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Alex Meyer off to hot start with Potomac

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Alex Meyer off to hot start with Potomac

Nationals' 2011 first round pick Alex Meyer surprised many with his early success at Single-A Hagerstown, he was immediately effective and earned the honor of representing Washington in July's MLB Futures Game. After the showcase event the Nats promoted Meyer to High-A Potomac and in his four starts since he has posted even better stats than he did with the Suns.

Meyer earned the win on Tuesday against Myrtle Beach after allowing just one earned run and two hits in six innings of work. It was just the second earned run he has given up in the four starts with the P-Nats. His ERA in the Carolina League is now 0.78 through 23.0 innings pitched. Dylan Bundy, considered the game's best pitching prospect, held a 2.98 ERA through 54.1 innings in the same league before getting promoted to Double-A on Wednesday.

Meyer has now made 22 total starts this season for Nationals' minor league affiliates and holds a 2.63 ERA with 126 strikeouts in 113.0 innings pitched. His opponent's batting average is .202 across those 22 appearances and has a .169 number so far with Potomac.

With a fastball in the triple digits, Meyer is another power arm with potential to be a top MLB starting pitcher. It would seem he could be up in Harrisburg by the end of the season, but both Potomac and the Double-A Senators finish their seasons in the first week of September. If he moves up it will have to happen soon.

Look for him to be sent up in then next few weeks or at the very least beginning at one of the team's top farm teams next season. He is on a fast track and the Nats may want to see what they have in him sooner than later.

At 22 Meyer isn't exactly a young, raw prospect and it wouldn't be a complete shock to see him make a short stint at either Harrisburg or Syracuse. If it weren't for him still being in Single-A, it would be likely for him to be a September call-up. But despite his early success, the Nats may be taking their time in his development with the luxury of an already deep pitching staff.

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

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Soto, Harper homer in Nats' win over Padres

WASHINGTON -- Juan Soto, the youngest player in the majors at 19, hit a three-run homer in his first career start as the Washington Nationals defeated the San Diego Padres 10-2 on Monday.

Mark Reynolds had two solo home runs for the Nationals, who snapped a three-game losing streak. Bryce Harper had a homer and an RBI double.

Soto's drive highlighted a five-run second inning for Washington. The promising outfielder, who played for three minor league teams this season, hit the first pitch from Robbie Erlin (1-3) over the Nationals bullpen in left-center field. Soto also singled.

Soto's homer traveled an estimated 442 feet at Nationals Park. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd and the teenager responded by taking a curtain call. Per Baseball-Reference.com, Soto became the first teenager to hit a home run in a major league game since Harper on Sept. 30, 2012.

Called up to Washington on Sunday, Soto became the first 19-year-old to make his major league debut since Dodgers pitcher Julio Urias in 2016. He entered that game in the eighth inning as a pinch-hitter and struck out.

Washington's starting left fielder began the season at Class A Hagerstown. He hit a combined .362 with 14 homers and 52 RBIs in his three minor league stops.

Gio Gonzalez (5-2) allowed two runs and two hits in seven innings.

San Diego's Franmil Reyes, playing in his seventh career game, also hit his first career home run.

Trea Turner hit a pair of RBI doubles for Washington. Reynolds had three hits.

Erlin surrendered six runs and seven hits over four innings in his third start of the season. San Diego had won three in a row.

Reyes connected for a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but the Padres' lineup generated little else against Gonzalez, who allowed one run over six innings in a no-decision at San Diego on May 9.

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

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Juan Soto crushes a homer in the first at-bat of his first-ever start

Juan Soto, the highly-regarded 19-year-old Nationals' prospect, got his first major league start of his career tonight. 

How did it go, you ask? Surely it would take Soto - who was in Single-A less than two weeks ago - some time to adjust? 

What were you doing at 19??

2018 MLB POWER RANKINGS AND OTHER NATS NEWS:

- Rankings Update: Where does your team fall?
- Cause For Concern?: How worried should Nats fans be?
- Very Persuasive: How Rizzo convinced Reynolds to come to D.C.