AAA Syracuse Chiefs –Tyler Clippard
It seems that the Nationals have decided to convert once top prospect starter Tyler Clippard into a reliever. So far he has excelled, in five games he has tossed 9.1 innings, allowed sven hits. Most impressively he has struck out 14 and walked only one, helping to make up his 0.96 ERA. Clippard was drafted by the Yankees in the 9th round of the 2003 amateur draft. He soon worked his way up the ranks to be considered one of the better starters on their farm until he was traded to the Nationals in 2007. Since arriving to Washington he has had trouble breaking into the majors. His fastball, though active, has proven too flat and was often hit hard.
AA Harrisburg Senators – Ross Detwiler
Detwiler continues to baffle scouts as his struggles drag on and on. Detwiler was great in his first outing on 4/11 where he pitched 5.0 IP allowing 0 ER and only five hits. However his last two starts has seen him combine to pitch 7.1 IP, 7 ER, 10 H, 4 BB, to bring his overall line to 0-2, 5.11 ERA. The Nats front office hopes that Detwiler will be an important part of the teams future. While Zimmermann has been the most successful youngster, all scouts agree that Detwiler has more potential.
High A Potomac Nationals – Michael Burgess
Burgess blasted onto the scene last summer as one of the best power hitting prospects for his age group. The young outfielder hit 24 homers in 472 at bats last season between high and low A ball. He also struck out 162 times. So far he hasn’t made the progression that many hoped they would make. Through 18 games with Potomac this season he’s putting up an ugly line of .182/.299/.455. He has 19 strikeouts in only 66 at bats, which is close to a 33 percent strikeout rate.
Low A Hagerstown Suns – Jack McGeary
McGeary finally dropped out of Stanford this spring to focus full time on professional baseball. Previous seasons had seen him playing half time for the Nationals farm system and half time taking classes in Palo Alto. So far his return to fulltime baseball has not been as well received as anyone would like. In 13.2 IP he has a 6.59 ERA and has allowed 13 this and 9 walks. He has also struck out 12.