The most overlooked bright spot of this Nationals season delivered again last night. In Harrisburg, Brad Peacock took the mound with a 2.13 ERA, and then he lowered it by allowing New Hampshire one run in seven innings. Peacock, 23, has been a breakout star at Class AA, becoming one of the Nationals very best prospects this season.
After building a minor buzz in the Arizona Fall League last year, Peacock has stood out in Harrisburg this year. In 62 innings, he has a 2.03 ERA with 82 strikeouts and 13 walks.
The Nationals drafted Peacock in the 41st round in 2006, and he has always had reasonably high strikeout numbers. He’s taken off this season, Nationals director of player development Doug Harris said, after making an adjustment to his delivery.
With Harrisburg pitching coach Randy Tomlin and pitching coordinator Spin Williams, Peacock made adjustments that gave him both better command of his fastball and more deception in his delivery.
Peacock has above-average velocity – he sits between 88 and 92 with his two-seam fastball and can touch 97 with his four-seamer. With the deception in his new delivery, his fastball is “playing up” even more, Harris said.
Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper steal most of the attention when it comes to the Nationals’ farm system. But Peacock’s path to prospectdom is more of a delight. The Nationals expected nothing out of him when they picked him. He improved and improved and had a sudden breakthrough. And now, out of nowhere, they have a pitcher who might become a viable No. 3 starter in the near future. That’s is a big deal, and it’s happening with hardly anyone taking notice.
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NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Louisville 5, Syracuse 1:Brad Meyers allowed five runs in five innings on eight hits and a walk, striking out two. It was Meyers’s second walk this season; he now had a 59-2 strikeout-to-walk rate. Corey Brown went 2 for 4 and is batting .207/.323/.314.
Harrisburg 4, New Hampshire 2: Brad Peacock allowed one run in seven innings on two hits and three walks, striking out seven. Archie Gilbert went 2 for 4.
Winston-Salem 4, Potomac 3: The P-Nats lost their 10th straight game. Eury Perez went 2 for 4. Garrett Mock allowed no runs in six innings on four hits and two walks, striking out six.
Hagerstown 3, Kannapolis 0: Bryce Harper started in center and went 2 for 3 with a double and a walk. Blake Kelso went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. Robbie Ray allowed no runs in five innings on one hit and four walks, striking out three. In five starts, Ray has allowed on earned run in 24 innings, a 0.38 ERA. He’s struck out 21 and walked six.