Searching for Sunshine: 8/9 Nats Minor League Report

So you wanna make The Show, huh? Have fun riding the bus. Potomac played a Sunday night game starting at 6:00PM in Myrtle Beach and won 4-3. They then had the privilege of an 8 hour bus ride to get back to Potomac for a doubleheader Monday, hanging on to finish a suspended game 8-7 and then losing 5-2 in game 2. And tomorrow they get to play at 12:05PM to continue the tons of fun. Catching in on part of the broadcast yesterday and hearing them describe that trip, I'm reminded of how much the "organizational depth" and the coaches must love this game to go through the minor league grind and still compete hard and fight for the playoffs.

Congratulations are in order for JP Ramirez, South Atlantic League Batter of the Week and Tyler Moore Carolina League Batter of the Week.

Two fascinating articles came out yesterday on the two big Nats minor league sites. First, summarizes the playoff chances of all the affiliates.  Potomac is currently in playoff position, although their schedule is about to get tougher. Syracuse, Harrisburg, and Vermont all remain in the hunt, but have work to do. Second, Brian at wrote an excellent first part of his review of high school draft picks in the Nats system. Part 1 of 2 reviews key high schoolers drafted from 2005-2007, how we acquired them, what they have accomplished so far, and what expectations we should have going forward.

Not but so much happened in the minors yesterday with the Eastern League closed for business and a Syracuse getting rained out. Your minors results after the jump.

AAA Syracuse: Syracuse was rained out Monday. They are playing a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 5:00 with Jordan Zimmermann scheduled to pitch for one of the games.

AA Harrisburg: Harrisburg was off Monday. Recent call up Brad Peacock will make his third start for Harrisburg tomorrow.

High A Potomac: Potomac started the day with an 8-2 lead in the suspended game. Marcas Frias earned the win and appeared to pitch both the first two innings on 8/4 and 5 more innings today. The P-Nats barely managed to hang on 8-7. They then lost to the Lynchburg Hillcats 5-2 in the second half of the doubleheader. Garrett Mock gave up three runs to take the loss. Joe Testa, the man not named Wilson Ramos in the Matt Capps trade, gave up two runs in his third relief appearance. Game 1stat lines include performances before suspension on August 4th.

  • Garrett Mock (rehab start), RSP: Game 2 (L, 0-1) 4IP, 8H, 3ER, 2K, 0BB, 2HBP, 1 two run HR with two outs. Mock's certainly got some work to do if he wants to get back in the mix for Washington or Syracuse.
  • Stephen Lombardozzi, 2B: Game 1, 1-4, 2R, BB, K; Game 2, 1-3, R
  • Michael Burgess, RF: Game 1, 2-5, R, 2B, RBI, K, Fielding error; Game 2, 2-3, R, solo HR, RBI, outfield assist at 3rd.
  • Derek Norris: DH Game 1, 2-3, R, 2B, 2R HR, 3RBI, 2BB, K (all runs were produced on 8/4, though); C Game 2, 0-2, BB, K

Low A Hagerstown: 2009 10th Round Draft Pick Paul Applebee pitched seven strong innings of one run ball and led Hagerstown to a 4-1 victory over the Kannapolis Intimidators. 2010 34th Round Draft Pick Shane McCatty earned a hold and 2009 7th round draft pick Dean Weaver earned his 15th save.

  • Rick Hague, SS: 1-4, R, 2K
  • Adrian Sanchez, 2B: 1-4, 2K,
  • JP Ramirez, LF: 3-4, K
  • Sullyzz favorite Destin Hood, RF: 1-4, RBI, 2K
  • Eury Perez, CF: 0-4, K Listening to the broadcast it sounded like Eury Perez's defensive game was shown during the game. He made a great diving catch to rob Kannapolis of an extra base hit. The announcer thought he had trapped it initially. On the other hand his attempts at outfield assists were not as strong. He had an opportunity for a play at the plate where his throw hit the mound and Kannapolis challenged him aggressively on another potential assist at third.

I'm going to be at the park tonight so I won't get a chance to follow the Gamethread or update the guys we're interested in like Ramos, Espinosa, Norris, Hood, and Ramirez. Minors guys feel free to post outstanding performances as you learn about them or scores of interest. I do expect to have a post up summarizing tonight's results by 12:00 or so tomorrow if not earlier.

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