Washington Nationals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 1 Bryce Harper OF JC of Southern Nevada Nev. $6,250,000
After Harper skipped out on his final two years of high school to enroll in a wood-bat junior college league, even his biggest supporters probably would have underestimated how he would perform this season. Over his 180 regular-season at-bats, the 17-year-old hit .417/.509/.917. The school record for home runs was 12, set when the school still used aluminum bats. Harper finished with 23. He has top-of-the-scale power, but scouts have differing opinions about what kind of hitter he'll be. Some believe his exaggerated load and ferocious swings will cause him to strike out 125-140 times a season and keep his average around .250. Others believe in his exceptional hand-eye coordination and expect him to calm down his swing in pro ball, figuring .280-.300 isn't out of the question. Harper also has 80 raw arm strength on the 20-80 scouting scale, but he needs to shorten up his arm action for it to play better behind the plate. Scouts are also split on where he'll end up defensively. Some believe he'll be fine at catcher. Others think he will either outgrow the position or that his bat will be too good to hold back, so a team will want to move him to the position that gets him to the big leagues the fastest--either third base or right field. Harper has done some incredible things on a baseball field, like hitting 500-foot home runs, throwing runners out at first from the outfield, and scoring from second base on a passed ball. He's received more attention and unfounded criticism than any amateur player in years. Perhaps the biggest question now is: Is it possible for him to live up to the hype? He's seeking to break Stephen Strasburg's record bonus, and that certainly won't reduce the hype or the pressure.
2 51 Sammy Solis LHP San Diego Calif. $1,000,000
During the majority of his tenure at USD, Solis was overshadowed by the likes of Brian Matusz and Kyle Blair. His coming-out party in 2009 never materialized due to a herniated disc in his back, which prompted him to take a medical redshirt. However, Solis, an unsigned 18th-round pick out of an Arizona high school in 2007, has bounced back to go 8-1, 2.49 in 2010. Most observers expect a pitcher of his 6-foot-5, 228-pound size to be a flamethrower, but Solis is instead a canny command, movement and control pitcher. His fastball varies from 88-92 mph and has good life up in the zone. He adds a fine changeup that dives down and away from righthanded hitters; it's his best pitch. Solis can add or subtract speed with his curveball, varying it from 72-78 mph, and at times it too is an out pitch. As Solis leaves his back injury behind, he could gain velocity and durability due to improved conditioning. A devout Catholic with a penchant for public service, Solis' family owns an AIDS orphanage in South Africa. A healthy Solis profiles solidly in the middle of a big league rotation.
3 83 Rick Hague SS Rice Texas $430,200
Teams targeted Hague as a likely first-round pick after his summer with Team USA, when he shifted from shortstop to third base in deference to Cal State Fullerton's Christian Colon, tied for the team lead in batting (.371) and was named the top hitter at the World Baseball Challenge. But he started the spring in an extended funk, hitting just .290 and committing 22 errors in his first 38 games, bottoming out with a four-error game against Texas A&M. Hague has been on fire since, going on a 41-for-89 (.461) tear with just one error in his next 20 contests. Hague has strong hands, an easy righthanded stroke and a good ability to use the opposite field at times. He swings and misses badly at others and falls into ruts when he tries to pull every pitch he sees. His power and speed are fringe-average, though he has good instincts on the bases and is a better runner under way. He has the arm strength to play shortstop or third base, but he lacks the range for short and doesn't have the true power for third. Scouts acknowledge that Hague has decent tools and love his makeup, but he doesn't profile well at any position because he doesn't have the quickness for second base or the offensive production for an outfield corner. Though his resurgence still could land him in the third round, his future position remains in doubt.
4 116 A.J. Cole RHP Oviedo (Fla.) HS Fla. $2,000,000
Cole was the shortstop on BA's most recent Baseball for the Ages 12-year-old all-star team, so he has been on the prospect radar for some time. He had a stellar summer showcase circuit in 2009, positioning himself as a potential first-rounder. His spring season started poorly, however, thanks to a bout with the flu and rainy, cool weather that interrupted the high school schedule in the Orlando area. Cole's fastball velocity was down early in the spring but jumped in late April and early May. After sitting 88-93 mph early, Cole was back to sitting at 92-93 and regularly hitting 95-96. He has an athletic, projectable frame and long legs; at 6-foot-5, 190 pounds, he should add strength that will help him have more consistent velocity. He has a low-maintenance delivery and projects to have solid command. His curveball at times exhibits hard, late break and can be a plus pitch, though scouts prefer the hard slider of his rival for the title of Best Florida Prep Pitching Prospect, Karsten Whitson. Cole also has a decent changeup that at times has late fade. At his best, Cole is among the best pitchers available in the draft, and his recovery from his poor start means he won't get out of the first round.
5 146 Jason Martinson SS Texas State Texas $174,000
Jason Martinson originally attended Texas State on a football scholarship, but tearing his hamstring on his first catch as a wide receiver convinced him his future was in baseball. A 6-foot-1, 190-pounder with solid speed and arm strength, he'll likely move from shortstop to third base after turning pro. While he has good bat speed, scouts wonder if he'll hit enough for the hot corner, because he varies his approach and chases fastballs up in the zone. He batted just .321 with four homers through the Southland Conference tournament, hurting his chances of going in the first five rounds.
