After a short week thanks to the All-Star Break—and an impressive appearance in the Futures Games for one young pitcher—Washington's prospects have come back strong to once again show that the future of the franchise is looking bright.
Note: Top prospects according to MLB.com. Last week's stats include games played July 15-21.
No. 3 prospect Lucas Giolito is not included, as he is currently rehabbing from Tommy John surgery.
No. 11 prospect Matt Skole is not included, as he is currently recovering from Tommy John and wrist surgery.
Season stats: 1-0, 2.90 ERA, 31 IP, 21 K's
Last week's stats: 9.00 ERA, 8 IP, 6 K's
Sammy Solis has only been back on the mound for about three months, and he's continuing to feel out his pitching post-Tommy John surgery. On July 26 he recorded his first win of the season for Potomac, recording three K's and a 0.00 ERA in five innings pitched.
Season stats: .310/.363/.389, 43 R, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 19 BB, 28 SB
Last week's stats: N/A
After not playing last week, Jeff Kobernus's stock can't help but be up this week. July 22-28 he went 7-for-27 with two runs, one RBI and three stolen bases.
Season stats: 1-4, 5.05 ERA, 51.2 IP, 52 K's
Last week's stats: 10.38 ERA, 4.1 IP, 2 K's
Matt Purke didn't have his best outing last week when he allowed five earned runs and four walks against the Lynchburg Hillcats. However, he redeemed himself against that very same team on July 24 when he nearly cut his ERA in half, posting a 5.79 with three K's in 4.2 innings pitched.
Season totals (Nationals): 1-3, 3.31 ERA, 35.1 IP, 21 K's
Season stats (minors): 9-1, 1.00 ERA, 90.1 IP, 72 K's
Last week's stats (Nationals): N/A
Despite that Taylor Jordan is playing on the Nats' active roster, he is still technically a prospect. However, with Ross Detwiler out for another month with a pinched nerve in his back, Jordan will have a lot more responsibility on his shoulders in the coming weeks.
After not pitching last week, this week he picked up his first win for the Nats, recording 11 K's and allowing five earned runs in 13.2 innings pitched over his last two starts.
Season stats: 8-4, 3.28 ERA, 112.1 IP, 128 K's
Last week's stats: 8.53 ERA, 6.1 IP, 6 K's
Robbie Ray's pitching has impressed all season, and his skill was rewarded when he was promoted from High-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. In five innings pitched this week, he recorded a 5.40 ERA with one strikeout.
Season stats: .298/.323/.433, 38 R, 7 HR, 18 RBI, 7 BB, 15 SB
Last week's stats: 3-for-5
Last week Eury Perez hit well for his team, but he was unable to score any runs. This week, he went 4-for-32 with one home run, two RBI, one walk and one stolen base.
Season stats: 7-4, 3.41 ERA, 92.1 IP, 110 K's
Last week's stats: 2.25 ERA, 8 IP, 7 K's
Nathan Karns has continued to prove his skill at the minor league level, and it would not be surprising if the Nats called on him to help out again this season. Over two games started this week, he pitched 14 innings, allowing six earned runs and striking out a whopping 18 batters.
Season stats: .266/.334/.414, 62 R, 7 HR, 63 RBI, 35 BB, 34 SB
Last week's stats: 3-for-12, 1 R, 3 RBI, 1 BB, 2 SB
Michael Taylor is still working on bringing up his average, but he always finds a way to contribute to his team. This week he went 4-for-27, scoring five runs, driving in two, drawing three walks and stealing three bases.
Season stats: 7-3, 4.05 ERA, 104.1 IP, 108 K's
Last week's stats: N/A
Things are looking way up for A.J. Cole. After earning the save in Futures Game on July 14, the righty was promoted from High-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg. He proved himself once more on the mound for the Senators this week, posting a 1.29 ERA and striking out six in seven innings pitched.
Season stats: .254/.351/.399, 67 R, 9 HR, 31 RBI, 53 BB, 18 SB
Last week's stats: 0-for-12
With Anthony Rendon a full-fledged member of the Nats' active roster, outfielder Brian Goodwin has taken over the spot as top prospect. After not getting a single hit last week, his performance greatly improved this week, going 7-for-23, hitting two home runs, recording three RBI and drawing seven walks.