Washington Nationals

Players signed indicated in Bold

Round Overall Player Position School State Bonus
1 16 Lucas Giolito RHP Harvard-Westlake HS, Los Angeles Calif. $2,925,000
Giolito established himself as the nation's premier prep prospect long ago, and by the fall and winter of his senior year many scouts were clamoring that he could be the best high school righthander in draft history. He came out of the chute in December and January throwing 95-99 mph and showing off a long-toss regimen that "makes Trevor Bauer's long toss look like kid stuff," in the words of one scout. He pitched between 92-99 through February, sitting comfortably at 94-96. Then he sprained his ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in early March, ending his season and turning him into something of a wild card for the draft. Doctors worked with him on strengthening target areas during his rehabilitation, and he started throwing on flat ground by early May, with a plan to start throwing from 90 and 120 feet in the weeks leading up to the draft. The son of Hollywood actor/producer Rick Giolito, Lucas is expected to require a hefty bonus to sign him away from a commitment to UCLA, and a team will likely have to take him in the top 10 picks to have a chance to sign him under the new draft rules. His talent certainly merits that kind of investment; he has true No. 1 starter upside, with a premium fastball, a plus-plus curveball in the 82-86 range with depth and bite, and even a plus changeup at 82-84 that gives him a third swing-and-miss offering. Scouts are in love with his 6-foot-6 frame and easy delivery. He a tireless worker with a tenacious approach on the mound and a similar approach to his between-starts work. His injury may create a bit of risk, but the potential reward he offers is unparalleled in this draft.
2 80 Tony Renda 2B California Calif. $500,000
Renda won Pacific-10 Conference player of the year honors as a sophomore and led California to an unlikely College World Series trip, batting .332/.366/.434. While the Bears slipped on the mound in 2012, Renda has been even better, batting .370/.453/.526 with a career-best five home runs. He's undersized at 5-foot-8 and 173 pounds, but scouts love his ability to hit and his grinder mentality. He swings hard and shows above-average bat speed, but stays in control of the bat head and shows a compact, line drive stroke. He has a good approach at the plate and projects to hit for solid average with power to the gaps. The knock on Renda concerns his defense at second base. He's not flashy and has just modest range, though he makes the plays he's supposed to make and can turn the double play. Renda was a 42nd-round pick out of high school by the Dodgers and figures to go about 40 rounds higher now.
3 111 Brett Mooneyham LHP Stanford Calif. $428,500
Mooneyham has size (6-foot-5 and 215 pounds) and pedigree, and he was a premium prospect coming out of high school in California, coming in at No. 78--just ahead of Virginia-bound Danny Hultzen--in Baseball America's 2008 draft rankings. Mooneyham's father, Bill, was a righthander who signed with the Angels as a first-round pick in the secondary phase of the June 1980 draft and spent nine seasons in pro ball, reaching the big leagues with Oakland in 1986. His father was drafted five times, and this will be Brett's third pass through the draft. He didn't sign as a 15th-round pick of the Padres out of high school, and the Nationals took a flier on him in the 38th round last year, even after he missed the entire season following surgery to repair a cut on his left middle finger. It's hard for scouts to get a good read on him because his stuff has been up and down throughout his college career. He touched 94 mph in high school, was down in the 86-88 mph range with Team USA in 2010, and was in the 90-91 mph range and touching 93 this spring. He has a knack for spinning a breaking ball, switching between a curveball and slider this season, and shows a decent changeup. The biggest concern with Mooneyham is his control. As a big kid, his delivery is funky and can get out of sync. He works a lot of deep counts, but also gets a lot of uncomfortable swings. Scouts say Mooneyham has a great work ethic, though sometimes he tinkers with his delivery and his pitches too much.
4 144 Brandon Miller OF Samford Ala. $100,000
Miller started his college career at Georgia Tech as a catcher, then transferred to a junior college before winding up at Samford. He priced himself out of last year's draft and will likely have to lower his bonus expectations as a senior. He has two plus tools with righthanded power (36 home runs the last two seasons, including 20 this spring to tie for the Division I lead) and a 65 arm on the 20-80 scouting scale. He's made more contact this spring but isn't a big bet to hit for average. Scouts had a chance to work him out at catcher, but he hasn't caught in a game this spring.
