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Nats Minor League Report

Here is Bill Gluvna's weekly MLR, which gives us at least one reason to be thankful that Tyler Clippard is still in the minors.

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NATIONALS MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

This Week's Top Headline

NOTHING MINOR ABOUT THESE ACCOLADES: Hagerstown Suns C Derek Norris and Potomac Nationals LHP Tom Milone were named Offensive Player and Pitcher of the Week by MILB.com in their respective leagues for the period of May 11-17.

Norris posted 5 multi-hit efforts en route to going 13-for-23 (.565) with 3 doubles and 9 runs scored and in 6 games to garner the selection...the 20-year-old leads the Single-A South Atlantic League with a .418 OBP and is tied for the league lead with 8 home runs...additionally, he ranks among the league leaders in RBI (2nd, 20), walks (t-2nd, 20), OPS (2nd, 1.016), slugging (3rd, .598) and total bases (4th, 73)...he has thrown out 38% (14-for-37) of would-be basestealers...per Baseball America , he entered the season rated as the No. 6 prospect and top overall catching prospect in Washington's system.


Milone, 22, earned the citation after firing a season-high 8.0 shutout innings and matching a season best with 7 strikeouts in a win at Myrtle Beach (Braves) on May 15...Milone is 3-2 with a 3.11 ERA in 7 games (6 starts) overall...the southpaw has pitched well on the road, going 3-0 with a 1.32 ERA (4 ER/27.1 IP) in 5 games (4 starts), compared to an 0-2 mark with a 7.84 ERA (9 ER/ 10.1 IP) and a .444 BAA in 2 starts at Pfitzner Stadium in Potomac...the University of Southern California product was selected in the 10th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
17-20, 4th Place , 8.0 Games Back

APRIL SHOWERS BRING MAY FLOWERS: After batting just .254 (15-for-59) and going homerless in 18 games during April, 1B Brad Eldred has hit .361 (22-for-61) with 5 home runs through the first 18 games in May...for the season, he is batting .308 with 13 doubles and 20 RBI in 36 games...Eldred, who signed with Washington as a minor-league free agent in the offseason, batted .296 with 3 home runs and 6 RBI in 15 contests during Spring Training with the Nationals.

TYLER CLIPPARD'S HOUSE OF PAYNE: In 12 relief appearances, RHP Tyler Clippard has posted a 1.64 ERA and a .192 BAA...Clippard, 24, has worked more than 1.0 inning in 9 of his 12 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
10-27, 6th Place , 18.5 Games Back

THE ZIN MASTER: RHP Zech Zinicola has allowed only one earned run over 14.1 innings (0.63 ERA) in 13 games this season...he is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities...the 24-year-old has tossed 7.2 consecutive scoreless innings in his last 7 appearances, beginning May 1...Zinicola, selected in the 6th round of the 2006 Draft, was tabbed as Washington's Minor League Pitcher of the Year in 2006.

EAZY-E: RHP Erik Arnesen is a combined 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA in 9 games (8 starts) with Harrisburg and Single-A Potomac...since his promotion to Harrisburg on May 11, Arnesen is 2-0 with a 2.08 ERA (3 ER/13.0 IP) in 3 games (2 starts)...Arnesen, 25, went 4-1 with a 2.23 ERA (16 ER/32.1 IP) in 6 starting assignments with Potomac.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
23-14, 2nd Place , 1.5 Games Back

MARRERO'S MASHIN': 1B Chris Marrero blasted a 2-out grand slam in the seventh inning to lift Potomac to a 4-3 win over Kinston (Indians) last night...Marrero has reached base via hit, walk or HBP in 31 of 36 games this season...additionally, he has hit safely in 28 of those 36 contests, batting .299 with 8 doubles, one triple, 5 home runs and 21 RBI...the 20-year-old ranks 5th in the Carolina League with 41 hits...Marrero entered the season rated 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.

NO RELATION TO HOWIE: RHP Jeff Mandel won his 5th consecutive start, allowing 3 runs in 7.0 innings last night at Kinston...in 7 starts overall, the 25-year-old is 5-1 with a 2.51 ERA and a .210 BAA...among CL pitchers, Mandel is 2nd in WHIP (1.07), tied for 2nd in wins and ranks 4th in ERA...Mandel was a 19th-round selection in the '07 First-Year Player Draft.

