Thursday, November 20, 2008
John Lannan Topps All Rookie Team
Clearly, John Lannan was the very best starter for Our Washington Nationals all season long in 2008. With a little more luck and hitting behind him, his personal record would have been far better than his final numbers showed. And Our Number 31 was rewarded today by being named to The Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team.
A well deserved honor for John Lannan. Congratulations John!!
Here is the complete press release from the team:
JOHN LANNAN NAMED TO TOPPS MAJOR LEAGUE ROOKIE ALL-STAR TEAM
Washington Nationals left-handed pitcher John Lannan today was named to the 50th Annual Topps Major League Rookie All-Star Team. Lannan was one of 10 players to earn the citation, which annually recognizes one rookie for each position on the field, as well as the top right-handed and left-handed pitchers.
The 24-year-old turned in one of the top rookie seasons in franchise history, going 9-15 with a 3.91 ERA in 31 starts. Lannan led all big league rookies and tied for eighth in the NL with 21 quality starts, which represented the third-highest total ever by a Washington Nationals (2005-08) pitcher and tied for the fifth-highest rookie total in the past 23 years, beginning with the 1986 season. He finished among this season’s freshman leaders in wins (tied for sixth), ERA (fourth) and starts (tied for third), while also ranking among the top rookies with 182.0 innings (fifth), 112 strikeouts (fifth) and a .252 batting average against (third).
Lannan has a career mark of 11-17 with a 3.95 ERA in 37 starts. He was selected by the Nationals in the 11th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of Siena (NY) College.