Zimmerman blasts out in AFL play

Zimmerman blasts out in Arizona Fall League

The Nationals' prized prospect finally introduced himself to the Arizona Fall League this week.

Ryan Zimmerman, Washington's top pick in the 2005 draft, reminded everyone why the Nationals are tabbing him the future of the franchise with an incredible performance on Oct. 21. The last seven days also saw two hitting streaks come to an end, while a pitching prospect continued to turn things around in a hitter-friendly league.

Here's a closer look at how the six Washington farmhands fared this week:

1B Larry Broadway -- Broadway learned that all good things must come to an end. The left-handed-swinging first baseman had his 12-game hitting streak end on Oct. 26, but bounced right back the following day with a single in the first inning of the Saguaros' 11-2 win over the Desert Dogs.

RHP Roy Corcoran -- The 25-year-old from Baton Rouge didn't exactly have productive outings during the past week. Corcoran made two appearances and gave up three runs over 2 1/3 innings, without recording a strikeout.

INF Brendan Harris -- Harris had a nine-game hitting streak of his own, but it ended when he went 0-for-3 on Oct. 25. But Harris didn't stay down for long as he rapped two hits and drove in two runs on Oct. 27 against Phoenix.

LHP David Maust -- The southpaw from Mountaineer country struggled in his only appearance of the week, giving up five runs -- three earned -- on seven hits and two walks over 3 1/3 innings during an Oct. 24 loss to Mesa.

RHP Chris Schroder -- Schroder continued to show drastic improvement from his first two outings of the season. The 27-year-old Oklahoma native made three appearances and allowed one run over 5 2/3 innings. That included a flawless outing on Oct. 24, when he retired all six batters he faced.

3B Ryan Zimmerman -- The former Virginia Cavalier gave his batting average a huge boost with a 5-for-5 night on Oct. 21 against the Peoria Javelinas. Zimmerman also blasted his first AFL home run on Oct. 26, a solo shot against Phoenix.

Michael Echan is a contributor to MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.