WHEN THERE'S A WILL(EMS), THERE'S A WAY: RHP Colton Willems , 20, has allowed just 3 earned runs over 16.0 innings (1.69 ERA) in 3 starts since joining the P-Nats on May 4...Willems was selected in the first round (22nd overall) of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

BOOM(ER) GOES THE DYNAMITE : OF Boomer Whiting 's 14 stolen bases pace the Washington chain, and rank 2nd in the CL...including 14 of 16 (87%) this season, Whiting has successfully swiped 98 bases in 121 attempts (81%) during 2-plus seasons as a pro.

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
18-18, 5th Place , 3.5 Games Back

RIGHT ENGLE(S): RHP Terrence Engles won his 4th straight start, striking out professional-high 12 in 7.0 shutout innings on Monday at Kannapolis (White Sox)...overall, he is 4-1 with a 3.26 ERA in 7 starts...the 23-year-old has struck out 50 in 38.2 innings of work, an average of 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...additionally, he owns a 7.14 strikeout-to-walk ratio (50 SO/7 BB)...he leads the Washington system in strikeouts and is tied for 2nd in wins...Engles was signed as a non-drafted free agent, May 27, 2004 out of Seminole (FL) Community College.

LESS IS MOORE: 1B Tyler Moore has hit safely in each of his 12 games this season, batting at a .386 clip with one double, 2 home runs, 11 RBI, 5 walks and a .431 OBP...Moore, a 16th-round pick in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, is hitting .444 (8-for-18) with one homer and 10 RBI with RISP.

By Chico Harlan  |  May 21, 2009; 3:13 PM ET
 
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Comments

Looking forward to seeing P Terrence Engles and C Derek Norris in Potomac soon!

Posted by: PNatsFan | May 21, 2009 3:23 PM | Report abuse

so brad eldred is our 1b if we trade nick johnson? what year is this again?

Posted by: longterm | May 21, 2009 3:25 PM | Report abuse

Come on Mr. Dunn, get working on your 1st base drills.

Posted by: soundbloke | May 21, 2009 3:32 PM | Report abuse

Ah, could the Zin Master be our closer of the future???

Posted by: PattyinSJ | May 21, 2009 3:46 PM | Report abuse

so brad eldred is our 1b if we trade nick johnson? what year is this again?

Posted by: longterm | May 21, 2009

No, Chris Marrero. Meanwhile, its Adam Dunn and Josh Willingham, Dmitri Young, Brad Eldred.

Might make more sense to trade Guzman. The Padre's need a shortstop and the NATS need pitching with a winning attitude. Peavy is apparently available and is now possibly going to the white sox? Trade Guz, plus some pitching
and get Peavy plus a reliever[s]. Of course many of these guys have no-trade clauses ...

Posted by: periculum | May 21, 2009 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what would we add to Guzman in order to get Peavy?

Posted by: soundbloke | May 21, 2009 3:52 PM | Report abuse

The wishful thinking on Peavy can stop before it gets started. No chance the Nats make a move for him. Read Olney's blog on the reason why the trade with the White Sox could be doomed. It's all about no-trade-clauses which Kasten never consents to. End of story.

http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/news/story?id=4191562

Posted by: RicketyCricket | May 21, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what would we add to Guzman in order to get Peavy?

Answer: Any 15 Nationals the Padres would take (except both Zimms and Dunn), a third of Ward 3, a fourth of Danny Snyder's net worth and, to keep the soccer nuts off their collective rockers, D.C. United.

Deal?

Posted by: jdschulz50 | May 21, 2009 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Exactly what would we add to Guzman in order to get Peavy?

Posted by: soundbloke | May 21, 2009 3:52 PM |


Nieves!! Heck, we'll even throw in Cintron as a bonus.

Posted by: FloresFan | May 21, 2009 4:00 PM | Report abuse

New York (AP) - Christian Guzman, Nick Johnson, and Austin Kearns were traded today to the New York Mets for J.J. Putz, Oliver Perez, and I can't believe your were falling for this. The deal is contingent upon gullibility.

Posted by: natbiscuits | May 21, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Instead of trading Guzman, my vote would be to keep on working on moving Johnson to a contender in exchange for promising young position players and starting pitchers. Eldred can bridge the gap for the rest of the year at 1B in Johnson's spot, into an extended look to see if Marrero is ready at spring training next year (with a taste of the majors this September).

