Stock Report for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 20

Robert WoodCorrespondent IMay 27, 2013

Stock Report for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of May 20

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    Another week, another stock report for the Washington Nationals' top 10 prospects. This report will cover the week of May 20.

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

     

    Note: All statistics updated through May 26 courtesy of MiLB.com unless noted otherwise.

10. Robbie Ray, SP

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    Robbie Ray is staying on a roll for the Single-A Advanced Potomac Nationals.

    On May 26, Ray lasted 4.0 innings against Lynchburg, surrendering five hits and two earned runs as he earned a no decision. Ray struck out three while walking two, as he recorded a groundouts-to-air-outs ratio of 2.33.

    On the season, Ray is now 3-2 with a 2.58 ERA in nine starts, with one complete game. The 21-year-old southpaw has 67 strikeouts versus 25 walks in 52.1 innings pitched, with a .184 batting average against while giving up only two home runs. 

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

9. Destin Hood, RF

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    Destin Hood had a good week.

    The 22-year-old right fielder had eight hits in 26 at-bats for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators, with six runs scored and seven RBI. Hood hit two doubles and two home runs, while striking out four times. Hood collected multiple hits in four of the seven games he played during the week.

    For the season, Hood is batting .256 in 172 at-bats over 47 games, with a .310 on-base percentage and a .366 slugging percentage. The Alabama native has nine doubles, two triples and two home runs for 63 total bases, with 27 runs scored and 20 RBI. Hood has 43 strikeouts versus 13 walks and has two stolen bases in four attempts.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

8. Matt Purke, SP

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    Matt Purke remains on the seven-day disabled list. The former TCU star has yet to play for the Single-A Hagerstown Suns in 2013.

    Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo had an update on Purke on the May 1 episode of The Mike Rizzo Show on 106.7 The Fan with Holden Kushner and Danny Rouhier.

    Via FederalBaseball.com, Rizzo said that "Matt Purke threw a two inning simulated game also and was 93-94 [mph], so those are all positives and the guys are on their way back to pitching competitively."

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

7. Eury Perez, CF

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    Eury Perez is back on the farm, but he seems a little homesick for the ranch.

    Perez returned to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs on May 23 after another call-up with the Nationals. In four games last week, Perez had four hits in 19 at-bats, with one double, one RBI and no runs scored. Perez walked once, struck out three times and was caught stealing in his only stolen-base attempt.

    In 27 games this season, the 22-year-old center fielder is batting .325 in 126 at-bats, with a .336 on-base percentage and 17 runs scored. Perez has hit six doubles, one triple and one home run with seven RBI, while striking out 20 times compared to only two walks. He has been successful on seven of nine base-stealing attempts.

    STOCK REPORT: Falling

6. Michael Taylor, CF

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    During the week of May 20, Michael Taylor tore it up for the Single-A Advanced Potomac Nationals.

    Taylor hit .500, with 10 hits in 20 at-bats, thanks to five multi-hit games. He hit three doubles, with three RBI and three runs scored.

    Playing center field for Potomac, Taylor walked three times, only struck out once and stole two bases without getting caught.

    The 22-year-old is hitting .254 this season in 46 games and 181 at-bats. He has hit 13 doubles, one triple and four home runs for 73 total bases, with 29 RBI and 24 runs scored. Taylor has 19 walks and 44 strikeouts to compile a .333 on-base percentage and has stolen 14 of 17 bases.

    STOCK REPORT: Rising

5. Chris Marrero, 1B

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    Chris Marrero keeps doing his thing for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs.

    Last week, Marrero was 7-for-25 at the plate, hitting two home runs and driving in seven as he scored four runs on his own. Marrero walked twice and struck out three times.

    In 2013 so far, the first baseman is batting .302 in 172 at-bats over 45 games. Marrero has hit 10 home runs and piled up 90 total bases en route to a .532 slugging percentage, while driving in 36 runs and scoring 21. The 24-year-old has 11 walks, 27 strikeouts and a .344 on-base percentage.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

4. Lucas Giolito, SP

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    Lucas Giolito is still on the disabled list.

    Thankfully, the 18-year-old phenom is getting closer to resuming his professional baseball career.

    On May 1, Giolito threw off a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm.

    After the throwing session, Giolito told James Wagner of The Washington Post that “[his] arm feels great.”

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

3. A.J. Cole, SP

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    A.J. Cole is human after all.

    After surrendering 15 earned runs in his first seven starts of the season for the Potomac Nationals of Single-A Advanced, Cole has surrendered 11 earned runs in his last two starts.

    The most recent start for this right-hander came on May 23 at Frederick. Cole gave up seven hits—including one home run—for a total of five earned runs. The 20-year-old struck out five, but walked three in five innings of work.

    So far in 2013, Cole is 1-2 with a 4.98 ERA in nine starts, with 49 strikeouts and 14 walks in 47.0 innings pitched. Opponents are batting .278 against him with five home runs.

    STOCK REPORT: Falling

2. Brian Goodwin, CF

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    Brian Goodwin had a mediocre week for the Harrisburg Senators of Double-A.

    This left-handed hitter had five hits in 24 at-bats, with a solo home run. He walked three times, struck out four times and successfully stole one base while scoring four runs.

    For the season, Goodwin has a .251 average, .353 on-base percentage and .403 slugging percentage in 48 games and 191 at-bats.

    STOCK REPORT: Steady

1. Anthony Rendon, 3B

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    Finally, minor league pitchers have discovered something that can slow down Anthony Rendon.

    On May 25, Geoff Morrow of PennLive.com reported that Rendon missed two straight games after having his wisdom teeth removed. Harrisburg Senators manager Matt LeCroy further explained his star third baseman's absence to Morrow:

    "He hasn't worked out for two days. He [hasn't eaten]. So I don't see him coming in here and playing. Hopefully he can do something [Sunday] as far as working out and getting the blood flowing, but I don't see him playing until at least Monday at the earliest."

    Rendon's non-baseball injury may have been affecting his play before he underwent the procedure. In the three games he did play last week, Rendon had a two-RBI double in nine at-bats, with four walks, two strikeouts and a run scored.

    All told, Rendon is batting .330 and slugging .625 with a .473 on-base percentage in 32 games and 117 at-bats. He has hit 11 doubles, two triples and six home ruins for 70 total bases, with 24 RBI and 17 runs scored. Rendon has 30 walks versus 23 strikeouts.

    STOCK REPORT: Falling