The Washington Times - September 10, 2011, 03:14PM

It’s been a busy week for both Steve Lombardozzi and Brad Peacock. It started with a big league call-up and major league debuts for both. It ended with being named the Nationals Minor League Player of the Year and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

The award caps an impressive year for both Lombardozzi — a Columbia, M.D. native and 19th-round draft pick of the Nationals in 2008 — and Peacock, a 41st-round draft pick from 2006. Both players began the season with Double-A Harrisburg, were promoted at the mid-way point, and were added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster earlier this week.


I’ll have more later on the seasons of both of these players and the award.

First, here are a few quick hits on their seasons and minor league careers:

– Lombardozzi hit .309 with 25 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs, 52 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 134 games this season, spread between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse.

– For the second consecutive season, Lombardozzi paced Nationals’ minor leaguers in hits (172) and runs scored (86).

– Lombardozzi committed just 2 errors in 597 total chances while playing second base, shortstop and third base with Syracuse and Harrisburg.

– During four seasons in the minor leagues, Lombardozzi has hit .298 with 17 homers, 183 RBI and 74 stolen bases in 447 games.

– Lombardozzi has appeared in three major league games, has 11 plate appearances and has walked once. He’s still searching for his first major league hit.

– Peacock was 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 25 games (22 starts) this season, between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. 

– Peacock finished the minor league season ranked second among all minor leaguers in wins, sixth in strikeouts per nine innings (.186) and seventh in strikeouts (177).

– Named the Eastern League’s (Double-A) 2011 Pitcher of the Year, Peacock was the Nationals only pitching representative at the 2011 Futures Game in July and was named Baseball America’s “Best Pitching Prospect” and the one with the “Best Control” in the Eastern League.  

– Peacock made his major league debut Tuesday night, coming on in relief with two men on and National League MVP candidate Matt Kemp at the plate. He is expected to pitch again on Sunday, in relief of Stephen Strasburg. 

The 2010 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Tom Milone, made his second major league start for the Nationals on Saturday night. The 2010 Minor League Player of the Year, Tyler Moore, is currently playing in the Eastern League playoffs with Harrisburg, hit 31 home runs for the second straight season, is hitting .270 and slugging .532.