Eldred's defensive ability there far exceeds Dunn's, and Dunn can stay at home in LF that way. While Eldred's pitch selection is nothing to be proud of and he's an across-the-board downgrade from NJ, he's capable of hitting some measuring-tape shots to entertain the crowd for the rest of the season. As a side benefit, any clubhouse with both Eldred and Dunn may cause minor earthquakes in older stadiums across the league during Nationals' visits.

Posted by: faNATic | May 21, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

"Exactly what would we add to Guzman in order to get Peavy?"

What's one bigger than infinity dollars?

Posted by: Brian_ | May 21, 2009 4:10 PM | Report abuse

New York (AP) - Christian Guzman, Nick Johnson, and Austin Kearns were traded today to the New York Mets for J.J. Putz, Oliver Perez, and I can't believe your were falling for this. The deal is contingent upon gullibility.

Posted by: natbiscuits | May 21, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

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Post of the day. Easy.

Posted by: Section506 | May 21, 2009 4:11 PM | Report abuse

He's reluctant to go to a potential contender in the ChiSox, why on earth would he come here?

When are we gonna give Tyler Clippard some run up here? Our bullpen is atrotious. No reason not to bring him up.

Posted by: kingtutts | May 21, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

When are we gonna give Tyler Clippard some run up here? Our bullpen is atrotious. No reason not to bring him up.

Posted by: kingtutts | May 21, 2009 4:12 PM


FWIW, here's Phil Woods take on it:

I've had several people ask why righthander Tyler Clippard, who's also pitching well in relief in Syracuse, hasn't gotten a call. That answer was a little more straightforward.

The Nats want him to get more appearances in relief. It's that simple. He's always been a starting pitcher. Before this season, he hadn't pitched in relief for more than five years, since he was a teenager, and they want a larger sample of his work.

That makes some sense, though I'd think by sometime next month he might get the call.

Posted by: FloresFan | May 21, 2009 4:18 PM | Report abuse

Here are tonights lineups via the MASN website:

Pirates

LF Nyjer Morgan
2B Freddy Sanchez
CF Nate McLouth
1B Adam LaRoche
RF Brandon Moss
3B Andy LaRoche
C Jason Jaramillo
SS Jack Wilson
P Ian Snell

Nationals

SS Cristian Guzman
1B NIck Johnson
3B Ryan Zimmerman
RF Adam Dunn
LF Josh Willingham
CF Willie Harris
C Josh Bard
2B Anderson Hernandez
P Craig Stammen

Posted by: FloresFan | May 21, 2009 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Thanks FloresFan, for the info about Clippard and the Lineups.

Posted by: Section505203 | May 21, 2009 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Agree re. the POD, 506.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 21, 2009 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Speaking of posts, official lineup post is up.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 21, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Harlan's trying to take credit for FloresFan's work in the new post.

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 21, 2009 4:33 PM | Report abuse

Coke sent under separate cover, 1a.

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 21, 2009 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I'm thrilled by Willems' performance. I think his upside is huge. I look forward a few years to the Nats having a choice between Strasburg, Detwiler, Lannan, Zimmermann, Martis, Willems and maybe a wild-card or two in Stammen, Arnesen, etc.

Hopefully, Marrero develops a glove to go with his bat. The Nats will need it.

Kudos for the Boom goes the dynamite line...

Posted by: fischy | May 21, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Thanks, Scooter. Nice try, Chico. ;-)

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 21, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Also, loved watching Boomer on the base paths during the playoffs last year. He makes things happen.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 21, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

hey gang...speaking of the minors, anyone see the quick bits from Rosenthal on Fox?
"....The Nationals might be years away from a full recovery. One scout describes their Harrisburg affiliate as the "worst Double A team maybe in the history of baseball."
Harrisburg, 8-27, is playing Freddy Bynum, 29, at shortstop. Joel Guzman, 24, is the corner-utility man. The team includes only three members of the Nationals' 40-man roster.

Wait, there's more!
"....More Nats: Before outfielder Lastings Milledge underwent surgery to repair a broken right ring finger, one scout said he was "getting worse in every aspect of the game. He can't hit now. I feel sorry for him. He looks so confused.

"His approach is so bad. He's getting beat on fastballs he used to hit very well. An 88 mph fastball down the middle, he hits a groundball down the first-base line. And he pirouettes in the outfield on every ball."

Ah, yes, the joys of Nots town!Meanwhile, some little leaguers are playing on the field behind my house here on the Hill. Think I'll go over and watch some b.ball where, if errors DO occur....

Posted by: zendo | May 21, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

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