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Weekly minor-league report

Jun 30, 2010, 7:08 PM EDT

Here is this week's minor-league report, compiled by Bill Gluvna of the Nationals' PR department…

This Week's Top Headline
HEY NOW, YOU'RE AN ALL-STAR!: The Harrisburg Senators, in conjunction with the Double-A Eastern League, yesterday announced the rosters for the 2010 Eastern League All-Star Game being played on Wednesday, July 14 at Metro Bank Park in Harrisburg, PA … the Senators had 6 players selected: SS Danny Espinosa, 1B Chris Marrero, RHP Rafael Martin, INF Michael Martinez, LHP Tom Milone and C Jhonatan Solano … additionally, Harrisburg Manager Randy Knorr and his staff will lead the Western Division squad.

Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs
International League North Division
45-35, 2nd Place, 0.5 Game Behind

THE JOSHUA TREE: RHP Josh Wilkie, who played collegiately at nearby George Washington University, has allowed just one earned run in 12.0 innings (0.75 ERA) in 10 June appearances … he's fanned 13 and walked only 2 in that span … Wilkie owns a 1.67 ERA in 28 appearances overall … the 25-year-old has limited opponents to a team-best .194 (25-for-129) batting average against … Wilkie signed with the club as a non-drafted free agent, June 14, 2006.

ATA(HUALPA) BOY: In 10 appearances beginning May 31, LHP Atahualpa Severino has tossed 13.1 consecutive scoreless innings … overall, Severino is 3-0 with a 2.68 ERA in 29 appearances … Severino, 25, signed as a non-drafted free agent, February 13, 2004.

TAKING IT TO THE MAX: OF Justin Maxwell is batting .300 (30-for-100) with 4 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBI, 5 stolen bases and 12 walks in 29 games during June … Maxwell hit .121 with one homer and 3 RBI in 21 games at the big league level this season withRead more ยป

  1. Steve M. - Jun 30, 2010 at 7:17 PM

    TAKING IT TO THE MAX: OF Justin Maxwell is batting .300 (30-for-100) with 4 doubles, 3 homers, 10 RBI, 5 stolen bases and 12 walks in 29 games during June … Maxwell hit .121 with one homer and 3 RBI in 21 games at the big league level this season with Washington before being optioned to Syracuse on April 28.Are they giving us Maxwell stats because they think they are good and this is a new and improved Maxwell? That is a 16 HR pace in AAA and 60 RBIs which equates to very little in MLB terms unless he will leadoff and play CF for the Nats. Bernadina is ahead of that pace on both!

  2. Section 222 - Jun 30, 2010 at 7:27 PM

    I'm sure we'll be hearing from some (Peric, where are you?) that Maxwell and Wilkie should immediately be brought up. Unfortunately, performance in the minors doesn't translate to performance in the majors. Maxwell has had alot of chances to show he can be a major league hitter. Sorry to say, he just isn't one.

  3. Slopitchtom - Jun 30, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Cleggo my Eggo. That's my favourite this week.

  4. Nats fan in NJ - Jun 30, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    I keep forgetting how young Marrero is. He's 21 and having a good (going on great if he keeps this pace up) year at AA. Glass half full – the kid is maturing and figuring it out…

  5. Sam - Jul 1, 2010 at 1:21 AM

    176 plate appearances is "a lot of chances?" Please…and if you think his most recent, 47 PA stint is worth judging, well, you're wrong. 47 plate appearances is hardly enough to tell you anything about a player, especially with a .150 BABIP. Maxwell really hasn't had all that many chances, while guys like Nyjer Morgan fail at the big league lvel.

  6. tc.tony - Jul 1, 2010 at 3:45 AM

    Mark – is there a chance Josh Wilkie will be given an opportunity to pitch here this season?

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