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Friday, March 11, 2005

An early look at the minor leagues: Double-A ball

The Harrisburg Senators
Eastern League (Double-A ball)
Season starts: April 7 versus Bowie

In the list below, uppercased players appear to be the most likely to make the major leagues, although it is very early in their careers. Scouting reports (previously published on this site) have also been included for players on the Nationals’ top 15 pitchers and top 15 hitters lists. The majority of hitters in Harrisburg, though, are minor league veterans and journeymen. There are few, if any, prospects. As always, more in depth statistics for all players can be found at The Baseball Cube.

Pitchers’ stats include ERA, innings pitched, walks-strikeouts. Hitters’ stats include batting average, on-base average and slugging percentage.

Field Staff: Keith Bodie, manager; Rick Tomlin, pitching coach; Frank Cacciatore, coach

Starting Rotation
LHP MIKE HINCKLEY
Experience: 4
Age: 22
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 170
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 2.87, 94, 23-80

Hinckley could be a very effective No. 2 or No. 3 starter in the majors, although his ceiling is not as high as that of a healthy Clint Everts. However, Hinckley could be in the majors much quicker, with a mid-season promotion likely. The 2001 third-round pick out of high school throws in the low 90s with a plus curve and an average changeup. He has solid command as well.

RHP DARRELL RASNER
Experience: 3
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 210
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 3.17, 119, 31-88

The 2002 second-round pick possesses a sinking low-90s fastball, an improving curve and a changeup. Rasner does not have great control but it is not terrible either. The lack of any really outstanding pitch limits his ceiling to that of a fourth starter. He could end up being a solid middle reliever.

LHP Brett Price
Experience: 4
Age: 25
Height/Weight: 5’10’’ 165
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 3.53, 99, 53-100

RHP Jason Stevenson
Experience: 4
Age: 23
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 175
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 4.06 135, 46-75

LHP Michael O’Connor
Experience: 3
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 170
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 4.11, 103, 42-104

Bullpen
LHP RICH RUNDLES
Experience: 6
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’5’’ 180
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 3.42, 102, 35-65

The 6'5'' 180 lbs lefty has always put up intriguing numbers but he could never stay healthy. 2004 was no different in the injury category, but Rundles had a 3.43 ERA in double-A. This season he should be ready to pitch in triple-A but there may not be room for him there. Rundles - who throws an 87-91 mph fastball, a plus changeup and an OK curveball - would probably be best suited for the bullpen given his lack of durability.

RHP Jason Bergmann
Experience: 3
Age: 23
Height/Weight: 6’4’’ 185
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 1.14, 31, 18-28

RHP Josh Girdley
Experience: 6
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 180
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 5.24, 34, 15-19

RHP Chris Barlow
Experience: 3
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’6’’ 210
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 4.27, 111, 24-48

RHP Dan Kolb
Experience: 4
Age: 25
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 190
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, 5.79, 84, 44-76

RHP David Gil
Experience: 5
Age: 26
Height/Weight: 6’4’’ 210
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 6.86, 84, 34-55

LHP Alex Lontayo
Experience: 1
Age: 29
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 190
2004 Level and Stats:

RHP Kip Bouknight
Experience: 4
Age: 26
Height/Weight: 6’0’’ 190
2004 Level and Stats: Triple-A, 6.75, 62, 32-38

RHP Mark Difelice
Experience: 7
Age: 28
Height/Weight: 6’1’’ 190
2004 Level and Stats: Triple-A, 3.44, 89, 27-70

RHP Shawn Hill (DL)
Experience: 5
Age: 24
Height/Weight: 6’2’’ 185
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 3.39, 87, 20-53

A representative of Ontario, Canada, Hill was one of the Expos’ best pitching prospects before his career was put on hold by surgery. He throws a 90-91 mph sinker, an above average curve and a changeup. Hill also possessed excellent control of his offerings before he was injured, but time will tell if the year off will affect that or not. Without his signature solid command, Hill could be destined for a future middle relief role.

Lineup
C Jason Belcher
Experience: 5
Age: 23
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, .289 .357 .438

1B Aaron McNeal
Experience: 7
Age: 27
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .260 .313 .434

2B Melvin Dorta
Experience: 6
Age: 23
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .261 .310 .327

3B Shawn Norris
Experience: 4
Age: 24
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .315 .429 .500

SS Ramon Castro
Experience: 8
Age: 25
2004 Level and Stats: Triple-A, 228 .317 .350

LF Doc Brooks
Experience: 6
Age: 25
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, .332 .401 .561

CF Marcus Nettles
Experience: 5
Age: 25
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .246 .302 .283

RF Cristian Guerrero
Experience: 7
Age: 25
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .248 .286 .405

Bench
C John Wilson
Experience: 5
Age: 26
2004 Level and Stats: Triple-A, .256 .318 .393

C Drew McMillan
Experience: 6
Age: 24
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, 214 .275 .295

IF Dan Dement
Experience: 5
Age: 26
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .256 .318 .443

IF Wes Carroll
Experience: 4
Age: 26
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, .244 .308 .303

1B Clyde Williams
Experience: 7
Age: 25
2004 Level and Stats: High-A, .238 .288 .417

OF Juan Camilo
Experience: 9
Age: 28
2004 Level and Stats: Double-A, .262 .341 .421

Next up is the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs

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