Stephen Anthony Paul Lombardozzi was originally signed by Nationals scout Paul Tinnell…is a 2007 graduate of Atholton High School in Columbia, Md…attended St. Petersburg (Fla.) College… hit .380 as a freshman in 2008…his father, Steve, played in six Major League seasons with Minnesota (1985-88) and Houston (1989-90), winning the World Series with the Twins in 1987.
Spent most of the season at Triple-A New Orleans where he batted .274 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 103 games…also had a two-game stint with Miami from May 10 to 12 and went 0-for-8 in two games, both starts at second base (May 10 vs. St. Louis, May 12 vs. Atlanta)…stole 13 bases with the Baby Cakes, which is the fifth time he reached double figures in steals as a minor leaguer…hit .288 (94-for-326) with both of his home runs against right-handed pitching compared to .213 (16-for-75) against left-handers…had a roller coaster season with his batting average as he hit .299 in April, .224 in May, .395 in June, .223 in July and .297 in August…batted .308 in day games…went 0-for-9 with a walk and a RBI with the bases loaded…appeared in 72 games at second base, 16 at third base and 12 in left field…committed five errors as a second baseman (.983 fielding percentage), three as a third baseman (.930) and none in 21 chances in the outfield…also went 3-for-13 (.231) in four games as the designated hitter and was 0-for-1 with two walks as a pinch hitter…hit .277 in 53 games batting second and .273 in 47 games in the leadoff spot…also appeared in three games batting ninth.
NEW ORLEANS: Went nine consecutive games from April 18 to 28 without striking out (36 at bats)…had his lone two-steal game of the season April 22 against Omaha, making him a perfect 5-for-5 in stolen base attempts over his first 15 games…went 3-for-5 April 25 against Omaha, his first of eight three-hit games…was batting .264 in 29 games when he was selected by Miami May 10…was optioned back to New Orleans May 13 and hit .283 over his final 74 games with the Baby Cakes…homered in his first game back on May 15 against Salt Lake and hit both of his home runs over a 13-game span from May 15 to June 1…was designated for assignment May 16 and outrighted off the Marlins 40-man roster May 18…went 1-for-3 with a season-high three walks May 24 at Colorado Springs…was placed on the disabled list June 5 with a strained left groin… was reinstated June 19 and sent to Single-A Jupiter for two games (0-for-6) before returning to New Orleans June 21…drove in two runs June 27 at Iowa, his only game with more than one RBI… went 3-for-5 July 2 at Memphis to lift his batting average to .301…that was his only day over .300 for the season…had a streak of 19 consecutive games without an extra base hit from July 27 to Aug. 19…went 0-for-4 with a season-high three strikeouts Aug. 17 against Round Rock…hit safely in each of his final nine games beginning Aug. 25, his longest hitting streak of the season (10-for-37, .270).
Was released by the Chicago White Sox organization at the end of Spring Training and signed with Southern Maryland of the independent Atlantic League…was batting .367 with no home runs and 20 RBI in 40 games when he was signed by the Washington Nationals organization to a minor league contract June 7…was assigned to Triple-A Syracuse and hit .253 with seven RBI in 62 games…batted .275 against left-handed pitching, .239 against right-handers…had a .211 average with runners in scoring position, including .125 with RISP and two outs…hit .290 on the road, .202 at home…appeared in 31 games at second base and three at third base…committed four errors as a second baseman (.974 fielding percentage) and two as a third baseman (.857)…also hit .244 in 23 games as the designated hitter and was 1-for-5 (.200) with a double and strikeout as a pinch hitter…hit in every spot in the order except third through sixth and saw his most playing time with 44 games batting second…went 3-for-4 July 7 at Norfolk, his first of three three-hit games…had four straight multiple hit games from July 7 to 10 (9-for-17, .529)…hit safely in a season-high seven consecutive games from July 21 to 30 (10-for-23, .434)…was 1-for-2 with a season-high three walks Aug. 3 against Buffalo…batted .304 in 22 games in August.
Was traded by Baltimore to Pittsburgh in exchange for cash considerations on Feb. 3… began the season with Triple-A Indianapolis before being recalled by the Pirates on May 6…went 0-for-4 over six games before being optioned to Indianapolis on May 16…was recalled by Pittsburgh on June 28, going 0-for-6 in six games…was designated for assignment on July 23 and outrighted to Indianapolis on July 27…appeared in 26 games at second base, 23 in right field, 18 at third base, 15 in left field, 12 as the designated hitter and one at shortstop…batted .336 against left-handers, compared to .252 against right-handers…hit .300-plus in April (.375) and June (.302).
Spent the majority of the season with Triple-A Norfolk and also appeared in 20 games with Baltimore…was acquired by the Orioles from Detroit in exchange for infielder Alex Gonzalez on March 24…made Baltimore's Opening Day roster and hit safely in each of his first four games… recorded a season-high three hits on April 8 at New York (AL) and April 22 at Toronto…was optioned to Norfolk on May 1, recalled by Baltimore on May 24 and optioned back to Norfolk on May 25, where he spent the rest of the season…made 38 appearances at second base, 22 in left field, 16 at third base and five at shortstop with the Tides.
Completed his second full season at the major league level in 2013, appearing in 118 games with the Nationals...Ranked second among all major leaguers with 13 pinch-hits...Collected a season-high three hits on May 19 at San Diego -- equaled the high on May 24 versus Philadelphia, June 23 versus Colorado, July 25 versus Pittsburgh and August 11 versus Philadelphia...Hit his first career pinch-hit home run on August 30 versus Dillon Gee and the New York Mets...Batted .306 (38x124) with seven doubles, two home runs and eight RBI in 57 games from June 23-end of season -- hit .223 (37x166) with eight doubles and 14 RBI in 61 games prior to June 23...Hit .273 (21x77) with lefthanded pitchers on the mound...batted .254 (54x213) against righties.
Played primarily second base (51/43 games/starts) and left field (41/29) in stout rookie season...entered '12 having never previously played the outfield...closed strong, hitting .326 (28-for-86) from Aug. 8 through season's end...posted 13-game hit streak from June 29-July 20...when hitting leadoff, the Nationals went 35-23 (.603)...from the top of Davey Johnson's batting order, batted .273 and scored 29 runs...ranked among NL rookies in hits (8th, 105), times on base (8th, 130), total bases (10th, 136) & runs (tied 10th, 40).
Graduated from Syracuse and Harrisburg to reach DC after pacing Nationals minor leaguers in hits (172) and runs (86) ... 2011 Rawlings Minor League Gold Glove Award Winner (2B) ... was promoted to Washington on Sept. 6...recorded first MLB hit and RBI via GWRBI single in 7th inning of a 3-2 win at NYM, Sept. 12 ... combined to hit .309 with 25 doubles, 9 triples, 8 homers, 52 RBI and 30 stolen bases for Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg.
Led Nationals' system with 160 hits and 90 runs scored ... ranked among Single-A Carolina League leaders in batting average (5th, .293), OBP (6th, .370), walks (6th, 49), stolen bases (8th, 20), hits (10th, 129) and doubles (10th, 30).
Single-A South Atlantic League mid-season All-Star finished 2nd in the league in both runs scored (90) and hits (147) ... was selected as the MiLB.com SAL Player of the Week for the period of July 6-12.
Posted a fine .371 OBP in 48-game pro debut with the Rookie-level GCL Nationals ... walked 21 times in 48 games.