The 2015 season has not gone well for the Harrisburg Senators. The team is under .500 and near the bottom of the Eastern League standings. Prospects like Brian Goodwin and Pedro Severino have yet to get going at the plate and standout shortstop Wilmer Difo has been called up to the big leagues.
All hope is not lost for Harrisburg. The Senators are line for a talent transfusion and a big second half.
Trea Turner, the Padres’ top pick in last June’s draft, is expected to join Harrisburg in the next two weeks. Turner is currently baseball’s worst kept secret and is universally recognized as the “Player to be Named Later” in the three-team winter trade that sent Steven Souza to Tampa. Turner is still a member of the Padres organization and he’s made quick work of Texas League pitching. The 21-year-old shortstop has 10 doubles, five home runs, eight steals and a .941 OPS for Double-A San Antonio. Turner’s trade to Washington will be made official shortly after the June draft due to MLB trade restrictions.
Difo, another impressive shortstop prospect, was added to the Nationals’ roster earlier this week. Difo doesn’t really have a place to play in D.C. and will likely find his way back to Harrisburg in the near future. The 23-year-old Dominican hit .308 with three steals in 14 games for the Senators prior to his Major League call-up. He may soon provide an exciting keystone combination with Turner in the heart of the Keystone state.
The Senators may also soon gain the services of top pitching prospects Lucas Giolito and Reynaldo Lopez. The duo is currently pitching their way out of the Carolina League. Lopez has posted a 0.53 ERA in three starts for Potomac and Giolito, Washington’s top prospect, has fanned 25 batters while walking just three in 17 1/3 innings.
Brighter days are ahead for the Senators.