The Washington Nationals today named first baseman Tyler Moore as their Minor League Player of the Year and left-hander Tom Milone as their Minor League Pitcher of the Year. Nationals Senior Vice President and General Manager Mike Rizzo, Vice President of Player Development Bob Boone and Director of Player Development Doug Harris made the joint announcement.
Moore hit .269 with 43 doubles, 31 home runs, 111 RBI and 78 runs scored in 129 games with Potomac of the Single-A Carolina League. He led the CL in nearly every offensive category, including doubles, home runs, RBI, extra-base hits (77), total bases (277) and slugging percentage (.552). Moore's 77 extra-base hits were tied for second-most in minor league baseball.
The 23-year-old is the first minor leaguer in Washington Nationals history (2005-present) to record at least 30 homers and 100 RBI in the same season. He is the first franchise farmhand to reach the 30-homer, 100-RBI plateau since Andy Tracy (37 HR, 128 RBI) accomplished the feat in 1999.
For his efforts, the right-handed hitting slugger was named 2010 Carolina League MVP and earned post-season All-Star honors. Moore also claimed MiLB.com CL Batter of the Week honors four times during a six-week stretch from July 12-August 22. He was selected by Washington in the 16th round of the 2008 First-Year Player Draft.
Milone, Washington's 10th-round selection in the 2008 First-Year Player Draft, went 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA in 27 starts with Harrisburg of the Double-A Eastern League. With 155 strikeouts and just 23 walks in 158.0 innings pitched, the southpaw posted an impressive 6.7/1 strikeout-to-walk ratio and 8.83 strikeouts per 9.0 innings. The 23-year-old allowed two earned runs or less in 19 of 27 (70%) starting assignments and surrendered three earned runs or less in 23 of those 27 (87%) outings.
Milone's 155 strikeouts paced the Eastern League, ranked second in Double-A and finished fourth among left-handers in minor league baseball. The University of Southern California product ranked among EL leaders in ERA (second), WHIP (second, 1.16) and wins (tied for second). He was selected as a mid-season Eastern League All-Star. Milone's 24 wins over the past two seasons (2009-10) are tops among organizational pitchers during that period.
Moore and Milone will be honored for their accomplishments during an on-field ceremony prior to Tuesday's 7:05 p.m. contest against Philadelphia.