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Nationals Minor League Watch
« on: 4 May 2012 2:11:27 PM »
Hitters
Kirk Nieuwenhuis (MLB) - 87 AB, .310/.375/.448, 2 HR, 132 OPS+
Yasmani Grandal (AAA) - 32 AB, .313/.465/.563, 2 HR, 9 BB
Ryan Lavarnway (AAA) - 77 AB, .247/.359/.351, 2 HR, 7 RBI
Oswaldo Arcia (A+) - 79 AB, .266/.344/.418, 1 HR, 3 3B

Pitchers
Danny Duffy (MLB) - 2-2, 3.57 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, 10.3 K/9
Jordan Lyles (AAA/MLB) - 4-0, 3.66 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 8.2 K/9
Taijuan Walker (AA) - 3-1, 1.30 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 9.1 K/9
James Paxton (AA) - 3-0, 2.51 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 11.3 K/9
Jose Fernandez (A-) - 3-0, 1.59 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, 11.8 K/9
Dylan Bundy (A-) - 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0.18 WHIP, 13.2 K/9

Nationals JE

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Re: Nationals Minor League Watch
« Reply #1 on: 9 Oct 2012 10:22:58 PM »
I failed to update this as dutifully as I should have, but it was a good year for the Nats down on the farm.

Uber-prospect Dylan Bundy ascended the ladder all the way to the majors at the tender age of 19. Jose Fernandez racked up a 14-1 record and posted a 1.75 ERA across two levels, emerging as a potential frontline starter. Taijuan Walker hit some bumps in the road after a spectacular start in Double-A, but maintained dominant stuff throughout the season and remains one of the most highly regarded arms in the minors. Danny Duffy appeared to be taking a leap forward before succumbing to Tommy John surgery. He'll hopefully come back strong in 2013.

As for the hitters, Yasmani Grandal raked at AAA, earning a midseason promotion to San Diego. He didn't miss a beat, putting up an extremely impressive 142 OPS+ in 226 plate appearances. Oswaldo Arcia showed off his offensive skills over a full season for the first time, finishing with a combined .320/.388/.539 line in the Florida State and Eastern leagues. Kirk Nieuwenhuis got off to a hot start after a quick call-up to Flushing, but faded after the first month. If he wants to become a big league starter, he'll have to make adjustments to close the hole in his swing against high heat and get better against left-handed pitching. Ryan Lavarnway made strides behind the dish, but apparently forgot how to hit. His time in Boston resulted in a meager .459 OPS.

The Nationals were also excited to add outfielders Albert Almora and Tyler Austin during the summer draft.


Sickels' preliminary ranks:

Dylan Bundy (1)
Jose Fernandez (2)
Taijuan Walker (7)

Oswaldo Arcia (20)
Tyler Austin (27)
Albert Almora (35)