Stock Up, Stock Down for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of July 1

Robert WoodCorrespondent IJuly 8, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Nationals' Top 10 Prospects for Week of July 1

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    The Washington Nationals had a good week as they enjoyed a seven-game homestand.

    Washington split a four-game series with the Milwaukee Brewers before sweeping three games from the San Diego Padres, finishing the week with a 5-2 record while on a four-game winning streak. 

    The Nats are now 46-42 and still in second place in the NL East standings, 4.0 games behind the first-place Atlanta Braves. This is the closest Washington has been to Atlanta since May 20

    The Nationals' farm system had a good week, too. For the second time this season, the organization witnessed the 2013 debut of a prized pitching prospect. Plus, two other pitching prospects made their first starts after a promotion, and a center field prospect was a late addition to the All-Star Game at his level. 

    Here is the stock report for the Nationals' top 10 prospects for the week of July 1-7 with evaluations for each prospect depending on their performances for the week.

     

    Note: Top Prospects according to MLB.com's 2013 Prospect Watch. All statistics updated through July 7 courtesy of MiLB.com unless otherwise noted. 

    *No. 6 Prospect CF Eury Perez (seven-day DL) will not be included on the prospect report until he returns to lineup. 

    *No. 10 Prospect 3B Matt Skole (seven-day DL) will not be included on the prospect report until he returns to lineup. 

No. 12 Prospect : SP Sammy Solis, Rookie League

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    2013 Stats: 

    5 GS, 0-0, 3.00 ERA, 5 BB, 12 K, 18.0 IP

    Overview: 

    This season marks the return of Sammy Solis to professional baseball after Tommy John surgery. Solis made four starts for the Potomac Nationals of Single-A Advanced. However, he was dealt an injury setback in June, suffering from what Nationals Director of Player Development Doug Harris described to Byron Kerr of MASNSports on June 11 as "shoulder fatigue".  Luckily, Harris had encouraging news on the injury at the time:

    [The injury] does not appear significant at this point. He's been working very hard and will benefit from a few days off. We don't expect this (disabled list stint) to be lengthy. 

    Solis' trip to the DL was indeed not very lengthy. Solis debuted this week with the Gulf Coast Nationals of the Rookie League for his rehab assignment. 

    Last Week's Stats: 

    1 GS, 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 0 BB, 3 K, 2.0 IP

    Stock:

    Up 

No. 11 Prospect: 1B Chris Marrero, Triple-A Syracuse

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    2013 Stats: 

    .299 AVG, .346 OBP, .490 SLG, 12 2B, 2 3B, 10 HR, 46 RBI, 30 R

    Overview: 

    Chris Marrero has had a couple big league call-ups this season. The 25-year-old has not done much in eight games with the Nationals, collecting two hits, one RBI and four strikeouts in 16 at-bats. 

    But he continues to play well in the International League for the Syracuse Chiefs of Triple-A. Marrero currently ranks 17th in the International League in RBI and 15th in slugging percentage

    Last Week's Stats: 

    8-for-28, 3 2B, 1 3B, 2 RBI, 4 R

    Stock: 

    Even

No. 9 Prospect: SP Robbie Ray, Double-A Harrisburg

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    2013 Stats: 

    17 GS, 7-3, 3.03 ERA, 43 BB, 108 K, 89.0 IP

    Overview: 

    Robbie Ray began his 2013 season in Single-A Advanced with the Potomac Nationals. The left-hander from Tennessee was dominant, leading the Carolina League with three complete games and 100 strikeouts

    Ray's performance earned him a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg last week, and the 21-year-old did not miss a beat in his first start for the Senators. 

    Last Week's Stats: 

    1 GS, 1-0, 1.80 ERA, 2 BB, 8 K, 5.0 IP

    Stock: 

    Up


No. 8 Prospect: SP Matt Purke, Single-A Hagerstown

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    2013 Stats: 

    7 GS, 1-1, 2.38 ERA, 9 BB, 43 K, 34.0 IP

    Overview: 

    After the promotion of Robbie Ray to Double-A Harrisburg, the Single-A Advanced Potomac Nationals were going through left-handed pitching prospect withdrawal. The P-Nats got their fix when Matt Purke was promoted from Single-A Hagerstown. 

    Like Ray, Purke responded well to the promotion. Through seven total starts on the season, Purke seems to be showing no residual effects from his earlier stint on the disabled list. 

    Last Week's Stats: 

    1 GS, 0-0, 1.80 ERA, 2 BB, 2 K, 5.0 IP

    Stock: 

    Up

No. 7 Prospect: RF Destin Hood, Double-A Harrisburg

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    2013 Stats: 

    ,226 AVG, .266 OBP, .332 SLG, 14 2B, 2 3B, 4 HR, 30 RBI, 37 R, 5 SB, 2 CS

    Overview: 

    Destin Hood is continuing to struggle for the Harrisburg Senators of Double-A. Adding injury to insult, he suffered quadriceps tightness this week, and was sent to the disabled list in a move that allowed Robbie Ray to be promoted. 

