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Mock, Paper, Scissors

For those interested, here is this week's minor league report (from Nats PR man Bill Gluvna), which includes what is believed to be the first 50 Cent in recent NJ history.


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NOTHING MINOR ABOUT THESE ACCOLADES: INF/OF Leonard Davis was selected as the Single-A Carolina League's Topps Player of the Month for June, and RHP Craig Stammen was named the Bank of America Pitcher of the Week in the Double-A Eastern League for the period of July 7-13...Washington Nationals minor league prospects have earned 12 Player or Pitcher of the Week citations, garnered 12 All-Star Game selections and won 3 All-Star Game awards this season.

Davis, 24, hit .407 (37-for-91) with 28 runs scored, 6 home runs and 16 RBI in 27 games with Potomac to earn the citation...on June 30, Davis was promoted to Double-A Harrisburg, where he hit a stout .488 (20-for-41) with 8 runs scored, a double, 4 home runs, 10 RBI, a .588 on-base percentage and an .805 slugging percentage in 10 games...after his quick domination of Double-A pitching, Davis earned a promotion to Triple-A Columbus on July 10...overall, the California native is batting a combined .339 with 18 home runs, 47 RBI, a .410 OBP and a .603 slugging percentage in 77 games...Davis, selected by Washington in the 8th round of the 2004 First-Year Player Draft, leads Washington prospects in batting average and is tied with Michael Burgess (HAG) for tops in home runs.

Stammen went 2-0 with a 0.64 ERA (1 ER/14.0 IP) in 2 starts with the Senators to garner the selection...since being promoted from Potomac on June 21, the right-hander is 2-1 with a 1.67 ERA (6 ER/32.1 IP) in 5 starts with Harrisburg...prior to making the jump to Double-A, the 24-year-old went 4-2 with one save and a 2.21 ERA (17 ER/69.1 IP) in 15 games (9 starts) with Potomac...Stammen is a combined 6-3 with a 2.08 ERA in 21 games (14 starts) overall with Columbus, Harrisburg and Potomac...he leads full-season Washington minor leaguers in ERA and ranks 3rd in strikeouts (88)...Stammen was a 12th-round selection in the 2005 Draft out of the University of Dayton.

Triple-A Columbus Clippers
International League West Division
52-44, 3rd Place, 3.0 Games Back

MOCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: RHP Garrett Mock, playing for the International League team, pitched 0.2 innings and allowed one hit as the IL was defeated by the PCL, 6-5, in last night's Triple-A All-Star Game at Louisville Slugger Field in Louisville, KY...Mock entered the All-Star break with a 5-3 record and 3.28 ERA, the 7th-best ERA among qualifying hurlers in the IL...the 25-year-old has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 15 of 16 starts (93%) with Columbus...this season with the Clippers, Mock has fanned 86 batters against just 21 walks in 93.1 2 spot starts with the Nationals, the 25-year-old went 0-2 with a 6.97 ERA...he was acquired from Arizona with LHP Matt Chico in exchange for RHP Livan Hernandez on Aug. 7, 2006.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
54-41, 2nd Place, 6.5 Games Back

SIMPLY FILTHY: RHP Jordan Zimmermann struck out 9 in 7.0 innings of one-run ball but received a no-decision in his most recent start, Tuesday vs. Bowie (Orioles) his last 3 starts, he is 2-0 with a 1.28 ERA (3 ER/21.0 IP), 19 strikeouts and a .186 (14-for-75) BAA...the 22-year-old has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 20 of 28 (72%) starts as a professional... Zimmermann, selected in the 2nd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, is 4-2 with a 3.45 ERA (28 ER/73.0 IP) in 12 starts with the Senators...before his promotion to Double-A on May 4, the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point product went 3-1 with a 1.65 ERA (5 ER/27.1 IP) in 5 games (4 starts) with Potomac...overall, the Double-A All-Star is a combined 7-3 with a 2.96 ERA and a .206 BAA in 18 appearances (17 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac...his 92 strikeouts are tied with Marco Estrada (COL) for tops among Washington farmhands.

G-UNIT: OF Garrett Guzman, whom Washington acquired from Minnesota in exchange for a player to be named on March 23, is hitting .306 with 9 doubles, 2 triples, 7 homers and 41 RBI in 49 games with the 12 games this month, he is 21-for-48 (.438) with 2 homers, 15 RBI and a .481 OBP...Guzman, 25, played in 12 games with Washington during Spring Training.

