While first place has eluded the Washington Nationals this season, the majority of their farm teams are doing quite well. The Low-A Hagerstown Suns (44-34), High-A Potomac Nationals (48-29) and Double-A Harrisburg Senators (44-37) are all in first place in their respective divisions. It's no wonder considering the bevy of young talent in their ranks.
Here is the stock up, stock down report for the Nats' top prospects for the week of June 24.
Note: Top prospects according to MLB.com. Last week's stats include games played June 17-23.
*No. 1 prospect 3B Anthony Rendon is not included, as he is currently playing on the Nationals' active roster.
*No. 3 prospect RHP Lucas Giolito is not included, as he is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
*No. 11 prospect 3B Matt Skole is not included, as he is currently recovering from Tommy John and wrist surgery.
*No. 13 prospect LHP Sammy Solis is not included, as he was placed on the DL on June 10.
Season stats: .245/.275/.510, 38 R, 18 HR, 43 RBI, 9 BB, 3 SB
Last week's stats: 11-for-32, 7 R, 4 HR, 4 RBI, 1 BB, 1 SB
Zach Walters has been on a roll in Syracuse. The week of June 24 he went 5-for-22 with one run, three RBI and one stolen base.
Season stats (Nationals): .125/.125/.125, 1 RBI
Season stats (Triple-A Syracuse): .300/.349/.493, 26 R, 10 HR, 44 RBI, 14 BB
Last week's stats (Nationals): 1-for-10, 1 RBI
Chris Marrero was called up on June 9 for the Nats' doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, and he stuck around to help out with the team's offensive slump. However, after going 2-for-16 and delivering only one RBI overall for the Nats, he was optioned back down to Syracuse on June 28 to make room for RHP Taylor Jordan. Back with the Chiefs on June 30, he went 0-for-4.
Season stats: 6-3, 3.11 ERA, 84 IP, 100 Ks
Last week's stats: 7.20 ERA, 5 IP, 2 Ks
On June 23, Robbie Ray picked up the win for the High-A Potomac Nationals despite giving up four earned runs and five walks. On June 29, he did not get the win, but posted an improved 3.00 ERA with 5 K's in 6 IP.
Season stats: 1-1, 2.48 ERA, 29 IP, 41 Ks
Last week's stats: 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 9 Ks
Matt Purke continues to impress with high strikeouts and low ERAs week in and week out. On June 28, he posted a 0.00 ERA for the second week in a row, with just one hit and eight Ks in six innings pitched.
Season stats: .228/.267/.338, 36 R, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 15 BB, 5 SB
Last week's stats: 1-for-20
Over the course of the last two weeks, Destin Hood has hit just .103 for the Senators. However, he went 3-for-19 with two runs, one RBI and one stolen base the week of June 24, which is an improvement from the previous week.
Season stats (Nationals): 0-for-5
Season stats (Triple-A Syracuse): .302/.323/.427, 30 R, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 5 BB, 12 SB
Last week's stats (Triple-A Syracuse): 4-for-22, 2 R, 1 HR, 1 RBI, 1 SB
Despite Eury Perez's shining performance for the Chiefs the week of June 17, his stock is down for the week of June 24 because he has been placed on the seven-day DL.
Season stats (Nationals): 0-1, 7.50 ERA, 12 IP, 11 Ks
Season stats (Double-A Harrisburg): 5-3, 4.02 ERA, 56 IP, 67 Ks
Last week's stats (Double-A Harrisburg): 2.25 ERA, 4 IP, 5 Ks
After starting three games for the Nats, Nathan Karns was optioned to Harrisburg on June 12. On June 25, he picked up the win for the Senators, posting a 1.29 ERA with seven Ks in seven innings pitched.
Season stats: .263/.338/.414, 47 R, 6 HR, 44 RBI, 27 BB, 28 SB
Last week's stats: 6-for-13, 6 R, 2 RBI, 1 SB
Michael Taylor has been on fire for the Potomac Nationals in recent weeks. The week of June 24 he went 4-for-17 with two runs, one RBI and two stolen bases. It may not be as stellar as the previous week, but it's hard to argue that his stock is down.
Season stats: 5-3, 4.10 ERA, 83.1 IP, 94 Ks
Last week's stats: N/A
The week of June 17, A.J. Cole did not pitch. Across two games pitched the week of June 24, he posted a 3.75 ERA in 12 innings pitched with 12 Ks.
Season stats: .255/.353/.394, 53 R, 6 HR, 23 RBI, 39 BB, 16 SB
Last week's stats: 10-for-24, 3 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 3 BB
The Nationals' No. 2 prospect continues to impress in Harrisburg. The week of June 24, Brian Goodwin went 6-for-24 with six runs, one home run, four RBI, two walks and three stolen bases.