Nationals Minor League Spotlight: Drew Ward, Michael TaylorPosted on May 01, 2014 by Nate Harold
PressBox spotlights some of the top players in the Nationals' minor league system during the past week.
DREW WARD, THIRD BASEMAN, SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN
Riding an eight-game hitting streak through April 27, Ward has been an indispensable run producer for the Suns' offense this season. Ward's hitting streak, which has included four multi-hit games, includes a 3-for-5 night during a 7-5 win at West Virginia April 25, during which Ward collected one double, one home run, four RBIs and one run scored. His hot streak has raised his batting average to .311, while his OPS (.891) ranks third on the Suns. His 21 RBIs have him tied for second most in the South Atlantic League.
MICHAEL TAYLOR, CENTER FIELDER, DOUBLE-A HARRISBURG
Taylor has a .250 batting average, and his power has made him one of the most dangerous bats in the Senators' lineup in 2014. His current four-game hit streak included a 3-for-4 effort during a 10-7 win against Bowie April 27, during which Taylor belted three home runs, drove in four runs, walked and scored four times. Taylor ranks first on his team in at bats (84), runs scored (13), extra-base hits (nine) and walks (11). He is tied for fourth in the Eastern League in home runs (five) and tied for fifth in RBIs (18).
Starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann pitched 6.1 scoreless innings April 30 as the Nationals completed a two-game series sweep against the Astros.