The Washington Nationals have added some prospects to their farm system via the MLB draft, and many should be beginning their professional careers this summer with the Auburn Doubledays.
On Monday, the Nationals made their first-round pick, 17th overall, selecting right-handed pitcher Jackson Rutledge out of San Jacinto College North (Texas). Rutledge stands 6-8 and is listed at 250 pounds.
Rutledge, who projects to be a starting pitcher in the major leagues, compiled a 0.87 ERA with 134 strikeouts in 13 starts for San Jacinto this season.
With the selection of Rutledge, the Nationals have now used a first-round pick on a pitcher in seven of the last eight seasons. Last year, Washington took right-hander Mason Denaburg with the 27th overall pick.
Here is who else the Nationals have selected through the first two days of the MLB draft:
- 3rd round, 94th overall: Drew Mendoza, third baseman, Florida State
- 4th round, 123rd overall: Matt Cronin, pitcher, Arkansas
- 5th round, 153rd overall: Tyler Dyson, pitcher, Florida
- 6th round, 183rd overall: Jackson Cluff, shortstop, BYU
- 7th round, 213th overall: Todd Peterson, pitcher, LSU
- 8th round, 243rd overall: Jeremy Ydens, outfielder, UCLA
- 9th round, 273rd overall: Hunter McMahon, pitcher, Texas State
- 10th round, 303rd overall: Andrew Pratt, catcher, Lubbock Christian (Texas)
The Doubledays, Washington's New York-Penn League affiliate, open their season on the road at Batavia Friday, June 14. Auburn's home opener is Sunday, June 16, against State College.