Nats 2013 draft preview

Nats 2013 draft preview
June 6, 2013, 9:00 am
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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.)