Former Harrisburg Senators in 2016

Players come and go in minor league baseball. Every year we’re treated to players who’ve both been in Harrisburg previously and ones who are here for only a game or two. It’s the nature of the business.

But I like to keep tabs on everyone who has come through City Island and donned a Senators’ jersey.

As of 2/9

Tim Alderson, Washington Nationals
Hector Ambriz, Toros de Tijuana (MEX)
Luis Atilano, Mets de Guaynabo (PR)
Dakota Bacus, Washington Nationals
Collin Balester, Samsung Lions (KBO)
Isaac Ballou, Washington Nationals
Aaron Barrett, Washington Nationals
Colin Bates, Washington Nationals
Robert Benincasa, Washington Nationals
Roger Bernadina, New York Mets
Tony Blanco, Orix Buffaloes (NPB)
Richard Bleier, New York Yankees
Chris Bostick, Washington Nationals
Michael Broadway, San Francisco Giants
Billy Burns, Oakland Athletics
David Carpenter, Atlanta Braves
Ramon Castro, Kansas City Royals
A.J. Cole, Washington Nationals
Reegie Corona, Washington Nationals
Erik Davis, Washington Nationals
Abel de los Santos, Washington Nationals
Paul Demny, Baltimore Orioles
Ross Detwiler, Cleveland Indians
Wilmer Difo, Washington Nationals
Brian Dupra, Washington Nationals
Cutter Dykstra, Washington Nationals
Paolo Espino, Washington Nationals
Danny Espinosa, Washington Nationals
Marco Estrada, Toronto Blue Jays
Doug Fister, Houston Astros
Victor Garate, Saraperos de Saltillo (MEX)
Lucas Giolito, Washington Nationals
Brian Goodwin, Washington Nationals
Matt Grace, Washington Nationals
Ricky Hague, Washington Nationals
Bryan Harper, Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Taylor Hill, Washington Nationals
Neil Holland, Washington Nationals
Destin Hood, Miami Marlins
Jeff Howell, Tampa Bay Rays
Brian Jeroloman, Washington Nationals
Luis Jimenez, LG Twins (KBO)
Taylor Jordan, Washington Nationals
Nate Karns, Seattle Mariners
Kevin Keyes, Washington Nationals
Ian Krol, Detroit Tigers
John Lannan, Kansas City Royals
Adam LaRoche, Chicago White Sox
Quincy Latimore, Baltimore Orioles
Nick Lee, Washington Nationals
Sandy Leon, Boston Red Sox
Cole Leonida, Colorado Rockies
Steve Lombardozzi, Chicago White Sox
Jose Lozada, Washington Nationals
Craig Manuel, Washington Nationals
Rafael Martin, Washington Nationals
Michael Martinez, Cleveland Indians
Jason Martinson, Washington Nationals
Chris Marrero, Boston Red Sox
Ryan Mattheus, Cincinnati Reds
Justin Maxwell, Miami Marlins
Pat McCoy, Toronto Blue Jays
Scott McGregor, Washington Nationals
Gilberto Mendez, Washington Nationals
Tommy Milone, Minnesota Twins
Richie Mirowski, Fargo-Morehead (AA)
Tyler Moore, Washington Nationals
Michael Morse, Pittsburgh Pirates
Ricardo Nanita, Chunichi Dragons (NPB)
Khayyan Norfork, Washington Nationals
Derek Norris, San Diego Padres
Randolph Oduber, Washington Nationals
Brad Peacock, Houston Astros
Hassan Pena, EDA Rhinos (KBO)
Eury Perez, Houston Astros
Oliver Perez, Washington Nationals
Stephen Perez, Washington Nationals
Brandon Phillips, Cincinnati Reds
Nick Pivetta, Philadelphia Phillies
Shawn Pleffner, Washington Nationals
Matt Purke, Chicago White Sox
Wilson Ramos, Washington Nationals
Caleb Ramsey, Washington Nationals
Brian Rauh, Washington Nationals
Robbie Ray, Arizona Diamondbacks
Tony Renda, Chicago Cubs
Anthony Rendon, Washington Nationals
Carlos Rivero, Arizona Diamondbacks
Felipe Rivero, Washington Nationals
Tanner Roark, Washington Nationals
Danny Rosenbaum, Boston Red Sox
Joe Ross, Washington Nationals
Adderling Ruiz, Washington Nationals
Sam Runion, Washington Nationals
Adrian Sanchez, Washington Nationals
Derek Self, Washington Nationals
Atahualpa Severino, Sultanes de Monterrey (MEX)
Pedro Severino, Washington Nationals
John Simms, Washington Nationals
Matt Skole, Washington Nationals
Jhonatan Solano, Washington Nationals
Sammy Solis, Washington Nationals
Steven Souza, Tampa Bay Rays
Denard Span, San Francisco Giants
Matthew Spann, Washington Nationals
Craig Stammen, Cleveland Indians
Drew Storen, Toronto Blue Jays
Stephen Strasburg, Washington Nationals
Wander Suero, Washington Nationals
Michael Taylor, Washington Nationals
Aaron Thompson, Minnesota Twins
Blake Treinen, Washington Nationals
Trea Turner, Washington Nationals
Drew Vettleson, Washington Nationals
Austin Voth, Washington Nationals
Zach Walters, Cleveland Indians
Chien-Ming Wang, Kansas City Royals
Rob Wort, Boston Red Sox
Chris Young, Kansas City Royals
Ryan Zimmerman, Washington Nationals
Jordan Zimmermann, Detroit Tigers

