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Nats Minor League Report-4/10

Apr 10, 2013, 5:00 PM EST

Photo by USA Today

Syracuse Chiefs – 5-1 (2nd in Intl. League North)
Offensive Player of the Week
Shortstop Zach Walters carried over his strong spring with an unbelievable first week with the Chiefs. Through his first six games, Walters has four home runs (three of them solo shots) with an OPS of 1.141. Considering Walters established a career high last season with 12 homers, it will be interesting to see how many he ends up with this season. The 23-year-old is already a third of the way there and could be showing power potential yet unsurfaced. 
Pitcher of the Week
Right-hander Tanner Roark had a tremendous start against Lehigh Valley on Friday with no hits allowed and seven strikeouts. He took the win after pitching just six innings, likely because it is so early in the year. But for a guy who had trouble in Triple-A last season (6-17, 4.39 ERA), it was a great start for his season.

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  1. A DC Wonk - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:29 PM

    Speaking of minor leagues . . . I read a fantastic trivia stat last week.Get this:If Bryce Harper were in AA (not AAA), he'd be the third youngest guy in all of AA-baseball.Yowza!

  2. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:47 PM

    who are the two guys ahead of him?

  3. Doc - Apr 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Speaking of Zach Walters…he is one Davey's favorites.It was Davey that gave him some batting tips in ST.GoooooNats Scouts…..they had to be instrumental in getting Zach from the DBacks for Marquis. Not enough said about these unsung heroes.Now if Zach can just not piss of JWerth with his green shoelaces, he'd be all set for the Bigs! LOL

  4. Laddie Blah Blah - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    One of these days I'm going down to Potomac to see Billy Burns play. Last night he had 3 hits and a walk to raise his BA to .550. He is also reputedly the fastest guy in the entire Nats organization, anywhere.Not bad for a 2011 32nd round pick, the 967th guy selected overall. I don't know how the Nats find these guys, but they do. Billy grew up with Matt Skole and they remain good friends. Maybe Matt clued the Nats in on Burns.He has no power, but neither does Denard Span. Burns is a proficient base stealer and a natural leadoff guy, like Span, but faster. Stranger things have happened, like Mike Piazza not being drafted, at all. I love stories like this one, and would love to see the kid make it.

  5. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:07 PM

    Wonk, I only see one guy in Texas League whose BD is after Harper, by one day.

  6. Joe Seamhead - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    Laddie BB, I'm pretty impressed with Billy Burns, too, though the book on him is he's strictly a CF,{not a corner OF guy], and he should be playing at a higher level at his age. I have heard he is a fantastic fielder and, like you, I have heard he is lightning fast.

  7. Faraz Shaikh - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:39 PM

    just going by stats, this guy can possibly be in AA by the end of this season which isn't terrible for a 23-24 year the way, span did have 38 doubles last season which I think is pretty good.

  8. DaveB - Apr 10, 2013 at 6:41 PM

    Kind of weird that the post uses Eury's picture, but doesn't mention his 23 game hitting streak or .379 BA.

  9. A DC Wonk - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:01 PM

    Wonk, I only see one guy in Texas League whose BD is after Harper, by one day. Wow. I don't know the specifics — it was just a claim by one of the regular columnists (and I can't remember who: Boswell, Wise, Kilgore — one of them)

  10. Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:06 PM

    How long ago did you see it? They might have been promoted or flamed out by now.

  11. Section 222 - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:09 PM

    An FYI to all the STHs on here, the unusued ticket exchange now appears to be up and running. It now includes last week's games. Since technically you're supposed to exchange unused tickets within 5 days of the game you missed, I'd do those exchanges right away before whatever grace period they've decided on for the first week's games expires.

  12. Scooter - Apr 10, 2013 at 7:35 PM

    I saw Billy Burns play on Sunday. He got on base 4 times, I think. But then, walks aren't particularly exciting to watch. The third baseperson did play a couple-three steps in on the grass, though; he was the closest I can remember seeing, other than an obvious sacrifice situation. (That's when Burns was batting lefty. When he batted right, the guy moved back to the edge of the grass.)Funny thing: watching baserunning and outfield drills (specifically, going back on flies) in Viera, I can't believe anyone is faster than Michael Taylor. The man just covers ground. Burns, in fact, looked the worst of the outfielders we saw on that one drill. I doubt that that means anything, though: they were using a ball-launching machine, not reading off the bat; and all the players had a hard time waiting for the ball to actually launch. If Burns was waiting longer than the others — i.e., not anticipating — he would have looked worse on the back end.

  13. peric - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:23 PM

    Zach Walters? Better than Jeff Kobernus? I don't think so Chase? What teams are you watching?

  14. peric - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:25 PM

    And yes former 2nd round pick Jeff Kobernus is still a prospect.

  15. natsfan1a - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:50 PM

    The columnist or the player?Sec. 3, My Untucked Sofa said… How long ago did you see it? They might have been promoted or flamed out by now. April 10, 2013 3:06 PM

  16. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    Did somebody say Walters was a better "prospect" than Kobernus? I didn't read that anywhere. I like the guy who played second base last night in Harrisburg even though he is still trying to figure out AA pitching.

  17. NatsJack in Florida - Apr 10, 2013 at 8:58 PM

    I also like the two young arms I expected to figure things out this year, the mentioned Taylor Jordan and the lefty Robby Ray.

  18. Scooter - Apr 10, 2013 at 9:45 PM

    Me, I like everybody.You may say I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.





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