Washington Nationals: This Week's Top Minor League Headlines For Late April/Early May.

(ed. note - "I guess it's going to be a big minor league day today at FBb, as the Nats just released their latest minor league update. The following is a weekly update from the Washington Nationals' organization put out by Bill Gluvna, Coordinator, Baseball Media Relations with the Nats. Punny stuff as always, enjoy.")

WASHINGTON, DC – The Nationals minor league report is a window into the Nationals farm teams, with updated standings, league leaders, team and individual player stats, and the latest team and player news. Player bios can be found in the Scouting/Player Development section of the Nationals Media Guide (Pages 273-307).

• This Week’s Top Headline

KILLER B: RHP Brad Peacock struck out 8 in 7.0 scoreless innings of 2-hit ball to lead Double-A Harrisburg to a 3-0 win at Bowie (Orioles) last night…the 23-year-old is 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA in 5 games (4 starts)…he leads the Eastern League with 4 wins, and ranks 2nd in ERA, strikeouts (36) and WHIP (0.74)…with 36 strikeouts and just 4 walks in 31.0 innings pitched, Peacock has posted a 7.75/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 10.45 strikeouts per 9.0 innings…Peacock was a 41st-round pick by Washington in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs:

International League North Division

9-16, 6th Place, 7.0 Games Behind

CLEAN COLE: RHP Cole Kimball hasn’t allowed a run in 9.2 innings (9 appearances) this season…he is 1-0 and is a perfect 4-for-4 in save opportunities…Kimball, 25, owns a stingy .171 (6-for-35) batting average against...last season, Kimball went 8-1 with 2.17 ERA and 19 saves in 57 appearances with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League.

JESUS, I LIKE HIM VERY MUCH: C Jesus Flores has hit safely in 6 straight, 9 of 10 and in 10 of 13 games overall at the Triple-A level…he’s batting .277 with 6 doubles and 3 RBI…Flores, 26, appeared in two big leagues games earlier this season during a 10-day stint with the Nationals.

• Double-A Harrisburg Senators

Eastern League Western Division

13-11, 1st Place, 0.5 Game Ahead

START ME UP!: RHP Brad Meyers, who missed most of the 2010 season due to injury, is 3-1 with a 2.45 ERA in 5 starts to begin 2011…in 29.1 innings, Meyers has struck out 31 and walked none…in 2009, Meyers earned Nationals Minor League Pitcher of the Year honors after he went 11-3 with a 1.72 ERA in 24 games (23 starts) with Harrisburg and Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League…Meyers, 25, was selected by Washington in the 5th round of the 2007 Draft out of Loyola Marymount University (CA)…he is scheduled to make his next start, tonight at Bowie (Orioles).

EVEN STEPHEN: INF Stephen Lombardozzi is hitting .400 (24-for-60) with 9 extra-base hits (5 doubles, 3 triples, home run) in his last 15 games to raise his average from .133 to a team-leading .311…in 24 games, the 22-year-old has collected 6 doubles, 3 triples, 2 homers, 11 RBI and 5 stolen bases…Lombardozzi, a Fulton, MD native, was the Nationals’ 19th-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.

• Single-A Potomac Nationals

Carolina League Northern Division

10-14, 3rd Place, 5.0 Games Behind

IN LEHMAN’S TERMS: RHP Patrick Lehman is 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA in 8 appearances…his 6 saves pace the Washington chain and are tied for tops in the Carolina League…he’s fanned 9 and hasn’t walked a batter…opposing batters are just 5-for-35 (.143 BAA) against him…Lehman, a product of nearby George Washington University (DC), was selected in the 13th round of the 2009 Draft.

STOP AND SMELL THE ROSES: LHP Daniel Rosenbaum fired 7.0 shutout innings of 3-hit ball but did not receive a win…despite an impressive 2.15 ERA in 5 starts, he has just one win in 2011…in 2010 Rosenbaum suffered a similar fate, receiving only 5 wins in 25 starts despite posting a 2.25 ERA overall…Rosenbaum, a Single-A South Atlantic League All-Star in 2010, was selected in the 22nd round of the 2009 Draft out of Xavier University (OH).

SOUSOUZA: 1B Steven Souza ranks among Carolina League leaders in RBI (t-2nd, 21), homers (t-3rd, 5) and total bases (7th, 46)…11 of his 23 hits (4 doubles, 2 triples, 5 homers) have gone for extra bases…Souza, 21, was selected in the 3rd round of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft.

• Single-A Hagerstown Suns

South Atlantic League Northern Division

17-9, 2nd Place, 1.5 Games Behind

ONE HOT SUN: 18-year-old OF Bryce Harper leads Nationals minor leaguers in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.358), home runs (6), runs scored (17), OBP (.453), slugging (.679) and OPS (1.152)…additionally, he is tied for tops in doubles (8) and RBI (21)…since starting the season 9-for-39 (.230) with 2 extra-base hits (double, home run) in the first 12 games, Harper has gone 20-for-42 (.476) with 12 extra-base hits (7 doubles, 5 home runs) in the last 12 games…the left-handed hitting slugger has homered 5 times in the last 11 games…Harper, the No. 1 overall selection in the 2010 Draft, entered the 2011 campaign as the Nationals No. 1 prospect, according to Baseball America.

WHAM, BAM, THANK YOU CAM!: RHP Cameron Selik had his streak of 37.0 consecutive scoreless innings (dating to 2010) snapped on Saturday at Rome (Braves)…Selik’s 0.31 ERA is the lowest among all MLB and MiLB pitchers in 2011 (min. 23.0 IP)…Selik, 23, is 3-0 and owns a 10.0/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio (30 K, 3 BB) in his 5 starts this season…Selik was Washington’s 22nd-round pick in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft.

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