06/08/07 9:25 PM ET
Nats ecstatic with Draft's outcome
Assistant GM feels many selections will make impact
By Bill Ladson / MLB.com
|1. TB||LHP||David Price||Vanderbilt U|
|2. KC||SS||Michael Moustakas||Chatsworth HS (Calif.)|
|3. CHC||3B||Josh Vitters||Cypress HS (Calif.)|
|4. PIT||LHP||Daniel Moskos||Clemson U|
|5. BAL||C||Matthew Wieters||Georgia Tech|
|6. WSH||LHP||Ross Detwiler||Missouri St U|
|7. MIL||LF||Matthew LaPorta||U Florida|
|8. COL||RHP||Casey Weathers||Vanderbilt U|
|9. ARI||RHP||Jarrod Parker||Norwell HS|
|10. SF||LHP||Madison Bumgarner||South Caldwell HS|
The Nationals went through this situation last year when they drafted pitcher Sean Black in the second round. Black, who was committed to Seaton Hall University, said he would sign with the Nationals if they gave him first-round money. Black ended up going to school, where he is getting hit hard this season.Privately, according to multiple sources, the Nationals are trying to make sure they don't repeat what happened last year. It helps that McGeary's advisors are Casey Close and Brodie Van Wagenen, two agents who have a great relationship with Bowden. However, McGeary said by phone that it's going to take first-round money in order for him to play for the Nationals. "The Nationals still took me and still believe that hopefully, we can work something out," McGeary said. "If we can, that would be great and I welcome [the chance] to do that. If not, I'll end up in Stanford, obviously. I was surprised that I was taken as high as sixth. I thought I would be falling in the teens or 20s." Besides taking McGeary on Day 2, the Nationals like pitchers Philip Dean (seventh round), Adrian Alaniz (eighth round) and outfielder Christopher Blackwood (16th round). Dean, who went to New Caney High School in Texas, can throw a fastball up to 92 mph, while Alaniz is undefeated this season at the University of Texas and is known for his power slider. "If you noticed we have a bunch of physical, good-armed pitchers with good stuff," Rizzo said. "We are going to send them out, give them to our player-development staff and make them into big leaguers." Blackwood reminds director of amateur scouting Dana Brown of former big-league outfielder Otis Nixon. "He is a center fielder with good instincts," Brown said. "Hopefully, if he gets stronger, he has a chance to be a leadoff guy. You know how hard getting a leadoff guy and center fielder can be. He is a slap hitter and he's 19 years old. If you look at the history of leadoff hitters, a lot of them take a little longer to come around. When they do, they can be pretty special."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.