Washington Nationals Minor League Players Of The Week: (7/13-7/19)

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Hagerstown Suns (47-45)

Hitter Of The Week: 1B Jose Marmolejos-Diaz (.275, 6 HR, 50 RBI’s)

Marmolejos-Diaz had been one of the best, if not the best player for the Suns offense all season long. This past week, against West Virginia and Kannapolis, the 22-year-old first baseman did only have five hits in 18 at-bats, but he had five RBI’s. Four of those RBI’s came in the three games against Kannapolis, a series that concluded earlier today.

Out of the five hits that he had, two of them were doubles. Marmolejos-Diaz has 50 RBI’s, which is eighth in the South Atlantic League. He is hitting .258 this month with no home runs and 12 RBI’s.

Honorable Mention: 2B Bryan Mejia (.324, 3 HR, 11 RBI’s)

This past week, the 21-year-old second baseman went 7-for-22 at the plate, but he did have three multi-hit games in the games in which he got a hit. His best performance of the week came on July 15 against the West Virginia Power (Pittsburgh Pirates). In that game, he went 3-for-3 with a double. Those three hits were the only hits the team would have in the seven inning game, since it was Game two of a doubleheader.

Mejia has had 24 hits with the Hagerstown Suns and nine of them are for extra bases. He has four doubles, two triples, and three home runs. Plus, he has a .342 on-base percentage.

Pitcher Of The Week: P David Napoli (4-3, 3.27)

It’s not often that you see two relievers make the pitcher of the week. De Los Santos is our pitcher of the week, but Napoli gets that honor this week for Hagerstown because he got a win in both games he appeared in. He gave up no runs on two hits in 4.2 innings, struck out four batters, and walked one.

The 24-year-old right-hander went two innings yesterday against the Kannapolis Intimidators (Chicago White Sox) and struck out three batters in the win. In six appearances this month, Napoli is 2-0 with a 1.74 ERA.

Honorable Mention: P Connor Bach (3-1, 3.39)

In his lone start of the week against the West Virginia Power on July 16, Bach went six innings, gave up two hits, struck out six batters, and walked four in a 5-0 win for the Suns. Bach has not given up a run in three of his last four appearances.

Despite not giving up many runs, the walks continue to be a problem for the 23-year-old. He has walked at least three batters in each of his last three starts (ten total). His 40 walks this season are sixth in the South Atlantic League. However, in three starts this month, Bach is 2-0 with a 2.81 ERA.

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