WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The Washington Nationals have agreed to terms with seven more players from the 2007 First-Year Player Draft, including both second-round selections, bringing to 22 the total number of players who have agreed to terms. Nationals Assistant General Manager/Vice President of Baseball Operations Mike Rizzo and Director of Scouting Dana Brown made the announcement.
The Nationals made 53 selections over 50 rounds of the draft.
The list of players agreeing to terms includes right-handed pitcher Jordan Zimmermann, who was selected 67th overall (second round) as a compensation pick for the loss of free-agent outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Zimmermann, 21, was selected as a Second-Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) in 2007 for the second straight year. He went 10-0 with two saves and a 2.08 ERA in 13 games (nine starts) as a junior this season for Division III University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. He posted 90 strikeouts and just 18 walks in 78.0 innings of work, and finished his campaign by tossing 19.2 straight scoreless innings. He allowed just three hits with 26 strikeouts in those 19.2 innings. Zimmerman was also a First-Team All-Midwest Region selection, and was named the region's Pitcher of the Year by the ABCA. The 6-foot-2, 200-pounder tossed a one-hit shutout against Emory (GA) in the opening round of the Division III World Series. He went on to win World Series Most Outstanding Player honors.
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