Friday, 7:05 PM — RHP Graham Stoneburner (0-1, 1.80) vs. RHP Luis Atilano (pictured) (0-0, 3.60)
Saturday, 5:05 PM — RHP Dellin Betances (0-1, 1.93) vs. RHP Erik Davis (0-0, 0.00)
Sunday, 1 :05 PM — LHP Manny Banuelos (0-0, 0.00) vs. TBD
** Tatusko is rated as the Natinals…ahem, Nationals 26th best prospect according to Baseball America. Has hit 97 with his fastball, also throws a slider and changeup.
** Atilano is a former Top 30 prospect who reached the big leagues with Washington last year. In 15 MLB starts, the former Braves first round pick went 6-7 with a 5.15 ERA. In 85 2/3 innings, he walked 32 and struck out 40, posting a hearty 1.494 WHIP. This is his first time back with Harrisburg since 2009, which is when I snapped that shot of him at Waterfront Park.
** Prior to joining the Nationals, Davis spent three seasons in the Padres system, where he posted a 32-9 record while topping out at Double-A. They picked him in the 13th round of the 2008 Draft. Has 279 K’s in 294 pro innings.
** TBD? Who knows what to expect with that guy…in all seriousness, it would be Brad Peacock’s turn. He’s Washington’s tenth-rated prospect. BA has his fastball topping out at 96, and him throwing a knuckle-curve and a change.
** Also, the Senators will be without catching prospect Derek Norris, who is rated as Washington’s second-best prospect. Norris has an injured right ankle.
Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT gmail.com