Two Nationals minor leaguers, first baseman Tyler Moore and starting pitcher Brad Peacock of Class AA Harrisburg, were named Eastern League all-stars today.
Moore, 24, leads the Eastern League with 28 home runs and 81 RBIs, and his .821 OPS ranks 13th in the league. Moore is hitting .267 with a .304 on-base percentage. Moore has risen to prominence in the Nationals’ system ever since a remarkable tear that began last July at Class A Potomac.
Peacock, 23, struck out 127 batters in 98 2/3 innings at Harrisburg, which still ranks fifth in the league despite his promotion to Class AAA Syracuse in July. If still he had enough innings to qualify, his 2.01 ERA in Class AA would still rank first in the league. Peacock has tailed off a bit in Class AAA Syracuse, compiling a 3.56 ERA in eight starts with 41 strikeouts and 23 walks in 43 innings.
Nationals Manager Davey Johnson has openly considered Peacock as a September call-up, but 40-man roster considerations and minor control issues during his adjustment to Class AAA may prevent that. Still, Peacock has become a top pitching prospect this season after making a mechanical adjustment, and he could challenge for a starting spot next spring training.