Aug. 6, 2007
The following excerpt from Chris Jackson's weekly minor league notebook ran in the August 6, 2007, edition of the South Bay Daily Breeze.
The Washington Nationals' recent decision to sign first baseman Dmitri Young to a two-year contract extension was hailed by some, criticized by others.
On one hand, Young has been the Nationals' best hitter this season and has provided veteran leadership to a young team. On the other hand, a player batting .329 and making a low salary could have been traded for prospects, something Washington's farm system sorely lacks.
While fans and the media can debate the signing, the one player besides Young most affected by the move just shrugged it off.
"It's something you notice, but you can't control, so you have to put it in the back of your mind," said Josh Whitesell, the former Loyola Marymount University standout playing first base for the Nationals' double-A team in Harrisburg, Pa., this season. "What the big league club does, they've got to do what's best for them. I can only worry about what I can control."
Whitesell certainly has done his part to re-establish himself as one of the Nationals' top prospects this season. He has hit .282 (92-for-326) with 19 home runs and 60 RBIs.
"I'm fairly happy with how things have gone so far," Whitesell said of his season to date. "It's not over yet. I still have a month to go. I want to finish strong. I've been working hard to improve every facet of my game."
To read the entire feature on Whitesell, click here.