Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Nationals Name Minor League Players of the Year

The Washington Times noted the Nationals had named their pitcher/player of the year.

The Nationals named third baseman Kory Casto and left-hander Michael O'Connor as their minor league player and pitcher of the year. Casto hit .290 with 36 doubles, 22 homers and 90 RBI for Class A Potomac. The 23-year-old infielder was the Expos' third-round draft pick in 2003. [The 25-year old] O'Connor went 10-11 with a 3.54 ERA and 158 strikeouts in 26 starts for Potomac. A native of Ellicott City, Md., he was a seventh-round pick in 2002 out of George Washington.

Both Casto and O'Connor will be honored before tomorrow afternoon's series finale against the Giants.


Basil said...

he was a seventh-round pick in 2002 out of George Washington

Hail to the buff, hail to the blue!

You think Casto will stick at second?

Brian said...

As much as it pains me to say, I doubt it. If the Nationals want to give Casto the greatest opportunity to succeed at 2B, they should replace Harris with him in the AZ Fall League. Let him get PT against better quality pitching in a place where the limited Nats scouting base can watch/instruct. It's apparent Harris isn't going to get a chance in the Bowden/Robinson regime so send a guy there who might get a fair shake.

Basil said...

Good point.

My concern is that BA evaluated Casto just last year as slow-footed and awkward for third base. Did his defense really improve that much in one season? (Or BA could have had bad information, of course.)