The Washington Nationals announced today that two of their prospects had been recognized for their accomplishments in the past week. 23-year-old shortstop Zach Walters was named the Triple-A International League's Player of the Week and 24-year-old right-hander Taylor Jordan was named the Double-A Eastern League's Pitcher of the Week. Here are the announcements they sent out via Twitter:
Walters went 11-for-19 (.579) with 3 2B, 3 HR, 7 RBI and 4 R in 5 games this week. On 6/14 vs. Toledo, he went 3-for-4 with 2 HR.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 17, 2013
RHP Taylor Jordan of the @HbgSenators has been named Eastern League Pitcher of the Week (6/10-16) after his 11 K SHO on 6/13 vs. Richmond.— Nationals PR (@NationalsPR) June 17, 2013
Walters, according to a story on the Syracuse Chiefs' official site, "... is the first member of the Chiefs to win an IL weekly award this season,":
"Syracuse shortstop Zach Walters entered the week with a .204 batting average on the season, but over the past seven days he led the International League with a .579 average and a 1.211 slugging percentage. He was also near the top of the League with 11 hits (T-2nd), 3 home runs (T-2nd), 7 RBI (T-3rd), and a .600 on-base percentage (2nd). His breakout game came on Friday night against Toledo, when Walters set season-highs with three hits, three runs scored, and two home runs. He now has 14 long balls this year, tied for 4th in the IL."
Acquired from the Arizona Diamonbacks who drafted him in the 9th Round of the 2010 Draft in a July 30, 2011 trade that sent RHP Jason Marquis to the D-Backs, Walters has a .233/.265/.483 line on the year with the Nats' top affiliate, with 14 doubles, two triples and 14 home runs in 61 games and 254 plate appearances.
Taylor Jordan, at 24 at Double-A, is a 2009 9th Round pick by the Nationals, who has a (5-0) record, a 0.66 ERA, a 2.10 FIP, six walks (1.32 BB/9) and 39 Ks (7.18 K/9) in seven games, six starts and 41.0 IP for the Harrisburg Senators after being promoted from Class-A Potomac earlier this summer. At Potomac, Jordan was (2-1) with a 1.24 ERA, a 2.46 FIP, 1.49 BB/9 and 7.18 K/9 in six starts and 36.1 IP.