Yesterday's first-round of the MLB draft got plenty of attention, and deservedly so. The Nationals picked a potential difference-maker in Bryce Harper with the No. 1 pick and received tons of good press for it.
The real draft, though, begins today, with rounds 2 through 30 speeding along at a breakneck pace. Teams only get one minute per selection, so the action is fast and furious and there's little time for debate.
I'll do my best to update this with each of the Nats' Day 2 picks, beginning with the first selection in the second round, so please check back here throughout the day for details...
2. Sammy Solis, LHP, University of San Diego
Solis is a classic left-hander in that he doesn't have dominating "stuff" but he seems to get by with pitching guile. After missing most of 2009 with a herniated disc, Solis came back strong this season for the Toreros, going 9-2 with a 3.42 ERA. A 6-foot-5 native of suburban Phoenix, Solis throws his fastball around 90 mph and has a sharp-breaking curve/slider hybrid. Nationals front office executives, including Mike Rizzo and Bob Boone, saw him pitch in person two weeks ago while the Nats were playing in San Diego and came away impressed.
3. Rick Hague, SS, Rice University
A 21-year-old Texas native, Hague put up big numbers in his junior year at Rice, hitting .340 with 15 homers, 55 RBI and a .591 slugging percentage. He did commit a whopping 23 errors in 62 games at shortstop. Played for the U.S. national team last summer.
4. A.J. Cole, RHP, Oviedo HS, Fla.
A potential first-round talent, Cole slipped this far because he's committed to the University of Miami. The Nationals will have to pay well above slot to convince him to sign, but if they can pull it off, they've got themselves a big-time pitching prospect.
5. Jason Martinson, SS, Texas State
6. Cole Leonida, C, Georgia Tech
7. Kevin Keyes, OF, Texas
8. Matt Grace, LHP/INF, UCLA
9. Aaron Barrett, RHP, Mississippi
10. Blake Kelso, SS, University of Houston
11. Neil Holland, RHP, Louisville University
12. Robbie Ray, LHP, Brentwood HS, Tennessee
13. Chris McKenzie, RHP, San Jacinto JC, Texas
14. Tim Smalling, SS, Virginia Tech
15. David Freitas, C, Hawaii
16. Mark Herrera, RHP, San Jacinto JC, Texas
17. Tyler Hanks, RHP/INF, College of Southern Nevada
18. Justin Miller, SS, Middle Tennessee State
19. Wade Moore, Catawba HS, North Carolina
20. Chad Mozingo, OF, Rice University
21. Connor Rowe, OF/RHP, Georgetown HS, Texas