Mar 16, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; MLB umpire Manny Gonzalez (79) calls out Houston Astros left fielder Alex Presley (20) at second base following a tag by Washington Nationals shortstop Wilmer Difo (1) during the fifth inning a spring training baseball game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Today, at District On Deck, we begin a series that we are going to bring you every single week throughout the baseball season. While most of the attention is focused on the big league club, we are going to take you around the minor leagues, which have played a little over a week’s worth of games up to this point.
Two of the Washington Nationals relievers that began the year in their minor league system are now on the 25-man roster in Felipe Rivero and Rafael Martin. Plus, two of the Nationals everyday players had rehab assignments ranging from double-A Harrisburg to low-A Hagerstown. Those two players were Denard Span and Jayson Werth. Plus, two affiliates have been no-hit (Potomac and Hagerstown), with Hagerstown actually winning the game that they were no-hit in, 1-0.
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Each week, we are going to profile who was our hitter and pitcher of the week across all the Nationals affiliates. Before we do that, let’s give an update on how a future National prospect is doing.
Shortstop Trea Turner, who is currently with the San Diego Padres organization, is slated to join the Nationals in June after he was a part of the Wil Myers/Steven Souza Jr. trade. Currently, Turner is playing with San Diego’s double-A affiliate, the San Antonio Missions in the Texas League.
In nine games, Turner is hitting .324 (12-for-37) with one home run (hit yesterday), four RBI’s, and two stolen bases. Turner’s best game of the season so far came on April 13 when he went 3-for-5 against the Springfield Cardinals. While he only has one extra base up to this point, he is a player that we will continue to monitor throughout the year.
So, without further adieu, let’s take a look around the minor leagues, starting with the triple-A Syracuse Chiefs:
* All prospect rankings are from MLB Pipeline
Next: Triple-A: Syracuse Chiefs