For each level, I’ll put out the Rotation members, their “letter grades” per start for this month only, and then throw in a quick link to show their seasonal stats for context. For each team there are 3 distinct groups of starters: the top group of 5-6 Starters per level is the “current rotation” as best as I can figure it, then the next section of pitchers are swing-men or spot-starters or guys who had “2nd start” or longer outings worthy of grading, followed by a 3rd group of guys who are generally no longer with the team (either by D/L, promotion, demotion or release).
All stats were as of 7/1/13 and may be slightly changed now with additional starts.
AAA Rotation: click here for Syracuse Milb.com stats
- Maya: B+,D+,C+
- Tatusko: C -> hburg spot start and back,B+,D-,D
- Rosenbaum: B,B+,D,C-,B-,D
- Roark: A-,A
- Clay: B,C,A
- Mandel: D-,A-,D,D-
- Perry: demoted
- Young: still on the D/L; no starts in June
- Demny: D- -> back down
- Ohlendorf: B+ -> promoted
- Torra: D,D-,C+->released
Discussion: The AAA rotation was rather tumultuous to follow in June. Only Danny Rosenbaum made all of his expected starts. Yunesky Maya nursed an injury and recognition of the looming ignomious end to his Nats career after his outright off the 40-man. Ryan Tatusko continues to struggle in a starting role. Tanner Roark always seems to do well in his spot-starts and may keep his gig in the rotation starting in July with the struggles of fellow swingman Jeff Mandel. Caleb Clay has done very well since his promotion; he holds a 2.21 ERA in AAA and looks like quite a MLFA find so far. Paul Demny wasn’t ready for AAA and got hammered in his one spot-start. The team ran out of patience with Matt Torra and released him with a 5.53 ERA through 5 starts in April and May. Ryan Perry‘s future in the organization is in question after being demoted to AA and successfully being outrighted off the 40-man roster. Chris Young remains in organizational limbo, having not pitched in nearly 6 weeks. Lastly the one success story: Ross Ohlendorf‘s patience has paid off with his promotion and his continued presence in the Nats bullpen.
- Gilliam: D,A+,D,D,D-
- Treinen: B+,B,B,A,C-
- Demny: -> up/back,A-,A+,D,F-
- Karns: returned/11 day layoff,C,A
- Hill: A
- Broderick: still on the D/L: no June Starts
- Tatusko A (rain driven spot start->back to AAA)
- Clay: A+,B,A -> promoted
- Rauh: demoted
- Jordan: A,A+,A+,A+,A- (pitch limit) -> promoted
Harrisburg’s rotation has now been picked twice by the Nats for a starter to promote; Nathan Karns struggled in 3 spot starts before being returned and looked rusty in his return, while Taylor Jordan‘s 2013 continues to be magical as he holds a sub 3.00 ERA through his two MLB starts (though he’s likely to be returned once all the Nats regular rotation guys return from D/L stints). As for the rest of the Harrisburg Rotation in June: Rob Gilliam has mostly struggled since his promotion. Blake Treinen continues to be the staff work-horse, leading the team in starts and innings. Paul Demny got a spot start in AAA that seemed more due to schedule availability than performance; Demny continues to sport the same mid 4.00 ERA that he’s had essentially for his whole career in the Nats farm system. Taylor Hill has had a couple of very nice debut starts on the heels of a sterling run of starts in Potomac.
- Ray: A,A,F,D-,C+
- Cole: B-,A+,A,B-,C+
- Pineyro: D
- Schwartz: A,F,D+,C-
- Rauh F,A
- Detwiler: C- rehab
- Solis: C-,C- -> shelved for weeks
- Sylvestre: D->demoted back to short/A spot start
- Hill: A+,A,A+,A- -> promoted
Robbie Ray and A.J Cole continue to be the Potomac workhorses, both being high over-slot 2010 high school pitcher draftees and both with highly varying degrees of expectations both from Nats prospect followers and from the organization. Both guys pitched in a double header that new Delaware resident Keith Law took in and he posted his 6/30/13 blog review of all the starters involved. The link is insider-only (which everyone should be who wants to read ESPN’s premier content) but Law’s consensus seems to be this: Cole’s taken a step back since his last (2011) opinion and Ray is only projecting as a 5th starter at best. You’d hope for more out of these two guys, given their draft pedigree and bonus money paid. Sammy Solis threw 2 early June starts and hasn’t appeared since in a concerning development for the 2010 2nd rounder coming back from TJ surgery. Ivan Pineyro‘s high-A debut went roughly, but he’ll presumably get a few more chances with few other viable candiates right now. Despite a couple of up-and-down June starts Blake Schwartz maintains the best season-long numbers of any of Potomac starter right now. And i’ll make mention of it here; its amazing to think that Taylor Jordan started 2013 as the #2 starter in Potomac and is now making (near) quality starts in the majors.
- Anderson: D,A+,D+,D-
- Mooneyham: D-/short,A-,B,D,A-
- Lee: B-,A-,C,F,C+
- Encarnation: B,F,D (took one for the team),C
- Purke: A,D,B-,A-,A+
- Rauh: C
- Lopez: D+->back down from spot-start
- RPena: ->demoted to bullpen?->7 day d/l
- Hudgins: -> demoted to short/A
Dixon Anderson and Pedro Encarnacion‘s monthly grade lines look poor, but their season-long stats are still decent (ERAs of right around 3.20, WHIPs of right around 1.2, about 2-1 K/BB ratios). Brett Mooneyham‘s starts are looking dominant as they should be, repeating the level as a college draftee. Matthew Purke‘s performances were a highlight for Nats farm system fans everywhere; after the month ended he was promoted to Potomac. As for the rest of the starters, there’s room for concern. Nick Lee and Ronald Pena both sport 1.50 WHIPs. Hagerstown has already graduated a number of arms this season and may struggle to re-stock.
Short-A: click here for Auburn Milb.com stats
- Turnbull: A,C-
- Johansen: B+,C
- Orlan: C+,A,C-
- DWilliams: B,D,F
- Barrientos: A-
- Selsor: | | B-,F,C+
- Hudgins: | | B-
- Lopez: | | F- -> demoted
Auburn’s season kicked off June 17th, so we’ve only gotten a brief glimpse of the “Rotation.” So far, some up and down. Kyle Turnbull has looked good (as he very well should, having been demoted from full-season ball). Robert Orlan‘s ERA looks great (1.38) but his walks are too high (9 in 13 innings). Speaking of walks, Joel Barrientos has 12 walks against 3 strikeouts in his 11 2/3 innings so far; that’s not going to be sustainable. Deion Williams has been hit hard thus far. And 2013 2nd round (our first pick) Jake Johansen has three relatively wild outings under his belt; 8 innings, 8 walks, 8 strikeouts. Of note; Reynaldo Lopez‘s “F-” outing was a 1 1/3, 7 run debacle giving him a nifty 47.25 ERA.
- Suero: A,D
- JRodriguez: B-,A
- Silvestre: A,C
- Valdez: C+
- Voth: B-
- DRamos: A
As with Auburn, the GCL season didn’t start until mid June (June 21st to be exact) so the “rotation” is still shaking out. And frankly, those who get “starts” aren’t exactly pitching “starter” outings. For example: the IP leader at the time of this writing is Jefry Rodriguez with 10 2/3 thrown over 3 starts. So the letter grades here are mostly misleading, given that they’re for 2-3 inning stints. Nonetheless, Wander Suero, Ryan Ulliman, and Austin Voth look good in the early goings.