Stock Up, Stock Down for Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects for Week 3

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IApril 22, 2013

Stock Up, Stock Down for Washington Nationals Top 10 Prospects for Week 3

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    The Washington Nationals had a very eventful week from their minor league organizations to the big league club.

    Ryan Zimmerman's DL stint has permitted the call-up of the Nationals' No. 1 prospect to the majors while Nathan Karns continues his domination in the minors.

    While there was some shuffling going on, other players were continuing to rehab and others were heading into surgery.

    It was a busy week all around the Nationals organization, and here is a look at the week that was April 15-21.

    All stats taken from and current as of 4/21/2013.

10. Tony Renda, 2B

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    Level: Class A (Hagerstown)

    DOB: 1/24/1991 (Age: 22)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Second round, 2012 (California)

    Tony Renda is having a solid season for Hagerstown. Despite going hitless on Sunday, he has been especially hot this past week, collecting nine hits through seven games. 

    While he might not be in the majors any time soon, he is an exciting player to keep an eye on, especially after an impressive week which also included three RBI and two stolen bases.


9. Eury Perez, CF

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    Level: Triple-A (Syracuse)

    DOB: 5/30/1990 (Age: 22)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: April, 2007 (Dominican Republic)

    Eury Perez should find himself in D.C. at some point this season but for now finds himself on the disabled list in Triple-A. Perez had a 23-game hitting streak broken up on April 13 and has been on the disabled list ever since.

    His .355 average before injuring his wrist certainly puts him on the radar in terms of being called up at some point when he is healthy, but for now, he is going to have to recover and become healthy.


8. Sammy Solis, LHP

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    Level: Double-A (Harrisburg) - Rehabbing

    DOB: 8/10/1988 (Age: 24)

    Bats/Throws: R/L

    Drafted/Signed: Second round, 2010 (San Diego)

    Sammy Solis' recovery from Tommy John surgery continues as the season heats up. Byron Kerr of reports that Solis is continuing his rehab in Florida and making his mound progressions. 

    Kerr presents the estimate of a mid-May return for Solis.


7. Zach Walters, SS

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    Level: Triple-A (Syracuse)

    DOB: 9/5/1989 (Age: 23)

    Bats/Throws: S/R

    Drafted/Signed: Ninth round, 2010 (San Diego)

    Zach Walters has turned it on over the last week, collecting at least one hit in the last five games.

    While he continues to strike out more than should be desired, he remains healthy and seems as though he has started to ease in to the current season.

    His strikeout-to-walk ratio has to increase, though, going forward as he has struck out 18 times this season and only walked three times.


6. Nathan Karns, P

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    Level: Double-A (Harrisburg)

    DOB: 11/25/1987 (Age: 25)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: 12th round, 2009 (Texas Tech)

    After being hammered in his first start of the year, Nate Karns has been dominant in his last two outings. On April 13, he pitched five innings while striking out eight and allowing only three hits and no runs.

    His start on April 20 was much of the same domination. Karns pitched seven innings while striking out 13 and allowing only one run on two hits.

    Karns is certainly proving that his stuff is electric, and he might have had the best week of all the Nats' prospects. 


5. Matt Skole, 1B, 3B, OF

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    Level: Double-A (Harrisburg) - DL

    DOB: 7/30/1989 (Age: 23)

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: Fifth round, 2011 (Georgia Tech)

    The Nationals' minor league player of the year, Matt Skole, is on the shelf after he was injured when his non-throwing arm was hit by a runner last week. Byron Kerr of reported earlier this week that not only did Skole break his wrist but also tore the UCL ligament which required Skole to undergo Tommy John surgery on Wednesday.

    Per Kerr's report, Nats' GM Mike Rizzo spoke on the injury, telling reporters that Skole might return by the end of the season.


4. A.J. Cole, SP

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    Level: Class A (Potomac)

    DOB: 1/5/1992 (Age: 21)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: Fourth round, 2010 (Oviedo HS, Fla.)

    A.J. Cole is a 6'4" pitcher with plenty of potential and has been up and down this season. He struck out seven in his first appearance on April 7 and in his most recent start on April 18, he struck out four while walking two and giving up four runs in 5.2 innings.

    Despite the run total, he was able to have his best outing in terms of hits, only allowing four. It might be some time before he gets in the big leagues, but if he can limit the damage, then it will go a long way for him.


3. Lucas Giolito, RHP

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    Level: Rookie Gulf Coast LeagueRehabbing

    DOB: 7/14/1994 (Age: 18)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2012 (Harvard-Westlake HS, Calif.)

    Lucas Giolito is recovering after having Tommy John surgery. Considering that he is only 18 years old, it is both encouraging and upsetting that he has had the surgery already.

    Will this mean he can avoid the drastic surgery later in his career, or will he have to have it again at some point as he matures?


2. Brian Goodwin, OF

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    Level: Double-A (Harrisburg)

    DOB: 11/2/1990 (Age: 22)

    Bats/Throws: L/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011

    Brian Goodwin has collected four hits this week, one of which was Goodwin's third triple of the year and another resulting in a home run on Sunday.

    Goodwin continues to take his walks but also continues to strike out at an alarming rate. He has tremendous potential, but he will have to play better if he wants to find his way into the outfield in D.C.


1. Anthony Rendon, 3B

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    Level: MLB

    DOB: 6/6/1990 (Age: 22)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Rice)

    Anthony Rendon had a four-hit game on April 14 and followed it up the next day by hitting a home run and a double. 

    Although he has had a quiet week at the plate since then, it was a huge week for him as he was promoted from Double-A to the big league squad on Saturday after Ryan Zimmerman hit the DL.

    Rendon was hitting .292 with two home runs and a .462 on-base percentage and .500 slugging percentage.

    His struggles this season have come against lefties, collecting only one hit in 14 at-bats. Versus righties he is hitting .382. He is going to have his chance to shine for the Nationals in Zimmerman's absence. 

    His major league debut was an 0-for-4 performance with two strikeouts in a game in which the Nats were blanked by the New York Mets.

    The time is now for the 22-year-old Rendon.