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.
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.
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