Nationals Final Report
Outfielder Bryce Harper
, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, did not disappoint in his first pro season, as he finished the year at Double-A Harrisburg before a hamstring injury ended his campaign in mid-August.
The 18-year-old opened the season in the low Class A South Atlantic League, where he hit .318/.423/.559 in 258 at-bats. He hit .256/.329/.395 in 129 at-bats at Harrisburg, and he'll be challenged by more top-notch pitching in his second year in the Arizona Fall League.
This fall, though, he won't be playing just two days a week on the taxi squad. He's part of a Scottsdale Scorpions team that will also include a Nationals contingent of third baseman Anthony Rendon, catcher Derek Norris, lefthander Sammy Solis and righthanded relievers Pat Lehman and Rafael Martin. Overall, Harper had 17 home runs, 58 RBIs and 26 stolen bases in 33 attempts. He drew 59 walks and struck out 87 times.
A small adjustment in spring training helped make righthander Brad Peacock
the Double-A Eastern League pitcher of the year and earn a September callup. Harrisburg pitching coach Randy Tomlin and others worked with Peacock at hiding the ball better. The 23-year-old then went 15-3, 2.39 with 117 strikeouts and 47 walks in 147 innings between the Senators and Triple-A Syracuse.
Keep An Eye On:
Much like his father of the same name and position, second baseman Steve Lombardozzi
played above his tools and reached the big leagues. He hit .309/.360/.430 between Double-A and Triple-A before making his major league debut. The organization reportedly refused to part with Lombardozzi when the Twins showed interest in a deal involving Denard Span and Drew Storen. The elder Lombardozzi was a regular on the Twins' 1987 World Series championship team.
• First baseman Tyler Moore made the Eastern League postseason all-star team. High Class A Potomac's trio of catcher Sandy Leon, second baseman Jeff Kobernus and outfielder Destin Hood made the Carolina League team.
• Lefthander Tom Milone, another September callup, became the first Nationals player since the team started play in Washington in 2005 to hit a home run in his first at-bat. His homer was a three-run shot on the first pitch he saw from the Mets' Dillon Gee.