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Jun 6, 2011, 10:12 PM EDT

It's just about that time. The MLB Draft begins at 7 p.m. Eastern, and though the Nationals don't own the No. 1 pick as they did the last two years, they'll certainly be paying close attention to what players are selected 1 through 5 and who remains available when their No. 6 pick comes up.

Based on various mock drafts and conversations I've had both with Nats executives and writers covering other clubs, here's my best guess how the first five picks will go…

1. Pirates — Gerrit Cole, RHP, UCLA
2. Mariners — Anthony Rendon, 3B, Rice
3. Diamondbacks — Trevor Bauer, RHP, UCLA
4. Orioles — Dylan Bundy, RHP, Owasso, Okla.
5. Royals — Bubba Starling, OF, Gardner, Kan.

If that all plays out — and mind you, there's no guarantee that's how it will go, I'm simply making an educated guess — the Nationals would be in position to draft left-hander Danny Hultzen of the University ofRead more »

  1. Doc - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:22 PM

    Good job MarkMeister!

  2. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:36 PM

    I am glad that the this draft is supposed to be deep with the Nats holding 6, 23 and 34, I think. Rizzo should shine here. I was glad to see Jason Reid take him to task, largely on preventing the media from accessing Eckstein, but Jason should have been more concerned with Rizzo's very spotty record than his stepping o nthe media's toes. It is not about Rizzo trying to control the media; it is about Rizzo trying to assemble a club.

  3. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:46 PM

    MLB Network just did a great piece on Bubba Starling with Harold Reynolds. Very impressive kid. No doubt he is ready for baseball as he said its his favorite sport. That is his sport of choice although he says he loves dunking the basketball.That gap power and speed is impressive. I think the Royals get nervous and don't want to take the chances on Starling or Hultzen for the same reason the Orioles will pass on both.Would love to see the Nats take a 1st baseman with #34.

  4. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:52 PM

    Regarding Hultzen – also on MLB Network there was a brief mention of Hultzen wanting to go to medical school. Something about inheriting a large sum of money if he enrolls in med school in the near future. Was that real? What's the story?

  5. masnstinks - Jun 6, 2011 at 10:57 PM

    Hultzen went to St. Albans — very high-calibre private prep school in the dc area. Apparently his family is very unimpressed with baseball and he is in line to inherit something like 20 mil if he goes to med school. Apparently he is also a genius and can handle med school. Makes a signing bonus look like chump change. He will truly have to make a choice based on what he really wants to do with his life. I think he should become and arm surgeon – that's a good way to stay in baseball!

  6. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:01 PM

    Okay – thanks. But why does that sound like something from a 1930s movie? Maybe with Kate Hepburn as his love interest?

  7. masnstinks - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:11 PM

    He's definitely not your usual college baseball kid. He does go to UVA, a top academic university — he probably got into the school legitimately, too. I am a huge baseball fan, but giving up med school for it? I can understand why his family is not thrilled with the idea of baseball.

  8. Andrew - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:14 PM

    Hultzen to Seattle with the #2!!!!!!!

  9. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:15 PM

    Draft boards all messed up now!

  10. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Why did he look so shocked?

  11. Will - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:16 PM

    Rumor is that the Royals are looking to draft locally, and Starling fits that description, which would set the Nats up to draft locally as well.However, rumor also has it that Hultzen's agent is throwing around ridiculous numbers, like $13mil. That could be reason for concern, because for as good as Hultzen is, he's no Strasburg.Regarding his career as a doctor, why not do both? It would make the perfect follow-up career when his baseball career ends in (best case scenario) 15 years.

  12. FS - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:19 PM

    Come on, no one saw that coming. I am shocked and disappointed that Seattle chose to go that way. I really wanted Danny boy for our team or even Orioles. Anyways, we will end up with a hitter at #6 I think.

  13. Anonymous8 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Rendon is slipping. The shoulder must be a question mark.

  14. Will - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:20 PM

    Crap, nevermind. That's pretty surprising, as it looked like Seattle was pretty sure to take Rendon…That would be awesome if he fell to #6!

  15. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:21 PM

    Will Clark and Rizzo pick Rendon?

  16. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Will, Hultzen has been drafter already.

  17. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Starling is next you have to know … Will they pick NFA_Brian fav Anthony Rendon?

  18. FS - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    OMG, we are stuck with Rendon. For sure.

  19. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Here we go … the Nats can pick Rendon another 3rd baseman … hmmmm …

  20. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:31 PM

    Darn, Starling is gone…….

