Thursday, June 6, 2013

Nats 2013 draft preview

Photo by USA Today
2013 MLB Draft: 

Thu. 6/6 at 7 p.m. - Rounds 1-2
Fri. 6/7 at 1 p.m. - Rounds 3-10
Sat. 6/8 at 1 p.m. - Rounds 11-40

When the Nationals pick: 

*Lost first round pick to Yankees for signing Rafael Soriano as a free agent
*2nd round, 68th overall is first pick
*3rd round, 105th overall is second pick
*Pick last in rounds 4-40

General Manager Mike Rizzo on the Nationals' plans:

“We’re not approaching it any different. We’re setting up the board, doing our due diligence just like we have every other year. It’s the only way we know how to do it. And when you pick 68, other than waiting longer to make a selection, we’re going to handle the draft the exact same way I’ve done it my whole career.”

"I’m not sure it’s especially deep or not so deep, but I do know that there’s going to be impact big-leaguers in this draft. And our job is to find out which guys those are, where are the hidden gems, and take them and have our development staff develop them into big league players. Impact Major Leaguers are found all over the draft and with our scouting staff, we feel that we’re going to overturn all the rocks and try and find some hidden gems that will give us a real impactful draft this year.”

Last five Nats' first draft picks:

2012: RHP Lucas Giolito - 1st round, 16th pick
2011: 3B Anthony Rendon - 1st round, 6th pick
2010: OF Bryce Harper - 1st round, 1st pick
2009: RHP Stephen Strasburg - 1st round, 1st pick
2008: RHP Aaron Crow - 1st round, 9th pick (did not sign)

Full franchise history in first round.

Notable second round picks in franchise history:

2009: 2B Jeff Kobernus - 50th overall
2007: RHP Jordan Zimmermann - 67th overall
1999: SS Brandon Phillips - 57th overall
1996: OF Milton Bradley - 40th overall
1985: LHP Randy Johnson - 36th overall

Full franchise history in second round.

2013 needs: 

With 67 picks before the Nationals are on the clock, it's hard to predict exactly who or what Washington will be targeting in this year's draft. One safe assumption would be pitching depth as the organization has taken a hit in the department over the last few years due to trades and call-ups. They have also seen the development of several of their recent picks affected by injuries, such as Giolito, Sammy Solis, and Matt Purke. 

Round 1 Order:

1. Astros
2. Cubs
3. Rockies
4. Twins
5. Indians
6. Marlins
7. Red Sox
8. Royals
9. Pirates
10. Blue Jays
11. Mets
12. Mariners
13. Padres
14. Pirates
15. Diamondbacks
16. Phillies
17. White Sox
18. Dodgers
19. Cardinals
20. Tigers
21. Rays
22. Orioles
23. Rangers
24. Athletics
25. Giants
26. Yankees
27. Reds
28. Cardinals (from Brewers)
29. Rays (from Braves)
30. Rangers (from Angels)
31. Braves (Compensation for Michael Bourn)
32. Yankees (Compensation for Nick Swisher)
33. Yankees (Compensation for Rafael Soriano)

Top five prospects:

1. RHP Mark Appel - Stanford
2. RHP Jonathan Gray - Oklahoma
3. 3B Kris Bryant - San Diego
4. 3B Colin Moran - North Carolina
5. OF Austin Meadows - Grayson HS (Ga.)

17 comments:

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

2009: 2B Jeff Kobernus - 50th overall

Notable how? He's done nothing so far because Davey can't really use him. His nice HBP last night gives him a stat line.

DaveB said...

GoSM ... Notable as 1 of only 2 2nd rounders in the last dozen years to make it to the bigs?

JD said...


Mark,

I don't agree that pitching depth is or should be the main priority. I think there is a nice pipeline of arms in the low minors (Solis, Purke, Shwartz, Cole, Ray, Jordan, Giolito just from the top of my head).

What I don't see anywhere are left handed power hitters playing 1st base or corner outfielder and short stops.

Am I missing something?

EmDash said...

The team's style isn't to look for particular positions, though, just whichever players they like the best. So it's hard to say what strategy they'll take with only lower-level choices remaining.

And Mark, today's actually Thursday the 6th, no matter how much I may wish it's Friday. *g*

Ghost Of Steve M. said...

JD, the injured Skole?

SCNatsFan said...

The only thing I am sure of is that I will have never heard of the guy we pick in the second round

Section 222 said...

For all you beer drinking Nats fans, Steinberg posted this link to an awesome map of where you can buy different beers at the park. If this guy were an Insider, I'd buy him a virtual beer over at NIDO.

JD said...



Ghost,

Skole will be 24 in July and has only played 20 games above A level (18 at A+ and 2 at AA). He may be a late bloomer but I am not sold on his top notch prospect status.

Goodwin is scuffling a bit at AA which is really a tough level to graduate from but he does have an OBP of .351 with some pop and he's only 22.

JD said...


From what I read this is supposed to be a weak draft and you can no longer over pay to get people who were skipped because of financial demands so it's hard to imagine any one of astonishing significance at 68. You never know though, you could find a diamond in the rough which everyone has whiffed on. It's happened before.

The better opportunity for the Nats is to find top of the line players internationally. I don't think we've been very strong in that regard.

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Sec. 3, My Sofa said...

Am I missing something?

Well, you're missing the obvious. This is Chase's post, not Mark's.

MikeinDC said...

If you have pitching, you can trade for most anything else you need.

Pilchard said...

Based on past practice, would guess that the Nats will draft a highly regarded player that has dropped due to signability concerns. The Nats will then draft a bunch of players that they can sign below slot - so they can use their limited amount of draft money to sign one highly regarded player. Rizzo gets that teams win with elite players; if the Nats have an angle on elite player they will do their best to get him despite the lack of an early pick.

blovy8 said...

It'll be a pitcher who's ready to have surgery.

blovy8 said...

Well, maybe not ready, exactly, but it certainly seems likely to be in his future.

sjm308 said...

Deuces:


wanted to thank you for the beer guide. Our Newcastle stand, while not my favorite, will do just fine since there is hardly ever a line and its a decent ale. I did like a couple of the beers at the Red Porch but for those prices I can get as good a beer, if not better at Justin's before the game. still made for interesting reading.

Win tonight and we win a series!!

Go Nats!!

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