The Washington Nationals announced their yearly Organizational Awards this afternoon naming first baseman Jose Marmolejos their Minor League Player of the Year, right-hander Austin Voth their Minor League Pitcher of the Year and right-hander Austen Williams the third recipient of the Bob Boone Award, which honors the "Nationals minor leaguer who best demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the Washington Nationals Way," as the press release on today's award recipients explains.
Marmolejos, 22, a non-drafted free agent in his fifth season in the Nationals' organization, put up a .310/.363/.485 line, with 39 doubles, five triples and 11 home runs in 124 games and 521 plate appearances at Low-A Hagerstown this season, leading the South Atlantic League in hits and doubles and finishing second in average and slugging percentage.
Austin Voth, 23, and a 2013 5th Round pick out of the University of Washington, spent the 2015 campaign at Double-A Harrisburg.
He finished his third season in the Nats' system with a 2.92 ERA, a 3.07 FIP, 40 walks (2.29 BB/9) and 148 Ks (8.47 K9) in 157 ⅓ innings pitched, going (6-7) overall in 28 appearances, 27 of them starts.
Voth led all Nationals' minor leaguers in strikeouts and finished third in earned run average, with the 148 Ks the second-highest total in all of Double-A in 2015 and ninth overall in all of Minor League Baseball.
The right-hander led the Double-A Easter league in Ks, K/9, and strikeout-to-walk-ratio (3.70 K/BB).
Austen Williams, a 2014 6th Round pick out of Texas State University, was (8-1) in 13 starts at Hagerstown, with a 2.10 ERA, a 2.81 FIP, 14 walks (1.73 BB/9) and 63 Ks (7.77 K/9) in 73 IP.
He also pitched at High-A Potomac, going (4-6) with a 2.59 ERA, a 3.22 FIP, 17 walks (2.44 BB/9) and 41 Ks (5.89 K/9) in 62 ⅔ IP after he made one spot start at Triple-A Syracuse.
The 22-year-old right-hander finished second among Nationals' minor leaguers in ERA (2.58 overall), second in wins and fourth in strikeouts with 106 total on the year.
Marmalejos, Voth and Williams join the ranks of previous Organizational Award-winners like Steven Souza, Jr., Lucas Giolito and Wilmer Difo, who took the Player, Pitcher and Bob Boone awards, respectively, last season, and Billy Burns, Taylor Jordan and Tony Renda, who won them in 2013.
Check out the full write-ups on the awards from the Nationals through the link below: