The Dominican Summer League kicked off this cycle. Sue Dinem does the recaps in the links below but I generally do not review and rate DSL arms. Reason? Too many names, too many guys who seem to go nowhere. I’ll definitely be tracking the GCL and the short-A teams when they start up though.
Here are the daily links from NationalsProspects, for reference below:
- Friday 5/27 game reviews (Milone, Roark, Potomac rainout, Hansen)
- Saturday 5/28 game reviews (Stammen, Martis, Holder & Demny in Potomac DH, Jordan)
- Sunday 5/29 game reviews (Martin, Davis & Perez, Selik & Bronson, Grace)
- Monday 5/30 game reviews (Detwiler, Roark, Rosenbaum, Cole & Solis)
- Tuesday 5/31 game reviews (Meyers, Peacock, Mock on rehab, Ray)
- Shairon Martis had another solid start in AA on 5/28: 6IP 5H 0R 1BB 5K. What is this showing us about Martis that we didn’t already know? I’m still questioning his AA rotational spot frankly.
- Taylor Jordan had an excellent outing on 5/28: 5IP 4H 1R 0ER 1BB 5K.
- Erik Davis had a decent start on 5/29 for Harrisburg: 5⅓ 5H 1R 1ER 3BB 2K. He scattered his hits and base-runners effectively enough to get the victory.
- Oliver Perez had his 2nd excellent AA start in as many outings on 5/29: 6+ IP 5H 0R 0BB 5K. Honestly, if we’re going to really consider Perez this season, shouldn’t we put him in Syracuse to see what he can do against better players?
- AJ Cole had his best pro start yet on 5/30, going for 5IP 2H 1R 1ER 1BB 6K. That’s the kind of dominant line we’re looking for.
- Brad Peacock continued his dominance of AA, and created more calls for his promotion, with yet another dominant start on 5/31. Line: 7+ IP 2H 1R 1ER 3BB 7K. Among other startling season-long stats is his WHIP: 0.79. Adam Kilgore featured him in the NatsJournal this week as well.
- Garrett Mock, as well he should have, put in a dominant start in Potomac on 5/31: 6IP 4H 0R 2BB 6K. I’m guessing this is partly a rehab start, partly a spot-start for a Potomac team that had to play back-to-back double headers and exhausted their pitching staff.
- Robbie Ray was wild, but nearly unhittable, for Hagerstown on 5/31. 5IP 1H 0R 4BB 3K. Season stats right now: 5 starts, 24 innings, 11 hits and ONE earned run. I know he’s a youngster but is he quickly running of things to prove in low-A?
- Bobby Hanson’s 5/27 start was unlucky: 5IP 5H 4R 4ER 0BB 6K 1HR.
- Trevor Holder put in another indictment of his draft slot on 5/28: 1⅔ IP 9H 8R 8ER 2BB 0K 1HR. The awful outing raises his season ERA to 7.16 for a team that isn’t averaging nearly that many runs a game on offense.
- Paul Demny couldn’t do much better than Holder, getting tagged for 4IP 6H 6R 6ER 5BB 4K 2HR in the nightcap on 5/28.
- Spot starter JD Martin got shelled on 5/29: 3⅔ IP 8H 5R 5ER 0BB 3K 1HR. I’m pretty sure he won’t be keeping the rotation spot.
- Denny Rosenbaum was battered for 13 hits over 7 2/3, with 7 of those base-runners turning into runs, while his offense was beign shut down yet again. Final line: 7⅔ 13H 7R 3ER 2BB 5K. The 2nd half can’t get here quickly enough for the P-Nats.
- Brady Meyers issued only his 2nd walk of the season en route to a loss in Syracuse 5/31: 5IP 8H 5R 5ER 1BB 2K 1HR. But he also hit two batters in the first inning on the way to giving up 3 runs. He seemed to settle down, cruising through the next 3 innings but gave up a quick single-homer to go down 5-0 in the fifth and got yanked. Probably not the worst outing ever, but it wasn’t one of his best.
- Tom Milone’s 5/27 start wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t great. Line: 6⅔ IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 6K.
- Tanner Roark’s 5/27 start was interrupted by rain after 2 innings, so he gets an incomplete. 2IP 1H 0R 0BB 2K.
- Craig Stammen may have been pitching to the score on 5/28, as he went for 7IP 8H 3R 3ER 2BB 5K after getting 5 runs from his side in the first. Can’t fault a pitcher for getting an easy W.
- Cameron Selik’s high-A starts are getting better; his line on 5/29 was 5⅔ 5H 3R 2ER 1BB 2K in a losing effort. Sue Dinem reports that he’s keeping the ball down more and commanding his slider a bit better than during his first few starts.
- Evan Bronson had a quality start foiled by a last-inning homer in the “nightcap” of 5/29: 6IP 6H 4R 4ER 2BB 3K 1HR. This is Bronson’s third spot start of the season and at times he’s looked better than his regular rotation counter parts. One wonders if there may be a shakeup for the last-place Potomac team.
- Matt Grace was staked a huge lead on 5/29 and pitched 7 innings en route to victory. Line: 7IP 7H 4R 4ER 1BB 3K.
- Another start, and another question mark for Ross Detwiler, who labored through 6 innings in Syracuse on 5/30. Line: 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 5K 1HR. Not awful, but we expect better from a former 1st rounder.
- Tanner Roark recovered from a rough beginning to his 5/30 start, retiring 10 straight at one point and getting bailed out by his hitters. Line: 6IP 7H 4R 4ER 3BB 2K 1HR.
- Sammy Solis’s long awaited debut was up and down: 4 2/3 4H 3R 3ER 3BB 7K. Lots of Ks and per Byron Kerr he was touching 95 (that’s fantastic if he can maintain that kind of speed as a lefty), but a bit wild. He clearly tired in the 5th inning, having only given up one hit in the first four. I’m guessing his next start will be more in the 6ip, 3h, 8k range.
Relievers of Note and other Thoughts
- Yunesky Maya, as we all know, became the first starter outside of the opening day 5 to get a game for the MLB club. And he didn’t fare very well. I’m guessing that he’ll be back in Syracuse after one more start. He still can’t seem to avoid “the big inning” at the major league level.
- Cameron Selik was the subject of a nice piece by Masn.com’s Byron Kerr, in case you missed it.
- Still no idea who is making way for Solis in the Hagerstown rotation, since they had to use a 6th starter b/c of double headers this cycle. My guess is still Grace. We’ll see how it shakes up over the next 5 days.
Trends; last 5 starts
AAA trends (in rotation order)
OPerez great,soso (1IP cut short),good
Peacock very good,bad,great,great,good
Roark bad,good,incomplete (2 ip cut short), soso
EDavis bad,soso,incomplete (knee injury->dl),soso,good
Clegg unbelievably bad,soso,good,good,bad
Ray great,great,good,2ip short outing,good
Hansen very good,soso,soso,good,good
Top 3 starters NEEDING promotion (as in, they’re not proving anything where they are): Perez, Martis, Mock
Top 3 starters earning a promotion right now: Peacock (who will stay here until he moves to AAA), Ray and no other real candidate right now.
Top 3 whose jobs are in jeopardy: The entire Potomac staff after Rosenbaum.