6 176 Cole Leonida C Georgia Tech Ga. $125,000
At one time, Leonida seemed to have the most draft helium, and he could still go out higher than his other teammates due to position scarcity. The Colorado prep product was a part-time player for two seasons and took over as the starter this year. He got off to a hot start but and his production this season slowed down as the spring wore on, and he was batting .302/.386/.526. Leonida lacks bat speed and has holes in his swing, though his long arms also help give him leverage and power. He's a take-charge catcher who leads the pitching staff, blocks and receives well, with a solid-average arm and good accuracy. He's always going to strike out a lot, and his bat fits the profile more of a backup than of a regular.
7 206 Kevin Keyes OF Texas Texas $125,000
Kevin Keyes is tied for the Texas team lead with 14 homers entering super-regional play, but he offers little beyond righthanded power and some arm strength. He has a long swing that most scouts don't believe will work with wood bats, and he's a well below-average defender in right field. He also has problems staying in shape (he carries more than his listed 225 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame).
8 236 Matt Grace LHP UCLA Calif. $125,000
Bruins lefty Grace has done a terrific job out of the bullpen this year, with an 88-89 mph fastball and wicked low 80s curveball.
9 266 Aaron Barrett RHP Mississippi Miss. $35,000
Barrett improved over his sophomore season, when the junior-college transfer bombed. He works primarily off two pitches, an 88-91 mph fastball that in the past has touched 94, and a slider with above-average potential at 79-82 mph. Barrett throws a lot of sliders and profiles as a reliever in pro ball.
10 296 Blake Kelso SS Houston Texas $115,000
Blake Kelso's intangibles and 2009 all-star summer in the Cape Cod League will get him drafted in the first 10 rounds. Scouts love his passion for the game and the way he plays above his tools, the best of which is his plus speed. He controls the strike zone and fights his way on base, but the 5-foot-10, 170-pounds lacks strength and may be more of a bottom-of-the-order hitter than a No. 1 or 2 hitter as a pro. He has an average arm and makes the routine plays at shortstop.
11 326 Neil Holland RHP Louisville Ky. $110,000
12 356 Robbie Ray LHP Brentwood (Tenn.) HS Tenn. $799,000
Lefthander Ray had a tumultuous spring, with inconsistent velocity and performances. He was never quite as good as he showed in showcases last fall, when his fastball reached the mid-90s and his slurvy breaking ball showed more power. He also has flashed a plus changeup with some late fade. His fastball velocity was more in the 89-91 mph range this spring, and in some starts it sat in the upper 80s. That didn't keep him from throwing a five-inning perfect game, one of three no-hitters he authored in the spring. Ray has a whippy arm action and slender 6-foot-3, 175-pound frame. He changed his college commitment from Vanderbilt to Arkansas. While he's considered more signable now, he also could start on weekends for the Razorbacks if he is more consistent next spring.
13 386 Chris McKenzie RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas $125,000
14 416 Tim Smalling SS Virginia Tech Va.
Shortstop Smalling, who transferred from Arkansas and sat out last season, has a pro body at 6-foot-3, 205 pounds. Scouts think he may be able to stay at shortstop as a pro, and he has an average arm. Teams might take a chance on his body and athleticism.
15 446 David Freitas C Hawaii Hawaii
Freitas is 6-foot-3 and 225 pounds and came to Hawaii from Consumnes River (Calif.) CC. He might get a shot late in the draft, but teams will likely wait on him as a senior sign.
16 476 Mark Herrera RHP San Jacinto (Texas) JC Texas
Righty Mark Herrera, who started his college career at St. Mary's (Texas), has a 90-93 mph fastball that touches 96 and a mid-80s slider. Scouts don't love his 6-foot-3, 225-pound body or his delivery, though.
17 506 Tyler Hanks RHP JC of Southern Nevada Nev.
Hanks came into fall ball looking like an NFL strong safety. He was mostly a shortstop in high school and focused on pitching only recently, but he was 94-96 mph as a closer and touched 97. He moved between the closer's role and the rotation, and his stuff dropped off as the year progressed. As a starter he pitches more at 90-92 mph. Hanks has scrapped a loopy curveball for a slider, which goes better with his arm slot, and he sometimes throws that pitch in the 85-86 mph range. He's committed to Oklahoma State.
18 536 Justin Miller 2B Middle Tennessee State Tenn.
19 566 Wade Moore OF Catawba (N.C.) N.C.
Moore, originally at North Carolina State, has decent tools with average power from his longish swing.
20 596 Chad Mozingo OF Rice Texas
21 626 Connor Rowe OF Texas Texas
22 656 Cameron Selik RHP Kansas Kan.
23 686 Colin Bates RHP North Carolina N.C.
24 716 Russ Moldenhauer 1B Texas Texas
25 746 Christian Meza LHP Santa Ana (Calif.) JC Calif.
26 776 Chris Manno LHP Duke N.C.
