Nats prospect update – Arizona Fall League (10/28)

Updated: October 28, 2013

The Washington Nationals’ eight prospects are playing in the Arizona Fall League for the first place Mesa Solar Sox.  The Solar Sox are currently 10-5-1 on the season.  They fell yesterday by a score of 6-1.  Sammy Solis got hit for 3 runs on 6 hits over 3 innings to take the loss for Mesa.  Brian Goodwin was 1 for 4, Steve Souza was 1 for 3, and Matt Skole was 0 for 2.

Here are the current Stat totals for the Nats prospects:

Steve Souza:  Souza is putting together an impressive exhibition season.  In 6 games, he is 8 for 20 for a .400 batting average.  He has 1 double, 3 runs scored, and 5 runs driven in.  Souza has a .450 slugging percentage and a .520 on base percentage.  The 24 year-old outfielder batted .300 at AA this season while hitting 15 home runs and driving in 44 runs in 77 games.  He had an impressive .577 slugging percentage and a .396 on base percentage.   Souza has 9 stolen bases in 6 games.

Brian Goodwin:  Good win was drafted by the Nats in the 1st round of the 21011 MLB Draft, 34th pick overall.  He was drafted to be Washington’s future center fielder.  Goodwin certainly possess all the skills a player needs and is considered a superior athlete.  His problem has been utilizing all those skills consistently.  Goodwin is having a decent fall league season, batting .302 in 10 games, going 13 for 45 at the plate.  He has 2 doubles, 5 runs scored, 3 runs driven in, and has swiped 2 bases.  He has a .349 slugging percentage and a .348 on base percentage.   He is listed as the top prospect int he system by Major League Baseball.

Adrian Nieto:  Nieto had a breakout season in 2013 for the Nationals.  The catching prospect was selected in the 5th round of the 2008 MLB Draft.  Nieto spent his 2013 season at High A Potomac and caught 111 games.  He batted .285 with 29 doubles, 2 triples, and 11 home runs.  He finished the season with a .373 on base percentage.  In 6 games with Mesa, Nieto is 6 for 20 at the plate for a .300 batting average.  He has 1 double, 3 runs, and 3 RBI.  He has a .350 slugging percentage and a .423 on base percentage.  We will likely see Neito moved to AA Harrisburg this coming season.

Matt Skole:  The power hitting third base prospect is 5 for 25 at the plate for a .200 batting average.  He has 1 double and 2 home runs in 8 games.  Skole has scored 6 runs and driven in 5 runs.  Skole missed most of last season after undergoing Tommy John surgery to his non-throwing elbow after a collision at home plate.    Skole rocketed up to 10th on the top prospect list by Major League Baseball after a 2012 season in which he smacked 27 homers and drove in 104 runs in his first season in A ball.  I suspect we will see Skole at high A Potomac this coming season.

Sammy Solis:  The Nats big pitching prospect was rocked for 6 hits and 3 runs over 3 innings yesterday for Mesa.  Overall, Solis is having a fine season, posting a 3-1 record in 4 starts and posting a 2.87 ERA.   Solis has pitched 15.2 innings and allowed 18 hits, 5 runs, has walked 5, and fanned 16.  Solis missed the entire 2-12 season due to Tommy John surgery.  He was on a fast track to the majors before being beset by injuries.   Last season Solis made 12 starts and appeared in 13 games at Potomac, posting a 2-1 record with a 3.43 ERA.  In 57.2 innings, he fanned 40 batters while walking 19.  Solis was a second round pick by the Nats in the 2010 MLB Draft.

Matt Purke:  Purke is having the kind of fall league season that the Nats brass wanted to see.  In 3 starts, Purke has not allowed a run yet.  He is 2-0 and has pitched 12 innings and yielded just 3 hits, while fanning 12 batters.  After being selected in the first round, 14th overall by the Texas Rangers in 2009, Purke chose to go to college and was beset by injuries.  He fell to Washington in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft.   Purke managed to make 18 starts last season between Hagerstown and Potomac.  Combined, he posted a 6-4 record with a 3.80 ERA.  In 90 combined inning, he fanned 82 batters.  Purke was 5-3 with a 4.48 ERA after being promoted to high A Potomac.

Robert Benincasa:  Benincasa was selected by the Nats in the 7th round of the 2012 MLB Draft.  He was drafted to be a future closer and put up excellent numbers in his rookie season.  in 40 relief appearances between Hagerstown and Potomac, he posted a 0-5 record but finished with 27 saves and a 3.00 ERA.   He posted a 3.30 ERA with 17 saves at high A Potomac.  In 51 innings, he fanned 64 batters.

Richie Mirowski:  Mirowski had the best season of any Nats reliever in the minor league system this year.  He was picked in the 45th round of the 2011 MLB Draft.  Mirowski impressed the Nats with a 5-0 season with 4 saves and a 1.85 ERA in 2012 at Auburn.  He did not disappont this season.  He earned a promotion in 2013 to Hagerstown and split his season between Hagerstown and Potomac.  He led all relievers in the system with 10 wins, posting a 10-3 record with 7 saves.  He posted a combined ERA of 1.83.  At high A Potomac, he posted an 8-3 record with 6 saves and an ERA of just 1.50., allowing just 8 earned runs over 48 innings.  He yielded 11 walks to 59 strikeouts.  With Mesa, Mirowski has appeared in 5 games and has not permitted a run in 5 innings.  He has allowed 2 hits, 1 walk, and has struck out 3.