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Nationals Minor League Report

ONLY GLUV CAN BREAK YOUR HEART: Nats p.r. maven Bill Gluvna yesterday provided the Nationals weekly minor league report, chocking it full of useful information and puns. Here it is in full, followed by box scores from last night's game. As always, readers are encouraged to leave their favorite pun the comments section.

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AND THE AWARD GOES TO...: Hagerstown LHP Dan Rosenbaum was named Single-A South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week by for the period of May 2 starts during the week, the southpaw tossed 14.0 scoreless innings, struck out 13, walked none and allowed only 8 hits to garner the award...overall, Rosenbaum is 1-1 with a 1.72 ERA (9 ER/47.0 IP) in 8 starts...the 22-year old has 41 strikeouts against only 7 walks (5.85/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio)...among Single-A South Atlantic League pitchers, he ranks 5th in ERA and tied for 6th in WHIP (0.94)...Rosenbaum was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
21-15, 2nd Place, 1.0 Game Back

HAIL TO VICTOR: LHP Victor Garate was promoted to Syracuse yesterday after dominating hitters in the Double-A Eastern League...Garate posted a miniscule 0.51 ERA (1 ER/17.2 IP), a .119 (6-for-52) batting average against and went 4-for-4 in save opportunities in 14 appearances with Harrisburg...Garate hasn't allowed a run since his season debut on April 9, hurling 16.2 consecutive scoreless innings over his last 13 appearances...opposing left-handed batters are just 2-for-19 (.105) against him...Garate was acquired off waivers from Los Angeles-NL on September 2, 2009.

JOEL THE PROPHET: RHP Joel Peralta is 1-0 with a 1.06 ERA (2 ER/17.0 IP) in 14 appearances...his 9 saves in as many opportunities are tied for 2nd in the International League and tied for 6th in minor league baseball...the Bonao, Dominican Republic native has fanned 20 in 17.0 innings, an average of 10.55 strikeouts per 9.0 innings...Peralta was signed by Washington as a minor-league free agent, December 15, 2009.

ATA(HUALPA) BOY: Since surrendering 3 earned runs in 0.1 inning in his season debut, LHP Atahualpa Severino has allowed only 2 earned runs in his last 18.1 innings (11 appearances)...overall, Severino is 2-0 with a 2.41 ERA (5 ER/18.2 IP) in 15 appearances...Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent, February 13, 2004.

Double-A Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League Southern Division
18-20, 4th Place, 4.5 Games Back

TOMMY GUN: On Sunday vs. New Britain (Twins), LHP Tom Milone allowed one run in 7.1 strong innings to earn the 'W' for the 3rd straight 4 May starting assignments, he is 3-1 with a 2.28 ERA (6 ER/23.2 IP)...overall, the 23-year-old southpaw is 4-1 with a 3.14 ERA (15 ER/43.0 IP) and a 5.66/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (34 SO/6 BB)...Milone, selected in the 10th round of the '08 Draft out of the University of Southern California, led Washington farmhands with 12 wins last season.

EAZY-E: RHP Erik Arnesen allowed 3 runs in 7.0 innings to pick up his 2nd straight win, last night vs. Reading (Phillies)...overall, Arnesen is 2-2 with 2 saves and a 2.43 ERA (8ER/29.2 IP) in 12 games (4 starts)...Arnesen, who has spent the majority of his pro career as a starter, began the season as a reliever before moving into the Sens' rotation in early 4 starts this season, he is 2-1 with a 3.43 ERA (8 ER/21.0 IP)...the Grove City College (NJ) product has also enjoyed success coming out the bullpen for Harrisburg, posting a 1.72 ERA (3 ER/15.2 IP) in 8 appearances...Arnesen was selected by the Nationals in the 17th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

DUDE, WHERE'S MY CARR?: RHP Adam Carr is 3-1 with a 2.95 ERA (6 ER/18.1 IP) in 13 appearances...the Oklahoma State University product has struck out 18 and walked only one...Carr has worked at least 2.0 innings in 6 of his 13 appearances...the 26-year-old was Washington's 18th-round selection in the 2006 Draft.

