Some members of the Nats' beat writer crew jokingly refer to Single-A Potomac's Tyler Moore as "my boy," for the high volume of copy I devote to him. Frankly, it's a little hard not to write about the guy.
He just won his fourth Carolina League Player of the Week Award in six weeks, going 11-for-24 with four homers, two doubles, 13 RBI and six runs last week.
Moore became the sixth player in franchise history to drive in 100 runs, and tied the club record for homers in a season with 28. He has a 1.406 OPS since July 18, smashing 18 homers in that time.
So why hasn't he moved up yet? The 2008 16th-rounder is still pretty raw, for one. He's struck out 112 times while walking just 34 times, and he's made 10 errors at first base. There's no need to rush him to Double-A Harrisburg this year, especially since his surge has come later in the season.
And Moore is blocked at Harrisburg by Chris Marrero, the Nationals' first-round pick in 2006 and still their first baseman of the future. Marrero has been at Harrisburg all season, going through some of the same refinements in his game as Moore.
But I wouldn't be surprised if Moore wins the organization's Player of the Year Award. He'll probably get a shot at Harrisburg next year.