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Ranking the Nats draft classes

Jun 4, 2013, 3:22 PM EST

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With the 2013 MLB Draft coming up on Thursday, June 6, we will be taking a look at the Nats' history in the draft over the next few days. Here's how we rank the team's draft classes since becoming the

Washington Nationals:
8. 2006
Notable picks: 1B Chris Marrero (1st rd., 15th), RHP Cole Kimball (12th rd., 361st), RHP Brad Peacock (41st rd., 1231st) — see full class here
The Nationals’ 2006 draft class was one to forget. They took Chris Marrero in the first round (31 career MLB games) and their next 12 picks never even made the big leagues. Their best selection would have to be Peacock who helped them get Gio Gonzalez. Perhaps most notable about the ’06 class is the names the Nats took. Washington took guys named Stephen King, Zech Zinicola, Rico Salmon, and Burt Reynolds all in the same draft.
7. 2012
Notable picks: RHP Lucas Giolito (1st, 16th), 2B Tony Renda (2nd, 80th), LHP Brett Mooneyham (3rd, 111th) — see full class here
It’s hard to evaluate a draft that has yet to produce a major league debut, but several of their top selections are already showing promise at the minor league level. Renda is a quick second baseman who hits for a good average, Mooneyham is already one of their better left-handed pitching prospects, and 4th round pick Brandon Miller is flashing power at Hagerstown with 11 home runs in 51 games. Giolito is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so time will tell on him.

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  1. A DC Wonk - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:36 PM

    Off topic, but just for kicks:Oddities of the day:Kyle Kendrick pitched his second complete game of the year (doubling his lifetime total) and hit a triple.Red Sox LOOGY Andrew Miller has held right-handed hitters to a .129 average and allowed a .316 average to leftiesAtlanta managed to go 0-for-6 with RISP yesterday, but still score seven runs.Tommy Milone doubled his _career_ hit total last night, getting two hits, including a 2-RBI single right after the guy in front of him got an IBBEntering yesterday, Houston had a higher BA (and same OBP/SLG) as the Yankees (!!) — and, don't look now but they just swept the Angels four straight (and have won six straight). With a team ERA of over 5 (!!). Mets' 1962 record is now safe from the Astros.Pirates' Jared Hughes has now thrown a league-low 23.9 percent of his pitches in the strike zone.Since the end of April, Marco Scutaro has hit .409/.463/.545 in 122 plate appearances, with a .419 BABIPLeaders in HRs per plate appearances (anyone predict this in the Spring?): Chris Davis, Domonic Brown, Evan Gattis, and 41 year old Raul Ibanez

  2. Doc - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:57 PM

    You dug up some interesting stuff, DC Wonk–exactly what wonks are supposed to do.By the way Burt Reynolds from the '06 MLB Draft, while not making it to the Bigs, did have a good career in Hollywood.

  3. karlkolchak - Jun 4, 2013 at 3:58 PM

    Fun article to read, though I think it understates just what a disaster that 2006 draft class was. The Nats had two true first round picks and two second rounders, and 5 of the top 91 overall. They used them all to draft high school guys probably thinking that by the time the team was ready to compete they'd be MLB ready. They failed to sign one (who was drafted and signed later by the Yankees and has yet to play above A ball), and all of the others except Marrero flopped before even hitting AA. That draft set the Nats back as much as any single event of the Bowden error–I mean era.

  4. JaneB - Jun 4, 2013 at 4:11 PM

    Wonk, fun stats! I'm glad the Astros won't be as bad as the Mets, because I'm rooting hard for Bo Porter to do a good job there (Plus, though it's right that he isn't playing for us, I still root for Justin Maxwell, class of 2005. I was there the first day he came up, and his whole family was there. He looked up at the crowd, and the walls, taking it all in. And we watch him stand in the dugout on closing day, his last day as a Nat, and look around, taking it all in. He's a good guy. Raul Ibanez makes me a wreck every time he comes up against us. Not surprised at all. Well, maybe a little.

  5. A DC Wonk - Jun 4, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    I wonder if the 2011 draft is either getting short-changed, or, at the least, the jury is too far out on this.Meyer (traded for Span), Rendon, Godwin might be good, and let's not forget the 6'4" lefty Matt Purke, too — now that's he's finally back in action after shoulder surgery.

  6. NatsLady - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    The Nats draft No. 68. Here are the 51-100 prospects as per Baseball Prospectus. Prospects

  7. Dave - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:14 PM

    So, Wonk, is that true? That first-time-at-bat 3-run homer that Milone hit last year was HALF of the hits he had before yesterday?Mondo bizarro.

  8. Unknown - Jun 4, 2013 at 6:51 PM

    he's playing in the American League now (Milone).

  9. Dave - Jun 4, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    True. I forgot about that.





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