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Notable picks: 1B Chris Marrero (1st rd., 15th), RHP Cole Kimball (12th rd., 361st), RHP Brad Peacock (41st rd., 1231st) -- see full class here
The Nationals’ 2006 draft class was one to forget. They took Chris Marrero in the first round (31 career MLB games) and their next 12 picks never even made the big leagues. Their best selection would have to be Peacock who helped them get Gio Gonzalez. Perhaps most notable about the ’06 class is the names the Nats took. Washington took guys named Stephen King, Zech Zinicola, Rico Salmon, and Burt Reynolds all in the same draft.
Notable picks: RHP Lucas Giolito (1st, 16th), 2B Tony Renda (2nd, 80th), LHP Brett Mooneyham (3rd, 111th) -- see full class here
It’s hard to evaluate a draft that has yet to produce a major league debut, but several of their top selections are already showing promise at the minor league level. Renda is a quick second baseman who hits for a good average, Mooneyham is already one of their better left-handed pitching prospects, and 4th round pick Brandon Miller is flashing power at Hagerstown with 11 home runs in 51 games. Giolito is still working his way back from Tommy John surgery, so time will tell on him.
Notable picks: RHP Aaron Crow (1st, 9th), 2B Danny Espinosa (3rd, 87th), LHP Tommy Milone (10th, 301st), 1B Tyler Moore (16th, 481st), 2B Steve Lombardozzi (19th, 571st) -- see full class here
In 2008 the Nats missed big time with their top picks, but found major value later on. They failed to sign their first round pick, relief pitcher Aaron Crow, and but took Espinosa, Milone, Moore, and Lombardozzi with higher selections. Milone is a solid major league pitcher and was part of the Gonzalez trade, and the other three were key parts of the Nats’ playoff run in 2012.
Notable picks: 3B Anthony Rendon (1st, 6th), RHP Alex Meyer (1st, 23rd), OF Brian Goodwin 1st, 34th), 1B Matt Skole (5th, 157th) -- see full class here
In the last year teams were allowed to pay players above their draft slot, the Nats took advantage by handing out major league contracts to players with signability issues. They were able to stockpile top prospects quickly and could look back on this class someday as a big moment for the franchise. They took Rendon who looks like a future star, Meyer who landed them Denard Span, and Goodwin who is being groomed as the future center fielder.
Notable picks: OF Bryce Harper (1st, 1st), RHP A.J. Cole (4th, 116th), LHP Robbie Ray (12th, 356th) -- see full class here
Getting Harper was a major turning point for the franchise. The draft is still pretty recent and few others they picked that year have worked out so far, but getting the N.L. Rookie of the Year certainly carries some weight. Their second round pick Sammy Solis still has potential and A.J. Cole is regarded highly in the organization. Robbie Ray is also a pretty good minor league pitcher who could someday be a big league arm.
Notable picks: LHP Ross Detwiler (1st, 6th), RHP Jordan Zimmermann (2nd, 67th), C Derek Norris (4th, 130th) -- see full class here
With four picks in the first two rounds, including three in the first, the Nats hit it pretty big with two of them. They grabbed Ross Detwiler in the first round and took Jordan Zimmermann in the second. Both LHP Josh Smoker (1st, 31st) and OF Michael Burgess (1st, 49th) never made the majors, but they have to be happy with this draft as a whole. They also grabbed catcher Derek Norris in the 4th round, he was part of the Gonzalez trade as well.
Notable picks: RHP Stephen Strasburg (1st, 1st), RHP Drew Storen (1st, 10th), 2B Jeff Kobernus (2nd, 50th), RHP Nate Karns (12th, 352nd) -- see full class here
The Nats hit a few picks right on the money in 2009. Obviously Strasburg was a big time pick for them, but they also got Storen, Kobernus, and Karns in the same year. All four players are currently on the team’s major league roster. They also grabbed minor league pitching standouts Taylor Jordan and Danny Rosenbaum in later rounds.
Notable picks: 3B Ryan Zimmerman (1st, 4th), OF Justin Maxwell (4th, 114th), LHP John Lannan (11th, 324th), RHP Craig Stammen (12th, 354th) -- see full class here
The first draft for the Nationals as a Washington baseball franchise was excellent. They took future All-Star third baseman Ryan Zimmerman who would make an immediate impact in the majors that September. They also picked John Lannan and Craig Stammen in late rounds. Both have established themselves as major league pitchers with Stammen serving as a significant contributor to 2012’s division winning club.