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Skole among 18 draft picks to sign

Jun 21, 2011, 7:25 PM EDT

The Nationals announced today they’ve signed 18 of their picks from this month’s draft, headlined by fifth-round choice Matt Skole.

Skole, a third baseman from Georgia Tech, hit .348 with 10 homers, 58 RBI and a .545 slugging percentage during his junior season. He was arrested for DUI in February and twice was suspended by the school for violating team rules.

Other draft picks whose signings were announced by the Nationals today: Brian Dupra (seventh round), Manny Rodriguez (10th), Caleb Ramsey (11th), Blake Monar (12th), Deion Williams (16th), Todd Simko (21st), Travis Henke (22nd), Khayyan Norfork (23rd), Georgetown’s Erick Fernandez (25th), Shawn Pleffner (26th), George Washington’s Bobby Lucas (27th), Kenneth Ferrer (28th), Trey Karlen (33rd), Alex Kreis (35th), Ben Hawkins (36th), Bryce Ortega (41st) and Ritchie Mirowski (45th).

Not included among the signings, of course, are the Nationals’ three first-round picks (Anthony Rendon, Alex Meyer and Brian Goodwin), third-round pick Matt Purke and fourth-round pick Kylin Turnbull. Those signings are not expected to take place until closer to the August 15 deadline.

  1. Anonymous - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    So what's up with Bryan Harper? (Bryce's older brother)

  2. Brian - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Right now, Bryan is playing in the College World Series for South Carolina

  3. Anonymous - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Is Bryan Harper also a Boras client? (And does Boras give a family discount?)

  4. The Dude Abides - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:40 PM

    Check the South Carolina Gamecocks roster for the College World Series. You'll find Bryce's brother.

  5. Sec3ms - Jun 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

    Zach Houchins?He's said he's *really* sorry.

  6. Anonymous - Jun 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM

    These guys' debuts and appearances on the Auburn roster Friday was more of an announcement….

  7. Grandstander - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:13 PM

    Obviously, we won't hear anything on Rendon until midnight at the deadline, and Meyer and Goodwin not soon before that.But what about Purke? He obviously wants above slot, and turned down $4 million from the Rangers, stating he wanted at least 6. He can easily walk away and build his stock for next year and that could earn him millions more if he projects again to the top like he did before his injury.Does signing Purke to any deal influence how you treat your 1st round picks?

  8. The Joker - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM

    I guess the beer is on Skole tonight.

  9. David - Jun 21, 2011 at 9:59 PM

    maybe he can afford a taxi now…

  10. Water23 - Jun 21, 2011 at 10:34 PM

    Any word on Stephen Collum?

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