Washington Nationals Name Former GW Player Minor League Pitcher of the Year
Sept. 22, 2005
WASHINGTON, DC - The Washington Nationals have named former George Washington University baseball player Michael O'Connor its organization's Minor League Pitcher of the Year, announced during a ceremony prior to Thursday's game against the San Francisco Giants at RFK Stadium.
O'Connor, who played for the Colonials from 1999-2002, pitched this season for the Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League (Class A Advanced).
The Ellicott City, MD native went 10-11 with a 3.54 ERA (66 ER/167.2 IP) in 26 starts. O'Connor limited opposing Carolina League batters to a .229 batting average, and ranked among C.L. leaders in wins (tied for sixth), strikeouts (second with 158), complete games (tied for first with two) and innings pitched (tied for first with 167.2).
O'Connor, 25, led the Nationals minor league system in strikeouts and tied for first with 10 wins. His 3.54 ERA ranked fourth among Nationals farmhands.
In four professional seasons the left-hander is 28-25 with a 3.66 ERA (156 ER/383.1 IP), during which he has fanned 9.6 batters per 9.0 innings pitched (411 SO/383.1 IP).
O'Connor's season highlights include his performance against Wilmington on April 27th when he fanned 15 batters in just 6.1 innings.
He was a seventh-round selection in the 2002 First-Year Player Draft by Montreal.
O'Connor currently ranks in numerous top 10 GW categories including appearances (second with 83), saves (tied for third with 10) and strikeouts (eighth with 202).
He is also a member of the Colonials' 2002 Atlantic 10 Championship Team.