(ed. note - "Anthony Masterson, (a Broadcast/Media Assistant with the Class-A Carolina League's Potomac Nationals), records, "an audio recap of the P-Nats' week" each Monday which he's agreed to share with the Federal Baseball.com readers...")
Audio: Potomac Nationals Weekly Update. 5/17 - Anthony Masterson
Tom Milone - Selected with the 301st pick in the 10th Round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft out of USC, the 6'1'' left-hander collected 22 K's in his first 21.2 professional innings pitched with the Vermont Lake Monsters last year in low-A ball and made the move to Hagerstown, where he was (0-3) with a 2.89 ERA in 37.1 IP for the Suns, in which he walked 6, K'd 27 and allowed 12 ER on 36 hits. After last Friday's 8.0 shutout innings against the Carolina League's Southern Division's last-place Myrtle Beach Pelicans, Milone improved to (3-0) in 4 starts and 1 relief appearance away from Pfitzner Stadium, in which he's allowed just 4 ER, 3 on HR's in 27.1 IP, while striking out 21, walking 3 and holding opponents to a .204 AVG.
Michael Burgess - There's a good look at the swing of one of the Nationals' top outfield prospects in a picture accompanying Anthony Masterson's article on Tom Milone's win over Myrtle Beach last Friday, entitled, "Milone Mows Down Pelicans in Opener", since Michael Burgess hit a HR in the fifth off Pelicans' pitcher Mike Mehlich to put Potomac up 2-0 in a game they'd eventually take 4-0. Burgess finished that game 4 for 4 with the HR, 1 walk, 3 runs scored and 1 RBI for 7 HR and 24 RBI's on the year. Since then Burgess is 2 for 11, and on the year he's hitting .243 with a .340 OBP, .438 SLG and a .778 OPS.
Burgess, a 1st Round pick, 49th overall by the Nationals in 2007, is a 5'11'', 200 lb left-handed hitting and throwing outfielder who hit a combined 29 doubles, 24 HR's and 79 RBI's at two levels of the organization between Hagerstown and Potomac last season, at just 19 years old.
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The Potomac Nationals were down 1-0 to the Kinston Indians when Chris Marrero, who is described as the "Nationals top hitting prospect" in MiLB.com's Dan McGinn's article entitled, "Marrero Grand as P-Nats Slam Kinston", stepped to the plate with the bases loaded in the seventh last night and launched a grand slam off Kinston pitcher Matt Meyer to make it 4-1 Potomac, in a game that ended 4-3. Marrero's hitting .299 as of today with 8 doubles, 1 triple, 5 HR's and 21 RBI's. (ed. note - "According to Mr. McGinn's article, Marrero's nickname is Nene...?")
Potomac Nationals (as of 5/19) - 23-14, 2nd Place Carolina League Northern Division, 1.5 games behind Lynchburg.
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