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Nationals 2014 MLB draft class

Jun 7, 2014, 7:32 PM EST

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Here is a look at the Nationals’ full 2014 draft class:

1st round: RHP Erick Fedde – UNLV – A high school teammate of Bryce Harper at Las Vegas High School, the Scott Boras client had Tommy John surgery on June 3.

2nd round: LHP Andrew Suarez – U. of Miami – A 6-foot-2 southpaw, Suarez missed his freshman season while recovering from shoulder surgery. As a sophomore he went 3-5 with a 3.95 ERA.

3rd round: C Jakson Reetz – Norris HS (NE) – Reetz was the MVP of the 2013 Perfect Game All-America Classic and a member of the US 18-and-under World Cup team that traveled to Taiwan.

4th round: RHP Robbie Dickey – Blinn College (TX) – Dickey throws a fastball that reaches 95-97, and according to will transfer to Texas State University in the fall if he decides to stay in school. He went 6-6 with a 3.82 ERA last season

5th round: RHP Drew Van Orden – Duke – The 6-foot-4, 205 pound right-hander went 6-5 with a 3.19 ERA and 91 strikeouts in 87 1/3 innings this season for the Blue Devils. Van Orden led Duke in innings pitched, strikeouts and games started as a senior.

6th round: RHP Austen Williams – Texas State University – TSU’s Friday night starter this season, Williams is 6-foot-3 with a mid-90s fastball. He went 8-3 with a 3.65 ERA in 98 2/3 innings pitched in 2014.

7th round: CF D.K. Carey – U. of Miami – Carey is a high-level athlete who put together a solid senior season for Miami. He batted .305 and hit seven home runs.

8th round: LF Jeff Gardner – Louisville – Named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Gardner led the conference with 61 RBI. He hit eight home runs with a .340 batting average. Louisville is still alive in the NCAA Tournament with a Super Regional matchup against Kennesaw State.

9th round: 1B Austin Byler – Nevada – Byler is a power hitter who led the Mountain West Conference in home runs and slugging percentage in 2013. He made the switch from third to first base in 2014.

10th round: RF Matthew Page – Oklahoma Baptist U. – The 6-foot-3 right fielder hit .381 with 11 home runs and 84 RBI for the 2014 season. He earned All-American honors and was named the NAIA Player of the Year in 2013.

11th round: RHP Weston Davis – Manatee HS (FL) – A 6-foot-3 right-hander, Davis has a fastball that reaches 94 miles per hour, according to Perfect Game USA. Davis is committed to play at the University of Florida.

12th round: RHP Domenick Mancini – Miami-Dade CC South (FL) – Mancini, a 6-foot-3 relief pitcher, held a 1.91 ERA through 15 appearances and struck out 39 batters in 37 2/3 innings pitched this season.

13th round: 3B Austin Davidson – Pepperdine – Davidson was drafted in the 21st round out of high school by the Boston Red Sox. He hit .276 with 13 homers and 85 RBI in three seasons at Pepperdine. Davidson is still playing for Pepperdine in the NCAA Tournament in their Super Regional series with TCU.

14th round: RHP James Bourque – Michigan – A 6-foot-4 reliever, Bourque had a 5.18 ERA in 63 total games for the Wolverines through three collegiate years. He posted a 1.670 WHIP and 111 strikeouts in 132 innings pitched.

15th round: 1B Ryan Ripken – Indian River State (FL) – The son of Hall of Famer Cal Ripken, Jr., Ripken originally committed to the University of South Carolina before transferring to Indian River State. He’s 6-foot-6, bats lefty, and hit .321 in 41 games last season.

16th round: LHP Cole Plouck – Pima CC (AZ) – Plouck is a 6-foot-2 junior college lefty who went 4-4 with a 1.43 ERA and 76 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings pitched this season.

17th round: CF Alec Keller – Princeton – A native of Richmond, Va., Keller was a three-time first team All Ivy League selection and hit an impressive .336 through 142 career games in four seasons at Princeton.

18th round: LHP McKenzie Mills – Sprayberry Senior HS (GA) – Mills is 6-foot-4 and currently committed to play at Alabama State University.

19th round: RF Clay Williamson – Cal State Fullerton – Williams bats left and hit .179 through two seasons (49 games) at Fullerton.

