Feb 24, 2014; Viera, FL, USA; Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo watches the spring training action at space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Monday, which means it’s time for another edition of Minor League Monday. During Minor League Monday, we take a look back at some of the top performers in the Washington Nationals farm system. Starting today, every Nationals affiliate will have their season underway. Today, the Gulf Coast League Nationals begin their season, which features one of the Nats’ second round picks, outfielder Blake Perkins.
This past weekend, the Auburn Doubledays of the New York-Penn League got their season underway. Last year’s first round pick, Erick Fedde, made his professional debut Sunday afternoon against the Batavia Muckdogs (Miami Marlins). He went three innings, gave up one earned run on two hits, walked three, and struck out four on 67 pitches.
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He got the no-decision in Auburn’s comeback win as the team scored seven runs in the top of the ninth to win the game, 9-5. The Doubledays are 3-0 for the first time since the 2008 season. We will have more on the Doubledays in next week’s roundup as they take on the State College Spikes (St. Louis Cardinals) and the West Virginia Black Bears (Pittsburgh Pirates).
Down in Harrisburg (double-A), Trea Turner played in his first game with the Nationals organization on Tuesday. One day later, Stephen Strasburg made a rehab start and had his fastball go up to 97 miles per hour on the radar gun. He went five innings, gave up one earned run on four hits, struck out six, and did not walk a batter against the Richmond Flying Squirrels (San Francisco Giants).
Finally, the week ended for the Syracuse Chiefs on a great note. Tony Gwynn Jr. hit a walk-off single in the bottom of the 10th inning against the Buffalo Bison (Toronto Blue Jays) to win a 1-0 game. Gwynn Jr. is the father of Tony Gwynn Jr. the former Padre Hall-Of-Famer, who died a year ago last Tuesday because of salivary gland cancer.
Let’s take a look back at who stood out the most in the Nationals farm system this past week. All stats and records as of Sunday, June 21: