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2014 MLB Draft preview

Jun 5, 2014, 10:21 AM EST

Photo by The Associated Press Photo by The Associated Press

When: June 5-7

Where: Secaucus, NJ

TV: MLB Network will carry the first and second rounds live on television Thursday night beginning at 7 p.m. Rounds 3-10 on Friday and rounds 11-40 on Saturday will be broadcast on The second and third days get started at 1 p.m.

Draft order: The first 10 picks are as follows…

1. Houston Astros
2. Miami Marlins
3. Chicago White Sox
4. Chicago Cubs
5. Minnesota Twins
6. Seattle Mariners
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Colorado Rockies
9. Toronto Blue Jays
10. New York Mets

Nationals’ picks: The Nats pick 18th in the first round and 57th overall in the second round. From then on they will have the 19th pick in each round.

Bonus money: The Nationals have $5,275,700 in their bonus pool to spend on draft picks, 23rd among MLB teams.

Nationals’ last five top picks: 

2013 – RHP Jake Johansen, Dallas Baptist University (2nd round)
2012 – RHP Lucas Giolito, Harvard-Westlake HS (Ca.)
2011 – 3B Anthony Rendon, Rice University
2010 – OF Bryce Harper, College of Southern Nevada
2009 – RHP Stephen Strasburg, San Diego State University

Best 18th overall picks in MLB history:

2011 – RHP Sonny Gray, Oakland Athletics (1.2 WAR)
1996 – RHP R.A. Dickey, Texas Rangers (16.8 WAR)
1985 – LHP Joe Magrane, St. Louis Cardinals (12.2 WAR)
1980 – 3B Glenn Wilson, Detroit Tigers (12.9 WAR)
1974 – OF Willie Wilson, Kansas City Royals (46 WAR)

(Pete Kozma was also picked 18th overall in 2007, so there’s that)

Best 57th overall picks in MLB history:

2002 – LHP Jon Lester, Boston Red Sox (28.8 WAR)
2000 – RHP Joel Hanrahan, Los Angeles Dodgers (4.7 WAR)
1999 – 2B Brandon Phillips, Montreal Expos (24.6 WAR)
1998 – 3B Brandon Inge, Detroit Tigers (19.1 WAR)
1973 – OF Ruppert Jones, Kansas City Royals (22.5 WAR)

(Reds OF Billy Hamilton was also picked 57th overall in 2009)

Nats’ positional needs: Mike Rizzo is adamant about picking the ‘best player available’ and never targeting needs. But, if the Nats were to look to fill long-term holes, those would likely be catcher, second base, first base and left-handed starting pitching.

Rizzo on what’s out there: “I think the draft class is deep. It’s deep with a lot of velocity arms, I think that’s the thing that jumps out the most. There’s some quality left-handed, power college bats which is not typical of a draft class. But most importantly we like the numbers and the quality of the players.”

Names to watch at 18th overall: RHP Jeff Hoffman (East Carolina), SS Jacob Gatewood (Clovis HS in Ca.), C/1B Kyle Schwarber (Indiana), RHP Erick Fedde (UNLV), LHP Brandon Finnegan (TCU)

Local prospects expected to be drafted: 

(Rankings based on Baseball America’s top 500)


25 – Nick Howard – 3B/RHP – University of Virginia
31 – Derek Fisher – OF – University of Virginia
33 – Jacob Bukauskas – RHP – Stone Bridge HS (Ashburn, Va.)
43 – Mike Papi – OF/1B – University of Virginia
111 – Mark Zagunis – C – Virginia Tech University
119 – Nick Wells – LHP – Battlefield HS (Haymarket, Va.)
124 – Blake Bivens – RHP – Washington HS (Danville, Va.)
165 – Brandon Downes – OF – University of Virginia
177 – Michael Katz – 1B – William and Mary
193 – Derek Casey – RHP – Hanover HS (Mechanicsville, Va.)
194 – Devon Fisher – C – Western Branch HS (Chesapeake, Va.)
202 – Artie Lewicki – RHP – University of Virginia
204 – Ashton Perritt – RHP – Liberty University
215 – Tommy Doyle – RHP – Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.)
228 – Brandon Cogswell – 2B/SS – University of Virginia
248 – Hunter Taylor – C/3B/OF – Nadua HS (Onley, Va.)
295 – Christopher Huffman – RHP – James Madison University
354 – Nate Irving – C – University of Virginia
363 – Ryan Seiz – 2B – Liberty University
387 – Connor Overton – RHP – Old Dominion University
407 – Ryan Yarbrough – LHP – Old Dominion University


