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

Michael Nargi@NargOnSportsSenior Analyst IJune 10, 2013

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

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    A couple of big-name prospects have found their way onto the Washington Nationals' 25-man roster over the last couple of weeks.

    The Nationals have plenty to look forward to with their 10 top prospects and are starting to see the production that these stars are capable of.

    The promotion of Nate Karns on May 28 and Anthony Rendon on June 4 has allowed for a couple of the Nats' young stars to prove that they are worth playing at the major league level.

    Let's take a look at the Nationals' top 10 prospects from June 3-9.

    All stats taken from and current as of 6/9/2013.

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 nice season for Hagerstown and boasts a .288 batting average while having a .769 OPS. 

    Renda has an impressive 22 doubles in 59 games and also has added 11 stolen bases to his stat page.

    It might be a little while before he makes his way to the big leagues, but he possess a tremendous amount of talent and should develop into quite the player for the Nats.

    Stock: Up

9. Eury Perez, CF

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    Level: Triple-A (Syracuse)

    DOB: 5/30/1990 (Age: 23)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: April, 2007 (Dominican Republic)

    In the last 10 games, Eury Perez has been on a tear for the Syracuse Chiefs. He has put together a .356 average with a .600 slugging percentage and .983 OPS. In those 10 games Perez has collected 16 hits.

    The most impressive part of Perez's season has been his dominance against lefty pitchers. Perez is hitting .319 overall this season and .380 against lefties.

    Stock: Up

8. Sammy Solis, LHP

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    Level: Class A (Potomac)

    DOB: 8/10/1988 (Age: 24)

    Bats/Throws: R/L

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

    Sammy Solis is on his way back from Tommy John surgery and has returned to the mound for the Nationals' minor league affiliate, Potomac.

    Solis has started four games this season, pitching 16 innings and allowing 15 hits and six earned runs. Solis has struck out nine and walked five so far this season.

    The most important thing is certainly not the numbers for Solis, it is whether or not there is any pain in his road to recovery.

    According to James Wagner of The Washington Post, Solis is feeling good thus far, "Solis said his elbow is pain-free, unlike in late 2011 and 2012. He first threw a baseball four months after his March 2012 procedure."

    Solis was impressive in his first start since returning from surgery, reportedly throwing 92-94 mph, according to Byron Kerr of

    Stock: Up

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 is struggling in the minors this season, fighting to keep his head above water, especially as of late.

    After hitting only .227 in April, Walters hit .202 in May and is only hitting .067 this month.

    Walters is continuing to strike out at an alarming rate as well, compiling 58 strikeouts in 55 games while only earning eight walks.

    Stock: Down

6. Nathan Karns, P

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    Level: MLB

    DOB: 11/25/1987 (Age: 25)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    Since being called up to the Nationals, Nathan Karns has filled in nicely. Karns has yet to allow more than four earned runs in any of his starts this season. His best outing came on June 2 when he struck out six batters in 4.2 innings against the Atlanta Braves

    The Nationals were only able to get three innings out of Karns on June 9 however, when he let up four runs on five hits and three walks.

    Despite his mediocrity at the MLB level, Karns is getting a taste of the big leagues and is not doing that bad in his first go-around.

    Stock: Up

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)

    Matt Skole is continuing to rehab and is hopeful to return this season.

    Nationals GM Mike Rizzo set a three-to-four month recovery timetable before Skole would be ready to swing a bat again, according to James Wagner of The Washington Post.

    Stock: Even

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 had two starts this week and was outstanding. The 21-year-old struck out eight batters in 5.1 innings on June 2 and 11 batters in six innings on June 8. He allowed four runs in the first game but only one in his 11 strikeout performance. 

    Cole has been sensational this season with his control as well, only walking 16 batters compared to the 72 in which he has struck out.

    Stock: Up

3. Lucas Giolito, RHP

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    Level: Rookie Gulf Coast League—Rehabbing

    DOB: 7/14/1994 (Age: 18)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

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

    Lucas Giolito is on the right track after Tommy John surgery and according to the Los Angeles Times' Eric Sondheimer, he is scheduled to have his first rehab start on July 3.

    Stock: Up

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 is only hitting .242 in Double-A but continues to put together a good amount of extra-base hits. Goodwin has eight doubles, six triples and four home runs on the season.

    Perhaps it is time to begin to worry about Goodwin and his ability to adjust to more advanced levels of pitching. Goodwin hit .324 in Class A last season before being moved to Double-A and struggling with a .223 average.

    His struggles this year suggest that Goodwin might be failing to adapt to the competition and this should be extremely alarming to the Nationals organization.

    Stock: Way Down

1. Anthony Rendon, 2B, 3B

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    Level: MLB

    DOB: 6/6/1990 (Age: 23)

    Bats/Throws: R/R

    Drafted/Signed: First round, 2011 (Rice)

    Anthony Rendon was called up for the second time this season, but this time to play second base for the Nationals.

    It is an interesting strategy for the Nats, but this might be the answer of how to get Rendon in the Nats' lineup with a certain sense of security.

    Rendon is having tremendous success in his second time up with the Nationals this year. He finished his first week hitting .417 with three doubles and three RBI. Rendon has a real chance to make a name for himself and replace Danny Espinosa at second base for the Nats.

    STOCK: Way Up