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Nats Minor League Report-4/26

Apr 26, 2013, 4:23 PM EDT

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Syracuse Chiefs - (8-12, 5th in Int’l League North)
Offensive Player of the Week
The Nats may have questions at second base on their major league team, but there is no denying the organizational depth at the position. 24-year-old Jeff Kobernus is proving that notion with a .411/.457/.521 split through his first 19 games. The 2009 second round pick has 14 hits in his last ten games with at least two in four of his last seven. He leads the Chiefs in both runs (16) and stolen bases (8), ranking second in the International League in both categories.
Pitcher of the Week
Lefty J.C. Romero took the loss on Thursday after allowing the go-ahead run to Rochester, but his season so far can’t be overlooked. The 36-year-old has one earned run through nine relief appearances, posting a 0.93 and 14 strikeouts in 9 2/3 innings pitched. Romero’s progress is a good sign for the Nats any way you look at it as he could be the next man up to help Washington’s bullpen.

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  1. SonnyG10 - Apr 26, 2013 at 4:35 PM

    Looks like we're developing some good trade chips at second base.

  2. Tcostant - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:11 PM

    How is Harper brother doing?

  3. Janus - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:14 PM

    Look's like Bryan hasn't had much work, 3 appearances this year. 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 7 K.He may not have had an appearance since the last minor league update.

  4. alexva - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:19 PM

    JMart – 1st ten games 7 extra base hits 6BB/17K JMart – 2nd ten games 2 extra base hits 8BB/9K.he's making adjustments and if the power comes back they'll have something

  5. Ghost Of Steve M. - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:28 PM

    Great job Chase! Thanks for putting Hagerstown on the bottom of the order!

  6. NatsLady - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:50 PM

    A post for today… maybe it will show up in the blog roll, maybe be not.Opening Day Starts, plus Giohttp://ladyandthenats.blogspot.com/2013/04/five-golden-throws-opening-day-starters.htmlAlso working on a detailed look at Storen's recent appearances. The two lefties who came up in his last appearance both smacked singles. Any thoughts?

  7. JD - Apr 26, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    Alexva, JMart is 24 and still in A ball. He is a nice player but it's tough to consider him a prospect.It's encouraging to see Goodwin progressing; I think hell be a nice player for the Nats in a couple of years. Karns is intriguing; if he continues to dominate at AA he may not be that far away but no he's not taking Haren's spot this year and neither is Rosenbaum.

  8. peric - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Karns is intriguing; if he continues to dominate at AA he may not be that far away but no he's not taking Haren's spot this year and neither is Rosenbaum.Rosenbaum is already there. He has now pretty much proven everything he needs to prove to get a shot as a left-handed starter (a very rare breed). Its just a matter of replacing Haren with Rosenbaum if Haren continues to decline and is unable to go beyond 5 innings. Of course … there is Stammen who has markedly improved with the new cutter. There you have two young starters who could be superior to Haren.Karns still has to prove he can make it through AA. Once he does that the chance of his being relegated to the bullpen drop significantly. He is doing well and if he continues should get a look see in September perhaps.

  9. peric - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    *Erik Davis is also standing out in the Chiefs’ bullpen with a 1.13 ERA and a save through seven relief appearances. He has ten strikeouts in eight innings and a 0.630 WHIP.Its a shame he wasn't left-handed. But there's your replacement for any back-of-the-bullpen pitcher who goes down.Left hander Fernando Abad has looked better than 36 year old JC Romero.

  10. peric - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Nice to see Jeff Kobernus get top grade as he seems to be playing the best of any position player prospect in the system.

  11. alexva - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:13 PM

    JD, granted. I just found the adjustment (albeit a small sample) to be interesting. this is a player with serious power and a serious K problem. continued development in higher levels has to come and quickly.

  12. peric - Apr 26, 2013 at 6:50 PM

    JMart is 24 and still in A ball. He is a nice player but it's tough to consider him a prospect.Found it very odd that Luke Erickson does … given he is such a stickler about this … but … He should be in AA starting at shortstop. The only reason he isn't must be due to his poor fielding … another Michael Morse at shortstop in the offing?

  13. alexva - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    he's still in A ball because of his plate discipline issues. hence my observation above

  14. Section 222 - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Rosenbaum is already there. He has now pretty much proven everything he needs to prove to get a shot as a left-handed starter (a very rare breed). Its just a matter of replacing Haren with Rosenbaum if Haren continues to decline and is unable to go beyond 5 innings.I know I shouldn't poke the bear, but peric, what exactly has changed for Rosenbaum since he was unable to crack the Rockies rotation in Spring Training other than the quality of hitters that he has faced? Is it your view that anyone who performs well in AA or AAA is a lock to play well in the majors? If not, how do you assess whether a prospect is ready to move up?My view is that Haren is going to get a lot of rope before Rizzo gives up on his biggest free agent signing of the winter. But if he does run out of rope, Chris Young will join the rotation, not Rosenbaum, not Karns, not Yunesky Maya (thank goodness).

  15. 3on2out - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:32 PM

    Oh Section 222! The key to GM Peric's thinking is consistent:…replace tried and true Major Leaguers with unproven, untested unknowns. It is really simple.E.g., Moore, Rendon and Kobernus. Before that there was Cory Brown. Now it's Rosenbaum. Peric sings one song. But he sings it ALL THE TIME.I'm bracing myself. The bear will feel compelled to explain why I am an idiot.

  16. MicheleS - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    TCostant.. Byran Harper was on the 7 Day DL (???) for Hagerstown. He seemed to be doing pretty good up until then.

  17. JD - Apr 26, 2013 at 7:45 PM

    Sec222, I must admit that I never saw Rosenbaum pitch (I saw most of our prospects in spring training but he was on the Rockies at the time) but from everything I read his upside is John Lannan, a crafty lefty with fringy stuff that gets by with good location and command but doesn't really have a swing and miss stuff. I also think that if Haren settles in with performances similar to his last start on a consistent basis with a little more upside that this would be fine and would be somewhat similar to what we got from EJax last year. I have to admit that I was impressed with Nate Karns in Florida, he has some serious good stuff which could translate to a mid rotation starter in the majors if he can establish consistency (I did see him get absolutely crushed in one spring training game). He reminds a bit of Brad Peacock.

  18. Joe Seamhead - Apr 26, 2013 at 8:01 PM

    Last year Daniel Rosenbaum was a tale of two pitchers, stats-wise. The first half he was lights out, the second half he was lit up. peric said the 2nd half was due to injury but I never found a report that said he was injured until I heard some freak thing happened in either the last, or next to the last game of the season. I'm not saying that he wasn't injured for the 2nd half, but I still haven't found anything other then from peric that said he was. peric, what was his injury?

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