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Appearing in a career-high 44 games across two levels, the 22-year-old right-hander had 13 saves en route to a South Atlantic League All-Star nod with Class A West Virginia. After being promoted to Class A Advanced Modesto on Aug. 18, the Dominican Republic native did not allow a run in five appearances covering 7 1/3 frames.
The 27-year-old began the season with Double-A Biloxi, earning eight saves and a spot on the Southern League All-Star team. On June 20, Barker was promoted to Triple-A San Antonio. For the season, the Cal State Chico product posted a career-low WHIP and limited opposing batters to a .122 average.
After missing the 2016-17 seasons -- initially undergoing Tommy John surgery only to then suffer a broken humerus bone -- the 31-year-old was lights-out for Double-A Harrisburg, notching a Minor League-best 31 saves and earning Eastern League All-Star honors. His perseverance was rewarded with a return to the Nationals on Sept. 4.
A 10th-round pick in 2018, Broom began the season with Class A Advanced Lynchburg and allowed only one earned run in 24 2/3 innings (0.36 ERA). A Carolina League All-Star, he was promoted on June 6 to Double-A Akron, where the 23-year-old pitched to an 0.96 ERA across 37 1/3 frames.
The No. 30 Mariners prospect got off to a solid start with Class A Advanced Modesto and was named a California League All-Star. The 24-year-old turned up the wick after being promoted to Double-A Arkansas on June 4, posting an 0.49 ERA with 58 punchouts and only nine walks across 37 innings.
The 22-year-old righty sported a sub-1.00 ERA across two levels -- 0.81 with Class A Advanced Down East and 0.96 with Double-A Frisco -- and chalked up 100 whiffs in 60 innings with a 1.03 WHIP. Evans was a Carolina League All-Star, earning six of a career-high 12 saves before being promoted on May 29.
Cleveland's 21st-ranked prospect began the season with Double-A Akron before joining Triple-A Columbus on May 3. Although a strained hamstring sidelined the 2017 ninth-round pick for more than a month, the 24-year-old finished with a flurry, striking out eight of the last nine batters he faced before a callup to the Indians on Sept. 13.
Signed as a free agent in 2018, Rees held his own at two levels this season. He had an 0.36 ERA in 25 1/3 innings for Class A Lansing before being promoted on June 6 to Class A Advanced Dunedin, where he pitched to an 0.99 ERA across 36 1/3 frames. Opposing batters hit just .183 against the 25-year-old right-hander.
The 28-year-old lefty spent the bulk of the season with Triple-A Sacramento after four appearances with Double-A Richmond. He was 3-1 with a 1.64 ERA during the first half and was named a PCL All-Star. Selman limited opponents to a .147 batting average and racked up 94 whiffs with a career-low 0.82 WHIP.
Pitching across three levels, the 23-year-old lefty saved his best for last -- yielding only eight hits and a walk while striking out 25 in 16 1/3 innings for Double-A Jacksonville -- to cap his second straight sub-2.00 ERA campaign. Vesia converted five of six save opportunities and posted his first 100-strikeout season.