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Leaving San Francisco

Sorry for being quick this morning. I'm at San Francisco's airport, about to catch a flight to LAX. For all of the charms of this city, I gotta say, the airport makes a fair attempt to undo them all at once. Then again, San Francisco's charms are relative. Not everything is as grand as the chef's table at Boulevard. The Nats, with yesterday's loss (for pure entertainment, my favorite Washington game of the year) are 0-7 against the Giants. Read more here. News on Cordero is here.

For some blog content this morning, I'll rely on Bill Gluvna for the heavy lifting. Here's his weekly minor league report. (My own contribution: Emilio Bonifacio, acquired in the Jon Rauch trade, went 2-for-5 with one run in his Class AAA Columbus debut yesterday. He was also throw out in his only base-stealing attempt.)



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NOTHING MINOR ABOUT IT: Entering today's action, the Nationals own the 3rd-best minor-league win-loss record...Columbus, Harrisburg, Potomac, Hagerstown, Vermont, GCL Nationals, DSL Nationals 1 and DSL Nationals 2 have combined on a 311-248 (.556) mark to date...Potomac, Vermont and DSL Nationals 1 each lead their respective divisions.

Triple-A Columbus Clippers
International League West Division
56-47, 3rd Place , 4.0 Games Back

ROGER THAT: In his first 9 games with Columbus, OF Roger Bernadina is hitting at a .469 (15-for-32) clip with 5 doubles, a triple, a homer, 5 RBI and a .553 on-base percentage...he is a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts...Bernadina was optioned to Columbus on July 11 after going 5-for-40 (.125) in 10 games at the big league level...prior to making the leap to Washington, the Curacao native hit .323 (86-for-266) with 11 doubles, 7 triples, 5 homers, 38 RBI and 26 steals in 73 games with Harrisburg...overall, the 24-year-old leads full-season Washington prospects with a .339 batting a combined 82 games with Columbus and Harrisburg, Bernadina has 14 doubles, 8 triples, 6 homers, 43 RBI, 31 steals and a .456 OBP.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
56-46, 3rd Place , 6.0 Games Back

STAMMEN'S JAMMIN': RHP Craig Stammen was promoted to Columbus yesterday, continuing his ascent through the Washington system...Stammen, 24, went 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA (7 ER/38.1 IP) and a 0.86 WHIP in 6 starts with the Senators to earn the promotion...before making the jump to Double-A, he went 4-2 with one save and a 2.21 ERA (17 ER/69.1 IP) in 15 appearances (9 starts) with Single-A Potomac...overall, he is a combined 7-3 with a 2.05 ERA and a .208 batting average against in 22 games (15 starts) with Columbus, Harrisburg and Potomac...he paces full-season Washington minor leaguers in ERA and ranks 2nd in strikeouts with 94...Stammen was selected in the 12th round of the 2005 Draft out of the University of Dayton.

DOLLA BILL: INF Bill Rhinehart , Washington's 11th-round selection in the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 26-for-78 (.333) with 9 doubles, 3 homers, 15 RBI and a .443 OBP through 22 games in his first action at the Double-A level...Rhinehart jumped to Harrisburg on June 30 after excelling during a 6-game stint with Potomac, where he hit .320 (8-for-25) with 2 doubles, 2 homers and 4 RBI...the 23-year old began the season with Hagerstown of the Single-A South Atlantic League, hitting .295 (77-for-261) with 22 doubles, 9 homers and 56 RBI in 65 games through mid-June...he was a South Atlantic League All-Star, and was named the game's MVP after a 3-for-3 performance with a homer and 3 RBI...for the season at the three levels, he is batting .305 with 33 doubles, 14 homers and an organization-best 75 RBI in 94 games.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half: 42-28, First Place , 7.0 Games Ahead - Northern Division Champs
Second Half: 18-13, First Place , 2.0 Games Ahead

GIVE DAN A HAND: INF Dan Lyons has gone 20-for-63 (.317) with 7 doubles, a triple, a homer and 13 RBI in 15 games since making the jump to Potomac June 30...he has walked 15 times and owns a .451 OBP with the P-Nats... Lyons, 23, opened the season with Hagerstown, where he batted .285 with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers and 38 RBI in 76 a combined 98 games with Potomac and Hagerstown, the University of Minnesota product is hitting .291 with 22 doubles, 4 triples, 6 home runs, 51 RBI and a .420 OBP...he has appeared in 91 games at shortstop, 5 at second base and one as the designated hitter...Lyons was selected in the 14th round of the '07 Draft.
ROSS IS BOSS: LHP Ross Detwiler , Washington's top pick (6th overall) in the 2007 draft, is scheduled to make his next start tonight vs. Kinston (Indians)...the 22-year-old has posted a 3.86 ERA (10ER/23.1 IP) while striking out 19 against just 4 walks in 4 July 19 starts overall, he has fanned 81 batters in 86.1 innings of work.

BOOM! SHAKE THE ROOM: Since being promoted to Potomac on July 10, OF Boomer Whiting is 14-for-47 (.298) with 9 runs scored, a homer, 4 RBI and 5 steals in 12 games...7 of his hits have been bunt singles...prior to joining the P-Nats, the 24-year-old batted .261 with 44 runs scored, 8 doubles, 2 triple, 2 homers, 27 RBI, 37 walks and 33 stolen bases in 58 games with Hagerstown...overall, the 24-year-old leads Washington farmhands with 38 stolen bases...Whiting, a 28th-round pick from the 2007 Draft, owns a career stolen-base percentage of 80 (75 of 94).

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half: 34-35, 5th Place , 6.5 Games Back
Second Half: 15-18, 4th Place , 9.0 Games Back

OSCAR MEYERS: RHP Bradley Meyers tossed 6.1 scoreless innings to earn the win in his most recent start, Sunday at Augusta (Giants)...he sports a 3.23 ERA (17 ER/47.1 IP) in his last 9 outings, after posting a 7.43 ERA (19 ER/23.0 IP) in 6 starts to begin the season...Meyers, selected in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft, has allowed just 4 earned runs over 21.1 innings pitched (1.69 ERA) in 4 July starts.

PENA PITCHING IN: RHP Hassan Pena earned the win after firing 6.0 shutout innings on Monday vs. Greenville (Red Sox)...overall, he is 2-2 with a 2.08 ERA in 6 starting assignments...the Cuban native has struck out 24 and walked 5 (4.8 SO/BB ratio)...Pena, 23, was selected in the 13th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
18-15, First Place , 1.5 Games Ahead

NOT BAD, BRAD: RHP Brad Peacock recorded his first complete game as a pro, allowing one unearned run in 7.0 innings in a scheduled 7.0-inning game* on Monday at Oneonta (Tigers)...the 20-year-old, selected in the 41st round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, is 3-1 with a 2.36 ERA and a .207 BAA in 6 starts.

* Per minor league guidelines for a doubleheader, the game was only scheduled for 7.0 innings.

STOUFFER IS COOKIN': INF Blake Stouffer has blasted 4 home runs and driven in 8 runs in 18 contests as a pro...overall, 7 (2 doubles, a triple and 4 homers) of his 14 hits have been of the extra-base variety...Stouffer was selected in the 13th round of the June draft out of Texas A&M University.

Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
15-12, 2nd Place , 1.5 Games Back

CAN'T MISS CHRIS: INF Chris Curran , 20, leads the GCL with 25 runs scored and 33 hits...his team-leading 11 stolen bases rank 5th in the league...Curran, Washington's 22nd-round selection last month, is hitting .314 with 2 doubles and 10 RBI in 27 games as a pro.

THE PERFECT GIG FOR HIG: OF J.R. Higley paces short-season Washington prospects with a .350 batting average...the 20-year-old from Folsom, CA has 7 doubles, 7 RBI and a .487 OBP in his first 20 professional games...Higley was selected in the 9th round of this June's Draft out of Sacramento City College.

EVEN STEPHEN: INF Stephen Lombardozzi , 19, has hit .333 (14-for-42) with one triple, 7 RBI and a .408 OBP in 15 games this month...overall, Lombardozzi, a 19th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, is batting .258 with 9 runs scored, a triple, 8 RBI and 2 steals in 21 games.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 25, 2008; 10:59 AM ET
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