seven strikeouts. He’s walked three batters in three of his last five starts.
Michael Taylor: Taylor had three multi-hit games this week to break out of a slump, driving in four runs as well; his total on the year is up to 63. The 20-year-old also had two stolen bases this week, bringing his total to 21.
David Freitas: He kicked off the week with a 3-for-4 game but finished the week with a 1-for-10 in the final three games. He had three walks to keep his OBP high, though (.412 on the year).
Blake Kelso: Kelso has hit .239 in August after hitting .231 in July, and his overall average is down to .284.
Kevin Keyes: Keyes hit just .203 in the first half of the year, but he’s come on incredibly strong in the second half, hitting .302/.379/556 in 53 games post-break. In total, he has a slash line of .275/.351/.527 with 14 home runs and 60 RBIs and the 2010 seventh round pick has the frame (6’3”, 225 pounds) to make scouts drool.
Auburn Doubledays, Short-Season A New York/Penn League (38-23)
Wirkin Estevez: Estevez picked up the win in his start this week, going five innings and giving up two hits and no runs with four walks and four strikeouts.
Matthew Skole: Riding a five-game hitting streak, Skole’s average is up to .294 and more importantly, his OBP is now .392 with 12 walks in his last 10 games – one in eight straight games. Impressive.
Hendry Jimenez: He was 1-for-6 this week, but did have two walks to bring his total to 20 on the year (OBP .379).
Bryce Ortega: He continues to rake, hitting .325 over his last 10 games, though the shortstop has yet to hit a home run in 144 at-bats. He’s got good speed (19 SBs) and good patience (22:26 BB:K ratio), so the power isn’t as important as long as he’s hitting.
Hitter to Watch: Kevin Keyes, Hagerstown. His second half of the year has been fantastic, and he has the power and the build you look for in the corner outfield. He, like team mate Michael Taylor, could be a sleeper prospect.
Pitcher to Watch: Tom Milone, Syracuse. Watch him because he may not have many more minor league starts. He’s likely going to be added to the 40-man roster in September and with one more dazzling start under his belt this week, he absolutely deserves it.