Second baseman Tony Renda, who only two missed two games all season, has helped the Hagerstown Suns take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five South Atlantic League championship series.
The advanced Class A Potomac Nationals will play their first-round playoff games at home after winning both halves in the Northern Division.
Class AA Harrisburg is on track to join Potomac, Hagerstown and the Gulf Coast League Nationals as Washington affiliates in minor league postseasons.
Right-handers Jake Johansen and Austin Voth, a pair of Nationals' 2013 draft picks, have stood out for short-season Class A Auburn.
After reaching the major leagues in 2011 and missing all of 2012 because of injury, Michael Crotta is back on the upswing at Class AAA Syracuse.
The Nationals, who have 10 midseason Class A all-stars, have plenty to choose from for an organization-wide all-star team.
The right fielder is starting to show the same power that made him a Division I home run champion.
Class AA Harrisburg right-hander Paul Demny is trying to build on two straight solid starts, including one with eight innings of no-hit ball.
After going back to the Nationals late in spring training, infielder-outfielder Jeff Kobernus and left-hander Danny Rosenbaum are off to strong starts at Class AAA Syracuse.
An update on the Nationals minor league infielder.