May 19, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals infielder Wilmer Difo (1) reacts after his first career base hit in the seventh inning against the New York Yankees at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports
On this Memorial Day, we bring you another edition of Minor League Monday. During Minor League Monday, we bring you the best hitters and pitchers of the week in the Washington Nationals minor league system from triple-A Syracuse to low-A Hagerstown.
This week, the only Nationals player who finished up his rehab assignment was reliever Casey Janssen. Janssen, who made his 2015 debut on Saturday, pitched against the Binghamton Mets on May 20. He had one hitless inning, in which he threw 12 pitches (ten of them were strikes). Now, it will be interesting to see where Janssen slides into the Nats bullpen.
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Of course, the shocker of the week came on Tuesday when the Nationals promoted Wilmer Difo from double-A Harrisburg to the big leagues when they placed Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list. Difo, who hit .308 with no home runs and four RBI’s in 14 games at Harrisburg, picked up his first major league hit on Tuesday when he led off the seventh inning.
The final bit of promotion news for the Nationals occurred on Sunday morning. After A.J. Cole threw 4.1 innings against the Phillies on Saturday, the Nats sent Cole back to Syracuse and called up starting pitcher Taylor Jordan to help fill a role in the bullpen. We will have more about Jordan’s week a little later on.
Finally, let’s give you your weekly Trea Turner update. This week, for the San Antonio Missions, Turner is 8-for-18 with a home run and three RBI’s. On May 20, Turner went 3-for-4, including the aforementioned home run. He is hitting .340 with five home runs and 22 RBI’s on the season.
Without further ado, here is this week’s edition of the Nats minor league hitters and pitchers of the week:
*Stats and Records as of May 24