WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 08: Dee Gordon #9 of the Los Angeles Dodgers is tagged out trying to steal second base by Steve Lombardozzi #1 of the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
In 2005, a .290/.394/.510 slash with 36 doubles, 4 triples, 22 HR's, 90 RBI's and 86 walks at Class-A Potomac earned then-23-year-old third baseman Kory Casto the Minor League Player of the Year award with 25-year-old left-hander Mike O'Connor recognized as the Pitcher of the Year in the organization after an '05 campaign in which he was (10-11) with a 3.54 ERA and 158 K's, which led the Nationals' minor league system.
In 2006, Casto, then an outfielder at Double-A Harrisburg, was the Minor League POY for the second-straight season, posting a .272/.379/.468 slash with the Senators, while 21-year-old '06 6th Round pick, right-handed reliever Zech Zinicola, earned Pitcher of the Year honors after his first pro season in which he was (4-1) with 12 saves and a 1.65 ERA in 27 games and 32.2 IP between Double-A Harrisburg, Class-A Potomac and Single-A Vermont (short season).
A then-23-year-old Justin Maxwell was '07's Player of the Year, after a .281/.363/.533 season at Class-A Hagerstown and High-A Potomac, with a 22-going-on-23-year-old John Lannan earning the honor among pitchers in the Nats' organization with a (12-3) season which saw him post a combined 2.31 ERA with 42 walks and 72 K's as he worked his way up from Class-A Potomac to Double-A Harrisburg, Triple-A Columbus and eventually the majors where he'd make his MLB debut that season.
24-year-old '04 8th Round pick, outfielder Leonard Davis, was the 2008 Minor League Player of the Year, posting a .310/.365/.567 slash in the Nats' system, playing at A-AA-AAA in the same year. 22-year-old '07 2nd Round pick Jordan Zimmermann earned Pitcher of the Year honors, posting a (10-3) record between Class-A Potomac and Double-A Harrisburg where he had a combined 2.89 ERA and 9.0 K/9.
In '09, 20-year-old catcher Derek Norris had the distinction of being named Player of the Year after a .286/.413/.513 season at Class-A Hagerstown which saw him hit 30 doubles and 23 HR's in 126 games, while 24-year-old Brad Meyers took the Pitcher of the Year award by going a combined (11-3) with a 1.72 ERA in 24 games, 23 starts for Double-A Harrisburg and Class-A Potomac in which he walked 11 (2.1 BB/9) and K'd 43 (7.1 K/9)
2010's Minor League Player of the Year was 23-year-old 1B Tyler Moore, who hit 43 doubles and 31 home runs while leading the Class-A Carolina League in doubles, home runs, RBI's, extra-base hits, total bases, and slugging percentage. The 2010 Pitcher of the Year winner was last night's starter, left-hander Tommy Milone, then-23, and coming off a (12-5) season in which he had a 2.85 ERA with 155 K's (8.8 K/9) and 23 walks (1.3 BB/9) in 27 starts and 158 innings pitched at Double-A.
This afternoon the Washington Nationals named 22-year-old infielder Stephen Lombardozzi and 23-year-old right-hander Brad Peacock the 2011 Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively. Both Lombardozzi and Peacock are currently on the Nats' expanded roster, with Lombardozzi having put up a combined .309/.360/.430 slash between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse, while Peacock, who represented the Nationals alongside Bryce Harper in the XM All-Star Futures Game, "...went 15-3 with a 2.39 ERA and 177 strikeouts in 25 games/22 starts," as the Nationals noted in a press release announcing this year's Player and Pitcher of the Year.
Both Peacock and Lombardozzi will be honored in a ceremony before tonight's game with the Houston Astros.