- The Washington Times - Monday, June 15, 2009

THE BUZZ

Tracking the Nationals’ news and trends from the last week:

DOWN - Manny Acta

Reports have the manager possibly losing his job as early as Monday.

UP - Future prospects

Strasburg, Storen headline draft full of college players that should advance quickly.

UP - Drew Storen

No. 10 overall pick already at Class A Hagerstown after signing for $1.6 million a day after the draft.

DOWN - Quick Strasburg negotiations

Top pick says he’s looking forward to relaxing this summer; Scott Boras probably can make that happen.

MINOR LEAGUE WATCH

Brad Meyers, the Nationals’ fifth-round pick in 2007, was named to the Carolina League All-Star Game last week. The 6-foot-6 right-hander, pitching for Class A Potomac, leads the league with a 1.66 ERA. He’ll be 24 in September, so he’s already on the older side among Nationals prospects. But he could move up to Class AA Harrisburg later this season, and an impressive start there might earn him an invitation to big league camp next spring.

EX-NATIONALS PLAYER OF THE WEEK

Since he got cut by the Nationals in August, Felipe Lopez has been nothing short of impressive — or the total opposite of what he was during his time in the District. Lopez hit .385 for the Cardinals during a pennant race last year, playing six different positions, and has been the everyday second baseman in Arizona all year. He’s leading the Diamondbacks with a .306 average, though he has made seven errors at second base. That part, at least, hasn’t changed.

Season stats:.306 average, .361 on-base percentage, .428 slugging percentage, four HRs, 11 RBI

- Ben Goessling

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