20th round: RF Bryan Langlois – Pepperdine – The 6-foot-1 outfielder hit .278 and scored 72 runs in 107 career games through two seasons. Pepperdine is currently playing TCU in the NCAA Super Regionals.

21st round: LHP Connor Bach – Virginia Military Institute – Originally from Centreville, Va., the 6-foot-6 southpaw posted a 4.09 ERA in four seasons at VMI with 143 strikeouts in 176 innings.

22nd round: C Daniel Salters – Dallas Baptist (TX) – A 6-foot-3 backstop, Salters began his career at Eastern Oklahoma State College before transferring. The Nats’ second round pick in 2013, Jake Johansen, also played at Dallas Baptist.

23rd round: SS Chris Riopedre – East Tennesse State University – Just 5-foot-9, Riopedre hit .255 in 162 games for ETSU.

24th round: RHP Kyle Simmons – Texas Lutheran – Simmons is a 6-foot-6 right-hander originally from Las Vegas, NV. According to his college bio, he missed the 2013 season due to injury.

25th round: C Kyle Bacak – Texas Christian – The third catcher selected by the Nationals, Bacak began his collegiate career at Houston University before transferring to San Jacinto college. TCU is his third NCAA team, and is among the 16 clubs still playing in the NCAA Tournament.

26th round: RHP Chase McDowell – Rice – McDowell was a college teammate of Anthony Rendon and went on to play four years for Rice. He was known for his versatility, appearing in 45 of the Owls’ 62 games this season. He pitched 16 times, was a designated hitter 36 times and played once in the outfield.

27th round: SS Conor Keniry – Wake Forest – Keniry played also played some outfield for the Demon Deacons, holding a .241 average through three seasons.

28th round: RHP Kid De La Cruz – Volunteer State CC (TN) – De La Cruz is 6-foot-5, 240 pounds and went 3-4 with a 5.15 ERA this season. He struck out 42 batters in 50 2/3 innings.

29th round: RHP DJ Jauss – U. of Massachusetts-Amherst – Jauss played his first two years at East Carolina before transferring. His father, Dave, has spent over 20 years in MLB as a scout and assistant coach. He was a minor league manager for the Montreal Expos in the late 1980s and early 1990s and currently serves on the Pirates’ coaching staff.

30th round: RHP Tyler Mapes – Tulane – A 6-foot-2 starter, Mapes went 5-5 with a 2.20 ERA and 59 strikeouts in 81 2/3 innings as a senior. He also recorded two complete games this season. Mapes began his career at the Naval Academy.

31st round: RHP Samuel Johns – U. of Evansville – Johns sat out the 2011 season with a shoulder injury. He went 9-5 with a 5.13 ERA in his collegiate career.

32nd round: CF Elliott Cary – Clackamas HS (OR) – The son of former MLB pitcher Chuck Cary, the center fielder is committed to play at Oregon State. says he is unlikely to sign.

33rd round: CF Clay Casey – DeSoto Central HS (MS) – Casey is a 6-foot-2 center fielder committed to play at the University of Mississippi.

34th round: C Evan Skoug – Libertyville HS (IL) – A lefty power bat, Skoug measures in at 5-foot-11 and 195 pounds. He is committed to play at TCU.

35th round: RHP Tommy Doyle – Flint Hill School (VA) – The first local kid picked by the Nats, Doyle attended Flint Hill School in Vienna, Va. He is 6-foot-6 with a fastball in the low-90s. Doyle is committed to play at the University of Virginia.

36th round: LHP John Henry Styles – Episcopal HS (TX) – A 5-foot-11 lefty from Houston, Styles is committed to play at Stanford in the fall.

37th round: LHP Quinn Brodey – Loyola HS (CA) – Brodey, another Stanford commit, has a fastball that reaches the low-90s.

38th round: RF Stuart Fairchild – Seattle Prep (WA) – A Wake Forest commit, Fairchild measures in at 6-foot, 200 pounds. He was the number one outfield prospect in the state of Washington this past season.

39th round: OF Jon Littell – Stillwater HS (NY) – At 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Perfect Game USA says Littell has “huge power potential.” He is committed to play for Oklahoma State University where his father is the head coach of the women’s basketball team.

40th round: LHP Jacob Hill – Orange Coast College (CA) – As a sophomore the lefty went 11-0 with a 1.27 ERA and .216 batting average against in 71 innings pitched.

