For a pair of Nationals prospects who are quietly making two of the biggest impressions in the organization, Wednesday was a good day in the Arizona Fall League.
Second baseman Stephen Lombardozzi, who ended the year at Double-A Harrisburg and could move to Triple-A Syracuse next year, went 2-for-6 with a pair of doubles and a run. He hit .295 in 27 games at Harrisburg this year, posting an on-base percentage of .373, and is seen as one of the Nationals’ up-and-comers in the middle infield.
And pitcher Cole Kimball, who finally surged up the Nationals’ system this year after washing out as a starter, struck out the side in the ninth inning. Kimball is coming off an impressive run in the Florida instructional league; Nationals player development director Doug Harris said yesterday that Kimball was one of the players who impressed him the most.
“He had a tremendous year this year,” Harris said. “He’s a high-energy guy with big stuff. This is going to be a great stage for him.”
Kimball, like reliever Adam Carr, is among the growing supply of power arms the Nationals hope to plug in their bullpen in the near future. They appear to have a chance at making Collin Balester into a successful reliever, and Carr and Kimball both have mid-90s fastballs with solid breaking balls.