Come Thursday night, Nationals fans will be waiting for a good while before the team makes its first selection in the 2013 MLB draft. The signing of closer Rafael Soriano means Washington has only the No. 68 overall pick on the first night, which will be televised by MLB Network.
Though the Nationals have the lowest bonus pool in baseball at $2,737,200, there should be plenty of talent available with the final choice in the second round. Since the Nationals first drafted in 2005, they have had two second-rounders make the major leagues in pitching stalwart Jordan Zimmermann and recent utility call-up Jeff Kobernus. Here’s a year-by-year look at whom the organization has taken in the second round and the best recent choices near No. 68:
2005: The Nationals had no second-round pick because they had signed third baseman Vinny Castilla as a free agent. (Best picks 60-75: Travis Wood, lhp, Reds, No. 60; Nolan Reimold, of, Orioles, No. 61; Chase Headley, 3b, Padres, No. 66; Yunel Escobar, ss, Braves, No. 75.)
2006: The Nationals were unable to sign right-hander Sean Black, the No. 59 pick who went to Seton Hall and is now at advanced Class A Tampa in the Yankees organization. They did sign No. 70 selection Stephen Englund, but the outfielder peaked at Class A Hagerstown. (Best picks 60-75: Wade LeBlanc, lhp, Padres, No. 61; Trevor Cahill, rhp, Athletics, No. 66; Justin Masterson, rhp, Red Sox, No. 71; Jon Jay, of, Cardinals, No. 74.)