5 174 Spencer Kieboom C Clemson S.C. $200,000
Scouts typically lament the amount of catching in any one draft class and this year is no different. But a team that thinks Kieboom can handle the bat may roll the dice on him as he is a sound defender with a good arm.
6 204 Hayden Jennings OF Evangel Christian Academy, Shreveport, La. La. $100,000
Hayden Jennings, a Louisiana State signee, was a speedy two-sport athlete in high school who played wide receiver in football. He's a 60 runner with solid-average defensive tools. He's a 5-foot-10, 165-pounder who lacks physical projection. He has a fringe-average arm and fringy gap power.
7 234 Robert Benincasa RHP Florida State Fla. $145,000
The 1,000th overall pick in 2009 out of high school, Benincasa turned down the Blue Jays to attend Florida State, unlocking some of his potential as a junior relief ace. He made seven starts the previous two seasons and has a solid 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame and clean arm action that could return him to a starting role as a pro. He has mixed in a solid-average split-changeup but generally pitches off his 90-92 mph fastball, which regularly hits 93-94 and has good sink, and his slider, an above-average pitch with late action and decent depth.
8 264 Stephen Perez SS Miami Fla. $100,000
Miami had high expectations for Perez, but he has not lived up to them in three seasons. He has solid-average power and some feel for hitting, and his defensive tools should make him an average defender at short. His inconsistency has proved maddening to coaches and scouts, however. An injury sapped his arm strength this spring, and he wound up at DH and second base frequently after botching routine plays. At the plate, he gives away too many at-bats and is strikeout prone. He's an above-average runner who has first-five-round tools without the performance to go with it.
9 294 Derek Self RHP Louisville Ky. $25,000
Self hoped to sign with the Athletics as a 27th-round pick last year, so he skipped summer ball in favor of long-tossing and lifting weights. He never got a deal done with Oakland but did get stronger, which has paid off with improved stuff in his senior season. Scouts like Self more now than they did when he was winning the first 16 decisions of his Louisville career. The 6-foot-3, 210-pounder's fastball has gone from 87-91 mph to 92-95 and his so-so slider has transformed into an 87-88 mph cutter. He seems to be most effective when he sacrifices a little velocity for added sink. Self doesn't miss a lot of bats, but he doesn't beat himself with walks and he generates groundout after groundout. He's attractive to teams as a senior who belongs in the top 10 rounds and still can be had at a discount.
10 324 Craig Manuel C Rice Texas $25,000
Manuel isn't especially toolsy, but he's a lefthanded-hitting catcher with a tremendous work ethic, and that will give him the opportunity to play pro ball. The 6-foot-1, 205-pounder excels at putting the bat on the ball, though he offers little pop and has well below-average speed. A good receiver with a decent arm, he has erased 24 percent of basestealers in four years at Rice.
11 354 Brian Rauh RHP Chapman (Calif.) Calif.
Rauh has been a dominant force in Division III baseball for Chapman, and he could be an attractive sleeper for a numbers-oriented club. Though he has thrived as Chapman's ace, Rauh's delivery and stuff fit better in the bullpen. He pitches from a high slot, and most of his stuff seems to go north to south. He works in the 88-91 mph range and flashes an average (but inconsistent) slider, a serviceable downer curve and changeup with sink. He is physical and durable at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, and he is a dogged competitor.
12 384 Carlos Lopez 1B Wake Forest N.C.
13 414 Elliott Waterman LHP San Francisco Calif. $100,000
14 444 Jordan Poole RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
15 474 Brandon Smith OF Woodbridge HS, Irvine, Calif. Calif.
16 504 Ronald Pena RHP Palm Beach State (Fla.) JC Fla.
A transfer from College of Charleston, Pena has committed to go back to the Cougars as a junior if he doesn't sign in the draft. The 6-foot-3, 201-pounder touched 94 mph and can sit in the 90-92 range. His curveball and changeup have their moments. His command is below-average and just throwing strikes can be a challenge, but he was around the plate enough to compile a 2.72 ERA with 68 strikeouts in 76 innings.
17 534 Blake Schwartz RHP Oklahoma City Okla.
18 564 David Fischer RHP Connecticut Conn.
