Moore, Milone win organizational awards

The Nationals named their 2010 minor league player and pitcher of the year today, and neither one was a big surprise.

Single-A Potomac first baseman Tyler Moore won the team’s player of the year award, while Double-A Harrisburg pitcher Tom Milone was named pitcher of the year.

Moore, a 16th-round pick in 2008, won Carolina League MVP honors and led the league with 31 homers and 111 RBI. He is the first minor leaguer to reach 30 homers and 100 RBI in the same season since the team came to Washington.

Moore surged through the second half of the season, winning Carolina League Player of the Week honors four times in six weeks, and general manager Mike Rizzo said last month that Moore is advanced enough offensively that he might be able to skip a level in the minors.

Milone, the Nationals’ 10th-rounder in 2008, led the Eastern League in strikeouts with 155 and ranked second in Double-A in that category. He went 12-5 with a 2.85 ERA, a year after going 12-5 with a 2.91 ERA at Potomac.

Both players will be honored in a pregame ceremony before Tuesday’s 7:05 p.m. start.