Washington Nationals Minor Leagues: Players Of The Week (4/27-5/3)

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Mar 27, 2015; Melbourne, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong (16) turns a double play over Washington Nationals Tony Gwynn Jr at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports

We are back with another edition of Minor League Monday, the third installment of this series for the 2015 season. Each Monday, we take you around the Washington Nationals farm system giving you the top players at each affiliate for that week’s action.

Two key prospects were promoted in the farm system to double-A Harrisburg. Those players were pitcher Brian Rauh, who won Pitcher Of The Week in the Carolina League last week and shortstop Wilmer Difo. Anthony Rendon did resume his rehab with the Senators on Friday, playing five innings and going 0-for-2 with a walk. However, Rendon has been out the last couple of days due to a side issue.

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This week also featured two players that made their major league debuts. On Tuesday, A.J. Cole got the start in place of the injured Max Scherzer. Cole didn’t throw many offspeed pitches and gave up nine runs (four earned runs) in two innings of work. However, Washington was able to bail him out by coming from behind to beat Atlanta, 13-12.

On the positive side, Sammy Solis came in out of the bullpen against the Mets on Thursday for his major league debut. Solis was called up along with outfielder Michael Taylor. In that game, he went two innings, gave up no runs on one hit, and had one strikeout. During the outing, he struck out Curtis Granderson with a 96 mile per hour fastball.

As for Trea Turner, he rebounded after a rough week last week to put up good numbers. In four games, Turner went 6-for-16 with a home run (two-run shot hit on Saturday night), five RBI’s, and five runs scored for the San Antonio Missions (double-A) in the Texas League. Plus, Major League baseball put in a new rule this past week that allows teams to trade drafted players six months after the draft, preventing other players from being in limbo like Turner is right now.

So, without further adieu, here are the hitters and pitchers of the week across all four minor league affiliates:

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