The story of the Nationals' latest first-round draft pick should sound quite familiar to those who have followed this franchise over the last five years.

Right-hander Erick Fedde, taken with the 18th overall pick in Thursday night's MLB Draft, comes from Las Vegas, where he was high school teammates with none other than Bryce Harper. He's represented by Scott Boras. He's a tall, power pitcher who entered this season at UNLV touted as one of the best arms in the college game.

And he just had Tommy John surgery. Two days ago.

Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has never shied away from Boras clients, nor pitchers with a known injury history. The organization has made eight first-round draft picks since 2009, and six of those picks were represented by Boras: Stephen Strasburg (2009), Bryce Harper (2010), Anthony Rendon, (2011), Alex Meyer (2011), Brian Goodwin (2011) and now Fedde in 2014.

The lone exceptions during that time: Drew Storen (2009) and Lucas Giolito (2012), who are both represented by CAA. And Giolito, a tall right-hander with a 100 mph fastball, was known to have an elbow injury when drafted and wound up having Tommy John surgery within months of his selection. There were also injury concerns at the time about Rendon, who slipped to the No. 6 pick in 2011 after other clubs were worried about his shoulder and ankle.

This time, the Nationals took the unprecedented step of drafting a pitcher who had the all-too-common ligament replacement surgery earlier this week. Fedde had the procedure done Tuesday in Los Angeles by orthopedist Neal El Attrache, about one month after his junior season at UNLV was cut short (he finished 8-2 with a 1.76 ERA and 82 strikeouts in 11 starts, earning Mountain West Pitcher of the Year honors).

Recovery time is expected to be 12-to-18 months.