The Washington, DC chapter of the Internet Baseball Writers Association announced their 2010 Nationals Player Achievement Awards earlier today. There were some very interesting choices and individual votes, plus folks voted on their favorite professional and non-professional baseball writers. If you read this blog, you'll want to check out the results.
Here's how I voted.
MVP: Ryan Zimmerman/Adam Dunn/Josh Willingham. Zimmerman was one of the most valuable players in the entire National League, not surprising he earned every single first place vote on the ballots. Dunn did what he always does, and everyone saw how important Hammer was -- when he wasn't there anymore.
SPoY: Stephen Strasburg/Livan Hernandez/John Lannan. Hernandez certainly well exceeded any expectation I had for him, but Strasburg's debut was electrifying. He was dominant for those few starts he had, and that was enough to carry my vote. Upon his return from the minors, Lannan was the same old John -- only better -- striking out ore and walking fewer.
RPoY: Matt Capps/Sean Burnett/Tyler Clippard. Capps wasn't as dominant as Burnett really, but he performed very well, was named the Nats lone All-Star, and was traded for the potential catcher of the future. All around, job well done for a guy coming off a year of 5.80 ERA. Clippard vultured his way into a bunch of wins and had some problems, but he was also damn near unhittable at times.
Hitter of the Year: Zimmerman/Ian Desmond/no third place vote. I fear the voters didn't read the description of this award as closely as the others, as base running and situational hitting were supposed to be taken into account in this category. Perhaps a tweaking of the award description next season is in order. Desi really came around once he was moved up in the order.
Slugger of the Year: Dunn/Willingham/Michael Morse. I left Zimmerman off my ballot here as I regard him as more than a slugger. Morse made the most of the opportunities given him this season.
Defensive POY: Danny Espinosa/Zimmerman/Alberto Gonzalez. I really, honestly think if he gets 500-plus at bats next season, Espinosa will win the Gold Glove at second. I think he's that good. Zim had another fine year, but his constant sidearm throwing has me nervous. Gonzo can play anywhere in the infield and has as good an arm as anyone.
Comeback POY: Jordan Zimmermann/Matt Capps/Roger Bernadina. I guess most folks thought Livo's comeback from sucking for three years was enough to garner the nod here. J-ZImm's return from Tommy John in 51 weeks is nothing short of remarkable,and we can only hope Strasburg takes the same route in his rehab. Bernie's return from his broken leg was good news too.
Humanitarian of the Year: Capps/Lannan/Willingham. It's kinda telling in the ballot that Capps finished out of the Top 3 overall, but received four first place votes -- the only people that voted for him. He did more in less time for the good of the community. Lannan shows up for everything, and Hammer's foundation and appearances put him on my list.
Minor Leaguer of the Year: Espinosa/Tom Milone/Tyler Moore. Espi charged through the ranks and produced at every level. Milone averaged almost a K per inning and K/BB rate of 155/23 was outstanding at the Double-A level. Moore's power streak in the middle season was ridiculous, but he'll have to prove himself next year as he was old for Single-A this season (23).
Go take a look at the totals, and let me know what you think in the comments.