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Cory VanAllen pitched yet another gem tonight at Potomac in the first game of a doubleheader - 7 innings of a scoreless pitchers duel between the Winston-Salem Warthogs. He's now pitched 12 innings without a run and has a 0.66 ERA.
Van Allen has been promoted to Harrisburg.
Anyone coming up from Hagerstown?
Another soft tossing lefty. Woo. /sarcasm
I would imagine that he is two more outstanding starts away from AA promotion. If he goes 5-0 and keeps his era under 2.00, he'll be in a Harrisburg uni before the end of May.I didn't see this guy playing this well so early in the year. Maybe he's the John Lannan of the minors this year? J. Zimmermann started out bright as a candle, but perhaps is settling in to his real zone. We'll see.
Clint Everts coming back to Potomac in exchange.
cVa with another solid start. In fact, "solid" may be an understatement. 7 ip, 2 h, 0 er, 2 bb, 8 k's in a win vs Erie tonight.
If he keeps it up we will see him in the Majors before the end of the year.
Cory VanAllen, LHP, Double-A Harrisburg (Nationals)A fifth-round pick out of Baylor in 2006, VanAllen’s body, left-handedness, and stuff provided plenty of promise, but despite being a college product, he was still and unrefined product, which showed last year when he allowed 145 hits in 113 2/3 IP. Sent to High-A to begin the year, the 23-year-old has taken a major step forward by showing improved movement on his fastball, better off-speed stuff, and improved command. After allowing just two earned runs in five showings for Potomac, the Nats quickly moved him up to Double-A, and the success has continued as on Saturday, he fired seven shutout innings while allowing two hits and striking out eight. The Nationals have a long-term plan to compete based on developing young talent, and VanAllen is starting to put himself into those plans as a dependable back-end starter
May 12, Kevin Goldstein, Baseball Prospectus:.
Its kinda sobering to read a glowing report like that and then to have it conclude with the guy being a dependable back end starter
VanAllen is on the exact same track as Lannan and clearly has better "stuff".
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