The Draft is completed and the #Nats did what the Nats do!

The 2016 amateur Draft is complete. Over 1,200 players were chosen in 40 rounds, and the Washington Nationals had 41 players chosen which included 2 in the 1st round. Here is the list of all 41 players the Nationals chose here.

Carter Kieboom became the Nationals #1 pick of the draft, and he has a college commitment to Clemson which he now appears to be ready to pass on and sign with the Nationals. Carter Kieboom’s older brother Spencer Kieboom is a catcher with the Nationals Double-A affiliate Harrisburg Senators.

Kieboom played shortstop in high school, and scouts believe he can play several positions as he progresses through the minor leagues. Kieboom has an advanced bat and athleticism.

The Nationals had another 1st round draft pick right after Kieboom was picked. The Nationals selected Dane Dunning who is currently a pitcher for the Florida Gators, and has been a reliever and spot starter. He is right-handed with mid-90’s fastball, breaking ball, and change-up. The Nationals want him to be a starter.

In the 2nd round, the Nationals selected from the University of Oklahoma 3B Sheldon Neuse 58th overall.

In the 3rd round with the 94th overall pick, the Nationals selected Stoneman Douglas HS LHP Jesus Luzardo. Luzardo suffered an elbow injury and at one-time was considered a 1st round talent and dropped to #77 on the prospect ratings. Luzardo is a high ceiling pitcher with top tier potential.

The Nationals 4th round pick was Nick Banks who was once considered the best college outfielder in the country prior to his struggles in 2016. His details can be found in this video.

All in all, if the Nationals sign their top 11 picks it will be considered a very successful draft. You never know where the greatest talent will be found. Sometimes they can come in the 1st round, the 2nd round, the 3rd round, etc.

The Nationals 2007 draft and the Expos 2004 draft had a major impact on this 2016 draft and the 2016 Washington Nationals team. In 2007 in the 2nd round the Nationals drafted Jordan Zimmermann and in the 2004 draft the Expos selected Ian Desmond. Both players were given QOs (qualified offers) after the 2015 season which weren’t accepted and when they were signed as Free Agents the Nationals received draft compensation for them which became Carter Kieboom and Dane Dunning and this is how you can follow the value in players, and actually go further back as Jordan Zimmermann was once a compensatory draft pick for Alfonso Soriano.

The 2007 draft might go down in history as the draft that keeps giving. The Nationals selected in the 3rd round of 2007 with pick #100 Steven Souza. In a trade, Souza has now become Joe Ross and Trea Turner. Also from the 2007 draft, Derek Norris in part became Gio Gonzalez. Ross Detwiler was also chosen in the 2007 draft.

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