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Senators Caribbean Winter Leagues wrap-up: Hot (Hitters’ Edition)

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By all accounts, Brian Goodwin (‘12-’13, ’15) has been a different hitter this winter. The outfielder slashed .316/.401/.459 in 35 games for the Bravos de Margarita in the Venezuelan Winter League this off-season. Perhaps more impressive, though, for Goodwin was the 19 walks he drew in 152 plate appearances. Those 19 base on balls were the same number he drew in all of the Senators’ games after the All-Star break.

Quincy Latimore (’14) won’t forget 2015 anytime soon. The 26-year-old destroyed baseballs all over the Eastern League and the Mexican Pacific League. Latimore led both leagues in extra-base hits and slugged a combined 30 home runs. The outfielder was the big run producer for his Mayos de Navojoa team as he drove in 45 runs in 68 games.

After two years out of the game, Jesus Valdez (’10-’12) tore up the Mexican League last season. He didn’t slow down during his stint in winter ball either as the outfielder led the league with a .347 batting average while slugging .495 with the Charros de Jalisco.

Jose Lozada (’12-’15) loves him some home cooking as the native Puerto Rican batted .311 and got on base at a .403 clip in 37 games for Cangrejeros de Santurce on his home island. The utility player signed another one-year deal with the Nationals and will enter his ninth straight professional season with the Washington organization in 2016.

Age is apparently just a number for Frank Diaz (’06-’07). The 32-year old has been averaging a .342/.405/.546 slash line over the last three seasons and Diaz just kept hitting in the Venezuelan Winter League. The outfielder hit .346 and even more impressive .579 against southpaws for his first-place Navegantes del Magallanes squad.

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Senators Caribbean Winter Leagues wrap-up: Not (Hitters’ Edition)

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Although Michael Martinez (’09-‘10) is one of the few on this list that doesn’t have to worry about a job in 2016, his performance in the Dominican Winter League was not promising. Mini-Mart only posted a .409 OPS in 21 games for Estrellas de Oriente and enters spring training with the Cleveland Indians organization on a down turn.

Eury Perez (’12) struggled at the plate in 55 at-bats as the outfielder hit at a .236 clip with only two extra-base hits. Worse yet for the speedster was Perez stole a lone base this off-season. The 25-year-old did come through in the clutch though as he slugged .438 with runners in scoring position.

2015 was a year of turmoil for Michael Burgess (’10) as the outfielder was released from affiliated baseball but he did latch onto the Atlantic League-winning Somerset Patriots. Burgess continued his rollercoaster season with a dismal six-game stretch for Caribes de Anzoategui in Venezuela. The 27-year-old managed only two singles and struck out six times in 23 plate appearances for a .087 batting average.

One-time Senators’ walk-off hero Alex Valdez (’11) labored at the plate for Leones del Escogido in his native Dominican Republic. The switch-hitter slashed .156/.206/.188 in 12 games. I would expect the third baseman to return to Delfines de Ciudad del Carmen in 2015 for his fifth straight season in the Mexican League.

Roger Bernadina (’07-‘08) remains a free agent this off-season and his November swoon in the Mexican Pacific League won’t help his cause. After a season at Triple-A Albuquerque where Bernadina struck out 121 times in 119 games, he continued the swing-and-miss trend. The Shark whiffed 24 times in 28 games while hitting a paltry .188/.288/.292.

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Senators Caribbean Winter Leagues wrap-up: Not (Pitchers’ Edition)

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Eight runs allowed on 12 hits including three home runs over six innings was not a great homecoming for Warner Madrigal (’14) in the Dominican Winter League. Opposing batters keyed in on Madrigal to the tune of a .429 batting average.

As Paul Demny (’12-’15) enters another winter of minor league free agency, the last thing the right-hander needed was a poor showing in Mexico. But that’s what happened in his four appearances, especially getting roughed up for six runs on five hits and four walks over 1.2 innings in his lone start.

By first blush it appears that Gabriel Alfaro (’14) had a solid winter campaign in the Venezuelan League with a 4.15 ERA over 14 appearances. But Alfaro accumulated only 8.2 innings while allowing a .324 batting average against and an inflated 2.31 WHIP.

Claudio Vargas (’02-’03) got roughed up over 9.1 innings of work to eight runs on ten hits. The former Expos’ prospect still pitches for the Toros del Este in his homeland and 2015 marked the fifth straight winter he’s done so. The 37-year-old is only a couple of seasons removed from a 7-1 campaign in 20 games at Triple-A Nashville.

Much like Demny, Roy Corcoran (‘06) had a rough go of it for Tomateros de Culiacan in the Mexican Pacific League. After scoreless frames in his first two appearances, Corcoran allowed runs in his next four outings as his ERA ballooned to a ghastly 11.12.

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Senators Caribbean Winter Leagues wrap-up: Hot (Pitchers’ Edition)

bleier estrellasRichard Bleier (’15) finished his best professional season with more of the same as the southpaw went 1-1 with a 2.84 ERA over seven starts. Unlike his mastery at Metro Bank Park this season, the 6’3” lefty performed much better away from Estadio Tetelo Vargas, the home of the Estrellas de Oriente in the DWL.

albaladejo indiosJonathan Albaladejo (‘07) teamed up with fellow alum Tyler Herron (’13-‘14) to bridge the gap in the back-end of the bullpen for the Pat Kelly-led Indios de Mayaguez on their way to the best record in Puerto Rico. Herron compiled a 5-2 record and 1.96 ERA over 18 appearances. The reliever held opponents to a .181 average and fared even better against right-handed batters. Albaladejo matched Herron with a 1.96 ERA in 20 games without yielding a single home run.

pena navegantesFor the third straight season, Hassan Pena (’10-’11) led the Venezuelan Winter League in saves as the Cuban defector tallied 23 this season. Pena held opponents to a .176 batting average with runners in scoring position and struck out 24 batters in 29.1 innings.

lannan liceyJohn Lannan (’07, ’10) put together three excellent starts in his only appearances with Tigres de Licey in the Dominican Winter League. The southpaw allowed only one earned run in each of his starts for an impressive 1.69 ERA. However, Lannan had roughly the same groundball rate as his disappointing 2015 season in Triple-A Albuquerque and struck out only five batters over 16 innings.

garate leonesAfter a very successful season in Japan, Victor Garate (’10) continued his positive trend with a fantastic winter ball showing for Leones del Caracas. The 31-year-old allowed one run in his first appearance and nine clean outings after that. Garate was especially tough when the situation called for it as the southpaw went the entire time without yielding a hit with runners on base.

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Dykstra, Alderson return to the fold; closer Shackleford signed

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Per MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, the Washington Nationals have signed a trio of minor leaguers as Cutter Dysktra, Tim Alderson, and Stephen Shackleford inked deals for the 2016 season.

Dykstra played 168 games with the Senators over the past two seasons hitting .266/.339/.382. The 26-year-old was reassigned to Harrisburg in 2015 after struggling during the first two months at Triple-A Syracuse. Dykstra fulfilled a utility role for the Senators playing the majority of his games at third base, left field, and as the team’s designated hitter. I would expect Dykstra to return to City Island in the same capacity next season.

Alderson started five games for Harrisburg last year before hitting the disabled list for the rest of the season. In those five appearances, Alderson worked 26.2 innings and held opponents to a .260 batting average and 3.38 ERA. The veteran right-hander left his start in Trenton on May 15 with a forearm injury after failing to record an out in the third inning. It was the last pitch Alderson would throw in 2015.

Shackleford joins the Nationals’ organization after six seasons with San Francisco, Seattle, and Philadelphia. The 26-year-old was voted last year’s Eastern League Reliever of the Year with Reading as he racked up a league-leading 30 saves despite a 4.45 ERA. The big right-hander struck out over a batter an inning, but also walked 24 batters over 54.2 innings during 53 games with the Fightins. I think it’s likely Shackleford will head west on the turnpike to Harrisburg and give the back end of the bullpen a badly needed veteran presence.

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2016 field staff announced for Senators

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt / PennLive

Photo courtesy Joe Hermitt / PennLive

The Washington Nationals officially announced the field staffs for their minor league system on Thursday afternoon. As previously reported, Matt LeCroy will return to Harrisburg to manage the Senators for the 2016 season.

LeCroy, 39, previously skippered the Senators to a 141-143 record over two seasons including an Eastern League championship appearance in 2013. LeCroy becomes only the second manager in the modern era to return to Harrisburg for non-consecutive tenures joining John Stearns who performed the feat in 2006 and 2008-09.

Pitching coach Chris Michalak will return to Harrisburg for the third straight season in that role. Under his tutelage, Abel De Los Santos, Joe Ross, and Sammy Solis all made the jump from Double-A directly to the Major Leagues. Michalak, 44, pitched in four seasons in the big leagues making 61 appearances including 24 starts with Arizona, Toronto, Texas, and Cincinnati.

Brian Rupp will join the staff as the hitting coach after last season with the same title with Single-A Potomac. Rupp was also previously a manager with the P-Nats in 2012 and 11 seasons in the St. Louis and Kansas City organizations. In his playing career Rupp, 44, reached as high as Triple-A after being drafted in the 43rd round by the Cardinals in 1992. The corner infielder was a career .295 hitter and won back to back batting championships in the Arizona and South Atlantic League.

Trainer Eric Montague and strength coach Tony Rogowski are also returning for another summer on City Island.

Other Coaching Moves

* As previously reported by MLB.com’s Bill Ladson, Josh Johnson will become a first-time manager with the rookie-level Gulf Coast League Nationals. The infielder had a 12-year playing career including parts of four seasons in Harrisburg.

* Jerad Head, who manned the outfield for the Senators in 2013, will take over the reins as the manager of the short-season Single-A Auburn Doubledays. Joining Head’s staff as hitting coach will be Mark Harris who had the same role in Harrisburg the last two seasons.

* The Nationals’ minor league coordinators are the same as last season: Paul Menhart (pitching), Troy Gingrich (hitting), Jeff Garber (co-field), Tommy Shields (co-field), Gary Thurman (outfield/baserunning), Michael Barrett (catching), Mark Grater (rehab pitching), and Jon Kotredes (medical and rehab).

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