Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Nationals Have All-Stars

Via the teams Twitter page yesterday morning, the Hagerstown Suns, the Nationals Class A affiliate, announced that four of their players are heading to the Minor League All-Star game.

Third baseman Matt Skole, outfielder Caleb Ramsey, catcher Adrian Nieto, and right hander Aaron Barrett were all selected. Suns Manager Brian Daubach was selected as a coach for the Northern Division, as well.

Skole, a 2011 fifth round draft pick, is batting .294 this season with 12 home runs and 53 RBI. He has also stolen four bases. He has hit 11 doubles and has been walked 51 times this season. He has a slugging percentage of .545.

Ramsey, a 2011 eleventh round draft pick, is batting .299 with five home runs and 32 RBI. He has successfully stolen a base 7 times. He has hit four doubles, four triples, and has reached base on balls 20 times in 184 at bats.

Nieto, a 2008 fifth round draft pick, is batting .261 with four home runs and 25 RBI. He has eight doubles with an on base percentage of .333. He also has a slugging percentage of .406.

Barrett, a 2010 ninth round draft pick, has been an exceptional closer for the Suns this season. He has a 3-1 record to go along with six saves. His era is at 3.05 and he has given up just 15 hits over 20.2 innings. He has walked just eight batters and has struckout 33. Teams are batting just .203 against him.

The Suns sit in second place of the South Atlantic League Northern division. They are 6.5 games back of the Greensboro Grasshoppers who are an affiliate of the Miami Marlins.

This is just another testament to the quality of the Nationals farm system. This is just another season in which they have sent minor leaguers to their respective all-star games. Another notable minor leaguer that went the minor league all-star game was Bryce Harper.