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Minor League Report

Bill Gluvna of the Nationals PR staff takes considerable care and time each week to prepare a minor league briefing for the members of the media. I asked Bill yesterday if I could simply cut and paste the "MLR" (as we like to call it) into the Journal so that it might reach a wider audience and be enjoyed by many. His response: An enthusiastic YES!

So, without further ado, the Nationals MLR, with stats perhaps a day or two old.

This Week's Top Headlines

NOTHING MINOR ABOUT IT: Entering Wednesday's action, the Nationals own the 4th-best minor-league win-loss record...Columbus, Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown have combined on a 73-53 (.579) mark to date.

PICKING UP SOME HARDWARE: RHP Jason Bergmann , RHP Jordan Zimmermann and INF Bill Rhinehart were each named Offensive Player or Pitcher of the Week by MILB.com in their respective leagues for the week of April 28-May 4... Bergmann went 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 2 starts (14.0 innings) to earn International League honors... Zimmermann claimed the citation in the Carolina League after tossing 7.0 shutout innings of 3-hit ball April 30 vs. Winston-Salem (White Sox)... Rhinehart hit .474 (9-for-19) with 2 home runs and 9 RBI in 6 games to garner South Atlantic League honors.

Triple-A Columbus Clippers

International League West Division; 18-15, T-2nd Place , 3.5 Games Back

PISTOL PETE: INF Pete Orr leads minor league baseball with 7 triples, and ranks among International League leaders in games played (t-1st, 33) and runs scored (t-6th, 21)...Orr, who signed as a minor-league free agent in the off-season, is hitting .288 with a homer, 18 RBI and 7 steals.

TURNING IT AROUND: RHP Jason Bergmann has allowed just an unearned run in his last 2 starts (14.0 innings) after giving up 9 earned runs over 8.0 innings (10.12 ERA) in his first 2 Triple-A starts...Bergmann, who began the season as a member of Washington's starting rotation, was optioned to Columbus April 12...he is 2-2 with a 3.68 ERA in 4 starts.

MOCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: RHP Garrett Mock allowed one run in 6.0 innings to earn the win last night vs. Rochester (Twins)...Mock, 25, has allowed 2 earned runs or less in each of his last 4 starts, lowering his ERA from 7.00 to 3.77...he is 2-1 with a 2.45 ERA (6 ER/22.0 IP) in those 4 starting assignments...overall, he is 2-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 6 starts.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April
INF Pete Orr - batted .305 (25-for-81) with 6 doubles and 7 triples in 27 games.
RHP Brian Sanches - posted a 1.17 ERA (2 ER/15.1 IP) with 23 strikeouts in 11 appearances.


Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Eastern League Southern Division; 20-11, First Place , 3.5 Games Ahead

THIS GUY'S HOTTER THAN LUKE PERRY: C Luke Montz leads the Eastern League in slugging percentage (.701) and RBI (31)...he ranks among the league leaders in hitting (2nd, .371), OPS (2nd, 1.127), home runs (t-2nd, 7) and on-base percentage (7th, .425)...Montz, 24, also ranks among the minor league leaders in slugging (5th) and RBI (t-6th)...he is hitting .438 (14-for-32) with 5 home runs and 28 RBI with RISP.

CORY'S STORY: LHP Cory VanAllen was promoted to Harrisburg on Saturday, and earned the win in his Double-A debut after allowing one run and 4 hits in 5.2 innings Monday vs. Connecticut (Giants)...his combined 0.82 ERA is 4 th best in minor league baseball...the Baylor University product is a combined 4-0 in 6 games (5 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac...VanAllen was selected in the 5th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

ZECHMATE: RHP Zech Zinicola has yet to allow a run in 14.1 innings, and ranks 2nd in minor league baseball with a .070 (3-for-43) batting average against in 10 combined appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac...he has recorded a save in each of his last 5 appearances (3 with Potomac and 2 with Harrisburg)...Washington's 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, is a combined 2-0 with 4 saves and 16 strikeouts.

ANOTHER NEW SENATOR: RHP Jordan Zimmermann , who entered the season rated as the No .7 prospect in the Washington system according to Baseball America , was promoted to Harrisburg on Sunday...last night in his Double-A debut, he allowed 3 runs (one earned) and 4 hits in 5.2 innings vs. Connecticut...the 21-year-old is a combined 3-2 with a 1.64 ERA in 6 games (5 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac...he went 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA (5 ER/27.1 IP) in 5 appearances (4 starts) with the P-Nats before making the jump to Double-A.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April
C Luke Montz - hit .371 (23-for-62) with 5 home runs, 24 RBI in 18 games.
RHP Bobby Brownlie - went 3-0 with a 2.79 ERA (9 ER/29.0 IP) in 5 starts.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division; 20-11, First Place , 2.5 Games Ahead

UH-OH, HERE COMES MARRERO!: Including a 2-run homer this afternoon at Myrtle Beach (Braves), 1B Chris Marrero has hit 3 home runs in his last 5 games after going homerless in 17 straight contests...he is 9-for-21 (.428) with 3 homers and 8 RBI in those 5 contests...Marrero, Washington's 2006 first round pick (15th overall), is hitting .245 with 5 home runs, 16 RBI and a team-leading 15 walks in 29 games.

NOVOA'S ARK: LHP Yunior Novoa is 2-0 with a save and a 1.50 ERA in 8 appearances...Novoa, who signed as a minor-league free agent in 2006, is 2-0 with a 0.90 ERA (1 ER/10.0 IP), 9 strikeouts and one walk in his last 5 appaearances.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April
INF Matt Rogelstad - batted .325 (26-for-80) with 2 homers and 10 RBI in 21 games.
LHP Cory VanAllen - went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA (2 ER/27.1 IP) and a .186 BAA (18-for-97) in 5 games (4 starts).

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division; 15-17, 5th Place , 4.5 Games Back

BILL GETTING HIS FILL: INF Bill Rhinehart paces the South Atlantic League and is tied for 6th in minor league baseball with 31 RBI...Rhinehart, a 2007 NY-Penn League mid-season All-Star, is 20-for-46 (.434) with 3 home runs and 21 RBI in his last 12 games...he has recorded at least one RBI in 10 of those 12 games...the 23-year-old is batting .345 with 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 31 RBI in 31 games.

SMOLINSKI HEATING UP: INF Jake Smolinski is hitting .389 (14-for-36) with 5 doubles in his last 10 games and has reached base safely in each of those contests...the 19-year-old was selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

SMOKING GUN: RHP Kyle Gunderson has allowed just 2 earned runs in 17.1 innings (1.04 ERA) in 10 appearances this season...the 23-year-old has struck out 13 and allowed 2 walks (6.5 K/BB ratio)...Gunderson was selected in the 48th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

Organizational Player and Pitcher of the Month - April
OF Michael Burgess - blasted 8 home runs with 18 RBI in 25 games.
RHP Terrence Engles - went 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP) in 6 games (3 starts).

By Barry Svrluga  |  May 8, 2008; 10:50 AM ET
 
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