It’s Monday, which means it is time for another edition of Minor League Monday. This is where we look back at the best performances by hitters and pitchers in the Washington Nationals farm system over the past week. Tonight, there will be two new players that will be members of the Nats farm system. In tonight’s MLB Draft, which you can watch on MLB Network, the Nationals have two picks in the top 70 (pick 58 and pick 69).
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While those two players that the Nats pick might take a while to get to the big leagues, one double-A prospect made his Major League Debut this week. Joe Ross, a 22-year-old right-hander, made his debut Saturday afternoon when he got the start against the Cubs. Even though he took the loss, he pitched well. In five innings, he gave up three runs on six hits, struck out four, and did not walk a batter. It remains to be seen if Ross will stay in the rotation, but you have to think he made a good first impression.
Two Nationals pitchers made their first rehab starts on Sunday as they look to make their return to the big league club. At triple-A Syracuse, Doug Fister went 3.2 innings pitched, gave up two runs on seven hits, struck out six, and walked none. In double-A, it was Sammy Solis who got the start for Harrisburg, but he gave up three runs in the first inning.
Finally, this week will likely be the final week that Trea Turner is a member of the San Diego Padres. The Pads top pick from a year ago is expected to join the Nationals organization this Sunday. This past week, Turner was 7-for-28 with three RBI’s. He is hitting .322 on the season with five home runs and 30 RBI’s for double-A San Antonio.
Before the draft takes place tonight, let’s look at who were some of the best players in the Nats farm system this week: