Harrisburg Promotes Three, Receives Four From Potomac

The Washington Nationals have made transactions Monday that affect the roster of the Harrisburg Senators. Promoted from the Senators to AAA Syracuse is RHP Reynaldo Lopez, INF/OF Chris Bostick and OF Zach Collier. Promoted from High-A Potomac to Harrisburg is RHP Boone Whiting, RHP Ryan Brinley, OF Andrew Stevenson and INF Drew Ward. Senators RHP Wander Suero was placed on temporary inactive list.

For all three Senators, the promotions have been clearly deserved. Lopez, 22, made his final start with Harrisburg in Saturday’s win over New Hampshire, throwing eight scoreless innings and striking out 10 batters. In his final six starts, Lopez had an ERA of 1.60 in 33.2 innings with 56 strikeouts.

Bostick, 23, has broken out this season, as he currently has career-highs in average (.290), on-base percentage (.356) and slugging percentage (.462). Bostick leaves the Senators with a team-highs in hits (76) and triples (eight). He also has six homers and 33 RBI.

Collier, 25, also has had a career season – and like Bostick – has new bests in all three slash line numbers, hitting .285/.336/.425 with nine doubles, six triples, three homers and 16 RBI. Collier has also played a fantastic outfield, appearing both in right field and center field for Harrisburg.

Collier Zach_2016_05_01 - 6314 (Will Bentzel)

Zach Collier’s defense may be missed more than his offense, which has been at a career level for the 25-year-old (Will Bentzel/MiLB.com).

Stevenson, 22, was the second round selection of the Nationals out of Louisiana State University in last year’s MLB Draft. The speedy outfielder has hit .304 in 68 games with Potomac this season with 12 doubles, eight triples, a home run and 18 RBI. He has stolen 27 bases in 35 tries. He is currently the No. 8 prospect in the Nationals organization according to MLB.com.

Ward, 21, was third round pick by the Nats in 2013 out of Leedey High School inn Oklahoma. The left-handed hitting Ward is hitting .278/377/.491 in 64 games with Potomac this season. He has hit a Potomac team-high 11 home runs to go along with 16 doubles and 33 RBI.

Whiting, 26, was signed by the Nationals as a minor league free agent on March 16 and has made 12 starts this season for Potomac, posting an 8-2 record with an ERA of 3.47 in 72.2 innings. He was originally drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 18th round of the 2010 draft and has also played in the Colorado Rockies’ system.

Brinley, 23, was a 27th round pick by the Nats last season and currently holds a career ERA of 1.07 in 59 innings. This season, he has allowed just two earned runs in 27.2 innings and posted 10 saves with Potomac. He has struck out 27 while walking just five.

 

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