Since the former Potomac Cannons lined up as an affiliate of the newly named Washington Nationals, they have played a vital role in creating a core nucleus that has made the big club competitive, hence the 2012 and 2014 NL East Division titles. Players such as Ian Desmond, Jordan Zimmermann, Danny Espinosa, Drew Storen, Michael Taylor and Anthony Rendon have made their mark with Washington, while players such as Derek Norris, Billy Burns, and Adrian Nieto are making their mark with other organizations. This focus on player development has resulted in Carolina League championships in 2008, 2010, and 2014.
The 2015 squad is looking just as promising.
Highly touted position players Drew Ward, Wilmer Difo, Spencer Kieboom are certainly living up to their promise. 3B Ward has posted a .268 batting average with 17 RBIs. C Kieboom is batting .262 with a .397 OB%. SS Wilmer Difo batted .320 with a .386 OB% and 14 RBIs before he was promoted to AA on April 28th. Also of note, Smithfield-native CF Isaac Ballou has also impressed the Potomac faithful with a nice followup to last season in Woodbridge. Ballou has played in 27 games, batted .292, and is the only regular to not make an error so far in 2015.
On the mound, leading the rotation is RH Nick Pivetta and his 1-3 record but a 1.41 ERA. Brian Rauh went 2-0 with a 0.51 ERA in 3 starts before he moved on to AA. Highly touted RH Reynaldo Lopez made his debut with Potomac on Thursday May 7th, and dazzled, allowing 2 hits and no walks over 5 scoreless innings enroute to a win. In the bullpen, hard throwing RH Jake Johansen has struckout 22 batters in 16 innings enroute to a 2.81 ERA.
So, as you can see, the 2015 squad in Woodbridge is well stocked again. Will it lead to a 4th title in 8 years? We will see.
The Potomac Nationals are headed back to the Mills Cup Championship series!!!!!!!!!!
The Potomac Nationals, the High-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals, defeated the Lynchburg Hillcats last night, 4-3, thanks to a solid all-around team effort. Isaac Ballou (Smithfield) had a solo HR in the first, part of his 2-hit, 2-run, 2-RBI night, Brian Rauh allowed 3 hits and one solo HR over 6 innings, and Gilberto Mendez got a 4-out save. Brandon Miller, the only Potomac starting batter to not get a hit all night, unleashed a no-bounce peg from his position to throw out the tying run at home plate to end the 7th inning. Lynchburg never threatened the last 2 innings, and Potomac will play for the Carolina League title.
It is unclear who they will play, as the Salem-Myrtle Beach series will go to a 3rd and deciding game tonight.