Steve Lombardozzi has been signed by the Washington Nationals and assigned to the Triple-A Syracuse Chiefs. Lombardozzi had been playing for the Independent League Southern Maryland Blue Crabs and hitting near .400 for them.
Lombardozzi’s path back to the Nationals organization that drafted him in 2008 should be no surprise that he is back given his perseverance as many 27 year old kids in his situation might have retired. While there is no clear path back to the Majors, Lombo will have to prove in Syracuse that he is a viable player. Lombo has a career .264 batting average in his 257 game with the Nationals; however, right now the field is full with promising players who will rank in front of him like Trea Turner and prospects Wilmer Difo and Chris Bostick.
The issue with Lombo wasn’t his batting average, but rather his ability to get on base where he carried a .278 on-base-percentage in 2013. After the 2013 season, Mike Rizzo traded him in the multi-player deal for Doug Fister on December 2, 2013.
This was perhaps the greatest of Steve Lombardozzi highlights from a walk-off sacrifice fly against the Mets.
This is a YouTube compilation video from Lombo’s years with the Nats.