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Stock Report for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 6

Robert WoodCorrespondent IJune 14, 2016

Stock Report for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 6

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    Time to assess the Washington Nationals' top 10 prospects for the week of May 6.

    For the purposes of this list, I will use the first 10 entries from MLB.com's list of Nationals' Top 20 Prospects. And for each entry, I will give them a stock report of "rising," "falling" or "steady," depending on their performance for the week.


    Note: All statistics updated through May 12 courtesy of MiLB.com unless noted otherwise.

10. Robbie Ray SP

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    Robbie Ray won his start on May 8 for the Potomac Nationals at Single-A Advanced. It was his only start during the week of May 6.

    The 21-year-old southpaw pitched 5.0 innings and surrendered two hits and two earned runs while striking out seven and walking two on the road at Wilmington.

    For the season, Ray is 3-1 with a 2.08 ERA in 39.0 innings pitched over seven starts. The Tennessee native has struck 48 and walked 18 while opponents are batting .182 against him.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

9. Destin Hood RF

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    Destin Hood had a rough week.

    The Alabama native had only three hits in 18 at-bats, with no extra-base hits, one RBI and one run scored. Hood struck out seven times and walked only once.

    The 22-year-old right fielder has spent the entire 2013 season at Double-A Harrisburg. So far, he is batting .227 in 128 at-bats over 36 games. Hood has six doubles, one triple and no home runs to go with 10 RBI and 18 runs scored, while walking 11 times and striking out 35 times. He has a .293 on-base percentage and a .289 slugging percentage.

    STOCK REPORT: Falling

8. Matt Purke SP

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    Matt Purke is currently on the disabled list with a shoulder injury, and has yet to play a game for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns during the 2013 season.

    MASN's Byron Kerr had an update on Purke's status on April 16:

    These are rough estimates, but the Nationals are hoping for...a late May return for Purke. These estimates can change, depending on...progress this month, but this gives us a general idea.

    This is encouraging for both the Nationals and Matt Purke. The left-hander cannot further his development as long as he's sidelined with an injury. And at Single-A, he's got a long way to go.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

7. Eury Perez CF

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    Welcome back, Eury Perez.

    The 22-year-old Dominican is returning to the Washington Nationals to help the team deal with the injury to Jayson Werth. (The Washington Post) Perez played 12 games for the Nats during the 2012 season, collecting one hit in five at-bats on his first trip to the major leagues.

    The latest call-up caps a fantastic week for Perez. He had eight hits in 18 at-bats over four games for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Perez had two doubles, one home run, one RBI and four runs scored with no walks, three strikeouts and two stolen bases in two attempts.

    On the season, Perez is batting .346 in 107 at-bats over the course of 23 games with a .352 on-base percentage. Perez has five doubles, one triple and one home run while driving in six runs and scoring 17. He has been caught stealing only once in eight attempts.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

6. Michael Taylor CF

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    Michael Taylor needs to forget about the week of May 6, and move on quickly.

    Taylor had one lonely hit in 22 at-bats during the six games he played last week for the Class-A Advanced Potomac Nationals. The one hit was a three-run homer, which may offer a little consolation to the 22-year-old from Fort Lauderdale.

    Although he is slumping bad right now, he may be close to breaking out of it. Taylor only struck out four times during his long week. At least he's making contact.

    Taylor's season statistics have taken a hit, though. He is now batting .223 in 139 at-bats and 35 games. He has a .381 slugging percentage with eight doubles, one triple and four home runs, to go with 26 RBI and 17 runs scored. Taylor has 36 strikeouts versus 13 walks for a .297 on-base percentage, and has stolen 10 bases in 13 attempts.

    STOCK REPORT: Falling

5. Chris Marrero 1B

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    Chris Marrero is also in a bit of a slump.

    The first base prospect had only two hits in 22 at-bats last week at Triple-A Syracuse, with one home run and three RBI to go with four strikeouts and one walk.

    But the 24-year-old is still having a very good 2013 season. In 114 at-bats over 32 games, Marrero is batting .307, slugging .535 and has a .355 on-base percentage. The Floridian has seven home runs, 61 total bases, 24 RBI and 14 runs scored to go with eight walks and only 18 strikeouts.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

4. Lucas Giolito SP

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    Teen phenom Lucas Giolito is finally pitching again for the Washington Nationals organization.

    Unfortunately, the outing in question did not occur during an actual game.

    But it's progress, nonetheless.

    On May 1, Amanda Comak of The Washington Times tweeted the good news about the Nationals' first-round selection from the 2012 MLB Draft: 

    This is indeed progress. But keep in mind Giolito pitched all of 2.0 innings in his one and only  professional start while playing in the Gulf Coast League only three months after being selected by the Nationals in the 2012 MLB Draft. It was during this start that he tore his ulnar collateral ligament, necessitating Tommy John surgery.

    Once again, injury is the only obstacle for Lucas Giolito.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

3. A.J. Cole SP

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    A.J. Cole got the dreaded "no decision" in his only start last week for the Class-A Advanced Potomac Nationals.

    Despite his bad luck, it was his second straight good outing.

    Cole pitched 5.0 innings and gave up five hits but only one earned run, while striking out seven and walking three. This came on the heels of being named Carolina League Pitcher of the Week for his previous start.

    On the season, the 20-year-old is 1-1 with a 3.65 ERA and a .267 batting average against over 37.0 innings pitched in seven starts. The 6'4" 180-pound right-hander has struck out 41 while walking only nine and surrendering only two home runs.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

2. Brian Goodwin CF

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    Brian Goodwin had an average week while playing for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators.

    The prized center field prospect had five hits in 24 at-bats, with no extra base hits and only one RBI while striking out six times. However, Goodwin drew four walks and scored six times, and was successful on two of four stolen base attempts.

    On the year, Goodwin has a .250 average in 144 at-bats and 36 games, with an on-base percentage of .333 and a slugging percentage of .403. The North Carolina native has six doubles, five triples and two home runs for 58 total bases, with six RBI and 25 runs scored. Goodwin has 16 walks but 45 strikeouts, and seven stolen bases in 13 attempts.

    Goodwin's numbers can improve, but at least he has stayed healthy this season. The same can't be said for several of the prospects on this list.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

1. Anthony Rendon 3B

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    Anthony Rendon has been reassigned by the Washington Nationals. Minor league pitchers are not pleased with this development.

    In his first week back with Double-A Harrisburg after his major league debut, Rendon had 12 hits in 24 at-bats, including six doubles, two home runs, eight RBI and five runs scored, with six walks and four strikeouts. In the process, the Nats' No. 1 prospect started a six-game hitting streak and was named Eastern League Player of the Week.

    For the season, Rendon is hitting .354 and slugging .633 with a .500 on-base percentage. The 22-year-old Texan has 10 doubles, four home runs and 50 total bases to go with 15 RBI and 13 runs scored. Rendon has 22 walks on the season but only 17 strikeouts.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

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