27 806 Sean Hoelscher RHP Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Texas
28 836 Joey Rapp 1B Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
29 866 Rick Hughes OF Marin (Calif.) CC Calif.
30 896 Tim Kiene 1B Avon Old Farms HS, Avon, Conn. Conn.
The high school crop in Lower New England is weaker than it has been in years. The headliner is Maryland signee Tim Kiene, a 6-foot-4, 235-pound ox with plenty of raw lefthanded power. The son of a former professional hockey player, Kiene himself played hockey until his junior year of high school before focusing on baseball, and his aggressive, blue-collar hockey mindset translates well to the diamond. Kiene has played left field for Avon Old Farms, but he's a well-below-average runner with a weak arm who will be tied to first base in college and beyond. Some scouts think Kiene's swing is stiff and slow despite his power potential, and he's almost certain to wind up at Maryland.
31 926 Jeremy Mayo C Texas Tech Texas
32 956 Randolph Oduber OF Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
33 986 Ryan Sherriff LHP West Los Angeles JC Calif.
34 1016 Rolando Botello RHP Jay HS, San Antonio, Texas Texas
35 1046 Tyler Oliver 1B Wabash Valley (Ill.) CC Ill.
Bryce Harper may become the No. 1 overall pick in the draft, but entering the Junior College World Series, Oliver held a narrow 30-29 lead over him in the national juco home run race. Oliver, who also led all juco players with 103 RBIs, is a bad-bodied (6-foot-2, 230 pounds) first baseman who crushes mistakes. His righthanded power is his lone standout tool. After beginning his college career with stints at Marshall and Morehead State, he'll attend Kentucky next year if he doesn't turn pro.
36 1076 Wander Nunez OF Western Oklahoma State JC Okla.
37 1106 Nick Serino LHP Massachusetts Mass.
38 1136 Nick Lee LHP Weatherford (Texas) JC Texas
Lefty Nick Lee, a freshman, was an all-North Texas JC Athletic Conference selection as an outfielder but has a brighter future on the mound. He's only 6 feet and 170 pounds, but he consistently throws 88-92 mph.
39 1166 John Simms RHP College Park HS, The Woodlands, Texas Texas
Jameson Taillon is the top pitching prospect in the draft, but he's not the only pitching prospect in The Woodlands. While Simms can't match Taillon's overpowering arsenal, he has a better understanding of the craft of pitching and plenty in his arsenal to get hitters out with. Simms outpitched Taillon in a mid-March matchup, winning a sloppy 14-11 contest with a 13-strikeout complete game, and blanked The Woodlands 7-0 in a later rematch (though not over Taillon). He also beat Taillon 1-0 a year ago to hand him his lone loss of 2009. Simms has exceptional life on his 90-92 mph fastball, which he can throw with so much armside run or sink that one area scout said it's almost like having two separate pitches. He'll show a sharp 83-84 mph slider at times, and he commands it better than his fastball. The 6-foot-3, 190-pounder has an athletic, projectable frame that bodes well for additional velocity in the future. Simms will need to clean up some of the funk in his mechanics--he employs a drop-and-drive delivery with some wrist wrap in the back--but it also offers him deception. Scouts rave about his pitchability and mound presence. It may be three years before he turns pro, however, because he's a top student who may require a seven-figure bonus to pass on attending Rice.
40 1196 Alejandro Diaz SS Ferguson HS, Miami Fla.
41 1226 Kevin Cahill RHP Purdue Ind.
42 1256 Taylor Stark 2B Northwest Rankin HS, Brandon, Miss. Miss.
43 1286 Corey Littrell LHP Trinity HS, Louisville Ky.
Lefthander Littrell is the state's best high school player, but he has more polish than stuff and isn't considered signable away from Kentucky. He usually works at 87-88 mph and touches 90 with his fastball, has a quality changeup and has improved his curveball. He should pick up velocity as he adds strength to his 6-foot-2, 180-pound frame.
44 1316 Bryce Hines RHP Hanahan (S.C.) HS S.C.
Hines, a Citadel recruit, has better size than Forrest Koumas, with a similar curveball that he commands better. He won his first 13 decisions this spring and sits more in the mid-80s with his fastball.
45 1346 Jeff Bouton OF Hoggard HS, Wilmington, N.C. N.C.
North Carolina recruit Bouton has good athletic ability and turned in 6.6-second 60 times, with his swing generally considered too rough to work with wood at this stage.
46 1376 Erick Fernandez C Georgetown D.C.
The overall catching crop in this draft is mediocre, which could benefit Fernandez. He hit .317/.408/.483 in 180 at-bats this season, but scouts consider his bat light for pro ball. He's a converted infielder who profiles as a catch and throw specialist with an above-average arm. He'll likely get picked in rounds 6-10, and he profiles as at least a backup with his defensive ability, and more if he hits.
47 1406 Lance Jarreld OF Goodpasture HS, Madison, Tenn. Tenn.
48 1436 Brandon Miller C Northwest Florida State JC Fla.
49 1466 Rashad Hatcher OF Patrick Henry (Va.) CC Va.
50 1496 Harrison Fanaroff LHP Churchill HS, Potomac, Md. Md.