Category Archives: Draft

Draft 21: The Next Five (11-15): Signability & Quality, or Signability vs. Quality?

By forensicane   This year, the draft brings greater challenges to signing players drafted between rounds 11-15. For those with remaining eligibility, the 125K cap is a test. Does the college eligible player believe that by going back, he’ll get … Continue reading

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2021 Picks 6-10: Can a Marginal Legacy be Reversed?

At a stage in the draft when the most highly regarded talents go off the board, organizations like the Nationals are more challenged to find players who have the talent and character to build long careers from humble beginnings. But … Continue reading

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Nationals 2021 Top Draft Picks – Changing the Approach to Change the Organization

The 2021 draft is done! Now, we wait for the new draftees to sign their contracts then the slow cooking as the talents show first glimpses before the season winds down. Will any of the talents sign quickly enough to … Continue reading

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In Day-2 of the draft, we remember Jordan Zimmermann. On Day-1, how’s about the impact of the 2014 Draft on today’s Nats?

The stars of any draft mostly come from the first round picks. You usually get about a 40 percent from every year that have good MLB careers and only a handful become All-Stars. The 2014 draft brought a trio of … Continue reading

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Jackson Rutledge was named MLB Pipeline’s #1 prospect of the Nats. What is he all about?

It has been a little over a full year from his draft in the first round in 2019, and Jackson Rutledge is now MLB Pipeline’s № 1 prospect for the Washington Nationals. He holds the same spot that Stephen Strasburg once … Continue reading

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Draft orders are set and #Nats pick 11th

The last time the Washington Nationals selected better than eleventh in the amateur draft was 2011 when the team selected Anthony Rendon with the sixth overall pick in the first round that year. 

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The silver lining of a woeful losing record is picking at the top of the draft!

Suckitude has its privileges. A top draft seeding is the only silver lining to a woefully under-performing season. The darkest years in Nats history from 2008-2010 yielded three top of the draft prizes in Stephen Strasburg, Bryce Harper, and Anthony … Continue reading

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A quick five round draft yields six players with potential for the Nats

Over the two days of the amateur player draft and a grand total of five rounds, the Washington Nationals selected six players who general manager Mike Rizzo believes will elevate his farm system that ranks near the bottom of all … Continue reading

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The mock drafts got it wrong again; Cade Cavalli to the #Nats in the 1st round!

The draft is so hit-or-miss like a deceptive breaking pitch that will buckle your knees when you were looking fastball. Every draft class can be analyzed in hindsight years down the road to look at names of “can’t miss” first … Continue reading

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The amateur draft begins shortly with a new format and much less money in the pool!

While there is no agreement between MLB and the player’s union to “Play Ball”, we have a baseball event playing out “live” in the form of the amateur baseball draft. Very much like the NFL Draft during the COVID-19 crisis, … Continue reading

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