News and Notes from Nats Land

Erick Fedde – Pitcher

Fedde was moved to a relief role a couple of months ago to fast track his path the Big Show.  The Nationals front office still see him as a starter but desperately need help in the bullpen and their hope is Fedde will come to the rescue later in the year.  He has a 3.72 ERA in 19.1 innings as a reliever but has struggle since his promotion to AAA in mid-June.  With that being said, I still see the Nationals bring him up to the ‘Bigs as their bullpen situation is laughable (They recently signed Edwin Jackson you guys)

Jose Marmolejos – 1B/LF

Since returning from an arm injury in May, Marmolejos has been on fire with a .316/.376/.546 line in 39 games for Harrisburg.  He struggled a but at the beginning of the month but has started hitting again boasting a .350/.391/.750 line in the past seven days.  An interesting note is that in 2 outs and RISP situations, he is hitting .444/.524/1.056 in 18 ABs.  Can we call him Mr. Clutch?  If he continues to hit this well, I see a call to AAA in his future.

Victor Robles – CF

The top prospect in the Nationals system is having a great year, hitting .303/.397/.538 for the Potomac Nationals. Interesting note, during the month of June he has 4 SB but 3 CS.  It will be interesting to see if they put the brakes on him running, or maybe just SSS?  I could see a late season call up to AA, maybe if the Potomac Nationals make a playoff push?

Daniel Johnson – RF

An interesting player to emerge this year has been Daniel Johnson.  He has hit .295/.364/.539 in Hagerstown this year.  He has shown an upgrade in power as he has 14 homeruns.  I thought he was going to be a speedy outfielder but I do not think that will be the case.  He has 6 SB but 8 CS on the year so far.  It will be interesting to see if he can keep the production up next year.  Personally, I think he is just depth at the moment.

Andrew Stevenson – LF

My “favorite” player in the Nationals system is starting to come around in AAA.  He was promoted at the beginning of May and majorly struggled posting a .199/.240/.233 line from May through mid June.  Since then, he has a .421/.463/.526  with 4 SB and no CS.  He is good to see that he can recover and make adjustments to higher competition.  I think he stays in AAA for the rest of the season but a mid-season call up to the Majors might be in the cards for next year.  Keep him on your radar!

Draft Notes

During the recent draft, the Nationals picked a bunch of pitchers.  Sal Romero (Round 1), Will Crowe (Round 2), and Nick Raquet (Round 3).  It should also be noted that Romero is a Boras client and Crowe recently had Tommy John surgery….where have we heard this before.  As of this post, the highest signee to actually sign is Raquet and according to Baseball America has swing and miss stuff but major control issues.  Sounds like a typical bullpen guy to me.

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About Shelly Verougstraete 8 Articles
Shelly Verougstraete is the Nationals writer here at Prospects1500. Even as a diehard Red Sox fan, and author of sabermetric based Red Sox blog greenmonsterbb.wordpress.com, the goal here is to keep you up to date with all the happenings down on the Nats farm. Shelly lives in Virginia and has many minor league parks (A to AA) close by. Let's Go Nats!

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