Espy Challenges Harper to HR Derby Contest; Know your Kids Poll; Minors report 8/16

Now I can exhale a bit. The reports were true. Brian at Natsfarm got it all right early on, and one day we'll have four new prime picks to follow on the minors report. Hopefully, Bryce Harper and other top prospects will soon be in this space as they start to find their way into the Arizona Fall League and other destinations in our fast improving minor league system.

Yesterday, Syracuse won 11-4 over Indianapolis and Danny Espinosa's three run bomb around the right field foul pole officially made it a laugher. No, he didn't actually challenge Bryce Harper to a HR contest, but four homers in just 11 games for Syracuse is an impressive statement of intent. Potomac's playoff hopes hit a small bump in the road with a 2-1 loss to Kinston. Hopefully, the promotion of prospect Michael Burgess to Harrisburg will not mean the loss of Potomac's offense during the stretch run. Hagerstown won in an 8-1 drubbing of Greensboro behind six strong innings from starter Mitchell Clegg. Nyjer Morgan only managed a walk in four plate appearances during his second rehab outing, but six different Suns managed two hits a piece.

And now, in a shameful pilfering of one of those videoboard gimmicks, we present Know Your Kids at the end of today's entry, a poll to see what you know about Nats minor league stuff or a prospect of interest. Part of my deal with this is that the Natstown haters say we know squat about our young players behind Strasburg. Lurkers, occasionals, and regulars show what you know and have something to respond with the next time the Phillies and Mets fans launch an invasion of ignorance and tomfoolery.


Key minors performances and links after the jump:

Prospect performance of interest:

AAA Syracuse:

Danny Espinosa, 2B: 1-4, 2R, 4RBI, 3R HR, BB, K, Sac bunt, GIDP. Also of note, Danny played his first career professional game at second base last night. I'm not reading much into this yet.

Wilson Ramos, C: 2-5

Fan Fav Boomer Whiting, LF: 1-1, R

Fan Fav Michael Martinez, CF: 2-4, R, 2RBI, BB (IBB), SB, Fielding error. I cut him some slack for only his first error, though. He's being pressed into emergency duty in CF with JMax currently serving on the bench in DC.

Leonard Davis, LF: 3-5, 2R, 2B, K, SB

Collin Balester, RRP: 2IP, 0ER, K, BB Balester also got a single in his only plate appearance.

AA Harrisburg: OFF

High A Potomac:

Derek Norris, C: 0-1, BB, 2 HBP (Ouch!), K, 2SB That is one strange line for a catcher.

Tyler Moore, 1B: 0-3, BB, 2K

AJ Morris, RRP: 2IP, 2H, 2K

Low A Hagerstown:

Nyjer Morgan, CF (rehab): 0-3, BB, K

Adrian Sanchez, 2B: 2-5, R, RBI

JP Ramirez, DH: 2-4, R, 2RBI, Sac Fly, CS

Destin Hood, RF-LF: 2-4, R, 2B, 3B, K

Rick Hague, SS: 2-4, R, K, SB

Eury Perez, LF-CF: 2-4, 2R, K, SB (44th)

Mitchell Clegg, LSP: (W, 9-1), 5H, 1ER, 2BB, K, HR

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