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 is time for another edition of Minor League Monday. Every Monday, we take a look back at who were the best players in the Washington Nationals farm system this week. This past week was the first full week that all of the affiliates were in action, including the Gulf Coast League.
One of the players that has stood out in the GCL is outfielder Victor Robles. It is only six games, but the 19-year-old is hitting .550 (11-for-20) with two home runs and six RBI’s. Last season, in the Dominican Summer League, Robles hit .313 with three home runs, 25 RBI’s, and stole 22 bases. Coming into today’s action, the GCL Nats are 3-3 in their first six games.
Down in the Dominican Republic, the Nationals’ squad is 10-15 in their first 25 games. The best hitter on the team in terms of run production is left fielder Aldrem Corredor. The 19-year-old is hitting .250 with one home run and 16 RBI’s to go with a .326 on-base percentage. On the mound, 18-year-old right-hander Pedro Avila is 1-2 with a 2.82 ERA in five starts and has struck out 34 batters in 22.1 innings of work.
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This week, two key players in the Nationals system were picked to be the team’s representatives in the SIRIUSXM Futures Game that will be played at Great American Ball Park on July 12. Those two players were right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito (Potomac) and shortstop Trea Turner (Syracuse). This past week, Turner was promoted from double-A Harrisburg up to triple-A.
While Potomac and Hagerstown have already had their All-Star breaks, Harrisburg and Syracuse are two weeks away from their respective league’s All-Star games.
Without further ado, here are the hitters and pitchers of the week in the Nats’ farm system, which includes the New York-Penn League affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays. By the way, second round Andrew Stevenson did make his debut with the Doubledays on Friday against West Virginia (2-for-5, 1 RBI). Stats are as of Sunday, June 28: