After a strong showing in the GCL last season and in his first game of the new season, Rosenbaum is an early runner for sleeper prospect of the year. In his debut against Hickory, Rosenbaum piched 5.1 innings, allowing only 2 hits, 1 walk, and 0 runs while striking out 7 batters. Last year in the Gulf Coast League, Rosenbaum showed tons of potential, maintaining a 9.0 K/9 rate, while walking only 8 hitters and letting up only a single home run over 43 innings. The former 22nd round pick (652nd overall) is the lowest drafted pitcher in the Suns' rotation, but this week he outdid the likes of Jack McGeary and Josh Smoker to pick up Hagerstown's lone win.* If Rosenbaum, a 22 year old left-hander from Ohio, continues to put up numbers similar to last year then he may find himself being the first one promoted to Potomac.
* The game which Rosenbaum won was also ended early because of rain
Batter - Pete Orr, IF, Syracuse
Orr might never be a star for the Nationals, but he is likely to see some time with the team this season if one of the middle infielders go down. He is a prime example of a player Mike Rizzo would consider "inventory" (aka organizational depth), but Orr was three different levels of clutch this week. In the Syracuse home opener with the game tied and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, Orr blooped a walk-off single to center field. The next night, with the game tied again in the tenth inning, Orr drew a leadoff walk and eventually made his way around the bases to score the winning run. And if that was not enough, in the third game of the season with the game tied (yet again!) in the twelfth, Orr would lead off with a double and later ended the game when Devin Ivany drove him home. Orr ended the first week of minor league ball with a line of 6 for 14 (.429), 5 runs, 2 doubles, 1 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Oh, by the way, Syracuse lost the only game Orr did not start in this week.
Runner-ups: Chris Marrero, Tom Milone, Nicholas Moresi
Odds and Ends
- Hagerstown's starting pitchers (Rosenbaum, Smoker, McGeary, Holder) put up more strikeouts (24) than any other rotation. While this bunch will put up a ton of strikeouts all season long, their control will be what you should watch. So far, so good though as the bunch only totaled 6 in the first four games (Smoker had three of them). Strasburg led all Nats minor league players with 8 Ks.
- Three of the Nationals top prospects started the season on the DL: A.J. Morris, Derek Norris, Juan Jamie. Top prospect Danny Espinosa is now on the DL as well.