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With the 2013 MLB Draft coming up on Thursday, June 6, we will be taking a look at the Nationals' history in the draft over the next few days. Here's how we rank the ten best draft picks the Nats have made since bringing baseball back to the city of Washington.
10. Alex Meyer, SP – 2011: 1st round, 23rd overall
Yet to make MLB debut
Alex Meyer has yet to pitch in a major league game, but by all accounts is a top pitching prospect who could someday be a front of the rotation starter. He also helped land the Nationals their current starting center fielder in Denard Span. Now, whether the trade really worked out for the Nats can’t be determined at this point. But to get a starting quality outfielder who plays defense like Span shows the value of Meyer. What they currently get out of Span is more than worth the 23rd pick in the draft.
9. Craig Stammen, RP – 2005: 12th round, 354th overall pick
MLB career stats: 18-14, 4.13 ERA, 134 games, 360.0 IP
Picked out of the University of Dayton, Stammen was a nice surprise in the minor leagues and made his MLB debut in 2009. He began as a starting pitcher, but struggled in the role and was sent back down to Triple-A. He came back towards the end of 2011 to try his hand at coming out of the bullpen and found a more comfortable spot. Now Stammen is one of the most indispensable relief pitchers on the Nationals’ roster, a reliable commodity whether they need him to get one out or spell a starter for four innings of work.
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