Single-A Potomac Nationals
Carolina League Northern Division
17-22, 2nd Place, 7.0 Games Back

BE LIKE MIKE: OF Michael Burgess has hit safely in 16 of his last 19 games, going 24-for-70 (.342) with 9 doubles, 4 homers and 24 36 games overall, Burgess is batting .297 with 13 doubles, 4 home runs, 31 RBI and 22 walks...the strong-armed outfielder is tied for 4th in the Carolina League with 4 outfield assists...Burgess, a 2-time Minor League All-Star (2008, '09) , was drafted by Washington in the sandwich round (49th overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

NOT SO TINY TIM: 1B/3B Tim Pahuta leads the Carolina League with a .626 slugging percentage...the Seton Hall product ranks among the CL leaders in homers (2nd, 9), OPS (5th, .973) and total bases (7th, 72)...Pahuta was selected by Washington in the 18th round of the 2005 Draft.

Single-A Hagerstown Suns
South Atlantic League Northern Division
20-18, 4th Place, 2.5 Games Back

DESTINY'S CHILD: 20-year-old OF Destin Hood is tied for 4th in the league with 47 hits and ranks 6th with a .331 batting average...Hood paces Washington farmhands in both batting average and hits...he has hit safely in 29 of 37 games overall...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.

HOLDER STEADY: In his last 3 starts, RHP Trevor Holder is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA (4 ER/19.0 IP)...he's struck out 14 and hasn't issued a walk in those contests...overall, he is 3-1 with a 3.38 ERA in 8 starting assignments...the former Georgia Bulldog has allowed 2 earned runs or less in 6 of those starts...Holder, 23, was Washington's 3rd-round pick in the '09 Draft.

From last night:

Syracuse 5, Rochester 1: Josh Whitesell went 3 for 3 with two walks. Leonard Davis went 3 for 5.

Harrisburg 2, Reading 1: Chris Marrero went 2 for 4 and is now hitting .239. Brad Meyers allowed no earned runs in 5 2/3 innings on four hits, striking out nine. In three starts, Meyers has destroyed Class AA. He hasn't allowed an earned run in 16 2/3 innings, striking out 22 while allowing 11 hits and two walks. Bradley Coon won the game last night with a walk-off triple, scoring Jhonathan Solano, who had walked.

Frederick 6, Potomac 4: Derek Norris went 1 for 2 with a home run and a walk. Mike Burgess went 1 for 4 with a home run.

Hagerstown 2, Asheville 1: Francisco Soriano went 3 for 4. Trevor Holder allowed one earned run on four hits and no walks in seven innings. He struck out four.

By Adam Kilgore  |  May 20, 2010; 11:24 AM ET
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Dude, where's my Carr?

Posted by: Jeff_Jackson | May 20, 2010 11:31 AM | Report abuse

This ATA(HUALPA) BOY. But I also liked this TOMMY GUN.

p.s. I liked the brushback pic.

Posted by: natsfan1a1 | May 20, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

Once again, my favorite pun is actually Kilgore's. Gotta respect a man who can kick it Gene Pitney style.

(Of course, now I'll have that whistling stuck in my head for a little while. Small price to pay.)

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 20, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

((Further, I fully understand that the song has most likely been covered by some singer I've never heard of but is all the rage with the kids over on the MyFace web pages. I don't care. Gene Pitney it was, and Gene Pitney it shall remain.))

Posted by: Scooter_ | May 20, 2010 1:06 PM | Report abuse

Dude, where's my Carr is great, but would be better if Carr was going on the DL.

My pick is with "Destiny's Child" because Destin Hood is in these every single week and it's hard to come up with a new one. And yet, he did it!

Also, props to Kilgore for a Gulvna pun!

Posted by: Section506 | May 20, 2010 1:29 PM | Report abuse

Michael Burgess looks like he is about ready for Harrisburg (he's hitting .295/.393/.483 for Potomac after putting up a .235/.325/.410 line in A-ball last year). If form holds, he might struggle there initially, master AA next year and be up in September 2011, with a shot at the starting RF job in 2012.

Tom Milone is following the John Lannan path to the majors, let's hope that continues.

Posted by: BobLHead | May 20, 2010 1:44 PM | Report abuse

Was Mr. Strasburg's outing overlooked?

Posted by: urbanbunnies | May 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Was Mr. Strasburg's outing overlooked?

Posted by: urbanbunnies | May 20, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

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