Toolshed: MiLB nuggets on Astros, Nats

What fans may have missed from World Series systems in 2019

Cristian Javier and Carter Kieboom stood out among prospects from the two pennant-winning systems. (Tammy Tucker, Jamie Harms)

By Sam Dykstra | October 22, 2019 10:14 AM ET

The Astros and Nationals will meet in the World Series beginning Tuesday night. Toolshed covers five 2019 storylines fans might have missed from the farm systems of both.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Toolshed: Nationals pitcher in Sharp shape

As club makes history, its No. 13 prospect standing out in AFL

Sterling Sharp has posted a 1.00 WHIP through five starts in the Arizona Fall League. (Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)

By Sam Dykstra | October 18, 2019 10:05 AM ET

Washington Nationals No. 13 prospect Sterling Sharp has continued impressing in the Arizona Fall League while his organization looks forward to its first World Series appearance.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Lewis, Sharp win AFL Week 4 awards

Twins infielder, Nationals right-hander are latest honorees

Royce Lewis and Sterling Sharp were each strong in a short week in the Fall League. (Jennifer Stewart, Buck Davidson)

By Sam Dykstra | October 16, 2019 5:33 PM ET

Top Twins prospect Royce Lewis and Nationals right-hander Sterling Sharp were named Arizona Fall League Player and Pitcher of the Week for Week 4.

Sam Dykstra is a reporter for MiLB.com. Follow and interact with him on Twitter, @SamDykstraMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Garcia off to scorching start with Saguaros

Nationals No. 2 prospect collects four hits in Fall League opener

Luis Garcia tied for second in the Eastern League with 135 hits and ranked seventh with 66 runs scored. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | September 19, 2019 12:54 AM ET

Second-ranked Nationals prospect Luis Garcia went 4-for-5 with a double and two runs scored on Opening Night in the Arizona Fall League as Surprise beat Glendale, 4-2, on Wednesday.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Bichette's hit lifts Senators to a series tie

Nationals farmhand knocks in the go-ahead run in extra innings

Dante Bichette is 5-for-11 with a pair of RBIs and a run scored through Harrisburg's first two postseason games. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Rob Terranova | September 6, 2019 12:18 AM ET

Dante Bichette collected three hits -- including the go-ahead RBI single in the 12th inning -- to lift Double-A Harrisburg past Bowie, 5-4, in Game 2 of the best-of-5 Eastern League semifinals.

Rob Terranova is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter, @RobTnova24. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Eastern League playoff preview

Reading takes on Trenton; Harrisburg looks to end title drought

Top Phillies prospect Alec Bohm and Reading try to fend off league MVP Chris Gittens and Trenton in the first round. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Craig Forde | September 3, 2019 10:36 AM ET

Top Phillies prospect Alec Bohm looks to fend off league MVP Chris Gittens when Reading faces Trenton in the first round, while Harrisburg brings a 20-year title drought into their best-of-5 set with Bowie.

Craig Forde is a contributor to MiLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of September 1

Nats' Sanchez hurls seven hitless; Dodgers' Rios drives in five

Mario Sanchez went 10-7 with a 3.82 ERA and 118 strikeouts over 127 1/3 innings across two levels. (Kevin Pataky/MiLB.com)

By Duane Cross and Michael Avallone | September 2, 2019 10:04 AM ET

Nationals right-hander Mario Sanchez fanned 10 over seven hitless innings for Double-A Harrisburg Senators, while Dodgers infielder Edwin Rios homered and drove in five runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Duane Cross is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @DuaneCrossMiLB. Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Prospect Roundup: Games of August 15

Tigers' Manning strong; Nats' Stevenson reaches six times

Erie's Matt Manning dropped his ERA to 2.47, the second-best mark in the Eastern League. (David Monseur/MiLB.com)

August 16, 2019 10:03 AM ET

Detroit Tigers No. 2 prospect Matt Manning spun five scoreless innings while Washington Nationals outfielder Andrew Stevenson reached base six times Thursday.

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Carolina notes: Cate ready to prove clutch

P-Nats southpaw embraced pressure situations while at UConn

A second-round pick in 2018, Tim Cate is 8-8 with a 3.19 ERA between Hagerstown and Potomac this season. (Gary Dize)

By Damien Sordelett | August 14, 2019 10:25 AM ET

Potomac lefty Tim Cate was introduced to pressure-packed moments during his tenure at the University of Connecticut, which has proven to be useful during his first full season in the Nationals organization.

Damien Sordelett is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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Mendoza shining brightly for Suns

Nats No. 7 prospect caps first four-hit night with walk-off single

Drew Mendoza has reached base safely in 22 of his 25 games with Hagerstown. (Ken Inness/MiLB.com)

By Michael Avallone | July 31, 2019 11:26 PM ET

Nationals No. 7 prospect Drew Mendoza singled home the winning run in the ninth inning with his career-high fourth hit to give Class A Hagerstown a 5-4 win over Rome on Wednesday.

Michael Avallone is a contributor to MiLB.com. Follow him on Twitter @MavalloneMiLB. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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