Benjamin Jon Braymer...Graduated from Catholic High School in Baton Rouge, La...He attended Auburn (AL) University after transferring from Louisiana State Univeristy at Eunice.
Began the season with Double-A Harrisburg where he went 4-4 with a 2.51 ERA (22 ER/79.0 IP) and 69 strikeouts in 13 starts...He allowed two earned runs or fewer in 11 of those 13 outings...Was selected to the Eastern League All-Star Game...Held opposing batters to a .190 batting average (56-for-294) with just seven home runs, including just two homers across his final eight Eastern League starts...Was promoted to Triple-A Fresno and went 0-6 with a 7.20 ERA (48 ER/60.0 IP) in 13 starts...Finished the season posting a 3.43 ERA (8 ER/21.0 IP) and recording 17 strikeouts in his last four starts...Entered the season rated as the No. 20 prospect in Washington's system by Baseball America and led Washington's Minor League system with 26 starts, ranked third with 139.0 innings pitched and sixth with 116 strikeouts.
Was named Washington's co-Minor League Pitcher of the Year...Led Nationals Minor Leaguers with a 2.28 ERA while going 9-3 with two saves in 28 games (11 starts) between Single-A Hagerstown and Single-A Potomac...He struck out 118 batters - third-most in Washington's system...His nine wins were tied for third...He opened the season by pitching to a 1.75 ERA (5 ER/25.2 IP) in seven relief appearances for Hagerstown...He earned South Atlantic League Pitcher of the Week honors on April 15....Was promoted to Potomac on May 10, where he made 11 starts in addition to 10 appearances out of the bullpen...In those 11 starts, he went 5-2 with a 2.43 ERA (17 ER/63.0 IP) and 65 strikeouts...In his final five starts, he pitched to a 0.96 ERA (3 ER/28.0 IP) with 33 strikeouts and a .146 opponents' batting average...Was named an Organization All-Star by MLBPipeline.com...Appeared in nine games for the Salt River Rafters of the Arizona Fall League (1-0, 5.40 ERA).
Began the season with short-season Single-A Auburn before joining Single-A Hagerstown early Aug...Went 5-2 with a 3.99 ERA in 13 starts between the two stops...Was named New York-Penn League Pitcher of the Week on July 2.
Reported to the GCL Nationals following the 2016 Draft...Struck out 24 batters in 19.2 IP.