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Nats sign 2nd round pick Johansen

Jun 8, 2013, 1:00 PM EST

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It may have taken the Nationals almost five hours on Thursday night to make their first pick of the 2013 MLB Draft, but they wasted no time in signing him.
Second round selection Jake Johansen has already agreed to a deal with the Nats after being taken with the 68th overall pick. The quick turnaround had to do with the new CBA and its system of contract rules, but also an urgency on the part of the player to get started.
"I wanted to go out and play as quickly as possible so I could increase my chances to possibly be up in the major leagues as soon as possible," Johansen said.
The 6-foot-6 right-hander from Dallas Baptist University knew of the Nationals' interest in him after visiting this past week with members of their front office. He was impressed with the team's positivity and vision, as well as their track record with young pitchers.
"I was just hoping the Nationals would get the chance to draft me," he said. "With all the positive things I've heard about the player development of the Nationals, I have no doubt, I'm very confident that I will reach that potential."

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  1. Ghost Of Steve M. - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    Bernadina starting in LF

  2. Manassas Nats' Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:06 PM

    As FP would say "He's ready call him up."

  3. terpman33 - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:17 PM

    Congrats to Jake for signing quickly. I wish him the very best. There may be room for him sooner than we think. I may be looking at this half-empty, but I have a bad feeling about Strasberg living up to his potential…..

  4. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:27 PM

    I'm sanguine about his "'when' (not if) I get to The Show" approach. You play this game with fear and arrogance.

  5. Caps Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:32 PM

    Gandhi and the Dalai Lama never made it to the majors. The meek may inherit the earth, but very few of them get to The Show.

  6. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    Not to mention announcing your presence with authority.Sec. 3, My Sofa said… I'm sanguine about his "'when' (not if) I get to The Show" approach. You play this game with fear and arrogance. June 08, 2013 1:27 PM

  7. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:08 PM

    Gandhi and the Dalai Lama never made it to the majors.Interesting examples. But no, they didn't play baseball, AFAIK.

  8. Sec. 3, My Sofa - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    Not to mention announcing your presence with authority.And holding the ball like an egg.

  9. Laddie Blah Blah - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

    Another of Rizzo's "character and makeup" guys."I also view myself as a starter," Johansen said. "Just to hear the words from [Mike] Rizzo and Mr. Kline about how they project me as a starter in the organization is extremely motivating. It just pushes me that much further to exceed expectations and reach my full potential."He's got the Natitude, already.

  10. Drew - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:33 PM

    This is very good news. It's great to have another live arm that is appended to a seemingly teachable young man.

  11. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:47 PM

    Well said, Laddie.

  12. 34c95d5a-d06d-11e2-aa6b-000bcdcb8a73 - Jun 8, 2013 at 6:57 PM


  13. Caps Fan - Jun 8, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Jesus OTOH has made it to The Show fairly often. But is he in the HoF.

  14. BigCat - Jun 8, 2013 at 9:18 PM

    Good to see a kid who just wants to get in the minors and play. Unlike some who hold out until the cows come home and end up missing the whole summer

  15. Clip&Store - Jun 8, 2013 at 10:44 PM

    Jesus is in the hall of fame? Like the hall of fame of miracles or healing people or something?

  16. natsfan1a - Jun 8, 2013 at 11:56 PM

    But can he hit the curve ball?

  17. baseballjones - Jun 9, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    The man sported a 5.40 ERA at a university that sounds more like a hospital. Let's not starting s—— each other's d—- just yet.

  18. Scooter - Jun 9, 2013 at 3:57 AM

    What? Why would we spin each other's dreidels?





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