When Taylor Hill reached the majors earlier this week, his rise through the big leagues was also a triumph of the Nationals scouting and player development departments. Hill was a sixth-round pick in the 2011 draft and, after starting the 2013 season at Class A Potomac, jumped quickly to Class AA Harrisburg and then Class AAA Syracuse.
Hill, however, isn’t the only player from that 2013 Harrisburg team to reach the majors. In fact, that Harrisburg team, it turns out, was loaded with future major league talent.
Nationals reliever Aaron Barrett pointed out this fact this week and his observation was true: 10 players from the 2013 Harrisburg team later reached the majors. Having 40 percent of a team later make it to the big leagues is a stunning accomplishment. (Players who already made their major league debut and were on that team, however, like catcher Sandy Leon, were not included in the list below). The players:
- Outfielder Steven Souza Jr.
- Starter Blake Treinen
- Reliever Ian Krol (now with the Tigers)
- Infielder Anthony Rendon
- Starter Taylor Hill
- Reliever Pat McCoy (made MLB debut with the Tigers)
- Starter Nate Karns (now with the Rays)
- Starter Taylor Jordan
- Starter Robbie Ray (now with the Tigers)
- Reliever Aaron Barrett
The list has an interesting collection of names, and several have helped the Nationals this year. Four made their debut this season: Hill, Barrett, Treinen and Souza. The Nationals’ rise in recent years has been aided by several first-round picks — Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, Drew Storen and Rendon — but their work in scouting and developing later-round picks also shows in the successes of the former 2013 Harrisburg players.
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NATS MINOR LEAGUES
Syracuse 4, Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 3: The Chiefs had a bullpen game, and Manny Delcarmen started and allowed three runs over 2 2/3 innings. Steven Souza hit his 10th homer of the season and Zach Walters hit his 11th. Brandon Laird went 2 for 3.
Akron 6, Harrisburg 4: Pablo Espino allowed three runs over 5 1/3 innings and walked four. Derek Self allowed two more runs. On rehab, Bryce Harper went 1 for 3 with a run scored and a walk. Kevin Keyes drove in two runs.
Myrtle Beach 11, Potomac 2: Matthew Spann allowed five runs on 10 hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. Travis Henke coughed up six more runs. Justin Miller and Pedro Severino each had two hits. Severino hit his fifth homer.
Hagerstown 1, Lexington 0: Lucas Giolito walked one, allowed three hits and struck out nine over six scoreless innings. Jake Walsh added a scoreless inning. Carlos Lopez hit his first home run.
Auburn 11, Batavia 2: Reynaldo Lopez struck out eight over 5 2/3 innings. Deibi Yrizarri added another two scoreless innings. Brian Langlois drove in two runs.