Kimball, Brown sent to Minor League camp
The Nationals sent right-hander Cole Kimball and Corey Brown to Minor League camp Thursday morning. Both players are expected to start the season for Triple A Syracuse.
Of the two players, Kimball’s demotion was the biggest surprise because it appeared he had a serious shot at making the big-league club. In six games, Kimball allowed a run in eight innings and struck out eight batters.
According to a baseball source, Kimball took the news hard and told his superiors that he pitched well enough to be on the 25-man roster. However, Kimball was told that Stephen Strasburg was the Nationals’ best pitcher last Spring Training and had to start the season in the Minor Leagues.
Kimball was also told that the Nationals have a lot of pitchers who are out of options and they couldn’t afford to let them go.
Kimball is considered one of the Nationals’ best prospects and expected to be in the Major Leagues sometime this year.
As for Brown, he appeared in two games and was 1-for-3 with an RBI. He hasn’t played since early in the spring because of a sprained left ankle.
The left-handed-hitting Brown is considered to be a year away from the Majors. He hit a combined .283 with 15 home runs, 69 RBIs and 22 stolen bases in 131 games last season with Double-A Midland and Triple-A Sacramento.
After a slow start with Sacramento, Brown was a Texas League All-Star and Topps Double-A All-Star in 90 games with Midland, hitting .320 with 10 homers, 49 RBIs, 19 stolen bases and a .415 on-base percentage.
Brown can bat anywhere from the two hole to the seventh spot in the order. If he gets to play in the Major Leagues, he could find himself in left or center field.