It's time for another look at how the Nationals' top prospects are doing. Last week, Trea Turner was slumping, Lucas Giolito had stalled and Victor Robles was still crushing the ball. How did they fare this week? To the prospects!
Triple A - Syracuse
Trea Turner - SS
Well, it's officially a slump. Last 10 games Turner is hitting .216 and has one hit in the last four games. Does it even really matter though? He's coming to DC sooner rather than later.
A.J. Cole - RHP
Back to underwhelming results for Cole. After a week where he showed flashes of what made him such an intriguing prospect, Cole struggled again, allowing four runs on five hits over 3.2 innings. Out of six starts, Cole's thrown well in two, arguably three of them. The results just weren't there last year and so far aren't there yet.
Austin Voth - RHP
This week saw a return to the Voth that Nats fans are used to. Six innings, no runs, no walks and seven strikeouts. For those not keeping track, that's 36 K's in 35 innings with only five walks on the year. Bold prediction that I might have already made: Voth contributes in a larger than expected way to the Nats bullpen this fall.
AA - Harrisburg
Lucas Giolito - RHP
Giolito went six innings - his longest start of the year - in his latest start. He allowed two runs on four hits with four strikeouts and one walk. All in all, a solid start. His ERA still sits over 4, but this latest start is defintely something to build on.
Reynaldo Lopez - RHP
Six innings, three hits, one run, seven strikeouts. Like Giolito, Lopez's last start was the best so far. He had the most strikeouts of any start this year and the fewest runs, hits and walks. About time the arms in Harrisburg started throwing like people thought they would.
Wilmer Difo - SS/2B
There must be something in the water in Harrisburg. Even Difo, who's struggled mightly all year, has had a resurgance of sorts. He's raised his average to .227 and with how poorly Difo's season has gone, anything trending upwards is worth highlighting.
High A - Potomac
Eric Fedde - RHP
Some good, some bad. On May 4th he didn't even last a full inning, getting two outs before getting pulled after allowing six runs on seven hits. He bounced back in his next start, while allowing two runs on six hits. His ERA is above six but he's also averaging more than a strikeout per inning. As it's said every week, it's all about getting Fedde innings.
Andrew Stevenson - OF
The LSU grad continues to hit. He's hitting .339 on the season now while playing good defense. The power isn't there but the Nats knew it wouldn't be when they drafted him in the 2nd round. It's hard to gauge much more on how what type of player he's going to be until the team promotes him.
Low A - Hagerstown
Victor Robles - OF
More of the same for Robles. .333 over the last 10 games with three home runs and a .934 OPS. He also has 12 steals on the year so far. While scouts are drooling over the potential of this 18-year old, he is in Low A right now. It'd be great to see him promoted at some point this year, but it's not a certainty. Patience, Nats fans.