Marmolejos, Lopez, and Bautista take home Nationals’ top minor league honors
The Washington Nationals announced their minor league offensive player and pitcher of the year along with their Bob Boone Award recipient for 2016 and all three played in Harrisburg in 2016.
Jose Marmolejos was named the organization’s top offensive player as he split time between Potomac and Harrisburg over 136 games. The 23-year-old first baseman cracked 45 doubles and led the Nationals minor league players with 87 runs scored and 240 total bases. In 33 games with the Senators, Marmolejos adjusted nicely to Double-A as he hit .299 and drove in 15 runs.
Reynaldo Lopez was awarded the pitcher of the year accolades as the 22-year-old fireballer struck out 126 batters while walking only 35 batters in 109.1 minor league innings over 19 starts. Lopez held opponents to a .220 batting average between his stints in Harrisburg and Syracuse. The Dominican Republic native is also 5-3 with a 4.57 ERA in 10 appearances with the Nationals this year.
Rafael Bautista was named the recipient of this year’s Bob Boone Award given to the player that best “demonstrates the professionalism, leadership, loyalty, passion, selflessness, durability, determination and work ethic required to play the game the Washington Nationals Way.” The speedy outfielder led the Eastern League with 153 hits and 56 stolen bases on his way to setting the Senators’ single-season record for stolen bases.
The Nationals will honor the three players prior to Saturday’s game against the Miami Marlins.