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It’s Monday, which means it is time once again to take a look back at the week that was around the Washington Nationals farm system. Each week, during Minor League Monday, we give you the hitters and pitchers that stood out at each of the minor league affiliates, from Syracuse to Hagerstown.
This past week, the minor league buzz was around the high-A Potomac debuts of two of the top prospects in the Washington Nationals organization. Those two pitchers are right handers Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez (#1 and #4 prospect respectively, according to MLB Pipeline).
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On Thursday, Reynaldo Lopez shut out the Wilmington Blue Rocks (Kansas City Royals) as he gave up only two hits and struck out three batters in five innings of work during Game 1 of Thursday’s doubleheader. As for Lucas Giolito, he didn’t have as easy of a time against the Frederick Keys (Baltimore Orioles) as he gave five runs over 4.1 innings while striking out five batters and walking two.
Potomac was a busy affiliate this week as that was also the site for the beginning of the rehab games for reliever Casey Janssen. Janssen, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, pitched a 1-2-3 first inning in Game 2 of Thursday’s doubleheader. Then, on Sunday, Janssen threw 15 pitches in Potomac and gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits in one inning of work.
Plus, let’s not forget about Trea Turner. This week, the San Antonio shortstop had a monster game on May 8 when he went 4-for-6 with one home run and four RBI’s. Currently, he is hitting .321 on the season with three home runs and 16 RBI’s.
So without further adieu, it’s time to name the players that will receive the honors this week, starting with triple-A Syracuse: