Minor League Monday 5/4

AAA Syracuse Chiefs – Lastings Milledge

ph_451186It looks like Lastings may have finally found his stroke up in Syracuse as he is hitting .302 with 2 RBI and 2 steals in his last 10 games. This effort brings his overall batting average in triple-A to an unimpressive .263, and he has only 3 RBI and four steals total. It’s kind of confusing really, it looks like he has lost all power when he actually does make contact. He’s slugging a measly .333 and getting on base at a measly .300. He has yet to hit a homer anywhere since spring training and he is still striking out once every five at bats. I think the right move would have been to let the kid stay up, confidence looks lost.

AA Harrisburg Senators – Ross Detwiler

detwilerRoss Detwiler bounced back from a pair of two starts to put a solid effort on the board which will serve as a notch in his belt on the road back to the majors he once tasted as a 20 year old. Detwiler threw five innings against Arkansas on the 29th, striking out two and allowing only one earned run. He gave up three walks in five innings however, as it looks that his control is still not mastered. This may be a good sign for the Nats, and finally a step in the right direction.

High A Potomac Nationals – Eric Arneson 

Eric Arneson is a righty out of Grove City College who excelled in the inaugural season of the Hawaiian Winter League. So far through five starts in Potomac, Aerneson is 3-1 with a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings pitched. He has 21 strikeouts to only seven walks and has only let up one long ball. Two things that should be concerning however are his age (25 in A Ball) and his opposing batting average, .295. Maybe he’s just a smart pitcher who gets out of jams, but anyone who lets the opposition hit nearly .300 against them and still has a 2.42 ERA cant be hoping to hold onto that success long without pulling off some sort of magic trick.

Low A Hagerstown Suns – Robert Jacobsen

ph_501942Robert Jacobsen is a local boy who played his college ball at George Mason University. In his last 10 games for Hagerstown he is batting .395 with four extra base hits, and five RBI. While its clear Jacobsen has a hot bat, a few things should be noted. First, he has only walked once in 52 at bats, a bad sign. Second he is 24 and in low A ball, a worse sign. Third, he hasn’t shown to develop power yet at his size and age, a disastrous sign.