Jul 12, 2015; Cincinnati, OH, USA; USA pitcher Lucas Giolito throws against the World Team in the first inning during the All Star Futures Game at Great American Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports
It’s Monday, which means it is time for another edition of Minor League Monday. This is the article where we take a look back at some of the best hitters and pitchers of the week in the Washington Nationals farm system.
Coming up on Wednesday night, the Eastern League (double-A Harrisburg) and International League (triple-A Syracuse) will be playing their respective All-Star Games while the big league club enjoys their four day break before they get back in action on Friday.
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During this past week, there were a couple of big promotions in the Nats’ organization. Starting pitchers Matt Purke and Austen Williams were moved up from low-A Hagerstown to high-A Potomac. Williams picked up his first win in Potomac in his debut on Friday against the Winston-Salem Dash. Plus, Nick Pivetta made his debut in double-A on Friday and picked up a quality start as well. At Auburn, outfielder Rhett Wiseman, the Nats’ third round pick in this year’s draft, made his professional debut Friday against Batavia.
Of course, some of the top Nats prospects got to show off their talents in yesterday’s SiriusXM Futures Game out in Cincinnati. Right-handed pitcher Lucas Giolito was the starter for Team USA and gave up no runs on two hits while striking out one in two innings. Plus, shortstop Trea Turner was 2-for-2 with a double, triple, and two RBI’s coming off the bench in the USA’s 10-1 win over Team World.
In addition to the All-Star games this week, there is a little bit of a cool coincidence in one of tonight’s pitching matchups in the Nats system. Fourth round pick Mariano Rivera Jr. will be making the start for Auburn against the Staten Island Yankees. Of course, the Yankees are the team his dad saved big games for 19 years
With that being said, here are our best performers from the minors this week, starting with Triple-A Syracuse. Stats are as of Sunday, July 12: