Washington Nationals: Minor League Openers Wrap.

• Class A -

Nationals_-_potomac_medium • Robinson Fabian, a 6'3'' right-hander out of the Dominican Republic, one of two pitchers (along with right-hander Ryan Mattheus) acquired in the deadline deal last summer than sent Joe Beimel to the Colorado Rockies, was the Opening Day starter for the Potomac Nationals last night in Woodbridge, Virginia's Pfitzner Stadium. The P-Nats got just an inning and a half in before the game had to be suspended because of rain. Noteable names in the P-Nats' lineup: Left-handed hitting outfielder Michael Burgess, (the 9th-best prospect in the Nationals' system in Baseball America's last Top 10 rankings, considered the second-best OF prospect in the organization behind Justin Maxwell), was the P-Nats' right fielder, and was 0 for 1 before rain ruined things. The 21-year-old '07 4th Round pick, taken 49th overall with the Nats' third 1st Round pick after pitchers Ross Detwiler and Josh Smoker, hit 23 doubles, 19 HR's and collected 71 RBI's in 131 games with Potomac in '09, posting a .235 AVG, .325 OBP and a .410 SLG. 

 

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• Class-A Suns Win One 1-0.

• Double-A Sens Lose.

• Syracuse Has Pete Orr, Who Always Scores'em.

 

Nationals_-_hagerstown_medium • The Hagerstown Suns won 1-0, in a short 6-inning game against the Texas Rangers' Class-A affiliate, the Hickory Crawdads, with Destin Hood, an '08 2nd Round pick by the Nationals out of Mobile, Alabama going 2 for 2 in right field for the Suns. Daniel Rosenbaum, a 6'1'' left-hander taken in the 22nd Round of the '09 Draft out of Loveland, Ohio, was Hagerstown's Opening Day starter, throwing 5.2 scoreless over which he gave up 2 hits and a walk while recording 7 K's. 

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• Double-A - Right-hander Jeff Mandel, a 19th Round selection out of Texas in 2007, who pitched alongside Stephen Strasburg and Drew Storen in the Arizona Fall League, striking out 10 without allowing a walk in 10 G and 14.1 IP for the Desert Dogs, after he'd posted a combined (12-6) record with a 3.38 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 2.6 BB/9 and 5.3 K/9 in 25 starts and 151.2 IP for the Class-A Potomac Nationals and Double-A Harrisburg Senators in 2009, was back on the mound for the Sens in their Season Opener last night, allowing 5 hits and 4 ER in 4.1 IP in a 5-1 loss on the road against the Altoona Curve. SS Danny Espinosa was 0 for 3, CF Leonard Davis 0 for 4, RF Chris Marrero was 1 for 3 with one of the Senators' 2 hits...No need for Drew Storen tonight. Stephen Strasburg starts for the Sens this Sunday...

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• Triple- A -
With a bases-loaded walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth that scored Kevin Mench"Pinch-Hittin'" Pete Orr capped off the comeback 8-7 win in the Syracuse Chiefs' season opener against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs last night in Syracuse, New York's Alliance Bank Stadium. LF Roger Bernadina was 2 for 5 with a solo HR in the top of the ninth that tied the game before Orr's game-winning hit. 2B Seth Bynum, a 29-year-old infielder selected by the Expos in the 38th Round of the '03 Draft, was 1 for 4 with a two-run HR and 3 RBI's. Justin Maxwell was 0 for 4 with a walk and a K. (ed. note - "It'll be interesting to see how Maxwell reacts to not making the Nats, when many thought he would, especially after Elijah Dukes' release. If Maxwell gets hot, I'd imagine the Nationals would love to call him up and finally give him a shot at right field...") RHP J.D. Martin started for Syracuse, throwing 88 pitches, 56 for strikes in 6.2 IP over which he allowed 6 hits, a walk and 2 ER. 

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