PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 10: U.S. Futures All-Star Brad Peacock #18 of the Washington Nationals throws a pitch against the world team during the 2011 XM All-Star Futures Game at Chase Field on July 10, 2011 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
23-year-old '06 41st Round pick, pitcher Brad Peacock, and 24-year-old '08 16th Round pick, first baseman Tyler Moore, were named to the Double-A Eastern League's Postseason All-Star team yesterday, and Peacock, a right-hander who's been pitching for Syracuse since being called up to Triple-A after appearing in the XM/All-Star Futures Game in early July was today named the Eastern League's Pitcher of the Year.
(10-2) with 16 games and 13 starts for the Double-A Senators, Peacock walked 23 (2.10 BB/9) and K'd 129 (11.77 K/9) in 98.2 innings pitched for Harrisburg, posting a 2.01 ERA and a 1.78 FIP before earning the promotion to Syracuse, where he's (4-1) with a 3.56 ERA, 4.55 FIP, 4.81 BB/9 and 8.58 K/9 in eight starts and 43.0 IP. According to the Harrisburg Senators story on Peacock's award, the right-hander, "... won the Eastern League Pitcher of the Week award twice.... pitched in the XM All-Star Futures Game... [and] was also chosen as an Eastern League midseason and postseason All-Star."
Peacock, along with 24-year-old left-hander Tom Milone, was mentioned by Nats' Skipper Davey Johnson as a pitcher who's likely to get a look once rosters are expanded in the next few weeks. "[Tom] Milone has done a great job down there, he's probably been if not the best, one of the best pitchers in the International League, and young [Brad] Peacock came up, threw a one-hitter. He tore up Double-A. He's the other one. So, there's some guys that I'd like to get some experience up here."
The right-hander's allowed just three runs total in his last three starts, walking eight, striking out 18 and surrendering 12 hits in 17.2 IP. On the year, Peacock's now (14-3) between Double and Triple-A, holding opposing hitters to a .185 BAA and striking out 170 (10.80 K/9) in 141.2 IP.
In an appearance on Sirius/XM's MLB Network Show Minors and Majors with Grant Paulsen, Nats' Director of Player Development Doug Harris said that this year, "Brad's taken ownership of his career and we've done some subtle things that have really enabled him to jump on to the scene." Asked to project what type of pitcher Nationals fans can expect in the future, Harris said the right-hander is, "... showing right now to be a power, command guy and those guys ultimately have a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation if his secondary stuff evolves." The next step in that evolution is to see how his stuff plays in the majors. Peacock and the Nats should find out pretty soon.