(Nick Pivetta – Photo Credit: Hagerstown Suns/MILB.com)
It’s Monday, which means it is time for another edition of Washington Nationals Minor League Monday. Every week, we take a look back at who were the best players in the Nats farm system during that particular week. Entering the second week of July, all of the affiliates are underway and some like Potomac and Hagerstown are in the second halves of their respective seasons.
This past week, we found out the names of who would be playing in the double-A and triple-A All-Star games. Both of these games will take place during the Major League All-Star break. The Harrisburg Senators had four players selected: catcher Pedro Severino, right-handed starter Austin Voth, and right-handed relievers Paul Demny (who is now at triple-A Syracuse), and Gilberto Mendez. That game will be played July 15 in Portland, Maine.
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As for the Syracuse Chiefs, they will only have one player representing them at the July 15 game in Omaha, Nebraska. That player is shortstop Jason Martinson. The 26-year-old is hitting .242 this season with 12 home runs and 36 RBI’s.
The story of the week in the Nats farm system was down at high-A Potomac. Aaron Barrett began his process of getting back to the Nats in two rehab appearances. He gave up one run (none earned) on two hits, struck out two, and walked one. Barrett was nearly part of history on July 1 as he nearly combined with Lucas Giolito and Manny Rodriguez for a no-hitter against Frederick, but they came up two outs short. Yesterday, Nick Pivetta came close to history of his own as he took a perfect game into the seventh during Potomac’s 3-1 win over Wilmington.
Here are our Minor League hitters and pitchers of the week. Stats are as of July 5, 2015: