Here are the daily links from NationalsProspects, for reference below:
- Sunday 6/26 game reviews (Detwiler, Martis, Selik, Ray, Bates, Chico).
- Monday 6/27 game reviews (Milone, Roark, Rosenbaum, Wang & Cole, Demmin, GCL off)
- Tuesday 6/28 game reviews (Stammen, Davis, Olbrychowski, Grace, Estevez, Mieses & Meza)
- Wednesday 6/29 game reviews (Maya, Peacock, Bronson, Jordan, Encarnation, King)
- Thursday 6/30 game reviews (Detwiler & Meyers, Arneson, Demny, Solis, MRodriguez & Lopez, Karns)
- Shairon Martis continues to prove what we already should know, that a former MLB starter can dominate in AA, by striking out 10 over 8+ innings on 6/26. His performance was featured on milb.com.
- Matt Chico pitched 5 solid innings in the GCL on 6/26: 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 3K. Why?? If he’s re-habbing in the GCL that’s fine, but this team has TOO many starters in the AA/AAA level right now and i’m not entirely sure where Chico is going to go. Perhaps he’s getting stretched out to feature as a trade candidate.
- Wirkin Estevez bounced back (as noted by Byron Kerr here) and pitched 5 nearly no-hit innings on 6/26.
- Tom Milone continues his outstanding run in AAA on 6/27: 8IP, 3H, 0ER, 0BB, 6K. He continues to be the minor leaguer most likely to make the next spot start in the Majors despite his lack of 40-man status.
- Danny Rosenbaum fulfilled his “ace” status in Potomac on 6/28: 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 6K.
- AJ Cole got the “relief start” coming in after the rehabbing Wang on 6/27 and was sparkling: 5IP, 2H, 0R, 1BB, 6K.
- Another nice quality start plus outing from Ryan Demmin for short-A on 6/27: 6IP, 3H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 6K. That’s three starts, three good outings and 3 wins in a row for the Potomac washout. Perhaps he’s refound his mojo.
- Adam Olbrychowski continues to show pitching capabilities in the starter role that he never really showed in relief, going for 6⅔ IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 2BB, 4K on 6/28 for Potomac.
- Wirkin Estevez put in his second strong start in a row for Auburn on 6/28: 5IP, 4H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5K.
- Adalaberto Mieses continues the strong pitching in the GCL, going for 5IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 3BB, 2K on 6/28. A bit wild perhaps but he scattered 6 runners effectively enough.
- Christian Meza got the “second start” in the GCL on 6/28, pitching 4 strong innings for the “save.” 4IP, 3H, 0R, 1BB, 3K.
- Another ho-hum dominant performance in AA for Brad Peacock: 5⅔ IP, 1H, 0R, 3BB, 6K, WP.
- Evan Bronson’s (apparent) return to the rotation in High-A was pretty solid: 7IP, 7H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 4K, HR.
- An ugly defensive outing cost Taylor Jordan during a pretty good 6/29 outing: 5⅔ IP, 4H, 3R, 0ER, 3BB, 8K.
- Brandon King threw 5 perfect innings in the GCL on 6/29 before making way for his bullpen. 5IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 4K. You can’t ask for much more than 5 perfect innings after his inauspicious start.
- Another excellent start for Erik Arneson for Harrisburg on 6/30: 6IP, 4H, 0ER, BB, 5K.
- Excellent start by Paul Demny for Potomac on 6/30: 7IP, 5H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 8K.
- Wow, Nathan Karns looks like he may be healthy and good. 6/30 line: 4IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 7K.
- Robbie Ray seems to be coming back down to earth after a scorching start to his pro season. On 6/26 he got touched up for 4⅔ IP, 5H, 6R, 5ER, 2BB, 6K, 2HR. Perhaps he’s getting a big of arm fatigue, going every 5 days for the first time.
- Tanner Roark continues his up and down season, never recovering from a 4-run first and losing on 6/27. Line: 5IP, 8H, 5ER, 0BB, 5K.
- Manny Rodriguez didn’t get out of the first inning on 6/30: ⅓ 3H, 6R, 5ER, 1BB, 0K, HBP.
- Rodriguez’s relief Kelvin Lopez didn’t fare much better: 3⅔ IP, 5H, 5R, 4ER, 2BB, 4K, 2-2 IR-S.
- Ross Detwiler put in an oddly short 6/26 start: 5IP, 4H, 2R, ER, 2BB, 4K. I wouldn’t call it great, but at least it wasn’t bad.
- Cameron Selik put in a similar line to Detwilers on 6/26: 5IP, 4H, 5R, 1ER, 2BB, 1K. Not bad, but not great. You can’t fault the pitcher when he gives up four earned runs in 5 innings. Selik was rather wild on the day, with a HBP and two wild pitches.
- Colin Bates had a near-quality start on 6/26 in Auburn: 5IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 3K. That’s three effective starts in a row for Bates in Short-A.
- Chien-Ming Wang made his first rehab start, and his first professional appearance for this team after two contracts and several million dollars, in Hagerstown on 6/27. Adam Kilgore reported on the important appearance at the NatsJournal blog here, saying that he showed decent speed (86-88, topping at 90), with good movement and his sinker working (6/1 go/ao ratio). Hmm. This actually sounds pretty promising. Final line: 3IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 3K, HBP. It is good to finally see him pitching in a Nats uniform.
- An up and down outing for Craig Stammen on 6/28: 5.1IP, 9H, 5ER, BB, 9K. I like the K/9 rate, but don’t like the whip on the game (around 2.0). He gets a win for his efforts though, as Syracuse’s hitters are pounding the ball right now.
- Erik Davis’s 6/28 start in Harrisburg was suspended in the top of the 1st; I’m guessing he works out of the bullpen the next few days so as to stay sharp.
- Another decent start for Matt Grace for Hagerstown on 6/28: 5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 1BB, 5K. Not quite enough for the QS but good enough.
- Not the best outing for Yuniesky Maya (6IP, 7H, 4ER, BB, 6K, HR, HBP) on 6/29. It wasn’t that awful, turning 9 baserunners into 4 runs, but continues the theme for 2011 for Maya.
- Pedro Encarnation continues his mediocre start to the season with another unimpressive performance on 6/29: 4IP, 5H, 3R, 3ER, 2BB, 2K.
- Ross Detwiler pitched 2 shutout innings on 6/30, in an abbreviated “start” that probably is a precursor to his coming up and pitching sometime over the weekend to help offset the doubleheader on 7/2.
- Brad Meyers gave up a ton of baserunners through 6 innings of a relief start on 6/30: 6IP, 10H, 3R, 3ER, BB, 3K.
- Sammy Solis gave up a ton of hits but scattred them well enough on 6/30: 6IP, 11H, 3ER, 0BB, 6K. A rather similar line to Meyers honestly.
Relievers of Note and other Thoughts
- Masn.com’s Byron Kerr continues his excellent coverage of the Nats farm hands with an overview of 2011 10th rounder Manny Rodriguez, pitching in Auburn.
- Byron Kerr posted on 6/29 with a look at Peacock’s mechanics adjustments, which have allowed him to make great advances in his quality as a starter. The adjustment he’s made has been to do a better job of concealing the baseball prior to its release. Peacock has hit 97 this year, sits 93-94, and has really good change-up separation (83-85mph on the change). His secondary pitches have always been the criticism from scouts; he’s been working on his curveball command and its not clear if he has a 4th pitch right now. I think to be successful at the upper levels he needs a 4th pitch; a cutter, a slider or a 2-seam sinking fastball are the logical candidates.
- Baseball America featured Sammy Solis on 6/29 (possibly insider only). Per the report, Solis’s injuries slowed his first pro season (as we all know) and that he’s been slowly building up to 100-pitch limits per night. He has added a cut-fastball to his existing 3-pitch repertoire (4-seamer, changeup and curve).
- Brad Peacock’s year of accolades continues with his naming (along with Erik Arneson) to the Eastern League All-star team. The Harrisburg team placed 5 guys to the all star roster all told.
- Trevor Holder finally seems to have been removed from the Potomac rotation after a first half of forgettable numbers (Bronson started in his place on 6/29). We’ll see if it was a one-off occurrence.
Top 3 starters deserving promotion not named Peacock: Milone, Arneson, Karns
Top 3 starters whose jobs are in jeopardy: Roark, Encarnation, Kopez