The Washington Nationals Single-A affiliate, the Potomac Nationals, won the Carolina League Title last night for the second time in three years. The club topped the Winston-Salem Dash 2-1 in the Championship Series last night, earning them the Mills Cup trophy as the top team in the league.
"The victory completed a stunning second-half turnaround for the Washington Nationals' Class A Advanced affiliate. The P-Nats went 31-39 in the first half, finishing 10 games behind the Frederick Keys.
Potomac reeled off three four-game winning streaks in the second half en route to a league-best 39 victories. It carried the momentum into the postseason, eliminating Frederick in four games in the Northern Division Finals before doing the same to the Dash."
This is good news considering one of Mike Rizzo's first goals after taking over as the general manager for the Nationals was to improve organizational depth. Rizzo's belief being that a competitive minor league environment led to competitive development and a competitive attitude...so far it appears to be working.
On the other hand I have always been skeptical of minor league championships, or taking pride in winning minor league teams. There are a lot of players in the minor leagues who are not prospects, the Crash Davis types, the guys who are just playing to prolong the dream and put off the inevadibility of the real world. They serve as the teachers, the mentors, and they are the few people out there who are still playing for the love of the game. They also win a lot of games because of their experience and maturity...but that doesn't mean they wont be helping the major league team win any time soon.
So how many prospects were actually on this team? I decided to check it out...sure enough, I was wrong, there are a few guys here you could see in Washington in the next few years. It's not a team full of prospects, but there are a select few here:
C, Derek Norris, 21-years-old
1B, Tyler Moore, 23-years-old
P, Daniel Rosenbaum, 22-years-old
P, A.J. Morris, 23-years-old
P, Patrick McCoy, 22-years-old
P, Rob Wort, 21-years-old