Milone Mows 'Em Down; Moore Granny; Minors Report 8/18

Yesterday's Know Your Nats Question: Who is the current full-season minor league system leader in On Base Plus Slugging Percentage (OPS, minimum 300 PA)? [Answer: Justin Bloxom who has an .831 OPS. Sadly, he's hurt right now.]

I had a chance to listen to most of Tom Milone's start last night. I was very impressed. His stuff doesn't appear to be top end of the rotation and he has a fastball that tops out around 90MPH. But the results, especially in his recent starts, are very encouraging. He was getting a bunch of swings and misses. His career high 13K night propelled Harrisburg to a 10-1 win over Erie. Potomac lost Michael Burgess due to promotion but that didn't hurt the offense last night. Tyler Moore hit a grand slam in a 9-1 win over Kinston and things got testy. He was plunked and winning pitcher Trevor Holder through behind a batter and was ejected. Sadly, the news wasn't all good. Atahualpa Severino gave up a walkoff grand slam in a 5-3 loss to the Louisville Bats that may be the final nail in the coffin for Syracuse's playoff hopes.

Your minors links and prospect performances after the jumps:

"We definitely want to make the playoffs. Tonight was a good indication of how bad we want to make it. Last night was a tough loss, but I think the team did good at bouncing back and really showing what we’re capable of." – Tom Milone on his team's expectations for the rest of the regular season.

AAA Syracuse:

  • Matt Chico, LSP: 6IP, 0R, 6H, 5K 100 pitches, 69 strikes; Are we seeing the last day's of Matt Chico? His ERA at Syracuse is down to a legit 3.70 and he's doing pretty much all they can ask of him at Syracuse. Still, he hasn't earned a callup outside of his one shot deal earlier in the year.
  • Fan Fav Josh Wilkie, RRP:  (H, 8) 2.0IP, 0R, 1H, 5K If you want wins, let the man close!
  • Fan Fav Michael Martinez, SS: 0-4, 2K
  • Atahualpa Severino, LRP: (BS, 5; L 4-3) .1IP, 2H, 3ER, BB, K, Walkoff GS HR [facepalm]
  • Fan Fav Boomer Whiting, CF: 1-4, RBI, K

AA Harrisburg:

  • Stepehen Lombardozzi, 2B: 1-4, K
  • Chris Marrero, 1B: 4-5, 2R, 4RBI, 2R HR
  • Michael Burgess, RF: 1-5, R, RBI, 2B, K
  • Tom Milone, LSP: (W, 10-5) 6.2IP, 1R, 7H, 0BB, 13K

High A Potomac:

  • Trevor Holder, RSP: (W, 2-2) 5.2IP, 1ER, 3H, 3BB, 5K, 1HR Ejected in the 6th for throwing behind a batter trying to protect a previously plunked Tyler Moore. I'm not but so much of a Holder fan but he gets props from me for sticking behind one of his guys.
  • Derek Norris, C: 2-3, R, 2BB, up to .826 OPS
  • Tyler Moore, 1B: 2-3, R, 5RBI, GS HR, HBP

Low A Hagerstown: Rained Out

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