    Hood's manager at Harrisburg, Matt LeCroy, told Geoff Morrow of PennLive.com that this injury could actually be a blessing in disguise: 

    Hoodie's got a little quad tightness. Just didn't want to risk making it worse than it is. When you're scuffling a little bit, sometimes an injury comes up that may help you. But he's a hard worker. You want to see him do well. This setback here could possible help him. 

    Last Week's Stats: 

    2-for-11, 1 RBI, 1 R

    Stock: 

    Down

5. No. 5 Prospect: SP Nathan Karns, Double-A Harrisburg

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    2013 Stats: 

    12 GS, 6-3, 3.69 ERA, 24 BB, 72 K, 61.0 IP

    Overview: 

    The publication of the new MLB Prospect Watch saw Nathan Karns jump nine spaces from where he landed on the 2012 version. This right-hander has seen his stock rise yet again with his solid performance for the Nationals, making three starts in a late May call-up. 

    Karns has continued to be solid upon his return to the minors. His performance last week was stellar, throwing an entire outing of shutout ball for the first time in his last 10 starts. 

    Last Week's Stats: 

    1 GS, 1-0, 0.00 ERA, 2 BB, 5 K, 5.0 IP

    Stock: 

    Up

No. 4 Prospect: CF Michael Taylor, Single-A Advanced

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    2013 Stats: 

    .256 AVG, .324 OBP, .407 SLG, 22 2B, 4 3B, 6 HR, 47 RBI, 50 R, 28 SB, 4 CS

    Overview: 

    The Washington Nationals have organizational depth in center field, as Michael Taylor is the first of two players at that position to appear on this list. Taylor began this season and last season with the P-Nats, and the Florida native is showing signs of gradual progress in his development.

    The best example of this is Taylor's base stealing, probably his greatest strength. In his minor league career dating back to 2010, Taylor has stolen a total of 71 bases in 98 attempts. His career stolen base percentage is 72 percent, and his annual percentage has improved each season. He is currently second in the Carolina League in stolen bases

    Last Week's Stats: 

    6-for-32, 1 2B, 2 3B, 3 RBI, 3R

    Stock: 

    Even

3. No. 3 Prospect: SP AJ Cole, Single-A Advanced Potomac

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    2013 Stats:

    16 GS, 5-3, 4.56 ERA, 22 BB, 98 K, 88.1 IP

    Overview:

    AJ Cole is now considered the second-best pitching prospect in the Nationals' system, after earning the top spot last year. But this season with the Potomac Nationals, Cole is still having issues with the competition at the Single-A Advanced level. Despite ranking second in the Carolina League in strikeouts, Cole also ranks first in home runs allowed

    These struggles at Single-A Advanced represented his biggest deficiency last year as well, when he was a part of the Oakland Athletics organization. After tallying a 2.07 ERA in 19 starts at Oakland's Single-A affiliate in 2012, Cole's ERA ballooned to 7.82 in eight starts after a late season promotion to Single-A Advanced.

    Last Week's Stats:

    1 GS, 0-0, 12.60 ERA, 2 BB, 4 K, 5.0 IP

    Stock:

    Down

No. 2 Prospect: SP Lucas Giolito, Rookie League

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    2013 Stats:

    1 GS, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 2 BB, 1 K, 0.1 IP

    Overview:

    Lucas Giolito reached a milestone this week.The 18-year-old phenom made his 2013 season debut, pitching for the Gulf Coast Nationals of the Rookie League. 

    Giolito was expected to throw two complete innings, according to Byron Kerr of MASNSports. However, he only retired one batter. Kerr provided analysis and perspective on Giolito's outing: 

    But any way you look at it, that is probably not what the Nationals were envisioning for Giolito's first start, who was reportedly supposed to go two innings. Now, we wait and see if he will make his next start in five days.

    Last Week's Stats:

    1 GS, 0-0, 27.00 ERA, 2 BB, 1 K, 0.1 IP

    Stock:

    Even

No. 1 Prospect: CF Brian Goodwin, Double-A Harrisburg

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    2013 Stats:

    .255 AVG, .355 OBP, .401 SLG, 13 2B, 7 3B, 7 HR, 25 RBI, 59 R, 16 SB, 10 CS

    Overview:

    Brian Goodwin is the new stud of the Nationals' farm system, and he may finally be hitting his stride. 

    Recently anointed as the number one prospect within Washington's organization, Goodwin had dominated at Single-A Hagerstown in 2012, earning a two-level promotion mid-season. But he struggled at Double-A Harrisburg in the second half of the season.

    Goodwin's 2013 season was much of the same, until recently. The North Carolina native had a strong week, capped off by being added to the Western Division roster for the Eastern League All-Star Game, to be played on July 10. Goodwin is currently eighth in the Eastern League in stolen bases, and first in runs scored

    Last Week's Stats:

    7-for-27, 3 2B, 1 HR, 2 RBI, 6 R

    Stock:

    Up