Minor League Report
Here you go, the weekly minor league report from resident punologist Bill Gluvna, who is up to his usual top-notch work this week. (Chico submission: YOU'VE GOT TO BE GLUVIN' IT!)
NATIONALS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT
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DON'T DISS CHRIS: 1B Chris Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in all 19 games this season...additionally, he has hit safely in 15 of those 19 contests, batting .306 with 6 doubles, 3 home runs, 13 RBI and a .892 OPS...the 20-year-old ranks among CL leaders in total bases (8th, 37), hits (t-8th, 22), doubles (10th) and slugging (10th, .514)...Marrero entered the season ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect -the top hitter- in Washington's system...he was the Nationals' top selection (15th overall) in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.
Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
10-4, 2nd Place , 4.5 Games Back
WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU STAM(MEN): RHP Craig Stammen allowed just 3 hits in 7.0 shutout innings en route to winning his 2nd straight start, Friday at Buffalo (Mets)...in 3 starts this season, he is 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA and a .185 batting average against...the 25-year-old is scheduled to make his next start tonight vs. Pawtucket (Red Sox)...Stammen was selected in the 12th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft.
START ME UP: RHP Collin Balester fired 6.0 scoreless innings of 4-hit ball to earn his first win of the season, Sunday at Buffalo (Indians)...he is 1-0 with 0.75 ERA (1 ER/12.0 IP) in his last 2 outings after going 0-2 with a 10.24 ERA (11 ER/9.2 IP) in his first 2 starts of the season...Balester, 22, made 15 starts at the big league level last season with Washington.
TYLER MADE: In 6 relief appearances, RHP Tyler Clippard has allowed only one run over 11.1 innings (0.79 ERA) of work...he has struck out 16 and walked 2...Clippard has worked 2.0 or more innings in 4 of his 6 appearances...he made 2 spot starts with the Nationals last season, going 1-1 with a 4.04 ERA...the 24-year-old was acquired from the Yankees in exchange for RHP Jonathan Albaladejo, December 5, 2007.
Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
2-14, 6th Place , 11.0 Games Back
BILL GETTING HIS FILL: 1B Bill Rhinehart is 9-for-21 (.429) with 2 doubles, 2 home runs and 4 RBI in his last 7 games after going 2-for-32 (.068) in 9 games to begin the season...Rhinehart, a minor-league All-Star in each of his 2 seasons as a pro, was selected in the 11th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.
Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
10-9, 2nd Place , 2.5 Games Back
ESP: EXTRA-SPECIAL PLAYER : SS Danny Espinosa ranks among Carolina League leaders in nearly every offensive category, including OBP (2nd, .494), doubles (t-2nd, 8), stolen bases (t-2nd, 7), walks (4th, 14), OPS (5th, 1.019) and batting average (6th, .339)...the 21-year-old has reached base safely via hit, walk or HBP in 18 of 19 games this season...Espinosa entered the season as the Best Defensive Infielder among Nationals prospects according to Baseball America ...he was selected in the 3rd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft out of Long Beach State University.
BURGESS KING: OF Michael Burgess leads Washington farmhands with 5 home runs and 18 RBI...he is hitting at a .322 (10-for-31) clip with 7 runs scored, 4 homers and 13 RBI in his last 9 games...overall, 8 of his 14 hits have gone for extra bases (3 doubles, 5 home runs)...the 20-year-old began the season rated as the No. 4 prospect in the Washington system according to Baseball America .
OSCAR MEYERS: RHP Brad Meyers allowed 5 hits in 7.2 scoreless innings to earn the win, Friday at Frederick (Orioles)...he is 2-0 with a 2.00 ERA in 3 starts with the P-Nats... Meyers, 23, was selected in the 5th round of the '07 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA).
THUNDER AND LIGHTNING: The P-Nats lead the Carolina League with 20 home runs and 31 stolen bases...Potomac paces Washington minor league affiliates in batting average (.256), runs scored (104), hits (158), homers, RBI (93), walks (74) and steals.
Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
6-11, 7th Place , 5.0 Games Back
THEY'D BE LOST WITHOUT HIM: C Derek Norris leads the Suns in hits (16) homers (3), RBI (10), total bases (30), slugging (.484) and OPS (.840)... per Baseball America , the 20-year-old entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington's system...Norris was selected in the 4th round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft out of Goddard (KS) High School.
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