From Futures Game, Peacock heads to Triple-A
A day after pitching one shutout inning for the US Team in the XM Futures Game, Nationals right-hander Brad Peacock was promoted from Double A Harrisburg to Triple A Syracuse on Monday.
Peacock is tentatively scheduled to pitch his first game for Syracuse on Saturday against Lehigh Valley. Peacock is also expected attend the Eastern League All-Star game this week, but he will not pitch in the game.
Peacock is the best pitching prospect in the Nationals’ organization. So much so that by 2013, Peacock is expected to be the No. 3 starter in the rotation behind Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.
Like Strasburg and Zimmermann, Peacock is a power pitcher and has the stats to back it up. He was 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA for Harrisburg. Even more impressive, Peacock has struck out 129 batters in 98 2/3 innings.
“This guy has taken the ball every fifth day and just went out there and has dominated, no matter who is the opponent was,” Harrisburg manager Tony Beasley said. “He is almost to the point where he is feared. When he comes out, you know how he is going to pitch and you still can’t hit it. He is going to challenge you with fastballs 90 percent of the time and get a lot of swings and misses.”