PressBox spotlights some of the top players in the Nationals' minor league system during the past week.
JHONATAN SOLANO, CATCHER, TRIPLE-A SYRACUSE
Solano, who is currently riding a five-game hitting streak, has been indispensable to Syracuse's offense this season. During a 7-3 loss at Columbus May 9, Solano provided all of the Chiefs' runs, going 1-for-4 with a three-run home run. He is now batting .297 this season, leading the team in home runs (six), RBIs (21) and OPS (.930).
LUCAS GIOLITO, PITCHER, SINGLE-A HAGERSTOWN
Giolito, the Nationals' top-ranked prospect, has improved progressively throughout each one of his starts this season. Despite the Suns' losing, 2-1, against Kannapolis May 11, Giolito was able to throw six scoreless innings, allowing one hit and one walk, while striking out seven, before leaving the game. He is 2-0 with a 2.51 ERA this season, ranking second on the team in strikeouts (36).