  1. DaveB - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:39 PM

    Seems like the comments on Suarez should add that as a JR he was 6-3 w/ a 2.95 ERA (including a 1-0 9 inning CG shutout win in his last game in the Collegiate WS), rather than stopping after the SO year. He seems recovered from that shoulder surgery prior to his freshman year.
    I’m liking the upside on the first 3 picks.

  2. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2014 at 2:56 PM

    MicheleS — if you’re out there — at least a couple of the photos I’ve seen of Erick Fedde leads me to conclude he needs your long-promised cookies (or, better yet, some concentrated protein) more than Ross Detwiler.

    • jd - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM


      You are correct. He’s listed at 180 lbs (6.2) but Ive seen him listed at 165 lbs in other places.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

        From one of the photos I would have guessed 150 lbs. I’d be happy to give him 25 or more lbs. myself, but that’s another matter.

  3. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Not to steal Chase’s thunder, but, stealing it–

    Here is a good link with videos.

  4. tcostant - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:37 PM

    Come on, 4 pitchers out of the Top 5. LETS GET SOME STICKS.

    • Danny - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:51 PM

      New to how Rizzo operates? Pitching pitching and more pitching.

  5. tcostant - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    Lets see how good a salesman Rizzo can be, draft J.B. Bukauskas from Stone Bridge and get him to sign:

    He told teams he wanted to go to college, which is why he is out there right now. Go get him.

  6. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    Round 6 another pitcher.

  7. tcostant - Jun 6, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    They didn’t listen, in Round 6th they took another pitcher not named Bukauskas (who is still out there)/

    Williams, Austen Texas State (TX) RHP R/R JR
    6’3″ 220lbs DOB: 12/19/92
    After spending the first two years of his college career in the bullpen, Williams moved into the Friday night starter’s role for Texas State this spring. He throws his fastball in the low-90s, topping out at 94 mph. Williams’ curveball and changeup both show the potential to become average offerings. He throws strikes with all of his pitches and aggressively attacks hitters. Williams will need to smooth out his delivery and build up his endurance as a professional. If he can do so, his stuff and size (he’s listed at 6-foot-3, 215 pounds), give him all the makings of a solid starting pitcher.

    • NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

      So, saying there is room for development, which is what our system does.

  8. NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Cards took all pitchers until the last round, then they took a SS. The analysts were saying it’s hard to find college bats, so you have to take high school bats, which are both sought-after and risky. Might be better off looking internationally. Or trading.

  9. Faraz Shaikh - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Can someone tell whether any of these guys were drafted before and by which team?

    • NatsLady - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:20 PM

      Yes, you can tell that. (And they usually announce it also). I have to go to work right now, but I’ll show you later.

      • Faraz Shaikh - Jun 6, 2014 at 4:29 PM

        Oh great. Thanks NL!

  10. Dave - Jun 7, 2014 at 7:56 PM

    Is the first name of our 28th-round pick really Kid? What kind of a nickname do you come up with for a ballplayer whose given name is Kid?

    • Melissa - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:28 AM

      I believe it’s Kida

      • Dave - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:29 AM

        Too bad. Well, then, I guess the nickname is Kid after all.

  11. laddieblahblah - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:01 PM

    Read Kris Kline’s comments on many of the first and second round picks. He seemed to be saying that they like kids with upside that the player development staff can work on to bring out their best – looking for undervalued talent, so to speak. Character and makeup are also important, which may be one reason they took young Ripken. When you look at what they did with Aaron Barrett, Tanner Roark, et. al., you can see his point. Those guys must have worked their tails off to become as good as they are.

    Some of those selected yesterday will benefit mightily from working with the Nat’s talent developers, and it’s anyone’s guess which of the draftees will benefit the most. Remember, no one wanted Mike Piazza, either, and he only turned out to be the consensus best hitting catcher, ever.

    Roark was a 26th rounder and La Roche a 29th rounder, and Piazza was, literally, the very last guy selected in the draft when he was taken. We will probably see a few of the new guys in the GCL, if they sign soon enough to play this season.

    The best of luck to all of them.

    • natsjackinfl - Jun 7, 2014 at 8:56 PM

      And I’ll be at Space Coast Stadium watching with a keen eye and listening to Bob Boone and Mark Grater.

      • ArVAFan - Jun 7, 2014 at 10:37 PM

        Thanks. Your first-hand insights are always useful.

    • dcwx61 - Jun 8, 2014 at 1:41 PM

      Mattingly….19th round





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