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A belated draft recap

Jun 10, 2010, 4:50 PM EST

Sorry for the delay in getting this all together. I meant to offer this up sooner, but obviously there were a few things taking place on the actual major-league field the last couple days that superseded what took place in the draft war room.

Which isn't to diminish what Kris Kline, Roy Clark and an army of dozens accomplished this week. No draft in sports requires as much manpower, long hours or crazy schedules as the MLB draft does, and you could see in all those guys' eyes last night after Round 50 wrapped up just how draining the whole process is.

Kline, the Nats' new scouting director this season, was gracious enough to spend several minutes with beat writers yesterday after the draft concluded and discuss several of the notable picks that came after Bryce Harper was selected first overall. I'll present this as a complete list of all 50 draft picks, with analysis and comments from Kline below all the notable ones…

1. Bryce Harper, C/OF, College of Southern Nevada
I think you've already heard about this guy.

2. Sammy Solis, LHP, University of San Diego
Solis is a classic left-hander in that he doesn't have dominating "stuff" but he seems to get by with pitching guile. After missing most of 2009 with a herniated disc, Solis came back strong this season for the Toreros, going 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA. A 6-foot-5 native of suburban Phoenix, Solis throws his fastball around 90 mph and has a sharp-breaking curve/slider hybrid. Nationals front office executives, including Mike Rizzo and Bob Boone, saw him pitch in person two weeks ago while the Nats were playing in San Diego and came away impressed.

Kline: "He's totally fine, totally healthy, had a good year this year, didn't miss any starts. 88-94. Strike-thrower. He'll show you two types of curveballs, anywhere from 73-74 on the slower one. It's more of a slurve. And then he'll get out on top of one. That's the one he uses to finish guys off. He'll get that up to about 80. That's his go-to pitch. That's a good one. … He's got a chance to have an above-average fastball, above-average breaking ball, and he's got a good feel for his changeup."

3. Rick Hague, SS, Rice
A 21-year-old Texas native, Hague put up big numbers in his junior year at Rice, hitting .340 with 15 homers, 55 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage. He did commit a whopping 23 errors in 62 games atRead more »

  1. Anonymous - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    What the heck is with all the shortstops early?

  2. Steve M. - Jun 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM

    Kris Kline said…There will be a few guys up there that will be Mike's focus: Harper, Cole, Solis will be a little battle. But we'll get them done."Hague wasn't mentioned, so will he be easy? I like that Kline said "WE'LL GET THEM DONE".Bryce Harper and AJ Cole will be the 2 that they will have the most challenge to get signed I forsee.

  3. Les in NC - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:25 PM

    Was there ever any thought to drafting Bryan Harper (he went in the 26th round to the Cubs)?

  4. Laurel - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:27 PM

    From Bratislava: So did anyone draft Harper's brother?

  5. N. Cognito - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Les in NC said… "Was there ever any thought to drafting Bryan Harper (he went in the 26th round to the Cubs)?"26th round is like drawing names out of a hat. If there was any thought to it, probably just because they drafted Bryce.

  6. Anonymous8 - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:43 PM

    "Les in NC said… Was there ever any thought to drafting Bryan Harper (he went in the 26th round to the Cubs)?" Yah, the Nats drafted him out of High School and he opted for College.

  7. swang - Jun 10, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    The cubbies got Harper's brother.

  8. Steve M. - Jun 10, 2010 at 7:30 PM

    Swang – It was already established that the Cubs drafted Bryan Harper this week. The point was that Bryan Harper in 2008 was drafted coincidentally by the Washington Nationals.Here was Bryan Harper's 2008 Draft Card:Selected by Washington Nationals in 31st Round (931st overall)

  9. Sean - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:19 PM

    What the heck is with all the shortstops early? Think about it – the best athletes you played high school baseball with played short and pitched. Stands to reason draft them, with the thought that you can always move him to a less-challenging position if he produces offensively.

  10. Anonymous - Jun 10, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    Is Tyler Hanks kicking in part of his small signing bonus to Harper? I doubt he would have ever popped up on the radar screen except for all of the scouts watching Bryce play this year.





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