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Nationals wrap MLB Draft with more pitcher selections

June 7, 2018

It should come as no surprise that the Washington Nationals picked a slew of pitchers in the three-day MLB draft that concluded Wednesday evening.

The Nationals, of course, picked Stephen Strasburg as the No. 1 overall pick in 2009 out of San Diego State. This year, Washington had the No. 27 pick in the first round on Monday and that was also a right-handed pitcher. And after that, the Nationals continued to draft pitchers.

Washington took seven pitchers in rounds 11-20 on Wednesday. The last pick in the 40th and final round was right-handed pitcher Michael Menhart of Richmond Hill High School in Georgia.

Washington won at home Wednesday over Tampa Bay 11-2, but that was just part of the story.

“Probably the biggest event today at Nats Park,” Washington general manager Mike Rizzo told 106.7 The Fan on Wednesday about the draft. “It is a huge day for baseball ops. We are going to pick some (future) big leaguers.”

The first two picks of the Nationals on Wednesday were college right-handed pitchers long a trademark under Rizzo. They were Frankie Bartow of Miami in the 11th round and Graham Lawson of South Carolina in the 12th round.

Among the local players taken this week was Bucknell pitcher Connor Van Hoose, who went in the eighth round to the New York Yankees. He is from Alexandria and played at Gonzaga in The District.

“It was a big surprise, coming from a small school like Bucknell,” he said before heading to Tampa, Florida, the spring training home of the Yankees.

George Washington University pitcher Isaiah Pasteur went in the 13th round on Wednesday to the Yankees. Infielder Nick Dunn of the University of Maryland went in the fifth round on Tuesday to the Cardinals. Pitcher Zach Mort of George Mason University was picked in the eighth round on Tuesday by the Cubs. University of Maryland outfielder Marty Costes was taken by the Houston Astros in the22nd round on Wednesday.

Right-handed pitcher Conor Grammes of McLean, Virginia and Xavier University of Ohio was picked in the 35th round on Wednesday by the Orioles.

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