Jun 10, 2015, 11:54 AM EDT
Follow all of the Nationals’ 2015 draft picks as they roll in with analysis of each player:
2nd round (58th): OF Andrew Stevenson – LSU – A lefty center fielder with excellent speed, who is considered one of the best defensive players in college baseball. Hit .356 with 26 steals as a junior for the Tigers, who are still playing in the NCAA Tournament.
2nd round (69th): OF Blake Perkins – Verrado HS (AZ) – Another speedy outfielder known for his defense. Perkins hits switch and was an honorable mention All-American. He is currently committed to play for Arizona State.
3rd round: OF Rhett Wiseman – Vanderbilt – Another player still active in the NCAA Tournament, Wiseman is a 5-foot-11 21-year-old who hit .316 with 14 homers and 11 steals as a junior for the Commodores. He was drafted in the 25th round by the Cubs back in 2012, but didn’t sign.
4th round: RHP Mariano Rivera, Jr. – Iona (NY) – A right-handed pitcher who has a fastball that reaches 97 miles per hour. Oh, and he’s the son of Yankees legend Mariano Rivera. Rivera, Jr. is listed at 5-feet-11 and 155 pounds. Rivera went 5-7 with a 2.65 ERA in 14 starts this season with Iona.
Here is Nationals’ special assistant to the GM Jeff Zona on Rivera, Jr.:
“It was a day in Connecticut that I saw him. It was much the same as our scout [Jeff Malzone] who had tracked him. I mean, he sits mid-90s with his fastballs with a power, 80 mile per hour curveball. It was very impressive. He threw strikes. It was great to see him at that time of the year when you’ve almost been through the whole country and then you see that. It was just somebody that, for me, he was just one of my favorites. I think we got a good one.”
5th round: LHP Taylor Hearn – Oklahoma Baptist University (OK) – A 6-foot-5 lefty, Hearn began his college career at Jacinto College before trasnferring to Oklahoma Baptist. Hearn went 9-0 with a 3.50 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 64 1/3 innings this past season for the Bison.
6th round: LHP Matthew Crownover – Clemson – Listed at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds, Crownover was also drafted last year by the Giants in the 21st round. He went 10-3 with a 1.82 ERA in 16 starts for the Tigers in the 2014 season. Posted 108 strikeouts in 109 innings and a 1.00 WHIP. He had Tommy John surgery in 2012.
Here’s Nats assistant GM Kris Kline on Crownover and his medical reports:
“He’s healthy. He ended up being the ACC Pitcher of the Year. His numbers for his career are outstanding. In the end, I think as a professional, you’re looking at a four or five starter, possibly a bullpen guy as a left-hander that can fill multiple roles. The stuff is good, up to 92 with solid secondary stuff. He really knows how to pitch.”
7th round: LHP Grant Borne – Nicholls State University – Another big lefty, Borne is 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds. He went 6-5 with a 1.48 ERA in 15 starts with 84 strikeouts in 91 1/3 innings this past season. In three years at Nicholls State, Borne held a 2.62 ERA in 46 career games.
8th round: RHP Koda Glover – Oklahoma State University – Glover is 6-foot-5 and 205 pounds. He began his collegiate career at Eastern Oklahoma State before transferring. This season he had a 1.90 ERA in 23 relief appearances.
9th round: 1B David Kerian – University of Illinois – A 6-foot-3, 200-pound slugger, Kerian was also taken by the Nats in the 2011 MLB Draft. He lists Bryce Harper as his favorite athlete in his college bio. Kerian hit .367 with 16 homers and 52 RBI in 60 games for the Illini in 2014. He also had 23 steals as a sophomore.
Zona: “He actually runs really well. Not above average, but he runs well enough where he’s going to be able to fill in at left field, right field, the corners and first base. He’s a switch-hitter with an advanced approach to hit. Steve Arnieri, who was our area scout there last year and is now on our pro side, spent a lot of hours with this kid, helping him learn how to develop the bat. He was really excited about this kid today. We drafted him and he ended up being the player of the year there.”
10th round: LHP Taylor Guilbeau – University of Alabama – Guilbeau is listed at 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds. He went 3-6 with a 3.69 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 44 walks in 15 starts as a senior, and posted a 3.96 ERA in 63 career appearances. Guilbeau was also drafted by the Yankees in the 39th round of the 2011 draft.
11th round: RHP Andrew Lee – University of Tennesee – A 6-foot-5 right-hander, Lee also played first base in college and was a finalist for the Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award in 2015. As a pitcher, he held a 2.67 ERA with nine saves this season for the Vols. Lee had Tommy John surgery his freshman year.
12th round: RHP Tommy Peterson – South Florida – Another veteran of Tommy John surgery, Peterson is 6-foot-1, 205 pounds. He went 4-1 with a 1.93 ERA and 16 saves in 31 appearances in 2015.
13th round: 2B Max Schrock – University of South Carolina – Schrock is only 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, but he’s been a big piece of the Gamecocks’ lineup the last three seasons. In 2015 Schrock hit .328 with six homers, 34 RBI and a .919 OPS.
