Here is you updated minor league leaders. First a brief overview of the hottest players at each level.
Syracuse Chiefs(AAA) are 12-5 and sit in first place. OF Roger Bernadina, as normal, is tearing up AAA. He is hitting .393 on the season and hitting .390 over his last 10 games, with a double, home run, and 7 RBis. Andrew Kown is pitching very well at Syracuse appearing in 5 games, 3 of which were starts. he has pitched 18.2 innings, allowed just 4 runs for a 1.93 ERA.
Harrisburg Senators(AA) are 7-10 in last place. As you know, Stephen Strasburg has tore up AA ball, making 3 starts, pitching 12.1 innings, recording 17 strikeouts, with an ERA of 0.77. The hot bat is Danny Espinosa, a top batting prospect for the Nationals. Espinosa also played Winter Ball for the Nats. In his last 4 games, Espinosa is 9 for 18 with 2 doubles, 2 RBis,a nd 2 runs. Overall, he is hitting .333.
Potomac Nationals(A) are 7-10 in third place. Wilberto Ortiz has the hot bat, putting together a 6 game hitting streak in which he has gone 8 for 18. Nick Moresi is hitting .323 over his last 10 games. Cole Kimball was a top starting prospect for the Nats over the past 3 years. He struggled last year and the Nats moved him to the bullpen. Kimball is on fire here at the start of the season, posting a 3-0 record and has not yielded a run yet in 11.1 innings of relief work.
Hagerstown Suns(A) are 9-9 in second place. Good news for Nats fans. Draft choices from last two years are starting to bloom. How about Destin Hood. Hood was a second round pick of the Nats, and he chose the Nats over playing football at Alabama. Hood is hitting .382 and has hit .422 over his last 10 games, including 8 runs and 11 RBIs. Justin Bloxom, a draft pick last year, is hitting .353 and over his last 10 games is hitting .442 with 6 doubles and 7 RBIs.
Now to the Minor League Leaders:
Batting Average: Roger Berndina (AAA) .393, Destin Hood (A) .382, Justin Bloxom (A) .358, Chase Lambin (AAA) .353DannY Espinosa (AA) .333
Doubles: Bill Rhinehart (AA) 7, Justin Bloxom (A) 6, J.P. Ramirez (A) 6
Triples: Steve Lombardozzi (A) 4
Home Runs: Tim Pahuta (A) 5, Chase Lambin (AAA) 4, Steve Souza (A) 3
Runs Scored: Steve Souza (A) 16, Fransisco Soriano (A) 15, Eric Brunlett (AAA) 15, Steve Lombardozzi (A) 14, Justin Bloxom (A) 14
Runs Batted In: Steve Souza (A) 16, J.P. Ramirez (A) 16, Josh Whitesell (AAA) 14, Destin Hood (A) 13
Stolen Bases: Eury Perez (A) 9, Roger Bernadina (AAA) 7, Steve Souza (A) 6
Starters Won/Loss: Luis Atilano (AAA) 2-0, Stephen Strasburg (AA) 2-0
Innings Pitched: Daniel Rosenbaum (A) 22.2, Marcus Frias (A) 20.2, Brad Peacock (A) 20.2, Jeff Mandel (AAA) 20.1
Strikeouts: Brad Peacock (A) 28, Daniel Rosenbaum (A) 20, Josh Smoker (A) 19, Stephen Strasburg (AA) 17,
ERA: Stephen Strasburg (AA) 0.73, Daniel Rosenbaum (A) 1.19, Andrew Kown (AAA) 1.93, Tom Milone (AA) 2.20
Bullpen Won/Loss: Cole Kimball (A) 3-0, Adam Carr (AA) 2-0
Bullpen Strikeouts: Erik Arnesen (AA) 17, Colton Willems (A) 15, Joel Peralta (AAA) 13
Bullpen ERA: Cole Kimball (A) 0.00, Paul Applebee (A) 0.00, Doug Slaten (AAA) 0.00m Hassan Pena (A) 0.84, Joe Peraltz (AAA) 1.00, Drew Storen (AA) 1.23