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Unabridged minor league report

The heavy reading, for those interested. (This comes courtesy of Nats PR man Bill Gluvna.)

I'll paste it below.



VINCENT VANALLEN: LHP Cory VanAllen is a combined 5-0 with a 0.68 ERA (3 ER/ 40.0 IP) in 7 games (6 starts) with Double-A Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac...among starters, the 23-year-old leads minor league baseball in ERA and ranks 2nd with a .137 (16-for-117) batting average against...VanAllen was selected as both the Bank of America Eastern League Pitcher of the Week and the Pitcher of the Week for the week of May 5-11 after going 2-0 with a 0.71 ERA (1 ER/12.2 IP) and 11 strikeouts in his first 2 career starts at the Double-A level...before his May 3 promotion to Harrisburg, he went 3-0 with a 0.66 ERA (2 ER/27.1 IP) in 5 games (4 starts) with the P-Nats...VanAllen, who was selected in the 5th round of the 2006 First-Year-Player Draft, is scheduled to make his next start Friday vs. Altoona (Pirates).

Triple-A Columbus Clippers
International League West Division
22-19, 3rd Place , 4.5 Games Back

BERGALICIOUS: RHP Jason Bergmann has allowed 3 earned runs in 21.0 innings (1.28 ERA) over his last 3 starts...the 26-year-old, who began the season as a member of Washington's starting rotation, is 2-2 with a 3.72 ERA in 5 starts with the Clippers...he went 0-1 with an 11.68 ERA in 3 appearances (2 starts) at the big league level before being optioned to Columbus on April 12.

BROWNLIE SUNDAE: RHP Bobby Brownlie has tossed 8.1 scoreless innings in 3 games (one start) since joining the Clippers May 3...he struck out 7 in 5.2 shutout innings to earn the win in his first start on Sunday at Lehigh Valley (Phillies)...the 27-year-old owns a combined 5-0 record with a 2.28 ERA in 9 games (7 starts) with Columbus and Harrisburg...Brownlie was selected by Chicago (NL) in the first round (21st overall) of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft.

NATURAL DE CASTER: INF Yurendell de Caster is 16-for-46 (.347) with 12 runs scored, 3 homers, 9 RBI and 2 steals in 14 May contests...the Curacao native is hitting .326 with 3 home runs and 17 RBI in 25 games since being promoted from Harrisburg April Caster, who signed as a minor league free agent in the off-season, is batting a combined .319 with 7 home runs and 33 RBI in 40 games with Columbus and Harrisburg.

PAPER CLIP-PARD: RHP Tyler Clippard is 2-1 with a 2.49 ERA (6 ER/21.2 IP) in his last 4 starting assignments, lowering his ERA from 7.32 to 4.79...Clippard, 23, was acquired in the off-season from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo...overall, he is 2-3 with 41 strikeouts and 17 walks in 7 starts.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
23-14, First Place , 2.5 Games Ahead

THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS: 1B Dmitri Young went 1-for-2 with 2 walks in his first rehab game last night vs. Reading (Phillies)...he was placed on the 15-Day DL (lower back sprain) on April 8, retroactive to April 3... Young, 34, has appeared in 2 games with the Nationals this season, both appearances coming as a pinch hitter...Young, a 2-time All-Star (2003, '07), was named NL Comeback Player of the Year by both MLB and The Sporting News last season.
STAR ZECH: THE NEXT GENERATION: RHP Zech Zinicola had tossed 17.1 consecutive scoreless innings before giving up an earned run in a loss last night vs. Reading...he is a perfect 6-for-6 in save opportunities, and is limiting opposing batters to a .153 (9-for-59) BAA in 13 combined appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac...the Arizona State University product has a win and 3 saves in 5 appearances with the Senators since his promotion from Single-A Potomac...the 23-year-old was Washington's 2006 Minor League Pitcher of the Year.

THE GUY WITH TWO FIRST NAMES: OF Mike Daniel ranks among the Eastern League leaders in batting (4th, .326) and hits (t-8th, 42)...Daniel, a 2-time Minor League All-Star, is 15-for-39 (.385) with 2 homers and 7 RBI in 15 games in May...the 23-year-old is hitting .402 (33-for-82) against right-handers, but just .191 (9-for-47) against lefties...Daniel was selected in the 7th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of North Carolina.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
22-15, First Place , 2.0 Games Ahead
YO, ADRIAN!: RHP Adrian Alaniz is 4-0 with a 0.93 ERA (3 ER/29.0 IP) in his last 5 starts...he ranks among the Carolina League leaders in wins (t-3rd, 4), ERA (5th, 2.19) and strikeouts (7th, 35)...the 23-year-old was a 2007 NY-Penn League mid-season All-Star.

VAN DETWILER: LHP Ross Detwiler , Washington 's top pick (6th overall) in the 2007 draft, is scheduled to start tonight vs. Myrtle Beach (Braves) his most recent start, Detwiler allowed one run and struck out 6 in 6.0 innings to earn his first win since April 6...the 22-year-old, who became the first player from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft to reach the big leagues, is 2-2 with a 4.45 ERA in 7 starts this season.

STAMMEN'S JAMMIN': RHP Craig Stammen is 0-1 with a save and a 1.67 ERA in 8 games (2 starts)...Stammen, selected in the 12th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, allowed 4 earned runs in 16.0 innings (2.25 ERA) in 6 relief appearances...since joining the P-Nats starting rotation, he is 0-1 with a 0.81 ERA (1 ER/11.0 IP).

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
17-20, 5th Place , 6.5 Games Back
I'M JUST A BILL, HOPING TO PLAY NEAR CAPITOL HILL: Entering today's action, INF Bill Rhinehart leads the South Atlantic League and is tied for 3rd in minor league baseball with 39 RBI...he leads Washington farmhands in batting (.336), hits (46) and RBI...the 23-year-old has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, going 16-for-42 (.380) with 10 extra-base hits (6 doubles and 4 home runs) and 20 RBI...he has recorded at least one RBI in 9 of those 11 games...Rhinehart was a 2007 New York-Penn League mid-season All Star.
SONIC BOOM-ER: OF Boomer Whiting is hitting .357 with 9 runs scored, a home run, 7 RBI and 3 steals in his first 7 games after beginning the season at extended spring training in :placeViera , FL. ..Whiting, who led the New York-Penn League with 37 stolen bases last season, was selected in the 28th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of the :placeUniversity of Louisville .

By Chico Harlan  |  May 14, 2008; 3:39 PM ET
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