14th round: LHP Mack Lemieux – Jupiter HS (FL) – Lemieux is 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds. He went 7-2 with a 1.90 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 59 innings in 2015. He is committed to play at Florida Atlantic University.
15th round: RHP Kevin Mooney – University of Maryland – A native of Forest Hill, Md., Mooney was the closer for the Terrapins for three seasons. He has a 2.74 career ERA in 79 total games with 33 saves.
16th round: SS Ian Sagdal – Washington State University – Listed at 6-foot-1 and 170 pounds, Sagdal played in only eight games in 2015. He hit .269 with 18 runs scored in 50 games as a junior in 2014.
17th round: 2B Dalton Dulin – Northwest Mississippi CC (MS) – Dulin is the son of Tim Dulin, who played in the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. Dulin himself was drafted by the Phillies in the 2013 draft. He is listed at 5-foot-9, 165 pounds.
18th round: 2B Melvin Rodriguez – Jackson State University – A native of Puerto Rico, Rodriguez bats left and is listed at 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds. He had 65 RBI in 58 games last season.
19th round: SS Clayton Brandt – MidAmerica Nazarene University – Brandt, listed at 5-foot-11, began his college career at Ouachita Baptist University before transferring. He
20th round: C John Reeves – Rice University – Reeves started at Arkansas and played at Navarro College before transferring to Rice. He is 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds.
21st round: RHP Matt Pirro – Wake Forest University – Listed at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, Pirro’s grandfather pitched in the Cardinals and Pirates organizations. His father was also drafted by the Giants in 1984.
22nd round: RHP Adam Boghosian – North Greenville University (SC) – Boghosian has a mid-90s fastball and is listed at 6-foot-2, 220 pounds. He is active in charity work for Type 1 Diabetes, as he was diagnosed with the condition as a teenager.
23rd round: RHP Alec Rash – Missouri University – Listed at 6-foot-5, Rash has a 3.51 ERA in 26 career games for the Tigers. He was drafted in the second round of the 2012 draft by Philadelphia.
24th round: RHP Blake Smith – West Virginia University – A big right-hander at 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Smiths’ brother, Burch, plays for the San Diego Padres.
25th round: RHP Calvin Copping – Cal St Northridge (CA) – Copping starred at Cal St. Northridge with a 3.53 career ERA in 43 games across three seasons.
26th round: RHP Russell Harmening – Westmont Col (CA) – Listed at 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, Harmening was pitcher of the year in the Golden State Athletic Conference this season.
27th round: RHP Ryan Brinley – Sam Houston St U (TX) – Brinley was also an infielder at Sam Houston. He posted a 4.18 ERA in 40 games as a pitcher.
28th round: RHP Mick Vanvossen – Michigan State University – A starter for four years for the Spartans, Vanvossen held a 3.72 ERA in 50 career college games.
29th round: OF Philip Diedrick – Western Kentucky U (KY) – Diedrick was also drafted by the Blue Jays in 2010. As a senior at WKU, he hit .291 with eight homers and 22 RBI.
30th round: RHP Jorge Pantoja – Alabama State University (AL) – Pantoja is a 6-foot-6 right-hander who has a 4.00 career ERA in three collegiate seasons.
31st round: LHP Nick Sprengel – El Dorado HS (CA) – A 6-foot-1 lefty, Sprengel has a fastball that was clocked at 92 miles per hour according to Perfect Game. He is committed to play at the University of San Diego.
32nd round: 3B Dalton DiNitale – Arizona State University – DiNitale stands at 6-foot-4 and bats lefty. His brother was a minor leaguer in the Rockies’ system. Dalton hit .274 with eight RBI in 2015.
33rd round: SS Angelo La Bruna – University of Southern California – La Bruna is listed at 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds. He began his college career at Duke before transferring. Hit .250 in 39 games in 2015.
34th round: LHP Tyler Watson – Perry HS (NV) – A 6-foot-6 lefty, Watson is committed to play at Loyola Marymount next season.
35th round: SS Coco Montes – Coral Gables HS (FL) – Montes is committed to play at South Florida University. He is 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds.
36th round: SS Taylor Bush – The Linfield School (CA) – Bush is signed to play at Westmont College. He is 5-foot-9 and 140 pounds.
37th round: SS Steven DiPuglia – Cooper City HS (FL) – Steven is the nephew of Nationals director of Latin operations, Johnny DiPuglia. He is 6-foot-1 and 155 pounds.
38th round: SS Matt Morales – Wellington Community HS (FL) – Morales is committed to play at Stetson University. He is listed at 6-foot, 170 pounds.
39th round: 2B Jake Jefferies – Cal St Fullerton (CA) – Jefferies’ father, Gregg, played 14 MLB seasons and was an All-Star in 1993 and 1994. Jake was also picked by the Nationals in 2012 (34th round).
40th round: 1B Parker Quinn – The Benjamin School (FL) – Quinn is committed to play at Hofstra next year. He’s listed at 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds.
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