Fischer is a big-bodied guy (6-foot-5, 200 pounds) with arm strength. His fastball ranges from 88-94 mph and he has a decent breaking ball that can be slurvy at times.
19 594 Bryan Lippincott 3B Concordia (Minn.) Minn.
20 624 James Brooks SS Utah Utah
21 654 Austin Chubb C Florida Southern Fla.
22 684 Will Hudgins RHP Notre Dame Ind.
23 714 Casey Selsor LHP Texas-San Antonio Texas
24 744 Austin Dicharry RHP Texas Texas
25 774 Freddy Avis RHP Menlo School, Atherton, Calif. Calif.
Avis attends the same high school that produced Stanford infielder Kenny Diekroeger and is set to also attend Stanford, which is just 10 minutes away from his high school campus. Avis has a well-proportioned build and an athletic, balanced delivery. He was rusty early in the season, having jumped straight from basketball to baseball, but at his best he shows good arm speed and throws a fastball in the low to mid-90s from a three-quarters arm slot. Avis mixes in a mid-70s curveball that shows potential but needs more consistency, and an occasional changeup. When he's not pitching, Avis plays shortstop, and some scouts like his swing from the left side of the plate, but he'd likely give that up if he heads to college--which most scouts regard as likely. He is considered a very difficult sign. Avis is also a talented musician.
26 804 Skye Bolt OF Holy Innocents' Episcopal HS, Atlanta Ga.
A North Carolina recruit, Bolt has some rawness and projection in his 6-foot-2, 175-pound frame. Some scouts consider Bolt too flashy for his own good and see him as more of a workout star than a polished player. He'll turn in 6.6-second times in workouts but his plus speed doesn't always translate to the basepaths. His defense in center field might be his best present tool. He's a switch-hitter who needs to add strength and consistency to his swing from both sides of the plate. Area scouts indicated Bolt was going to be a tough sign.
27 834 Cody Poteet RHP Christian HS, El Cajon, Calif. Calif.
Poteet established himself on the showcase circuit, but his stock has fallen this spring. He passed on playing for his high school team to play in the same wood-bat league as Tanner Rahier. The 6-foot-1 Poteet has good strength in his frame and flashes tantalizing stuff. He works in the 88-92 mph range and tops out at 93-94, but his fastball lacks life and deception, and it was hittable this spring. His fastball is more effective when his changeup is on, diving down and away from lefthanded hitters. His calling card is a power curveball that flashes plus, and he mixes in a decent slider that he controls better than the curve. His overall command is spotty, in part because he doesn't do a great job finishing his delivery. Scouts also question his competitiveness, and some think he would benefit from three years at UCLA. A team that likes his upside could take a chance on him in the third to fifth round.
28 864 Hunter Bailey SS Oklahoma State Okla.
29 894 L.J. Hollins RHP Chipola (Fla.) JC Fla.
30 924 R.C. Orlan LHP North Carolina N.C.
A key piece to North Carolina's bullpen, Orlan had a little bit of interest as a Virginia high schooler in 2009 and was drafted in the 44th round by the Dodgers. Scouts believed he could become a good lefty reliever or specialist, and he's become just that after three years with the Tar Heels. In 36 appearances (54 innings) he was 8-1, 2.01 with 62 strikeouts and 10 walks. He pitches with an 88-90 mph fastball that can touch 91-92. Despite being 6-feet, he pitches downhill fairly well. He mixes in a good, hard-breaking curveball and a rare changeup.
31 954 Mike Boyden RHP Maryland Md.
32 984 Mike Mudron LHP Cal State San Bernardino Calif.
33 1014 Mike McQuillan 2B Iowa Iowa
34 1044 Jake Jefferies 2B Foothill HS, Santa Ana, Calif. Calif.
35 1074 Cory Bafidis LHP Texas Wesleyan Texas
36 1104 Max Ungar C Smith Jewish Day School, Bethesda, Md. Md.
37 1134 Tyler Watson LHP Georgetown (Texas) HS Texas
38 1164 Jared Messer RHP Malone (Ohio) Ohio
39 1194 Mitchell Williams C Coosa HS, Rome, Ga. Ga.
40 1224 Ricky Gutierrez OF American Senior HS, Miami Fla.