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Nationals Minor League Report

Nats P.R. maven Bill Gluvna compiled the first Minor League Report of the season, and following a grand NJ tradition I'll paste the whole thing right here. Come for the minor league information, stay for the wordplay. Feel free to vote on your favorite pun in the comment section.

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DESTIN-ED TO SUCCEED: OF Destin Hood leads the Single-A South Atlantic League and ranks 3rd in all of minor league baseball with 22 hits...he ranks among SAL leaders in hitting (3rd, .407), total bases (4th, 29), OPS (8th, .955) and slugging percentage (10th, .537)...the 20-year-old has hit safely in 12 of 13 games and is currently riding a 7-game hit streak...Hood, selected in the 2nd round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, opened the 2010 campaign rated as the No. 10 prospect in the Nationals chain according to Baseball America.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
8-4, 1st Place, 1.0 Game Ahead

WEEKEND AT BERNADINA'S: OF Roger Bernadina has hit safely in 7 of his 8 games, going 12-for-36 (.333) with one double, one triple, one homer, 4 RBI and 4 steals...Bernadina had a brief one-game stint with the Nationals earlier this season before being optioned to Syracuse, April 14.

JUST DOMINANT: RHP J.D. Martin is 1-0 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/ 18.1 IP) in 3 starts to begin the season...Martin, a 2009 Triple-A International League All-Star, went 5-4 with a 4.44 ERA in 15 starts at the big league level with Washington last season...Martin is scheduled to make his next start, Saturday vs. Rochester (Twins).

THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, owns a 1.35 ERA (1 ER/ 6.2 IP) in 4 appearances...the 25-year-old has limited opponents to a .100 (2-for-24) batting average against...Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent, June 14, 2006.

SOLID SLATE-N: LHP Doug Slaten has tossed 7.2 scoreless innings in 4 appearances this season...on Monday vs. Lehigh Valley (Phillies), he struck out 5 in 2.0 innings of relief and pocketed his first win of the 2010 campaign...for the season, the southpaw has 10 strikeouts and just one walk...lefties are just 2-for-11 (.182) against him...Slaten was claimed off waivers from Arizona on November 4, 2009.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
5-9, 5th Place, 5.5 Games Back

EVEN STEPHEN: Earlier today vs. Reading (Phillies), RHP Stephen Strasburg allowed just one hit and struck out 6 in 5.0 shutout innings to earn his 2nd win this season...Strasburg is 2-0 with a 0.73 ERA (1 ER/12.1 IP) in his first 3 starts as a professional...the 21-year-old hurler owns a 5.6/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (17 K/3 BB).

THE 'PEN IS MIGHTIER: The Senators' bullpen has allowed just 8 earned runs in 53.2 innings to post a 1.34 ERA through the season's first 13 games...the 7 relievers have combined on a .178 (32-for-179) batting average against.

DR. DREW: RHP Drew Storen, Washington's 2nd selection in the first round (10th overall) of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has posted a 1.42 ERA (1 ER/6.1 IP) and a .085 BAA (2-for-21) in 5 appearances on the young season...he has successfully converted both of his save 2009, the Stanford product went a combined 2-1 with a 1.95 ERA in 28 appearances with Harrisburg, Potomac and Hagerstown.

EAZY-E: In 10.0 innings (4 appearances) this season, RHP Erik Arnesen has posted a 0.90 ERA (1ER/12.0 IP) and a .132 BAA (5-for-38)...earlier today vs. Reading, Arnesen worked a perfect inning to record his first save of the 2009, Arnesen's 12 wins finished tied for first among Washington minor leaguers, while his 116 strikeouts ranked 2nd...Arnesen was selected by Washington in the 17th round of the 2006 First-year Player Draft.

GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR: RHP Adam Carr is 1-0 with a 1.13 ERA (1 ER/8.0 IP) in 5 games...the Oklahoma State University product has struck out 9 and walked none...Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in 3 of his 5 appearances...the 26-year-old was Washington's 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
4-8, 4th Place, 4.0 Games Back

EVAN ALMIGHTY: In his first start of the season, Sunday at Wilmington (Royals), LHP Evan Bronson tossed 5.0 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball to record the win...Bronson is 1-0 with a 3.38 ERA (4 ER/10.2 IP) in 4 games (1 start)...the 23-year-old was a short-season Single-A New-York Penn League All-Star with Vermont in 2009.

ROB'S FAB: RHP Robinson Fabian has allowed just one earned run over 7.2 innings (1.23 ERA) in 2 starts with the P-Nats...Fabian, 24, was acquired along with RHP Ryan Mattheus in exchange for LHP Joe Beimel on July 31, 2009.

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
6-7, T-4th Place, 2.0 Games Back

EVERY ROSENBAUM HAS HIS THORN: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum is 1-0 with a 0.52 ERA (1 ER/17.1 IP) in his first 3 starting assignments of 2010...the 22-year old southpaw has struck out 18 and walked just 3 (6.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio)...his .133 (8-for-60) batting average against ranks 3rd in the SAL, while his minuscule WHIP of 0.63 ranks 5th...Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

MULTI-HIT MADNESS: 2B Jeff Kobernus has posted 5 multi-hit games in 10 starts to begin the season...Kobernus, Washington's 2nd-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, has yet to commit an error in 9 starts at second base.

By Adam Kilgore  |  April 22, 2010; 11:48 AM ET
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I vote "GET OUT OF MY DREAMS, GET INTO MY CARR" the winner, it made me choke on my water. I can't explain, because it wasn't the cleverest, but it definitely nearly made me a Nats ex-fan. Nah, I'm kidding, death wouldn't end my fandom.

Posted by: Section506 | April 22, 2010 11:52 AM | Report abuse

He had me at "every Rosenbaum has its thorn."

Posted by: Juan-John1 | April 22, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

Destin-ed to succeed. It works better than the others, plus it's brimming with justified optimism for Hood's potential.

I also like Solid Slate-n. For that matter, I like Slaten. I think he should be pitching in Washington, not Syracuse.

While I'm on the subject of the bullpen -- why have the Nats turned Arnesen into a reliever this year, when he was one of the most effective starters in the organization last year?

Posted by: fischy | April 22, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse


The whole article showcased the state of the future bullpen. A bright future is ahead for the nats pen. The future is so bright I gotta wear shades!!!! Soon we won't have to take Zantac when the pen is called.

Posted by: hansenjo | April 22, 2010 12:25 PM | Report abuse

I vote that Storen's nickname be changed to Dr. Drew!

Posted by: CapitolWill | April 22, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

I had "Get Out of My Dreams, Get Into My Carr" until I came across the fantasically bad "Every Rosenbaum Has its Thorns."


Posted by: mastroj | April 22, 2010 12:42 PM | Report abuse

I vote for the 'pen item.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | April 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I used to live on Joshua Tree La.

Posted by: MKadyman | April 22, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

I'm just here for the headlines... I have no idea what is happening in the minors...

Posted by: CajunD | April 22, 2010 1:08 PM | Report abuse

Obviously Boswell's paycheck depends on maintaining cordial relationships with Nats management, hence his tendency to be so "positive" in the face of notoriously poor customer service and an embarrasingly lousy product on the field. When confronted with the dismal attendance, his response is "it's up from last year." What he fails to mention is "it's up from last year" in large part because of the Philly fans who packed the place on Opening Day. Season Ticket sales are down considerably from last year, and according to ESPN the stadium has been on average, at best, half empty. He dismisses negative posts as coming from "trolls," but in fact he himself is the "troll," one who repeatedly distorts the truth for his own benefit.

Posted by: FrankMoss | April 22, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

Definitely Every Rosenbaum Has its Thorn, with Get Outta My Dreams a close second.

btw, does the Post get rid of old names if you haven't used them in awhile? I can't use my old one with an exclamation mark and the "e."

Posted by: NattyDLite | April 22, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

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