Minor League Baseball

Speedy Potomac squad to challenge Mudcats

cbest@newsobserver.comJune 7, 2013 

Carolina's Shawn Morimando is on a 20-inning scoreless streak for the Mudcats.

NIKOLAUS - CAROLINA MUDCATS

  • At Five County Stadium

    Potomac at Carolina: Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 7:15

The Nationals’ farm system has been one of the deepest in baseball for the past few seasons and the big league club has started to reap the benefits of that in the past two seasons. But when players progress they leave holes and those holes are getting harder to fill these days.

Washington still has promising prospects in the system like third baseman Anthony Rendon and pitcher Lucas Giolito, but the only top-10 prospect on the Baseball America listing on the Potomac roster right now is lefty hurler Sammy Solis.

Solis has pitched just three times this spring and hasn’t figured in a decision but posts a 2.45 earned-run average.

But there are other players to keep an eye on on the P-Nats’ roster, namely speedy outfielders Billy Burns and Michael Taylor who rank 1-2 on the league in stolen bases. Burns had 28 swipes through his first 47 games, while Taylor has 18 steals on the season.

Potomac leads the league in stolen base, averaging more than 1 1/2 a game and has been caught stealing just 23 percent of the time.

Shortstop Jason Martinson is one of the top run-producers in the league with 36 through his first 56 games.

Right-handed pitcher Blake Schwartz leads the league with a 1.29 ERA in eight starts.

Morimando is Pitcher of the Week: Mudcats’ starting pitcher Shawn Morimando extended his scoreless innings pitch streak to 20 just a day after being named the Carolina League’s Pitcher of the Week.

Morimando, a 19th round pick by the Indians in 2011, picked up the Carolina League honor for the week of May 27 – June 2. He has not allowed a run since May 17.

Only one base runner has reached third in Morimando’s last 13 innings pitched. The seven innings he pitched Monday against Wilmington in a 5-1 Carolina victory were a career-high.

He currently sits sixth in the league with a 2.79 era.

Mudcats’ bats stay hot: Carolina continues to lead the league in team batting average, while Potomac ranks fourth (.254).

Potomac ranks third in the league in ERA (3.59) and Carolina is sixth (4.32).

Star quality of a different sort: The P-Nats’ roster does include some star quality of a different nature. Third baseman Cutter Dykstra is the son of former Phillies and Mets’ outfielder Lenny Dykstra.

Cutter, a 2008 draft pick of the Brewers, is hitting .257 with 19 RBIs in 46 games.

Cutter Dykstra is engaged to actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler who starred on “The Sopranos.”

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