  21. Anonymous8 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Have to go with Rendon according to the best player available theory.

  22. SCNatsFan - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:34 PM

    Couldn't have worked out worse for the Nats. I think you take the bat in Rendon – if we think he is healthy – and worry where to play him in a couple of years. My head says we take Bradley.

  23. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:35 PM

    Boras and Bubba are going to bend the Royals over. There will be no hometown discount given there!

  24. JohninMPLS - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:36 PM

    According to Baseball Reference, no player named Bubba has ever been an MLB All-Star.

  25. TimDz - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Where does Rendon fit?

  26. Anonymous8 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:38 PM

    Well, it was the right move. Nats pick up a #1 at #6

  27. masnstinks - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Harper was a catcher. Morse was a shortstop. Get the guy in the organization and then figure it out later.

  28. Gonat - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:40 PM

    Rendon will be converted to an outfielder!

  29. Oldguy - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:41 PM

    The MLB guys are all over Rendon as a second baseman. What an insult to Danny. Rendon can play outfield–I'm betting that's what they'll do. They wanted his bat. Good choice.

  30. bgib - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Well, after Zimm leaves as a free agent….

  31. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:42 PM

    Nothing wrong with Rendon given Zim's contract renewal is coming up and money won't be the big issue.Pitching next.

  32. Will - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    2B looks appealing for Rendon, then shift Espinosa to SS.Either way, it's a great pick. The injuries will heal, and we'll be left with 3 straight #1 overall picks.

  33. Drew8 - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:43 PM

    I know Rendon is a talent, but this must be a private disappointment for the Nats. Gotta believe they wanted Hultzen, Bauer or Bubba.Well, I hope a stud pitcher is there at 23.I guess Rendon will become a left fielder or a first baseman.

  34. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:44 PM

    Danny? Oh no … that's your budding superstar, Now, Desmond is an entirely different story.

  35. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:47 PM

    Unless the shoulder is a real issue Rendon will be an infielder. The Nats had him listed as a 3rd baseman not RF like catcher Harper.

  36. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    He's barely six ft and 190 lbs. He has played all infield positions. He led team in stolen bases. He's playing second base and the cannon Espinosa is the shortstop. This kid was projected number one pick. Trades coming for cf bj uptown or then red sox.

  37. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:48 PM

    Ugh. I guess we have a backup plan for when the FoF becomes the Pride of the Yankees.

  38. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Ugh. I guess we have a backup plan for when the FoF becomes the Pride of the Yankees. Yup. If they want him at 2nd they would have said it. Right now he is a CI.

  39. Will - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Well the Mariners' blogs are going crazy right now. They were convinced that Rendon was theirs, and now they're pissed they passed on him. They were all pretty sure that Rendon was the best talent, which he was. He was the consensus #1 pick until he picked up a couple injuries this season.Good pick by Rizzo.

  40. Anonymous - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:57 PM

    We are the worst hitting team in baseball. Let's take the best college hitter in years and see how it works out. Or, we could pass on him because we have a couple young middle infielders who are hitting .220 and striking out every other at bat.

  41. Will - Jun 6, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    This is a glorious day for the Nationals. Anyone how has seriously watched Rendon play — and I have, in person (as an opposing team's fan) — knows he's the best pure hitter in college. And has been for awhile. I love Espinosa, but Rendon has a special enough bat to move anybody off their position except Zimmerman, Werth and Harper. Danny can play SS anyway.

  42. JaneB - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    How long before we see Rendon, do you all think? Is he on the same schedule Zimm was, out of school? Or does the shoulder have to heal so he can learn another position? Sorry…I don't know how this goes. Will, I hope you are nit just RIGHT but a shrewd observer of hitterishness.

  43. baseballswami - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:09 AM

    When is our next pick? Pitching this time?

