Harvey and Alvarez make Futures Game

Tyler's BylineHunter Harvey and Dariel Alvarez made our Prospect Watch list and have proven to be worth it.

Harvey and Alvarez were named to the Futures Game roster, which highlights top Minor League players.

640451The two players are the only two from the Orioles organization to make the team and their stats have shown why they’re top talents.

Harvey has struck out 76 batters in 66.1 innings down in Single-A Delmarva. He also boasts a 2.98 ERA, along with a 4-4 record.

The Orioles drafted the 19-year-old with their first pick in the 2013 draft and he has held his own in the minors. Harvey has struck out 109 batters in 91.2 innings in his Minor League career so far.

Alvarez has been the best offensive prospect for the O’s this season, batting .308, along with 12 homeruns and 57 RBI in Double-A Bowie.

AlvarezThe Orioles signed the 26-year-old out of Cuba in 2013 and he has played well in the field, with seven outfield assists this season.

Harvey and Alvarez deserve to make the Futures Game, as they are clearly the future for Baltimore.

Hunter Harvey could join a fearsome rotation when he is Major League-ready; a rotation which could feature Kevin Gausman and Dylan Bundy at the front.

Dariel Alvarez will likely arrive to Baltimore faster than Harvey and could have a starting spot next season if the O’s can’t retain Nelson Cruz.

The future is bright for these two stars and they will be able to show off their talents in the Futures Game on Sunday, July 13.

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Pitching is great, but where’s the offense?

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Byline GabbySORRY FOR THE LONG BREAK NATS LOVERS! I was with my sister as she had a baby and I was obsessing over my adorable little niece for a long time but I’m here now!

So much has been going on since we last met and I honestly do not even know what to talk about. Taking the series against the Giants, losing all games in St. Louis, splitting with the Braves, the great pitching and the need for more hitting.  I think I will focus on the pitching and hitting.

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Washington 40 35
Atlanta 38 37
Miami 38 38
NY Mets 35 41
Philadelphia 34 41

The Nationals are sitting atop the NL East at 40-35, two games ahead of the Braves. Right now, they are in the midst of a three-game winning streak.

The pitching can be thanked for that. In the last three games, the Nationals’ pitching has held opponents to a total of four runs.

It is not all about the starting pitchers, either. The closer can’t be ignored, with Rafael Soriano recording 17 saves so far.

Newcomer Doug Fister is also having an impressive start to his Nationals career. In his eight starts, he has gone 6-2. His latest win against the Braves has gotten attention. Mostly because the Nationals also seem to have problems when facing them (they don’t like to win). He held the Braves to only five hits and no runs.

While the pitching is doing its part, the hitting is lacking. The highest batting average on the team belongs to Adam LaRoche at .310. That is pretty good, but that being the highest causes concern. As a team, the average is a weak .247. That is not going to cut it when we get to the postseason. Monday against the Brewers, Danny Espinosa struck out three times. THREE.

Also do not get me started as to how they had the bases loaded with no outs and didn’t score. However, the called strikeout for Espinosa was questioned by Nats’ manager Matt Williams, which later got him ejected from the game. That was his first time ejected as manager. I did not see the throw, but I am sure he had good reasons for wanting to talk.

Hopefully the return of Bryce Harper and Wilson Ramos will bring some power back into the lineup.

The Nationals will hope to add to their win streak as they face on the Brewers again today at 2:10 p.m. at Miller Park.