EASTERN LEAGUE ALL-STAR GAME: RHP Bobby Brownlie and OF Mike Daniel both played for the Southern Division squad in last night's Double-A Eastern League All-Star Game at Stadium in Manchester, NH...Brownlie entered the game in relief, tossing a perfect inning...Daniel, who made the start in right field, went
1-for-3 with a walk and a single to right...Jordan Zimmermann was selected as an All-Star but did not play due to coach's decision...the Southern Division fell to the Northern Division by a final score of 5-3.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
First Half: 42-28, First Place, 7.0 Games Ahead
Second Half: 14-11, First Place, 0.5 Game Ahead

THE LYON'S DEN: Since making the jump to Potomac on June 30, INF Dan Lyons has hit at a .364 (16-for-44) clip with 5 doubles, a homer and 11 RBI in 15 games...the 23-year-old began the season with Hagerstown, where he batted .285 (79-for-277) with 15 doubles, 3 triples, 5 homers and 38 RBI in 76 a combined 91 games with Potomac and Hagerstown, the right-handed slugger is hitting .296 with 20 doubles, 3 triples, 6 home runs, 49 RBI and a .419 OBP...he has appeared in 86 games at shortstop, 4 at second base and one as the designated hitter.

DO TELL, MR. MANDEL: RHP Jeff Mandel pitched 5.2 scoreless innings to pick up the win Tuesday at Salem (Astros)...the Baylor University product is 4-2 with a 2.83 ERA (13 ER/41.0 IP) in 8 starts since joining Potomac from Hagerstown on June 2...Mandel, 23, has allowed 3 earned runs or less in 7 of those 8 starting assignments...he was selected in the 19th round of the 2007 Draft.

SONIC BOOM-ER: OF Boomer Whiting has hit safely in his first 5 games with the P-Nats, going 8-for-22 (.364) with a homer, 3 RBI and 2 steals...Whiting was promoted to Potomac July 10 after hitting .261 with 44 runs scored, 2 homers, 27 RBI, 37 walks and 33 stolen bases in 58 games with Hagerstown...overall, the 28th-round pick from the 2007 Draft, leads Washington farmhands with 35 stolen bases...Whiting, 24, owns a career stolen-base percentage of 79 (72 of 91).

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
First Half: 34-35, 5th Place, 6.5 Games Back
Second Half: 11-15, T-4th Place, 8.0 Games Back

ROONEY TUNES: C Sean Rooney, a 2008 South Atlantic League All-Star selection, ranks 5th in the SAL with a .328 batting average...overall, the 22-year-old switch-hitting backstop has 9 doubles, 2 triples and 20 RBI in 53 games...Rooney was an 8th-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Short-Season Single-A Vermont Lake Monsters
New York-Penn League Stedler Division
15-13, First Place, 1.0 Game Ahead

DEREK NORRIS IS WALKER, VERMONT RANGER: C Derek Norris, no relation to American martial artist and action star Chuck Norris, is hitting .310 (13-for-42) with 3 home runs and 9 RBI in 12 July contests to raise his average from .231 to 25 games overall, he has 17 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 homers and 12 RBI...Norris, 19, leads the team with 20 walks and a .429 OBP...the Kansas native was Washington's 4th-round pick in the '07 Draft.

CASEY ON THE MOUND: RHP Casey Whitmer tossed 8.2 consecutive scoreless innings to begin his pro career, but had his streak snapped after giving up a run on Monday at 9 appearances, he is 1-1 with a save and a 0.90 ERA...he has struck out 15 in 10.0 innings, an average of 13.5 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Whitmer was selected in the 30th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of the University of Texas.

SOME SERIOUS RISPY BUSINESS: OF Jesus Valdez is hitting .500 (14-for-28) with 15 RBI with RISP...after going 0-for-10 in his first 3 games, he has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 contests, going 29-for-75 (.386) in that span...Valdez, who signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent in the off-season, is hitting a club-best .341 with 4 doubles, a triple, a homer and 16 RBI in 23 games.

Gulf Coast League Nationals
Gulf Coast League East Division
9-11, T-2nd Place, 6.0 Games Back

ARNOLD STRONG: RHP Patrick Arnold has won 4 straight 3 starts, he is 3-0 with a 2.12 ERA (4 ER/17.0 IP) a reliever, he is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) with 8 strikeouts in 2 appearances...overall, the 19-year-old is 4-0 with a 1.80 ERA in 5 games (3 starts)...Arnold was selected in the 15th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

BIG RIG HIG: OF J.R. Higley, a 9th-round selection from this June's Draft, hit safely in 11 consecutive games to begin his professional career...the 20-year-old from Folsom, CA is batting .333 with 4 doubles and 4 RBI in his first 13 games as a pro.

By Chico Harlan  |  July 19, 2008; 3:11 PM ET
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