After more than two weeks at Triple-A Syracuse, Bryce Harper finally connected for his first Home Run at the Triple-A Level. The Washington Nationals prospect blasted it to deep right field off of New York Mets pitching prospect Jeurys Familia. Check out the blast below via Saratoga County Sports and also be sure to check out how much Bryce Harper baseball cards are going for these days. You need a few bills to have a chance at one.
Our friend Meredith Matthews, a must follow on twitter @MLMLB, wrote a nice piece on Nationals pitching prospect Ryan Tatusko. The Indiana State grad, who finished the season with the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs, is one of the best baseball playing bloggers you can find on the internet. His blog The Backfield Diaries is an outstanding read and he is very active on twitter @RyanTatusko as well. In Matthews story on TheGoodInSports.com, Tatusko talks about his enjoyment using his role as a baseball player to impact the community. He talks about visits a children’s hospital, meeting veterans at a VA hospital, and spending a day with soldiers at Fort Drum. Check it out via the story link below.
Minor Leaguer Tatusko Making a Major Difference — TheGoodInSports.com
Once the minor league baseball season ends, Washington Nationals farmhand Adam Fox jumps into his second passion, Deer Hunting, as part of a video series for MidwestWhiteTail.com. Fox, who was originally drafted by the Texas Rangers out of the University of Ohio in 2003, batted a combined .210 between the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs this season. Our friend Jason Bristol, a must follow on twitter @JasonBristol brings us this piece on Fox’s hunting exploits.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg threw five perfect innings for the Syracuse Chiefs against the Rochester Red Wings in his fifth rehab start before allowing back to back hits in the 6th. Strasburg retired the first 15 batters in a row, allowing no hits and striking out seven Rochester batters. He threw 58 pitches, 44 of them for strikes. He came back out in the sixth inning for seven more pitches as he worked towards a predetermined 65 pitch count and gave up a single to Aaron Bates to lead off the 6th breaking up the perfect game and no hitter bids. Strasburg then allowed a single to Steve Holm before departing in favor of reliever Craig Stammen. Stammen allowed an RBI single to Ray Chang which scored Bates before recording the final two outs of the inning. As a result Strasburg will get a no decision and have a final line of 5+IP, 1ER, 2H, 0BB, 7K. It is by far the best rehab start for the Washington Nationals pitcher as he returns from Tommy John surgery. He is slated to make one final rehab start before rejoining the Nationals in September.
Dernell Stenson, was a former Boston Red Sox prospect who made his major league debut with the Cincinnati Reds and was a member of the Scottsdale Scorpions when he was killed during the 2003 Arizona Fall League season after being carjacked. The following year the AFL established the Darnell Stenson Sportsmanship Award which it has handed out every year since being established in 2004. Last year’s recipient was Washington Nationals prospect Steve Lombardozzi. Last month Lombardozzi had his pregame preparation for the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs interrupted by a man who introduced him to Stenson’s nine year old son. The meeting sparked a relationship between the two who will be forever tied by Stenson’s legacy. It’s an outstanding read.
Nothing beats a Minor League Baseball in game promotion that involves a competition for a Foam Finger. How do you make that even better, add a person who wasn’t paying attention in third grade geography class. We present epic fail from Friday night’s Syracuse Chiefs game.
Washington Nationals pitcher Stephen Strasburg is likely days away from beginning a minor league rehab assignment according to MASNSports.com. The 23 year old Strasburg is coming off Tommy John surgery. He is likely to begin his rehab with the Low-A Hagerstown Suns before progressing to High-A Potomac and moving up from there. The former first overall pick back in 2009 created a frenzy, selling out stadiums across the northeast, as he moved through the minors in 2010, going 7-2 with a 1.30ERA in 11 combined starts for the Double-A Harrisburg Senators and Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Strasburg made his major league debut on June 9th against the Pittsburgh Pirates and struck out 14 batters. He went 5-3 with a 2.91ERA in 12 big league starts before he tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow on August 21st, 2010 against the Philadelphia Phillies and had Tommy John surgery on September 3rd. If Strasburg’s rehab assignment runs smoothly it is likely he will be back in the Nationals rotation sometime in early September, a little over a year after the injury occurred.
Stephen Strasburg should start rehab assignment soon — MASNSports.com
Cleveland Indians journeyman pitcher Justin Germano threw a nine inning Perfect Game for the Columbus Clippers over the Syracuse Chiefs on Tuesday night. It is only the 5th Perfect Game in the history of the International League. Germano struck out seven batters including Corey Brown looking at a fastball over the inside corner for the final out. Final line was 9IP, 0ER, 0H, 0BB, 7K, WIN. Germano was up with the Indians briefly earlier this year, pitching 12.2 innings out of the bullpen.
Check out the video of the final out of Germano’s perfect game, the post game interview, and the celebration in the Columbus Clippers Clubhouse.
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The Washington Nationals have promoted Brad Peacock to Triple-A Syracuse. The 23 year old is in the middle of a breakout year. He went 10-2 with a 2.01ERA and had 129 strikeouts while allowing just 23 walks in 98.2 innings for Double-A Harrisburg. Eastern League hitters hit just .179 against the 6’1″ right hander.