67 – Jake Stinnett – RHP – University of Maryland
235 – Justin Morris – C – Dematha HS (Hyattsville, Md.)
261 – Peter Solomon – RHP – Mount St. Joseph HS (Baltimore, Md.)
316 – Troy Stokes – OF – Calvert Hall College HS (Baltimore, Md.)


Nats not afraid of draft prospects deemed injury risks

Podcast: ‘Baseball in the District’ – MLB Draft preview with BA’s John Manuel

For MLB Draft, Nationals do their homework

Stay tuned: We will have extensive coverage of the Nationals’ first and second round picks on Thursday night, as well as a Nats draft tracker through the rest of the weekend. There you will be able to see the Nats’ draft picks as they roll in, all in one place.

  1. tcostant - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:43 AM

    I turned the MLB Network on this morning for some highlights and got a nice surprise with a preveiw of the top 50 guys in the draft. Nice.

  2. coop202 - Jun 5, 2014 at 10:50 AM

    Man… That brandon Philips trade still makes me sad for the expos. Not to mention he’s caused us two losses this year (and probably would’ve added a win or two on top).

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    Any of those local kids grew up in DC area?

    • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      Howard is from olney. Derek is from PA. And HS kid is from there obv. I didn’t look others up. It won’t be terrible if we get a local kid and he gets to play for nationals some day.

      • 6ID20 - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:41 AM

        Then we can Lombo him. Good times.

      • therealjohnc - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:50 PM

        Oh enough about Lombo. He’s plucky and gritty and all that, but after a while it becomes obvious that he’s barely, if at all, a major league player. The Nats traded him to the Tigers, who dumped him on the Orioles for a 37yo player that the Tigers cut after 9 games. Although his batting average looks respectable, he’s a lousy offensive player because he has no power and takes no walks. And his defense is nothing special either. He’s now OPSing .689 in AAA.

        Lombo wasn’t traded/sent down as a dis to a local baseball player. It was because he isn’t very good as a major league baseball player. No shame in that, but c’mon, man.

  4. joemktg - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:35 AM

    33 – Jacob Bukauskas – RHP – Stone Bridge HS (Ashburn, Va.): JB has made it clear that he is attending UNC this fall. Sidebar: he’s 17(!), is graduating a year early, and topped out at 100 this season for Stone Bridge.

    215 – Tommy Doyle – RHP – Flint Hill (Oakton, Va.): is a UVA commit, and UVA commits usually skip the draft to go to Cville.

    • joemktg - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

      193 – Derek Casey – RHP – Hanover HS (Mechanicsville, Va.): also a UVA commit.

      Both JB and Derek come out of the EvoShields Canes organization, Fredricksburg, VA, while Tommy Doyle comes out of the Demarini Stars organization, Vienna, VA

  5. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    Here’s hoping those three top-100 prospects from Virginia. translate into a long run into the CWS — Go Hoos!

    • joemktg - Jun 5, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      Facing MD in the Super Regional down in Cville: that’s a GREAT match-up!

  6. texnat1 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:00 PM

    Looks like the Nats now have a chance to draft another Zim. This time Zimmer, Keith Law’s number 5 prospect who is still on the table . . .

  7. texnat1 - Jun 5, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Fedde it is.





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