A better week for our minor league starters, several of whom put in fantastic performances during the last rotational-run throughs. One of the best being put in by Brad Peacock, who was one of the last draft and follows done before the rule was abolished, and is looking like a complete steal for this team as a 40-something round draft pick. Now he’s looking like a potential dominant starter as a 23-yr old in AA, putting him on the fast track for a potential 2012 rotation spot with the big club.
Here are the daily links from NationalsProspects.com, for reference below:
- Friday 4/22 game reviews (one rainout)
- Saturday 4/23 game reviews (Syracuse DH)
- Sunday 4/24 game reviews (off days for Harrisburg and Hagerstown)
- Monday 4/25 game reviews
- Tuesday 4/26 game reviews (Syracuse, Potomac postponed)
- Brad Peacock put in his second good outing in a row, throwing 7⅓ IP of 2 hit ball in his team’s 3-2 win on 4/22. He had 9 strikeouts and no walks to go with his shutout innings. A great performance, one of the best we’ve seen in the affiliates so far. It was good enough to earn him Eastern League’s Pitcher of the Week.
- Taylor Jordan was the beneficiary of a 17 run explosion by his Hagerstown hitters on 4/22, and he cruised to an easy victory. Line: 6IP 4H 0R 1BB 3K. It is difficult to normally give full credit to a pitcher on a night when he had such massive leads early (a 9 run lead after 2 innings is essentially insurmountable, even in minor league ball, to say nothing of a 13 run lead after 3, or a 15-0 lead after 4 innings). However close examination of the gamelog shows that he retired the first 14 batters he faced. That’s a pretty good performance.
- Craig Stammen pitched a nifty 7-inning shutout in the nightcap of 4/23. 7 innings, 7 Ks, only 4 hits and 0 bbs for the victory. He needed 94 pitches to complete 7 innings, a nice sign considering all the pitches he needed for those 7ks.
- Brad Meyers put in a dominating performance on 4/23: 6⅔ IP 4H 2R 2ER 0BB 10K. He’s got a very healthy 27 ks in 21 1/3 innings through his first four starts and may be getting a promotion before he knows it.
- Yunesky Maya had easily his best outing of the year, going 7 complete innings (retiring the first 11 straight batters), allowing 3 hits, 0 walks (he did hit a batter though) and getting 9ks. Unfortunately he managed to give up 3 runs on those 3 hits (a 2-run homer and a leadoff HBP scoring on a weak liner), showing why the ERA isn’t always the greatest indicator of a pitcher’s capability. On a day he was relatively dominant, he takes the loss.
- Ground-ball machine Paul Demny pitched 7 shutout innings, scattering 5 hits and 3 walks and getting 2/3rds of balls put into play on the ground. Demny has been up and down so far this year, but is the youngest pitcher in Potomac and seems to be holding his own.
- Fresh off of being named the South Atlantic Pitcher of the Week for his LAST start, Cameron Selik went one better, pitching 8 shutout innings against West Virginia on 4/26. He only had 3 Ks on the night, but his go/fo ratio was a ridiculous 15/2. It might be time to promote him; he’s a tad old for low-A (23 now, turns 24 in August) and we may be seeing him overpowering guys who are just younger than he is. I’d like to see him in advanced-A. A 23/3 k/bb ratio is nothing to sneeze at though, at any level.
- Erik Davis had a nice little outing on 4/26 in Harrisburg, going 6 scoreless to get the victory. Line: 6IP 5H 0R 2BB 6K.
- Trevor Holder continues to struggle for Potomac, getting knocked around for 5 runs on 9 hits in 5 innings of work on 4/22. Pundits have noted that Holder is only effective when he keeps the ball down, and clearly he wasn’t on Friday night. His go/fo ratio was 5/5, and he gave up 6 straight fly ball hits (either for outs or for hits) in a 3 run third inning. For now, I don’t think Holder is in any danger of losing his rotation spot, but he has to start putting in some quality starts soon.
- Marcos Frias had an ugly outing on 4/23, getting lit up for 7 runs in just 3 innings pitched.
- Bobby Hanson had an even uglier outing on 4/23, failing to get out of the first inning on the way to giving up 6 runs.
- Spot Starter Alex Caldera got his 2nd chance to show he belongs in the rotation … and blew that second chance. Line: 2IP 5H 5R 5ER 1BB 3K 2HR against the very strong hitting Salem AAA affiliate of the Red Sox.
- One former 40-man roster member Shairon Martis has seemingly replaced another (Luis Atilano, who has gone on the AA DL) in Harrisburg, and the results seem to be the same; bad. Martis’ 2011 debut on 4/25 was erratic: 4IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 6K 1HR. Six K’s is good, but this line from a starter who has 20 major league starts is disappointing.
- Matt Grace had his third “bad” start in a row, getting clobbered by West Virginia on 4/26 for the loss. The same team that was completely shut down by Selik the night before got to Grace for 6 runs (only 4 earned) on 8 hits in 4 innings of work.
- Tom Milone was hit around pretty consistently by the Yankees AAA affiliate on 4/23, giving up 9 hits (and a walk) in 5 innings. He did have 6 Ks, but gave up 3 runs in the loss.
- Ross Detwiler‘s performance probably was better than just mediocre on 4/25: 6⅓ IP 8H 1R 1ER 2BB 5K. His performance bar is higher, since he should be pitching in the majors. 8 hits to a AAA line up is not the dominating performance he needs to show he deserves to go to the next level.
Relievers of Note and other Thoughts
- Shane McCatty pitched 4 1/3 innings of stop-gap relief rather effectively, and could be pegged as a spot starter in Hagerstown.
- Blogosphere favorite Josh Wilkie had a nice 2ip, 3k outing on 4/25.
- After Garrett Mock‘s latest meltdown in Syracuse, the club placed him on the 7-day DL. I have not found a source to state exactly what “injury” he has, but this is not the first time the club has suddenly found a DL-able injury for a pitcher down on his luck. JD Martin has taken his place for the time being in the AAA rotation.
- As with Mock, Luis Atilano was placed on the DL in Harrisburg after his latest poor outing. Atilano is legitimately coming off surgery and could be seeing residual effects. At least he’s not holding space on the 40-man roster any more.
Here’s the trends for our starters in the 4 levels right now, to show whether they’re improving, had blips, or are constantly getting hammered. Spot starters, guys now on the DL or guys demoted out of the rotation are in parentheses.
(Mock good,bad,really bad->DL)
Hansen soso,good,very bad