  44. Anonymous - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:14 AM

    I love Espinosa, but Rendon has a special enough bat to move anybody off their position except Zimmerman, Werth and Harper. Danny can play SS anyway.Don't make the mistake of underestimating Espinosa and his bat. Think about it. Sure he is hitting under .250 BUT HE LEADS THE TEAM IN RBI DUDE! With 33!!! That's HUGE given that only Morse is even close with 30. Where TF is Werth? What's his excuse hitting where he hits? Look where Danny hits … and WAIT HE'S still adapting /adjusting to switch-hitting in the majors this year!!! (Remember, Rizzo warned everyone that that would likely happen with Espinosa!) Espy is going to be HUGE. Espinosa is surely a KEEPER! I sure hope they don't trade him! Now, Ian Desmond perhaps not … imagine an infield of Zim, Rendon, Espinosa and Morse. Then an outfield of Harper, Werth and perhaps BJ Upton?All that's left is the bench and pitching. Pitching starts with Stras and JZimm … and they will likely pick up some more with the next two picks. Peacock may be the real deal and that would give them 3 power pitchers. They just need a couple on the left side. They have Gorzelanny, Lannan, Milone, and perhaps Detwiler. It all might just come together just that way?

  45. NatsJack in Florida - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:15 AM

    I'm already looking forward to Fall Instructional League and see where we play Rendon. Can't complain about getting the best bat in the draft.

  46. Anonymous - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:17 AM

    @JaneB, you'll have to wait and see what Rizzo has to say on his conference call. Rendon is likely more than good enough to start in Potomac now. He'll move to Harrisburg fairly quickly and join Harper. Now, you might just see both come to the majors together?

  47. CBinDC - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:21 AM

    All I know is another Minor affiliate of the Nationals is going to be very happy

  48. Will - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:28 AM

    Sorry, don't know how to quote on this thing.@ Anon: "Don't make the mistake of underestimating Espinosa and his bat."Like I said, I love Espinosa*. But he's got the arm and range to play shortstop, which upgrades two positions when you include Rendon. Rendon doesn't really have prototypical 3B size or SS tools, so 2B makes the most sense. I don't like him in the outfield. Werth isn't moving off his position because of his contract, unless you want to flip him to left field when Harper comes up. * as for RBIs, those fluctuate a lot and I'm in the belief that they're more dependent on runners on base than an actual ability to create runs. considering the Nationals don't have a lead-off hitter or much protection for Werth, it's not a surprise his numbers are low. Look at the RBI totals for Adrian Gonzalez compared to this point last season.

  49. Tim - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:32 AM

    Good pick. We need some good hitters in the organization.

  50. Drew8 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:35 AM

    Some good-looking college arms are still on the board, like Meyer of Kentucky, Barnes of UCONN and Sonny Gray of Vandy.Seven picks to go. Fingers crossed.

  51. Drew8 - Jun 7, 2011 at 12:54 AM

    Will Meyer get past three more teams?(Chews nails)

  52. TimDz - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:08 AM

    You can stop chewing now Drew….Question is will the Nats take Meyer?

  53. Anonymous - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:09 AM

    I am a big Nats fan who goes to graduate school at Rice. Very excited about Rendon. I figured it would not happen like all of Seattle. I was at Rice watching him yesterday in his last NCAA game.The thing to know about Rendon this year is he walked 80 time this year out of about 260 PAs. He was so respected that no one pitched to him. Over .500 OBA

  54. Anonymous - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:13 AM

    Meyer!

  55. Drew8 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:16 AM

    Woo hoo!Man that's a lot of value in the top two picks. Now get another arm at 34.

  56. Anonymous - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:25 AM

    The Nats have now drafted Keith Law's #2 and #6 Prospect.

  57. Water23 - Jun 7, 2011 at 1:42 AM

    So. do they go with a P next or hitter? Jackie Bradley would be a nice pick up in the compensatory round but with no 2nd round pick I have a feeling we will be seeing a P.

  58. Anonymous8 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:18 AM

    Thank you Adam Dunn for Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin

  59. Jamie Tallman - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:18 AM

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  60. Drew8 - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:20 AM

    Wow. Goodwin's your center fielder, pairing with Werth and Harper.Guess that means Rendon stays in the infield.

  61. Joe Seamhead - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Someday soon people will be saying " Can you believe that five teams had the chance to take Rendon and didn't?"

  62. natsfan1a - Jun 7, 2011 at 2:40 AM

    Was clicking over to watch on MLB Network. Funny to see all of the prognosticating fall apart with the first couple of picks. That's why I don't do predictions. :-) Will be interesting to see what develops with all of these guys. Welcome to the club (well, assuming that they all sign).

  63. Navy Nats Fan - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    The Nats missed a chance to draft a legacy – Pudge's son Ivan Dereck Rodriguez was drafted by the Twins at #208. Congratulations to the family!

  64. Navy Nats Fan - Jun 7, 2011 at 9:01 PM

    But I think Bryce's brother is still available!

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