By Cam Ellis
Last time we checked in on the farm, not a lot had changed. Trea Turner is deystroying Triple A pitching, top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez had stumbled out of the gate, and Victor Robles was putting up borderline unbelieveable numbers for an 18 year old. How did they fare this week? To the prospects!
AAA - Syracuse
Trea Turner - SS
Update through 25 games: .309/.393/.443 with a .836 OPS. Still great numbers, but this is the second week in a row that Turner's seen his numbers drop. He's hitting .244 over his last 10 games as well. In the field, Turner's made four errors in 198 innings in the field. Maybe complacency is to blame for some of this dip, but Turner was never going to hit close to .400 all year. As is tradition with Prospect Reports about Trea Turner, here's a friendly reminder that June is close.
A.J. Cole - RHP
Signs of life from Cole! On 4/28 he went six scoreless innings while allowing only four hits and striking out two. To follow that up, his next start was a five-inning, two run affiar. These are obviously steps in the right direction for Cole, who had struggled the most of any of the Nats' noteable prospects this year. It's too soon to say he's back on track, but anything's better than how he had pitched prior.
Austin Voth - RHP
The great walkless streak of 2016 is over. After going four games without issuing a free pass, Voth walked three in his latest start against Pawtucket. He's still at a 26/3 strikeout/walk ratio over 23 innings, so he'll probably be fine.
AA - Harrisburg
Lucas Giolito - RHP
In two starts since last week, Giolito has gone seven innings while allowing eight runs on 11 hits. One month of stats - especially April - is never enough to make assumptions, but it's certainly been an underwhelming month for Giolito. People who called an early season call-up for Giolito might be regretting that now.
Reynaldo Lopez - RHP
May 3rd marked the best start of Lopez's season so far. The righty went 6.1 innings while allowing one run on three hits and striking out seven. It's an encouraging sign for a pitcher expected to make "the jump" as a legitimate prospect this season.
Wilmer Difo - SS/2B
There's not a lot more to say about Difo's struggles to this point. He's hitting .176 this season with a .278 on-base percentage and a .490 OPS. Someone give the man a day off. It'll be interesting to see what the Nats do with Difo going forward.
High A - Potomac
Eric Fedde - RHP
Six innings, four hits, three earned runs and six strikeouts in his last start. The strikeout to walk ratio is strong, and at this point, it's just about getting Fedde innings. The high ERA and WHIP aren't great, but there's time.
Andrew Stevenson - OF
.368 for Stevenson over the last 10 games. He almost has as many triples (3) as doubles (5) which is a fun albeit meaningless stat. How long does he need to stick around Potomac?
Low A - Hagerstown
Victor Robles - OF
He broke a long homerless streak when he hit one on May 2nd, and it feels a little silly to be talking about homerless streaks for an 18 year old in Low - A. He's still crushing the ball, hitting .361 over the last 10 games. In 84 at-bats, he's struck out 11 times (13%) which the Nats will take all day.