Washington Nationals’ Week 1 Minor League Report

Week 1 Farm System Report

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Starting this season, each week I’ll review five minor league players in the Washington Nationals’ system that are playing well. There will be one player from each level featured. Here are the top performers from week one of the minor league season. (NOTE: The Auburn Doubledays don’t start play until June.)

5. Hagerstown Suns: Isaac Ballou - OF

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5. Hagerstown Suns: Isaac Ballou - OF

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Through the first four games of the season, outfielder Isaac Ballou has hit everything but a double. He’s collected six hits including a triple and a homer. Ballou has drawn three walks and has collected four RBIs. His .400/.500/.733 slash line is the best on the team.

4. Potomac Nationals: Dakota Bacus - Pitcher

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4. Potomac Nationals: Dakota Bacus - Pitcher

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In 4.2 innings of relief work, Dakota Bacus gave up just one hit while striking out seven. He’s just more proof of the pitching depth Washington has in the farm system.

3. Harrisburg Senators: Jason Martinson - Shortstop

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3. Harrisburg Senators: Jason Martinson - Shortstop

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Jason Martinson is entering his first full season at double-A for the Nationals, and he’s off to a solid start. This past Sunday, he went 2-for-4 with a double and two RBIs. On the season, he’s got four RBIs and is batting .308.

2. Syracuse Chiefs: Zach Walters - Infield

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2. Syracuse Chiefs: Zach Walters - Infield

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After having a really good showing at Spring Training, Zach Walters has continued his hot hitting into the regular season for the Nationals’ triple-A affiliate. He’s 4-for-9 with a double and an RBI. With Ryan Zimmerman experiencing shoulder problems, Walters is a name to be on the lookout for a call-up.

1. Syracuse Chiefs: Taylor Hill - Pitcher

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1. Syracuse Chiefs: Taylor Hill - Pitcher

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In his first start of the year, Taylor Hill put together a six inning gem. On his way to a victory, he struck out five batters, gave up just three hits and allowed no runs. Hill has been on the rise in the farm system and is entering his first full season at triple-A. Keep an eye on him.

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