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Roller Coaster Year for Michael O'Connor

Left-handed pitcher Michael O'Connor had one heck of a roller coaster ride this season with the Potomac Nationals. After beginning the year with a 1-7 mark, he bounced back to finish with a 10-11 record and being named the Nationals 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, which came as a shock to O'Connor. But it wasn't the only surprise this past season.

Drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 7th round of the 2002 MLB Draft out of George Washington University, O'Connor completed his third minor league season in 2004 with a very solid campaign with the Brevard County Manatees of the Florida State League, going 8-8 with a 4.11 ERA with 104 strikeouts in 103 innings pitched. It was the culmination of a steady rise through the now Nationals...

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